O’Mara announces $682K in grant funding to Delaware County parks and trail

(Nov 14, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara announced today that Veterans Memorial Park in Marple Township, Meadowgreen Park in Springfield Township and the Forge to Refuge Trail in Radnor Township have received a collective $682,000 in Recreation and Conservation grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Ensuring our public parks and trails are accessible, maintained and safe is a crucial element in fostering a community of friendship and fellowship,” O’Mara said. “I’m grateful that these three Delaware County recreational sites were chosen as grant recipients and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these upgrades will bring to residents.” Veterans Memorial Park received a $200,000 grant which will be used to rehabilitate and further develop the park. This will include construction of pedestrian walkways, stormwater management measures, installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, increased ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. Meadowgreen Park received a $250,000 grant to be used toward upgrading its sports fields and to further develop areas of the park. The grant will help fund the renovation of the baseball field, construction of the multipurpose field, pedestrian walkways, parking area, stormwater management measures, increase ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. The Forge to Refuge Trail Read more

 

Honoring our veterans and outstanding constituents

(Nov 08, 2019)

I hope that you and your family had a delightful Halloween brimming with treats! If your sweet tooth hasn’t been filled quite yet, my district office is still brimming with candy from our trick-or-treat themed unclaimed property search event that you are more than welcome to indulge in. Read more

 

O’Mara, Vitali, Zabel announce federal grant to improve West Chester Pike

(Nov 06, 2019)

“Improving traffic flow benefits everyone, especially on a route as heavily traveled as West Chester Pike,” O’Mara said. “I’m very glad that this project was selected to receive federal funding, as it will be a major improvement for everyone living and working in Delaware County.” Read more

 

O’Mara to host Veterans Expo on Nov. 16

(Nov 04, 2019)

BROOMALL, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, state Sen. Tim Kearney and U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon will hold a veterans expo open to all constituents of the 165th Legislative District next weekend. The expo will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Marple library, 2599 Sproul Road in Broomall. O’Mara said the expo will feature dozens of government and nonprofit agencies, as well as local businesses who will provide veterans with information on how they can lead healthier and happier lives. “I’m happy to work with veterans and connect them with the services and resources that they need most,” O’Mara said. “My veterans expo will feature a variety of vendors, from service dog information, to health screenings and resources to improve mental health, so I’m confident that there will be something for everyone.” Anyone with questions can call O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more

 

O’Mara to host free breakfast for veterans Nov. 11

(Nov 01, 2019)

MEDIA, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara will host a free breakfast for veterans living in the 165th Legislative District from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at Paxon Hollow Country Club, 850 Paxon Hollow Road. Veterans of all military branches and their spouses or partners are invited to attend. “Veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our country and our freedoms, and for that they deserve endless thanks,” O’Mara said. “This breakfast is just one symbol of appreciation from me and my staff to show our gratitude this Veterans Day.” O’Mara’s staff will be available during the breakfast to provide information and answer any questions about local and state services available to veterans. To check whether or not they live in the 165th Legislative District, people can check here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ . Questions can be directed to O’Mara’s office at 610-544-9878. ### Read more

 

O’Mara announces nearly $175K in grant funding for early childhood education programs

(Nov 01, 2019)

RADNOR, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O'Mara, D-Delaware, today announced that Cabrini University and Eastern University will each receive a Preschool Development Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to improve the quality of early childcare education. Cabrini and Eastern universities are two of 10 colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania to receive a portion of the $1.5 million in grant funding. The Preschool Development Grant will provide ECE professionals and students the opportunity to complete credit-bearing coursework towards a Child Development Associate certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and/or Pennsylvania PreK-4 teacher certification to professionalize the field. Cabrini University will receive $158,493 to help redesign courses of the PreK-4 program to fully align with Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood. The redesign will examine how to best assess candidates' understanding and adoption of these standards and provide candidates with the skills and knowledge to offer early intervention services. Eastern University will receive $16,304 to help develop a strong system-wide infrastructure that helps the regional early childhood workforce smoothly transition from a CDA to an associate’s to a bachelor’s degree. Articulation agreements between the university and five two-year institutions will also be developed. “The quality of Read more

