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Sanchez announces DCNR grants of $117,400 for Abington Township, $200K for Upper Dublin to improve community recreational spaces

Sanchez makes water quality a priority during budget hearing

(Feb 19, 2020)

During this week’s state budget hearings, Pa. state Rep. Ben Sanchez continued his work to protect water quality. Read more

 

Wolf highlights Sanchez gun safety bill in budget address

(Feb 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – Gov. Tom Wolf highlighted state Rep. Ben Sanchez’s bill requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms in his budget address today as part of his plan to reduce gun violence in the Commonwealth. Sanchez’s H.B. 1288 would require any owner or other person lawfully in possession of a firearm who suffers the loss or theft of a weapon to report it to law enforcement within 72 hours of the discovery. If a person fails to do so, he or she could be charged with a summary offense. “I’m pleased that Governor Wolf singled out my commonsense gun safety bill, which would require stronger reporting requirements for lost and stolen firearms and help keep guns off the streets,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “The bill would deter gun trafficking by making firearm owners more accountable for their weapons and make our communities safer for all of us.” If H.B. 1288 becomes law, Pennsylvania would join a growing list of other states such as Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia that require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Sanchez’s bill previously was introduced by former state Rep. Madeline Dean, and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Read more

 

Sanchez: Abington School District awarded $35,000 in PASmart Grants to advance science, technology education

(Jan 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today for awarding a PASmart Grant worth $35,000 to Abington School District to help expand computer science classes and teacher training. “I’m so proud that Abington earned this funding. It’s critical that our young people have a strong background in science, technology, engineering and math to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “This grant will improve educational opportunities for everyone.” The grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The grant awardees from across the commonwealth have all prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities. For more information about PAsmart, visit www.PaSmart.gov . Read more

 

Sanchez congratulates local college for grant to combat sexual assault on campus

(Jan 17, 2020)

ABINGTON, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez congratulates Manor College in the 153th Legislative District on being awarded a $28,962 grant to combat sexual assault on campus. “Our students should be able to focus on their studies in the safest possible environment while pursuing their education,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “Manor College is uniquely positioned to educate about sexual violence on campus and be part of the solution. I’m very pleased that our own Manor College was awarded this state funding to help them in this mission.” Governor Tom Wolf announced $1 million in “It’s On Us” grants today for 26 colleges and universities statewide. More information on the grants is available here . Read more

 

Sanchez announces state grant for Abington School District

(Jan 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced today Abington School District will benefit from a $25,000 grant awarded this week through the Teacher in the Workplace grants program. The grant money will enable Abington teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends that will enhance their classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness. “These grants build critical bridges between schools and in-demand professions,” Sanchez said. “This is a great program that connects teachers directly with employers. The teachers have the opportunity to learn industry skills trends to bring back to their classrooms to improve their students’ career readiness.” To learn more about the Teacher in the Workplace program, visit the program website at https://www.education.pa.gov/Policy-Funding/SchoolGrants/Pages/TeacherWorkplace.aspx . Read more

 

Sanchez announces DCNR grants of $117,400 for Abington Township, $200K for Upper Dublin to improve community recreational spaces

(Nov 14, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez announced that DCNR funds were awarded in the amount of $117,400 for Abington Township and $200,000 for Upper Dublin to develop and rehabilitate local recreational spaces. “I’m proud that the state is making these investments in our recreational spaces, which will increase the quality of life for everyone who lives in our communities,” Sanchez, D-Montgomery, said. “Thanks to these funds, people will be able to enjoy these spaces for generations to come.” Abington Township: The rehabilitation and further development of Briar Bush Nature Center. Work will include the renovation of a pavilion; construction of a pedestrian walkway and parking area; installation of fencing; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. Upper Dublin Township: The rehabilitation and further development of the Twining Valley property. Work will include the renovation of a pedestrian walkway and parking area; construction of pedestrian walkways, mountain bike trail, boardwalk, pedestrian bridge and parking area; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. Earlier this fall, DCED’s Commonwealth Financing Authority had awarded Upper Dublin a $120,000 grant to enable the township to begin converting Twining Valley/Upper Dublin Golf and Fitness Club into a Read more

 

Sanchez announces DCNR grants of $117,400 for Abington Township, $200K for Upper Dublin to improve community recreational spaces

(Nov 14, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez announced that DCNR funds were awarded in the amount of $117,400 for Abington Township and $200,000 for Upper Dublin to develop and rehabilitate local recreational spaces. “I’m proud that the state is making these investments in our recreational spaces, which will increase the quality of life for everyone who lives in our communities,” Sanchez, D-Montgomery, said. “Thanks to these funds, people will be able to enjoy these spaces for generations to come.” • Abington Township: The rehabilitation and further development of Briar Bush Nature Center. Work will include the renovation of a pavilion; construction of a pedestrian walkway and parking area; installation of fencing; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. • Upper Dublin Township: The rehabilitation and further development of the Twining Valley property. Work will include the renovation of a pedestrian walkway and parking area; construction of pedestrian walkways, mountain bike trail, boardwalk, pedestrian bridge and parking area; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and other related site improvements. Earlier this fall, DCED’s Commonwealth Financing Authority had awarded Upper Dublin a $120,000 grant to enable the township to begin converting Twining Valley/Upper Dublin Golf and Fitness Club into a public park. DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists Read more

