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Reading Area Community College receives $42,947 in grant funding

(Oct 31, 2019)

State Reps. Mark Rozzi and Tom Caltagirone and Sen. Judy Schwank announced Reading Area Community College will receive almost $45,000 in state funding from a Preschool Development Grant as part of a $1.5 million investment from the state to improve the quality of early childcare education. Read more


Reps. Caltagirone and Rozzi, Sen. Schwank announce more than $250,000 in grant money for Berks County

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi and Sen. Judy Schwank announced $252,821 in grant funding has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support recreation improvement efforts in Berks County. CFA approved grants for: Reading Skatepark Association for $90,000 to develop a skatepark. Berks Nature for $162,821 to install a pedestrian bridge. “The approval of these funds is great news for Reading and the surrounding communities who will benefit from them,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. “I commend all involved who worked hard to put together high-quality proposals for these competitive grant funds.” Rozzi added: “These projects, especially the skatepark, represent important investments not only in the present needs of our community, but for future generations. Children and residents of the city of Reading and beyond will benefit from this new recreational outlet.” The Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program is funded through the Act 13 —Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund and is administered by CFA. “These state grant funds will allow Reading and Berks County to better address the recreational needs of area residents for many years to come,” Schwank said. “I’m glad that we have local groups taking initiative in pursuing these funds.” The CFA was established in 2004 as an Read more


Rozzi to host free shredding event Sept. 28

(Sep 17, 2019)

TEMPLE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at his district office. Rozzi’s office is at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District are invited to bring any papers containing confidential or personal information to have them securely shredded. “Shredding old documents helps to keep personal information out of the hands of identity thieves,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m glad to be able to help make this service easily available for community members.” Anyone with questions can call Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. ### Read more


Reading company receives CFA grant

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Simpler Way Nutritionals LLC was awarded a state grant to develop value-added process for developing infant formula and nutraceutical products from Pennsylvania-sourced milk, state Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, announced today. The $460,375 grant will help Simpler Way Nutritionals LLC to produce products that will enable the consumer to easily determine the source of the infant formula and nutraceutical products, and assure them that their purchases result from a process that promotes animal health. The project includes funds for research, development and marketing. “Parents from all over the world will feel secure feeding their babies nutritional formula produced from the quality milk of our Pennsylvania dairy farmers, creating much-needed jobs right here in Reading,” Caltagirone said. “I’m glad that this grant will be used to help develop products that bring nutritional benefits from the youngest to the oldest of our residents, while also providing a shot in the arm to our state's dairy industry,” Rozzi said. The grant was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program. The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program provides grants to encourage research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. The program is administered jointly by the state Read more


Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws

(Feb 21, 2019)

Pennsylvania lawmaker, other clergy sex abuse victims ask Italy to change priest laws Read more


2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click here to download Rep. Rozzi's 2019 Capitol Scenes calendar. Read more


Caltagirone, Rozzi applaud $77,000 awarded to prepare Berks County students for the workforce

(Nov 28, 2018)

State Reps. Thomas Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi, both D-Berks, are commending multiple career and technical schools in Berks County for receiving $77,925 in state grants. The money, which is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf, will be used to buy new equipment for students at: Berks CTC: $27,925 Reading Muhlenberg CTC: $50,000 “Higher education is not solely about four-year degrees, but putting an emphasis on programs that best prepare our students of today for the jobs of tomorrow,” explained Caltagirone. “This money echoes my commitment to making sure bright minds have the proper tools at their disposal that provide the hands-on experience needed to give them the best chance to succeed in the workforce.” “Our career and technical schools are preparing students for jobs that Pennsylvania businesses need to fill,” Rozzi said. “I’m pleased to see the state award these grants, which will help ensure that schools have the right equipment on site to give students the training they need to be ready for the workplace. I have and will continue to be a great supporter of technical education. Students are graduating and walking right into quality, high paying jobs.” Wolf awarded nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools across the commonwealth. A complete list of Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 02, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more


Rozzi: Senate must return to deliver justice to abuse survivors

(Oct 22, 2018)

"We will get the "window to justice" passed, as was intended by all of the grand jury recommendations over the past 14 years." Read more


Senate Fails to Vote on Child Sex Abuse Bill

(Oct 18, 2018)

