Petrarca: $468,000 in school safety, community violence prevention grants awarded by Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Approximately $468,292 in state grants to promote school safety and reduce community violence have been awarded to six school districts and a domestic violence center in the district, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the following school districts have received school safety and security grants, which can be used to purchase security-related technology and equipment, support school safety-related and behavioral trainings, and for hiring school personnel, including resource officers, police officers, counselors, social workers and psychologists: Apollo-Ridge School District, Armstrong County: $35,000. Blairsville Saltsburg School District, Indiana County: $35,000. Derry Area School District, Westmoreland County: $35,000. Greater Latrobe School District, Westmoreland County: $40,000. Kiski Area School District, Westmoreland County: $40,000. Leechburg Area School District, Armstrong County: $85,000. In addition, the Alice Paul House in Indiana, which provides services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, was awarded a $198,292 community violence prevention/reduction grant for its Healthy Relationships Project. These grants are designed to support programs to reduce community violence and increase access to behavioral health and related intervention services. “As a Read more

 

Capacity crowd at Petrarca's Latrobe concealed-carry event

(Jan 31, 2020)

LATROBE, Jan. 31 – Nearly 400 people attended state Rep. Joseph Petrarca's first informational discussion Thursday night on concealed-carry and other firearms laws. The two-plus-hour event in Huber Hall allowed attendees to ask local law-enforcement, judicial and hunting officials questions about the state's firearms laws. "It was a great event with a great turnout," Petrarca said. "The presenters were thorough, and the questions were thoughtful. I'd like to thank everyone for attending and learning more about our Second Amendment rights in Pennsylvania." The presenters were Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro, Capt. Jennifer Shipley from the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania State Trooper Steve Limani, Latrobe Police Chief John Sleasman, and Officer Bill Brehun from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. They covered such topics as the Castle Doctrine, "open" carry vs. "concealed" carry, firearm safety and registration, and firearms law and safety related to hunting. Petrarca said that the question-and-answer session was the most popular feature, which lasted a couple of hours. "The questions ranged from when and where can you carry a concealed firearm, to how to properly interact with police officers when you are armed, and what crimes may prevent someone from owning a gun," he said. "I think everyone left Huber Hall with some Read more

 

Petrarca announces nearly $318,000 in fire and EMS state grants

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 -- State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced a total of 24 fire and emergency medical services companies are slated to receive state grants totaling $317,598. “We rely on our local firefighters and emergency services personnel to respond quickly to dangerous situations, including fires, accidents and other events, on a daily basis,” Petrarca said. “These grants can be helpful in paying for training, purchasing needed equipment, and for construction or repairs to their facilities.” Petrarca said the grants are as follows: Armstrong County Apollo Volunteer Fire Department Hose Company No.2 -- fire company - $11,783. Apollo Volunteer Fire Department Hose Company No. 3 -- fire company - $11,783. Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company -- fire company - $11,509. Lower Kiski Ambulance Service Inc -- EMS - $9,192. Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department -- fire company - $11,646. Indiana County Saltsburg Volunteer Fire Department -- fire company - $10,251. Westmoreland Avonmore Volunteer Fire Department -- fire company - $11,509. Bell Township Volunteer Fire Department -- fire company - $11,920. Derry Volunteer Fire Department – fire company - $11,509. Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department #1 of Bradenville -- fire company - $12,194. Hyde Park Volunteer Fire Read more

 

Petrarca to hold two concealed-carry events in district

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – To help ensure that residents are aware of their Second Amendment rights, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, will host two free informational events in the district regarding concealed carry. The first event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at Huber Hall, 300 Alexandria St. in Latrobe. The second concealed-carry event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the West Leechburg Fire Hall, 1116 Gosser St. in West Leechburg. “I believe it’s vital for residents to know their rights as law-abiding gun owners, and both of these seminars will provide information on the rules and regulations regarding firearm transport and use in Pennsylvania,” Petrarca said. “The seminar also will provide residents with the opportunity to ask questions about concealed carry, gun registration, gun safety and more.” Representatives from the county sheriff’s office, Pennsylvania State Police, local law enforcement and the PA Game Commission will attend both events. For more information, those interested can call Petrarca’s Vandergrift office at (724) 567-6982, his Latrobe office at (724) 539-7560, or his Derry office at (724) 694-5298. Read more

 

Petrarca: $100,000 investment to assist schools and employers in preparing students for high demand careers

