Citing the importance of early educational opportunities for children, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced multiple locations in Luzerne County will be receiving grants for 2018-19 Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program. Read more
SHARON, July 13 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will host his 12th annual senior fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Sharon American Legion, 1395 E. State St. Longietti is encouraging constituents to attend so they can learn more about the wealth of state and local programs designed to help Pennsylvania’s seniors live happier, healthier lives. He said that he expects approximately 50 exhibitors. Constituents will find information about health care, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, prescription drug plans, unclaimed property, free senior farmers market vouchers and more. The event will also feature free health care screenings, giveaways and door prizes. Registration is not required, but constituents with questions may contact Longietti’s office at 724-981-4655. Read more
READING, July 13 – State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, today announced early childhood education grants have been awarded across Berks County, to school districts and other entities that serve children through Pre-K Counts and Head Start programs within the 127 th Legislative District. Funded through the state Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, these competitive grants will help to create nearly 2,125 new pre-K seats and 490 new pre-K slots statewide. Area recipients are: Opportunity House YMCA of Reading and Berks County Berks Community Action Program Inc. Berks County Intermediate Unit 14 Governor Mifflin School District Boyertown Area School District “This infusion will ensure that more kids from Reading and Berks County will be able to attend a pre-K program, enhancing their learning experience and eventually the economy around them,” Caltagirone said. “Studies show that for every dollar we invest in kids to attend preschool, we get seven back in economic gains and savings on public programs and prison spending.” Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides free, high-quality pre-K services to at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds. Children in families earning up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply. Head Start is available to families at or below 130 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $32,630 Read more
PITTSBURGH, July 13 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on the Pennsylvania Promise Act ( H.B. 2444 ), which would improve college access and affordability. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Dining Room A, 3959 5 th Ave., Pittsburgh. H.B. 2444 would remove substantial financial burdens on students and their families and make college more affordable for those attending one of the commonwealth’s community colleges, state universities and state-related institutions. Policy Committee Chair Sturla will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Dr. Kenneth Mash , president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Facilities 10:40 a.m. Dr. Diana Polson, policy analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 11:10 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more
WESTMORELAND, July 12 – Low-interest loans to two area businesses will help those companies expand to meet growing customer demand while creating or retaining about 125 area jobs, according to state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. The companies – Astley Precision Machine Co. Inc. and Zilka & Company, LLC – will receive just over $3 million. “It’s always great news when area businesses need to expand to meet growing customer demand, but the costs of expansion – which usually entails new construction or extensive renovation – can be a heavy financial burden,” Petrarca said. “The low-interest loans approved today will help ensure these companies, which are so well-rooted in our community and give so much back in terms of jobs and economic health, will continue to thrive and expand.” The loans and expansion projects are: Astley Precision Machine Co. Inc. This maker of precision machined components for the medical, scientific and defense industries was approved for a $1.05 million, 10-year loan with 20-year amortization at a 2.5 percent rate with a 5-year reset through Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland. The company has outgrown its current 17,000-square-foot facility and will require a larger facility to meet customer demand. The loan will enable the company to acquire and renovate a 51,000-square-foot building in Irwin, two miles from the current site. The company will Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean announced that Abington Township was awarded a $428,560 state grant to modernize traffic signals at two intersections. The township’s grant will be used to fully modernize two traffic signals at Greenwood Avenue/Washington Lane and Jenkintown Road/Meetinghouse Road. The work will include new mast arms, signal heads, countdown pedestrian signals, and controllers, video detection and radar dilemma zone detection, battery back-up and upgraded ADA ramps. “It’s so important to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely on our highly traveled roads,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “I’m glad to see the state award this grant to help Abington Township make these improvements.” "I'm thankful for this grant, which is another important piece in a transformative plan to improve the quality of life in this area,” said Ben Sanchez, Abington Township Commissioner, Ward 7. “My thanks to state Representative Dean and her office for working with Abington Township to help achieve this for us." The township was among 70 municipalities around the state that will receive more than $31 million through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program. The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that early childhood education grants have been awarded to the Ambridge Area School District and to other entities that serve children within the 16 th Legislative District. Funded through the state’s Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, these competitive grants will help to create nearly 2,125 new pre-K seats and 490 new Head Start slots statewide, said Matzie. The following Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Programs in Matzie’s district are among the 2018-19 recipients: Hap Enterprises Inc., a childcare center in Beaver County Lifesteps Inc., a licensed nursery school in Armstrong, Beaver and Butler counties PIC of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc., for Head Start programs in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette and Westmoreland counties “These programs give kids a chance,” said Matzie. “A chance to learn, to grow, to compete and be successful. All children should have the opportunity to achieve prosperity based on their ability and determination. The earlier that learning becomes a part of their lives, the better the results.” The Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program provides state funding to Head Start programs to serve families at or below 130 percent poverty, or a family of four earning approximately $32,630 annually. Families that have children ages 3 or 4, and are Read more
