Kirkland announces recycling grants for local municipalities

(Oct 15, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 15 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced today that two local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. Upper Chichester Township was awarded $31,774 and Ridley Township was awarded $163,018. “It’s important that we encourage recycling for the health of our environment and our communities,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m pleased to see the state award this funding to help local municipalities make it easier for residents to protect our environment.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more

 

Kirkland announces school safety grants

(Oct 04, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that several local school and police agencies were awarded state grants aimed at improving safety in schools. The grants were among $8.4 million in Safe Schools grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education today. The funding includes program grants for school entities to establish programs to prevent and reduce violence; equipment grants to help school entities procure security or safety equipment; funding for the training and compensation of school resources officers, employed by law enforcement agencies and assigned to schools, and school police officers, employed directly by school districts. Local grants were awarded as follows: Chichester School District, Equipment Grant, $22,465 Chester-Upland School District, Program Grant, $19,998 Upland Borough Police Department, School Resource Officer Grant, Year 1, $60,000 Chester Community Charter School, School Police Officer Grant, Year 1, $40,000 “Keeping our children safe is the greatest responsibility we have. These grants will help ensure that schools have what they need to better protect our students, and I’m pleased that many of our local schools will benefit from this funding,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. More information about the grants is available here . Kirkland also supported the creation of a new $60 million School Safety and Security Grant program to be administered through the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Kirkland to host senior health event

(Oct 01, 2018)

CHESTER, Oct. 1 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland will host a senior health event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Chester Senior Center. The Get Right with Health event will include free demonstrations of fun and healthy activities, including yoga, Zumba and cooking. Health-related educational services will be provided, and Kirkland’s office will offer help with state government-related programs and services. “Seniors are an important part of our community, and I’m happy to bring these services and opportunities together to help older adults maintain active and healthy lifestyles,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. The event will be held at the Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St., Chester PA 19013. Anyone with questions should contact Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland bill would require ID for firearm ammunition purchases

(Sep 13, 2018)

CHESTER, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, is introducing legislation that would require people purchasing firearm ammunition to present an official form of photo identification. Currently, ammunition cannot be sold to anyone who sellers reasonably believe to be under the minimum age. However, sellers are not required to check a buyer’s ID to verify age. Kirkland’s legislation would require identification be presented every time ammunition is purchased, helping to eliminate illegal sales. “Protecting our communities from the horrific impact of gun violence is extremely important to me,” Kirkland said. “From Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas High School, we too often grieve the loss of precious life taken by those who should not have access to firearms and ammunition. “Sadly, young people, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, face significantly higher-than-average risks of being a victim of gun-related homicide. We can – and we must – do everything in our power to curtail this epidemic, and this legislation is just one step of many necessary to take on this issue.” Kirkland said that photo ID is required to purchase alcohol, allergy medicine, lottery tickets and other items, so it is reasonable to require identification for purchasing the element that makes a firearm lethal. He said that his legislation would serve as reasonable reform to save lives without infringing Read more

 

Kirkland announces over $385,000 in grants for Chester-Upland School District

(Aug 30, 2018)

CHESTER, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced today that the Chester-Upland School District received $385,884 in Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) grants to improve schools. Read more

 

Grower permit for local medical marijuana producer will bring jobs to region

(Aug 09, 2018)

CHESTER, Aug. 9 – Agri-Kind LLC, a Chester County-based medical marijuana business, has been issued a grower permit by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration as part of Phase II of the state’s Medical Marijuana program, according to state Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware. “This is an exciting opportunity for Agri-Kind to bring new jobs and increased spending to our area,” Kirkland said. “Agri-Kind will also play an important role in expanding access to medical marijuana for qualified residents who want to purchase their medicine closer to home.” Phase I of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program built a framework to give Pennsylvanians suffering from one of 21 serious medical conditions access to medical marijuana. Phase II will expand the program to ensure that more patients have options in their own towns. Wolf signed the program into law April 17, 2016. Since then, more than 30,000 Pennsylvanians have received their identification cards and are eligible to purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. Those interested can visit www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov for more information about the Medical Marijuana program. Read more

 

Kirkland announces Across-Colors Cultural Festival in Chester on Aug. 4

(Jul 24, 2018)

CHESTER, July 24 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will host an Across-Colors Cultural Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 in Chester Park, Edgemont and Elkington Avenue. Families and residents are welcome to enjoy musical entertainment, games for all ages, a moon bounce, swimming and more. The festival will include gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues acts, cultural dances, and a host of other performances. Kirkland’s legislative staff also will be on hand to provide assistance with constituent services. “Come enjoy a day of music and fun with your neighbors and local elected officials as we celebrate the music and cultures in our area,” Kirkland said. “I’m happy to be able to bring fun events like this one to our community, while also making sure our constituent services are more accessible and convenient.” For more information, those interested can call Kirkland’s office at (610) 876-6420 . Read more

