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Sappey’s drive-thru donation drive benefits multiple charities

(Oct 16, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Christina Sappey held her annual charitable item donation drive on Oct. 3, which received donations from local residents for the Brandywine SPCA, David’s Drive 831, Kennett Area Community Services, Toys for Tots and Green Drop. “I am pleased once again with how our community has stepped up and given generously,” Sappey said. “These donations will help feed families, provide a child with a toy for the holidays and ensure the health of pets looking for their forever homes. To all of you who donated, your kindness will certainly go a long way. Thank you, and I hope we will be able to give even more next year.” Green Drop reported that over 300 boxes and bags of donated goods from this donation drive will go to help those in need. Many attendees provided items to all of the organizations on site. David’s Drive 831, a local veteran support organization, collected items for veterans receiving care at the Coatesville, Lebanon, and Southeastern Veterans Centers. “Thanks for a safe donation drive! Everyone was happy to help, and kudos to the office of Christina Sappey,” said David Turner, founder and president of David’s Drive 831. “People seemed happy to get out and pleased to give back. The veterans we support are fortunate that the community has their backs. I'd like to pass on the appreciation from the veterans. Thank you!” “We really enjoyed being part Read more

 

Sappey announces over $275K in local Fire, EMS grants

(Oct 16, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE , Oct. 1 6 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that several Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service grants were approved for local companies, totaling $276,203 to offset expenses accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Act 26, which passed the legislature with Sappey’s support, the state made $50 million in grants available to fire and emergency medical services organizations affected by COVID-19. The funding can be used for operational and equipment expenses including personal protective equipment, disinfecting expenses, apparatus repairs, utilities, insurance and lost revenue. “This is great news for our hardworking first responders,” Sappey said. “These heroes are stepping up every single day to help protect all of us. It is through their self-sacrifice that we are safe during emergency situations. We need to make sure that they have the funds to keep up with demands and maintain top-of-the-line equipment to keep our communities safe.” Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego said: “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office has remained open to provide the necessary resources that our fire service and EMS personnel need to fulfill a critical public safety role throughout the commonwealth. Departments have been exceptionally patient during this process, as our office has worked through changing federal guidance dictating how these dollars can be spent.” Read more

 

Gov. Wolf: Amid a Resurgence of COVID, We Must Protect the ACA, People and Our Health Care System

(Oct 15, 2020)

“I’m honored Governor Wolf was able to join us in New Garden Township today to talk about affordable and accessible healthcare. Our families currently have a lot on their plates, but access to healthcare should not be one of their concerns,” said state Rep. Christina Sappey (D-Chester). “We should be doing everything we can to remove barriers and to promote good health. Healthy communities are strong communities.” Read more

 

Sappey announces over $160K in DCNR grants for New Garden Township riparian buffers, open space preserves

(Oct 09, 2020)

CHESTER, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that $162,400 in two Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants have been approved for acquisition of approximately 17.7 acres to be added to the Mill Race Preserve and the Chandler Woods Preserve in New Garden Township. “In addition to increased open space, this grant funding will provide more parking and better access to trails in the area. This money comes at a time when we are seeing the use of our parks and open spaces increase 29% compared to last year, so these are welcome improvements,” Sappey said. The $54,400 approved for Mill Race Preserve will expand existing township preserve space by 9.9 acres near the intersection of Auburn Road and Penn Green Road; the $108,000 approved for Chandler Woods Preserve will fund an expansion of 7.8 acres. Both projects include additional parking and riparian buffers. The DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program is funded with state and federal sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund. For more information, reach out to Read more

 

Sappey announces $1.5M DCNR grant for open space preservation at Embreeville site

(Oct 08, 2020)

