Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system

(Dec 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – State representatives and senators from Delaware County applauded a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to strengthen the county’s 911 system. Through bipartisan efforts, elected officials helped secure grants to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders. This project will strengthen the security and reliability of the county’s public safety communication system. This includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, an ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens, first responders and with surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. “Calling 911 and receiving a timely response has been an issue for years throughout Delaware County,” House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “Thankfully, this funding will help streamline our communications system to ensure that residents in crisis can quickly receive help and support. I’m proud to see lawmakers from both the House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, come together for the safety of the people we represent.” “I’ve heard from many constituents about frustrations they’ve experienced with calling 911 since 2016,” Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 23): Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday

(Dec 23, 2020)

As we approach Christmas, I know many of us are making difficult decisions on how to celebrate this year. My husband, Brad, and I will stay home and either call or video chat with our loved ones instead of visiting them in person. Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Dec. 11): Celebrating safely this holiday season

(Dec 11, 2020)

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost over. The holidays are coming up fast, and what is normally a time filled with gatherings with loved ones, traveling and shopping for presents is completely different this year. Read more

 

O’Mara illuminates Capitol to honor fallen firefighter

(Dec 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, honored a fallen Delco firefighter by illuminating the outside of the Capitol red this week. As community members mourn the loss of Michael Malinowski on the one-year anniversary of his death, O’Mara also honored his memory in Harrisburg. She arranged to have the outside of the Capitol lit up in red from Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4. “Mike Malinowski’s company, family, friends and community sorely miss him. As we recognize the anniversary of his passing, I wanted to do something special in our commonwealth’s Capitol to show my deepest sympathy and the deep appreciation we all have for his selfless service,” O’Mara said. Malinowski was the captain of Morton Rutledge Volunteer Fire Co. and passed away on Dec. 3, 2019. This was only one day after he reported feeling ill after responding to a call regarding downed trees and wires. Malinowski is widely remembered for his selfless service to the community and for serving on the company’s board of directors where he provided department trainings and helped repair the company’s crew room. A photo of the Capitol glowing red is available on O’Mara’s legislative Facebook page. Read more

 

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

(Nov 25, 2020)

Our celebrations with family and friends will be very different this year, but I hope still joyful. No matter how you celebrate this year, I wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Read more

 

O’Mara announces $25K grant awarded to Springfield Volunteer Fire Co.

(Nov 18, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today announced that Springfield Volunteer Fire Co. has secured a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. O’Mara said the funding will go toward the company’s general operating support, helping them compensate for lost revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions. “Volunteers from Springfield Fire Company have always answered the call when people needed them most and saved countless lives. Their work truly is invaluable,” O’Mara said. “My dad was a firefighter, so working with first responders and ensuring that they have the tools they need to succeed is a cause I’m extremely passionate about. I’m especially proud to help bring this funding home during these unprecedented times as the Springfield Volunteer Fire Company recognizes their 100th anniversary.” Questions may be directed to O’Mara’s office by calling 610-544-9878 or emailing RepOMara@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Delloso, Krueger, O’Mara announce grant for Delaware County Technical High School

(Nov 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Reps. David Delloso, Leanne Krueger and Jennifer O’Mara, all D-Delaware, announced that Delaware County Technical High School was awarded a $50,000 equipment grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The department awards the competitive grants to school districts and career and technical centers with eight or more approved CTE programs for them to update or purchase new equipment to train students. “The equipment purchased with the help of this grant will benefit our entire region, since Delaware Technical High School consists of students from 15 local school districts,” said Delloso. “Numerous reports have forecast a shortage of skilled workers in Pennsylvania in the years to come, so the need to educate, train and develop skilled workers who are prepared to enter the workforce has never been more important.” Krueger said, “Having the right equipment helps career and technical schools train students properly so they can hit the ground running as they enter the workforce. I’m happy that Delaware County Technical High School will receive this funding, which is a great investment in our kids and our community.” O’Mara said, “Delaware County Technical High School prepares students for some of the most high-demand jobs in Pennsylvania. In order for them to get the most out of their education and confidently enter the workforce, they need hands-on experience Read more

