LEVITTOWN, May 12 – State Rep. John Galloway’s document shredding event scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13 is canceled due to the inbound storm. A make-up date is yet to be scheduled. Read more
MT. LEBANON, May 12 – Intersection improvements in three areas of Mt. Lebanon and traffic signal upgrades at 30 locations throughout the township will be funded by nearly $926,000 in state grants announced by state Rep. Dan Miller. “This significant state investment in Mt. Lebanon is a welcome development,” Miller said. “Although these grants require a 20 percent local match, which totals about $231,500, state funding will cover 80 percent of the cost of these important advancements to aid traffic flow.” Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, said the Green Light-Go Municipal Signal Partnership Program is supplying funding for these amounts and purposes: • $152,489 for intersection improvements along Castle Shannon Boulevard at Anawanda Street. • $363,520 for traffic signal upgrades at 30 intersections within Mt. Lebanon Township. • $178,760 for intersection improvements along Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive. • $231,032 for Intersection Improvements along Bower Hill Road at Kelso Road. Keith A. McGill, Mt. Lebanon’s municipal manager, said the funding will provide for installation of radar detection, battery back-up power supply, and/or new traffic controllers at several intersections. He said it will also go toward replacing signal equipment at the aforementioned three intersections. “This is great news. These projects have been in our Capital Improvement Plan for a number of years but we have previously not Read more
State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network are hosting a free health screening event for the community 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Good Shepherd Health and Technology Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. "This event is a perfect opportunity for my constituents to get free screenings. All they have to do is stop by," Schweyer said. "People can also get their questions answered on health-related issues." Schweyer said the screenings include: Balance/Fall Prevention Carpal Tunnel Dizziness Posture Tours of Good Shepherd’s Optimal Fitness gym and warm-water therapy pool are available. Light snacks will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to 1-888-44-REHAB (73422). Schweyer said free convenient parking is located in the Good Shepherd parking garage on South Fifth St. People can enter the Health and Technology Center off the third floor of the parking garage. Read more
State Rep. Dan Deasy and state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana report that Green Tree was awarded a $243,360 state Green Light-Go grant to improve aging traffic signals and message boards along Greentree Road from Carnahan Road to McKinney Lane. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Reps. John Galloway and Tina Davis today announced three Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants to improve area traffic signals. The grants will pay for traffic-signal upgrades in Bristol Township at State Road and Cedar Avenue ($252,184), Radcliffe Street and Randall Avenue ($191,255), and Mill Creek Road and Haines Road ($226,194). Bristol Township will provide a 20 percent match on each of the projects, which will cost at total of $837,040. “When we talk about state dollars at work, these are the types of projects we like to see,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Well-maintained infrastructure is an economic multiplier and increased safety at intersections cuts down on crashes, keeping families safe and driving down insurance costs.” “Congratulations to Bristol Township for their grants in this competitive program,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “Their hard work on the behalf of township residents is a great example of the good public service we expect in our community.” The grant comes from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. These reimbursement grant awards can be used on existing traffic signals to install light-emitting diode (LED) technology, perform regional operations such as retiming, develop special event plans and monitor Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – The state House of Representatives this week significantly altered a Senate bill meant to bring Pennsylvania IDs in line with federal security requirements. To comply with the Federal Real ID Act of 2005, Pennsylvania must repeal its Real ID Non-Participation Act, which passed in 2012. Senate Bill 133, which contained many of the required changes, was amended Monday in the House State Government Committee to rename the 2012 act without repealing it. The amendment was approved along party lines. State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., said that the Senate version, pre-amendment, would comply with the federal requirements, which include permitting citizens to access federal buildings, including military installations, by eventually using an updated driver’s license (Real ID) to be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. “Pennsylvania needs to demonstrate its willingness to comply with the federal requirements by June 6 of 2017,” DeLissio said. “The federal Department of Homeland Security will then further extend our compliance deadline to ensure that folks can fly commercially as of January 2018 without a passport.” The bill awaits a final vote in the House. If it passes the House, it will need to go back to the Senate for concurrence on changes. “We’ve had ample time to get in line with federal requirements; we are running the risk of impacting Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – A bill that would require pharmacy technicians to register with the State Board of Pharmacy passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week, said state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, who voted for the bill. Under H.B. 454, in order to register with the board, pharmacy technicians would have to meet certain requirements such as having a high school diploma, submitting to a criminal-history background check, and completing a board-approved training program. There currently are no state-required training or minimal education requirements for pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians are unlicensed, unregistered employees who are supervised by licensed pharmacists and help fill prescription orders. “When it comes to state oversight on health-care workers, we must act judiciously and in this case, I think House Bill 454 accomplishes that goal,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “These individuals are tasked with working with medications, including controlled substances, and are charged with helping ensure that citizens receive the correct medications and in correct amounts.” The bill passed the House 176-16. It now is with the Senate for consideration. “This legislation has been introduced in each session since 2007 and did pass the House last session, but was not considered in the Senate,” DeLissio said. “Hopefully, the Senate will take up this legislation this session.” Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced her support during a Health Committee vote, for H.B. 174 , which would permit health care practitioners to prescribe long-term antibiotic therapies for a patient with Lyme disease or related tick-borne illness. The bill also would require insurance companies to cover treatment plans for these conditions regardless if that plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotics. “This bill provides patients and health care professionals another tool to combat Lyme disease, a disease every county in the Commonwealth is at high risk of having exposure to,” DeLissio said. “Patients should be able to focus on treatment and recovery, not worrying about whether their health insurance will cover the treatment they need.” Currently, the Centers for Disease Control recommends 30 days of antibiotics and insurance companies are not required to cover the cost of treatment after that, considering it experimental. Under H.B. 174, coverage of longer-term antibiotic treatment would not be denied solely because the treatment may be characterized as unproven, experimental or investigational in nature for the treatment of Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses. “When nearly half of Lyme cases don’t respond to short-term antibiotic treatment, it’s time to seek out and offer new treatment options without bankrupting those in Read more
HARRISBURG – (May 11, 2017) Senator Michele Brooks and Representative Mark Longietti announced today that traffic lights in the boroughs of West Middlesex and Greenville will be improved, thanks to grants awarded under the state’s “Green Light-Go” program. These local projects are among 94 approved statewide. The first grant, in the amount of $42,160, will help install a Digital Wave Detection System at the intersection of State Routes 18 and 318 in West Middlesex Borough. The second safety improvement, in the amount of $188,200, will assist Greenville Borough in replacing the traffic light at the Main Street and Prairie Way intersection. “These competitive grants are difficult to receive, and I applaud Greenville and West Middlesex Boroughs for their strong applications,” said Senator Brooks, who advocated on behalf of the boroughs. “Old, malfunctioning or poorly timed traffic lights can make already-congested intersections much worse, and this money will improve traffic flow, help prevent accidents and ultimately save lives.” “I am pleased that Greenville and West Middlesex Boroughs were awarded competitive grants to fund these important projects. These grants will help reduce congestion, improve efficiency and enhance safety,” Representative Longietti added. Brooks and Longietti supported legislation that reduced the local match requirements from 50 percent to 20 percent to make it easier for smaller Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced a total of $385,643.32 in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants to improve area traffic signals. The money will pay for the following: a traffic signal modernization project in the Borough of West Reading. West Reading will provide the remaining $33,634 match of the total project cost of $168,170. traffic signal upgrades in St. Lawrence Borough. St. Lawrence Borough will provide the remaining $62,776.83 of the total project cost of $313,884.15 “Countless vehicles travel through this area each day,” Rozzi said. “Improvements and investments to our roads and infrastructure are vital to our local communities, and residents of West Reading and St. Lawrence will benefit from these projects for years to come.” The grant comes from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed in 2013. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced an $89,784 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant to improve area traffic signals. The money will pay for replacing all of the yellow bulbs in traffic lights, as well as install battery backups in the lights, in Jenkintown Borough. Jenkintown Borough will provide the remaining 20 percent match of the total project cost of $112,230. “These types of projects are very important to our local communities and ensure our infrastructure is getting the attention, maintenance and upgrades needed,” McCarter said. The grant comes from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed in 2013. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced that Upper Merion Township has been awarded a $107,968 state grant to replace traffic signals at 24 intersections with LED lighting. The grant is from the Green Light-Go Program, which provides state funds to operate and maintain traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state and local highways. "This funding is a big help to the municipality because the program only requires a 20 percent match this year, compared to previous years in which Upper Merion would have had to put up half of the money for the project," Briggs said. "I voted last year to improve the Green Light-Go Program, and our area is benefitting from that." Upper Merion Township replaced traffic signals with LED versions at 24 intersections along Dekalb Pike, Gulph Road, Henderson Road, Valley Forge Road and Swedesford road corridors. "Converting traffic signals to LED is a win-win for communities. Not only are they more energy efficient, they are much longer lasting, lasting 50 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs. So, they save the municipality money with reduced electricity and maintenance costs, and their increased reliability helps increase traffic safety." As a member of the House Transportation Committee, Briggs also supported Act 89 of 2013, which created the Green Light-Go Program. In all, 94 municipalities received $33 million to support the costs of Read more
