DARBY, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Delaware County Back to School Community Resource Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby. "I love seeing children so excited to start the school year," McClinton said. "I want to encourage that excitement with the school supplies giveaway. The kids aren’t just receiving pens or notebooks. They are being empowered to succeed in school, and when they succeed, we as a community succeed.” Local vendors will provide free haircuts and hairstyles in addition to the free school supplies. Refreshments will be available. “It is a priority that parents and students have access to the critical resources they need to thrive,” McClinton said. “My staff and I will be there to talk to residents about how to improve education in the district, as well as answer any state-related questions they may have.” McClinton said students must reside in the 191 st Legislative District , which includes parts of Philadelphia and all of Darby and part of Yeadon in Delaware County, and must be present to receive school supplies. For more information, call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $150,000 state grant will help fund major improvements to an asphalt road median that will connect Pittsburgh’s 21st Street corridor from Carson Street to South Side Park. Readshaw noted that the project – estimated to cost $441,677 – will involve the construction a 1,300-foot concrete median, curb and paving. In addition, the project will include installation of 10 concrete benches, 12 galvanized steel bike racks, 16 trash receptacles, traffic control bollards, signage walls and concrete ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “The funding to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for this project is going to help transform this congested traffic area into a safer, more organized design with designated space for pedestrians and bikers,” Readshaw said. “The upgrades will greatly enhance safety and utility for everyone while adding to the area’s aesthetic appeal. In addition, the project is going to create area jobs and stimulate the economy. I want to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this grant, which is a great investment in our infrastructure.” Read more
WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, today announced the approval of three Commonwealth Financing Authority grants totaling $723,062 for Fairview Township, Hanover Township and Ashley Borough. The funds will go toward three separate projects, including: $60,562 to Fairview Township to renovate a basketball court at Memorial Park; $300,000 to Ashley Borough for the Sulfur Run construction project; and $362,500 to Hanover Township for phase 2B of the Solomon Creek Interceptor rehabilitation project. “These grants will go toward increasing the safety and recreational appeal of communities in our district,” Pashinski said. “I’m truly appreciative to Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for working with me on these grants and seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.” “The Commonwealth Financing Authority continues to be a great partner with Luzerne County communities looking to invest in community development projects that improve the quality of life in the region and set the stage for future economic growth,” Yudichak said. Fairview Township’s grant will go toward excavating and removing the old basketball court at Memorial Park. The area will then be graded, leveled and new asphalt will be poured for the two new basketball posts with backboards. The project will also include line painting, fence Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., today announced the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse Inc. will receive a $100,000 state grant to rehabilitate the playground and indoor recreational facility at East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and will go toward demolishing the lower level of the recreational facility that is currently unsuitable for public use. The project also involves removing asbestos and monitoring the facility for other hazardous materials. The total cost for the project is $449,800. “East Fairmount Park is a great place for families to experience a wide variety of activities. The work that will be done on the facility will give the community a sense of pride and provide enjoyment for years to come,” Brown said. “I would like to thank everyone involved in obtaining the grant to help move this project forward.” The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a $39,100 grant will jumpstart efforts to revitalize the Tustin Recreation Center and address its deteriorating conditions. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to hire a consulting team to complete two assessment phases: Phase 1 : Consists of site and building analysis and program assessment. Phase 2 : Includes design alternatives, illustrative site plan alternatives, prepare cost estimates for proposed improvements, and propose phasing options for proposed improvements. "The Tustin Recreation Center provides a fun and safe multigenerational space for area residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is essential in building a strong neighborhood,” Cephas said. "The funding ultimately will help develop a master plan, driven by residents who will determine and prioritize the structural improvements needed to keep the center a thriving asset for our community." "This grant is a long-awaited chance for the community to get involved in what happens here and provides a great opportunity to enhance our facilities as well as our programming," said Sheldon Robinson, Tustin Advisory Council president. "This historic recreation center is the place where generations of Overbrook and West Philadelphia families call home, and we look forward to carrying on the tradition that is Tustin Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced more than $1.2 million in state grants have been awarded for various projects throughout the 191st Legislative District, which covers portions of Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The grants – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – include $250,000 for a dock expansion at Bartram’s Garden public park, $200,000 to help renovate the McCreesh Recreation Center, $424,641 to replace sewer lines in Yeadon, and $358,011 for sewer line rehabilitation in Darby. McClinton said the grant for Bartram’s Garden public park will help expand the existing dock along the Schuylkill River by 2,400 square feet and lower it closer to the water for easier access to kayakers and people with disabilities. The total cost for the project is $511,216. The grant for the McCreesh Recreation Center will assist with renovating the building’s roof, HVAC system, bathrooms, kitchen, and lighting. It will cost $287,500 to complete the project. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “These grants are crucial and will help enhance our recreational areas that are utilized by many families and will provide enjoyment for years to come.” McClinton said the grant awarded to Darby will help fund the repairing of sewer lines along 13th Read more