 

O’Mara: $294K in Safe Schools grants

(Nov 17, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, Nov. 17 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today helped announce more than $7 million in state Safe Schools grants, with $294,192 headed to schools educating students in her legislative district. 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 training and compensation of school resource and police officers. “Students, teachers and staff members are entitled to feel safe while they are at work or in the classroom,” O’Mara said. “This funding will go a long way in not only strengthening safety measures throughout Pennsylvania schools, but it will provide a better sense of security for students. This will foster a healthy, productive and effective learning environment.” For the full 2020-21 awards by school district, visit here: https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/fundinggrants/Pages/default.aspx . More information about the types of grants awarded and on the program applications is available online: School Police Officer . School Resource Officer, Municipality . School Resource Officer, School Entity . Equipment Grant . Program Grant School Resource Officer, Municipality-Police Department Application . Questions may be directed to O’Mara’s office by calling (610) 544-9878 or Read more

 

O’Mara to host Veterans Day lunch on the go

(Nov 09, 2020)

BROOMALL, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, invites area veterans to her Veterans Day Lunch on the Go from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at American Legion Post 805, 2340 West Chester Pike. This will be a contactless, drive-thru event. Attendees should be prepared to follow signage that will create a steady traffic flow. “This lunch on the go will replace my annual Veterans Day Breakfast at Paxon Hollow Country Club to ensure that our community’s veterans can celebrate their day safely and with peace of mind,” O’Mara said. “Veterans of every military branch have made unfathomable sacrifices to preserve our freedoms. Even though we’re still battling COVID-19 in our commonwealth, I wanted to show them my sincere appreciation for their service, so I planned this socially distanced, contactless lunch as a way to say thank you.” O’Mara said there is still time for veterans to reserve their lunch and they are welcome to bring along a plus one. Reservations are required so meals can be ordered in advance . Those interested in attending should call or email O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878 or RepOMara@pahouse.net . Read more

 

WEEKLY E-BLAST (Oct. 30): Are you ready for Election Day?

(Oct 30, 2020)

Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 3. There are multiple ways to cast your ballot in Pennsylvania, and while each one is safe and secure, they all carry different caveats. Read more

 

Your voting FAQs answered

(Oct 16, 2020)

Over the past couple of weeks, my office’s phones have been ringing off the hook with questions mainly about voting by mail and voting in person. Read more

 

O’Mara: More than $154K in state money headed to emergency responders in 165th Legislative District

(Oct 09, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara announced that several local fire and emergency services organizations will receive grants to offset the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Act 26, the state made $50 million in grants available to fire and emergency medical services organizations that were affected by the pandemic. The funding can be used for operational and equipment expenses. “Congratulations to all these hardworking companies on their well-deserved awards,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. “Like so many funding opportunities these days, self-advocacy and careful tedious paperwork is a big part of bringing in the money to keep a company ready -- and most people don’t know that part of the job is another huge way these heroes are serving their communities.” In the 165 th Legislative District, grants were awarded as follows: Broomall Fire Co. $25,068 Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. $35,199 Radnor Fire Co. of Wayne Inc. $25,342 Springfield Fire Co. $24,520 Marple Township Ambulance Corps $15,048 Radnor Fire Company of Wayne Inc. $15,048 Villanova Emergency Medical Services $14,129 “It bears repeating that even under normal circumstances, emergency responders are expected to put their lives before others on a weekly basis, but COVID-19 has taken that reality to a completely Read more

 

O’Mara, Morton-Rutledge firefighters honor Capt. Malinowski at bridge dedication

(Oct 06, 2020)

