WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 25): Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving

(Nov 25, 2020)

Last Friday marked the last voting day of our 2019-2020 legislative session. The House and Senate passed a supplemental state budget that covers the remainder of our fiscal year, December 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 20): Latest COVID-19 guidelines

(Nov 20, 2020)

This week, as Pennsylvania broke records for single-day increases in new COVID cases nearly every day, the PA Department of Health announced targeted mitigation efforts to protect our public health without shutting down our economy... Read more

 

Otten: $176K in Safe Schools grants awarded

(Nov 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, today announced that six schools educating students throughout her legislative district received Safe School grants. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awards the competitive grants to prevent and reduce violent incidents, to purchase safety and security-related equipment and to provide for training and compensation of school resource and police officers. The following schools received grants to purchase security-related equipment and technology: Owen J Roberts: $21,960. Coatesville Area School District: $25,000. Downingtown Area School District: $25,000. Spring-Ford Area School District: $24,354. IU 24 - Pope John Paul II: $20,937. IU 24 - Windsor Christian Academy: $19,693. Additionally, Spring-Ford Area School District received a $40,000 grant to enhance school security, including costs associated with the training and compensation of school police officers. “While this school year has been like no other, our school administrators are still working and planning to create school environments that are safe in every way,” Otten said. “These targeted grants allow our schools to determine their own areas of need and apply for the specific grants that best help them ensure that students, faculty and staff remain and feel safe while they learn and work.” A full list of grant recipients Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 13): Historical House leadership election, open enrollment with Pennie + COVID-19 news

(Nov 13, 2020)

With the election behind us and every state House seat decided, my colleagues and I went to Harrisburg this week to elect new caucus leadership. These positions are very important in deciding an agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Read more

 

Chester library system receives $387,500 award from PA Dept. of Education

(Nov 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – Pennsylvania House Democrats from Chester County said that they congratulate the Chester County Library System on $387,500 in state funding it’s been awarded to rehabilitate, improve and grow services across the county. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Keystone Library program, which is funded by a portion of the realty transfer tax, grants libraries across the commonwealth up to 50% of the cost of upgrade or rehabilitation projects. The Chester County Library System was granted funding today, among 18 projects approved across the commonwealth. Among other improvements, CCLS will be improving entry and exit access for visitors as well as workspace and service desks for patrons. "Prior to the pandemic, our Chester County libraries served as a home and a lifeline for learning, internet access and educational programs for adults and families,” state Rep. Carolyn Comitta said. “Now more than ever, our libraries need our continued support for their programs and to adapt to the changes of the pandemic. “This grant award will directly improve the library experience for residents and allow libraries to continue to serve as a vital resource in our communities,” she added. “I was honored to be recognized as the 2020 Elected Official of the Year by the PA Library Association. I will continue to advocate and be a champion for our public libraries." “Throughout this pandemic, Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 6): Election & COVID-19 Updates

(Nov 06, 2020)

What a week! With Election Day behind us, I would like to thank everyone who made time to vote, either in-person or by mail-in ballot. Chester County’s voter turnout exceeded 80 percent! Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 30): Vote on Tuesday or drop off your mail-in ballot ASAP

(Oct 30, 2020)

With Election Day just a few days away, I hope that you have already made your plans to vote or voted early. If you have not voted yet, here are some helpful reminders to make sure that your voice is heard and counted: Read more

 

Public Comment on Sunoco’s HDD Reevaluation Report for Biddle Drive/Devon Drive/Shoen Road Crossing

(Oct 23, 2020)

I write to submit my comments to the public record on Sunoco LP/Energy Transfer’s Horizontal Directional Drilling Analysis for the installation of a 20” pipeline at HDD S3-03-0360 - Biddle Crossing. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 23): Legislative Update and Election information

(Oct 23, 2020)