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – The Tri-County Workforce Development Board, which oversees workforce development, education and economic development initiatives in Armstrong, Butler and Indiana counties, has been awarded $100,000 in state funding to help businesses and schools collaborate to better prepare students for in-demand careers, state Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Petrarca said the grant, awarded to the board via the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Business-Education Partnership program, will connect students, employers and schools to provide career-related experiences and opportunities. In addition, the grant will be used to address gaps that exist between education and employers, with the goal of better preparing students for regional career and employment educational opportunities. “These student/employer experiences include job shadowing, internships, career mentoring and soft-skill development, ensuring our students are better prepared to enter the local workforce,” Petrarca said. “This investment creates a viable connection between the employer and students, helping these students build the skills they need to succeed, combined with solid workforce experience in high-demand jobs.” The BEP grants are 100 percent federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. For more information about these awards, please visit the following link: Read more

 

Petrarca: Indiana University, St. Vincent College receive “It’s On Us” funds to prevent campus sexual assaults

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania and St. Vincent College have received a total of $45,000 in grants designed to raise awareness of and prevent campus sexual assaults, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said IUP will receive a $30,000 grant from the “It’s On Us” campaign to educate college students about sexual violence and assault. St. Vincent College in Latrobe will receive a $15,000 research grant to assess the statewide impact of the “It’s On Us PA” grant program and provide recommendations to improve it. Pennsylvania was the first state in the country to create its own statewide “It’s On Us” campaign four years ago following the launch of the national initiative, he added. “It’s imperative we keep our college and university campuses as safe places for students to learn, and I was pleased to assist IUP and St. Vincent College in applying for these grants,” said Petrarca. “They will certainly build upon ongoing prevention efforts, but will also help our state assess our statewide “It’s On Us” endeavors to ensure we’re doing all we can from a prevention standpoint, but also ensure survivors of sexual assault on campuses are getting the services and support they need.” Since its inception, Pennsylvania has received nearly $4 million in “It’s On Us” grants Read more

 

Petrarca: Three area CTCs receive nearly $82K in state grants to better prepare students for high-demand careers

(Dec 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – The Career and Technical Centers in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties have been awarded a total of $81,585 in state grants to purchase equipment to help train students for high-demand occupations, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will allow the schools to buy new equipment and provide hands-on training aligned with the needs of local employers. The following schools were awarded grants: Lenape Tech, Armstrong County - $40,675. Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center - $49,999. Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center - $16,930. “I’ve consistently supported career and technical schools during my legislative career, and I am pleased these grants will help them better prepare students for career-ready positions in a variety of fields, including welding, manufacturing and construction,” Petrarca said. “Providing students with real-world experience and training will ensure they are ready to meet the demands and challenges of an ever-changing workforce.” Pennsylvania has more than 80 career and technical education centers across Pennsylvania, offering PDE-approved programs to thousands of students statewide. More information on career and technical education can be found here . Read more

 

Winter Pet Safety Tips

(Dec 19, 2019)

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Petrarca: Latrobe to receive funding to improve traffic safety

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – A state grant will be used to install electronic flashing school zone speed limit warning signs near Latrobe Elementary School, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the city of Latrobe will receive $122,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program to install the signs. “These funds will be used to ensure the safety of pedestrians – including many students and parents – adjacent to the elementary school,” Petrarca said. “This valuable program builds upon existing local road and bridge projects and helps our communities to make vital investments in traffic flow and safety.” Under state law, grant funding for the program is supplied by fines from red light violations at 31 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. A total of 41 projects were approved statewide. For more information, residents can visit the traffic signals page under “Travel in PA” at www.penndot.gov or email ARLE@pa.gov . Read more

 

Petrarca: Resolution to recommend ID badges for corrections officers passes House

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17– A resolution recommending the state Department of Corrections provide identification badges for corrections officers was adopted by the House, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said in addition to serving as essential employees who are often called on to assist or intervene in a variety of emergency incidents, they also encounter daily risks while overseeing inmates. H.R. 178 would recommend Pennsylvania join 32 other states in providing these badges to corrections officers. Having a standardized badge would quickly convey their status to emergency service providers, law enforcement personnel or others, Petrarca added. “The badges would provide additional protection for corrections officers when they intervene in a criminal situation, but also when they are asked to assist in emergency incidents with other law enforcement and emergency personnel,” Petrarca said. The resolution passed unanimously in the House. Read more

 

Petrarca announces Armstrong County to receive $150,000 to support opioid addiction treatment

(Dec 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – Armstrong County has been awarded $150,000 in funds to support a program that provides treatment to offenders with substance abuse addiction, including opioids, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the funds will expand the Armstrong County Jail’s Medication Assistance Treatment program, which provides drug treatment services and cognitive behavioral therapy to offenders with drug addiction, with the goal of reducing recidivism among those offenders. “As a commission member, I fully support these evidence-based programs that help with treatment for their addiction and increase their chances for a successful recovery, with the ultimate goal of ensuring their successful reintegration into society,” Petrarca said. The grant was approved during the commission’s quarterly meeting today. PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts, including victims of crime. Read more

