EBENSBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, is hosting a $45-per-person bus trip to the state Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 12 that includes tours of the Capitol and nearby governor’s residence, along with a visit to Hollywood Casino. The bus will make pickups in Richland and Ebensburg before 9 a.m. and will leave Harrisburg for the return trip around 7:30 p.m. Burns said interested residents must call his Portage office at (814) 736-7339 to ensure that seats are still available and make a reservation. The $45 cost includes round-trip transportation, lunch, the three aforementioned destinations, and a $35 casino voucher. “Many 72 nd Legislative District residents have come to enjoy my yearly holiday bus trip to the Capitol, especially the splendidly decorated Capitol Christmas tree and governor’s residence,” Burns said. “It puts us in the Christmas mood and I look forward to experiencing this heartwarming event with them once again.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host a Policy Pow-Wow to discuss sexual harassment and sexual assault at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in her district office at 6511 Ridge Ave. The emergence of the #metoo hashtag on social media was to give people a sense of the magnitude of this issue and the conversation for the "Pam’s Policy Pow-Wow" will focus on the prevalence of such behaviors in the workplace. Attendance is limited to 25 participants. Those interested in attending should call 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLissio@pahouse.com to make a reservation. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission will be discussed as a resource for assistance. The PAHRC, created by the state Human Relations Act, serves to create, implement and enforce statewide policy relating to sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. “I am facilitating this discussion to gather input from all constituents, but also from those who may be the victims of sexual assault or harassment,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. A moderator with extensive corporate human resources experience will be in attendance. DeLissio has held a series of Policy Pow-Wows covering a wide range of topics for in-depth conversations with her constituents. All of the previous discussions have provided a range of input and opinion, clearly reflecting the diversity of the district, she said. This is her sixth Pow-Wow. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., announced that she will host a Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave. “I am excited to host my Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon right before Veterans Day,” McClinton said. “Our veterans have put their lives on the line to ensure our continuous safety. A resource fair and luncheon is one of the many ways I want to thank them for their service.” Veterans in the 191st Legislative District will be able to receive information on benefits available to them and their family. There also will be giveaways and information on various state-related services available. This is a free event. ### Read more
SCRANTON, Nov. 6 – A staff member from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Clarks Green Borough Building, 104 N. Abington Road. The monthly outreach visits on the third Wednesday of every month alternate between Clarks Green and South Abington Township. Next month’s visit will be held Dec. 20 in the South Abington Township Building’s second-floor meeting room, 104 Shady Lane Road, Chinchilla. Flynn's staff can help with PennDOT paperwork, LIHEAP winter heating assistance, 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
SCRANTON, Nov. 6 – Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage should visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office during his monthly outreach next week. Flynn said an APPRISE counselor will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 13 at his office – 409 N. Main Ave. in Jay's Commons – to help answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Appointments are suggested by calling Flynn's office at 570-342-4348. The local APPRISE program is sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center and is funded by the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. Read more
LORETTO, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, collected donations for his annual food drive benefitting the Dorothy Day Center at St. Francis University. With the help of the community and the Penn Cambria School District, Burns filled two SUV’s and a van to capacity with donated food. “We started asking for donations last month,” Burns said. “People across the area really stepped up this year, including students and staff at Penn Cambria Middle and High Schools. We couldn’t have done it without them.” The Penn Cambria High School held a music concert last month and instead of asking for money at the door, they took food donations instead. The Dorothy Day Center explained how the organization relies on the kindness of others to help those in need, especially during the holiday season. “We have people who don’t make enough money to properly feed their family, and each year, we are so grateful to Representative Burns and his efforts to contribute to our cause,” said Dorothy Day Center Assistant Director Mary Adams. “Without his help with this food, we can’t do these special distributions.” Burns picked up donations at his offices in Ebensburg and Portage, as well as the Penn Cambria Middle School. “We like to do our part and make the holidays nice for everyone,” Burns said. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that she will host her “Is My Home Making Me Sick” Healthy Home Workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 2nd Floor, 1844-1898 N. 32 nd St., Philadelphia. The workshop will provide residents in the 195th Legislative District with information on domestic toxins that can place residents in grave danger. Health experts will be available to discuss the importance of lead safety, pest and rodent management, as well as how to best avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards. The event is free and open to the community. ### Read more
