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Rozzi offers free CPR course for residents of the 126th District

(1 day ago)

READING, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi is partnering with local emergency medical responders to offer a free CPR course for residents of the 126 th Legislative District. The HeartSaver CPR course will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 at Berks Technical Institute, 2205 Ridgewood Road, Wyomissing. “This course has attracted a great deal of interest in past years, and I’m pleased to be able to make it available again,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “This is a great chance for community members to learn valuable skills that could save a life during an emergency.” The course is free, but attendees can obtain a certification card for $22 if desired. Space is limited. Anyone interested should contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. Read more

 

State lawmakers announce more than $400K in grants to improve Berks County school safety

(1 day ago)

State lawmakers Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, and state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, announced the approval of several School Safety and Security grants today. Read more

 

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(Feb 11, 2020)

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Rozzi, IM ABLE Foundation present adaptive bike to community member

(Jan 24, 2020)

WYOMISSING, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi joined the IM ABLE Foundation to present an adaptive bike to a community member today. Rozzi and Chris Kaag, founder of IM ABLE, presented the bike to Steve Kreitz, of Wernersville, who lost his leg in a fishing accident. The IM Able Foundation works to remove obstacles that prevent people with disabilities from being physically active, using grants, donations and sponsorships to provide equipment to people with physical or cognitive challenges. “I’ve been proud to support the IM Able Foundation’s great work to make sure individuals with disabilities have access to often expensive equipment that can help them remain active and healthy,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I look forward to see what Steve can accomplish with the help of this bike.” Kaag added: “Since he started coming to the IM ABLE Foundation, Steve has been motivated to achieve more than he ever thought he would be able to do after he lost his leg. He’s such a worthwhile grant candidate. We’re so grateful for the community’s support because it means that Steve can redefine what is possible.” More information on the IM ABLE Foundation is available at imablefoundation.org . Read more

 

Rozzi to co-host training sessions on preventing child sexual abuse

(Jan 17, 2020)

READING, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi invites community members to attend a four-session training workshop to help adults learn how they can protect children from sexual abuse. “Parents in the Know,” a free program to be offered by Safe Berks, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 4, 11, 19 and 25 at the Muhlenberg Township Building, 210 S. George St. Rozzi is co-hosting the program along with the Muhlenberg Township Police Department. “This training program is a great way for parents and other adults to learn how they help prevent child sexual abuse. Those who participate will learn how to better ask questions and how to intervene in a situation when necessary,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “We all have a responsibility to protect children, and this training series will help empower adults to look out for children in the community.” Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. The program is open to all local residents. Read more

 

Rozzi, Schwank announce computer science grants for Muhlenberg, Wyomissing school districts

(Jan 17, 2020)

READING, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi and state Sen. Judy Schwank, both D-Berks, applauded two area school districts on being awarded PAsmart grants. Gov. Tom Wolf today announced $5.7 million in PAsmart Targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units across the state. Muhlenberg and Wyomissing Area school districts were each awarded $35,000. “We live in a digital world, and computer science education is a necessity,” Rozzi said. “I applaud these districts for working to expand this valuable training, so that more students will be well prepared for the future.” Schwank added: “We need to do all that we can to ensure our students successfully transition to higher education or enter a workforce that increasingly relies on computer science skills. This funding will allow Wyomissing and Muhlenberg school districts to better prepare their students.” The PAsmart Targeted grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The 163 new Targeted grant awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities. More information on the Read more

 

State lawmakers congratulate Albright College on $30,000 grant

(Jan 16, 2020)

State lawmakers from Berks County congratulated Albright College on receiving a $30,000 grant Thursday to combat campus sexual assault. Read more

 

State lawmakers applaud grant for more than $100K for Berks County Workforce Development Board

(Jan 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – State lawmakers from Berks County applauded a $110,955 grant awarded to the Berks County Workforce Development Board Thursday to help prepare students for in-demand careers. Read more

 

Berks County lawmakers applaud $234,266 grant to revitalize Reading park

(Dec 30, 2019)

Berks County lawmakers Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone, as well as Sen. Judy Schwank, applauded the approval of a $234,266 state grant today to revitalize a park in Reading. Read more

 

Despite obstacles, lawmaker 'not going to stop’ until child sex abuse survivors get chance to sue Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses

(Dec 30, 2019)

Despite obstacles, lawmaker 'not going to stop’ until child sex abuse survivors get chance to sue Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses Read more

