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Free Community Naloxone Training

(Aug 31, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Christina Sappey will host a free Community Naloxone Training from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 26 at the Kennett Borough Hall, 600 S. Broad St., Kennett Square, PA (new address). This training will be for individuals, businesses, community organizations, restaurant and hospitality employees and anyone interested in learning how to properly administer life-saving naloxone to those experiencing a drug overdose. This event is being supported by the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, The PA Restaurant & Lodging Association, Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute and LCH Health and Community Services (formerly known as La Comunidad Hispana). Spanish translation services will be provided at the event by LCH Health and Community Services. “Sadly, every day at least 10 people in Pennsylvania will die from a drug overdose,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Trainings are one way we can help prevent these tragedies. By learning how to administer naloxone, you could help save a life." Registration for the free training event is required and interested individuals can sign up here or by calling Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264. 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. Read more

 

Sappey: The Garage Community & Youth Center secures $23,000 in funding

(Aug 12, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced today that the Garage Community & Youth Center has been awarded $23,000 in state funding. The grant will be used at the Garage’s new facility, at 121 Pennsylvania Ave. in Avondale Borough, which opened in May 2022. These funds will help to purchase and install an emergency generator, renovate a shower within the facility and provide basic shelter essentials for small children, including meals. “I am pleased to see this investment in the Garage Community and Youth Center,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “The center helps families in the community by providing a safe, supportive place for youth after school.” The Garage Community & Youth Center is an after-school and youth-development program serving middle and high school students in Avondale and Kennett Square. It first opened its doors in the Kennett community in 2001. In 2021, the group purchased the Avondale location, moving from West Grove. In addition to after school care, the Avondale site is now in the process of becoming an emergency storm shelter location with the American Red Cross. “Portions of Avondale have a history of flooding during storms, so I am grateful to the Garage for working proactively to assist impacted families,” Sappey Read more

 

2022 Summer Newsletter

(Jul 25, 2022)

I hope this summer newsletter finds you well and that you’re finding an opportunity to slow down, spend time with friends and family and enjoy the abundant natural beauty here in the 158th. Read more

 

Introducing the new 158th Legislative District

(Jul 21, 2022)

Every ten years, after the U.S. Census, the Legislative Reapportionment Commission is created to redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate districts to maintain equitable representation based on population. In March, the bipartisan Legislative Reapportionment Commission and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved new legislative district maps. These maps will remain in place for the next decade. The new 158th Legislative District consists of: » Avondale Borough » East Fallowfield Township » East Marlborough Township » Kennett Square Borough » Kennett Township » New Garden Township » Newlin Township » Pocopson Township » West Bradford Township » West Marlborough Township The following municipalities will no longer be in the 158th and have moved to the legislative district in parenthesis: » East Bradford (moved to the 156th) » West Goshen (moved to the 156th) » London Britain (moved to the 13th) I will continue to serve as state representative for residents of East Bradford, West Goshen and London Britain until the end of the current legislative session on Nov. 30, 2022. Read more

 

2022-2023 Education Budget Increases in the 158th Legislative District

(Jul 13, 2022)

2022-2023 Education Budget Increases in the 158th Legislative District Read more

 

Sappey: Pass the Honoring Our PACT Act for our Veterans Now

(Jun 06, 2022)

As a legislator in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, I am constantly grounded in the knowledge that so many Pennsylvanians choose to faithfully serve our nation in the Armed Forces. It is vital that our elected officials pay special attention to the needs of veterans and their families, as their selfless sacrifice has benefitted us all. Following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, many brave men and women answered the call to defend our nation. In doing so, they put themselves in danger. Many found themselves overseas in combat or on remote bases where living conditions were unsanitary and dangerous. As Americans whose freedom is secure thanks to the hardship endured by these brave soldiers, we have a responsibility to care for veterans who, in the defense of liberty, suffered physical or emotional wounds and, in many cases, continue to suffer from the lasting effects of their injuries. Roughly 3.5 million U.S. servicemembers have been exposed to toxic inhalants from waste and garbage burn pits on military bases; such toxic exposure has led to lasting and severe health conditions. To ensure that these veterans get the health care they need and deserve, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 3967, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021, also known as the Honoring our PACT Act. This legislation would provide expanded eligibility for VA medical care for veterans who participated in activities that exposed them to toxins, Read more