CHESTER, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that a $1.5 million Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant has been approved to acquire approximately 163 acres to help establish a public park at the location of the former Embreeville State School and Hospital. “I am thrilled that this grant has been approved. We have been working on this for a very long time and this is the best possible outcome,” Sappey said. “West Bradford Township and its residents should be commended for their commitment to open space. It’s because of their proactive stance that a large-scale development that would have changed the region forever was prevented.” Embreeville Redevelopment LP purchased the site from the commonwealth in 2013 and planned to transform the 16-building hospital site into a 1,000-home housing complex and shopping center, which residents strongly opposed. After reaching an agreement with West Bradford Township last year, a total of more than 200 acres will be converted into open space for active and passive recreation. Plans for the space include walking trails, improved ball fields and municipal services space. The agreement included a $22.5 million payment from West Bradford to the Embreeville Redevelopment LP. This amount was obtained through a combination of this DCNR grant and locally Read more

 

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission TIP Projects

(Oct 06, 2020)

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has recently released the list of agreed-upon priority transportation projects in Greater Philadelphia. This program reflects an investment of $7 billion over four years of transportation infrastructure throughout the nine-counties that make up the DVRPC region. You can find a list of Transportation Improvement Program projects in and around the 158th Legislative District below. Click here to learn more about DVRPC and their TIP program. High Street Pedestrian Improvements US 322 West Chester Bypass Safety Improvements West Chester Pike Safety Improvements US 1 Expressway Reconstruction: PA 41 Schoolhouse Road Route 82 Crosswalks and Sidewalk Baltimore Pike/Newark Road Intersection Improvements PA 41 at State Road, Avondale Borough Boot Road over Amtrak Bridge US 202 at SR 926 Intersection Improvement Lancaster Avenue/Brandywine Creek SR 896 Safety Improvement US 1 Expressway Reconstruction: PA 896 to PA 41 SR:0001 US 30, Coatesville Downingtown Bypass Reconstruction You can read the project status report for current Chester County projects here . Read more

 

Sappey announces $414K in DCNR grants for river conservation, recreation

(Oct 02, 2020)

CHESTER, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced today that $414,800 was awarded in the 158th Legislative District, in the form of two Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 2020 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants. Stroud Water Research Center Inc. will receive $154,000 for construction of approximately 32 acres of riparian forest buffers along the Lower Susquehanna River and Lower Delaware River watersheds within Chester and Lancaster counties. The work will include landowner outreach and engagement, buffer plantings and post-planting establishment and other related site improvements. Natural Lands Trust Inc. will receive $260,800 for rehabilitation and continued development of Stroud Preserve in East Bradford and West Bradford townships. This project will include construction of a boat launch and walkways, access for people who use wheelchairs and other assistive equipment, landscaping, project signage and other site improvements. “I am very pleased to see these two organizations receive this funding, particularly for the riparian buffer work. Buffers are critical to ensure preservation of our high and exceptional value water ways. Without them sediment from erosion can lead to contamination” said Sappey, D-Chester. “I am also excited about the improvements coming for Stroud Preserve. Our preserves have seen an incredible increase in visitors during the pandemic, and this funding Read more

 

Sappey to hold annual drive-thru charitable item donation drive Oct. 3

(Sep 29, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Christina Sappey’s Annual Drive-Thru Charitable Item Donation Drive will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 , at her district office, located at 698 Unionville Road. The event will run until noon or when the trucks are full. Green Drop, Toys for Tots, Kennett Area Community Services, David’s Drive, and the Brandywine SPCA will be on hand to collect the donated items. Participants must wear a mask and remain in their vehicle. Staff will provide direction upon arrival. “Last year’s donation drive demonstrated how eager our community is to help people in need,” said Sappey. D-Chester. “This event is about making a difference in the lives of those who need it most right now, and this year’s set-up helps those who want to make a difference with a one-stop drop for their charitable giving.” Donations of nonperishable food items, gently worn or new clothing, outerwear and shoes, new and used toys and games, kitchenware, household items, books, small furniture, and pet items such as collars, leashes and cat litter will be accepted. Donations should be placed in boxes or bags and organized before arriving. Those interested can find a wish list of donation items here . Questions can be directed to Sappey’s district office at (484) 200-8264. ### Read more

 

Institutionalized Disadvantage Virtual Panel Discussions

(Sep 21, 2020)