 

O’Mara welcomes national lacrosse champions from Cabrini University to Capitol, presents citation

(Nov 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara welcomed Cabrini University’s men’s lacrosse team to the House chamber on Wednesday to present them with a citation commemorating their first Division III national championship. This is the first varsity sports team from Cabrini University to ever earn an NCAA title. The Cabrini University Cavaliers beat the Amherst College Mammoths 16-12 last May, earning them their national title. During the game, Cabrini University’s goalie Riley White had 11 saves and nine different Cavaliers scored goals. A student among them was Timmy Brooks, who returned to the field for the first time since recovering from his early-season injury and scored the game-winning goal. “I’m honored to recognize this extraordinary group of college athletes who show what hard work, passion and determination looks like,” O’Mara said. “I’m extremely proud that a Pennsylvania team earned an NCAA national title, but even more proud that they’re from the 165th Legislative District. Congratulations to the men’s lacrosse team on your national championship and for making history at Cabrini University.” Click here for photos of Rep. O’Mara and Gov. Wolf congratulating the Cabrini University Cavaliers. Read more

 

Putting our first responders first

(Oct 25, 2019)

The House is back in session! This week, I went to Harrisburg to work with fellow legislators to solve pertinent issues, including the budgetary challenges and workforce shortages facing our fire and EMS companies throughout the Commonwealth. Read more

 

O’Mara to host senior breakfast in Morton this week

(Oct 21, 2019)

MORTON, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara invites seniors of the 165th Legislative District to her annual senior breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 25, at Morton Borough Hall, 500 Highland Ave. O’Mara said that this free event is designed to connect with her constituents in a casual setting and provide them with a legislative update on what’s happening in Harrisburg. Attendees also will learn about state services available to older adults designed to help them lead the healthiest and most productive lives possible. Attendees also can register for a SEPTA Senior Key Pass. Readers who are unsure if they live in the 165th Legislative District can check at https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/ . ### Read more

 

Fitzpatrick Forms Joint Federal-State Task Force to Address Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment, Retention & Budget Crisis

(Oct 21, 2019)

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), Member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, along with State Representative Frank Farry (R-142) and State Representative Jennifer O'Mara (D-165), Co-Chairs of the Pennsylvania House Fire and Emergency Services Caucus, launched a Joint Federal / State Task Force to address the immense budgetary and manpower challenges faced by volunteer Fire Companies in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Start Saving For Your Child’s Higher Education

(Oct 21, 2019)

With Pennsylvania ranking highest in the nation in student loan debt, Pa. state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara wants to help ensure your newborn’s financial future. Her office can help you open PA 529 account to help you save for your child’s post secondary education. If your child was born or due in 2019, you can get $100 just for signing up with a $15 minimum. Read more

 

10/16/19 – Student Loan Debt – Radnor

(Oct 18, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara. Read more

 

O’Mara, Policy Committee and Republican lawmakers examine student loan debt

(Oct 17, 2019)

RADNOR, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Wednesday at Cabrini University on the student debt crisis. O’Mara was joined by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers from throughout Pennsylvania, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Reps. Meghan Schroeder and Wendi Thomas, both R-Bucks. “Student loan debt is crushing Americans across the country, but most particularly right here in Pennsylvania. Our commonwealth ranks third highest in the nation for student loan debt, with our college graduates owing an average of about $37,000,” O’Mara said. “College graduates are carrying this debt for the majority of their lives, and its impacting not only their personal finances, but Pennsylvania’s economy as well,” Sturla said. “It’s forcing graduates to postpone major life decisions like getting married, having children and buying houses.” The committee heard testimony from college graduates; Ken Mash, president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties; Tom Foley, president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania; Nathan Hench, senior vice president for Strategy and Public Affairs, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; Nick Smyth, assistant director for Financial Consumer Protection, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Read more

 