 

Petrarca: $4.6 million available in PAsmart grants to connect employers with workers, spur new job training opportunities

(Dec 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca is encouraging local workforce development boards, industry and education organizations and others to apply for state grants focused on creating opportunities for workers and providing them with the skills and knowledge that businesses need. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said approximately $4.6 million in grants is available through the PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership program, which connects multiple employers in the same industry with students, workers and job seekers in a variety of fields, including: Advanced manufacturing. Agriculture and food production. Bio medical and health care. Building and construction. Business services. Education. Energy. Hospitality. Logistics and transportation. Real estate. Finance and insurance. “For some time, employers have expressed concerns about what they call the ‘skills gap,’ which is the difference in the skills that are required for a particular job and the actual skills potential or current skills employees have,” Petrarca said. “These grants will provide job seekers with the training and skills that employers need and meet the career goals of workers who want to expand their skill set and increase their earning potentials.” Grants of up to $250,000 per partnership are available. Eligible grant applicants also Read more

 

Petrarca: $486,000 grant to Westmoreland County organization to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction

(Dec 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 2 – A recovery community organization in Westmoreland County has been awarded a $486,446 grant to enhance its efforts to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the grant to Sage’s Army is part of a $55.9 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. These funds can be used to expand existing services and develop new programs, including the hiring of additional certified recovery specialists, education and employment training and life-skills coaching, Petrarca added. “While the number of heroin and fentanyl overdoses have steadily declined in Westmoreland County over the past few years, there are still many in our communities who need help to recover from addiction once they’ve completed treatment,” Petrarca said. “This grant will make a substantial impact in the lives of those who need that vital support to assist in their recovery and to help them rebuild their lives.” For more information on the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, residents can visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/ . Read more

 

Petrarca: Bill to provide blood lead testing in young children moves forward in House

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – A measure to provide for blood lead testing of young children and mandate the state Department of Health develop a comprehensive educational program on childhood lead poisoning was approved today by the state House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, who serves as the Democratic chairman of the committee, said the bill , which included an amendment he authored, would require children to be tested for lead between 9 and 12 months of age and again at 24 months of age. If the results are at or above the range value identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health care provider must perform an additional test no later than 12 weeks from the first blood lead test. The measure would also require the Department of Health to develop and provide appropriate educational materials on childhood lead poisoning and testing, insurance coverage, treatment and remediation. In addition, DOH would also be required to develop an electronic system for the storage and management of blood lead testing information. “We know that most lead exposure happens in older homes that were built using lead-based paint, or in homes where lead is found in water lines,” said Petrarca. “With Pennsylvania ranking third in the country for housing built before 1950, it’s imperative that children who may be at risk for lead exposure be tested. Even at Read more

 

Petrarca: Resolution recommends ID badges for corrections officers

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – A resolution that recommends the state Department of Corrections provide identification badges for corrections officers was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said as essential employees who are often called on to assist or intervene in a variety of emergency incidents, there is currently no standard identification badge that alerts emergency service providers, law enforcement personnel or other officials to the identify of corrections officers. “Having standardized credentials for these officers would be extremely helpful, ensuring their safety on the job, but also at crime scenes and when assisting in emergency situations with other law enforcement and emergency service professionals,” Petrarca said. “More than 30 other states provide identification badges to their corrections officers, and our state needs to do the same.” The full text of Petrarca’s resolution can be found by clicking here . Read more

 

Petrarca: $230,000 state grant will protect, preserve hiking trails

(Nov 14, 2019)

A $230,000 state grant will provide needed upgrades to area trails and encourage recreational opportunities for years to come, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Read more

 

Petrarca: State funding will support equipment purchases, job creation and retention at Westmoreland County company

(Nov 12, 2019)

VANDERGRIFT, Nov. 12 – A Latrobe industrial testing company has been approved for a $601,352 loan to enable it to increase productivity and create jobs, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Petrarca said the low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority will allow Product Evaluation Systems to purchase specialized equipment to increase its capacity to test specifically for the aerospace, additive 3D printing, defense and power generation industries. This loan will be used in conjunction with a recent real estate loan approval that will fund the construction of a building that will connect to its existing facility in Unity Township, Westmoreland County. The PIDA funding will also provide for future job growth, Petrarca added. “These funds will allow Product Evaluation Services to expand and grow in Westmoreland County, providing more opportunities for family-sustaining jobs and strong economic development, which is great news,” Petrarca said. “In addition, the loan will also allow the company to retain 42 full-time positions, but also add an additional 8 full-time jobs within the next three years.” PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to state businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged Read more

