HARRISBURG, Feb. 15 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has announced the award of $361,410 in state grants to more than two dozen local fire and ambulance companies. “Our firefighters and EMS workers put their lives on the line to protect ours,” Snyder explained. “These grants are crucial in ensuring they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities and, in turn, continue keeping our communities safe.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: Allison Vol. Fire Dept. 2 – Fire Company, $11,911 Brownsville Fire Co. No. 1 – Fire Company, $12,833 Hiller Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $14,491 Hiller Vol. Fire Co. – EMS, $7,037 Isabella Vol. Fire Dept. – Fire Company, $11,543 Luzerne Twp. Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $12,280 Masontown Vol. Fire Dept. – Fire Company, $12,096 Republic Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $13,386 South Brownsville Fire Co. No. 1 – Fire Company, $11,994 Tower Hill 2 Vol. Fire Dept. – Fire Company, $12,096 Bobtown Dunkard Vol. Fire Dept. Ambulance – Fire Company, $11,727 Bobtown Dunkard Vol. Fire Dept. Ambulance – EMS, $7,037 Carmichaels and Cumberland Twp. Volunteer Fire. Dept. – Fire Company, $12,649 Center Twp. Vol. Fire Co. – Fire Company, $12,096 Clarksville & Community Vol. Fire Dept. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 15 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., will host a series of workshops with information about employment opportunities for young people in the 192nd Legislative District in west Philadelphia. The youth employment workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon: Feb. 24, Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave., 19131 March 3, Rose Playground, 1300 N. 75th St., 19151 March 10, John Anderson Cultural Center, 5301 Overbrook Ave., 19151 March 17, Sweet Union Baptist Church, 1536 N. 59th St., 19131. Cephas said the workshops are designed to help young constituents ages 14 to 18 learn how to apply for local summer jobs and union apprenticeships as well as state government-related programs. “These workshops will not only help young people learn about jobs that may be of interest to them, but they will also learn how to apply for a work permit and the required documents needed for when they seek employment,” Cephas said. “I am here to help our young constituents obtain these opportunities and get on the right path of achieving success that can last a lifetime.” Cephas added that a parent or guardian must accompany their youth during these workshops. To register, call Donna in Cephas’ office at (215) 879-6625. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., welcomed more than 40 people to his district office for his free pardon and expungement clinic. “The pardon and expungement process is not simple or easy to navigate. It’s important that I help provide the people in the community with access to the resources they need to learn more information about pardons and expungements and to see if they may qualify,” Dawkins said. “Expunging or pardoning offenses can be a life-changing process for many, and it can help open many doors for individuals to seek employment and housing. “I made myself available to answer any questions people may have, and to help direct them onward as they begin the expungement process.” Dawkins added he is looking forward to hosting similar events in the future. Criminal record expungement allows a person convicted of a third-degree misdemeanor or a second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed, respectively, since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and request an order for limited access of their criminal record. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 -- State Rep. Ryann Bizzarro, D-Erie, said 10 fire and ambulance companies in the 3rd Legislative District will be sharing $98,037 in state grants. The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. The grants are funded from gaming revenue. “One of the challenges our emergency personnel are faced with is to acquire much-needed funding to keep functioning and to properly maintain their equipment,” Bizzarro said. “These grants help address those challenges so our first responders can focus on their service to our communities, which is why this program is so important.” Grant recipients and amounts awarded in the 3rd District are as follows: Edinboro Volunteer Fire Dept. -- $14,676 for the fire company; $7,037 for EMS; Emergycare Inc. -- $7,037; Kearsarge Fire Dept. -- $13,939; Lake Shore Fire Dept. -- $12,280 for the fire company; $2,407 for EMS; McKean Hose Co. -- $12,280 for the fire company; $7,037 for EMS; Millcreek Paramedic Service Inc. -- $7,037; and West Ridge Fire Dept. -- $14,307. Grants can be used toward repairing, building or renovating facilities. Grant money also may be applied toward purchasing new equipment, training and certification of staff, or it may go to repay debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance. The program will continue until 2020, thanks to a law that Bizzarro voted for Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, has announced the award of $341,661 in state grants to 27 fire and ambulance companies in the 72 nd Legislative District. “I’m so pleased to announce the award of these grants,” Burns said. “The funding is critical to enable our region’s firefighters and emergency rescue workers to continue their vital, life-saving work. Our community benefits directly from these resources and the efforts of these brave workers.