PennDOT Rehabilitating State Bridges in Bucks County

(Jan 05, 2017)

King of Prussia, PA. Jan. 5 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that northbound and southbound U.S. 1 will be closed nightly at the Oxford Valley Road interchange from Sunday, January 8 through Friday, January 13, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM for the rehabilitation of the Oxford Valley Road overpass. During the road closure, U.S. 1 motorists will exit at Oxford Valley Road and then re-enter the highway at the entrance ramps at the interchange. Crews began construction on November 14, 2016 to rehabilitate the Oxford Valley Road bridge. The bridge remains open to traffic while the contractor repairs structural damage sustained when the bridge was struck by an oversized truck on June 29, 2015. Crews will replace two steel beams and repair three steel beams. Construction on the bridge is scheduled to finish in June 2017. The three span, steel-I beam bridge was built in 1972. It is 167 feet long and 90 feet wide. The bridge is not structurally deficient or posted with a weight limit. The structure carries 16,000 vehicles a day. Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this bridge improvement contract that is financed with 100 percent state funds through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan. All work on the project is expected to be completed in August 2018. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting . Read more


Warren sworn in as state representative, announces district office

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Perry Warren today was sworn into office as representative for the 31st Legislative District during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “I am excited for the opportunity to serve my community and district as its state representative,” Warren said. “I look forward to representing my constituents in Harrisburg while continuing to learn more about the people who call our region home.” Warren also announced that his district constituent service office is open for business at 91 S. Main St., Yardley. His office staff also will be available for constituent services at Morrisville Borough Hall on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. “My office and staff are equipped to assist you with state-related programs and can help you resolve a variety of issues with public services,” said Warren, D-Bucks. Warren said that he is eager to start the legislative session as well, as he will be focused on creating solutions for Pennsylvania, including combating opioid addiction, increasing education funding, promoting civil rights and supporting sensible gun safety laws. “As your state representative, I will work with you both in Harrisburg and here at home,” he said. “My doors Read more


License Your Dog in Pa.

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more


Warren announces $75,000 state grant for Lower Makefield Twp. dog park

(Dec 15, 2016)

YARDLEY, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-Elect Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today announced a $75,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to help build a dog park in Lower Makefield Township. The project will include building the dog park and parking area, installing fencing, gates and utilities, access for those with disabilities and landscaping. “This is a great addition to the community and a wonderful infusion of grant money that will help offset its costs to local taxpayers,” Warren said. “Congratulations to Lower Makefield Township on the award. I look forward to the opening.” The grants are administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The sources of funding for the grant include the Keystone Fund, which is generated from a portion of the realty transfer tax; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; and the ATV/Snowmobile Fund generated through fees for licenses. Read more


Travel Restrictions Scheduled for Dec. 19-22 on Area Highways

(Dec 15, 2016)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that travel restrictions are scheduled on several state highways here next week for patching, base repair, crack sealing, brushing and debris removal operations. The work schedule, which is weather dependent, is: Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, periodic lane restrictions are scheduled on southbound Interstate 95 between the New Hope/Yardley Interchange and the Philadelphia city line in Lower Makefield, Middletown, Bristol and Bensalem townships, Bucks County , for patching; Wednesday December 21, and Thursday, December 22, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, periodic lane restrictions are scheduled on northbound Interstate 95 between the Philadelphia city line and the New Hope/Yardley Interchange in Bensalem, Bristol, Middletown and Lower Makefield townships, Bucks County , for patching. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through these work zones. Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting . 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. For more PennDOT information, visit Read more


Warren announces resignation from Newtown Borough Council

(Dec 14, 2016)

In light of his election to the position of state representative for the 31st Legislative District, Newtown Borough Councilman and state Rep.-elect Perry Warren announced last night at the final Newtown Borough Council meeting of 2016 that he will resign from his position on Newtown Borough Council as of Dec. 31, 2016. Read more


Warren issues statement on 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

(Dec 14, 2016)

Calling it a tragedy that needs to be remembered and learned from, state Rep.-elect Perry Warren issued the following statement on the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting: “Today is the four-year anniversary of the senseless shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-eight people died that day, including 20 elementary schoolchildren, six staff members and the shooter and his mother. Read more


Edgewood Road railroad crossing detour lifted

(Dec 13, 2016)

Lower Makefield lifted its detour on the Edgewood Road railroad crossing earlier this week. The detour was part of the third phase of the quiet zone project. Once completed, train horns will begin refraining from sounding as per the quiet zone regulations. However, the train’s conductor still has discretion to use the horn if he/she feels danger is imminent. Earlier in the year, the Stoney Hill and Heacock roads crossing were completed. CSX, SEPTA and PennDOT will perform inspections in the coming weeks. When all three sign off on the inspections, there will be a 30-day notification period to notify parities of the quiet zone. We are hoping that everything will be in place by February. Read more