 

Petrarca: $15,000 state grant will protect, preserve water trail

(Nov 07, 2019)

VANDERGRIFT, Nov. 7 – A $15,000 state grant will help protect the water quality of a water trail for generations to come, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Petrarca said the grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was awarded to the Allegheny Ridge Corporation to help prepare and print updated maps and to create a management plan for the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail, which runs through Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties. “Taking these proactive steps to protect our waterways is vital to our area’s overall quality of life,” Petrarca said. “These grants will go a long way toward their protection and will also ensure that residents of all ages can enjoy the recreational opportunities they provide.” The DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation rivers conservation grants focus on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities, including installing riparian buffers to improve the health and diversity of local ecosystems and to also develop long-term water quality management programs. More information can be found at this link: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grant Read more

 

Petrarca warns anglers and hunters of online scams when purchasing licenses

(Oct 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are warning anglers and hunters about online scams when purchasing licenses, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said both commissions have issued the warning after several reports of consumers who paid for licenses through third-party websites not connected with either agency. “Even though consumers didn’t suspect the third-party websites were phony, they sadly found that was the case when they didn’t receive their license,” said Petrarca. “Some of these look-alike websites mimic the agencies’ branding, add in extra license fees, and may even ask for your personal information, like your social security number. Those are red flags that you risk wasting your money and putting your personal information at risk.” The best way to ensure consumers are getting a legitimate fishing or hunting license is by visiting The Outdoor Shop online portal at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com , Petrarca added. Once a fishing license is purchased, a printable electronic version is issued immediately by the PFBC. For a hunting license that is purchased online, consumers receive an official email from the PGC and licenses are mailed to the buyer within two weeks of their purchase. Those who encounter a website offering the sale of a state fishing or hunting license that doesn’t Read more

 

Petrarca announces nearly $234,000 in state funds to improve, repair recreational facility and parks

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca today announced approximately $233,639 in state funds have been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support three recreational projects in Westmoreland County. The three projects in Westmoreland County will receive the following CFA funds: $165,313 will be used to make a variety of improvements to the Joseph A. Petrarca Memorial Pool in Vandergrift Borough (named in honor of Petrarca’s father), including replacement of the pool’s liner, the installation of a boiler system, and rerouting of a natural spring away from the pool grounds to reduce mosquito infestation in the area. $39,038 for improvements to the Bradenville Playground in Derry Township , including repair and replacement of old, rusted and pitted equipment and installation of an ADA-compliant playset and safety surface features. $29,288 to be used to purchase and install playground equipment at Cooperstown Park in Derry Township for children ages 2 through 12. “I’m pleased to support these projects and worked really hard to make them a reality, which will provide much-needed improvements and enhancements to our recreational facilities in Westmoreland County,” said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. “Part of what makes a community a great place to live is ensuring that residents and their families have places to relax and spend time together, and these Read more

 

Petrarca: $468,000 in school safety, community violence prevention grants awarded by Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
1 day ago

Capacity crowd at Petrarca's Latrobe concealed-carry event
Jan 31, 2020

Petrarca announces nearly $318,000 in fire and EMS state grants
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Petrarca to hold two concealed-carry events in district
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Petrarca: $100,000 investment to assist schools and employers in preparing students for high demand careers
Jan 17, 2020

Petrarca: Indiana University, St. Vincent College receive “It’s On Us” funds to prevent campus sexual assaults
Jan 17, 2020

Petrarca: Three area CTCs receive nearly $82K in state grants to better prepare students for high-demand careers
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Petrarca: Latrobe to receive funding to improve traffic safety
Dec 17, 2019

Petrarca: Resolution to recommend ID badges for corrections officers passes House
Dec 17, 2019

Petrarca announces Armstrong County to receive $150,000 to support opioid addiction treatment
Dec 11, 2019

Petrarca: $4.6 million available in PAsmart grants to connect employers with workers, spur new job training opportunities
Dec 03, 2019

Petrarca: $486,000 grant to Westmoreland County organization to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction
Dec 02, 2019

Petrarca: Bill to provide blood lead testing in young children moves forward in House
Nov 20, 2019

Petrarca: Resolution recommends ID badges for corrections officers
Nov 19, 2019

Petrarca: $230,000 state grant will protect, preserve hiking trails
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Petrarca: State funding will support equipment purchases, job creation and retention at Westmoreland County company
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Petrarca: $15,000 state grant will protect, preserve water trail
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Petrarca warns anglers and hunters of online scams when purchasing licenses
Oct 15, 2019

Petrarca announces nearly $234,000 in state funds to improve, repair recreational facility and parks
Sep 17, 2019