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: Ashville Fire Company – Fire Company, $15,000 Cambria Township Volunteer Fire Company – Fire Company, $13,570 Carrolltown Fire Company – Fire Company, $11,911 Community Volunteer Fire Company of Lilly – Fire Company, $13,754 Cresson Area Ambulance Service Inc. – EMS, $7,037 Cresson Volunteer Fire Company – Fire Company, $15,000 Dauntless Fire Company – Fire Company, $15,000 East Taylor Volunteer Fire Company – Fire Company, $13,570 Ebensburg Area Ambulance Association – EMS, $7,037 Gallitzin Fire Company No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,386 Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company – EMS, $7,037 Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company – Fire Company, $15,000 John Carroll Area Ambulance Service – EMS, $7,037 Loretto Fire Company – Fire Company, $12,280 Lower Yoder Volunteer Fire Company – Read more
GLENSIDE, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle and state Sen. Art Haywood will host a “Conversation about the Opioid and Addiction Crisis” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road in Elkins Park. The lawmakers will host local addiction experts to talk about what’s being done to combat the growing crisis in the region and across Pennsylvania, and to answer questions. Experts scheduled for the event are: Dr. Joseph D’Orazio Assistant professor of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and a member of the City of Philadelphia Opioid Task Force Alison Slickers Addiction specialist and peer leader coordinator with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Kevin Steele Montgomery County district attorney Kay McGowan Administrator of the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol According to the most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the commonwealth has the fourth-highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the country. State health officials, citing increases in 2017 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, expect the death toll to rise. “None of us is untouched by this epidemic,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “It is evident in our towns, on our streets and, sometimes, in our very homes. If we are to help ourselves, our Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, has announced the award of $151,076.20 in state grants to 11 fire and ambulance companies in the 21st Legislative District. “I am so pleased to announce this funding, which provides our fire and emergency rescue workers the assistance they need to continue their life-saving work,” Costa said. “As a former police officer, I worked shoulder-to-shoulder with firefighters and EMT workers, and I have seen their dedication to this dangerous, difficult work. I’m so glad the state has awarded the funding needed to ensure these vital services continue.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – Fire Company, $13,386.18 Berkeley Hills Fire Co. – Fire Company, $15,000 Cherry City Volunteer Fire Co. – Fire Company, $13,201.89 Etna Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $15,000 Evergreen Fire Co. – Fire Company, $13,570.48 Millvale Volunteer Fire Department Inc. – Fire Company, $13,201.89 Reserve Volunteer Fire Department. – Fire Company, $26,360.55 Ross West View EMS Authority – EMS, $7,037.40 Ross West View EMS Authority – Fire Company, $15,000 Seneca Area Emergency Services – EMS, $7,037.40 Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $12,280.41 The grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Read more
Pictured from left to right: Jeff Dauber, education and outreach coordinator Alzheimer's Association; Clay Jacobs, vice-president of programs and services Alzheimer's Association Greater Pa. Chapter; Kristen Shipsky, Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee member; Alzheimer's Federal Ambassador, Rep. Bill Kortz; Rep. Tim Hennessey, Teresa Osborne, Pa. Secretary of Aging; Rep. Steve Samuelson, Sharon Biehner, Walk to End Alzheimer's team captain and community outreach volunteer; Bob Artrum, Luzerne Co. Area Agency on Aging (retired), captain Walk to End Alzheimer's; Krista Somers, major gifts officer for Lehigh Valley Health Network: Geoffrey Roche, co-chair Alzheimer's Association Board of Directors and Public Policy Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., is helping her communities stay warm and save money this winter by holding an energy forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. Participants will have the opportunity to: Learn about the resources available to cut down on heating costs; Apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Discover the best ways to weatherize their home; and Meet with representatives of local utility companies. McClinton is also scheduled to hold a second energy forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, is pleased to announce that money has been allocated for improvements to the sidewalk in the Borough of Brentwood through Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Approximately $65,000 has been awarded for upgrades to about 18,000 square feet of sidewalk. The total estimated cost for repairs is $180,000. “Sidewalk safety is important in ensuring that pedestrians have a safe place to walk or run, without having to look down to constantly watch where they are going,” Readshaw said. “The improvements will help fix any gaps in surfaces, holes, uneven pavements and anything else that hinders the safety of our citizens.