State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, will join the Catasauqua Area School District to host an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Catasauqua High School auditorium, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton. Read more
The life and sacrifice of a state policeman killed while working undercover to get drugs off the streets was memorialized in Jackson Township. Read more
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, delivered the keynote address this afternoon at The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance’s (NEPA) 2018 Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania summit, highlighting the importance of international trade and the benefits to businesses in the northeast. “Pennsylvania has such a unique history when it comes to natural resources, manufacturing and goods and services,” Pashinski said. “With the sixth largest gross domestic product output in the United States, it’s vital that we continue to pursue international trade to strengthen our state’s economy and get greater exposure for the Pennsylvania products we’re all proud of.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, today announced that the Centre County Library and Historical Museum’s Holt Memorial Library branch was awarded a state grant for updates to its heating and cooling system. The Keystone Library Grant of $27,000 will assist the library in replacing its outdated and inefficient HVAC system. The funding was among $6.8 million in library grants awarded by the state Department of Education on Thursday. “Libraries play such a vital role in the educational development of the commonwealth’s youth, so I’m more than happy to announce this state funding,” Conklin said. “This grant will allow the library to conduct necessary upgrades that will in part make the visitors’ experiences at the Holt Memorial Library more enjoyable for years to come.” Keystone Library Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. They must be matched dollar-for-dollar, and they can be used for projects such as HVAC upgrades, ADA upgrades, roof or window replacements, expansion projects and more. Read more
NEW HOPE, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Helen Tai will join human rights advocates for a community forum on the importance of passing the Pennsylvania Fairness Act at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at The Raven, 385 W. Bridge St . Tai will be joined by local advocates and members of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization to discuss the proposal and steps people can take to help get the bill, which has languished in the House State Government Committee, signed into law. First introduced in 2015, the bipartisan Pennsylvania Fairness Act ( H.B. 1410 / S.B. 613 ) would update the state's non-discrimination laws to explicitly include protections for LGBTQ people from discrimination at work, in housing and in public places. Pennsylvania is one of 30 states in the country that lack explicit state-level protections for all LGBTQ people. HRC Pennsylvania State Director Wes Schrock and HRC Bucks Founding Member Lori Hoppman will help lead the discussion. Read more
UPPER DARBY, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Margo Davidson today announced that the Yeadon Public Library in Yeadon Borough received a $61,770 grant from the state. The Yeadon Public Library was one of 27 libraries in 18 counties that were awarded $6.8 million in Keystone Grants to improve physical facilities. The grant award the library received will be used to install efficient windows, lighting, and HVAC system, in addition to making the restrooms ADA compliant. Davidson said, “I am thrilled that the Yeadon Public Library has received these necessary funds to make the library so much more comfortable for the citizens of Yeadon. The library is a community hub for people of all ages and walks of life. It’s where toddlers get their first books and kids come to study when school isn’t in session. It’s where people from the town connect, take classes, as well as get critical information they need for school or life. I thank the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the award of this grant and its recognition of the important role that the library plays in the life of the people of Yeadon.” Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – A $61,700 Keystone Library Grant will fund major renovations to the Yeadon Public Library, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today. McClinton said the funds will be used to bring the building’s restrooms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and install efficient HVAC, windows and lighting. “Libraries can create strong bonds in our neighborhoods. They help students with their school work, people looking for employment, and provide seniors with a place to spend time with friends,” McClinton said. “This grant will continue strengthening that bond while keeping the Yeadon Public Library a destination for everyone to enjoy in the years to come.” McClinton added the Yeadon Public Library recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of being founded in 1937 by the Women’s Club of Yeadon. It also commemorated its 50th anniversary of relocating to its current facility in 1967. The grant – part of a package of $6.8 million in grants to 27 public libraries statewide – is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers the public library portion of the program, which is funded from a portion of realty transfer taxes. Grants are competitive and must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the library’s municipality. Read more
State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans announced that the York County Libraries/Martin Library was awarded a state grant to help reconstruct its public restrooms. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, will join his “Readshaw’s Raiders” and other motorcycle riders from around the commonwealth for their 18th annual “Ride to Gettysburg.” The event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997 to fund cleaning, repairs and restoration of the battlefield’s monuments and markers to honor Pennsylvania units. The ride from Harrisburg to Gettysburg will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, rain or shine, and will begin near the fountain outside the Capitol East Wing. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the ride will start at 1 p.m. The event also will feature: A welcome ceremony at 12:15 p.m. at Soldiers’ Grove. Members of a historic group of women bikers, led by former state Rep. Teresa Forcier, who will serve as the ride marshalls. “Slingshot” bikes, including one occupied by Readshaw. Participation by state Reps. Bryan Barbin and Dan Moul. The God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard, who will lead the riders to Gettysburg. Last year, the event drew more than 420 riders. You can learn more about the event here. You can also call Readshaw's Harrisburg office at 717-783-0411 or visit the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education PA website at www.abatepa.org . Media coverage is invited. Read more