 

Kirkland to hold health fair at Chester Senior Fair on July 31

(Jul 16, 2018)

CHESTER, July 16 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will hold a health fair, encouraging seniors and families to learn more about a healthy lifestyle from noon to 2 p.m. July 31. The event will take place at Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St. The event will be held rain or shine. “Join your neighbors, family, local officials and experts for yoga, Zumba, Chinese medicine and cooking demonstrations during this fun event for the entire family,” Kirkland said. Valuable information will be provided by Pennsylvania health insurers. For more information, those interested can call Kirkland’s office at (610) 876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland congratulates Marcus Hook Preservation Society on state grant

(Jun 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission approved an $80,000 matching-fund grant today for the Marcus Hook Preservation Society, state Rep. Brian Kirkland announced today. The grant will help fund the second phase of a four-phase project to restore the 1730 Marcus Hook Plank House to its 1750 period, the date of the rear kitchen addition. Phase 1 saw the restoration of the mortise-and-tenon roof framing system, new wood shingle roofing and chimney restoration. Phase 2 also will complete the restoration of the building envelope, including demolition of a late 20th-century addition. “I’m so pleased that the Marcus Hook Preservation Society was able to secure this competitive state grant,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “The Plank House means so much to Marcus Hook’s historical identity. Due in part to the heavy role that Marcus Hook played in Revolutionary War naval battles, it is the only pre-Revolutionary War structure we have left to help tell our story. “Congratulations to the society. We all look forward to the restoration being complete.” The Marcus Hook Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization formed in 2004 to preserve the history of the Borough of Marcus Hook through educational programming, events and community involvement. The group owns the Marcus Hook Plank House, is in the process of renovating it and has sponsored archaeological digs on its grounds. Read more

 

Kirkland announces Family Fun Day in Trainer for June 9

(May 23, 2018)

CHESTER, May 23 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will host Family Fun Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Henry Johnson Park, Henry Johnson Parkway, Trainer. Families are welcome to enjoy basketball and football, raffle and games, a DJ, face painting, a moon bounce and more. Kirkland’s staff will be on hand to provide constituent services, as well. “Come out and meet your neighbors, meet with local and state officials, and have fun,” Kirkland said. “It’s a pleasure bringing this yearly event to the community.” For more information, those interested can call 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland announces Job, Career & Education Fair for June 8

(May 23, 2018)

CHESTER, May 23 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland will host his Job, Career & Education Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 in St. Luke’s Church, 320 Tilghman St. Employers will include Penn Home Health, Child Care Career, JobCorps, Harrah Casino, Elwyn Corrections Department, Murphy Ford, Community Action Agency and more. Schools in attendance will include Harcum College, Delaware County Community College, Cheyney University, Lincoln University, Delaware County Practical Nursing, All-State Career School and more. Participants will be offered resume help and light refreshments as well. Professional attire is encouraged but not mandatory. Thirty participants will receive complimentary interview suiting. For more information, those interested can contact Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420. Read more

 

Kirkland announces grant for Chester Security Initiative

(Apr 26, 2018)

CHESTER, April 26 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that the City of Chester was awarded a $240,000 grant to be used for the Chester Security Initiative Project. The Keystone Communities Program grant, awarded through the Department of Community and Economic Development, will be used for the purchase and installation of surveillance cameras and other associated costs. “These cameras will enhance safety and security in our community and give residents better peace of mind. I’m glad that the state awarded this grant to help improve quality of life in Chester,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. The Keystone Communities Program is designed to encourage the creation of public-private partnerships that support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities, social and economic diversity and a strong and secure quality of life. Read more

 

Kirkland announces $21,863 grant for Chester Senior Center

(Apr 24, 2018)

CHESTER, April 24 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced today a $21,863 state grant for Senior Community Services' Chester Senior Center. The grant, which will go toward renovations and improvements throughout the senior center, comes from Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds. “With many worthy senior programs and homes across the commonwealth to choose from, Chester Senior Center’s selection for this competitive grant reflects highly on its skilled management,” Kirkland said. “Congratulations are in order, and I look forward to helping bring more state investment for seniors in Chester.” Chester Senior Center was one of 41 senior centers throughout the commonwealth to receive a Department of Aging 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grant. Total investment across the state this round totals $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Read more

 

Beware of student aid scams targeting unsuspecting students and their families

(Apr 05, 2018)