 

Sappey to host free drive-thru shred event

(May 24, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, May 24 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites everyone to a free drive-thru shred event from 9 a.m. to noon (or until the trucks are full) Saturday, June 11. This year’s shred event is being held at a new location, Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road in Kennett Square. Staff will be on hand to direct drivers. “Each year more than 10 million Americans have their personal information stolen,” said Sappey. “Proper disposal of confidential items can help protect people and their family against identity theft. I am pleased again to hold this shredding event to prevent information from falling into the wrong hands.” Participants are asked to remain in their car and open their trunk, staff members will then empty the car and the materials will be shredded on-site. The shred event is for individuals only, not businesses. Only paper will be accepted. Please do not bring binders, binder clips or books. There is a four box or bag limit per car. The bags/boxes will be returned after they are emptied. Kennett Area Community Services will be on-site to collect nonperishable food donations from attendees. While donations are welcome and encouraged, they are not required to access the free shredding services. Anyone with questions should contact Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264. Read more

 

Letter to Senators Casey and Toomey urging them to support the Honoring Our PACT Act

(May 23, 2022)

In our work in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, we are constantly grounded in the knowledge that so many Pennsylvanians choose to faithfully serve our nation in the armed forces Read more

 

Sappey applauds community effort to clean up Tropical Storm Ida debris along the Brandywine

(Apr 25, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, April 23 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, publicly thanked groups and individuals that participated in cleanup efforts near the Brandywine Picnic Park on Saturday. In the wake of Tropical Storm Ida last fall, a large amount of debris from the river and the surrounding neighborhoods had been deposited on the park and surrounding properties. Responding to residents’ concerns and individuals interested in lending a hand, Sappey’s office connected community volunteers and businesses with the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, a local watershed conservation group, and the Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA) to organize the cleanup of the site. “It was inspiring to see neighbors come together to participate in this cleanup effort -- fittingly on Earth Day Weekend -- to help keep the waterway clean, protect the environment and restore the scenic beauty of the area,” Sappey said. “Volunteers worked for months to organize and were ultimately successful without the use of any state or federal grants.” Sappey expressed special thanks to SECCRA, which waived the dumping fees for this clean up effort. “The flooding following Tropical Storm Ida on Sept. 1, 2021, had a devastating impact on residents and landowners in our region. BRC is pleased to play a part in this cleanup effort,” said Jim Jordan, executive director and CEO of BRC. Read more

 

Sappey hosts Walk, Learn and Play: Streams in the 158th

(Apr 25, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, April 23 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, was joined by over 60 community members Saturday for “Walk, Learn and Play: Streams in the 158 th ” at Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale. Sappey hosted the event with Stroud staff to help district residents learn more about healthy streams and rivers, factors that can degrade the quality of these waterways, and what homeowners and residents can do to protect them. “I’m grateful to the Stroud Water Research Center for providing this up-close look at the wonders of our local natural resources. There’s no better way to learn than by getting out and experiencing nature first-hand,” Sappey said. “This event was a wonderful chance to learn how we can all work together to protect the environment.” The free, family friendly event included a nature walk along the White Clay Creek and hands-on activities, including stream-side tables where attendees learned about insects from the stream bottom and fish living in White Clay Creek. Those in attendance also learned about forested riparian buffer projects. Dr. David Arscott, Stroud executive director and research scientist, stated "We had a great morning sharing and learning about environmental stewardship to help restore and protect our rivers and streams." Read more

 

West Chester University Promotes Economic Opportunities for Students with Autism

(Apr 20, 2022)

