PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will hold a Human Services job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Treasures Banquet Facility, 5549 Germantown Ave., 19144. “Looking for a job can be a very frustrating process. There are so many avenues out there that sometimes a person isn’t able to find a suitable position,” Kinsey said. “This Human Services job fair brings available positions to anyone seeking employment in this specific field. So folks who come to the job fair should have a sense that they are coming with the intent to work in this field.” Kinsey said more than 25 agencies will be in attendance looking to fill various Human Services positions that are currently open. Candidates should dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. “This job fair is part of a series of meetings with constituents, to listen to their concerns on the need for employment throughout the northwest community. I’m happy to partner with the Alliance of Community Service Providers to host this event.” Kinsey concluded. More information can be obtained calling Kinsey’s constituent service office at (215) 849-6592. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., welcomed more than 1,200 constituents of the 191st and 192nd Legislative Districts to the Second Annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam, where families could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “It was my honor to host the event again this year. We provided health screenings and resources for our constituents, but more importantly we united our communities even more. Communities where back in the days neighbors were not allowed to cross from one side to another,” McClinton said. “This event proves that peace is possible and that communities can come together, grow and thrive.” The Summer Jam began with a March for Peace and included health screenings conducted by Sayre Health Center, Mercy Health System and Penn Medicine; children’s activities, food and refreshments. Philadelphia radio show personality Dezzie hosted live performances that included the African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Carnival, and L&L Dance Company. With more than 50 exhibitors, attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Congressman Dwight Evans, state Sen. Anthony Williams, state Rep. Donna Bullock and Councilmembers Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones Jr. Read more
YARDLEY, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, is seeking applications from local students for a fall internship in his Yardley district office. Duties will include assisting with handling constituent relations, answering phones, planning events and engaging the community of the 31st Legislative District. "This is a great opportunity for students who are excited to learn more about Pennsylvania's legislative process," Warren said. "Interns will become familiar with a variety of legislative issues facing Pennsylvania, which will provide them with valuable experience." Interns must be 18 or older and a high school or college student. Those interested can contact P.J. O’Brien at POBrien@pahouse.net with a resume attached. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – In an effort to expand access to books and promote literacy through Northwest Philadelphia communities, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., will re-launch “Books to Barbers” – a campaign to provide donated books to barbershops to encourage young boys and girls to develop love for reading. Youngblood will be dropping off donated books to three local barbershops on Tuesday, Aug. 22, beginning at 11 a.m. The first stop will be The Proper Image Barbershop, 326 W. Chelten Ave. From there, she will visit Ballerz Barber Shop, 60 W. Chelten Ave., and then conclude the tour at Clipperz Unisex Hair Salon, 61 W. Maplewood Mall. Youngblood said she hopes to eventually bring “Books to Barbers” to all barbershops and salons in her district, as well as work with lawmakers from across Philadelphia to help develop the campaign for other communities in the city. Youngblood has been working with the Philadelphia Free Library, and the Read By 4 th campaign to expand the program’s outreach. Anyone interested in participating in “Books to Barbers” or looking for more information on how to contribute to the campaign is encouraged to contact Youngblood’s office at 215-849-6426. Read more
Rep. Adam Ravenstahl introduces House Bill 1737, which he says could open the door for chiropractic educational programs in the state by allowing chiropractic interns to practice under supervision. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 18 - Following the events in Charlottesville, Va., the members of the Southeast Delegation released the following statement: “We, the members of the Southeast Delegation of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus, watched in horror the open display of hate and bigotry from neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia this past Saturday, August 12 th . A display that quickly turned violent and deadly. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, who was killed in an act of hate-fueled terror, to the family and friends of the officers who died in the line of duty – Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke Bates – and to the many others injured and traumatized that day. “In the aftermath, we are standing together with our families, our communities, and colleagues for support and strength in the face of this inhumane, racist moment. And we rightly look to our leaders, of any party and stripe, to clearly and full-throatedly denounce hate — and to reaffirm our country’s founding principle that all are created equal. “That moral authority that we search for was grotesquely missing in our president. Instead, President Trump displays sympathy for fanaticism; blame for violence on both the purveyors and victims; and an unashamed ignorance. At a time when our country needs a leader who will unite us, this president, again, pushes us apart. “Sadly, this past weekend’s Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Brown, D-Phila., warned citizens about an emerging scam related to Medicare cards. “Beginning in 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will mail out new Medicare cards that no longer have Social Security numbers on them. This action will help protect our citizens from identity theft, but at the same time, it’s an opportunity for unscrupulous people to take advantage of the most vulnerable,” Brown said. The representative shared tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of Medicare or Medicaid card scams. Beneficiaries don’t have to do anything – There is no need to confirm personal information with Medicare or anyone else. The card is free – There is no “one-time fee,” “processing fee” or any other fees for the new card. Medicare representatives don’t call you or come to your house – Hang up on anyone who calls and says there is a fee for the card or that they need to confirm your identity. More information on Medicare and Medicaid cards can be obtained by visiting www.medicare.gov . