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McClinton to co-host weekly radio program

(Mar 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will co-host a weekly radio program from 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday on radio station WTTM, 1680 AM. The program, entitled "Voices from the Inside," will focus on the state's prison system and reducing crime. McClinton will be joined by co-hosts state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Esteban Cabrera and author Hugh Taft-Morales. "I am excited to have this opportunity to discuss our criminal justice system," McClinton said. "This new program will offer a voice to those currently incarcerated and will promote the sharing of ideas between prisoners and us on the outside. Thanks to Rep. Acosta, who developed the idea and invited me to participate in such a meaningful program. "By meeting those currently in prison, I hope that the listeners will understand the need for changes and improvements in our current system. We need to establish more humane methods to house our prisoners and work with them so they can be rehabilitated and can return to society and contribute. We waste so much money incarcerating those who have committed minor offenses and by locking them up for extended periods of time, we make it harder for them to blend back in to society and hold a meaningful job. "Additionally, we will be discussing community programs which may reduce violence and crime." The program will air live at 11 a.m. every Thursday on 1680 AM, and it can also Read more

 

Rep.-elect Cephas announces $300,000 secured for Carroll Park revitalization project

(Dec 15, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 15 – State Rep.-elect Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced today that a state Community Conservation Partnership Program grant has been secured for the revitalization of Carroll Park, which is part of the 192 nd Legislative District Carroll Park community. The $300,000 grant, awarded to Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation will be used to restore the park’s historic water fountain and play area, upgrade the children’s playground equipment, create an interactive spray ground system with matting and new benches, increase signage at the entrance of the park and improve lighting and greening space to create a safe environment. "Carroll Park serves as a central point and gathering place for families throughout the Carroll Park Neighborhood and I couldn't be happier that this funding is going to help transform the park into a multigenerational space that will be able to hold events, allow for exercise opportunities and active play," said Cephas. "Oftentimes, families aren’t able to afford vacations outside of the city, which forces us to transform our area parks and recreation centers into ‘staycations’ and destinations that offer a similar experience." Cephas added the need for the redevelopment project for the community was also identified through the efforts of the Carroll Park Neighbors Advisory Council in conjunction with Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Read more

 

Bizzarro: $13,598 to Erie Child Advocacy Center

(Dec 15, 2016)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, has announced that the Erie Child Advocacy Center will receive a $13,598 grant to ensure that victims of child sexual abuse are getting the services they need. Bizzarro, a former victim witness coordinator and advocate for the Erie County District Attorney’s office, said he has always supported child advocacy centers in the state, especially by voting for Act 28 of 2014 to expand access to child advocacy centers and increase their availability to serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse. “Having worked in the profession in the past, this topic is near and dear to my heart,” Bizzarro said. “We must help the children and adults who have suffered in the hands of abusers who now need further assistance and in Erie we will have that additional help.” The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has approved more than $1.3 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund. Grants were approved for 36 different organizations throughout the state that assist victims of child sexual abuse, including Erie. Over $700,000 will be distributed to 15 service organizations that provide direct services to child abuse victims. Nearly $1 million will be distributed to 21 Child Advocacy Centers to enhance services, including increasing the number of medical examinations and counseling services and to develop satellites in underserved areas. Bizzarro said The Endowment Act directs the PCCD Read more

 

Warren announces resignation from Newtown Borough Council

(Dec 14, 2016)

In light of his election to the position of state representative for the 31st Legislative District, Newtown Borough Councilman and state Rep.-elect Perry Warren announced last night at the final Newtown Borough Council meeting of 2016 that he will resign from his position on Newtown Borough Council as of Dec. 31, 2016. Read more

 

Cruz applauds new center promoting arts & culture in the Latino community

(Dec 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said he is proud to have assisted in obtaining funding for the construction and opening of a new facility to further promote Latino culture in Philadelphia. Taller Puertorriqueno Inc. was founded in 1974 as a community-based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture. The organization celebrated the grand opening of its new home on Dec. 7. Cruz said he was honored to work with Dr. Carmen Febo, executor director and CEO of Taller Puertorriqueno, to acquire two separate grants of $2.5 million each to go toward the construction of the new building. "The work that Taller Puertorriqueno does to promote Latino culture throughout our city is invaluable in enriching our personal experiences and the experiences of all Philadelphians," Cruz said. "I look forward to what the future holds in the city for this organization and the Latino community as a whole." Cruz noted that Taller is the largest Latino arts organization in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Warren issues statement on 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

