State Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, both D-Berks, are commending multiple career and technical schools in Berks County for receiving $77,925 in state grants. The money, which is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf, will be used to buy new equipment for students at: Berks CTC: $27,925 Reading Muhlenberg CTC: $50,000 “Higher education is not solely about four-year degrees, but putting an emphasis on programs that best prepare our students of today for the jobs of tomorrow,” explained Caltagirone. “This money echoes my commitment to making sure bright minds have the proper tools at their disposal that provide the hands-on experience needed to give them the best chance to succeed in the workforce.” “Our career and technical schools are preparing students for jobs that Pennsylvania businesses need to fill,” Rozzi said. “I’m pleased to see the state award these grants, which will help ensure that schools have the right equipment on site to give students the training they need to be ready for the workplace. I have and will continue to be a great supporter of technical education. Students are graduating and walking right into quality, high paying jobs.” Wolf awarded nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools across the commonwealth. A complete list of Read more
FOLSOM, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky announced Tuesday that the Milmont Fire Co. was awarded $100,000 in state funds for building improvements. The funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program. “Volunteer fire companies provide crucial services to our community, so it’s important that we do everything we can to support them,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “I was pleased to support the Milmont Fire Company’s application for this funding, and I’ll continue to look for ways we can help our first responders.” Krueger-Braneky announced the funds Tuesday evening at Milmont Fire Co. The Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, ensure social and economic diversity, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – State funding awarded Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Education will allow three career and technical centers located in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties to purchase needed equipment students will use for hands-on career training, announced state Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. “I’m happy to announce this funding, especially since it will benefit our hard-working students and adults who are pursuing vocational careers in our region,” Petrarca said. “Without this funding, these institutions wouldn’t be able to provide the top-of-the-line training that is crucial to ensuring these individuals are prepared to enter the workforce.” Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center received $22,702 in state funding. The grant will assist in purchasing welding, machine-tool and cabinetmaking equipment. Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center also received $2,000 in state funding to purchase cyber security equipment. Lenape Technical School, located in Armstrong County, was awarded $7,248. The grant will assist in purchasing health and medical assistance services equipment. In addition to the state Department of Education’s 2018-19 Competitive CTC Equipment Grant funding program, the commonwealth has secured an additional $10 million for career and technical education in the 2018-19 state budget. Read more
BETHLEHEM, Nov. 28 – State Reps. Steve Samuelson and Bob Freeman, both D-Northampton, will be accepting donations of children’s and adult diapers at their constituent services offices. The diaper drive will be held from Dec. 3-21 at Freeman’s office at 215 Northampton St., Easton and Samuelson’s office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. “I am encouraging everyone to donate diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and incontinent seniors,” Samuelson said. Samuelson and Freeman said they are accepting adult and children’s disposable diapers including newborn to size six, as well as adult diapers and undergarments sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. “The diaper drive will greatly help families with what can be a sizeable part of a limited family budget,” Freeman said “We are seeking to collect diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments. “Infants and Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced the Greater Johnstown Career and Technical Center is the recipient of a $35,517 equipment state grant to help prepare students for 21 st -century occupations. The funding will be used to purchase two mini-cnc machines for computer numerical-controlled machining, a computerized vehicle diagnostic tool and an analytical balance that is designed to measure amounts in the sub-milligram range. "In today's high-demand fields, specialized training is often needed, and the purchase of these tools invests in our future workforce by giving students hands-on training on the equipment required in 21 st -century jobs," Burns said. "Students will be able to hit the ground running when they enter the workforce, which enable them to get good jobs and strengthen our economy." The CTE Equipment Grant is awarded through the Department of Education. Greater Johnstown CTC was one of 38 career and technical education and vocational technical education schools to be awarded this competitive grant. Read more
Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3 BETHLEHEM, Nov. 28 – State Reps. Steve Samuelson and Bob Freeman, both D-Northampton, will be accepting donations of children’s and adult diapers at their constituent services offices. The diaper drive will be held from Dec. 3-21 at Freeman’s office at 215 Northampton St., Easton and Samuelson’s office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. “I am encouraging everyone to donate diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and incontinent seniors,” Samuelson said. Samuelson and Freeman said they are accepting adult and children’s disposable diapers including newborn to size six, as well as adult diapers and undergarments sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. “The diaper drive will greatly help families with what can be a sizeable part of a limited family budget,” Freeman said “We are seeking to collect diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – A statewide commission made up of elected officials, representatives of local governments and fire and emergency medical services providers issued a final report today, offering 27 recommendations to strengthen emergency response efforts across Pennsylvania, said state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has rescheduled her 79 th Town Hall meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., 19128. Due to the recent winter storm on Nov.15, the Town Hall had to be rescheduled for a later date. There is plenty of free parking available in the Jamestown Lot. The hospital is on Bus Route 9. DeLissio will focus on “Unfinished Business” in the Pennsylvania House and how the makeup of the Pennsylvania legislature contributes to this unfinished business. A review of some of the most impactful legislation that did not become law in Harrisburg this session will be discussed. Much of the legislation that will be discussed has languished for years in Harrisburg. DeLissio said that it is imperative to adopt a strategy early in the next session to ensure that legislation to improve the voting process (e.g. early voting, no excuse absentee ballots) and to mitigate the impact of gerrymandering – as just two examples – make it to the governor’s desk. “I have conducted town halls during my entire time in office, and I always welcome new people who may have not yet attended,” she said. “The location rotates throughout the district, and it is great to see folks from all corners of the district attend. The dialogue is always civil and thought-provoking, and I always look forward Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will hold her Annual Holiday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in her district office, 6511 Ridge Avenue. Constituents of the 194 th Legislative District will be treated to light refreshments and camaraderie with staff, neighbors and friends. “ Our open houses are engaging and fun, with neighbors and friends coming in and checking out what the legislature is doing in Harrisburg. I appreciate hearing what they think of our policy priorities,” she said. “The Open House offers a great opportunity to ask questions and interact with me and staff, who can share information on state services and how we can best assist you. “You also will have the opportunity to find out if the Pennsylvania Treasury has any unclaimed property for you, enter a drawing for a day of shadowing me in Harrisburg, and post a favorite location in the 194th Legislative District on the ‘brag wall.’” This year, sweets will be made by students in the culinary arts program at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, located in the 194 th legislative district . “We enjoy taking this opportunity to showcase the culinary arts talents of students attending school in the 194 th ,” DeLissio said. Although not necessary, DeLissio said it would be helpful for attendees planning to attend to RSVP to her office. To RSVP or obtain more information, Read more
WHITEHALL, Nov. 27 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced her office will begin hosting a monthly veterans outreach program starting Dec. 17. A representative from the American Legion will be present in McNeill’s office – 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 17 to discuss programs and services available for veterans and their families, as well as the application process for the different services. The representative also will be available to discuss pensions, other forms of compensations, educational opportunities, health care and benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of this help. Those interested in meeting with the adviser are encouraged to schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273 . A representative from the American Legion will continue to be in McNeill’s office on the third Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Read more
State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is hosting a $45-per-person bus trip to the state Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 11 that includes a tour of the Capitol and lunch, along with a visit to Hollywood Casino. Read more
With the holidays upon us, I want to remind everyone that the commonwealth offers some excellent resources to help families who may be struggling with food insecurity. Check out these links for: A list of food banks by county An interactive map of food pantries A list of state food programs Ideas for fighting hunger in your community If you don’t need help but want to volunteer your time or resources, you’ll find plenty of opportunities in the links above. This holiday season, let’s work together to make sure everyone has blessings to count. Read more
Insurance providers and health care navigators will be on hand to answer questions and find the best plan for each attendee. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 – To enable families to celebrate Thanksgiving, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, in partnership with Saladeen Art, Creative Minds Inspire and Bernard Hopkins, gave away 500 turkeys to families of the 191 st Legislative District. “This is something I like to do annually to give back to the people of my district,” McClinton said. “It's the time of year for giving, and I'm thankful I'm able to continue this tradition. It really was such a joyous occasion. It truly means a lot to see the smiles on these families’ faces.” Attendees had the opportunity to gather information on state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). McClinton said she wanted to thank event sponsors and volunteers. Access photo gallery here . Read more