ABINGTON, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, invites local veterans to attend her free Thank You for Your Service Breakfast in honor of the Veterans Day holiday from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 12, at the North Penn VFW, 2519 Jenkintown Road in Glenside . In addition to a free breakfast, the event will include door prizes, "thank you" gifts from local organizations, and helpful information about programs and services available to veterans. Veterans who bring their DD-214 forms will be able to register for Montgomery County Veteran’s Discount Program at the event. Reservations are recommended, as space is limited. To make a reservation, or for assistance getting a copy of a DD-214 form, those interested can call Dean’s office at 215-517-6800 or email RepDean@Pahouse.com . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he will host two weatherization events to inform constituents how they can keep their homes warm and save money this winter. The two events will be held: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Houseman Recreation Center, 5091 Summerdale Ave., 19124. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Ziehler Playground, 200-64 E. Olney Ave., 19120. Dawkins said experts will be on-hand to provide information and resources for people to prepare their homes for the cold months ahead. “There are many people in our community who struggle to make ends meet, and it can be more difficult in the winter when paying heating bills,” Dawkins said. “I want to ensure everyone has the information that can help keep their families warm and save money at the same time.” For more information, constituents can call Dawkins’ constituent service office at (215) 744-7901. Read more
State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and the University of Pittsburgh will host the 25 th anniversary to honor Advocates for African-American Students from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Connolly Ballroom in Alumni Hall on the University of Pittsburgh Campus, 4227 Fifth Ave. Chris Moore of WQED will host the event. The event is in partnership with the Department of Africana Studies and United Front for Education. There will be a reception and evening of recognition for the advocates in honor of their decades’ long fight and the anniversary of the complaint waged 25 years ago. The Advocates for African-American Students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools is a grassroots community group organized in 1990 by the late Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore in response to the dismal plight of African-American students within the Pittsburgh public school district. Media coverage is invited. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., have announced that they will host the “Feeding 1,000 for Thanksgiving” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Corinthian Education Center, 6100 N. 21st St. Residents of the 201st and 203rd legislative districts in northwest Philadelphia will be able to receive a free meal while learning more about state-related programs and services. The event is free and open to the community. ### Read more
Pictured are Darece Williford, Cheryl Spencer, DeLissio, and Denise Whittiker - three members of the Community Action Group with DeLissio. PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio on Wednesday joined Gov. Tom Wolf, members of the state Liquor Control Board, and state and local Philadelphia legislators for the signing of a bill that increases the state’s ability to better deal with “stop and go” nuisance establishments in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. The new authority is included in a Fiscal Code bill (H.B. 674), which the House passed last week. Under the legislation, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board finds that a licensed establishment does not meet the seating, square footage, food or health requirements under the state Liquor Code, the LCB can suspend the license immediately. The new law also gives local government entities the power to make recommendations to the LCB to investigate establishments believed to be failing to meet code requirements. The bill was signed at the same location that two years ago DeLissio convened city, state and civic stakeholders to understand the problem from as many perspectives as possible and to identify, in particular, the barriers to a solution. “I brought the agenda and the stakeholder chart from that meeting to the bill signing,” DeLissio said. “The bill signing reflects the collective efforts of my colleagues in the House and Senate to give Read more
Rep. Mike Hanna reports that Terrapin Investment Fund LLC, based near Jersey Shore, has won state approval to grow and process medical marijuana. The Clinton County facility is projected to create up to 50 family-sustaining jobs. Read more
