COATESVILLE, May 24 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, accompanied by nearly 40 volunteers, beautified the Old Evergreen Cemetery in Coatesville in honor of Memorial Day approaching. Old Evergreen Cemetery is the eternal resting place for many local African American veterans. Tombstones in the Old Evergreen Cemetery honor veterans from as far back as the Civil War. Williams and volunteers removed weeds and shrubberies that were consuming graves to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. “These veterans who gave their lives for our freedom deserve the respect and honor of having their graves visible,” Williams said. “It’s not just on Memorial Day we should recognize these individuals, but it should be throughout the year.” Williams said he was thrilled that the Coatesville community saw the importance of preserving this cemetery and all the stories that it holds. He added it was uplifting to see volunteers ranging from toddlers to seniors come together to revitalize Old Evergreen Cemetery and honor the legacies of those buried there. “It’s reassuring to see that community members want to honor those buried here and ensure their stories aren’t forgotten,” Williams said. “Memorial Day is all about recognizing veterans who are no longer with us, and this cleanup was our way of thanking them for everything they did for our country.” Read more
“Your passion for home healthcare on both a personal and professional level make you an obvious candidate for this award.” Read more
"Our community should be proud. General Hays was an extraordinary woman, one who had high standards, true grit, and believed in herself and her countrymen.” Read more
State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will host a Young Adult Financial Literacy Forum at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at North Wales Borough Hall, 300 School St., in North Wales. Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, May 23 – State Rep. Christina Sappey will host a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 to discuss state-related issues of importance to residents of the 158th legislative district. Residents with a landline telephone will receive a call inviting them to participate in the discussion and should remain on the line if they wish to participate. Residents wishing to participate via cellphone can sign up by completing this form. People may listen in and ask questions or leave feedback at the conclusion of the call. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . “This is a convenient opportunity for residents to share views, ask questions and stay informed on legislation being considered in Harrisburg that could impact them,” Sappey said. “I look forward to hearing from the community.” For more information or questions, residents are asked to call Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264. Read more
EBENSBURG, May 23 – As a longstanding partner with Cambria County Crime Stoppers in its “Push out the Pusher” campaign, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, said numerous Youth Fairs featuring an anti-drug use message are scheduled throughout the 72 nd Legislative District this summer. The Cambria County Courts and judges, and the county’s Drug Task Force, are important partners in these Youth Fairs, and Burns’ office is also on hand to talk about state programs to deter kids and young adults from drug use. "This is an important message to reinforce, so I encourage parents to consider having their children attend these events," Burns said. "This year, we've expanded the number of events to 22, so there are even more opportunities to find a location near you. All Youth Fairs, unless noted below, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2019 Youth Fair schedule is: June 7 – Colver Park Pavilion June 11 – VFW Baseball Field, Sankertown June 12 – Chest Springs Baseball Field June 14 -- Summerhill Fire Hall June 18 -- Revloc Park June 19 -- Vintondale Baseball Field June 21 – Franklin Street Baseball Field, Gallitzin June 25 -- McMullen Park, Nanty Glo June 26 – East Side Elementary, Johnstown (10 a.m.-noon) June 28 – The Mound Playground, Westmont July 2 – Inside Campground/Beach, Prince Gallitzin July 9 -- Veterans Park, Cresson July 10 – American Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 23 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., today announced that the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House will be receiving a Special Focus Award for Public Impact during the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards hosted by Preservation Pennsylvania. “I’m thrilled to know that a project in my district will be honored at this year’s award ceremony,” Bullock said. “These are more than just older buildings; they are places that bring about feelings of community and a sense of belonging. After the complete renovation and reopening of Met Philadelphia in December 2018, this once vacant theater has begun to host a slew of musical acts as a bustling concert venue. Purpose has been found again for this beautiful location.” Preservation Pennsylvania honors excellence and innovation in preservation practice at the annual Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. Twenty-six awards, representing projects and people across the state, were selected to receive recognition during this year’s event to be held June 19 at Wilson College in Chambersburg. Since 1979, the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards have honored individuals and organizations that exhibited excellence in the field of historic preservation. Preservation Pennsylvania is the commonwealth’s only statewide, private nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to preserving Pennsylvania’s historic places through creative partnerships, Read more