Major projects at two local parks will be able to proceed thanks to $325,000 in state grants that were recently awarded to two municipalities, state Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik, D-Allegheny, said. Read more
SCRANTON, Nov. 19 – 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. Wednesday, Nov. 28 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The American Legion representatives are available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Due to the Christmas holiday, Flynn said next month’s veterans outreach will be held Dec. 14, rather than on the usual fourth Wednesday of the month. 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
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted her annual Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon on Nov. 15 at Myers Recreation Center. “We need to make sure our veterans are cared for, and that they know how to connect with the resources available to help them live a full, successful life,” McClinton said. “It’s always a privilege to be able to honor and support our veterans. Our local heroes and their families deserve our respect and appreciation. I’m happy to do my part, thanking them for their service.” Over 80 veterans and their families enjoyed an afternoon of lunch, health screenings, and a special presentation for the 2018 honorees. Six local veterans were honored for their bravery with a legislative acknowledgement from McClinton. Resource vendors were on site to provide support and information on benefits available to veterans, including Philadelphia VA Medical Center; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs; Sayre Health Center; USEF Veterans Department; PECO; and Cigna Health Spring. More information on this event or general veterans’ issues and services is available by calling McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Attention Editors: Still photos of this event can be found here . ### Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation today elected state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, as chairman in the 2019-20 legislative session. Along with Miller as the chair, delegation members also selected state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Robinson, as vice chair, and state Rep. Austin Davis, D-McKeesport, as secretary. “I’m honored to be chosen to lead the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation as we go forward together, fighting for our communities, families and middle class,” Miller said. “I cannot express how excited I am to be elected by my colleagues, and I look forward to helping move Allegheny County forward.” In addition to the delegation’s announcement, House Democrats also elected their 2019-20 leadership team. State Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, was re-elected as the House Democratic floor leader. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – Hamilton Park in Castle Shannon will undergo rehabilitation and renovation upgrades with Wednesday’s disbursement of $185,000 in state funding, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Allegheny. The grant, awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “When people visit Hamilton Park in Castle Shannon, we want them to leave with the intention of coming back. This grant will assist the borough in achieving that goal,” Miller said. “The upgrades that will come by way of this funding will make the park more accessible and more welcoming for years to come, which makes me more than happy to announce this grant.” Miller said the grant will be used for the renovation of pedestrian walkways; construction of an access-drive retaining wall; handicap access; landscaping; a project sign; and other site-related improvements. The Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by DCNR and includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources. The CCPP is administered by DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – A total of $450,000 in Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants will fund infrastructure development and greenway planning for several Pittsburgh sites, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. The grants – awarded by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – include $250,000 to the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for the development of I-579 Cap Park, spanning a portion of I-579 in Pittsburgh. “The I-579 Cap Park project is going to revitalize this area in a major way by re-establishing a physical link between downtown Pittsburgh and the Hill District,” said Wheatley, who added that the project includes construction of pedestrian paths, an event lawn and amphitheater, ADA access, and related features, including lighting and landscaping “I’m thrilled that DCNR released the funding for this project, which is going to provide new connections and amenities for residents.” Wheatley added that two other grants include $160,000 to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc., to prepare a riverfront plan for the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site along the Monongahela River and a $40,000 grant to Pittsburgh City to prepare a master site development plan for the 13.4-acre Kennard Park in Pittsburgh. The grants are part of a $50 million package awarded statewide for various parks and conservation projects. Funding sources include the Read more
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