MT. LEBANON, July 12 – In the fourth round of funding from the state’s Green Light-Go Program, state Rep. Dan Miller is announcing a $220,000 grant to Mt. Lebanon Township. Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, said the state funding will help remove obstacles that aggravate vehicle congestion and impede traffic flow, as it will enable Mt. Lebanon to replace the traffic signal at the intersection of Bower Hill Road and North Wren Drive/Firewood Drive to accommodate realignment to a four-way intersection. “This state investment will help make it easier, safer and quicker for drivers to navigate these heavily traveled roads,” Miller said. “I thank PennDOT for seeing the value in funding this very important project in the 42 nd Legislative District.” The Green Light-Go Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for a range of operational improvements, including upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve traffic flow and safety. Miller said 70 grants worth a total of $31 million were awarded statewide. Read more
MONROE COUNTY, July 12 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased that Monroe County will get $1.41 million from the state’s Green Light-Go Program. Madden said the state funding will help with traffic signal systems in Pocono Township at seven intersections along State Routes 611 and 715, at 10 intersections along U.S. Route 209 in Smithfield Township and Middle Smithfield and in Stroud Township adding an intersection to the existing system and a traffic light signal system at four intersections along State Route 611. “My constituents will be able to walk and ride across these busy intersections much safer and with ease,” Madden said. “One of my main concerns as a legislator is making the roadways easier, safer and quicker to travel on and these projects do just that.” The Department of Transportation’s Green-Light-Go program was established in 2013 as a traffic signal modernization and improvement program for critical corridors designed to improve safety and mobility by reducing congestion and improving efficiency on key state highways. The program is competitive, requiring an at least 20 percent match for municipalities, counties or planning organizations that request assistance. Projects that qualify for the program include study and removal of unwarranted traffic signals; traffic signal retiming; development of detour, special event and operations plans, LED replacement, asset management, real-time monitoring of Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – Mercer County residents will benefit from upgrades to area traffic signals thanks to two grants totaling $520,701 provided under the state’s Green Light-Go program, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “Whether they’re commuting to work, walking or cycling, residents must be able to rely on smooth operation of traffic signals,” Longietti said. “These grants are funding improvements that are critical for safety and traffic flow in our area.” The grants will fund the following projects: Hermitage City – $204,640 to upgrade the intersection of Keel Ridge Road and East State Street, including installation of new signal heads, mast arms, controller assembly, wiring and traffic congestion detection. Sharon City – $316,061 to complete modernization of a traffic signal at South Sharpsville Avenue, East Connelly Boulevard (U.S. Route 62) and Shenango Valley Freeway. The grants are part of a $31 million funding package to 70 municipalities statewide for signal upgrades. The Green Light-Go program is administered by the state Department of Transportation. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today announced $497,621 awarded to improve traffic safety at multiple intersections in Bristol Township. According to Davis, the state’s Green Light-Go program will provide the funds to modernize two traffic signals at the intersections of: New Falls, Woodbourne, Edgely and Emilie Roads Edgely and Mill Creek Roads “Safety is a top priority and this funding is critical in protecting both drivers and pedestrians in my community,” Davis said. “I will keep advocating to bring modern technology to Bucks County with the ability of making upgrades that can potentially prevent tragedy and save lives.” Green Light-Go funding may be used for a range of improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – State Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Philadelphia, today announced a $3.2 million state grant awarded to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along the 2 nd Street corridor. “No matter if you’re traveling in a vehicle or by foot, I fought for this funding to help ensure everyone is protected when they walk out their door,” O’Brien said. “We need to use this kind of modern technology because of its ability to prevent accidents and even save lives.” According to O’Brien, the state’s “Green Light-Go” program will provide $3.2 million to modernize 20 intersections along the 2 nd Street corridor by installing traffic controllers, communications equipment to connect back to the city’s traffic operations center, pavement markings and disability-access curb ramps. Green Light - Go funding may be used for a range of improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced funding from the state’s Green Light-Go Program has awarded $265,191 to Versailles Borough and $601,808 to White Oak Borough. The combined amount of $866,999 awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will support traffic upgrades and increase safety and mobility to these municipalities. Davis said the grants in his district will be used for the following: Versailles Borough : Modernization of two intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. White Oak Borough : Will help six intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons and the installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. “Technology improvements made to our traffic lights has a direct correlation in helping with the flow of traffic and safety of pedestrians,” Davis said. “I welcome these upgrades at our intersections in Versailles and White Oak boroughs, because it could reduce accidents and injuries within our neighborhoods.” The Green Light-Go Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for traffic studies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve Read more
