HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – A $61,700 Keystone Library Grant will fund major renovations to the Yeadon Public Library, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today. McClinton said the funds will be used to bring the building’s restrooms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and install efficient HVAC, windows and lighting. “Libraries can create strong bonds in our neighborhoods. They help students with their school work, people looking for employment, and provide seniors with a place to spend time with friends,” McClinton said. “This grant will continue strengthening that bond while keeping the Yeadon Public Library a destination for everyone to enjoy in the years to come.” McClinton added the Yeadon Public Library recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of being founded in 1937 by the Women’s Club of Yeadon. It also commemorated its 50th anniversary of relocating to its current facility in 1967. The grant – part of a package of $6.8 million in grants to 27 public libraries statewide – is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers the public library portion of the program, which is funded from a portion of realty transfer taxes. Grants are competitive and must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the library’s municipality. Read more
State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans announced that the York County Libraries/Martin Library was awarded a state grant to help reconstruct its public restrooms. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, will join his “Readshaw’s Raiders” and other motorcycle riders from around the commonwealth for their 18th annual “Ride to Gettysburg.” The event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997 to fund cleaning, repairs and restoration of the battlefield’s monuments and markers to honor Pennsylvania units. The ride from Harrisburg to Gettysburg will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, rain or shine, and will begin near the fountain outside the Capitol East Wing. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the ride will start at 1 p.m. The event also will feature: A welcome ceremony at 12:15 p.m. at Soldiers’ Grove. Members of a historic group of women bikers, led by former state Rep. Teresa Forcier, who will serve as the ride marshalls. “Slingshot” bikes, including one occupied by Readshaw. Participation by state Reps. Bryan Barbin and Dan Moul. The God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard, who will lead the riders to Gettysburg. Last year, the event drew more than 420 riders. You can learn more about the event here. You can also call Readshaw's Harrisburg office at 717-783-0411 or visit the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education PA website at www.abatepa.org . Media coverage is invited. Read more
YARDLEY, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on emergency services issues at the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Station 80. Warren was joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the drastic need for volunteers and the importance of state programs that provide vital funding assistance to local emergency services. “Today’s hearing highlights how important state funding for our first responders is and the need to bolster recruitment and support for our volunteers who protect us daily across the commonwealth,” Warren said. “Many fire stations in Pennsylvania rely on some, if not entirely, volunteer firefighters. It is vital to the public’s safety that we help these departments attract, train and retain more volunteers to end our current shortage.” The committee heard testimony from, Dylan Ferguson, director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Evan Resnikoff, president, Newtown Ambulance Squad; Larry Newman, president, Yardley-Makefield Fire Co.; and Glenn Forsyth, fire chief, Newtown Township Emergency Services Department. Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first with good Read more
WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Jerry Mullery, D-Luzerne, joined House and Senate colleagues to host the 2018 Luzerne County Senior Expo at the Wyoming Valley Mall today. "It's great to have an event like this that's a 'one-stop' for our seniors to gather information on what services and programs are available for them," Mullery said. "While both of my offices are open daily to aid constituents, it's via these annual events when we're able to bring together such a large number of agencies and vendors." The free Senior Expo featured more than 70 vendors, with many offering free health screenings. Mullery said that having a joint event with Sens. Lisa Baker and John Yudichak, and Rep. Aaron Kaufer at the Wyoming Valley Mall is a bonus for the area. "Working together and combining all of our resources in one place is a win-win for everyone," Mullery said. Click here to view photos from today’s Senior Expo. Read more
Recognizing the importance public libraries play in communities around the state, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. D-Luzerne, thanked the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf today for awarding a $120,000 grant to the Osterhout Free Library. Read more
VANDERGRIFT, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today that a $23,100 Keystone Library Grant he worked to bring to the district has been approved to fund multiple upgrades to Armstrong County’s Apollo Memorial Library. The grant will be used to replace the library’s flat rubber roof, upgrade to LED and new panel lighting and repaint the library’s interior. “I’m thrilled about this funding, which will revitalize one of Apollo Borough’s most essential resources,” Petrarca said. “The library plays such a key role in our community because it serves so many different needs for residents – from offering free information, educational opportunities and access to computer technology, to providing children with stimulating programs and spaces to explore books and the arts, to providing a gathering place for community discussions. “The economic benefits are equally important – the library is an anchor that draws people and creates economic opportunities for surrounding businesses. This funding is a terrific investment both for our community and the local economy. I want to thank the Department of Education for approving these funds.” The grant – part of a package to 27 public libraries statewide – is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced that the Reading Public Library’s Northwest Branch was awarded a state grant to help replace its aging heating and cooling system. The Keystone Library Grant of $77,500 will help the library replace its 39-year-old heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. The funding was among $6.8 million in library grants awarded by the state Department of Education on Thursday. “Public libraries are a fundamental part of our communities – hubs that provide an ever-growing list of services for residents. So we have to help keep our libraries in good shape,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased that the state awarded this grant to help the Reading Public Library complete necessary upgrades at the Northwest Branch. Keystone Library Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. They must be matched dollar-for-dollar, and they can be used for projects such as HVAC upgrades, ADA upgrades, roof or window replacements, expansion projects and more. Read more
State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will hold her Celebrate Recovery event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Mountain Center, 354 Memorial Blvd. Madden said recovery from addiction is a complex issue. “The road to recovery can be bumpy at times and victims may encounter obstacles, but it’s the only way people can move ahead in life and overcome destruction in their lives,” Madden said. Keynote speaker will be Jason Snyder, regional director of operations for Pinnacle Health and former special assistant to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for Gov. Tom Wolf. There will be guest speakers, food, games, providers, resources, raffles and many more activities. “I want to celebrate with people who have recovered and positively turned their lives around,” Madden said. For more information call Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850 . Read more