 

Sanchez announces $1.5M grant for Upper Dublin

(Nov 12, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced today that Upper Dublin Municipal Authority has received a $1.5 million state award to construct the Dreshertown Road Cross County Trail Extension located in Upper Dublin Township . The Upper Dublin Municipal Authority will use the funds to construct a 0.7-mile extension of the Cross County Trail and widen Virginia Drive/Dreshertown Road (SR 2024) between Susquehanna Road and Beacon Hill/Bantry Drive. In addition, the project will construct missing sidewalk segments, upgrade traffic signal systems to include pedestrian crosswalks, and make all intersection crosswalks and sidewalks ADA compliant. The authority and township are partnering to construct the project, and Montgomery County will be accepting ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the trail when completed. “These funds will increase the quality of multimodal travel in Upper Dublin, and so improve the quality of life as well,” Sanchez said. “From the parent enjoying a walk with their baby in a stroller along the trail to commuters enjoying an easier commute home and to school children safely crossing busy intersections, everyone will benefit from the improvements these state funds make possible.” The funding that Sanchez announced today was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's Read more

 

Sanchez announces $160k in school safety grants for local schools

(Oct 18, 2019)

ABINGTON, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced that school safety grants have been awarded to five local schools. The grants come through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s 2019-20 Safe Schools Target Grants. Four types of grants are offered: equipment grants of up to $25,000, program grants of up to $20,000, School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000 and School Resource Officer grants of up to $60,000. Grants were awarded to: Abington School District -- $18,948.60 program grant and $60,000 School Resource Officer grant. North Montco Tech Career Center -- $17,440 program grant St. Hilary of Piters School -- $21,960 equipment grant Regina Coeli Academy -- $23,625 equipment grant and $19,889.08 program grant Good Shepherd Catholic School -- $19,000 equipment grant “I’m grateful that several local schools were selected to receive these competitive grants,” Sanchez said. “Creating the safest learning environments we can is the first step in not only protecting our community’s children but helping them reach their full potential in the classroom.” The money is part of $7.3 million in competitive grants that were awarded to schools statewide to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide training and compensation for school resource and police officers. More information on the Read more

 

Sanchez and McCarter to host LGBTQ+ resource fair this weekend

(Oct 16, 2019)

ABINGTON, Oct. 16 – State Reps. Ben Sanchez and Steve McCarter, both D-Montgomery, invite LGBTQ+ community members and allies to their resource fair from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 19 at Penn State Abington, 1600 Woodland Road. This free event will feature over 40 vendors from the greater Philadelphia area, including local businesses, nonprofits, organizations, area legislators and more. “The event is open to everyone and we hope to see many members of the LGBTQ+ community there along with allies,” Sanchez said. “I look forward to meeting with attendees and introducing them to the resources they’re looking for. Whether they want an update on our state legislature’s efforts to protect LGBTQ+ rights or want to be connected to advocacy groups, we will have something there for everyone.” “It is critical in a democracy that every community’s voice is heard and their needs are met,” McCarter said. “Our first LGBTQ+ Resource Fair provides a great opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to voice their concerns and to find resources, both in organizations and in legislators and their staff, that support LGBTQ+ advocacy, wellness, community and education in the area.” Questions may be direct to Sanchez’s office at (215) 517-6800. ### Read more

 

10/2/19 – Autism Awareness – Abington

(Oct 03, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ben Sanchez. Read more

 

Sanchez, Policy Committee focus on autism awareness

(Oct 02, 2019)

ABINGTON, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on autism awareness at the Abington School District Administration Building. Sanchez requested the hearing to discuss what the state legislature could do to increase the understanding and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum, and to discuss his Autism Spectrum Disorder Designation legislation. Testifiers and lawmakers looked at methods to help students with autism succeed academically and socially, and resources available to families with a loved one on the autism spectrum. Sanchez was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “I want to thank today’s testifiers for sharing their insight on how we can better serve Pennsylvanians on the autism spectrum. Creating an open dialog on the subject allows us lawmakers to return to Harrisburg with new ideas on how we can help them thrive from a legislative standpoint,” Sanchez said. “As elected officials, it is our job to ensure we understand and meet the unique needs of every constituent we represent.” Sturla added: “Raising awareness on the subject is crucial because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. With the growing prevalence of this disorder, we must do more to Read more

 

Sanchez to hold Policy Committee hearing on autism awareness Wednesday in Abington

(Sep 27, 2019)

ABINGTON, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on autism awareness next week. The hearing will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Abington School District Administration Building, 970 Highland Ave. The media and public are invited to attend. Sanchez requested the hearing to discuss what the state legislature could do to increase the understanding and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum. Sanchez will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sanchez is working on legislation that would permit people on the autism spectrum to receive a notation on their driver’s license or identification card indicating their condition. Those scheduled to testify include local school officials, autism researchers, state officials and autism advocates. For more information about the Policy Committee, go to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Sanchez announces $120k for new community park

