Borough of Newtown

23 North State Street
Newtown, PA  18940
Phone: 215.968.2109
Fax: 215.968.6338

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

All meetings are held
in Borough Hall
unless otherwise noted.

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Boards and Committees


We acknowledge, with special thanks and recognition, citizens of Newtown Borough whose names are listed on this web site and who serve in a voluntary capacity as members of the following boards and committees.  Their generous donation of time and effort to retain the character of Newtown Borough, preserve our heritage, and support our government are highly valued and appreciated by Borough Council.

Committees of Council regularly meet in Council Chambers, 23 North State Street, Newtown, unless otherwise advertised.

The Council meets monthly on the Wednesday prior to the second Tuesday for Work Session in Council Chambers.

The semi-monthly meetings of the Council are held on the second Tuesday and when applicable, the fourth Thursday in Council Chambers.

Boards and Committees

Building Code Board of Appeals


Kevin Dippolito
J. Eric Johnson
Warren Woldorf

Civil Service Commission

Three member board, six year term.  Meets on call.

Civil Service Commission

Chairperson, Duane E. Buck
(215) 968-2044
George Penn
J. Eric Johnson
Recording Secretary: Heather Lewis


Emergency Services Coordinating Committee

Six member board, four year term.  Meets on call.

Emergency Management Committee

Glenn Forysth
(215) 968-2800
Borough Coordinator
Mayor Charles F. Swartz, III
(215) 968-4896
Newtown Fire Association
Carl Forsyth
(215) 968-3731
Newtown Borough Police Department
Chief Anthony Wojciechowski
(215) 860-7835
Newtown Township Police Department
Chief Rick Pasqualini
(215) 968-2800
Newtown Ambulance Squad Joseph Swerk (215) 968-3500


Environmental Advisory Council

Seven member board, three year term.  Meets on the second Monday of every other month at 6:30 p.m.

Environmental Advisory Council      Liaison, Tara Grunde-McLaughlin 


Ted Schmidt


Michael Bergey

Julia Woldorf

Doug Turner

Bill Heinemann

Eric Sieckmann



Historic Architectural Review Board

Seven member board, five year term.  Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM

Historic Architectural Review Board

The Borough Zoning and Historic District Ordinances require that all plans for exterior changes to buildings within the Historic District (which can be seen from any public way) be reviewed for appropriateness by HARB and the Council. 

 HARB meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, except for November and December when they meet the third Wednesday (because of the holidays); the meetings are held in Borough Hall at 7:30 PM.

 DEADLINE:  Completed applications must be submitted to the Zoning Office no later than two Wednesdays before the HARB meeting in order to be placed on the HARB agenda for that month's meeting. 

For information on guidelines under which HARB will operate, see "Design Guidelines and Historic District Ordinance 594" at Borough Hall.

Pick up copies of all HARB booklets in Boro Offices at 23 N. State Street, Newtown or click on links below.

HARB - Guidelines for Roofing

HARB - Guidelines for Signs & Awnings

HARB - Guidelines for Wood Windows

HARB - COA Application

Only after review by HARB and approval by Borough Council can a Certificate of Appropriateness be issued by Zoning Officer, Mike Italia.



James McAuliffe
Mike Hutchinson
Bernie Sauer
Mary Dinneen
Stephen Rinear
C. Brian Titus
Member, COA Administrator
Mike Italia
(610) 721-1259
Preservation Consultant
Marilou Ehrler
(908) 295-6044
Non-Member Recording Secretary Leslie Dunleavy  
Council Liaison Robert King
(215) 968-5971


Human Relations Commission

The Commission was established to ensure that all persons, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical,etc. are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing and the use of public accommdations. If an individual  feels discrimination has been involved, this commission will hear their formal complaint.


5 member board that meets as needed


Chairperson, Linda Espenshade Heinemann                       (215) 579-8896

Rober Szwajkos

Aryeh Weinstein

Ron Ricci

Thomas Murray

Borough Liaison, Perry Warren (215) 497-0230

Joint Historic Commission

Eight member board, four year term that meets  the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.

