PA State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today her district office will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 3. Read more
Proposals from both sides of the aisle present concrete opportunities for commonwealth residents to become better informed about the governing bodies, utility providers and municipal authorities impacting their communities. Read more
Downingtown, PA – On February 10, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) hosted the fourth session of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Chester County Consortium for Mental Health and Optimal Development, featuring guest speakers State Representative Christina Sappey and UPenn Professor of Urban Education and Africana Studies Dr. Howard Stevenson. The consortium is facilitated by the CCIU in partnership with the UPenn Graduate School of Education and is a yearlong effort to implement mental health planning in Chester County school districts. Read more
The 2023 Capitol Scenes calendar is available for download! Each month contains a scene from our Pennsylvania Capitol, proclaimed as one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the nation. Read more
Chester County announced the launch of “Fresh Air, Self-Care Chesco,” a campaign that encourages residents to practice effective self-care for better health and wellness through easy outdoor activity. Read more
Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today that three local organizations received over $3 million in grant funding, allocated from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener Program, to aid environmental conservation projects in the region and across Pennsylvania. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Christina Sappey hosts a virtual town hall with PennDOT to provide an update on the Embreeville bridge. Read more
The ChristianaCare West Grove campus has received a $2.5 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for facility renovation and the development of outpatient services. The grant consists of $1.5 million from the American Rescue Fund Plan Act (ARPA) and $1 million from the Commonwealth. Read more
State Rep. Christina Sappey honored approximately 50 veterans in the 158th District and their family members during her annual veterans’ breakfast at the Kennett VFW Post 5467 today. Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced Kennett Consolidated School District has been awarded $250,000 in Ready-to-Learn Block Grant funding. The funding will be used to support full-day kindergarten in the school district. KCSD administrators said the district will align their curriculum at the kindergarten center with local Pre-K Counts centers to ensure an exceptional transition experience for kids entering the district. “I am pleased to see this funding awarded to the Kennett Consolidated School District,” said Sappey. “According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, children in high-quality full-day kindergarten programs often have better long-term educational outcomes. Full-day kindergarten also supports working parents by reducing the cost of child care.” “Great school systems are like quality buildings– every long-lasting one has a strong foundation. The Ready-to-Learn Grant has provided KCSD essential support in building that for our students,” Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey said. “As a community, the best investment we can make is in early childhood education. Our full-day kindergarten program, made possible through Ready-to-Learn funding, increases academic achievement, teaches social skills and provides access to services, leveling the playing field for all Read more
Borough of Kennett Square, Chester County – The Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of the Budget awarded the Borough of Kennett Square $2 million from its Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) on Oct. 26, 2022 to be used toward the completion of its multi-purpose complex. The borough purchased several buildings at 600 S. Broad Street with the intention to transform the underutilized space into a comprehensive municipal and community services complex, which will include administrative offices, the police station, and community-service providers. The complex is widely regarded as the borough’s next major step to elevating the borough and helping its citizens. The community recognizes the critical role Rep. Christina Sappey and Sen. John Kane played in promoting thecomplex and securing funding. “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to help the Kennett community secure funds for this important project,” said Rep. Sappey, an advocate of the project. “The complex will help keep crime rates low and provide a bridge between community members and vital community services. I am looking forward to seeing Kennett Square Borough come together and prosper." RACP is an annually-available competitive grant program authorized in the state’s budget. It will be used to renovate a portion of the main building to create an accredited police station for the department. The new facility will specifically be designed to address Read more
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KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Christina Sappey is pleased to announce Avondale Borough has been awarded $412,125 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development . The grant will be used to replace an influent pump, related pumping controls and backup equipment at the Avondale Borough Wastewater Treatment Plant. By replacing the pump and outdated piping and equipment, the borough hopes to reduce ongoing maintenance costs of the greater pump system. “This project is essential to maintaining current, well operating infrastructure within the borough,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Improving our infrastructure will have a positive impact on our communities for years to come. I am thankful to see this state funding request approved and I am proud to have worked with Avondale Borough to secure this grant.” “Borough Council and I are grateful to Representative Sappey for her advocacy, hard work and commitment to the residents of Avondale. This grant will help us update and improve our services to our community,” said Mayor Susan Ruzcidlo, Avondale Borough. “On behalf of the Borough Council, I’m pleased that Avondale Borough is the recipient of a grant that will provide much needed updates and improvements to the water and sewer plant. We’d like to thank state Representative Christina Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites veterans and their families in the 158 th Legislative District to join her for a Veterans Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the Kennett Square VFW Post 5467, 704 W. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. “This breakfast and recognition ceremony is a small token of appreciation for the veterans in our community,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Veterans represent the pinnacle of public service. Many have made tremendous sacrifices to protect us and our freedoms. As a member of the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I am committed to providing help and support to our veterans and I am proud to hold this event once again.” A free, hot breakfast will be provided as well as information on state government-related programs and services available to veterans. The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General George Schwartz (Ret.) who served as assistant adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and as the Deputy Commandant, Reserve Affairs at the U.S. Army War College. He has been mobilized for a number of domestic emergencies and been deployed for two overseas missions. Currently, he is an assistant professor of leadership and the director of the Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Planning & Management Program at Immaculata University. Read more