Pencils Out, Education is What I’m All About

(Oct 15, 2019)

As we’re falling into the early holiday season, I’m sure you’ve been keeping just as busy as I have these last two weeks. Read more

 

O’Mara to hold Policy hearing on student loan debt Wednesday in Radnor

(Oct 10, 2019)

RADNOR, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the student debt crisis. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Cabrini University’s Grace Hall Atrium, 610 King of Prussia Road. The media and public are invited to attend. O’Mara requested the hearing to discuss how the state legislature can relieve this financial burden that many Pennsylvanians carry and how it affects Pennsylvania’s economy. O’Mara will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Republican members of the House Student Debt Caucus. O’Mara is the founder of the bipartisan House Student Debt Caucus and serves on the Public Higher Education Commission. She also plans to introduce legislation that would create a student borrowers’ bill of rights. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel One: Rebecca Yacker , West Chester University graduate Shannon Bertoni , West Chester University graduate Ken Mash , president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties Tom Foley , president, Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania 10:40 a.m. Questions & Answers 11:00 a.m. Nathan Hench , senior vice Read more

 

O’Mara announces three upcoming community events

(Oct 07, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara invites constituents to her upcoming, free community events next week. Events include a casual discussion of state-related matters while hiking along the Springfield trail, an interactive event about an invasive pest and an information session on Pennsylvania’s newest form of ID. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 12 , meet O’Mara and Fourth Ward Commissioner Lisa Borowski for a casual, two-hour hike in Ithan Valley Park. O’Mara and Borowski will meet attendees at 625 Ithan Ave. in Radnor. This is an opportunity to voice your questions, concerns and opinions on state-related matters in an informal setting. From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, join O’Mara and an expert from the Penn State Extension to learn everything you need to know about the spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest that is detrimental to Pennsylvania’s environment. This event will take place at the Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road in Springfield, and will cover how the spotted lanternfly is a threat to our environment and what steps are being taken to combat this damaging insect. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, O’Mara will explain what REAL ID is, how to obtain one and how her office can help you with the process. This informational event will take place at Morton Borough Hall, 500 Highland Ave. O’Mara encourages Read more

 

O’Mara invites constituents to Springfield Walk & Talk event this weekend

(Oct 02, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara invites residents of the 165th District to casually discuss state-related matters this Saturday on the Springfield Trail. O’Mara encourages those interested to bring their questions, concerns and opinions regarding the state legislature, along with a good pair of walking shoes. The two-hour trek will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the C.C. Hancock Church parking lot, 542 Wesley Road in Springfield. O’Mara said this is an opportunity for constituents to discuss relevant affairs, new ideas, or ask about what the district office of the 165th District offers its residents. “This is a unique event because constituents can ensure their voices are heard, but it will be a very informal setting,” O’Mara said. “I’m looking forward to a great conversation while enjoying the beautiful autumn weather together as a community.” O’Mara will host another Walk & Talk this month in Radnor. More information on both Walk & Talk events can be found on O’Mara’s official Facebook events page. Read more

 

O’Mara announces 3 community events for next week

(Sep 20, 2019)

SPRINGFIELD, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara will host three events next week. They are all free and open to the public. Thursday, Sept. 26 , from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., O’Mara will hold a behavioral health awareness open house at her district office, located at 905 West Sproul Road, Suite 203 in Springfield. “This is a topic that’s extremely important to me, and I want to ensure that my constituents are aware of all the resources available to them,” O’Mara said. “My staff and I will be present to discuss state-related issues regarding behavioral health, and expert vendors will share information on mental health and wellness.” Friday, Sept. 27 , from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., seniors in the 165th District are invited to O’Mara’s senior breakfast at American Legion Post #805 in Broomall. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to sit down and connect with constituents over a casual breakfast,” O’Mara said. “Attendees also will hear from guest speakers on state and local senior services, and my staff will be available to help seniors get SEPTA Senior Key Passes.” Saturday, Sept. 28 , from 9 a.m. to noon, O’Mara and Sen. Tim Kearney invite constituents to O’Mara’s district office to securely shred and recycle their paper documents and properly discard tech items containing personal information at their free shred event. Read more

