HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, state Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Montgomery, the NAACP Pottstown Chapter, and the Pottstown YMCA are pleased to invite members of the media and public to attend a commemoration ceremony Thursday for Mr. James Frymoyer. The ceremony is being held in recognition of Frymoyer’s 40 years of community service. The event will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Pottstown YMCA, located at 724 N. Adams St., Pottstown. ### Read more
Williams requested the hearing to discuss ways to improve the allocation of educating funds for school districts throughout Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – Following mass shootings in the U.S. reportedly involving large capacity ammunition magazines, state Rep. Kevin Boyle announced he is seeking co-sponsors for his legislation that would prohibit this type of magazine in Pennsylvania. The legislation would ban the sale, offering and exposing for sale, use, purchase, possession and control of a large capacity ammunition magazine – which is defined as an automatic ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than 15 rounds of ammunition or five shotgun shells. “In some cases, large capacity ammunition magazines can hold up to 100 rounds of ammunition and can be used in any semi-automatic firearm that accepts a detachable magazine. Because of this, many automatic and semi-automatic firearms could increasingly become lethal,” Boyle said. “While this type of magazine is illegal to use for hunting in the commonwealth, it is not illegal to use for other purposes. I don’t see the need for allowing it in Pennsylvania.” Under this legislation, Pennsylvania would join nine states and the District of Columbia in prohibiting this type of magazine. Boyle noted that large capacity ammunition magazines were used in the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Shortly after those shootings, Boyle and some fellow colleagues held a news conference to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to convene a special session of the House and Senate to address gun violence in the Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – In a sweeping response to the negligence displayed before and after the Clairton Coke Works fire in December 2018, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, on Monday introduced legislation that would enact larger fines for industrial sites that exceed pollution thresholds and require facilities to create a municipal warning system. Davis, whose district houses the Clairton Coke Works site and suffered firsthand from the sulphur dioxide emissions following the December 2018 fire, said the mishap in his district and the recent incident at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex drove home the importance of introducing this bill before legislators return to session on Tuesday, Sept. 17. “These were two incidents that were not only unfortunate but detrimental to the environment and the residents residing in the general vicinity of both sites. Laws and regulations currently exist to make sure we have clean air and to also monitor industrial sites so that the public is protected from excessive emissions,” Davis said. “However, these incidents are still happening – exceedance thresholds are happening daily, and it’s the public that suffers. The time to act is now, which is why I’ve introduced legislation that will increase fines and put some teeth into preventing air pollution in the first place. It’s my hope that my colleagues will consider this legislation in the House chamber when we return to Read more
LANSDALE, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery, announced she will be hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on reducing the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver Waitlist. Hanbidge requested the hearing in order to address constituents’ concerns about the length of the HCBS waitlist since there are currently over 13,000 Pennsylvanians with disabilities waiting to receive essential support services. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The hearing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Towamencin Township Building, 1090 Troxel Road, Lansdale, PA 19446. The media and public are invited to attend. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Jeremy Yale , Director of Bureau Policy and Quality Management, Office of Development Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 10:40 a.m. Panel of Advocates: Sheila Stasko , Director, PA Waiting List Campaign Paul Stengle , Chief Executive Officer, The Arc Alliance Celia Feinstein , Executive Director, Temple Institute of Disabilities 11:30 a.m. Closing Remarks For more information, call Hanbidge’s district office at 610-277-3230. This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas will host her third annual District Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at Tustin Recreation Center, 5901 W. Columbia Ave. This free event will feature activities for the entire family, including a basketball tournament, live music and entertainment, including Philly’s own Beano French as headline performer, games, raffles, giveaways, food, and refreshments. Cephas and her staff will also be available to provide constituents with information on state programs and services. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 9 – Continuing his commitment to helping struggling local fire departments, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced that three fire companies in the 72 nd Legislative District have been selected to receive state grants to help fund training and equipment related to fighting brush and forest fires. Burns noted that he and state Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego heard first-hand from Cambria County firefighters about the challenges their departments face during a town hall meeting in May. “Firefighters answer the call in our communities when no one else will. Instead of running from danger, they run toward it without hesitation. We need to do as much as possible to ensure they have the resources to remain safe and adequately respond to emergencies, and these grants will do just that,” Burns said. Burns said Middle Taylor Township Vol. Fire Co. received $1,772; Portage Vol. Fire Co. No. 1 received $2,878; and Reade Township Vol. Fire Co. was awarded $4,000. The grant program, offered through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios; installing water supply equipment; wildfire prevention and mitigation work; training wildfire fighters; or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. Burns said he also wanted to remind local fire Read more
State Rep. Steve Malagari will host a policy hearing to discuss ways to improve transportation infrastructure for Pennsylvania. The hearing will include testifiers from SEPTA, PennDOT and local municipalities. Read more
I-95 South Ramp to Bridge Street FULL RAMP CLOSURE from May 1 - Indefinitely, due to water main break. DETOUR POSTED. I-95 N RIGHT LANE CLOSURE between Kerlin Street and Edgemont Avenue on August 12 from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to DMS repair. I-95 N RIGHT LANE CLOSURE between Route 291 and Broad Street interchanges from August 9-August 8 AM - 3 PM, due to bridge inspection. I-76 W RIGHT LANE CLOSURE between Spring Garden Street and Haverford Avenue on August 14 from 9 AM - 3 PM, due to DMS repair. I-76 E SHORT TERM LANE CLOUSURE between 30th Street and University Avenue interchanges from August 7 - August 12 on weekdays from 9 PM - 5 AM; 9 PM Fri. - 5 AM Monday, due to prep work. I-76 E CLOSURE AND DETOUR between 30th Street and South Street interchanges from August 9 - August 12 from 11 PM Friday - 5 AM Monday, due to bridge removal. DETOUR POSTED. I-76 E CLOSURE & DETOUR of the Walnut Street on-ramp to I-76 East from August 9 - August 12 from 9 PM Fridays to 5 AM Monday, due to removal of bridge overlay. I-76 E ON-RAMP CLOSURE AND DETOUR from Walnut Street from August 9 - August 12 from 9 PM Friday - 5 AM Monday, due to bridge removal. US 1 North (Roosevelt Blvd) LANE CLOSURES between Fox Street and 17 th Street from August 12 - August 14 from 9 PM - 5 AM, due to barrier removal. Route 611 (Broad Street) SHOULDER CLOSURE between Allegheny Avenue and Clearfield Avenue from August 2 - August 24 from 9 AM-3 PM, due to utility work. Route Read more
ERIE, Aug. 9 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host his 7 th annual Senior Fair & Older Living Expo from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 19 at McDowell Intermediate High School, 3320 Caughey Road. The free event will feature about 80 exhibitors, valuable information on state programs, free health screenings, refreshments, door prizes and more. “The fair is one of the most exciting events I host each year because of all the energy our senior community brings,” Bizzarro said. “Erie’s seniors are an active, engaged group who understand that Pennsylvania offers a wealth of programs and services for older adults. The fair provides a great opportunity for them to learn about new and existing programs; pick up applications and brochures; and talk to staff, who will be on-hand to answer questions. “Once again this year, the fair will feature dozens of community exhibitors offering a look at all the latest resources important to older adults – from health, nutrition and fitness, to housing, home care, transportation and financial services. The best part is that every year, seniors come away with a better understanding of how to make the most of their retirement years.” Additional parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the Gus Anderson Field, located off Caughey Road, with shuttle service available to and from the fair. Residents interested in learning more should contact Bizzarro’s office Read more
State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, was proud to help Rock Run Recreation secure a $53,800 state grant to help maintain its 140-mile outdoor recreation trail system. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – Following the recent deadly shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, state Reps. Kevin Boyle, Malcolm Kenyatta, and Danielle Friel Otten were joined by other legislators to call on Gov. Tom Wolf to convene a special session of the House and Senate to address gun violence in the commonwealth. “From Ohio to Texas, California to Pennsylvania, one shooting is one too many. People should not have to fear for their lives by just walking out of their house, going to the store or attending an event in their community. These tragedies are beyond commonplace,” Boyle said. “The continuous lack of action and the thoughts and prayers mentality must be a thing of the past. We can no longer stand idly by and watch communities and families being torn apart by these senseless acts of violence. The time to act on commonsense gun reform in Pennsylvania must be now.” Boyle added there is legislation pending in both the House and Senate that includes bills to ban assault weapons, close the loophole for gun background checks, and adopt Extreme Risk Protective Orders that equip families, law