In a last ditch and shameful effort to defend those institutions that sexually abused children and then covered up the abuse, Senator Scarnati refused to bring up Senate Bill 261 for a vote. Read more


Rozzi releases statement on negotiations over ‘window to justice’

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today released the following statement regarding ongoing negotiations over statutes of limitation reform: “Speculation is that the Senate Majority Caucus plans to amend S.B. 261 to strip institutions from the statute of limitations window for victims of sexual abuse. This is completely unacceptable. A window that does not include institutions is not a window at all. Victims have endured a lifetime of suffering as a result of being sexually abused and then having that abuse covered up by the institutions that abused them. To exclude institutions from the window is just another step toward denying victims the relief that they desperately deserve. This is not a true window to justice.” Rozzi will release further remarks following the review of proposed language. Read more


Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote

(Oct 15, 2018)

Sex abuse survivors swarm Pennsylvania capitol ahead of state senate vote Read more


Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators

(Oct 15, 2018)

Two-year window for child sex abuse suits in Pennsylvania divides negotiators Read more


Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims

(Oct 15, 2018)

Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims Read more


Rozzi announces recycling grants for local municipalities

(Oct 13, 2018)

READING, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today announced several local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. The following local municipalities received grants: Berks County Solid Waste Authority - $85,545 Lower Alsace Township - $283,249 Muhlenberg Township - $335,619 Reading City - $349,992 West Reading Borough - $141,772 “This funding helps encourage our local government agencies to offer programs that make it easier for residents to recycle and take better care of our environment,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased to see the state award these grants, and I’ll continue to support efforts to promote the importance of recycling in our communities.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more


Rozzi: Statute of limitations reform without a ‘window to justice’ is unacceptable

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today called a recent proposal from Senate leaders on statute of limitations reform “unacceptable” and said that a “window to justice” is essential for abuse victims. “Victims want their day in court. They want to expose predators and those who covered up crimes,” Rozzi said. “They want to protect other children from being harmed. They want a path to justice and healing, and the window is the only way to achieve that.” Last month, the House overwhelmingly passed Rozzi’s “#WindowtoJustice” amendment to S.B. 261, which incorporated the key recommendation from four Grand Jury investigations of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania – the 2005 and 2011 reports on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the 2016 report on the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and the August 2018 report on six dioceses in Pennsylvania. The window has been fiercely opposed by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania. The bill was returned to the Senate, where Republican leaders have opposed the window in the past and offered an alternative proposal which featured “troubling” concepts, including a court process for victims to place perpetrators on a public registry and a one-year period of time for victims to access a compensation fund voluntarily set up by organizations via a tribunal. That proposal does not Read more


Rozzi to host free shredding event Oct. 20

(Oct 11, 2018)

READING, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at his district office. “Shredding old documents that contain confidential information is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “This event makes it easy to dispose of those papers safely. The shredded papers will be recycled, so it’s better for the environment, too.” The event will take place in the parking lot behind the office at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District can bring up to 10 boxes of documents to be securely shredding on site and recycled. Attendees are advised to remove all plastic bags, tape and paper clips in advance. Anyone with questions should contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. Read more


Rozzi congratulates Reading on parks grant

(Oct 10, 2018)

READING, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi congratulated the City of Reading on being awarded $300,000 in state funding to rehabilitate Baer Park and the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded the grant, made available through the Keystone Fund, on Tuesday. Work at Baer Park will include renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad water feature and new walkways. At the Sixth and Amity Streets Playground, work will include new playground equipment, as well as renovation of a basketball court, construction of a spray pad, and walkways. “These parks are immensely important to our neighborhoods, offering space for recreational activity and serving as community gathering places. This funding is an investment in improving the quality of life for residents of Reading,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “I’m pleased that Governor Wolf and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources saw the value of improving these parks.” DCNR’s Keystone Fund is celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania. Learn more by visiting www.dcnr.pa.gov and clicking on “grants.” Read more


Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill

(Oct 09, 2018)

Bucks County senators pressured to support child sex abuse bill Read more


This Week in Pennsylvania: Rozzi discusses statute of limitations

(Oct 05, 2018)

This Week in Pennsylvania: Rozzi discusses statute of limitations Read more