I want to express my gratitude to all of those who took the time to participate in my virtual panel discussions. Links are provided below to watch at your convenience. We concluded our summer series on Institutionalized Disadvantage with a discussion on law enforcement, the community, and healing. Our panelists were able to provide further insights into how law enforcement in our local communities have been reacting to the acts of violence and racism we are seeing across the country, as well as our spiritual and community leaders. Click here to watch our third discussion , “Institutionalized Disadvantage: Law Enforcement, the Community and Healing.” For my second virtual panel discussion, “Gerrymandering and Institutionalized Racism,” our panelists shed light on the history of Gerrymandering and the critical steps we need to take to address the racial inequities it causes. Click here to watch our second discussion . My first virtual panel discussion was titled, “Examining Race and Institutionalized Disadvantage in Our Community.” We started the series with our panelists shedding light on the history of racism and the critical importance of self-introspection at this time. Click here to watch our first discussion . Read more

 

2020 Charitable item donation drive wish list

(Sep 18, 2020)

Green Drop All items should be bagged or boxed, and weigh 50lbs or less. Tube TVs and tube computer monitors are unacceptable. Acceptable GreenDrop donation items include the following: Clothing & Shoes All men’s, women’s, children and infant clothing including outerwear, underwear, shoes and boots, jackets, ties, shirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, pants, hats, gloves, handbags, purses, raincoats and overcoats, swimsuits, sandals, shorts, sleepwear, jeans, T-shirts and formal wear. Household Items Cosmetics and toiletries (unopened), eyeglasses and sunglasses, artificial flowers and trees, umbrellas, yarns and material, knick-knacks, antiques, jewelry, luggage, buttons, musical instruments, towels, area rugs-6x9 or smaller, Christmas and seasonal decorations, novelties, framed pictures and paintings, yard tools, hardware tools, bedding, draperies, blankets, bedspreads, quilts, sheets, pillows and pillowcases. Kitchenware Cookware and bakeware, dishes, utensils, flatware, silverware, pots and pans, Tupperware, glasses and cups, serving plates and trays, and canning jars. Games/Toys Fisher-Price and Little Tikes items, bicycles, tricycles, board and other games, stuffed animals, software for PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii. Small Appliances Read more

 

Sappey resolution designating September as ‘International Underground Railroad Month’ adopted in House

(Sep 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Christina Sappey’s resolution designating September 2020 as “International Underground Railroad Month” in Pennsylvania was adopted today in the state House of Representatives. “Pennsylvania’s history shows it was pivotal in the freedom of slaves via the Underground Railroad,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “The more research that was done, the more we uncovered safehouses, escape routes and hiding places across the entire state. Ordinary citizens and some former slaves known as ‘stationmasters’ would risk their own freedom to help their loved ones escape. It’s time to recognize the importance of the Underground Railroad. This designation honors this state, its people, and all of those who have fought and continue to fight for true freedom of all peoples.” “This moment in time is a chance to reflect on all of those who fought tirelessly for their right to vote and true freedom,” said Dr. James Trotman, founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University. “I tend to think of Douglass himself, and the North Star, his first newspaper, in another challenging time. After he attended the 1848 Women’s Rights Conference in Seneca Falls, New York, he changed the newspaper’s masthead to reflect the impact of the conference on him and our common struggle. The masthead read, ‘Right is of no sex; truth is of Read more

 

Strangers Who Rescued Father and Four Kids from Floodwaters Honored

(Sep 15, 2020)

KENNETT SQUARE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- You'll likely remember the rescue from Chester County, when four strangers worked together to save a family from flooding.The victims were nearly swept away in rushing water from Tropical Storm Isaias in early August.Four strangers, turned good Samaritans, saved a father and four children from a sinking vehicle as the floodwaters continued to rise.Today, their rescuers were honored."At a time when we really need to hear stories like this, I am moved beyond measure by what took place one afternoon and how differently the story could have ended," said State Rep. Christina Sappey at the event in Kennett Square on Friday.The stranger from different parts of the world, who saved the father, his two kids, his niece and his little brother, all reunited for this honor.They are all still in awe of the rescue and still haunted by the life-saving moments that brought them all here today. Read more

 