DERRY, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, today announced more than $1 million in grants he worked to bring to the district have been approved to fund critical water and sewer system upgrades in Westmoreland County. The funding, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, includes: $278,034 to the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Derry to upgrade the borough’s deteriorating waterline on North Chestnut Street, which contains lead joints. $245,000 to the Derry Township Municipal Authority to extend sewer service to 10 existing residences along Peach Hollow Road by installing nearly 3,000 feet of sanitary sewer pipe. $72,101 to the Derry Township Municipal Authority to reline nearly 2,000 feet of existing pipe along Industrial Boulevard, Pandora Road and Station Street. $424,996 to the Unity Township Municipal Authority to install 4,000 feet of sanitary sewer line to serve two businesses that are expanding operations. “The grants approved today will help provide critical water and sanitary sewer improvements for areas that have struggled with outdated or malfunctioning systems for years,” Petrarca said. “In addition, the Unity Township project will address the needs of two large area employers that are limited because of existing sanitary sewer constraints and are dependent on the extension of services to expand operations. “I want to thank the CFA board for approving this Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced today that $832,051 in state grants has been awarded for five projects within his legislative district. The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded funding for the following: $418,200 to Penn Hills to replace a section of the Lime Hollow Road sewer line to meet the requirements of the wet weather design flows approved by the Department of Environmental Protection; $110,517 to the Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority to upgrade a water storage tank in the Municipality of Penn Hills to address water age issues; $78,334 to Verona Borough to rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes to repair its sanitary system; $150,000 to Oakmont Borough in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for phases two and three of the Plum Creek Trail System in Oakmont and Verona boroughs and the Municipality of Penn Hills. Phase two includes removing fill to improve flood carrying capacity and Phase three consists of a bridge and trail accessible to walkers, runners and bicyclists; and $75,000 to the Borough of Plum in Greenways, Trails and Recreation funds for improvements to Renton Park, including a new play area, new play structures and a poured in soft surface. “This funding will allow us to replace sewer lines and address any archaic issues with our water system,” DeLuca said. “Water infrastructure can affect our public health, so it’s important that we Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced a $416,500 grant in state funding for improvements and water supply connection and a separate $156,995 grant to replace water lines, were both awarded to Reserve Township. Costa said the $416,500 grant is for a water supplier, because the township terminated the relationship with its current supplier due to a lack of confidence, reliability and accurate billing. The West View Water Authority will also make two water main connections at Bernardi and Arior Drive and Ramage Road with Spring Garden Avenue and install a water meter vault to supply water to Reserve Township. The total cost for the project is $490,000. For the other Reserve Township project that was funded with a $156,995 grant, Costa said it involves replacing 800 linear feet of old leaking water lines along Irwin Drive, and replacing two fire hydrants for better fire protection in residential areas. The total project cost is estimated at $184,700. “It is imperative that we keep our sewer systems current and make improvements when necessary,” Costa said. “I’m pleased to see this state funding being used to upkeep our water supply and provide quality and accurate service to our residents.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority 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
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $683,946 in state funding to the 35 th Legislative District. “I’m happy to announce the funding awarded today to the 35 th Legislative District,” Davis said. “Maintaining and rehabilitating parts of our community are vital to ensuring our district is appealing to visitors and residents alike.” The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County was awarded $175,000 to construct a Regional Public Training Facility, which will be located on Mertha Street in Munhall. The facility will be a two-story structure that can be configured to mimic the characteristics of a residential, commercial or industrial structure. In addition to the training tower, the site will be paved to allow on-ground training exercises that would involve training and operation vehicles. The City of Duquesne received $100,000 to replace waterlines and a reservoir mixer to prevent the formation of Trihalomethanes, a disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease. Clairton Municipal Authority received $337,000 to replace a combined sewer line located in Clairton City. The Dry Run combined sewer line contains several defects that have caused failures of the system along the Dry Run waterway. This project will rectify the problem. Versailles Borough was awarded $71,946 to help fund its sanitary sewer rehabilitation project. Read more
State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host his annual Senior Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at The East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. Read more
Six local communities have been selected to receive more than $500,000 in grants, state Rep. Paul Costa and state Sen. Jay Costa announced. Read more
