Boards & 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.

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Boards and Committees


Kevin Dippolito
Warren Woldorf
Rob Wagner

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

Civil Service Commission

Chairperson, Duane E. Buck

(215) 968-2044

Member George Penn

Member, Bernie Sauer

Recording Secretary: Heather Lewis

Alternate, Philip Mitchell

Alternate, Patricia Beasley

Alternate, Alisa Myles

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

Emergency Management Committee


Glenn Forsyth

(215) 968-2800 x255

Borough Coordinator

Mayor Charles F. Swartz, III

(215) 968-4896

Newtown Fire Association

Glenn Forsyth

(215) 968-2800 x255

Newtown Borough Police Department

Chief James J. Sabath

(215) 860-7835

Newtown Township Police Department

Chief John L. Hearn

(215) 968-2800

Newtown Ambulance Squad Joseph Swerk (215) 968-3500

Seven member board, three year term.  Meets on the second Monday of every other month at 7:00 p.m.

Environmental Advisory Council      Liaison, Julia Woldorf


Bill Heinemann


Doug Turner

Patrick Foster

Gerard OMalley

Twain Gonzales

Kristen Sebesky

Katherine Borish

Newtown Borough EAC is a group of community residents, appointed by the elected officials, to advise them and other municipal officials about the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources.    

Seven member board, three 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 - Rehabilitation Standards

HARB - COA Application

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



Greg Lewis
(215) 872-4377 
Jim McAuliffe
Mollie Mitchell
Mike Hutchinson
Bob King
David Page
Member, COA Administrator
Frank Hujber
(610) 324-9002 
Preservation Consultant
Margaret Newman
Non-Member Recording Secretary Leslie Dunleavy  
Council Liaison Sue Turner

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 accommodations. If an individual feels discrimination has been involved, this commission will hear their formal complaint.

5 member board that meets as needed

Mary Gonzalez - Chairperson                    

Sam Chertock

Thomas Murray

Catherine Anne Porter

Jack Byer

Borough Liaison, Julia Woldorf

Nine member board. Meets quarterly

Recreation Board



Jen Nicholl

Colleen Curtin


Tracey Osecki







Non-member Recording Secretary

Council Liaison  Nicole Rodowicz

                          (215) 764-0076

Meghan Bowers-Rapp

Michael Hurley

Jenna Ball

Ashley Kube

Sarah Ludwig



Eight member board, four year term.   Meets on 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.  Meetings are held in Newtown Borough Hall, 23 North State Street.

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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Completed applications for demolition requests must be received by the Zoning Officer by the second Monday of the month in order to be placed on the Joint Historic Commission agenda for that month.

Chairperson (Township)

Bill Mahler


Vice-Chair (Township)

Craig Deutsch

Treasurer (Borough)

Nancy Freudenthal


Larry Fink


Marcia Lincoln-Heinz


John Donato


Annamarie Kaminski



Non-Member Recording Secretary

Sandi McIntyre

Liaison (Borough)

Sue Turner

(215) 550-6581

Liaison (Township) Kyle Davis

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


Marc Waldinger






Charles Machion

Heather Lewis

Michael Ramos

Ted Schmidt

Richard Spadaccino

Non-member Recording Secretary

Leslie Dunleavy

Borough Liaison Marvin Cohen

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


James Sabath

(215) 860-7835


Judy S. Musto

(215) 968-2109

Member Tara Grunde-McLaughlin (215)479-0100
Member Pat Ours (215) 968-2109

Shade Tree Commission

Newtown Borough Resident Information


Every other month or as needed to review permit applications or conduct pertinent STC business.


Trees are a natural resource and improve air quality, lower air temperature, reduce storm water runoff, raise property values, and contribute to the aesthetics of Newtown Borough and the well-being of its residents.  The Shade Tree Commission advocates for the planting and maintenance of trees in the Borough.



The Newtown Borough Shade Tree Commission has the authority to plant, remove, maintain and protect shade trees on public rights-of-way in the Borough:

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

Planted or removed a shade tree in 2019 in Newtown Borough? LET US KNOW!
The Newtown Borough Shade Tree Commission (STC) responds each year to the Tree City/Arbor Day Foundation to renew our designation as a Tree City! The year 2020 marks our 36th year! The data collected through this application informs Tree City and The Arbor Day Foundation about the tree canopy in our area. The STC obtains this data from permits submitted for trees planted and removed in the rights of way and public parks but has no means to acquire data about private property, although this info is requested on the application. A shade tree is a large tree whose primary role is to provide shade in the surrounding environment due to its spreading canopy and crown. It also provides a habitat for wildlife. If a shade tree is planted on your property please help us by responding to me via private message with the type of tree planted. The address is not necessary. If a shade tree was removed from your property please let us know the type, and age or approximate diameter. Again, address is not necessary. Thanks so much, Newtown Borough STC 



  Ted Schmidt








Borough Liaison

: Marvin Cohen


Tree Pruning; Why Tree Topping is Wrong:

Find an Arborist:

Please contact an ISA Certified Arborist® (International Society of Arboriculture)

If you need an evaluation of the health of a tree. A reputable tree service will have access to a certified expert. Or use the ISA website below.

Newtown Borough Shade Tree Ordinance:

Newtown Borough Shade Tree Right of Way Work Permit:

Shade Tree Permit Application

Newtown Borough is pleased to have been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1984.


Traffic Committee

The Traffic Management Committee was set up to investigate Borough traffic flow and parking needs.  They are an Ad Hoc committee that meets as needed. 


Cheryl Goldstein

Trisha Pugh

James Steen

Scott Williams

David Witchell

Borough Liaison, Bob Szwajkos                    (267)972-4409

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, if needed, at 7:00 PM

Zoning Hearing Board    Liaison, Julia Woldorf

Member - Glenn Beasley

Member - Mike Sellers

Member - Bob Abrahamson

Alternate - Paul Salvatore

Alternate - Andrew Northup