(Dec 14, 2016)

Calling it a tragedy that needs to be remembered and learned from, state Rep.-elect Perry Warren issued the following statement on the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting: “Today is the four-year anniversary of the senseless shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-eight people died that day, including 20 elementary schoolchildren, six staff members and the shooter and his mother. Read more

 

Solomon opens office in the 202nd Legislative District

(Dec 14, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14 – State Rep.-elect Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced that his constituent service office for residents of the 202 nd Legislative District opened Dec. 1 and is ready to serve his constituents. The hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, and by appointment at 7012 Castor Ave., Philadelphia, 19149. The number is 215-342-6340. “My staff and I want to make government work for our constituents. We’ve set office hours that allow them to come visit us at their convenience,” Solomon said. “We were grateful to outgoing Representative Mark Cohen for his help in paving a smooth transition, allowing my staff and me to hit the ground running on December 1. “It is also great that we were able to keep the district office in a location that is familiar to the constituents of the 202 nd Legislative District here on Castor Avenue, which is such an important commercial corridor for our community.” Solomon will be sworn-in Tuesday, Jan. 3. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline approaching

(Dec 14, 2016)

State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, reminded constituents today that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is approaching on Dec. 31. Read more

 

Davidson to host annual Eggnog Sip on Dec. 27 featuring dozens of state, related services

(Dec 14, 2016)

UPPER DARBY, Dec. 14 – State Rep. Margo Davidson will host her seventh annual Eggnog Sip from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at her district office in the Barclay Square Shopping Center at 1500 Garrett Road. The event, which is free and will feature refreshments including eggnog, will highlight district-office constituent services. Those services include information on property tax rebates, unclaimed property, home heating aid and more. The event also will feature the Independence Blue Cross Affordable Care Act bus, which will provide on-site information and a sign-up for a variety of health care options available to you. “It’s a great opportunity for neighbors in the district to meet one other and enjoy refreshments while having access to a full range of beneficial services during this annual community holiday gathering,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. Staff also will be collecting children’s hats, gloves and scarves. Items will be donated to the Upper Darby-Drexel Hill Ministerium to distribute to children who need them. For more information, those interested can contact 610-259-7016 or email arichard@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Miller: Area leaders, groups flocking to Dec. 18 Unity Rally in Mt. Lebanon

(Dec 13, 2016)

State Rep. Dan Miller reports that over three dozen community organizations, groups and leaders have signed on to partner in a Unity Rally at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Mt. Lebanon Rec Center Plaza at 900 Cedar Blvd. Read more

 

Petrarca: Avonmore, Derry Township recipients of state grant funding

(Dec 13, 2016)

VANDERGRIFT, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today that state grants have been awarded to Derry Township and Avonmore from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program. Derry Township Municipal Authority received $474,000 to develop 4.7 miles of trail from Keystone State Park to New Alexandria Borough. Avonmore received $10,000 to help with a structured community planning effort to rehabilitate and further develop the 10-acre Pasternak Recreational Area. "Green space and recreation opportunities can contribute to a happier quality of life, and these grants will help area communities enhance those prospects for their residents," said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. The work at Pasternak Recreational Area will include site development, the construction drawings and budget, and bid packet. In addition to construction of the Loyalhanna Trail, the funding will cover Americans with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. The state's Community Conservation Partnerships Program is administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It uses funding from a variety of state sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key ’93); the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act (Growing Greener); the Act 68 Snowmobile and ATV Trails Fund; the federal Land and Water Read more

 

Burns proposes scholarship program for fire company, ambulance service

(Dec 13, 2016)

EBENSBURG, Dec. 13 – Seeking to reward those working the front lines of emergency services, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, wants the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency to award scholarships to fire company, ambulance service and rescue squad volunteers. Burns is seeking co-sponsors for his proposed Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship Act, which would authorize PHEAA to award the scholarships to eligible active members of the aforementioned groups. "We all know about the shortage of volunteers, particularly for fire departments, and this is one practical way to provide an inducement to undertake community service," Burns said. "Many of our smaller communities – where people pay their share of state taxes – can’t afford to pay for these services and thus rely on volunteers. Offering them scholarships through PHEAA is a novel and effective way to keep these services staffed." Burns said under his upcoming bill, applicants would be required to be a member of a volunteer organization for at least six months and maintain active volunteer status, have graduated from high school or have received a high school equivalency diploma. They would also have to enroll in a degree-producing curriculum at an institution of higher education within a 50-mile radius of the volunteer organization (or if none exists, the next-closest institution), be a legal resident of the commonwealth, maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point Read more