This week in Harrisburg my colleagues and I participated in our last scheduled voting session of the year. On Wednesday, we passed two pieces of bipartisan legislation improving access to and coverage for mental health treatment, which I was proud to cosponsor. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 16): Resources for seniors & important election info

(Oct 16, 2020)

I hope all is well and everyone is staying safe! As we enter the fall and winter months, we are preparing for flu season while we continue to face the challenges of this global pandemic. Read more

 

Fall/Winter 2020 Senior Resources 

(Oct 16, 2020)

Back in April, my staff and I created a list of resources to help connect seniors and their families with the services they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage you to refer to that list for important information about our State and County Departments of Aging, as well as resources for seniors in need of meals, economic assistance, and more. The list below contains additional resources and suggestions to help seniors stay safe and beat boredom and isolation in the coming fall and winter months. If you have suggestions for the list, please contact my office at repotten@pahouse.net . COVID AND FLU RESOURCES Nasal Swab COVID-19 Testing Chester County offers nasal swab diagnostic tests for individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and live or work in Chester County. Testing is offered at multiple sites, and registration is required. Visit the county website for registration and an up-to-date weekly schedule of dates, times, and locations. Free Flu Shots The single most effective protection against the flu is getting a flu vaccine. It is recommended that everyone aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. The flu and COVID-19 have many similar symptoms (cough, Read more

 

Otten, Shusterman announce $428K Recreation and Conservation grant

(Oct 15, 2020)

ROYERSFORD, Oct. 15 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Melissa Shusterman today announced that Royersford secured a $428,000 Recreation and Conservation grant to rehabilitate an area trail. Funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and will go toward increasing ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements on the Royersford Trestle Bridge. “I’m glad to see this project gaining more momentum,” Shusterman said. “Restoring this trail creates a great outdoor recreation opportunity for community members, and I’m pleased that this funding will help everyone of all abilities utilize it.” “Restoring the Royersford Trestle Bridge will make pedestrian and bicycle travel a safe, easy and appealing option between Royersford and the Borough of Spring City, just across the Schuylkill River,” Otten said. “This expands opportunities for business and community while providing us with a new way to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Strengthening ADA access ensures that all residents will be able to benefit from this project.” The investments are among 41 grants supported by the Keystone and Environmental Stewardship funds, ATV and Snowmobile restricted accounts and federal Pennsylvania Recreational Trails funds awarded statewide, totaling approximately $7.6 million for trail projects including planning, construction and rehabilitation, as Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 9): "Pennie" replacing healthcare.gov for Pennsylvanians

(Oct 09, 2020)

With so much happening in the world these past few weeks, I want to make sure this piece of good news for Pennsylvania families doesn’t get lost in the shuffle: Last month, Pennsylvania announced the launch of its new state-based health insurance marketplace, "Pennie." Read more

 

Otten: $109,300 grant awarded to expand Marsh Creek State Park

(Oct 08, 2020)

UPPER UWCHLAN TOWNSHIP, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, announced today that a $109,300 state conservation grant was awarded to expand Marsh Creek State Park. The grant, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, was awarded to Natural Lands Trust toward the acquisition of approximately 2.7 acres in Upper Uwchlan Township to be added to the park. “Marsh Creek State Park connects people to the outdoors and adds tremendous quality of life to the region,” Otten said. “I appreciate the administration working with my office to see the value in an investment here, and I look forward to helping direct more state dollars to the 155 th Legislative District.” Otten also passed legislation in the House in 2019 adding land for trails, wetlands and wildlife habitat for Marsh Creek State Park. DCNR grants help communities and nonprofit organizations in Chester County and across Pennsylvania acquire land for public parks and open space to be enjoyed by all for generations to come. DCNR supports land conservation and acquisition through several methods, including: The acquisition of lands that are added to state parks, state forests and state game lands. Grant funding assistance for acquisition of trail corridors, recreations areas, greenways, critical habitat and other open space by local government or nonprofit organizations. Grant funding Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 2): Protecting your right to vote

(Oct 02, 2020)

Last week, I shared information about safe, secure, and legal options for casting your vote in the General Election. This week, my office has received calls and emails from dozens of constituents concerned about HR1032 and attempts to interfere with the election. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 25): Important: Don't miss this step when voting by mail!