Sappey holding virtual panel on law enforcement, community and healing

(Sep 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to her next presentation in a series of virtual panel discussions on race: “Institutionalized Disadvantage: Law Enforcement, The Community and Healing.” The discussion will stream live at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at www.RepSappey.com . Panelists include state Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan, Chief Gerald Simpson of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department, and Rev. Annalie Korengel, pastor of Unionville Presbyterian and the police chaplain for Kennett Township, Kennet Square, and Southern Chester County Regional Police Departments. Those interested in participating should RSVP by emailing Sappey’s office at RepSappey@pahouse.net or signing up online at https://www.pahouse.com/Sappey/RSVP/?id=1277 . “Throughout this series of discussions, we have explored the origins of systemic racism in the American institutions of education, housing, health care and justice,” Sappey said. “This upcoming panel will focus on law enforcement changes, community healing and the path forward. I look forward to this event and hope that as many people as possible can join to help chart a new course together.” Questions and comments for panelists may be emailed to RepSappey@pahouse.net before or during the Read more

 

Sappey announces resolution designating September 2020 as “International Underground Railroad Month”

(Aug 31, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced her plans to introduce a resolution that would designate September 2020 as “International Underground Railroad Month” in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania’s history shows it was pivotal in the freedom of slaves via the Underground Railroad,” Sappey said. “The more research that was done, the more we uncovered safehouses, escape routes and hiding places across the entire state. Ordinary citizens and some former slaves known as ‘stationmasters’ would risk their own freedom to help their loved ones escape. It’s time to recognize the importance of the Underground Railroad. This designation honors this state, its people, and all of those who have fought and continue to fight for true freedom of all peoples.” “This moment in time is a chance to reflect on all of those who fought tirelessly for their right to vote and true freedom,” said Dr. James Trotman, founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University. “I tend to think of Douglass himself, and the North Star, his first newspaper, in another challenging time. After he attended the 1848 Women’s Rights Conference in Seneca Falls, New York, he changed the newspaper’s masthead to reflect the impact of the conference on him and our common struggle. The masthead read, ‘Right is of no sex; truth is of no Read more

 

Sappey announces over $254K for special needs children in Chester County schools

(Aug 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today that several Chester County schools and school districts would be the recipients of $254,487 in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds and Pennsylvania Department of Education federal funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. “No matter how our schools choose to move ahead, we need to make sure those with special needs are never left behind,” Sappey said. “This money allows our educational institutions to better prepare themselves and meet the needs of all of our children. A quality education for all students is our number one goal, even in the face of a pandemic.” The grants will be distributed as follows: Avon Grove Charter School: $5,000. Kennett Consolidated School District: $24,803. Downingtown Area School District: $35,858. Avon Grove School District: $37,355. Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: $49,672. West Chester Area School District: $101,799. These funds are to be used for: Providing enhanced real-time instruction to bolster remote services and supports for students with complex needs. Providing services and supports to students with disabilities who experienced a loss in skills and behavior and/or a lack of progress due to the mandatory school closures. Grant amounts were calculated using an allocation formula based on Read more

 

Supporting our Local Restaurants

(Aug 21, 2020)

I am supporting the following legislation in a bi-partisan effort to keep our local restaurants in business: Read more

 

2020 Fall Newsletter

(Aug 20, 2020)

Dear Neighbor,September usually means the return to school, treasured fall activities, and work routines; however, this falllooks to be different from any we’ve ever experienced. The uncertainty associated with the ongoing pandemicis unsettling. Throughout this year, I have worked to uphold my sworn obligation to protect the health, safetyand welfare of the people I represent, endeavoring to find balance. Every sector of our lives has beenimpacted, and as a community we have experienced this disruption collectively.Please know that I will continue to fight for the economic resources and the protections we all need to stayhealthy, safe, and prosperous. I encourage you to reach out to me and my district office team anytime at 484-200-8264 or by emailing repsappey@pahouse.net. You remain in our thoughts, and we are here for you.All the best, Read more

 

Sappey announces more than $110k in hazard pay to frontline workers at Aventura at Pembrooke

