In addition to food and door prizes, there will be opportunities for seniors and their families to learn more about a wide variety of topics, including Property Tax/Rent Rebates, health care, elder law, veteran services, fraud protection and opportunities to volunteer. Read more
"My congratulations go to these young men and women for their compassion, their determination, their willingness to help even without expectation or the promise of recognition. These students make our community a better place and inspire hope for our future." Read more
ERIE, June 6 – A low-interest loan will enable an area employer to expand its operations and retain jobs, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. Harkins said the real estate development entity Sites Bros Holdings, LLC, was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 3.5% rate through the Enterprise Development Center of Erie County. The loan will allow for acquisition of a 12,850-square-foot Erie building currently occupied by XPO Logistics Freight, Inc., and will enable the company to retain 30 jobs over the next three years. “I’m excited to see that our efforts to help secure this loan were successful,” Harkins said. “Our regional businesses provide the pulse of our economy, and a favorable loan that permits a business to expand stimulates economic activity and promotes job retention. It’s an investment that yields multiple, healthy returns for families, businesses, and the entire community.” The loan was part of a package of loans approved through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority for businesses in eight counties statewide. The loans are designed to help businesses at various stages of development – from startups to established businesses seeking to expand – and are projected to create or retain 324 jobs across the commonwealth. Read more
Two history preservation projects in Pittsburgh have been selected to receive state grants, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced. Read more
A project to preserve a one-of-a-kind artistic masterpiece in Millvale has been awarded a state grant, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Lawrenceville, and state Sen. Lindsey Williams, D-West View, announced. Read more
Two area historical preservation projects will be able to move forward thanks to more than $182,000 in state grants, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 6 – Four projects to repair and restore historic sites in the 175th Legislative District were awarded a combined $237,286 in Keystone Historic Preservation grants, announced state Rep. Mary Isaacson. “The district is home to many historical buildings that are desperately in need of repair. They create a unique ambience to those who live here and provide cultural and historical significance to both residents and visitors alike,” Isaacson said. “These grants will help preserve these important landmarks and their stories for generations to come.” The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks was awarded $90,000 to replace the roof on the Powel House and restore other portions of the historic facility. "As an 88-year-old nonprofit stewarding four historic house museums, PhilaLandmarks is incredibly grateful to receive the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for our Powel House Restoration Project,” said Kayla Anthony, executive director. “The assistance received from this grant is integral to the completion of our project and will ensure that the Powel House, the last great Old City Mansion that Washington frequented, remains a cultural asset of the Philadelphia region and an innovative window into the varying historical interpretations of our past.” Additional grant recipients are: Read more
HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., introduced a House resolution this week to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the legacy of the transgender women of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. “As we celebrate Pride month in June and recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI community, it’s important to remember that one of the most influential moments in our history began with a brick,” Kenyatta said. “The Stonewall riots inspired a movement of LGBTQI liberation and countless other protests across the world and led to the formation of many of the important LGBTQI organizations that lead the fight for equality today.” Kenyatta added that this resolution serves as a reminder of the work that lies ahead in ensuring LGBTQ I equality in Pennsylvania. He has also been an avid supporter of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would extend protection against housing and job discrimination to LGBTQ I Pennsylvanians. Read more
KENNETT, June 6 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that Chester County Intermediate Unit received $550,000 in state funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant program for use at Kennett Consolidated School District. According to Sappey, $400,000 will be awarded to Kennett Middle School and High School, and $150,00 will go toward Mary D. Lang, Banroft, Greenwood and New Garden elementary schools. “These funds will help students reach their full potential by providing homework assistance for all grade levels and will also help students in seventh grade and up prepare for their futures by offering career readiness and college prep initiatives,” Sappey said. Additionally, Sappey said the 21st CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing Title I schools. “Twenty-first Century Learning Center grants provide critical investments for communities to expand educational opportunities for students and families,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “This year’s recipients were selected with an emphasis on improving educational equity and expanding the geographic reach of Pennsylvania’s programs. As a result, more students across the state will have access to wellness, literacy, and career and technical education Read more