(Sep 25, 2020)

This week, our Chester County Commissioners shared some important updates about the November 3 general election and the measures the County is taking to ensure that this election is held safely, securely, and efficiently. Read more

 

Otten announces $366K in outdoor recreation and conservation grants

(Sep 24, 2020)

EAST PIKELAND, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten, D-Chester, today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded $366,725 in grants to three communities in her legislative district. Details of grant recipients and projects are as follows: East Pikeland Township: $192,000 toward constructing a dog park, pedestrian walkway, pavilions, parking area, a community garden and fencing, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements to Township Park. East Brandywine Township: $61,725 toward creating a parking area and horticultural garden, improving ADA access, enhancing landscaping and related site improvements to Bondsville Mill Park. West Vincent Township: $113,000 awarded to Natural Lands Trust Inc., toward building a pedestrian bridge and boardwalk, improved ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements to Bryn Coed Preserve. “Upgrading our area’s parks helps to create a stronger sense of community and safely bring people together,” Otten said. “I’m proud to help bring this funding home, and I look forward to seeing these projects benefit residents of all ages. I applaud our local communities’ proactive efforts to promote outdoor recreation and create public spaces that enhance the quality of life for our neighbors.” The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 21): COVID-19 Cases on the Rise as School Starts

(Sep 21, 2020)

Recently I’ve received a lot of questions from friends, neighbors, and constituents about the COVID-19 situation in Chester County and what it means for our schools. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 11): Patriot Day, Marsh Creek Update and COVID-19 Resources

(Sep 11, 2020)

Today, I visited southern Chester County, in the nearby district of Rep. Christina Sappey, along with our neighboring legislator Rep. Dan Williams. We gathered to honor a group of brave men from our three legislative districts who came together during a flash flood just weeks ago to save a family that was swept away in their car by a rising creek. Read more

 

Summer 2020 6-page newsletter

(Sep 04, 2020)

Rep. Otten's September 2020 newsletter highlighting a pipeline/environmental update, grants awarded to the district, voting by mail and more. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 25): Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 20): Latest COVID-19 guidelines
Nov 20, 2020

Otten: $176K in Safe Schools grants awarded
Nov 16, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 13): Historical House leadership election, open enrollment with Pennie + COVID-19 news
Nov 13, 2020

Chester library system receives $387,500 award from PA Dept. of Education
Nov 12, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Nov. 6): Election & COVID-19 Updates
Nov 06, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 30): Vote on Tuesday or drop off your mail-in ballot ASAP
Oct 30, 2020

Public Comment on Sunoco’s HDD Reevaluation Report for Biddle Drive/Devon Drive/Shoen Road Crossing
Oct 23, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 23): Legislative Update and Election information
Oct 23, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 16): Resources for seniors & important election info
Oct 16, 2020

Fall/Winter 2020 Senior Resources 
Oct 16, 2020

Otten, Shusterman announce $428K Recreation and Conservation grant
Oct 15, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (OCT. 9): "Pennie" replacing healthcare.gov for Pennsylvanians
Oct 09, 2020

Otten: $109,300 grant awarded to expand Marsh Creek State Park
Oct 08, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 2): Protecting your right to vote
Oct 02, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 25): Important: Don't miss this step when voting by mail!
Sep 25, 2020

Otten announces $366K in outdoor recreation and conservation grants
Sep 24, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 21): COVID-19 Cases on the Rise as School Starts
Sep 21, 2020

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Sept. 11): Patriot Day, Marsh Creek Update and COVID-19 Resources
Sep 11, 2020

Summer 2020 6-page newsletter
Sep 04, 2020