Rep. Pam Snyder, after months of unceasing negotiations, announces that the state Department of Environment Protection today cleared Consol Energy to mine new sections at the Bailey Mine in western Greene County, protecting the livelihoods of as many as 600 workers for up to five years. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., will host a free veterans event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 in the McNeil Science and Technology Center, University of the Sciences, 4320 Woodland Ave., 19104. The featured speaker will be Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Carrelli, adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard. "This is a chance to learn about state benefits available to veterans and to meet your state representative," Roebuck said. "We'll have representatives of state and local government agencies on hand to answer questions." Roebuck is asking veterans to RSVP for the event by calling his office at 215-724-2227. ### Read more
LANCASTER, NOV. 2 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced that open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2018 is now underway and residents are urged to sign up for healthcare and renew or change current benefits. “Despite confusion and threats from the Trump Administration, The Affordable Care Act is still in effect and those who need healthcare can gain access through the ACA,” Sturla said. Residents can shop for plans on their own at www.healthcare.gov or contact a local navigator for assistance at localhelp.healthcare.gov. Navigator services are free to consumers. Local Southeast Lancaster Health Services is one of many local navigators and can be reached by calling 717-917-3756; emailing email@example.com ; or visiting 625 South Duke Street, 515B Hershey Avenue or 333 North Arch Street in Lancaster. Sturla added, “More than 16,000 Lancaster County residents have insurance through the Affordable Care Act and it’s important that we spread the word to make sure all who need access are aware that it’s out there. More insured Pennsylvanians means healthier Pennsylvanians, health care providers get paid for the services they provide and our economy improves.” The 2018 Open Enrollment deadline is Dec. 15, 2017. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will host a Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 18 at the J. Hampton Moore School, 6900 Summerdale Ave. “There are so many great programs and opportunities for our seniors and this event is a fun, free way to enable them to gain access to services they are entitled to and should be receiving,” Solomon said. The event will feature health screenings, state and local government agencies, representatives from hospitals and insurance companies, and others offering information and services geared toward older adults. Free flu vaccines will also be available with most insurance and Medicare cards. Solomon stated that there will also be door prizes and free refreshments. For further information and to RSVP, individuals can contact Solomon’s office at 215-342-6340 . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., released the following statement after hearing the news of Blossom Philadelphia, which operates community homes for intellectually disabled adults, losing their license due to “gross incompetence:” “I am deeply concerned to hear the news of Blossom Philadelphia losing their license to operate due to what the state Department of Human Services describes as ‘gross incompetence.’ Ensuring the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us is paramount to our success as a society. “Families entrust their loved ones to qualified, quality, licensed organizations to receive the care that they are unable to provide for their loved one. “The state Department of Human Services took the reasonable and necessary steps to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities remain healthy and safe in the least restrictive environment. I will continue to monitor the situation and am here to support the affected families in any way possible.” ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today released the following statement regarding Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s announcement that the city is moving forward with its plan to dissolve the School Reform Commission: “I applaud Mayor Kenney’s commitment to improving our education system through strategic partnerships and investments. Under the School Reform Commission’s leadership, Philadelphia schools have been massively underfunded. As a consequence, graduation rates have not improved, our school buildings are in serious disrepair, and students are not receiving the quality education they deserve. Our commonwealth’s ongoing structural budget deficit only guarantees that under state control, none of this will change and that our students will continue to pay the price. “There has been significant dialogue about dissolving the SRC by the public, local elected officials and education advocates over the past several years. While I am a strong advocate for local control of our school district, I do have a few concerns. These include all nine appointees coming from the executive branch, as well as the short timeline for implementing all of this. Moving forward, I hope the public will be able to take part in this important transition and that this process is as transparent as possible. We must ensure that this more local school board addresses the needs and concerns of students throughout each and every zip Read more
Rep. Pam Snyder reports that her three constituent service offices will again collect winter clothes to benefit area families beginning Monday, Nov. 6. Read more
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