(Sep 17, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that a $120,000 state grant is being awarded to Upper Dublin Township to create a community park. The grant funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Upper Dublin Township has owned Twining Valley/Upper Dublin Golf & Fitness Club since 1981 and these funds will be used to convert the existing golf course into a vibrant new community park, according to Sanchez. This project will focus on establishing a network of multi-purpose trails for pedestrian and bicycle access. Existing golf cart pathways will provide the outline to the new trails with a variety of new and innovative recreational features. The total project cost is $1,495,784. “This new park will certainly be an asset to the 153 rd District and help bring our community together,” Sanchez said. “I’m thankful that Upper Dublin Township is receiving these funds, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact the park will have for residents of all ages.” The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA provides funding for various projects that help businesses succeed, including businesses focused on development, water quality, energy, infrastructure and more. ### Read more

 

Sanchez announces annual Senior Fair on Sept. 4

(Aug 23, 2019)

ABINGTON, Aug. 23 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, will hold his annual Senior Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rydal Park on Wednesday, Sept. 4. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about state and local resources that are available to Montgomery County seniors in areas such as health and wellness, transportation, affordable food programs and more. “This year’s Senior Fair will feature over 50 vendors and connect attendees with the programs and services that they need to lead healthy, productive lives,” Sanchez said. “This is a convenient, ‘one stop shop’ event that brings the community together, and I’m looking forward to meeting with constituents.” In addition to the government and exhibitor information, the Senior Fair will also feature several door prizes, a catered lunch and refreshments. For more information on the Senior Fair, please call Sanchez’s office at (215) 517-6800 or visit the official Facebook event page. Read more

 

Sanchez announces $1 million grant for Upper Dublin library

(Aug 02, 2019)

UPPER DUBLIN, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, today announced that Upper Dublin Township will receive $1 million in state funding to go toward the community’s new library project. The funds will be coming from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which is a highly competitive grant. This is the second award that Upper Dublin Township has received to support the transformation of the 520 Virginia Drive property into a public library. With the addition of these funds, the new library project has been awarded a total of $1.75 million in state grants. In September 2018, the project was awarded a $750,000 Keystone grant. “I am very excited to see this funding come through to aid in the creation of this magnificent new space being created for the Upper Dublin community,” Sanchez said. “This impressive library will be a valued destination for years to come thanks to the hard work of everyone involved and a welcome addition to an already stellar community.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. ### Read more

 

Summer in the 153rd

(Jul 10, 2019)

This is the latest installment of my e-newsletter to keep you informed about what’s happening in Harrisburg and in our district. It’s been a busy couple of months. Read more

 

Sanchez announces more state grants for Upper Dublin, other parts of Montgomery County

(Jun 14, 2019)

The grants vary in size and scope, and the PCCD’s goals through this funding are to improve the justice system and the lives of crime victims, and to make communities safer. Read more

 

Sanchez applauds affordable housing investment in Abington Township

(May 31, 2019)

“Residents of our district deserve fair, affordable housing, and too often hardworking folks are priced out of such opportunities,” Sanchez said. “I’m happy that this funding helps ensure some viable housing opportunities in Abington Township.” Read more

 

Sanchez announces major grants for traffic safety improvements at two intersections in Abington and Upper Dublin townships

(May 30, 2019)

"It’s a win-win for our commuters and community.” Read more

 

Sanchez makes water quality a priority during budget hearing
Feb 19, 2020

Wolf highlights Sanchez gun safety bill in budget address
Feb 05, 2020

Sanchez: Abington School District awarded $35,000 in PASmart Grants to advance science, technology education
Jan 21, 2020

Sanchez congratulates local college for grant to combat sexual assault on campus
Jan 17, 2020

Sanchez announces state grant for Abington School District
Jan 06, 2020

Sanchez announces DCNR grants of $117,400 for Abington Township, $200K for Upper Dublin to improve community recreational spaces
Nov 14, 2019

Sanchez announces DCNR grants of $117,400 for Abington Township, $200K for Upper Dublin to improve community recreational spaces
Nov 14, 2019

Sanchez announces $1.5M grant for Upper Dublin
Nov 12, 2019

Sanchez announces $160k in school safety grants for local schools
Oct 18, 2019

Sanchez and McCarter to host LGBTQ+ resource fair this weekend
Oct 16, 2019

10/2/19 – Autism Awareness – Abington
Oct 03, 2019

Sanchez, Policy Committee focus on autism awareness
Oct 02, 2019

Sanchez to hold Policy Committee hearing on autism awareness Wednesday in Abington
Sep 27, 2019

Sanchez announces $120k for new community park
Sep 17, 2019

Sanchez announces annual Senior Fair on Sept. 4
Aug 23, 2019

Sanchez announces $1 million grant for Upper Dublin library
Aug 02, 2019

Summer in the 153rd
Jul 10, 2019

Sanchez announces more state grants for Upper Dublin, other parts of Montgomery County
Jun 14, 2019

Sanchez applauds affordable housing investment in Abington Township
May 31, 2019

Sanchez announces major grants for traffic safety improvements at two intersections in Abington and Upper Dublin townships
May 30, 2019