Petrarca announces Armstrong County to receive $150,000 to support opioid addiction treatment

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – Armstrong County has been awarded $150,000 in funds to support a program that provides treatment to offenders with substance abuse addiction, including opioids, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the funds will expand the Armstrong County Jail’s Medication Assistance Treatment program, which provides drug treatment services and cognitive behavioral therapy to offenders with drug addiction, with the goal of reducing recidivism among those offenders. “As a commission member, I fully support these evidence-based programs that help with treatment for their addiction and increase their chances for a successful recovery, with the ultimate goal of ensuring their successful reintegration into society,” Petrarca said. The grant was approved during the commission’s quarterly meeting today. PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts, including victims of crime. Read more

 

Petrarca: $4.6 million available in PAsmart grants to connect employers with workers, spur new job training opportunities

(Dec 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca is encouraging local workforce development boards, industry and education organizations and others to apply for state grants focused on creating opportunities for workers and providing them with the skills and knowledge that businesses need. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said approximately $4.6 million in grants is available through the PAsmart Next Generation Industry Partnership program, which connects multiple employers in the same industry with students, workers and job seekers in a variety of fields, including: Advanced manufacturing. Agriculture and food production. Bio medical and health care. Building and construction. Business services. Education. Energy. Hospitality. Logistics and transportation. Real estate. Finance and insurance. “For some time, employers have expressed concerns about what they call the ‘skills gap,’ which is the difference in the skills that are required for a particular job and the actual skills potential or current skills employees have,” Petrarca said. “These grants will provide job seekers with the training and skills that employers need and meet the career goals of workers who want to expand their skill set and increase their earning potentials.” Grants of up to $250,000 per partnership are available. Eligible grant applicants also Read more

 

Petrarca: $486,000 grant to Westmoreland County organization to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction

(Dec 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 2 – A recovery community organization in Westmoreland County has been awarded a $486,446 grant to enhance its efforts to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the grant to Sage’s Army is part of a $55.9 million grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. These funds can be used to expand existing services and develop new programs, including the hiring of additional certified recovery specialists, education and employment training and life-skills coaching, Petrarca added. “While the number of heroin and fentanyl overdoses have steadily declined in Westmoreland County over the past few years, there are still many in our communities who need help to recover from addiction once they’ve completed treatment,” Petrarca said. “This grant will make a substantial impact in the lives of those who need that vital support to assist in their recovery and to help them rebuild their lives.” For more information on the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, residents can visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/ . Read more

 

Petrarca: Bill to provide blood lead testing in young children moves forward in House

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – A measure to provide for blood lead testing of young children and mandate the state Department of Health develop a comprehensive educational program on childhood lead poisoning was approved today by the state House Children and Youth Committee, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, who serves as the Democratic chairman of the committee, said the bill , which included an amendment he authored, would require children to be tested for lead between 9 and 12 months of age and again at 24 months of age. If the results are at or above the range value identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health care provider must perform an additional test no later than 12 weeks from the first blood lead test. The measure would also require the Department of Health to develop and provide appropriate educational materials on childhood lead poisoning and testing, insurance coverage, treatment and remediation. In addition, DOH would also be required to develop an electronic system for the storage and management of blood lead testing information. “We know that most lead exposure happens in older homes that were built using lead-based paint, or in homes where lead is found in water lines,” said Petrarca. “With Pennsylvania ranking third in the country for housing built before 1950, it’s imperative that children who may be at risk for lead exposure be tested. Even at Read more

 

Petrarca: Resolution recommends ID badges for corrections officers

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – A resolution that recommends the state Department of Corrections provide identification badges for corrections officers was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said as essential employees who are often called on to assist or intervene in a variety of emergency incidents, there is currently no standard identification badge that alerts emergency service providers, law enforcement personnel or other officials to the identify of corrections officers. “Having standardized credentials for these officers would be extremely helpful, ensuring their safety on the job, but also at crime scenes and when assisting in emergency situations with other law enforcement and emergency service professionals,” Petrarca said. “More than 30 other states provide identification badges to their corrections officers, and our state needs to do the same.” The full text of Petrarca’s resolution can be found by clicking here . Read more

 

Petrarca: $230,000 state grant will protect, preserve hiking trails

(Nov 14, 2019)

A $230,000 state grant will provide needed upgrades to area trails and encourage recreational opportunities for years to come, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Read more

 

Petrarca: State funding will support equipment purchases, job creation and retention at Westmoreland County company

(Nov 12, 2019)

