YARDLEY, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Perry Warren today announced the Council Rock, Morrisville and Pennsbury school districts were each awarded $25,000 in school safety grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The funding comes through Act 44, a law adopted over the summer that created a School Safety and Security Committee within PCCD. Districts that submitted a meritorious application were eligible for $25,000 to support activities such as performing school safety assessments, purchasing security-related technology and equipment, supporting safety-related and behavioral health trainings, and more. “I voted to support the creation of this grant program, because keeping our children safe is the most important responsibility we have,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Students and staff deserve to feel safe at school, and I’m pleased that all three of the school districts I represent, Council Rock, Morrisville and Pennsbury, took steps to bring this funding to their schools and enhance their security programs.” Additional competitive grants are expected to be released later this year. More information on the grants can be found on the PCCD website . Read more
A fire company and two local water projects are the beneficiaries of three separate state grants, state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, said. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, issued the following statement in response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday: “I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for quickly coming to the aid of those trapped in this terrifying situation. “The victims of this tragedy and their families are with all of us in our thoughts and prayers. We grieve for our fellow Pennsylvanians, and are here for them offering any support or assistance they might need. “When I was 18 years old, I went to Auschwitz while on a college trip and saw firsthand the remnants of two concentration camps. I remember feeling afraid and truly concerned about preventing this type of hate from ever happening again. Last weekend, my worst fears were realized right here in America, and within my own state. “As an African American woman who has had to deal with the realities of racism and discrimination, I am more compelled than ever to unite with the Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism and intolerance, whatever form it may take. “My colleagues and I in the Pennsylvania House and Senate will fight for laws that create a safe place where all people can work, go to school and worship with peace of mind. “By working together and joining forces, we can support our law enforcement and local communities to create a safer environment for all marginalized groups. Whether it be a person’s Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody expressed sadness at the guilty verdict issued today in the Dauphin County trial of Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown. “The 10 years of good work that Vanessa did for her district still matters to many people but will be overshadowed by her conviction. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is.” Although Brown is unopposed for another term on next week’s election ballot, she must relinquish her seat in the House no later than the day she is sentenced. “I haven’t yet spoken to Representative Brown but she will do what she must to conform to the rules of the House and also because it’s in the best interest of her constituents,” Dermody said. “She waged a long legal battle and mounted a defense against the charges, but the verdict rendered today means she must face the consequences.” Upon the vacancy in the 190 th District taking effect, a special election to fill the seat for the duration of the 2019-20 session will be scheduled by whomever is the House speaker. The district is centered in West Philadelphia, mostly to the north of Market Street including a large section of Fairmount Park. Read more
NEWTOWN, Oct. 31 – The Newtown Ambulance Squad was recently awarded a $112,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to purchase a new ambulance, state Rep. Perry Warren announced. “I worked with Governor Wolf, Newtown Ambulance Squad Chief of Operations Evan Resnikoff, Chairman Phil Calabro and other members of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors to obtain this grant that will benefit the squad’s entire service area,” Warren said. “The Newtown Board of Supervisors increased the squad’s funding in 2018. That funding, coupled with this grant, will enable the squad to provide increased emergency medical services to our residents.” Warren said the state-of-the-art, four-wheel-drive ambulance will enable the squad to respond with advanced lifesaving services. “We are really appreciative of the commonwealth and Representative Warren for assisting us with this grant,” Resnikoff said. The squad serves Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Northampton Township in select sections of Holland, and parts of Upper and Lower Makefield townships. The squad is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Eighty-nine percent of the nonprofit Newtown Ambulance Squad’s revenue comes from fee-for-services, with the remainder coming from local taxes, donations, and grants. Read more
The trip aboard a luxury coach will include lunch and a tour of both the Governor’s Residence and the state Capitol building, both of which will be decorated for the holiday season. Read more
KING OF PRUSSIA, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, will join PennEnvironment staff, volunteers and members to deliver 20,000 signatures from concerned Pennsylvanians in support of Briggs’ House Bill 2560 which would ban the distribution of single-use polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups and food in Pennsylvania. Briggs and PennEnvironment will also be joined by local fishermen and anglers, restauranteurs, conservation leaders, and others for the delivery of these signatures and to discuss why tackling polystyrene pollution is a priority for them. WHEN : 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 WHO : State Rep.Tim Briggs David Masur, PennEnvironment executive director Elaine Paul Schaefer, Schuylkill River Greenways executive director Darragh Moore, Founding Farmers managing partner WHERE : The Bridgeport Fish Ladder Park, 96 Dekalb St. (NOT DeKalb Pike), Bridgeport, PA 19405. Fish Ladder Park is located behind Frosty Falls Ice Cream Shop. The media is invited and encouraged to attend. Read more
