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
J. Eric Johnson
Warren Woldorf

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

Civil Service Commission

Chairperson, Duane E. Buck

(215) 968-2044

George Penn

Bernie Sauer

Recording Secretary: Heather Lewis

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 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

Judith Ritter



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, 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 - 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, Mike Italia.



James McAuliffe
Mike Hutchinson
Charles Adcock
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

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

Sam Chertock                       

Rober Szwajkos

Aryeh Weinstein

Ron Ricci

Thomas Murray

Borough Liaison, Bob King

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.

Chair (Borough)

Warren Woldorf

(215) 968-4879

Vice-Chair (Borough)

Lorraine Pentz


Jeanette Rogers


Nancy Freudenthal


Larry Fink


Lisa Ray


David Wolcott


Craig Deutsch

Non-Member Recording Secretary

Sandi McIntyre

Liaison (Borough)

Bob King

(215) 968-5971

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







Charles Machion

Heather Lewis

Michael Ramos

Ted Schmidt

Richard Spadaccino

Marc Waldinger

Non-member Recording Secretary

Leslie Dunleavy

Borough Liaison Tara Grunde-McLaughlin

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 Kevin McDermott (267)750-9163
Member Pat Ours (215) 968-2109

Nine member board. Meets quarterly

Recreation Board



Jen Nicholl

Missy McCormick


Tracey Osecki







Non-member Recording Secretary

Council Liaison  Nicole Rodowicz

                          (215) 764-0076

Charissa Stone

Regina Gairo

Colleen Curtin

Jennifer Koza

Sarah White

Jenna Ball


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




  Joan Grozalis

 (215) 968-3090


  Doug Turner



 Judith Ritter


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 meet as needed and are looking for more members. 


Karolyn Fisher

James Steen

Borough Liaison, Tara Grunde-McLaughlin                    (215) 504-4948

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, if needed, at 6:30 PM

Zoning Hearing Board    Liaison, Julia Woldorf

Chairman Thomas Dillione (215) 968-4572
Member Kimberly ONeill
Member Bob Abrahamson
Alternate Paul Salvatore
Alternate Andrew Northup