 

Schweyer proposal would fund unemployment compensation centers

(Dec 12, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 – In an effort to limit the length of the imminent shutdown for unemployment compensation service centers in Allentown, Altoona and Lancaster, state Rep. Peter Schweyer plans to reintroduce legislation that would extend program funding for one year. Read more

 

South Abington outreach Dec. 21 for Flynn

(Dec 12, 2016)

SCRANTON, Dec. 12 – A staffer from state Rep. Marty Flynn's office will provide outreach assistance next week in South Abington Township. Read more

 

DeLissio announces $1.76M in state grants for area bike, pedestrian projects

(Dec 09, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., today announced the approval of a $1.21 million Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) grant to improve Manayunk’s Main Street pedestrian walkway and another $550,000 CFA grant for river trail improvements in Lower Merion Twp. The Manayunk Development Corporation and Manayunk Special Services District will use the money to buy and install pedestrian-scale street lighting and LED luminaires to improve safety at eight pedestrian crossings between Shurs and Green lanes. “The added street lighting will assist in providing greater visibility and ease when strolling and crossing the streets of Manayunk, particularly where there may not be a traffic signal,” DeLissio said. “The lighting is expected to help the district become more pedestrian and cycling friendly. “These improvements will enhance the Manayunk Street Corridor section of Philadelphia, heightening its safety and vibrancy, and encourage pedestrian traffic to frequent this long established and welcoming business corridor.” In Lower Merion Twp., Penn Real Estate Group will use this grant to further the Pencoyd Landing Redevelopment Project by developing a public-use walking and biking trail along the Schuylkill River in Lower Merion Twp., Montgomery County. These plans also call for repairing and renovating a deteriorated river wall for safety measures and beautification. “This Read more

 

Schlossberg applauds House Transportation Committee’s vote to strengthen rear-facing child seat measure

(Dec 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – The House Transportation Committee today amended and reported out a bill, authored by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, to strengthen provisions intended to keep infants safe while traveling in a vehicle. "On Monday, at a public hearing held by the House Transportation Committee, I was pleased to see wide, bipartisan support for efforts to improve child safety in Pennsylvania," Schlossberg said. "After a productive and frank discussion, it was clear that there was sufficient support to strengthen my bill by amending it to offer even better protections for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. I fully support that effort." House Bill 1551, which originally would have required children younger than 1 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, was amended by the committee to require children to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while in a vehicle until age 2 unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer’s specification of the car seat in use. Schlossberg noted that this change to his bill follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. During the House Transportation public hearing, Ted Leonard, executive director of the Pennsylvania AAA Federation, voiced AAA’s support for efforts to enhance the requirement to secure children under age 2 in rear-facing car seats or until that child reaches the maximum height and weight for the car seat as noted by the manufacturer. "As a father of two young children, I find it hard to belie Read more

 

Fitzgerald opens office in the 203rd Legislative District

(Dec 08, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 – State Rep.-elect Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., announced that her constituent services office for residents of the 203rd Legislative District is now open. The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located at 7178 Ogontz Ave. The number is 215-549-0220. “The office is in a location that many people may be familiar with,” Fitzgerald said. “My staff and I look forward to serving the constituents of the district with any state-related issue they may have.” Fitzgerald will be sworn-in Tuesday, Jan. 3. Read more

 

Gold, Blue Star Moms team with Wreaths Across America to honor veterans

(Dec 08, 2016)