Recently, rate increases for water and wastewater services provided by Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. (Aqua) went into effect for over 400,000 customers in 32 counties across the commonwealth. Many residents, including seniors on fixed incomes, have been surprised and frustrated to receive bills that have nearly doubled. The current rules regarding rate regulations and water utility sales are not in the consumer’s best interest. It is imperative that reform is considered in Harrisburg to prevent future prioritization of corporate profits over residents’ access to a basic necessity, such as water. I share the frustration of Aqua customers going through this current increase. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is the regulatory authority in Pennsylvania for utility rates. Utilities wishing to increase rates must submit a request to the commission for approval. The PUC is currently comprised of three commissioners, each appointed by the governor on a five-year term and confirmed by the State Senate. When Aqua submitted this request in 2021, I urged the PUC to hold in-person hearings for residents to voice concerns. When that request was denied, State Rep. John Lawrence and I hosted a telephonic public hearing and I joined many of you in testifying against the then-proposed additional charges. Despite these efforts, the PUC commissioners voted unanimously to approve the rate increase in May of 2022. Recently, I wrote to the PUC providing examples of the Read more
Pictured left to right are Dr. Joseph Greco, MD, LCH Medical Director, state Rep. Christina Sappey, Kate Genthert-Siolek, Chester County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist, and Bob Rafetto, PRLA Brandywine Chapter Co-Chair. KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 29 – Community members joined state Rep. Christina Sappey on Monday for a Free Naloxone Training at Kennett Borough Hall. The e vent was hosted with support from the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, The PA Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA), Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute and LCH Health and Community Services (formerly known as La Comunidad Hispana). The training, led by Chester County Drug and Alcohol Services, included an overview of the opioid epidemic in Chester County as well as information about resources to help in the fight against addiction. Participants learned how to identify a possible opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone. Following the presentation, attendees received a free naloxone kit. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that can rapidly reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. It can restore breathing within two to eight minutes and has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years. Accidental overdose is up at the county, state and national levels over the past 20 years, reports show. In Chester County, most overdose deaths had fentanyl present in Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Reps. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, Donna Bullock, D-Phila., and Christopher Rabb, D-Phila., have introduced H.R. 229 , recognizing September 2022 as “Transcontinental Underground Railroad Month” in Pennsylvania. Sappey had introduced resolutions commemorating the month in previous legislative sessions and this year was joined by colleagues Bullock and Rabb. The language of the document was drafted with support from the Legislative Black Caucus and the House Equity Committee. “The Underground Railroad is a significant freedom movement in American history and an integral component in the advancement of African Americans,” said Sappey. “I am proud to reintroduce this resolution and pay tribute to those who have taken great risks for freedom.” The trans-Atlantic slave trade began as early as the 15th century, introducing a system of slavery that was commercialized, racialized and inherited. People were forcefully abducted from Africa, enslaved in the American colonies and exploited to work in the production of crops, such as tobacco and cotton. During the era of slavery in the United States, the Underground Railroad served as a route to freedom for enslaved African Americans from throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania. While the Gradual Abolition Act was adopted by the Commonwealth in 1780, it required individuals who were slaves before 1780 to remain enslaved, allowing the Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced two grants totaling $239,037 were awarded to projects in the 158 th Legislative District. The funding was provided through the Commonwealth Financing Authority ’s Act 13 grant programs. Kennett Square Borough will receive $125,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Program to restore Red Clay Park. The borough is proposing a transformative urban green space, trail, and ecological restoration project in the heart of the community. The project includes the removal of invasive species along the creek and stabilization of the streambank through riparian buffer plantings. In addition, the borough will construct creek access and new portions of trailways with picnic tables and welcome signs. “I was happy to support Kennett Square Borough’s application for these funds,” said Sappey. “The Red Clay Park and Creek Restoration Project will provide environmental and recreational benefits in an optimal location, creating key pedestrian connections to Kennett High School, the YMCA, the new library, Anson B. Nixon Park, local businesses and more.” Over the past decade the borough, in partnership with the Kennett Trails Alliance, has advanced the Kennett Greenway, a planned 14-plus-mile pedestrian and bicycle loop to connect the borough to everyday destinations. The greenway will run through 30 Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, thanked the bi-partisan state House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee for coming to Chester County to learn about the important role and impact of public horticulture on tourism in Pennsylvania. The hearing was conducted at Longwood Gardens, an industry leader for public gardens, on Friday, Sept. 16. Sappey requested the hearing to highlight the far-reaching economic, educational, environmental and physical benefits provided by Pennsylvania’s many public gardens, and to encourage promotion of public gardens throughout the commonwealth as a top priority for the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee. “Our state public gardens are an integral part of the Pennsylvania tourism industry and generate significant revenue,” said Sappey. “This hearing was an excellent opportunity for policy makers to learn about how public gardens provide educational opportunities, create jobs and support local businesses.” Testimony was provided by members of the PA Public Horticulture Coalition, a newly formed organization of industry leaders who work to showcase the rich benefits public gardens and horticulture organizations bring to the public. “I’ve enjoyed working with the PPHC to amplify their voice and to share the important economic, community and cultural benefits that public horticulture brings to all citizens of the commonwealth,” Read more
KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites senior citizens in the 158 th Legislative District and their families to attend a free Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Kennett Middle School, 195 Sunny Dell Road, Landerberg, PA 19348. “Our community partners and the commonwealth offer numerous programs and services for seniors,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “My hope is that this Senior Fair will provide residents with information on health and wellness, senior living, recreational opportunities, education and community events. I am pleased to serve the seniors living in the 158 th District.” Vendors will provide information on health care, government services, legal assistance and more. The event will feature music, light refreshments and free door prizes. Vaccinations will be available for individuals who can provide an ID and insurance card. Health screenings, including blood pressure readings, hearing tests and more, will also be available. Individuals over 65 with ID will be able to apply for or renew SEPTA Senior Passes. There will also be staff available to assist with unclaimed property searches. Anyone with questions should contact Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264 or RepSappey@pahouse.net . Read more
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