“It was wonderful to join Sen. Comitta, Secretary Snead, Secretary Berrier and students from the Dub-C Autism program today,” said Rep. Sappey. “We’ve learned so much about autism over the last 20 years so, it’s truly heartening to see inclusion in practice here. Neuro-diverse individuals want to be productive members of the community just like all of us, and this supportive programming keeps young people moving forward in their education and on the path to independent living. I am extremely proud of West Chester University for their leadership in this area.” Read more

 

Sappey to host ‘Walk, Learn and Play: Streams in the 158th’

(Apr 18, 2022)

The event will focus on how residents can use nature, such as the presence of specific animals and plants, to determine stream health and safeguard water sources from pollution. Read more

 

Sappey applauds passage of bills supporting the dairy industry

(Apr 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced that a package of bills supporting the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry passed the state House this week. “Pennsylvania is home to over 5,000 dairy farms, producing over 10.3 billion pounds of milk every year,” Sappey said. “This bipartisan package of bills would help struggling dairy farmers and support the commonwealth’s dairy industry. As the granddaughter of a dairy farmer, I’m proud to have supported these bills in the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee and pleased to see them pass before the House.” House Bill 1847 , introduced by Sappey, would change the name of the PA Milk Marketing Board to the PA Milk Board. The board monitors and enforces minimum payments to milk producers while licensing milk dealers, haulers, testers and weigher/samplers operating in Pennsylvania. This change more clearly reflects the role of the board to our dairy farmers and the industry. Other bills from the package, including H.B.s 224 , 2456 and 2457 , would update the Milk Marketing Law to more current standards, including suggestions from a recent Legislative Budget and Finance Committee study. These updates would allow more coordination between the board and the PA Department of Revenue for milk premium payments to help farms experiencing hardship, and updating penalties, fees, and enforcement measures for the licensure of milk dealers, certified testers, weighers, Read more

 

Sappey announces over $3.3 million in grants for child care centers

(Apr 06, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 6 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today 21 child care facilities in the 158 th Legislative District received a total of $3,328,734 in a fifth round of stabilization grants through the American Rescue Plan Act. “Ensuring safe, quality child care is essential to restoring our full workforce,” said Sappey. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devasting impact on the child care industry. Many families struggle to find open spots in child care facilities because providers have been forced to cut back due to caregivers leaving the profession. This investment will help stabilize the childcare industry and will have a positive economic impact. This helps get women back into the workplace, helps employers fill jobs and ultimately improves the local economy.” The centers receiving the federal funding include: Tick Tock Early Learning Center, Avondale: $277,091. A Child’s Place Extended Care at Bradford Heights Elementary, Downingtown: $49,871. A Child’s Place at West Bradford Elementary, Downingtown: $68,572. Creative Kids of Downingtown, Downingtown: $245,818. Firm Foundations Day Care, Downingtown: $33,247. United Sports Training Center, Downingtown: $132,987. Ducklings Early Learning Center, Kennett Square: $415,481. The Growing Place Childcare & Preschool Kennett, Kennett Square: $336,935. J.A.M. Christian Daycare, Read more

 

WATCH: The Future of Transportation in Chester County

(Mar 16, 2022)

Here are the resources mentioned by the panelists throughout the program: To report a pothole or road concern directly to PennDOT, please click here or call 1-800-FIX-ROAD. Chester County Planning Commission Chester County Priority Projects Southern Chester County Trails Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Information Guide from the White House on how stakeholders can access IIJA programs Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Senator Bob Casey’s Pennsylvania Summary U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pennsylvania Summary American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Economic Impact of IIJA in US Economic Impact of IIJA in PA Read more

 

Sappey to hold transportation virtual panel discussion

(Mar 11, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, March 11 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites residents of the 158 th Legislative District to attend her virtual panel discussion, “The Future of Transportation in Chester County,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17. The event will cover recent federal infrastructure funding, state initiatives and advances in transportation technology and how this all could impact Chester County. “Pennsylvania will receive $17.8 billion in federal aid to support infrastructure projects to replace and repair bridges, upgrade roads and highways, improve public transportation and more,” Sappey said. “We have an opportunity to bring the infrastructure of the commonwealth and Chester County into the 21 st century. This will attract industries, support small businesses and increase safety and accessibility.” Panelists will include U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Acting Executive Deputy Secretary Melissa Batula, and Transportation Management Association of Chester County Executive Director Tim Phelps. Residents should RSVP here or by emailing repsappey@pahouse.net . Those who RSVP will receive a viewing link the day of the event. Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance to repsappey@pahouse.net . Read more

