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Sappey to Host Economic Recovery Forum Sept. 23

(Sep 14, 2021)

At the forum, Sappey and panelists will discuss post-pandemic economic challenges and opportunities facing employers, employees, businesses and consumers in Chester County. Read more

 

Sappey introduces resolution designating September as International Underground Railroad Month

(Sep 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Christina Sappey has introduced a resolution designating September 2021 as “International Underground Railroad Month” in recognition of the pivotal role that Pennsylvania played in the abolition movement during the 19th century via the Underground Railroad. “Pennsylvania, and Chester County in particular, played a crucial role in assisting enslaved people flee to freedom via the Underground Railroad,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Our commonwealth was dotted and crossed with hundreds of safehouses, escape routes and hiding places. Who were the heroes of the Underground Railroad? Everyone from political leaders to ordinary citizens, as well as former slaves--known as ‘stationmasters’--who would risk their own hard-won freedom to help their loved ones escape. “It’s critical to recognize the importance of the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania’s history, not only for the sake of those who put their lives on the line so that all Americans could be free before the Civil War, but also to remember that in Pennsylvania the fight for the true freedom of all people is still being fought.” Pennsylvania has a long history of freedom seekers and abolitionists, and H.R. 980 would honor their stories: The American Anti-Slavery Society was an interracial organization dedicated to the entire abolition of slavery in the United States. This society was founded in Philadelphia in Read more

 

PA Climate Caucus asks IRRC to approve state's participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

(Sep 01, 2021)

Members of the PA Climate Caucus sent a letter to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, requesting they approve final form regulations for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Read more

 

Sappey congratulates Hilltop Crab House for hospitality grant

(Aug 13, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today congratulated Hilltop Crab House Restaurant and Bar in New Garden Township on receiving a $30,000 Covid-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Chester County Economic Development Council. Sappey was on hand for an award presentation to Hilltop’s owner Sean Hanrahan and Hilltop General Manager Heather Brydges, along with DCED Deputy Secretary Steven D’Ettore and CCEDC Chief Operating Office Mike Grigalonis. “Our locally owned restaurants are vital to our economy here in the 158 th , and they continue to experience serious hardships from the pandemic. I am so happy to see these grant dollars go to Hilltop and their warm, welcoming staff,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “These funds were allocated through Senate Bill 109, which I was proud to support and vote for. In total, S.B. 109 provided nearly $1 billion in rental and housing assistance, education support and relief for our hospitality industry.” CHIRP is a $145 million statewide program created by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to alleviate revenue losses and pay for eligible operating expenses for certain businesses in the hospitality industry, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those interested in learning more about state help for rebuilding during the pandemic can visit Read more

 

‘What’s Next in K-12 Education’ virtual panel discussion Aug. 12

(Aug 12, 2021)

Send questions to RepSappey@pahouse.net. Read more

 

Sappey to hold ‘What’s Next in K-12 Education’ virtual panel discussion

(Aug 05, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Christina Sappey will hold a virtual panel discussion on K-12 education in Pennsylvania Thursday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. The discussion will focus on the challenges of the 2020-21 school year for families and educators and what is being done to address these issues. “There is a lot of anxiety out there about learning loss, health and safety, mental health and how our schools are working to address the needs of our students,” Sappey said. “This virtual discussion is a great way to log on from wherever you are spending these waning days of summer to get information and ask questions as we get ready to head back to school.” Panelists include Anne Baloga, executive director of the House Democratic Appropriations Committee; Dr. Robert Sokolowski, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District; and Dr. George Fiore, executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Those interested in attending must RSVP to obtain the link to join in. RSVPs may be made by calling Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264 or by completing this form: https://www.pahouse.com/Sappey/Form/?id=1352 . Read more

 

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing

(Jul 21, 2021)

The intricacies of Pennsylvania’s mushroom industry, which provides most of the mushrooms consumed across the United States and millions in economic benefits to the state, is the focus of a scheduled hearing to be hosted by state Rep. Christina Sappey. Read more

 

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing

(Jul 19, 2021)

LANDENBERG, July 20 – The intricacies of Pennsylvania’s mushroom industry, which provides most of the mushrooms consumed across the United States and millions in economic benefits to the state, is the focus of a scheduled hearing to be hosted by state Rep. Christina Sappey. The hearing will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 at the New Garden Township Building, 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, PA 19350. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Sappey, D-Chester, will be joined by Vice-Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the difficulties faced by the mushroom industry in meeting demand, growing their facilities, and educating the next generation of leaders. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Share your thoughts with Rep. Sappey!