 

Legislators Announce Reading Muhlenberg CTC Awarded $50,000

(Dec 20, 2019)

READING, December 19, 2019 – The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $50,000 to Reading Muhlenberg CTC to purchase new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations, State Sen. Judy Schwank, State Rep. Mark Rozzi, and State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, all D-Berks, announced. The grant is one of 32 competitive grants totaling nearly $1.2 million awarded to Career and Technical Centers (CTC) and Area Vocational-Technical Education Schools across the state to purchase equipment aligned with the needs of local employers for use in PDE-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and to provide hands-on training to students in those programs. The maximum grant allowed under the program is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, which could include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners. Reading Muhlenberg CTC’s grant will help purchase the following equipment: Mechanical Training System CNC Plasma Cutter “This funding will help Reading Muhlenberg CTC give their students the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art equipment,” Schwank said. “Students will learn the skills they need to succeed in the 21 st century work place.” “Students deserve to learn in classrooms equipped with the most up-to-date technology available to prepare them for the future,” Rozzi said. “This funding will support Reading Read more

 

Lawmakers announce state grant for Reading traffic signal study

(Dec 17, 2019)

READING, Dec. 17 – State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone and Sen. Judy Schwank, all D-Berks, announced that Reading was awarded a $227,840 state grant to study and upgrade the downtown traffic signal system network. “It’s incredibly important that we ensure traffic can move smoothly and safely through our downtown,” said Rozzi. “I’m pleased to see funding for this study awarded to the City of Reading.” “A better understanding of Reading’s traffic flow is crucial if we are to improve public safety downtown,” said Caltagirone. “I look forward to the results of this study.” “I am commending city officials for securing this competitive state grant funding," Schwank said. "This initiative will benefit residents, workers, visitors and businesses in downtown Reading by ensuring that our traffic control system works effectively and efficiently." The grant was among $13.1 million in funding awarded to improve safety at signalized intersections in 34 municipalities around the state at 41 locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. The grants are funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Program. More information is available on the traffic signals page under “Travel in PA” at www.penndot.gov . Read more

 

Lawmakers announce four grants to support programs, projects in Berks County

(Dec 11, 2019)

State Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi as well as state Sen. Judy Schwank announced the approval of four grants for projects and programs in Berks County by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Wednesday. Read more

 

Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

(Nov 26, 2019)

Governor Tom Wolf, joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, bill sponsors Reps. Mark Rozzi, Todd Stephens, and Jim Gregory; legislators; advocates and survivors of childhood sexual abuse, signed three bills that mirror the Grand Jury’s recommendations after its investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. “After tireless and passionate work on the part of so many, especially countless brave victims, these bills will today become law, and victims of one of the most unimaginable forms of abuse will receive the support and rights they deserve,” Gov. Wolf said. “And while we celebrate the monumental victory of many survivors of childhood sexual abuse finally receiving their opportunity for justice, we must continue pushing forward until every survivor, of every age, has the chance to tell his or her story.” “These reforms fundamentally change our justice system and will protect generations of children who experience abuse from this day on,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “While we still must address justice for those survivors who made this day possible, seeing this progress gives me hope that bravery and activism will win over entrenched interests and powerful institutions.” Gov. Wolf signed these bills: House Bill 962 , sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi, abolishes Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse and extends the timeline victims have to file civil action Read more

 

Rozzi announces historic passage of bills to bring justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced the historic passage of two bills that would help bring justice to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. “For years, I’ve been fighting relentlessly for victims of childhood sexual abuse. During that time, we’ve seen countless examples of the hidden epidemic of child sexual abuse and the coverup by institutions, as more and more survivors shared their stories,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “We could have and should have reformed the statute of limitations years ago, but we’re finally making progress today. This has been a long road that required compromise, given the political dynamic in Pennsylvania. But finally, victims are closer to being guaranteed the ability to seek justice.” House Bill 962, introduced by Rozzi, passed the Senate Wednesday. The bill would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse, extend the civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse until the victim reaches age 55, and waive the sovereign and governmental immunity related to childhood sexual abuse. The bill was amended in the Senate and will return to the House for a concurrence vote. The Senate also on Wednesday passed H.B. 963, a constitutional amendment that would open a retroactive two-year window so that victims who have aged out of the current statute could sue for damages. If the bill passes the House and Senate Read more