enforcement, and the courts to temporarily restrict access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others. Kenyatta stated that the ongoing gun violence in Pennsylvania, particularly in Philadelphia, has become a public epidemic. Kenyatta said, “I’ve sat with way too many families who have lost loved ones to gun Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and ACHIEVEability will host the 60 th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam on Saturday, Aug. 10. “Summer Jam is an amazing celebration of community, bringing neighbors together and giving them the opportunity to get services they may need,” McClinton said. “Summer Jam offers something for everyone – from free health screenings and wellness resources, to free food and live entertainment.” The 60 th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam will be held on 60 th Street, between Arch and Chestnut streets. It will start with a parade at 10:15 a.m. at Shepard Rec. Center. The main stage will kick off at 11 a.m., with drill team selections and opening remarks. Throughout the day beginning at 11:30 a.m. there will be musical and dance performances, including African Dance and Drum ensemble at 12:30 p.m. Community awards will be presented at 3 p.m. In addition to free health screenings and wellness resources, free food and live entertainment, there will be giveaways, children’s activities, community resources and more at the all-ages event. The event runs through 5 p.m. State Reps. Morgan Cephas and Movita Johnson-Harrell, both D-Phila., will cosponsor the event with McClinton. ACHIEVEability is a nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty. Previous 60 th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jams have attracted more than 1,000 people . Read more
Warren’s district office staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide services and talk to constituents in Morrisville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Morrisville Senior Servicenter on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month. Read more
TAYLOR, Aug. 8 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in Kosierowski's office at 802 S. Main St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative will be available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the advisers must schedule an appointment through Kosierowski’s office at 570-562-2350. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 8 – On Thursday, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, welcomed PennDOT District 11 Director and Allegheny County Maintenance Manager Cheryl Moon-Sirianni to the 35 th Legislative District to meet with municipal managers and elected officials to discuss road issues plaguing their municipalities. Sirianni visited one or two state roads from each municipality that had sustained roadway damage, Davis said. During the tour, local officials addressed their community’s roadway issues with Sirianni, something Davis said has yielded positive results in the past and likely will result in the same following Thursday’s tour. “Last year’s tour was a success for local leaders and state roadways. Change – in any situation – isn’t instantaneous, but many of the issues brought to PennDOT’s attention last year were addressed,” Davis said. “Any time we can get local officials and a leading state agency together, at the same time and at the root of the problem, is a win. This experience has yielded great results and led to open dialogue between both parties.” In total, Davis said the PennDOT tour covered issues on 14 state roadways across the district. PennDOT District 11 covers 2,570 total road miles, 1,804 total bridges, and four tunnels that span Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. Read more
SCRANTON, Aug. 7 – Older residents living in Scranton, South Abington Township and Clarks Green are invited to join state Rep. Marty Flynn for his upcoming 7th annual Senior Fair. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 7 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today announced that he was presented with the annual Rising Environmental Leader Award by the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators at the sixth annual National Forum in Nashville, TN, this week. Each year, the NCEL recognizes state lawmakers for their outstanding accomplishments on environmental issues. The Rising Environmental Leader Award goes to members of the caucus who demonstrate strong leadership on environmental issues early in their legislative careers. Following his election in 2016, Rabb immediately became an active and engaged participant in NCEL. He continues to lead efforts to establish a carbon price and transition to 100% renewable energy in Pennsylvania. He also has introduced legislation as part of the Zero Waste PA package to reduce plastic and other pollutants in the state. He works to combine environmental and social justice issues. “What good is it to humanity that we have a greener planet if only some benefit from inequitable environmental stewardship,” Rabb said. “This is why my advocacy in this space is so deeply rooted in social justice.” Following his recognition for efforts on environmental issues, Rabb also joined the NCEL Board of Directors. NCEL’s board has 14 members and is comprised of a majority of sitting legislators. NCEL Executive Director Jeff Mauk highlighted how leaders such as Rabb are how the caucus continues to strengthen Read more
7th Annual Health and Wellness Weekend includes food, entertainment, kids’ activities & more! Read more
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