MORTON, Oct. 5 – In honor of the late Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. Capt. Michael Malinowski Sr., state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara and members of the company joined together Sunday to cut the ribbon on the newly named Capt. Michael Malinowski Sr. Memorial Bridge , which carries the Morton Avenue section of State Route 2025 over Stoney Creek connecting Morton and Rutledge. The ceremony was followed by a memorial ride featuring two firetrucks from the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. Station 13. "The community and I wanted to dedicate a place to Captain Malinowski to recognize all that he did for all of us,” said O’Mara, D-Delaware. “Mike was such a big part of Morton and Rutledge, and it’s fitting that we name the bridge connecting the two boroughs after him. “The memory of Mike’s life of service will continue to inspire us, and I will continue to be there for his family and the members of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Company." Malinowski was captain of Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. and passed away Dec. 3, 2019. Legislation written by O’Mara was introduced in H.B. 1597 to rename the bridge in his honor. The law was signed into law this summer. ? The dedication was attended by Malinowski’s widow, Melissa, and his children; the Malinowski family; members and officers of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. and their families; Morton Mayor Tom App; Rutledge Mayor Kevin Cunningham; and Morton Read more

 

Updates from Delco to Harrisburg

(Oct 02, 2020)

As we enter October, I’d like to remind everyone about the importance of caring for both your loved ones and yourself. This month recognizes several observances, including Breast Cancer Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, and Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Read more

 

Dining Capacities Changing

(Sep 18, 2020)

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which as many of you know, is something very important to me. Read more

 

O’Mara to host free shred, e-waste and prescription drug takeback event this weekend

(Sep 09, 2020)

SPRINGFIELD, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara invites community members to her paper shredding, e-waste and prescription drug takeback event with state Sen. Tim Kearney and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer this weekend. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, or until the truck is full, on Saturday, Sept. 12, in the parking lot of O’Mara’s district office, 905 W. Sproul Road. Attendees may bring up to four boxes or bags of documents containing sensitive information to be securely shredded on site, electronic devices that contain personal data such as hard drives, laptops and cellphones, and unneeded or expired prescription medications. TVs, computer monitors, household appliances and medicine with syringes will not be accepted. “This is a free and easy way to help community members clean out their homes and safely dispose of papers or electronics that people may be reluctant to just throw away,” O’Mara said. “It’s also a chance to responsibly get rid of any prescriptions that people no longer have a need for to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.” O’Mara will host another shred and drug takeback event on Oct. 31 in Broomall. For more information, call O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more

 

September 2020 4-page Newsletter

(Sep 04, 2020)

Rep. O'Mara's 4-page summer 2020 newsletter detailing back to school updates, a voter's guide, help for small businesses, upcoming events and more. Read more

 

Labor Day weekend in Delco

(Sep 02, 2020)

With the 3-day holiday weekend approaching, I wanted to share some useful reminders with you. This includes my office closing in recognition of Labor Day, preparing for the upcoming election and an idea on how you can celebrate your holiday weekend outdoors. Read more

 

Delco election and community updates

(Aug 28, 2020)

I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy. I’m pleased to share that this edition of my e-newsletter is packed with good news, from forms of financial relief available to Pennsylvanians to grants awarded to our community. Read more

 

O’Mara announces $425K grant awarded to Marple Township

(Aug 20, 2020)

BROOMALL, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved a $425,000 grant for Marple Township to rehabilitate its storm sewer system. This grant will fund the township’s project addressing storm sewer overflows in the residential area between Meadowbrook Lane and Fawn Hill Road, which has caused sinkholes, flooding and deposition of sediment into Darby Creek. “Improving Marple Township’s storm sewer system will help prevent additional residential flooding and heighten the community’s safety, and it comes at a critical time. We had a storm hit us just two weeks ago, causing major stormwater flooding all across the township,” O’Mara said. “This project will allow Marple to make much needed improvements right now. It would also benefit our environment and cut down on sediment deposition into Darby Creek which, in high levels, can threaten local aquatic life and plant species.” This funding is a part of the PA Small Water and Sewer grant program. These grants assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system or flood control projects. Eligible projects are those which have a total project cost of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000. For more information, contact O’Mara’s office at (610) 544-9878. Read more