HELLERTOWN, July 12 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, said Hellertown Borough has received $67,982 in state grant funding from PennDOT’s Green Light-Go Program for a transportation project to improve safety and enhance mobility. Read more
READING, July 12 – Reading will receive an $844,640 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Green Light - Go grant to upgrade four traffic signals along North Front Street. “These upgrades will contribute greatly to the safety and mobility along North Front Street,” said state Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I’m happy for the opportunity to help bring this funding to Reading.” “These are necessary improvements to the traffic grid in Reading, and I congratulate the city, which was one of only 70 municipalities to receive funding in this round of grants,” said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks. “I look forward to future upgrades and will continue to advocate for them.” The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light - Go Program can be used for a range of operational improvements including light-emitting diode (LED) technology instillation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – Newly awarded grants will expand early education opportunities for Erie County’s at-risk children, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today. The grants to nine school districts and other organizations in the county will fund slots in the state’s Pre-K Counts and Head Start programs. “It’s hard to overstate just how important early education programs are for at-risk kids,” Bizzarro said. “Studies show that kids who attend public preschool programs are far better prepared for kindergarten, and poor, disadvantaged kids often show the greatest gains.” The list of Erie County Pre-K Counts recipients includes: Millcreek Township School District Benedictine Sisters of Erie Corry Area School District Dr Gertrude A Barber Center Early Connections, Inc. Greater Erie Community Action Committee YMCA of Greater Erie Edinboro University of PA Erie City School District In addition, the Greater Erie Community Action Committee will receive a grant to fund slots in the state’s Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program, which provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and other services. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides free, high-quality pre-K services to at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds. Children in families earning up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply. Head Start is Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced the awarding of a $4.67 million state grant for traffic signal upgrades and other improvements to the Oregon Avenue corridor. "This is one of the largest grants being awarded in this round throughout the entire state. I'm pleased to work with Governor Tom Wolf and PennDOT to support increased safety and mobility along one of South Philly's busiest roadways," Donatucci said. The state's "Green Light - Go" program will provide $4.67 million to modernize 23 intersections along the Oregon Avenue corridor with the installation of traffic controllers, communications equipment to connect back to the city’s traffic operations center, pavement markings and disability-access curb ramps. Green Light - Go funding may be used for a range of improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. ### Read more
NORRISTOWN, July 12 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, will host Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Mobile Mammography Screening Unit at his district office next month. The van will be located outside his office at 750 E. Johnson Highway at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 to offer breast cancer screenings. Women interested in receiving a screening are required to make an appointment with Andrea Tillman of Fox Chase Cancer Center at 215-214-1744. Additional requirements for participants include: Must be 40 or older Have a prescription from their doctor for a screening mammogram May not be breast feeding or have breast fed within the last nine months Must not have a breast cancer diagnosis within the past two years Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months Must be able to board the van and stand unassisted while being examined Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Carolyn Comitta announced that West Chester Borough was awarded a $688,000 state grant for traffic signal upgrades. West Chester’s grant will be for the installation of radio communications and modernization of traffic signal controllers to 23 traffic signals in the borough with a connection to the PennDOT District 6 Regional Traffic Management Center. “This funding is great news for West Chester and will help improve systems to keep traffic running smoothly and safely in the borough,” said Comitta, D-Chester. The borough was among 70 municipalities around the state that will receive more than $31 million through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program. The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grants can be used for projects such as installing LED technology, traffic signal retiming, upgrading to the latest technology and more. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced that four Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs within the 35 th legislative district have been awarded early childhood education grants. McKeesport Area School District, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, West Mifflin School District and the Duquesne City School District are among the 2018-19 recipients of the early childhood grants, which will help to expand the number of available pre-k and head start slots. Davis was notified of the grants by the Department of Education. “Providing high-quality, early childhood education is important to the development of a child and it gives them a head start on the road to success,” Davis said. “Grants like these are important in providing a ladder of opportunity to working class families.” The Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program provides state funding to Head Start programs to serve families at or below 130 percent poverty, or a family of four earning approximately $32,630 annually. Additionally, families who have children ages 3 and 4, and living in up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply to the Pre-K Counts program. The grants, awarded through the department of education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, will create nearly 2,125 new Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts seats and 490 new slots. To apply to the Pennsylvania Pre-K Read more
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