DOYLESTOWN, June 6 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, announced that Doylestown’s County Theater received a competitive state grant of $65,500 to accurately restore and clean its historic enamel façade. “These grant monies will provide needed assistance to the County Theater in its life-preserving expansion and restoration that is critical both to its survival and the preservation of the historic fabric of Doylestown Borough,” Ullman said. The County Theater received one of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation grants, which provide funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities. The commission awarded 57 grants selected from 96 eligible applications. These grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. This fund is supported annually from a portion of the state realty tax revenue. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read more
“The preservation of our nation’s history is a key responsibility of the commonwealth, the place where so much of its early development took place. I am so pleased to see this National Historic Landmark receive these funds to help develop a comprehensive preservation plan.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, June 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a free paper shredding event in her district on Saturday, June 8. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., McClinton, joined by Sen. Anthony Williams, invites residents seeking to securely dispose of old documents to bring them to the Motivation High School parking lot, located at 60 th Street and Baltimore Avenue. “Although some personal documents are no longer needed, they still contain private information, which makes disposing of them in regular trash or recycling risky,” McClinton said. “My paper shredding events allow residents to dispose of these documents with the security in knowing their personal information is protected.” Residents with documents to shred are advised to remove any paper clips before putting them in the shredder. Both lawmakers and their staff will also be available to assist people with state government issues such as PennDOT, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. For more information, contact McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that his bipartisan legislation (H.B. 1519) was unanimously reported out of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee yesterday. The bill would establish a state-level grant program to encourage farming of high-priority crops. “There are crops like hops, hardwood and hemp that aren’t eligible for federal grant programs, but they provide significant value to the commonwealth and to the farmers who grow them,” Rabb said. “My goal is for this legislation to be enacted into law so that Pennsylvania can become a leader in research, cultivation and commercialization of these valuable crops — particularly hemp, a form of cannabis, which was recently made legal by Congress through the 2018 federal farm bill.” The bill would act as a complement to the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which awards grants for projects aimed at expanding markets for small producers and sets aside 10 percent of grant funds for successful applicants from rural and urban communities that have at least 20 percent poverty for at least 30 years. “This is an auspicious moment for me as the newly appointed Democratic vice chair of this committee that my first agriculture bill has been successfully voted out of committee.” This legislation is part of Pennsylvania’s first-ever farm bill package, introduced by committee chairmen Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean, Read more
HOPEWELL, June 6 – A low-interest loan will help a longstanding area transportation business update its aging information technology infrastructure, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the low-interest loan to Hopewell-based flatbed transport business PGT Trucking Inc., will allow the company to purchase new servers, desktop computers, laptop computers and software essential to grow operations. The company was approved for a $400,000, five-year loan at a 3.5% rate through the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development. “I’m delighted to learn that our efforts to help secure this loan were successful,” Matzie said. “Investments in companies like PGT yield multiple returns for the community in terms of building our local economy, promoting a healthy local business environment and providing family-sustaining jobs. Today’s loan will help an important area employer update and modernize its operations so that it can function more efficiently and expand, creating more jobs and giving back to our economy.” Matzie added that the company is expected to create 25 full-time jobs and retain 140 existing jobs. The loan was one of a package approved through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority for businesses in eight counties statewide. The loans are designed to help businesses at various stages of development – from startups to established businesses seeking to expand – Read more
HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that $800,000 will be awarded to the York City School District from the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. “This money will directly impact the lives of our children and help provide the necessary tools for a high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment that goes beyond the classroom,” Hill-Evans said. “I’m thrilled that our schools have been chosen to receive these grants and look forward to seeing all of the good it will do for our kids. I see this as a win for our children and their families, providing them with more ways to succeed.” Out of the total $800,000, $400,000 will go towards Goode, Jackson and McKinley elementary schools, while another $400,000 will be used for Devers, Ferguson and Davis elementary schools. “Twenty-first Century Community Learning Center grants provide critical investments for communities to expand educational opportunities for students and families,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “This year’s recipients were selected with an emphasis on improving educational equity and expanding the geographic reach of Pennsylvania’s programs. As a result, more students across the state will have access to wellness, literacy, and career and technical education programs, among others.” The intent of the 21st CCLC program is to support the creation of community Read more
STROUDSBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is inviting everyone to her third annual Women’s Day Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Stroudsburg Junior High School, 1901 Chipperfield Drive. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 6 – Supporting Pennsylvania’s farmers and ensuring a strong agriculture future are the primary goals behind a comprehensive package of bills supported by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the PA Farm Bill is the first of its kind in the state’s history and would invest more than $24 million in the state’s agriculture industry, providing opportunities and resources to expand animal agriculture, remove regulatory burdens, implement disaster response resources, and increase marketing opportunities for Pennsylvania-grown products. “It’s no secret that our great state is a leader in agriculture: whether it’s food, dairy or meat, we are among the cream of the crop,” Snyder said. “It’s important that we continue to be proactive in supporting this great industry, but also ensure there are vital supports in place to ensure its strong future.” Snyder is the prime sponsor of H.B. 1520 , which is included in the PA Farm Bill package, and would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors. Additional bills in the package include the creation of an agriculture business development center to assist farmers, expansion of the PA Preferred program, and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and Read more
HARRISBURG, June 5 – A bipartisan bill that would include sexual extortion as a sex crime unanimously passed the House today, according to state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, one of its authors. McClinton introduced the bill (H.B. 1402) with Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler. “Currently, there is no state law that adequately names sexual extortion as a crime, despite it being a growing form of sexual exploitation in which an individual misuses their power to demand sexual acts, images, or videos from victims, usually in exchange for something the victim is heavily dependent upon such as a service or something of value,” McClinton said. “I’m happy that my House colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, also agree that combatting this crime is very important.” McClinton said that sexual extortion can occur in any setting such as schools, workplaces, and community settings, but the most common setting is online. “Perpetrators hack people’s accounts to gain access to their intimate photos to extort them or manipulate victims by tricking them into sending pictures and then extort them to send more images or to engage in sexual acts,” McClinton said. The Department of Justice reports that 71% of sexual extortion cases involve victims under the age of 18, McClinton added, and is a significantly growing threat to children as they are considered easy targets because of their Read more
HARRISBURG, June 5 – In an effort to encourage participation in fishing and boating activities, the state House today unanimously passed a resolution designating the week of June 1 through June 9 as “Fishing and Boating Week”, according to state Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, and Keith Gillespie, R-York. “Fishing and boating opportunities are endless in our great state, and it’s a wonderful and affordable way for families to spend time together outdoors and make great memories,” Kortz said. “These fun activities also help protect our state’s waterways and fisheries, preserving them for future generations to enjoy.” “When President Herbert Hoover called fishing ‘much more than fish,’ he hit the nail on the head,” Gillespie said. “While it is a sport which requires a great deal of patience on the part of the individual, its enjoyment can be realized in groups of people, be they friends, family, or a mix of both. Fishing can be thoroughly relaxing or highly competitive in offering something for all ages and levels of skill.” “With 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, and hundreds of natural and manmade lakes across the commonwealth, new adventures are always waiting right around the corner,” said Tim Schaeffer, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission director. “Thank you to the House of Representatives for their support of Pennsylvania’s anglers and boaters. With Read more
ERIE, June 5 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, is encouraging Erie residents to retire their torn, faded or tattered American flags as he kicks off a month-long “flag takeback” program at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 7 at his 3901 Liberty St. district office. Merski said he is sponsoring the program in partnership with the Summit Township Supervisors to help residents prepare for the July 4 holiday. “Most residents know when it’s time to retire a torn, faded or tattered American flag, but they may be uncertain how to do so, or may not have the time to retire a flag in the manner the Flag Code specifies,” Merski said. “It’s my hope that this program will make that process a lot easier for residents as they prepare to show their patriotic spirit on July 4.” Merski noted that after June 7 and for the remainder of the month, residents will be able to deposit flags at one of two locations: His district office at 3901 Liberty Street or His Summit office at the Summit Township Municipal Building, 1230 Townhall Road W. Media coverage of the program kickoff is invited. Read more
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