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is warning students and their families to be wary of financial aid scams that could expose them to significant financial loss and identity theft. In one recent example, scammers were fraudulently representing themselves as PHEAA employees in order to collect personal information by claiming that a student had “won” a PA State Grant award. The PA State Grant Program is funded by the Commonwealth and administered by PHEAA. PA State Grant awards are determined by a student’s financial need and can never be offered up as a prize - nor can anyone be promised or guaranteed to receive an award. Submitting an application is completely free and easily accessible, as are the other services provided by PHEAA in support of Pennsylvania students. The most effective way to avoid becoming the victim of a scam is to be alert and vigilant when asked by anyone to provide any form of personal information or when engaging in financial transactions. Recent scams include: Student loan payback scams - Companies or individuals claim to help reduce or eliminate student debt in exchange for money. However, many of these offers are fraudulent, while others are unnecessary and should be avoided when no-cost assistance is available from your loan servicer and other government resources. Tuition scams - These involve someone claiming to work for your school's administrative office. They call to warn that Read more

 

PLBC Scholarships available for minority students

(Mar 05, 2018)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, April 30. Students applying for the $1,000 scholarships must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit http://pahouse.com/PLBC/Scholarships . Read more

 

Kirkland announces funding for stormwater project in Chester

(Jan 31, 2018)

CHESTER, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that the Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester was approved for a $4.8 million low-interest loan to upgrade infrastructure. The loan was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest) on Wednesday. The Stormwater Authority will use the funds for a project that aims to make improvements in a sewer area that is subject to flooding and overflows from excessive runoff and lack of capacity in the conveyance and storage system. The work includes construction of four bio-retention cells, which help remove contaminants from stormwater runoff, 7,250 square feet of permeable pavement, establishment of a storm drain catch basin retrofit project program and 70 storm sewer inlets. “Infrastructure work like this is necessary to keep our communities running,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “This project will help improve water quality in our local waterways, and the work is estimated to create 75 jobs. I’m pleased that the Pennvest board saw fit to award this funding.” Pennvest serves Pennsylvania communities by funding sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and residents’ health, as well as provide jobs and opportunities for economic growth. Read more

 

Kirkland announces state grants for local projects

(Dec 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced Friday that several local projects were awarded state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants. A $6 million grant was awarded for the Jericho 1.0 project in Chester City. The project would modernize the mill and convert co-generation of electricity from coal-based to natural gas-based. Marcus Hook Borough was awarded $500,000 for improvements to the Delaware River Fishing Pier. The project will address structural repairs at the pier, which was labeled in serious condition because of deterioration of timber piles. And $500,000 was awarded for the Monroe Energy West Side Project, which includes mandated improvements and infrastructure at the Monroe Refinery to enable Monroe to reduce sulfur in its refined gasoline. “These are all valuable projects that will provide necessary work in our community,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m glad that the state was able to provide funding for these projects.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. Read more

 

Kirkland announces Neighborhood Assistance Program awards

(Dec 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced Wednesday that tax credits were approved to support three local community investment projects. The local projects were included in $17.9 million in tax credits to support 125 community projects through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, which is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. NAP provides tax credits to enable businesses and community organizations to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support conservation efforts. The local awardees are: The Boys and Girls Club of Chester – $11,000 in tax credits to support its Youth Achievement program that addresses social, educational and employment barriers for at-risk teens in Chester; Philabundance – $515,000 tax credit to support work aimed at reducing hunger in five counties, including Delaware County; Chester Community Improvement Project – $15,000 tax credit to support a blight elimination initiative in the 500 to 700 blocks of East 23 rd Street in Chester. “These are meaningful projects that will help to improve our community,” said Kirkland, D-Delaware. “I’m pleased that Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration have been able to approve these tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in this work and help strengthen our neighborhoods.” Read more

 

Kirkland announces $150,000 grant for Washington Park renovation

(Nov 14, 2017)

State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced today that the Chester Economic Development Authority will receive a $150,000 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to renovate Washington Park. Read more

 

Chester set to receive portion of $500K in secured funds

(Nov 01, 2017)

CHESTER, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced that the city of Chester, along with other areas in Delaware County, will benefit from $500K in state money to combat gun violence and expand the Delaware County Gun Violence Task Force. Chester has recently been plagued with an increase in homicides, mostly due to gun violence, as reported by the Delaware County District Attorney’s office. The district attorney’s office has enforced sentencing illegal gun suppliers with a mandatory minimum of five to 10 years in prison. Kirkland said that he has supported the development of the Delaware County Gun Violence Task Force, which came together this year to combat area gun violence. Local council members, community leaders, members of the Delaware County District Attorney’s office, Chester’s mayor’s office and other law enforcement officials met to discuss how to reduce the incidents of gun violence and the source of the crimes being committed. The funds secured will be used to expand the anti-gun violence task force with the addition of special agents and independently funding other law enforcement personnel. For more information about this initiative or for help with state-related issues, please call Kirkland’s office at 610-876-6420 or email Malcolm Yates at myates@pahouse.com . Read more