YARDLEY, May 11 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced a $212,959 traffic grant for Yardley from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The grant will provide intersection traffic signal improvements for Main Street and Afton Avenue. Yardley Borough will be responsible for the remaining 20 percent match of the total project cost of $266,199. "I am glad to see our state funds at work with immediate benefits directly serving the community," Warren said. "This is an important infrastructure investment that will help to reduce area congestion, accidents, and improve overall safety for local commuters." Pennsylvania’s Municipal Signal Partnership Program, also known as the "Green Light-Go Program," was designed to provide state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. As a relatively new state grant, this program allows eligible projects to include study and removal of unwarranted traffic signals; traffic signal retiming; development of detour, special event and operations plans; LED replacement; asset management; real-time monitoring of the signals; maintenance; innovative technologies and communications upgrades and other traffic signal improvements. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, today announced a $180,000 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant to improve area traffic signals. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced $659,990 in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants to improve area traffic signals in two local townships. The first two grants will provide $329,750 for Germantown Pike adaptive traffic signal control and $108,300 for video detection in East Norriton Township. East Norriton Township will provide the remaining 50 percent match of each of the total project costs of $659,500 and $216,600 respectively. The other two grants will provide $141,700 for traffic signal upgrades and $80,240 for the Germantown Pike traffic signal interconnect in Worcester Township. Worcester Township will provide the remaining 20 percent match of each of the total project costs of $177,120 and $100,300 respectively. “I am thrilled that not one, but two Montgomery County municipalities are receiving grants to increase efficiency and reduce congestion,” Bradford said. “I was proud to support the bill making this funding possible and will continue to support programs like this one that improve the quality of life in our communities.” The grants come from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed Read more
ERIE, May 11 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation today announced a number of grants to maintain and upgrade traffic signals along state and local highways. State Reps. Patrick Harkins and Flo Fabrizio, both D-Erie, report that the traffic signal at the intersection of East Lake Road and Bacon Avenue will be upgraded and pedestrian walk signals will be installed, thanks to a grant of more than $244,000. As part of the grant program, 20 percent of the project cost, or just over $61,000 will be the responsibility of the local community. The Green Light-Go Municipal Signal Partnership Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for traffic studies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve traffic flow and safety. "We have been working on traffic flow issues for years," Harkins said. "Upgrading the light at this intersection and updating the timing sequence will make the road more convenient for drivers and safer for pedestrians. I have been working with others in Harrisburg on Erie traffic signal upgrades ever since Governor Rendell was in office." The grant announced today was one of more than 90 being presented statewide, worth a total of $33 million. "I look forward to the completion of this long-overdue project," Harkins said. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – Two traffic signal upgrades in Lackawanna County today were awarded nearly $175,000 in grants from the state Transportation Department, according to state Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 11 – Hanover Township will upgrade its traffic signals thanks in part to a $96,528 grant awarded today by PennDOT, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery. Read more
CONSHOHOCKEN, May 11 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, invites residents of the 148th Legislative District to participate in a live Tele-Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Residents of Daley’s district will receive an automated phone call at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday inviting them to join the meeting. To participate, people simply need to remain on the line once they receive the call. “I look forward to providing constituents the opportunity to have their voices heard and questions answered without having to leave the comfort of their homes,” Daley said. “I encourage anyone in the 148 th District with a question about any state or local issue to pick up the phone and participate on Thursday.” During the live event, Daley will discuss and take questions on a variety of state issues, and participants will be asked to weigh in on poll questions using their touch-tone phones. Anyone who doesn’t have a chance to speak during the phone meeting will be able to record a question at its conclusion. Questions will be forwarded to Daley’s office for a future response. Those interested also may email questions to Daley before the Tele-Town Hall meeting begins at email@example.com . Constituents also can call Daley’s district office at 610-832-1679 to confirm or be added to the list to receive the call. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 10 – State Rep. Tom Caltagirone today in the Capitol discussed DIPG, a rare but aggressive form of childhood brain cancer, highlighting lives lost to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Caltagirone hosted the Spriggs, Kohler and Dunion families, all who have lost loved ones to the cancer, during a news conference following the unanimous passage of his H.R. 44, recognizing National DIPG Awareness Day on May 17. “My hope is that this resolution encourages all Pennsylvanians to become more informed about DIPG and other pediatric cancers and the challenges we face in finding sufficient resources to fight them,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. According to research, DIPG affects children almost exclusively. Approximately 200 to 400 children in the United States are diagnosed with DIPG each year. These children are typically between the ages of 4 and 11. DIPG accounts for roughly 10 to 15 percent of all brain tumors in children. “The families with us today know all too well the stark realities a DIPG diagnosis brings,” Caltagirone said. “DIPG is almost always fatal, and patients – in these cases children – usually have about nine months to live. “The scientists, doctors and advocacy groups working to fight this and other forms of cancer – many of whom call Pennsylvania home – deserve our attention and support. Their work is nothing less than the work of miracles for families facing these Read more
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