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia County Delegation, released the following statement regarding the white nationalist protests that took place in Charlottesville, Va.: “As legislative leaders representing countless Pennsylvanians of color, we condemn the actions of white nationalists in Charlottesville as racist and un-American. As proud Americans, we know that these actions and ideals do not represent the values of tolerance, inclusiveness, and equality that our country strives to uphold. The diversity of our Commonwealth – and of our country – is an asset that must be fully utilized if we are to fulfil the promise of our democracy. “The flags, statues and monuments of the Confederacy are not the celebration of heritage, but are instead the articulation of hatred using the language of an enemy nation. No other country celebrates the conquered, just as no other country flies the flag of the defeated. The Confederacy and the monuments erected long after its defeat represent an ideology that should not be celebrated. This ideology commemorates treason while romanticizing slavery and systemic oppression. “Monuments honoring the Confederacy should be to the Civil War as Benedict Arnold is to the American Revolution. These symbols do not deserve to tower over those they once oppressed, but belong Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., today announced she is inviting residents to discover if they have any unclaimed property waiting for them. The representative will host an Unclaimed Property Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 in her district office at 7178 Ogontz Ave., 19138. Fitzgerald said her staff will search the database for residents to see if they have unclaimed property belonging to them. Residents can also get assistance with filling out their claim forms. “My staff is happy to help residents go through the process to find out if they have any property that rightfully belongs to them,” Fitzgerald said. "It’s a good idea for residents to check annually if they are owed money as the Treasurer's Office estimates that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property." The Pennsylvania Treasurer's Office reports it is currently holding $2.3 billion in unclaimed property, which includes things such as closed bank accounts, uncashed checks, lost stocks and bonds, contents of safe deposit boxes, and unexpired gift certificates and gift cards. Read more
YORK, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, issued the following statement following her appearance with York Mayor Kim Bracey today condemning the acts of violence and hatred in Charlottesville over the weekend and President Donald Trump’s response to them. “Following the appalling events in Charlottesville on Friday and Saturday, I must speak out against certain victim-blaming responses and normalizing of radical behaviors involved with the race-based violence that is threatening minorities across America,” she said. “Enough is enough. Because our president is so unwilling to denounce the hate fueling this crisis in America, I am proud to stand with a growing number of public officials across all good political backgrounds in loudly condemning any actions or groups in this country that seek to claim a superior race, advocate for a country exclusive to one race or revise the proud history or contributions of any entire race of people. “There is no room for hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia or sexism in our communities, and I’m proud of anyone who stands against them. “Our fight against these evil forces might be our defining moment as we creep deeper into an obviously failed presidency and moral bankruptcy in the White House.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will introduce legislation that would prohibit a person participating in or attending a public demonstration in Pennsylvania from possessing a firearm or other dangerous articles. “Following the events that took place in Charlottesville, it is more important now than ever to protect our First Amendment right,” Kinsey said. “Civics teaches us that the right of people to assemble peacefully to express, promote, pursue and defend their beliefs is fundamental to a functioning democracy. The presence of firearms and other dangerous articles place that fundamental right in grave danger.” Kinsey said the possession of a firearm during a public demonstration presents a clear and present danger not only to law enforcement and other first responders, but also to those who attend and participate in public demonstrations. Kinsey believes that the presence of firearms and other dangerous articles impede on the rights of Americans to assemble in a peaceful manner. During the protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Va., one person died and several others were injured. “I have absolutely zero tolerance for intolerance,” Kinsey said. “I am relieved that the situation in Charlottesville did not escalate further. However, we must now take the precautionary measures necessary to keep residents safe and that they are able to utilize their First Amendment right. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – In an effort to garner additional feedback, state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, encourages residents to attend a public workshop being hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Howard Elementary School, 255 School St., Howard. Hanna said the event, which is being called the “Project Modifications for the Improvement of the Environment,” will feature proposed changes at Foster Joseph Sayers Dam and Reservoir. According to the SRBC, the ultimate goal is to have a feasibility study conducted to explore potential alternatives for managing the existing fall draw-down for the benefit of both in-lake and downstream aquatic life and resources. In addition, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the study will determine if operation of the reservoir , including water release protocol, can be modified to improve the quality of the environment both in the reservoir itself and in the downstream ecosystem. Currently, the reservoir is drawn down 20 feet in late fall and winter and returned to normal pool level by late spring. The agencies anticipate the feasibility study will take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete. Hanna said many of his constituents believe that lowering water levels will impact recreation at the lake, including boating and swimming. He agrees. “Foster Sayers Read more