 

Caltagirone, Rozzi announce three grants totaling more than $300,000

(Nov 14, 2019)

State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone announced Thursday that two grants totaling $275,000 have been approved for the city of Reading, and a third grant totaling $33,900 will be released to Berks County. Read more

 

Reading Area Community College receives $42,947 in grant funding

(Oct 31, 2019)

State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone and Sen. Judy Schwank announced Reading Area Community College will receive almost $45,000 in state funding from a Preschool Development Grant as part of a $1.5 million investment from the state to improve the quality of early childcare education. Read more

 

Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi and Sen. Judy Schwank announced $252,821 in grant funding has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support recreation improvement efforts in Berks County. CFA approved grants for: Reading Skatepark Association for $90,000 to develop a skatepark. Berks Nature for $162,821 to install a pedestrian bridge. “The approval of these funds is great news for Reading and the surrounding communities who will benefit from them,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I commend all involved who worked hard to put together high-quality proposals for these competitive grant funds.” Rozzi added: “These projects, especially the skatepark, represent important investments not only in the present needs of our community, but for future generations. Children and residents of the city of Reading and beyond will benefit from this new recreational outlet.” The Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program is funded through the Act 13 —Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and is administered by CFA. “These state grant funds will allow Reading and Berks County to better address the recreational needs of area residents for many years to come,” Schwank said. “I’m glad that we have local groups taking initiative in pursuing these funds.” The CFA was established in 2004 as an Read more

 

Rozzi to host free shredding event Sept. 28

(Sep 17, 2019)

TEMPLE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at his district office. Rozzi’s office is at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District are invited to bring any papers containing confidential or personal information to have them securely shredded. “Shredding old documents helps to keep personal information out of the hands of identity thieves,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m glad to be able to help make this service easily available for community members.” Anyone with questions can call Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. ### Read more

 

Reading company receives CFA grant

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Simpler Way Nutritionals LLC was awarded a state grant to develop value-added process for developing infant formula and nutraceutical products from Pennsylvania-sourced milk, state Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today. The $460,375 grant will help Simpler Way Nutritionals LLC to produce products that will enable the consumer to easily determine the source of the infant formula and nutraceutical products, and assure them that their purchases result from a process that promotes animal health. The project includes funds for research, development and marketing. “Parents from all over the world will feel secure feeding their babies nutritional formula produced from the quality milk of our Pennsylvania dairy farmers, creating much-needed jobs right here in Reading,” Caltagirone said. “I’m glad that this grant will be used to help develop products that bring nutritional benefits from the youngest to the oldest of our residents, while also providing a shot in the arm to our state's dairy industry,” Rozzi said. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program. The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program provides grants to encourage research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. The program is administered jointly by the state Read more

 

Rozzi offers free CPR course for residents of the 126th District
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State lawmakers announce more than $400K in grants to improve Berks County school safety
1 day ago

Spring 2020 newsletter
Feb 11, 2020

Rozzi, IM ABLE Foundation present adaptive bike to community member
Jan 24, 2020

Rozzi to co-host training sessions on preventing child sexual abuse
Jan 17, 2020

Rozzi, Schwank announce computer science grants for Muhlenberg, Wyomissing school districts
Jan 17, 2020

State lawmakers congratulate Albright College on $30,000 grant
Jan 16, 2020

State lawmakers applaud grant for more than $100K for Berks County Workforce Development Board
Jan 16, 2020

Berks County lawmakers applaud $234,266 grant to revitalize Reading park
Dec 30, 2019

Despite obstacles, lawmaker 'not going to stop’ until child sex abuse survivors get chance to sue Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses
Dec 30, 2019

Legislators Announce Reading Muhlenberg CTC Awarded $50,000
Dec 20, 2019

Lawmakers announce state grant for Reading traffic signal study
Dec 17, 2019

Lawmakers announce four grants to support programs, projects in Berks County
Dec 11, 2019

Gov. Wolf Signs Three Bills to Protect Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Nov 26, 2019

Rozzi announces historic passage of bills to bring justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Nov 21, 2019

Caltagirone, Rozzi announce three grants totaling more than $300,000
Nov 14, 2019

Reading Area Community College receives $42,947 in grant funding
Oct 31, 2019

Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County
Sep 17, 2019

Rozzi to host free shredding event Sept. 28
Sep 17, 2019

Reading company receives CFA grant
Mar 26, 2019