TEMPLE, Dec. 8 – The Central Pennsylvania Chapters of the Gold Star Mothers of America and the Blue Star Mothers of America will partner with the national Wreaths Across America organization for the annual wreath-laying ceremony at noon Saturday at the Capitol in Harrisburg, said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, who will participate in the ceremony. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony. Its mission, “Remember, Honor, Teach,” is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies each December in all 50 state capitols. The keynote speaker will be Col. David E. Wood, chief of staff of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division. John Brenner, chairman of the Pennsylvania State Veterans Commission, also will speak. State Rep. Stephen Barrar, Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, will preside over the ceremony. Individual wreaths, signifying every branch of the armed services, will be formally presented by respective representatives of the military in addition to the remembrance wreath. The ceremonial wreaths are provided by the Worcester Wreath Co. as a donation to the Wreaths Across America campaign. Staff Sgt. Ian Bowling of the U.S. Army Soldiers' Chorus and the Central Dauphin High School choir, under the direction of John Madas, will perform at the ceremony. Read more

 

McClinton: Hundreds attend Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo

(Dec 08, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 -- State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted her second annual Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo on Dec. 6 at Motivation High School. McClinton said more than 300 area seniors attended the event, which offered them a chance to receive free health screenings and other services, including flu shots. "This event was designed to connect seniors with valuable services that impact so many aspects of their daily lives, but we also wanted to put some icing on the cake by getting everyone together in a fun, celebratory atmosphere," said McClinton. "Holiday entertainment, music, dancing and a holiday lunch helped make the day such a success." The event was sponsored by Gateway Health Plans, Keystone VIP Choice and Mercy Health Systems, and included special guests state Sen. Anthony Williams, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, former state Rep. Ronald Waters and Philadelphia ward leaders Anne Brown and Anthony Faulk. "A thank you isn't enough to everyone who participated, volunteered their time and their service, particularly the students from Hardy Williams High School and NSA Multicultural Academy," McClinton said. "I look forward to marking the third annual expo next year!" Participating vendors were Gateway Health Plans, Keystone VIP Choice, Mercy Health Systems, Always Best Care, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia Gas Works, Energy Coordinating Agency, Colonial Life, Health Read more

 

McClinton announces $900,000 grant for trail construction

(Dec 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced a $900,000 grant has been awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corp. McClinton said the organization will use the funding to help construct a multi-use connector trail along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “This grant will not only assist the SRDC in moving forward with its project, it will make improvements to a recreational area utilized by many families and help boost the local economy.” The Schuylkill River Development Corp. is constructing a connector trail along the west bank of the river, known as the Bartram’s Mile Trail. The project will expand recreational access and safe, off-road commuting for thousands of families in Kingsessing and Bartram’s Village. It also will spur economic development on some of the riverfront parcels of land that are being primed for reuse. The project includes the construction of the trail and the installation of lighting, benches, trash containers, bollards and bike racks. "The SRDC is thrilled to receive this grant which will assist in extending the Schuylkill River Trail deeper in southwest Philadelphia,” said Joseph R. Syrnick, president and CEO of the Schuylkill River Read more

 

McClinton to co-host weekly radio program
Mar 28, 2017

Rep.-elect Cephas announces $300,000 secured for Carroll Park revitalization project
Dec 15, 2016

Bizzarro: $13,598 to Erie Child Advocacy Center
Dec 15, 2016

Warren announces resignation from Newtown Borough Council
Dec 14, 2016

Cruz applauds new center promoting arts & culture in the Latino community
Dec 14, 2016

Warren issues statement on 4th anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre
Dec 14, 2016

Solomon opens office in the 202nd Legislative District
Dec 14, 2016

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline approaching
Dec 14, 2016

Davidson to host annual Eggnog Sip on Dec. 27 featuring dozens of state, related services
Dec 14, 2016

Miller: Area leaders, groups flocking to Dec. 18 Unity Rally in Mt. Lebanon
Dec 13, 2016

Petrarca: Avonmore, Derry Township recipients of state grant funding
Dec 13, 2016

Burns proposes scholarship program for fire company, ambulance service
Dec 13, 2016

Schweyer proposal would fund unemployment compensation centers
Dec 12, 2016

South Abington outreach Dec. 21 for Flynn
Dec 12, 2016

DeLissio announces $1.76M in state grants for area bike, pedestrian projects
Dec 09, 2016

Schlossberg applauds House Transportation Committee’s vote to strengthen rear-facing child seat measure
Dec 09, 2016

Fitzgerald opens office in the 203rd Legislative District
Dec 08, 2016

Gold, Blue Star Moms team with Wreaths Across America to honor veterans
Dec 08, 2016

McClinton: Hundreds attend Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo
Dec 08, 2016

McClinton announces $900,000 grant for trail construction
Dec 07, 2016