HARRISBURG, May 23 – With the Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial start of the summer season approaching, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca said the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering the first of two “Fish for Free Days” on Sunday. "Not only is it a great way to spend some quality time outdoors with friends and family, it also presents a great opportunity to introduce them to fishing,” Petrarca said. “It could be the start of a productive and satisfying hobby for them.” Petrarca said the Fish for Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to fish legally for Pennsylvania's most popular fish without a fishing license from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on May 26 and Thursday, July 4th. All other fishing laws and regulations remain in effect, he added. More information about the event is available on the Fish and Boat Commission website at https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/FishingRegulations/Pages/FishForFreeDay.aspx . Read more
HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center. “In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.” “Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.” The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties. ‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Read more
HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Rep. Robert Freeman today announced that four projects in his legislative district were awarded $192,283 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more
WHITEHALL, May 22 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $69,622 grant to Whitehall Township to construct a Whitehall Parkway Pavilion for community use. The project will consist of installing and opening an open-air pavilion with restrooms and concessions areas in Whitehall Parkway. The parkway is a 110-acre park near the center of the township, and is used by many community members to hike, fish, bird watch, explore historical buildings and more. “The Whitehall Parkway is a beautiful park that is enjoyed by so many, my family included,” McNeill said. “Working to ensure funding comes to projects like this is a highlight of my job as a state legislator, and I look forward to seeing continued improvements and enhancements to our parks.” McNeill noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration for their dedication to community development. The project is expected to be completed by July 2019. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development. 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 Securities. Read more
City Charter School in Pittsburgh has been selected to receive a $23,147 state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to purchase safety and security-related equipment. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 22 – Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, said the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering the first of two “Fish for Free Days” on Sunday. "This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend or family member to fishing and spend some quality time together outdoors,” Kortz said. “In addition, it could be the start of a satisfying hobby for them to enjoy and pass on to others.” Kortz said the Fish for Free Days, which began in 1984, allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to fish legally for Pennsylvania's most popular fish without a fishing license. All other fishing laws and regulations remain in effect. More information about the event, which also will be held July 4, is available on the Fish and Boat Commission website at https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/FishingRegulations/Pages/FishForFreeDay.aspx . Read more
State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Democratic whip, and Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, were joined by state Sens. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin/Perry, and Judy Schwank, D-Berks, to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate aimed at removing employment barriers for formally convicted people. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 22 – A bill authored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, aimed at creating thousands of jobs in the life sciences, advance technology and manufacturing industries has passed the House Commerce Committee. “This legislation would help businesses in these rapidly growing fields stay afloat and create a lot more job opportunities in Pennsylvania,” Shusterman said. According to Shusterman, H.B. 719 would help businesses within these industries thrive by providing them with loan guarantees through Pennsylvania’s Second Stage Loan Program under the agreement that recipients must keep their practices within Pennsylvania. “We must make sure that the program contains the right parameters to ensure guarantees are being delivered to Pennsylvania businesses who commit to Pennsylvania, who commit to the people living, working and raising families here,” Shusterman said. Due to the lack of bank history among businesses in these fields, Shusterman said banks are often reluctant to extend lines of credit or working capital to businesses in these fields, which commonly causes them to fail during their critical developing years. Pennsylvania’s Second Stage Loan Program offers guarantees for bank loans to second stage manufacturers, advanced technology, and life sciences companies in business for two to seven years. The bill was sent to the full House for consideration. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 22 – As a long-time advocate for state government to spend only what is needed, state Rep. Frank Burns is recommending taxes be lowered and shelved rural road projects be completed, as Pennsylvania revenue is currently running $828 million ahead of projections, with two months remaining in the fiscal year. "In nine of the last 10 months, the state has brought in more money than anticipated," Burns said. "This proves my continued stance against massive tax hikes was correct. The surplus also creates an opportunity for us to give hardworking taxpayers a much-deserved break from Harrisburg's tendency to reach into taxpayers' pockets for more." The solution put forth by Burns is a departure from the path suggested by Gov. Tom Wolf, who has recommended that the full amount of any surplus be retained by Harrisburg and deposited into the state's Rainy Day Fund. The problem with that plan, Burns said, is the legislature can raid the fund anytime it needs more money. Burns has proposed giving the surplus back to the people by offsetting the tax on gasoline and putting the rest into property tax relief. “Gasoline is over $3 a gallon, thanks to Pennsylvania having the highest tax in the country and seniors are being taxed out of their homes,” Burns said “Any surplus should be given back to the people. “While I agree that planning for future economic downturns is good practice Read more
HARRISBURG, May 20 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D- Bucks, today congratulated Bristol Township School District for earning a $24,788 school safety equipment grant funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools’ Targeted Grant. This grant comes weeks after the school district received a $144,000 school safety grant from the School Safety and Security Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “Schools are supposed to be a safe haven for learning, but in light of recent national events in which schools have been targeted, the reality is that school safety, particularly the safety of students, has been compromised,” Davis said. “The Bristol Township School worked diligently to secure this grant, and the previous one, in an effort to ensure that all students feel physically and emotionally safe in their classrooms.” The Safe Schools Targeted Grant for Equipment program assists schools by providing security planning, purchasing of security-related technology which may include metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, electronic locksets, deadbolts, and theft control devices, and training in the use of security-related technology. A full list of approved school districts and more information about the Safe Schools Targeted Grant for Equipment can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Read more
ERIE, May 20 – A $25,000 grant to the Iroquois School District will fund the purchase of security equipment, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. Harkins said the funding, administered by the state Department of Education, will allow the district to complement existing safety measures in schools with a variety of equipment-based resources. “Effective school security relies on a mix of different resources, and those vary depending on the school,” Harkins said. “There’s no one-size-fits-all plan. What’s true across the board, however, is that a safe, secure environment is essential for students to learn. The grant announced today should go a long way in ensuring that Iroquois School District can purchase the security equipment it has determined it needs to keep students and school employees safe.” Harkins noted that the grant is part of a statewide package of 39 competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants awarded up to a maximum of $25,000 each. Districts may use the funding to purchase student, staff and visitor identification systems; surveillance and special emergency communications equipment; metal detectors; protective lighting; electronic locksets, deadbolts and theft control devices; and training for the use of security-related technology. The funding announced today is in addition to more than $47 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants announced earlier this month. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 20 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman announced today that Middle Bucks Institute of Technology was awarded a $24,125 state grant for school safety equipment. “I’m thrilled that Middle Bucks Institute of Technology has received this grant, which is an investment in keeping our students safe,” said Ullman, D-Bucks. “It’s critical that we make sure schools have the resources they need to create safe places where students and staff can focus on learning. I will continue to look for more opportunities to support our schools.” The grant was among $919,000 in competitive Safe Schools Targeted grants awarded to 39 school districts for safety and security-related equipment. The grants can be used for items such as student, staff and visitor identification systems, metal detectors, protective lighting, surveillance equipment, special emergency communications equipment, training and more. “The additional funding will help these schools create the safe and healthy learning environment that parents and their children deserve and further demonstrates the Wolf administration’s commitment to students and teachers across the commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Read more
EBENSBURG, May 20 – State Rep. Frank Burns today announced Forest Hills School District in Cambria County has been awarded $25,000 to complement its existing safety and security resources. Burns said the grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education were awarded to school districts which applied – but did not receive – competitive grants from PDE during last fall’s funding cycle. The funds can be used by school districts to purchase security-related equipment, such as metal detectors, special emergency communications equipment and theft-control devices. “These are wise investments toward the safety of our students and teachers,” Burns said. “It will complement the existing resources and tools the district has in place, with the overall goal of providing a safe learning environment.” Burns said grant applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/fundinggrants/Pages/default.aspx Read more
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