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, has announced the awarding of four state grants totaling more than $692,000 for parks, infrastructure and community support in the Pittsburgh region. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – A state grant totaling $250,000 was awarded to the 77 th Legislative District, state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced today. The funding, granted by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, was requested on behalf of the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation for Phase 1 construction of the Wildlife Center located in Huston Township. “I’m excited to announce the funding that will go toward the construction of a Wildlife Center here in Huston Township,” Conklin said. “This funding will help create an attraction that will entice wildlife enthusiasts and tourists to visit our wonderful district.” Phase 1 of the Wildlife Center will include the construction of an ADA-compliant trail and boardwalk loop; observation areas; pavilions; restrooms; and fixed trail amenities like benches, wayward signs and tables. Conklin thanked the CFA board for approving the grant. 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 General Assembly in 2004. The entity falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – Nearly $300,000 in grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will fund sanitary sewer improvements for two Mercer County communities, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, and state Sen. Michele Brooks, announced today. The funding includes $197,434 to the Hermitage Municipal Authority and $100,000 to the South Pymatuning Township Municipal Authority to extend sanitary sewer lines. “I was pleased to support these projects, which will provide needed help to citizens in Hermitage and South Pymatuning, and I am gratified that critical funding was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority,” Longietti said. “The grants will help eliminate malfunctions and system failures that have plagued residents in these communities. The funding made possible today will ensure that families have access to essential sewer services while at the same time creating jobs for local residents.” The Hermitage project was proposed in response to a recent survey of on-lot septic systems in the North Darby Road area indicating a 35-percent suspected failure rate. The project – estimated to cost $232,276 – will involve constructing 3,500 feet of line that will serve 30 new residential customers. “These projects are examples of intergovernmental cooperation and people working together to help address the challenges that local families and communities are experiencing with these systems,” Brooks said. The Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – A state grant totaling $150,000 was awarded to the 1 st Legislative District, state Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, announced today. The funding, granted by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, was requested on behalf of Erie City for the renovation of Bayview Park. “I’m happy to announce the funding that will go toward the renovation of Bayview Park,” Harkins said. “The upgrades to the park that will come by way of this funding will not only benefit those who regularly utilize the park’s equipment, but also will leave a lasting impression on first-time visitors.” The project will consist of constructing a walking path; purchasing and installing benches; trash and recycling receptacles; a bike rack; repairing and resurfacing basketball courts; resurfacing the existing tennis court as a multipurpose court; and replacing and moving existing playground equipment to a more central location within the park. Harkins thanked the Commonwealth Financing Authority board for approving the grant. 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 General Assembly in 2004. The entity falls under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Read more
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 18 – Nearly $600,000 in grants will help fund a gateway revitalization project and boost arts and recreation for Pittsburgh area residents, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today. The grants include $75,000 to the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition for improvements to “O’Connor’s Corner” on the Murray Avenue business corridor, $300,000 to the Pittsburgh Opera to fund its operations during the 2018-19 season and $194,125 to The First Tee of Pittsburgh for construction work on a new clubhouse building/learning center at the Bob O’Connor Golf Course. Frankel said the grant for the Squirrel Hill project – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – will help fund a revitalization project that will add streetscape amenities, storm water enhancements, a green bus shelter and directional signage to Squirrel Hill’s “O’Connor’s Corner,” an area named as a tribute to the former Pittsburgh mayor. “It’s hard to overemphasize the impact of this grant, which is going to help transform Squirrel Hill’s gateway into a vibrant community meeting place where residents can walk, shop and socialize,” Frankel said. “The gateway’s new face will also draw businesses and stimulate tourism. It’s a tremendous step forward for a place that’s deeply significant to residents.” Frankel said the grant to the opera Read more
State grant will help rehabilitate sewer lines in New Castle, Union and Shenango townships. Read more
A number of local communities have been selected to receive more than $1.3 million in state grants to help advance critical infrastructure projects. Read more
HERMITAGE, Sept. 18 – A $150,000 state grant will help fund construction of a new youth sports and maintenance facility at the Hermitage Athletic Complex, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti noted that the project – which involves construction of a new facility with 2,400 feet of storage space and installation of related utilities and landscaping – is necessary because the complex’s existing storage is insufficient for the multiple area teams that use it. The total project is estimated to cost $250,000. “The new facility will assist Girls Softball, Little League, Soccer and Youth Football programs, while helping to meet expanded demand for the athletic complex by residents from across the Shenango Valley,” Longietti said. “The extra space for sports and maintenance equipment will ensure that area residents continue to get maximum use and enjoyment from this loved community resource.” Longietti thanked the Commonwealth Financing Authority board for approving the grant, which was funded through the state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Read more
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