YARDLEY, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on emergency services issues at the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Station 80. Warren was joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the drastic need for volunteers and the importance of state programs that provide vital funding assistance to local emergency services. “Today’s hearing highlights how important state funding for our first responders is and the need to bolster recruitment and support for our volunteers who protect us daily across the commonwealth,” Warren said. “Many fire stations in Pennsylvania rely on some, if not entirely, volunteer firefighters. It is vital to the public’s safety that we help these departments attract, train and retain more volunteers to end our current shortage.” The committee heard testimony from, Dylan Ferguson, director of Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Evan Resnikoff, president, Newtown Ambulance Squad; Larry Newman, president, Yardley-Makefield Fire Co.; and Glenn Forsyth, fire chief, Newtown Township Emergency Services Department. Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first with good Read more
WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Jerry Mullery, D-Luzerne, joined House and Senate colleagues to host the 2018 Luzerne County Senior Expo at the Wyoming Valley Mall today. "It's great to have an event like this that's a 'one-stop' for our seniors to gather information on what services and programs are available for them," Mullery said. "While both of my offices are open daily to aid constituents, it's via these annual events when we're able to bring together such a large number of agencies and vendors." The free Senior Expo featured more than 70 vendors, with many offering free health screenings. Mullery said that having a joint event with Sens. Lisa Baker and John Yudichak, and Rep. Aaron Kaufer at the Wyoming Valley Mall is a bonus for the area. "Working together and combining all of our resources in one place is a win-win for everyone," Mullery said. Click here to view photos from today’s Senior Expo. Read more
Recognizing the importance public libraries play in communities around the state, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. D-Luzerne, thanked the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf today for awarding a $120,000 grant to the Osterhout Free Library. Read more
VANDERGRIFT, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today that a $23,100 Keystone Library Grant he worked to bring to the district has been approved to fund multiple upgrades to Armstrong County’s Apollo Memorial Library. The grant will be used to replace the library’s flat rubber roof, upgrade to LED and new panel lighting and repaint the library’s interior. “I’m thrilled about this funding, which will revitalize one of Apollo Borough’s most essential resources,” Petrarca said. “The library plays such a key role in our community because it serves so many different needs for residents – from offering free information, educational opportunities and access to computer technology, to providing children with stimulating programs and spaces to explore books and the arts, to providing a gathering place for community discussions. “The economic benefits are equally important – the library is an anchor that draws people and creates economic opportunities for surrounding businesses. This funding is a terrific investment both for our community and the local economy. I want to thank the Department of Education for approving these funds.” The grant – part of a package to 27 public libraries statewide – is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced that the Reading Public Library’s Northwest Branch was awarded a state grant to help replace its aging heating and cooling system. The Keystone Library Grant of $77,500 will help the library replace its 39-year-old heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. The funding was among $6.8 million in library grants awarded by the state Department of Education on Thursday. “Public libraries are a fundamental part of our communities – hubs that provide an ever-growing list of services for residents. So we have to help keep our libraries in good shape,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased that the state awarded this grant to help the Reading Public Library complete necessary upgrades at the Northwest Branch. Keystone Library Grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. They must be matched dollar-for-dollar, and they can be used for projects such as HVAC upgrades, ADA upgrades, roof or window replacements, expansion projects and more. Read more
State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will hold her Celebrate Recovery event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Mountain Center, 354 Memorial Blvd. Madden said recovery from addiction is a complex issue. “The road to recovery can be bumpy at times and victims may encounter obstacles, but it’s the only way people can move ahead in life and overcome destruction in their lives,” Madden said. Keynote speaker will be Jason Snyder, regional director of operations for Pinnacle Health and former special assistant to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for Gov. Tom Wolf. There will be guest speakers, food, games, providers, resources, raffles and many more activities. “I want to celebrate with people who have recovered and positively turned their lives around,” Madden said. For more information call Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850 . Read more
MASONTOWN, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, whose district includes Masontown and who canceled a planned evening event there in the wake of today’s tragedy, issued the following statement in response to the shooting spree at District Justice Dan Shimshock’s office: "My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by today’s senseless act of violence at the Masontown magistrate's office. "I have been on scene talking with investigators. A news conference has been scheduled at the Uniontown State Police Barracks at 5 p.m. where we will hopefully learn more details at that time." Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – After advocating for upgrades to be made to the activities field at Sto-Rox High School, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, is pleased to announce the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $100,000 grant for the project. Deasy said the funds will be used to construct a synthetic turf, which will replace the natural grass football field. The field was last sodded, rolled and leveled over 40 years ago in 1976. “Raising awareness and funding for this project started last year with alumni, friends and businesses coming together to pitch in,” Deasy said. “The current field is outdated and lacks a proper irrigation system. Our students deserve a first-class, modern and safe field. All of our hard work is finally coming to fruition.” Additionally, Deasy said the grant would help the school expand its sports teams and become a more welcoming place where the community would have access to it. The total projected cost to refurbish the field is $610,364. The McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, or CDC Rocks, applied for the grant and a fundraising committee has helped lead the charge through its “It Starts with the Field,” slogan to help with donations. Earlier this year, the NFL Grassroots Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant for the new field. The CFA is a seven-member board created to administer and fund projects from programs that are part of the economic stimulus package passed by the Read more
Burns introduced legislation calling for a nationwide investigation into the Roman Catholic Church and providing further protections for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Read more
BETHLEHEM, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson invites residents to join his 2nd Southside Community and Senior Fair on Friday. Read more
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