ALLENTOWN, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, reminds people that weekly Medicare open enrollment meetings are held each Monday at his office. With the exception of Nov. 12 because of Veterans Day, every Monday through Dec. 3 an APPRISE counselor is at Schweyer’s Allentown office -- 1912 S. Fourth St. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people wishing to sign up for Medicare, or those who want to change their plan. Appointments are required by calling Schweyer’s office at 610-791-6270. The counselor is available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Read more
A youth activity center in Centre County and a childhood development program in Clinton County have been chosen to receive state grants. Read more
"Today, the most important thing is for the families of the victims to have the space to grieve and heal." Read more
The construction of the new Conemaugh Health System Ebensburg Outpatient Center will be a boost to the region, said Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, bringing new jobs and economic vitality to the Ebensburg area. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 – With a thriving child care center in his district as the backdrop, state Rep. Jared Solomon today highlighted the ongoing need for quality child care in underserved areas in the 202nd Legislative District and throughout the commonwealth. Solomon held a news conference at Bustleton Child Learning Center and was joined by Aliya Johnson-Roberts, the center’s executive director. The center recently opened and is an expansion of Pratt Street Learning Center, which received a STAR 4 rating from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone STARS program . "I am excited to celebrate Bustleton Learning Center and how they provide such high-quality child care to the children of my district," Solomon said. "Not only did they breathe new life into a vacant building at a vital intersection for our neighborhood, they are also a fantastic community partner that welcomes local groups and families to use this great space." Solomon helped transfer the vacant building at Bustleton and Magee avenues into the Bustleton Child Learning Center through the Fund for Quality , a grant program that strives to create and maintain high-quality child care. "State Representative Solomon has been really active and supportive from the beginning. We are really excited to be the high-quality program moving into the area. He not only supports us in the early child care but in becoming a HUB in the community. We are thankful Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – As Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee , state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is reminding all Medicare beneficiaries that open enrollment is going on now through Dec. 7. “This is an important period, because it gives beneficiaries a chance to assess whether they’re getting what they need from their plans and, if necessary, to change their plans and prescription drug coverage to better suit their needs,” DeLuca said. Any changes will take effect at the start of the new year. Additionally, the in-network relationship between UPMC and Highmark will end after June 30, 2019. DeLuca said that Medicare beneficiaries should plan accordingly now. “When you’re choosing a health insurance plan, be sure to ask your insurer if you will have in-network access to the providers and hospitals you want,” he said. “It’s important to review all supplemental plans before making choices because some may provide patients coverage for both UPMC and Highmark hospitals/doctors.” DeLuca added that if residents seem overwhelmed by the choices, there is an excellent resource they can turn to for help: APPRISE – Pennsylvania’s free health insurance counseling program – helps Medicare beneficiaries explore their options and make the health insurance coverage decisions that are best for them. Beneficiaries can call and schedule an appointment to meet one-on-one, free of charge, Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – By a unanimous vote, the House recently adopted several resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, to raise public awareness on issues such as hunger, homelessness, education and children’s grief. House Resolution 1121 recognizes the week of Nov. 10-18 as “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania. The resolution – which parallels a national program the same week – seeks to educate the public about the reasons people are hungry and homeless, including the lack of affordable housing for very-low-income families in the commonwealth. The resolution also seeks to mobilize community support. “Hunger and homelessness are still very serious problems in the commonwealth,” Readshaw said. “Raising public awareness can bring more hands to the fight and remind residents how they can make a difference by contributing to food and supplies banks.” Readshaw said he introduced H.R. 1123, designating the week of Nov. 12-16, 2018, as “American Education Week” in Pennsylvania to highlight the critical role education plays in readying Pennsylvania’s youth for future success. “Our children are not only our most precious resource – they hold the key to the commonwealth’s economic future,” Readshaw said. “This resolution celebrates the importance of our state’s strong educational system and honors those educators and Read more