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89 of 2013. It was the first time money had been earmarked for transit, aviation, rail freight, and pedestrian and bicycle modes. Program eligibility and project selections were made according to safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability. For more information about the program or to submit an application, due in the next round by March 20, visit: www.penndot.gov . Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced that 19 fire companies and emergency personnel organizations in his district were awarded a combined $252,040 through the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. “Working and volunteering in the emergency and service rescue field is an honorable line of work that takes dedication and selflessness,” said Barbin. “I couldn’t be more pleased for the fire, emergency medical services and volunteer rescue squads within my district receiving these funds.” The following organizations received grants: Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company 2 $14,307 Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company Dunlo No. 1$13,017 City of Johnstown Fire Department $15,000 Conemaugh Valley Regional Ambulance Association $7,037 Conemaugh Volunteer Fire Company $12,280 Conemaugh Volunteer Fire Company EMS $7,037 Dale Boro Fire Company$12,464 East Hills Ambulance Association Inc. $7,037 Forest Hills Area Ambulance Assoc. $7,037 Franklin Borough Volunteer Fire Company $14,123 Oakland Volunteer Fire Company $26,729 Richland Township Volunteer Fire Association $26,729 Riverside Volunteer Fire Company $12,280 Riverside Volunteer Fire Company EMS $7,037 Southmont Volunteer Fire Company $15,000 Summerhill Borough Volunteer Fire Company Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody says Gov. Tom Wolf’s rejection of a partisan congressional district plan proposed by two Republican leaders will mean that the issue ultimately gets decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “I want to thank the governor for making a careful, sound decision based on the evidence,” Dermody said. “We know that eventually the court will be doing the same kind of review so it’s in everybody’s interest to get this right. “In my view that means a plan that’s fair to all political parties and one that allows fair, competitive elections across Pennsylvania.” Dermody noted that Republican leaders never put their plan before the General Assembly for a vote as required by law. “In adherence with the Supreme Court’s guidance, House Democrats plan to offer input for the court’s review by this Thursday,” said Dermody Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that he will host a millennial mixer for residents, students, activists and leaders in the 200th Legislative District between the ages of 18 and 35, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7165 Germantown Ave. Rabb said he wants to hear from young people about the issues that are important to them. Food, poetry, music by D.J. Reezey, entertainment and give-a-ways will be provided. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN, has confirmed his attendance. Residents may RSVP here or by emailing ReppRabb@pahouse.net . RSVP is encouraged, but not required. This event is free and open to the community. ### Read more
SCRANTON, Feb. 12 – A staffer from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance next week in South Abington Township. The visit will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the South Abington Township Building, 2nd floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla. The monthly outreach visits alternate on the third Wednesday of every month between South Abington Township and Clarks Green. Flynn's staff can help with Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications, LIHEAP, PennDOT paperwork, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage, unclaimed property searches and any other state-related matter. His main office – in Jay's Commons, 409 N. Main Ave. – is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 570-342-4348. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, commended the teamwork that led to today's restoration of local control over Pittsburgh's city finances. "This is good news for our city and reflects the optimism felt locally for the future of the region. This restoration of local control is the result of the hard work of responsible leadership, not only by Mayor Bill Peduto but also City Council. I thank Governor Tom Wolf for working with the city and with Pittsburgh's representatives and senators in Harrisburg to make this happen," Frankel said. ### Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, said that after 14 years of Pittsburgh being a distressed municipality, he is thankful that hard work has paid off and the city has exited from the state’s financial recovery program. Costa joined Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin and other legislators Monday morning in announcing that the city no longer needs oversight through the Municipalities Recovery Act, or Act 47. “Pittsburgh is a resilient city and there were some hard decisions that had to be made in order for us to make this turnaround a reality,” Costa said. “Getting our economy back on track has always been important and we will continue to increase our economic strength.” The Municipalities Recovery Act, was put into place to help municipalities facing fiscal distress with planning and financial aid. After reviewing the city’s audits and financial data, it was determined that Pittsburgh now operates with a healthy surplus, controlled costs and has a reasonable budget, among other things. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12 – Hailing the move as a huge positive step, state Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, was among the officials on hand at the City-Council Building today as Gov. Tom Wolf ended 14 years of state oversight of Pittsburgh’s finances. Costa joined Wolf, state Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and other elected officials for the announcement, which took place in Peduto’s office. “A strong Pittsburgh equals a strong region – and I was happy to personally witness the city coming out of state oversight,” Costa said. “This is a long-awaited and important day, one that helps ensure that the future is bright for our city. “As we move forward to bigger and better things, I’m looking forward to the continued open communication and productive working relationship with the mayor and city council.” The state oversight program known as Act 47 established a financial recovery plan that curtailed city officials’ budget-making power, but ultimately turned projected deficits into surpluses. With the lifting of these restrictions, city officials regained that lost control and now have a freer hand in setting budget priorities. Costa said Act 47 accomplished its goal of halting the city’s possible slide into bankruptcy, allowing it to remain solvent as necessary financial adjustments were made. He noted that 13 other Pennsylvania cities Read more
LEVITTOWN, Feb. 12 – State Rep. John Galloway said today that his district office will be accepting donations for the next month for the United Way of Bucks County’s Operation Helping Hand food drive. Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at Galloway’s office at 8610 New Falls Road between Wednesday, Feb. 14, and March 14. Items especially needed include 100-percent fruit juice, cereal, peanut butter, canned chicken, tuna or salmon, canned fruits or vegetables, applesauce (no sugar added), oatmeal, and pasta. “This is our third year participating in Operation Helping Hand, and I’m always amazed to see the generosity of our community,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “I’m happy to be able to play a part in helping needy families in our area.” Anyone with questions can call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more
EDINBORO, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host his second open house of the year from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at his Edinboro office, located in the Edinboro Municipal Building, 124 Meadville St., Suite 222 . The phone number is (814) 734-2773. “My staff and I are looking forward to meeting with residents and discussing the issues that matter to our community,” Bizzarro said. “Local officials also will be on hand to answer questions.” Bizzarro said residents will have a chance to learn more about area programs and services and to become better acquainted with each other as they enjoy refreshments in an informal setting. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner has awarded 13 grants to fire and EMS companies within his district through its Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. “First responders, many of whom are volunteers, put their lives on the line every day to ensure those living in our communities are safe,” Longietti said. “I hope the funds from these grants help in some way, whether through training, purchasing equipment, for facilities or career development.” The companies that received 2017-18 grants in the 7 th District include: Clark Volunteer Fire Department $12,649 Farrell Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc. $12,649 Greenville Fire Department $13,939 Greenville Volunteer Fire Company $12,280 Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department Inc.$15,000 Patagonia Volunteer Fire Department $12,464 Sharon Fire Department $14,307 Sharpsville Volunteer Fire Department $13,754 South Pymatuning Township Volunteer Fire Assoc.$11,543 Transfer Volunteer Fire Department $14,123 West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department $13,386 West Salem Fire Department $12,096 Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department $11,727 Applications for the grant program are available in September and the program is open to all fire companies, emergency medical services and volunteer rescue squads. “Again, Read more
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