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced that transportation provider AKS Inc., headquartered in Etna, has received a $75,900 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade its fleet of diesel-powered school buses. Costa said congratulations are in order because the local firm is replacing four of its older diesel-powered buses with newer diesel-powered models – a move that has a big air-quality benefit. “This upgrade will substantially reduce emissions of hydrocarbons, fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, helping clean up the air we breathe,” Costa said. “Also, the older and more heavily polluting buses will be scrapped or rendered permanently inoperable, meaning they’ll be taken off the road permanently.” Costa said AKS Inc. was eligible for the DEP funding because the purpose of its project is to improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions from mobile sources. The company provides transportation for the City of Pittsburgh, in addition to several school districts and charter schools in Allegheny County. Read more
EBENSBURG, Aug. 15 – Pending submission and approval of final paperwork, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has notified the Cresson Volunteer Fire Co. it will receive a $129,000, low-interest loan through the State Fire Commissioner’s Office to buy a new pumper truck. Burns said the state funding will go toward purchase of a 2018 KME Predator pumper that has a 1,000-gallon tank and a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump. “I am proud to represent you in the 72 nd Legislative District. I know how important this grant is to you, and I wish you the best of luck with this and all future projects,” Burns wrote. Separately, Burns noted that he’s glad to see his legislative district being successful in obtaining such funding from the office headed by State Fire Commissioner Timothy Solobay, a former Democratic colleague of Burns’ in the state House. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., will sponsor a Women’s Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St. “My women’s health fair is a perfect opportunity for women of the 179 th Legislative District to get routine checkups that can help them stay healthy and reach their wellness goals. Attendees will receive free screenings – and get lots of health questions answered -- by making just one visit,” Dawkins said. “I think it’s very important for the health and safety of my constituents who may not have access to health care that my office provides this type of event.” The health fair will feature services from a wide range of health-related fields, including: Cancer care Health insurance Behavioral health Medical equipment Women’s-issues-focused counseling Opioid addiction help Sexual violence prevention Fitness Dawkins and his staff will provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Local and state organizations will also be available on site. For more information about the health fair, please call Dawkins’ office at (215)744-7901 or visit www.pahouse.com/Dawkins . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., circulated a memo today to his colleagues in the House of Representatives that he is introducing a resolution calling on the legislature to officially condemn the terrorist attack carried out by white supremacists and nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. "I am calling on all my colleagues, progressive and conservative, Democratic and Republican, to stand united and send a message to not only condemn and reject to those advocating such a repugnant ideology, but also stand and support the millions of Pennsylvanians they seek to intimidate and harass." In his memo to colleagues seeking co-sponsors, Sims said, "What began as a purported white nationalist rally organized to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee devolved into a proving ground for white supremacists, white nationalists, and alt-right activists, to further deepen the racial divide that has worsened since the election of our nation’s commander-in-chief, President Donald J. Trump. "When studying the history of our nation and our world, we often wonder what we would have done if we were living in Germany during the late 1930s when fascism spread like a disease or whether we would join those courageous American icons who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday,” Sims said. “This is our generation’s test. This is a new era, Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., released the following statement after “white nationalists” marched down the University of Virginia campus Friday night and the weekend turned deadly after a car plowed into a crowd of activists in Charlottesville the next day: “As a former student and graduate of the University of Virginia, I am beyond heartbroken and am deeply concerned for the students on campus, members of the community, and the families that are being impacted by this level of ignorance. “Unfortunately, this is not my first time hearing or experiencing this kind of hate at UVA. As an African American student on campus, my peers and I had to witness some of this same hate as an amazing young African American woman running for student body president was assaulted during her campaign. In the end she was victorious but it's sad to say that today's political climate perpetuates this hatred and divide. “My condolences go out to the families of the woman and the two police officers who lost their lives, along with all of the wounded pedestrians who were injured while fighting against racism and protecting Charlottesville citizens. Now is the time for our country to stand together and not worry if someone is black, brown, white, or yellow. We all should be worrying about just one color and that’s blue, the symbol of unity.” Read more
SCRANTON, Aug. 14 – Older residents of the 113th Legislative District are invited to state Rep. Marty Flynn’s annual Senior Fair. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at St. Joseph’s Hall, Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St. No RSVP is needed. "This is a great opportunity for people to receive information about a variety of local and state programs and services benefiting senior citizens," said Flynn, D-Lackawanna. “I look forward to seeing everyone again at this year’s event.” In addition to the government and exhibitor information, the Senior Fair includes free health screenings, door prizes and light refreshments. For those unable to attend the event, Flynn maintains regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Jay’s Commons, 409 N. Main Ave. The phone number is 570-342-4348. Read more
SCRANTON, Aug. 14 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program next week at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in Flynn's office -- Jay's Commons, 409 N. Main Ave. -- from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss pensions and other compensation, 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 is recommended to schedule an appointment through Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348. Read more
Seeking to show the resolve of Pennsylvanians toward fixing the national health care issue, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, has launched an online petition asking Pennsylvania’s U.S. representatives and senators to come together and work on fixing America’s health care system. Read more
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