 

O’Mara blasts DeVos as negligent toward public school pupils

(Sep 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, and founder of the House Student Debt Caucus, issued the following statement regarding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ visit to Harrisburg today: “As the secretary of education, DeVos took an oath to stand for all students from kindergarteners to college seniors. However, her agenda today clearly revealed otherwise. “Today DeVos met with only a few chosen leaders, none of which were members of the House Student Debt Caucus. Furthermore, Devos failed to step outside of one particular facility visit, and instead chose to ignore the diverse educational options Pennsylvania offers its families and students. “It is well known that DeVos did not attend a public school, nor did her children attend schools within the public education system. Her continued failure to engage in expanding her knowledge outside of private institutions is not only a great disservice to Pennsylvania families and students, but to all students and families across the country. Without broadening her understanding of all educational options, needs and realities, like increased student debt, it’s clear where DeVos’ loyalty lies, and it isn’t with students and families throughout the commonwealth. “Devos left Harrisburg today with zero information on Pennsylvania’s public-school system, even though millions of our residents Read more

 

O’Mara resolution urging the use of sensitive language related to suicide unanimously clears Human Services Committee

(Sep 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara’s House resolution ( H.R. 399) unanimously cleared the House Human Services Committee on Wednesday and will now move to the full House for consideration. O’Mara’s resolution would urge the use of sensitive language by all branches of Pennsylvania government when discussing instances of suicide. Her resolution seeks to adopt the phrase “death by suicide” instead of “committed suicide,” which O’Mara said implies criminality. “My hope is that my resolution serves as a steppingstone toward eliminating the stigma surrounding suicide, because using the word ‘committed’ shows a lack of compassion toward the topic,” O’Mara said. “The way we address sensitive matters like this all boils down to simply how we communicate them.” O’Mara added that approximately 1,970 Pennsylvanians die by suicide each year, and Pennsylvania’s suicide rate increased by 34% between 1999 and 2016. “We need to show our residents who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide that we understand their needs and we’re working toward eliminating the stigma here in Pennsylvania,” O’Mara said. More information on HR 399 can be found here. Read more

 

O’Mara announces $682K in grant funding to Delaware County parks and trail
Nov 14, 2019

Honoring our veterans and outstanding constituents
Nov 08, 2019

O’Mara, Vitali, Zabel announce federal grant to improve West Chester Pike
Nov 06, 2019

O’Mara to host Veterans Expo on Nov. 16
Nov 04, 2019

O’Mara to host free breakfast for veterans Nov. 11
Nov 01, 2019

O’Mara announces nearly $175K in grant funding for early childhood education programs
Nov 01, 2019

O’Mara welcomes national lacrosse champions from Cabrini University to Capitol, presents citation
Nov 01, 2019

Putting our first responders first
Oct 25, 2019

O’Mara to host senior breakfast in Morton this week
Oct 21, 2019

Fitzpatrick Forms Joint Federal-State Task Force to Address Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment, Retention & Budget Crisis
Oct 21, 2019

Start Saving For Your Child’s Higher Education
Oct 21, 2019

10/16/19 – Student Loan Debt – Radnor
Oct 18, 2019

O’Mara, Policy Committee and Republican lawmakers examine student loan debt
Oct 17, 2019

Pencils Out, Education is What I’m All About
Oct 15, 2019

O’Mara to hold Policy hearing on student loan debt Wednesday in Radnor
Oct 10, 2019

O’Mara announces three upcoming community events
Oct 07, 2019

O’Mara invites constituents to Springfield Walk & Talk event this weekend
Oct 02, 2019

O’Mara announces 3 community events for next week
Sep 20, 2019

O’Mara blasts DeVos as negligent toward public school pupils
Sep 19, 2019

O’Mara resolution urging the use of sensitive language related to suicide unanimously clears Human Services Committee
Sep 19, 2019