(Aug 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today that $113,760 in grants would help Aventura at Pembrooke provide hazard pay to its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was created to keep frontline employees working in vital industry sectors across the state. “Our frontline workers, including healthcare professionals, utility operators and grocery store attendants, have proven over the course of this pandemic how vital their hard work really is,” Sappey said. “I want to start off by thanking all of them for their dedication and sacrifice in the face of a deadly virus. This hazard pay is an important way we can show them and their families how much we care about their wellbeing. Anyone who puts themselves at risk to ensure the rest of us can live as close to a normal life as possible deserves this critical support.” Created through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, this reimbursement-based grant was made available to employers offering hazard pay during the eligible program period. Grants were administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. Grant funds were provided for hazard pay to direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20 per hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime for the 10-week period from Aug. 16, 2020, through Oct. 24, 2020. Employers could apply for up to $1,200 per eligible Read more

 

Sappey announces over $900k for West Goshen Sewer Authority in water and sewer grants

(Aug 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that $910,896 has been awarded to West Goshen Sewer Authority in the form of two separate grants. $500,000 from H20 PA and $410,896 from PA Small Water and Sewer. “We’ve seen what can happen when our water and sewer pipes are not properly maintained with recent collapses along West Chester Pike,” Sappey said. “If we want to prevent future disruptions to our water service and infrastructure, we need to act proactively before another collapse or failure. Thousands of feet of pipe will need to be repaired, and this money helps these projects get off the ground.” Funding was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funding is broken down as follows: West Goshen Sewer Authority: $500,000 H20 PA – Water Supply, Sewer and Stormwater funding. The project includes the rehabilitation of cured-in-place pipe lining of approximately 1,195 linear feet of 30-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe, 793 linear feet of 24-inch diameter RCP, and 6,469 linear feet of 20-inch diameter RCP. This project also includes the lining of 37 manholes used to convey flow from West Goshen Township, West Whiteland Township, Westtown Township and East Goshen Township. West Goshen Sewer Authority: $410,896 PA Small Water and Sewer Program funding. In 2019, multiple sections of 14-inch diameter asbestos cement pipe Read more

 

TIEC August Summit

(Jul 27, 2020)

This TIEC Summit is designed to provide in-depth, trauma-informed training for educators and other practitioners whose agencies or organizations service children and their families. Those who participate in the Summit sessions will be exposed to information and practices that enable them to approach their work through a trauma-informed lens. Read more

 

Sappey’s drive-thru donation drive benefits multiple charities
Oct 16, 2020

Sappey announces over $275K in local Fire, EMS grants
Oct 16, 2020

Gov. Wolf: Amid a Resurgence of COVID, We Must Protect the ACA, People and Our Health Care System
Oct 15, 2020

Sappey announces over $160K in DCNR grants for New Garden Township riparian buffers, open space preserves
Oct 09, 2020

Sappey announces $1.5M DCNR grant for open space preservation at Embreeville site
Oct 08, 2020

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission TIP Projects
Oct 06, 2020

Sappey announces $414K in DCNR grants for river conservation, recreation
Oct 02, 2020

Sappey to hold annual drive-thru charitable item donation drive Oct. 3
Sep 29, 2020

Institutionalized Disadvantage Virtual Panel Discussions
Sep 21, 2020

2020 Charitable item donation drive wish list
Sep 18, 2020

Sappey resolution designating September as ‘International Underground Railroad Month’ adopted in House
Sep 17, 2020

Strangers Who Rescued Father and Four Kids from Floodwaters Honored
Sep 15, 2020

Sappey holding virtual panel on law enforcement, community and healing
Sep 08, 2020

Sappey announces resolution designating September 2020 as “International Underground Railroad Month”
Aug 31, 2020

Sappey announces over $254K for special needs children in Chester County schools
Aug 21, 2020

Supporting our Local Restaurants
Aug 21, 2020

2020 Fall Newsletter
Aug 20, 2020

Sappey announces more than $110k in hazard pay to frontline workers at Aventura at Pembrooke
Aug 18, 2020

Sappey announces over $900k for West Goshen Sewer Authority in water and sewer grants
Aug 17, 2020

TIEC August Summit
Jul 27, 2020