VANDERGRIFT, Nov. 12 – A Latrobe industrial testing company has been approved for a $601,352 loan to enable it to increase productivity and create jobs, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Petrarca said the low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority will allow Product Evaluation Systems to purchase specialized equipment to increase its capacity to test specifically for the aerospace, additive 3D printing, defense and power generation industries. This loan will be used in conjunction with a recent real estate loan approval that will fund the construction of a building that will connect to its existing facility in Unity Township, Westmoreland County. The PIDA funding will also provide for future job growth, Petrarca added. “These funds will allow Product Evaluation Services to expand and grow in Westmoreland County, providing more opportunities for family-sustaining jobs and strong economic development, which is great news,” Petrarca said. “In addition, the loan will also allow the company to retain 42 full-time positions, but also add an additional 8 full-time jobs within the next three years.” PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to state businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged Read more

 

Petrarca: $15,000 state grant will protect, preserve water trail

(Nov 07, 2019)

VANDERGRIFT, Nov. 7 – A $15,000 state grant will help protect the water quality of a water trail for generations to come, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Petrarca said the grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was awarded to the Allegheny Ridge Corporation to help prepare and print updated maps and to create a management plan for the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail, which runs through Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties. “Taking these proactive steps to protect our waterways is vital to our area’s overall quality of life,” Petrarca said. “These grants will go a long way toward their protection and will also ensure that residents of all ages can enjoy the recreational opportunities they provide.” The DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation rivers conservation grants focus on conserving and protecting state waterways and outdoor recreational opportunities, including installing riparian buffers to improve the health and diversity of local ecosystems and to also develop long-term water quality management programs. More information can be found at this link: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grant Read more

 

Petrarca warns anglers and hunters of online scams when purchasing licenses

(Oct 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are warning anglers and hunters about online scams when purchasing licenses, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said both commissions have issued the warning after several reports of consumers who paid for licenses through third-party websites not connected with either agency. “Even though consumers didn’t suspect the third-party websites were phony, they sadly found that was the case when they didn’t receive their license,” said Petrarca. “Some of these look-alike websites mimic the agencies’ branding, add in extra license fees, and may even ask for your personal information, like your social security number. Those are red flags that you risk wasting your money and putting your personal information at risk.” The best way to ensure consumers are getting a legitimate fishing or hunting license is by visiting The Outdoor Shop online portal at www.pa.wildlifelicense.com , Petrarca added. Once a fishing license is purchased, a printable electronic version is issued immediately by the PFBC. For a hunting license that is purchased online, consumers receive an official email from the PGC and licenses are mailed to the buyer within two weeks of their purchase. Those who encounter a website offering the sale of a state fishing or hunting license that doesn’t Read more

 

Petrarca announces nearly $234,000 in state funds to improve, repair recreational facility and parks

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca today announced approximately $233,639 in state funds have been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support three recreational projects in Westmoreland County. The three projects in Westmoreland County will receive the following CFA funds: $165,313 will be used to make a variety of improvements to the Joseph A. Petrarca Memorial Pool in Vandergrift Borough (named in honor of Petrarca’s father), including replacement of the pool’s liner, the installation of a boiler system, and rerouting of a natural spring away from the pool grounds to reduce mosquito infestation in the area. $39,038 for improvements to the Bradenville Playground in Derry Township , including repair and replacement of old, rusted and pitted equipment and installation of an ADA-compliant playset and safety surface features. $29,288 to be used to purchase and install playground equipment at Cooperstown Park in Derry Township for children ages 2 through 12. “I’m pleased to support these projects and worked really hard to make them a reality, which will provide much-needed improvements and enhancements to our recreational facilities in Westmoreland County,” said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. “Part of what makes a community a great place to live is ensuring that residents and their families have places to relax and spend time together, and these Read more

 

Petrarca: $6.5 million in funding for Westmoreland County Community College

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – An estimated funding amount of $6.5 million has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to update Westmoreland County Community College’s enterprise resource planning system, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. “This funding will be used to modernize the college’s system to improve student-driven processes and activities,” said Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. “Investing in our community colleges reaps substantial benefits, not only by offering the most up-to-date resources and educational programs for students, but in providing them with the vital tools they need to succeed in the workforce.” PDE will provide 50 percent of the annual capital expense of the project, with the remaining funds financed by local sponsorship. Pennsylvania has 14 community colleges across the state, educating more than 300,000 students. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov . Read more

 

Petrarca announces $365,000 in grants to support victims of crime, criminal justice efforts

(Sep 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – Approximately $365,000 in state grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to entities in Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties to help victims of crime and support one county’s drug court, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. The following victim service providers received Victims of Crime Act funding from PCCD at its recent quarterly commission meeting: Armstrong County: Helping All Victims in Need - $25,000. Indiana County: Alice Paul House - $25,042. Indiana County: The Care Center of Indiana County - $24,815. Westmoreland County: Blackburn Center - $239,571. In addition, Westmoreland County received $50,712 in federal funds from PCCD to support its drug court. Drug courts –one of several problem-solving courts in Pennsylvania – work via a partnership with prosecutors, public defenders and other criminal justice system personnel with offenders who have successfully completed drug treatment programs and abstained from the behaviors that had originally led them into the criminal justice system. “As a commission member, I fully support these investments in our communities to help our local victim service organizations provide services to help victims heal in the aftermath of crime,” Petrarca said. “I’m also pleased to support evidence-based criminal justice efforts – like drug courts – which have been Read more