SQUIRREL HILL, Oct. 28 – A day after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue that claimed the lives of 11 people, state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following: "The outpouring of support from around the world for Pittsburgh in the face of this tragedy is a gratifying reminder that ultimately, people want to be united, and want to reject the scapegoating and hatred for the Jewish community -- for any community -- that gave rise to these murders. For us, that means taking comfort in the resilience that our community has always shown. "Today that looks like caring for the victims and their families, and creating as much of a feeling of safety as we can. "For those seeking to provide support for the victims, the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh is coordinating donations. You can find that information at: https://jewishpgh.org . "While I know we will become stronger and more unified in the face of this tragedy, in the short term, this attack causes real fear. Law enforcement is increasing its presence at community events, and taking all threats seriously. Any immediate concerns or suspicions can be reported to the local police. Additionally, any suspicious or potentially violent hate speech on social media should be reported via the federation’s community security form: https://jewishpgh.org/incident-report . This information gets reviewed by the security officer and law enforcement. "For the next week, Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Reps. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today issued the following statement on the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh: “We are shocked, horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic shooting today at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our deepest sympathies are with the victims, their families and friends, and the entire community as we all begin to come to terms with what transpired today. We are also immeasurably grateful to the swift and courageous response of local law enforcement who managed to force the suspect into surrendering, and we salute particularly those officers who were injured in the fight. “These acts of hate and violence have no place in our communities, our Commonwealth or our country. Sadly, they have become all too common. And for it to occur in a synagogue on the Sabbath is all the more heartbreaking, that someone would take the holiest of days to murder innocent worshipers. “With each shooting we all ask, 'Will this be the one that prompts real change?' Yet, instead of fostering change, it seems to foster a numbness and a callousness in our culture, a culture that accepts these incidents as a fact of life. We cannot and will not live in a society where we have to explain to our children and their children that this behavior is something that just happens in the United Read more
SQUIRREL HILL, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement in response to Saturday morning's shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue: "My heart aches for the loss to our city and our community. The Tree of Life has provided comfort and support to families for decades. Our whole community is in mourning. I stand with them, and all our neighbors in grief. "While today is a day of grieving, tomorrow we have to begin the discussion in our communities and our country about what it means when people with weapons are incited to violence, divided by hate and seeking scapegoats. It is terrible, terrible to live in fear. No community should feel like a target." Frankel represents the Squirrel Hill community in Pittsburgh as part of the 23 rd Legislative District. He is past chairman of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. He also is the co-chairman of the PA SAFE Caucus in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a group of legislators who believe in reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; resources to cure the effects of addiction and illegal drugs; and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety. Read more
OAKMONT, Oct. 27 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody issued the following statement in response to this morning's shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh: "I thank police and first responders for their quick response and bravery during the situation. "Please join me in keeping the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers. As Pennsylvanians, we must come together to offer the victims, their families and the community whatever assistance and support they need. "Moving forward, I and my colleagues in the legislature will continue to support law enforcement and our local communities, and by working together, we can help make our state a place where all people are safe in their homes, schools and daily lives, and where we all respect the contributions, dignity and humanity of every Pennsylvanian." Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 79 th Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Wolcoff Auditorium at the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia 19128. There will be plenty of free parking available in the Jamestown Lot. The hospital is on Bus Route 9. DeLissio will focus on an analysis of the midterm elections in addition to a review of some of the most impactful legislation that did not become law in Harrisburg this session. DeLissio said it is imperative to adopt a strategy early in the next session to ensure that legislation to improve how we vote and to mitigate the impact of gerrymandering in particular make it to the governor’s desk. “I have conducted town halls during my entire time in office, and I always welcome new people who may have not yet attended,” she said. “The location rotates throughout the district, and it is great to see folks from all corners of the district attend. The dialogue is always civil and thought-provoking, and I always look forward to the discussion.” Anya Rose from Manayunk, a first-timer to a town hall meeting in June, said following that month’s meeting, “That was so incredibly informative. I think everyone should go to these meetings. You will learn a lot. What issues are being discussed? What’s worth fighting for? What can we be hopeful about? What are other people in your area Read more
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