 

PA Horse Breeders Donate $150,000 to Penn Vet New Bolton Center for Biomarker, Blood Doping Research

(Mar 04, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, PA (March 1, 2021) – The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) announced today a $150,000 donation to the Equine Pharmacology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center that will support continued revolutionary research in equine biomarkers. The new round of PHBA funding – which will expand on the cutting-edge research that the PHBA helped to fund in 2018 - will bolster three key research initiatives focused on improving the health and safety of equine athletes and enhancing integrity in racing. One area of research seeks to identify novel mRNA biomarkers that can help proactively predict if a horse is at risk for injury, even for injuries that are difficult or impossible to detect using conventional methods. Ultimately, researchers hope to develop a rapid stall-side blood test that could be administered prior to a race, helping racing officials accurately detect horses that may be at an elevated risk. The funding will also support Penn Vet’s sample collection for continued development of an Equine Biological Passport through the expansion of the Equine Pharmacology Laboratory’s BioBank. Samples from the BioBank are analyzed to determine baseline levels of blood-based biomarkers found in racehorses. Once established, these baseline levels can be used to determine if blood samples taken from a horse pre- or post-race show any variations from Read more

 

Hearing Examines EMS Crisis in Pennsylvania

(Mar 04, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – This week, the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a hearing on the EMS crisis in Pennsylvania. State Reps. Christina Sappey and John Lawrence, both of Chester County, requested the hearing after a briefing from West Grove Fire Co. on the impact of hospital closures last November. Providing testimony at the hearing were the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS, Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania, Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, Harleysville Area EMS, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, West Grove Fire Co., Office of Emergency Services, County of Cameron, West Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute, Cetronia Ambulance Corps and the PA State Association of Township Supervisors. Testifiers shared the severe challenges they currently face, such as recruitment and retention of personnel, funding shortfalls, inadequate Medicaid reimbursements and billing constraints, hospital emergency room protocols, and COVID-19 challenges to the EMS system. Neil Vaughn, president of the West Grove Fire Co., said the EMS crisis seen across the state, combined with the closure of two Chester County hospitals, has increased first responder burnout and emergency response time. “As a county, it took us from five hospitals to three; two of the three hospitals that we now go to on a regular basis are now outside the Read more

 

Sappey announces more than $186K awarded to fire and EMS companies

(Feb 11, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, announced today $186,600.40 in Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services grants. “These are challenging times for our first responders. Many of our local fire and EMS organizations are understaffed and underfunded,” Sappey said. “Grants like these help our emergency crews remain properly trained and equipped. I am very pleased that we can provide funding to those dedicated to keeping us safe.” The grants were awarded to the following local fire and rescue departments: Avondale Fire Company: $15,000. Avondale Fire Company EMS Division Inc: $8,325.05. First West Chester Fire Company: $15,000. Good Fellowship Club of Chester County Inc: $8,325.05. Goshen Fire Co: $15,000.00 (Fire) $8,325.05 (EMS). Kennett Fire Company No 1: $15,000. Longwood Fire Co: $15,000 (Fire) $8,325.05 (EMS). Po Mar Lin Fire Company: $15,000. Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services: $8,325.05. West Bradford Fire Company: $15,000. West Grove Fire Company: $15,000 (Fire) and $8,325.05 (EMS). These grants are administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and can be used for facility upgrades, equipment, debt reduction, training, education and public outreach, recruitment and retention, construction savings account, overtime costs associated with backfilling positions while firefighters are Read more

 

2022 Winter Newsletter

(Feb 11, 2022)

Dear Neighbor, I hope 2022 is off to a good start for you and your family. Read more