 

Petrarca announces aviation grants for regional airports in Armstrong, Westmoreland counties

(Aug 28, 2019)

LATROBE, Aug. 28 – Approximately $2 million in state grants will be used to make significant improvements at McVille Airport in Armstrong County and at the Arnold Palmer Regional and Rostraver Airports in Westmoreland County, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland, Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will receive $1.5 million in state grants for hangar site development and ground access improvements. A total of $375,000 has been awarded to Rostraver Airport to repair its access road and make improvements to the aviation fuel farm and helipad. McVille Airport will receive $150,000 for construction of a building to store and protect airport maintenance equipment. “These vital investments in our airports will support jobs and economic development in our communities in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties,” Petrarca said. “Making these needed improvements in our regional airports ensures they will continue to operate safely and provide additional expansion and growth opportunities.” The airports are among 29 across Pennsylvania that will receive over $13 million in state investments from the state Transportation Department's Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, the Aviation Development Program, and the Multimodal Fund. As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13 th nationwide in the total number of public-use aviation facilities, with 127 airports, heliports, and seaplane bases. Read more

 

October 30th bus trip to the State Capitol

(Aug 28, 2019)

Bus trip to Harrisburg on October 30th! Includes a stop to historic Gettysburg. Please RSVP by October 1st! Read more

 

Petrarca: Nearly $4.4 million in state capital funding grants awarded to three entities in Westmoreland County

(Aug 01, 2019)

VANDERGRIFT, Aug. 1 – Three entities will receive approximately $4.37 million in state funds for three community and economic development projects, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the following entities in Westmoreland County received funding through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program: $749,687 to Derry Township to build a new fire station on land the fire department currently owns in the Village of Bradenville. $625,000 toward the construction of the Latrobe Sports and Recreational Complex in Unity Township, which will include a hockey rink, adventure park, canoe/kayak launch and a non-traditional sports field. $3 million to St. Vincent College in for the construction of its Student Life and Hospitality Hub to enhance the educational, economic, cultural and social outreach programs it currently provides. “Investments like these improve a community and region’s overall quality of life, providing much-needed safety enhancements, such as a new fire station, as well as needed funds to support a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities,” Petrarca said. “I was happy to help these projects move forward and receive funding.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Read more

 

Petrarca announces upcoming sign-up date for Westmoreland County seniors to apply for Farmer’s Market Nutrition, County Food Bank programs

(Jul 29, 2019)

VANDERGRIFT, July 29 – Westmoreland County seniors in need of food assistance will soon be able to apply for the state’s Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program and the Westmoreland County Food Bank benefit program, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced. Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said seniors who have not already applied for this year’s SFMNP can do so from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the A.V. Germano Hall, located at 100 West 2 nd Ave., Derry. The 2019 SFMNP provides eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the state Department of Agriculture, the SFMNP provides four $5 checks to be used at participating farmer’s markets from June 1 until Nov. 30. Signups for the county’s food bank benefit program will take place after 10:35 a.m. “We’re pleased that the county food bank and the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging were able to work together with our office staff to provide this opportunity for seniors in need to apply for both the state and county food bank programs,” Petrarca said. “Over the past few years, seniors in the Derry area have been without a sign-up location, which created a significant hardship for seniors who were unable to travel to another site, due to health concerns or transportation limitations.” Eligible seniors for SFMNP must be 60 or older, be a resident of Westmoreland Read more

 

Petrarca announces $2.6 million in Pennvest funding for Latrobe Municipal Authority

(Jul 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 17 – . State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today the Latrobe Municipal Authority was awarded a 1%, $2.69 million 20-year loan to replace antiquated waterlines. Petrarca said the loan was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority on Wednesday. “I want to thank the Pennvest board for approving this project. This loan will help keep costs for consumers low. Without it, more than 8,000 families would have seen fees increase almost 35% to cover the costs,” Petrarca said. The project will replace approximately 7,000 feet of 100-year-old cast iron waterlines in the area of State Route 981. The authority says replacing the lines will reduce unaccounted-for water loss below 20%. In 2018, the unaccounted-for water loss was estimated at 40%. The work is scheduled to begin Sept. 19 and finish Nov. 19. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority offers low-cost loans and grants to communities throughout Pennsylvania to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water maintenance and improvement projects. More information is available at www.pennvest.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Petrarca: Local school awarded grant for fresh fruits and vegetables

