HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced two school districts in the 146 th Legislative District, Pottstown and Spring-Ford Area, each will receive a $35,000 education grant from the state. PAsmart targeted grants are awarded to local education agencies and their schools that have zero, or few, computer science offerings. The grants are designed to meet the growing needs of computer science programs in schools and prepare students with computer and technology skills that employers are seeking. “I’m proud that these two local school districts will be receiving grants to help implement computer science programs into their curriculum,” Ciresi said. “Computer science programs are becoming more and more critical to the success of our students when they enter the workforce.” According to Ciresi, the grants will fund teams of four or more educators who are interested in being trained on ways to implement computer science into their classrooms and curriculums. After the initial training, schools can request additional funding for equipment and products. A total of 221 school districts will be receiving grants across Pennsylvania. More information about the PAsmart grants can be found here . Ciresi encourages residents to contact him with any state-government related matter. He encourages residents to visit his website ( www.pahouse.com/Ciresi ) to learn more about services his office provides. His Read more
KING OF PRUSSIA, Jan. 11 – Four freshman Democratic state representatives spent Thursday morning picking up trash at Valley Forge National Park, helping to keep the historic site beautiful during the ongoing federal government shutdown. State Reps. Joe Ciresi, Kristine Howard, Melissa Shusterman and Joe Webster were joined by the staffs of U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Chester/Berks, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery, at the National Memorial Arch. The newly sworn-in lawmakers said President Trump’s partial government shutdown means more than 800,000 hardworking Americans, including those who usually keep Valley Forge National Park looking spectacular, are furloughed and entering a financial bind. Friday, which was supposed to be a payday for federal employees, instead marks the record-tying 21 st day of the shutdown. For national parks, that means nobody on site to collect trash or service restrooms. So the four first-time Pa. representatives came together at Valley Forge to take a stand and lend some helping hands. “This is really about true public service and stepping up when there is a need in the community,” said Ciresi, who’s asked members of his staff to volunteer at least once a month with a service organization of their choice. “I didn’t run for office to sit at a desk in Harrisburg. Valley Forge is near all of our districts, so it’s up to us and all of you to help keep it beautiful.” Added Read more
KING OF PRUSSIA, Jan. 8 – Freshmen Democratic state Reps. Joe Ciresi, Kristine Howard, Melissa Shusterman and Joe Webster will do their parts to keep Valley Forge National Historic Park beautiful this Thursday morning. The quartet, representing Chester and Montgomery counties, will visit Valley Forge National Park at the National Memorial Arch from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday to participate in trash pickup. The trash piles have been growing during the federal government shutdown. Ciresi, Howard, Shusterman and Webster will be joined by staff members from the offices of U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Chester/Berks, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery. Many national park services, including trash collection, are on hiatus during federal government shutdowns. And this collection of Pennsylvania representatives wants to help to keep the historic park clean. Members of the media seeking more information are advised to contact Mike Hays from Ciresi’s office via cell phone at 215-353-6142 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – In the presence of his family in the Capitol today, state Rep. Joe Ciresi took the oath of office to begin his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will represent the 146 th Legislative District . Ciresi for the past 16 years has served as the director of sales and promotions for the Kimmel Center. Ciresi’s legislative priorities focus on fair funding for education and transportation, specifically the restoration of passenger train service between Pottstown and Philadelphia. “I want to thank the residents of Pennsylvania’s 146th district in Montgomery County for granting me the opportunity to serve them and advance our priorities,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. “Over the last two months, I worked hard to learn as much as I could before taking my oath of office and I will learn even more as we get started this session. We hope to earn bipartisan support for bills to improve public education and transportation in the 146 th district.” His efforts will blend with the broader Plan for PA , which seeks to build a stronger economy for working families instead of serving special interests. Residents can visit his constituent service office at 301 N. Lewis Road, Park Towne Plaza in Royersford, Pa. 19468. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those interested also can visit his website, www.pahouse.com/Ciresi , which has links to state services and includes Read more
Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more
The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
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 www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more
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