Upcoming Events

I have some community news and alerts to share:
 
  • The first case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania this year was detected in a Philadelphia resident.
  • Camp William Penn and Historic La Mott Day will be THIS Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Camp William Penn Gate, 7322 Sycamore Ave., La Mott, PA 19027.
  • PennDOT representatives will attend the Cheltenham Public Works meeting on October 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall (1250 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095) to discuss the Church Road/Greenwood Avenue improvement project.
  • Get your questions answered and your documents checked at my REAL ID Event on Thursday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Curtis Hall, 1250 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095.
  • The PA House Democrats Montgomery County Delegation is sponsoring a Montgomery County Legislative Summit from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at the Science Center Theater at Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, Whitpain Township, PA 19422. 
 
First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2019 Discovered in Our Area
 
The Department of Environmental Protection reported yesterday that Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2019 has been detected in a Philadelphia resident.

Samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation, and in the meantime, the Departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly suggest all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.
 
Detected by the DEP in 32 counties, the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active at dawn and dusk and breed in areas with stagnant water such as urban catch basins, clogged gutters, discarded tires, poorly maintained swimming pools, flower pots and other plastic containers. Avoid bites by using DEET-containing insect repellants and covering exposed skin with lightweight clothing. To eliminate standing water around your home:
 
  • Remove tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, discarded tires or any object that could collect standing water. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
  • Have roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Do not let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
  • Treat standing water that cannot be eliminated with Bti products which are sold at outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. Bti is a natural product that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

For a fact sheet on WNV, including symptoms, please click on the Department of Health’s West Nile Virus Fact Sheet. For more information, including current WNV test results for mosquitoes, birds and horses, visit www.dep.pa.gov/westnile, or call 1-877-PA HEALTH.
 
Celebrate Camp William Penn and Historic La Mott Day THIS Saturday
 
Camp William Penn, located in what is now La Mott, was the first and largest federal training site for soldiers of color during the Civil War. Celebrate the storied history right here in our community THIS Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Camp William Penn and Historic La Mott Day, featuring camp reenactors and living history demonstrations, including ammunition-making and soldier pastimes such as baseball and dominoes. The festivities will begin at the Camp William Penn Gate, 7322 Sycamore Ave., La Mott, PA 19027.  I hope to see you there!
 
Representatives from PennDOT will attend the Cheltenham Township Public Works meeting on Wednesday, October 2 to discuss the Church Road/Greenwood Avenue improvement project
 
PennDOT Consultant Project Manager Curt Venditti, P.E., and other representatives will attend the Cheltenham Township Public Works meeting on October 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall (1250 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095) to discuss the Church Road, Greenwood Avenue Improvement project. Bring your questions and concerns.
Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Curt Venditti, P.E., PennDOT Consultant Project Manager, at either 610-212-4756 or  c-cvenditti@pa.gov or Ryan Binder, P.E. at 215-209-1212 or Ryan.Binder@wsp.com.
 
Learn More about REAL ID — and Save Time at the DMV

Not certain whether your documents will pass muster with the DMV? Unsure whether you even need a REAL ID? Come to my REAL ID event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 3 at Curtis Hall, 1250 W. Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. A PennDOT expert will be on hand to explain what the REAL ID is, whether you need one and what is required to get one. The PennDOT expert will also check your identifying documents and alert you to any problems. RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Please call 215-572-5210 or email RepMcCarter@PAHouse.net to RSVP and to receive a list of documents you should bring with you to the event.
 
Have a Conversation with a Local Legislator at the Montgomery County Legislative Summit
 
The PA House Democrats Montgomery County Delegation is sponsoring a Montgomery County Legislative Summit from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, October 7 at the Science Center Theater at Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, Whitpain Township, PA 19422. The summit is open to the public and will include a discussion of current legislative priorities and initiatives to improve quality of life in Montgomery County. You can also join small group conversations with legislative leaders on the topics that matter most to you. I hope to see you there!
 
If you have questions about any of these events — or any state-government-related matter — don’t hesitate to call (215) 572-5210 or email RepMcCarter@PAHouse.net.

I hope to see you at one or more of these events!