(Jul 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – Kiski Area East Primary School in the Kiski Area School District has been awarded a $26,737 grant to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program’s goal is to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables in schools by increasing consumption among students with the hope of positively impacting their present and future health. “When our children eat healthy, it benefits their overall well-being,” Petrarca said. “Studies continue to show that students are better prepared to learn when they have access to healthy food choices during the day, and this program serves as an additional way to help address food insecurity within our schools and also provide an opportunity for youngsters to make healthier food choices.” The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more in order to qualify for the grants. Read more

 

Petrarca announces $423,000 in funding to expand housing options and assistance for those in need

(Jul 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties will be able to assist low-to-moderate income residents with needed home repairs, rent or utility payment assistance, and emergency housing thanks to $423,000 in funds through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. “For many residents in the 55 th District, these funds will allow them to have a safe place they can truly call home,” Petrarca said. “PHARE funds can help residents in need with roof or heating system repairs in their home, emergency housing, or help with rent or utility payments,” Petrarca said. PHARE funding was awarded to the following organizations (including the project and amount): County of Armstrong (Emergency Housing Program to assist homeless persons) – $148,000 Indiana County Office of Planning and Development (55 Roof and Heating Systems Replacement Program) – $100,000 Westmoreland County (Union Mission, providing transitional housing and emergency shelter space for men) – $75,000 Redevelopment Authority of Westmoreland County (Accessible Housing Program) – $100,000 PHARE program funding comes from a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in Pennsylvania and addresses the housing shortages caused by the impact of drilling. Those funds are supplemented with two additional funding sources, including Read more

 

Petrarca: Nearly $12,000 in grants to Armstrong, Westmoreland counties to fund environmental education projects

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – A total of $11,900 in grants from the state Department of Environmental Education has been awarded to fund four environmental education projects in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today. In Armstrong County, the Armstrong Conservation District was awarded a $2,900 grant to fund a stormwater management workshop for the public. In Westmoreland County, Saint Vincent College was awarded two $3,000 grants; one for an early childhood educator workshop series, and another for a maple sugar tapping and climate change environmental education project for students and the public. In addition, the Westmoreland Conservation District was awarded a $3,000 grant to develop a pollinator garden to educate the public on the importance and maintenance of a pollinator habitat. “Each of us has an important role to play in protecting our environment,” Petrarca said. “These projects will be extremely beneficial in educating our residents on a variety of environmental and public health issues, including the best ways to protect our water supply and conserve our precious natural resources.” A total of 45 grants were awarded to schools, libraries, conservation district offices, and environmental and community organizations through the Environmental Education Grants Program . The program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside Read more

 

Petrarca announces Armstrong County to receive $150,000 to support opioid addiction treatment
1 day ago

Petrarca: $4.6 million available in PAsmart grants to connect employers with workers, spur new job training opportunities
Dec 03, 2019

Petrarca: $486,000 grant to Westmoreland County organization to support individuals recovering from opioid addiction
Dec 02, 2019

Petrarca: Bill to provide blood lead testing in young children moves forward in House
Nov 20, 2019

Petrarca: Resolution recommends ID badges for corrections officers
Nov 19, 2019

Petrarca: $230,000 state grant will protect, preserve hiking trails
Nov 14, 2019

Petrarca: State funding will support equipment purchases, job creation and retention at Westmoreland County company
Nov 12, 2019

Petrarca: $15,000 state grant will protect, preserve water trail
Nov 07, 2019

Petrarca warns anglers and hunters of online scams when purchasing licenses
Oct 15, 2019

Petrarca announces nearly $234,000 in state funds to improve, repair recreational facility and parks
Sep 17, 2019

Petrarca: $6.5 million in funding for Westmoreland County Community College
Sep 17, 2019

Petrarca announces $365,000 in grants to support victims of crime, criminal justice efforts
Sep 12, 2019

Petrarca announces aviation grants for regional airports in Armstrong, Westmoreland counties
Aug 28, 2019

October 30th bus trip to the State Capitol
Aug 28, 2019

Petrarca: Nearly $4.4 million in state capital funding grants awarded to three entities in Westmoreland County
Aug 01, 2019

Petrarca announces upcoming sign-up date for Westmoreland County seniors to apply for Farmer’s Market Nutrition, County Food Bank programs
Jul 29, 2019

Petrarca announces $2.6 million in Pennvest funding for Latrobe Municipal Authority
Jul 17, 2019

Petrarca: Local school awarded grant for fresh fruits and vegetables
Jul 15, 2019

Petrarca announces $423,000 in funding to expand housing options and assistance for those in need
Jul 15, 2019

Petrarca: Nearly $12,000 in grants to Armstrong, Westmoreland counties to fund environmental education projects
Jul 01, 2019