MASONTOWN, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, whose district includes Masontown and who canceled a planned evening event there in the wake of today’s tragedy, issued the following statement in response to the shooting spree at District Justice Dan Shimshock’s office: "My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by today’s senseless act of violence at the Masontown magistrate's office. "I have been on scene talking with investigators. A news conference has been scheduled at the Uniontown State Police Barracks at 5 p.m. where we will hopefully learn more details at that time." Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – After advocating for upgrades to be made to the activities field at Sto-Rox High School, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, is pleased to announce the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $100,000 grant for the project. Deasy said the funds will be used to construct a synthetic turf, which will replace the natural grass football field. The field was last sodded, rolled and leveled over 40 years ago in 1976. “Raising awareness and funding for this project started last year with alumni, friends and businesses coming together to pitch in,” Deasy said. “The current field is outdated and lacks a proper irrigation system. Our students deserve a first-class, modern and safe field. All of our hard work is finally coming to fruition.” Additionally, Deasy said the grant would help the school expand its sports teams and become a more welcoming place where the community would have access to it. The total projected cost to refurbish the field is $610,364. The McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, or CDC Rocks, applied for the grant and a fundraising committee has helped lead the charge through its “It Starts with the Field,” slogan to help with donations. Earlier this year, the NFL Grassroots Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant for the new field. The CFA is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the economic stimulus package passed by the Read more
Burns introduced legislation calling for a nationwide investigation into the Roman Catholic Church and providing further protections for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Read more
BETHLEHEM, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson invites residents to join his 2nd Southside Community and Senior Fair on Friday. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that more than $250,000 in funding has been awarded from the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program for a project in the 185th Legislative District, which covers portions of Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The grant – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – will help fund a project to replace 430 feet of sewer lines, 33 street laterals, and three manhole covers on Apple Street in Colwyn Borough, Delaware County. “Aging infrastructure can lead to major consequences, so it’s crucial to address these issues as quickly as possible,” Donatucci said. “This project for Apple Street helps residents throughout the borough through the reduction of inflow and infiltration.” The sanitary sewer along Apple Street is in poor condition due to a sinkhole developing along this line of pipe. The line has been televised, and shown to be in dire need of replacement. The total cost for the project is $299,310. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Read more
State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced state grants totaling $739,559 were awarded for three projects in Montgomery County by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more
The grants -- $425,000 to the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority, $151,155 to the Mahanoy Township Authority and $90,000 to Minersville, were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded the 45 th Legislative District $842,851 in state grants. “I’m happy to announce this generous funding to the 45 th Legislative District,” Kulik said. “The allotted funding will benefit the entities that requested the funding, and it surely will make a positive impact across our community.” The grants are for the following: The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County received $175,000, which will be used to renovate the Carnegie Science Center’s main entrance. The entrance currently is not ADA-compliant, but this project will rectify the problem. Renovations include the demolition of 27,500 square feet of sidewalk; the installation of a drop-off lane and bridge/ramp; concrete and asphalt paving; concrete curbing, walls and stairs; stainless steel handrail; curb stops; ADA tactile warning surface; line paint; wiring; drainage; plantings; and light columns. Coraopolis Water and Sewer Authority was the recipient of $217,851. Some of that money – $17,851 – will be used to conduct an Act 537 Plan Special Study to address wet weather issues and combined sewage overflow compliance in the existing sewer system that services Coraopolis Borough. The remaining funds – $200,000 – will be used for the in-trench replacement of approximately 250 linear feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer; Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded $194,242 to McKees Rocks, in addition to $100,000 given to the borough to rehabilitate four pedestrian stairways and $50,000 for the Construction Workforce Development Program. Deasy said the $194,242 will help redirect stormwater runoff from the combined sewer system along Gardner and Catherine streets. The projected total project cost is $319,376. “The project includes changing the flow of five catch basins to an underground infiltration tank that is proposed to be located on borough property at the Rangers Field Park,” Deasy said. “Anytime we make upgrades to our sewer systems, it improves safety to our residents and environment.” Additionally, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County through the Allegheny County GEDTF Program, will help to develop a mobile construction video game for the Construction Workforce Development Program. “The proposed game aims to increase diversity, promote awareness of construction careers and science, technology, engineering and math, connect students with apprenticeship programs, help them to understand the roles of commercial builders and how to start a career as a commercial builder,” Deasy said. “Employment in the trade industry provides a good income and are skills that will be in high demand in the future.” The Construction Advancement Program of Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State grants totaling $205,000 were awarded to the 2 nd and 3 rd Legislative Districts, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. State funding for $80,000, granted by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, was requested on behalf of the McKean Recreation Authority to construct a paved nature trail at McKean Community Park located in McKean Borough. “I’m happy to announce this funding that will help make this project in McKean Community Park come to fruition,” Bizzarro said. “This funding will assist in ensuring all areas of the park are now accessible for those who wish to explore the park in its entirety.” The project looks to construct a paved, handicap-accessible nature trail. The trail system is the final set of walking trails and will connect the latest trail extension to the currently inaccessible wooded area of the park. Bizzarro also announced that the 2 nd Legislative District was awarded $125,000 in state funding to install nature slides at Lake Erie Arboretum Frontier Park. The nonprofit tree museum requested the funding to install three stainless steel nature slides to provide additional recreational activities for children who use the nearby playground. “In addition to the 3 rd Legislative District’s funding, I’m pleased to announce that the 2 nd Legislative District received this substantial grant,” Bizzarro said. “I strongly advocated for this project, Read more
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