Joint Historic Commission

The Joint Historic Commission's primary responsibility is the protection and preservation of historically and/or architecturally significant structures in Newtown Borough and Newtown Township.  The Commission is comprised of four residents from each of these two municipalities.

Owners of properties seeking to obtain permission to demolish all or part of a structure must initially file an application for a "Determination of Significance" with the respective municipality.  This authorizes the Joint Historic Commission to conduct a review of the structure that may include archival research, site investigation, and formal discussion.  The results of this work, and a recommendation to approve or deny the request for demolition, are submitted in a written report to Newtown Borough Council or the Township Board of Supervisors.

As an advocate for historic preservation, the Joint Historic Commission can be a resource for property owners and Borough and Township boards and committees regarding historic and/or architecturally significant structures. 

Meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 PM in Newtown Borough Council Chamber, located at 23 North State Street.

Chair (Borough)
Warren Woldorf
(215) 968-4879
Vice-Chair (Borough)
Lorraine Pentz
Jeanette Rogers
Nancy Freudenthal
Larry Fink
Lisa Ray
Bill Mahler
Craig Deutsch
Non-Member Recording Secretary
Sandi McIntyre
Liaison (Borough)
Bob King
(215) 968-5971
Liaison (Township) Jennifer Dix


Planning Commission

Seven member board.  Meets monthly on the first Monday of each month at 7 PM.

Planning Commission

Completed applications with fees must be submitted to the Zoning Officer two weeks prior to the first Monday of each month in order to be placed on the Planning Commission Agenda. 
Mark Craig
(215) 579-2475

David Bryk
Charles Machion
Kathleen McDermott
Ted Schmidt
Richard Spadaccino
Marc Waldinger
Non-member Recording Secretary
Leslie Dunleavy
Borough Liaison Kevin McDermott







Police and Non-Uniform Pension Fund Committee

Five member board.  Meets on call.

Police and Non-Uniform Pension
Fund Committee

The Newtown Police and Non-Uniform Pension Fund is administered through the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System (PMRS)
 Pennsylvania Muncipal Retirement System (PMRS)
(800) 622-7968
Mayor Charles F. Swartz, III
(267) 767-9887
Anthony Wojciechowski
(215) 860-7835
Judy S. Musto
(215) 968-2109
Member Robert J. Walker (215) 504-1232
Member Pat Ours (215) 968-2109


Recreation Board - Oversees Linton Memorial Park and Brian S. Gregg Memorial Park

Nine member board. Meets quarterly

Recreation Board

Jeanine Rambo
Jen Nicholl
Treasurer Nicole Rodowicz  
Non-member Recording Secretary
Council Liaison  Tara Grunde-McLaughlin
                          (215) 504-4948
Liz Warren
Missy McCormick
Colleen Curtin
Jennifer Koza
Sarah White
Tracey Osecki
Heather Lewis



Shade Tree Commission


Since 1984 Newtown Borough has had the honor of being declared "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation, the first and one of the few in Bucks County Pennsylvania. The Tree City USA award is given to those communities who have a legally constituted body or Shade Tree Commission, a Community Tree Ordinance, an active and comprehensive community forestry program supported by the community and an Arbor Day Proclamation and Public Commemorative Tree Planting. Arbor Day is celebrated nationwide on the fourth Friday in April.
All trees in the right of way require an approval prior to planting, pruning, removing, injecting, fertilizing, etc. Please complete the application below and submit to the Borough Secretary at
 Theodore W. Schmidt
(215) 860-6310
 Doug Turner
 Joan Grozalis
Borough Liaison
 Tara Grunde-McLaughlin
Traffic Management Committee


Traffic Committee

The Traffic Management Committee was set up to investigate Borough traffic flow and parking needs.  They meet as needed and are looking for more members. 

Michael Bergey
Karolyn Fisher
Borough Liaison, Tara Grunde-McLaughlin                    (215) 504-4948
Zoning Hearing Board

Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, if needed at 6:30 PM

Zoning Hearing Board    Liaison, Kevin McDermott

Chairman Thomas Dillione (215) 968-4572
Member Kimberly O'Neill (215) 968-4581
Member Marvin Cohen (267) 968-5699
Alternate Harry V. Tomlinson, III  (215) 860-9063