Warren announces state grant for Bucks County Community College to prevent sexual assault

(Dec 07, 2016)

YARDLEY, Dec. 7 – Bucks County Community College will receive $27,975 to help prevent sexual assault on its campus, state Rep.-Elect Perry Warren announced today. The grant is funded by Gov. Tom Wolf’s ‘It’s On Us’ administration initiative to prevent sexual assault on college campuses. Bucks County Community College will use the money to implement strategies to keep students safe on campus and reduce violence and assault. “These funds are important to help curb rape, sexual assault and other types of violence, which unfortunately occur on campuses all across the country,” Warren said. “Fortunately, there are professionals at BCCC who work to reduce such crime, and these funds will help them continue and expand that important work. “Congratulations are in order for BCCC, and I’d like to thank the administration for helping students in our district focus on their school work.” Pennsylvania is the first state to launch its own ‘It's on Us’ campaign, modeled on the national campaign launched by President Barack Obama in 2014. Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 01, 2016)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. All Pennsylvania residents have the right to choose their electric supplier, but your ability to switch depends on where you live. Competitive offers may not be available in all areas. PAPowerSwitch provides much of the information that you need. Before approving any agreement with a supplier, you should always read the contract thoroughly and understand the product you are purchasing, its price, when the contract ends, cancellation or other fees, and any other terms and conditions that apply, including if and when the price might change. As always, if you need more help or have questions about your situation, please contact my office . Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Nov 30, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more


Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 30, 2016)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit Pennsylvania's Do-Not-Call list or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. If you continue to receive unwanted telemarketing phone calls, complaints can be filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the state Attorney General's Office by calling 1-800-441-2555. Violation of the law carries a civil penalty of up to $1,000 and as high as $3,000 if the person contacted is 60 or older. Please keep in mind that existing law does not prevent telemarketers from calling those with whom they had an established business relationship within 12 months preceding the call, or telemarketers calling on behalf of charities, political parties or candidates. Read more


Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2016)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Additionally, it is important for you to know that the IRS: Never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone; Never insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations; Never requests immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. Consider the other characteristics of a scam. Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number. Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims Read more


Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 29, 2016)

If you choose to have a professional home-energy audit and meet the requirements, you might qualify for the Pennsylvania’s Weatherization Assistance Program . Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. One easy way to start is by locating air leaks. Common air leak locations include gaps along baseboards and doors to the outside, along with windows and junctures of the walls and ceiling. These leaks can sometimes be fixed by caulking holes and gaps or by applying weather stripping to doors and windows. It’s also easy to lose heat through poor insulation. Especially in older homes, insulation in attics and garages can wear down over time or simply not be adequate by today’s standards. Inspecting the quality and type of insulation you have and replacing it if necessary could keep your home much warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. The type of light bulb you use can also save money on energy bills. Consider replacing inefficient bulbs with energy-saving incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). If you choose to have a professional Read more


CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Nov 28, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. What does CHIP cover? Immunizations Routine Check-ups Diagnostic Testing Prescriptions Dental, Vision, Hearing Services Emergency Care Maternity Care Mental Health Benefits Up to 90 Days Hospitalization in any Year Durable Medical Equipment Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Partial Hospitalization for Mental Health Rehabilitation Therapy Home Health Care Does my family qualify? The following factors are considered for a child's eligibility for CHIP: Must not be eligible for Medicaid or have any other health insurance. Must be under age 19. Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful alien. Must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 30 days, except for a newborn. The family's income is below the following levels: Income guidelines: Family Size Free CHIP Subsidized CHIP* 2 $31,020 $31,021 - $46,530 3 $39,060 $39,061 - $58,590 4 $47,100 $47,101 - $70,650 5 $55,140 $55,141 - $82,710 6 $63,180 $63,181 - $94,770 7 $71,220 $71,221 - $106,830 8 $79,260 Read more


Check out charities before making holiday donations

(Nov 28, 2016)

While it may be the season for charitable giving, scammers don't take a holiday. The Pennsylvania Department of State offers a simple way to ensure a charity is legitimate and that your donation will be used properly. The Department of State's Charities Database contains a list of over 10,000 charities and professional fundraisers, their addresses, telephone numbers, total income and total contributions. In addition, the database breaks down costs for programming, administration and fundraising. In addition, the site provides helpful tips for charitable giving, such as hanging up on aggressive and harassing solicitors and asking who will benefit from your contribution. While not every charity is listed on the department's site, you can email or call the bureau about charities not on the list. The site also lists organizations that are prohibited by law from operating within the commonwealth, donation warnings and alerts issued by the state and federal government, and information on how to file a complaint. Read more