(Jul 12, 2021)

To share your thoughts on state issues, please fill out this survey. Read more

 

2021 Summer Newsletter

(Jun 23, 2021)

News and updates for the 158th Legislative District Read more

 

Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform

(Jun 09, 2021)

This is the fifth in a series of discussions on this topic Rep. Sappey has hosted. Read more

 

Sappey to host virtual panel discussion on ‘Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform’ June 10

(Jun 08, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, June 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, invites residents of the 158th Legislative District to attend her virtual panel discussion, “Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10. This event is the fifth in her series of discussions that began last year on institutionalized racism . “These discussions have provided an opportunity for us to examine our institutions and how systemic racism can impact the delivery of education, health care, law enforcement and justice. These are sensitive, and sometimes difficult, conversations that require an open heart and an open mind. Throughout this series I have been so pleased to see the people of this district express an earnest desire to understand entrenched racism. This is the first step toward meaningful change,” Sappey said. Questions for the panel can be submitted before or during the event to repsappey@pahouse.net . Panelists for this discussion include: Deb Ryan, district attorney, Chester County. Steve Jarmon, lawyer, Lamb McErlane PC. Dr. Taylor Jones, director of research and principal consultant, CulturePoint LLC. Dr. Jessie Kalbfeld, director of research, public wise and principal consultant, CulturePoint LLC. Residents should RSVP on Sappey’s website to receive a link to attend. You can also RSVP by contacting her Read more

 

Sappey renews flags at Longwood Cemetery for Memorial Day

(May 28, 2021)

In honor of Memorial Day, state Rep. Christina Sappey renewed flags in the Longwood Cemetery this afternoon. Read more

 

Sappey: Drive-thru event connects seniors with resources

(May 19, 2021)

Residents stopped by to receive reusable bags filled with information about state and local programs and services for older adults. Read more

 

Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic: College Age

(May 19, 2021)

This virtual panel discussion, Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic: College Age, is the fourth in a series of discussions Rep. Sappey and Rep. Otten have hosted. Read more

 

Sappey announces Farm to School grant for Downingtown Area School District

(May 04, 2021)

KENNETT SQUARE, May 4 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced that Downingtown Area School District was awarded a state grant that will help improve access to healthy, local food in school and increase agriculture awareness. Downingtown Area School District was awarded a $15,000 Farm to School Grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The grant will be used to help with the procurement of local foods for cafeterias in five elementary schools. “As a supporter of increasing agriculture education and awareness in our schools, I’m thrilled to see this grant awarded,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “It’s important that students learn the critical role that agriculture plays in our communities and our economy. Introducing young students to locally grown foods is an excellent way to start.” Sappey said the grant builds on previous state investments made through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, including Ag and Youth grants to the Chester County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Future Farmers and the Chester County Intermediate Unit last year. Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a third round of funding for the 2021-22 state budget. “I was proud to vote for the PA Farm Bill in 2019, and it’s exciting to see this funding support projects here in Chester County,” said Sappey, who serves on the House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. “Helping students understand where their food comes from can spark Read more

 

Sappey delivers town hall update on House legislative efforts

(Apr 30, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey held an online town hall event Thursday to discuss state and local government matters with residents of the 158th Legislative District. Read more

 

Sappey, House Policy Committee hold hearing on Pa. public gardens at Longwood

(Apr 22, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, and House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, hosted a special hearing on Pennsylvania public gardens today at Longwood Gardens in East Marlborough Township. Policy Committee members received testimony focusing on the economic impact, green job development, environmental and educational contributions of public gardens in Pennsylvania. Approximately 20 legislators heard testimony from garden advocates from across the state, including Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association; Paul B. Redman, president and CEO of Longwood Gardens; Maitreyi Roy, executive director of Bartram’s Garden; and Richard Piacentini, president and CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. They also received a tour of Longwood’s conservation, horticulture research, and education facilities located on the grounds. “Pennsylvania’s public gardens have always played an important role in our communities,” said Sappey. “We’re extremely fortunate to have Longwood here in Chester County, but they are known throughout the globe for world-class exhibits, learning opportunities, performances and outstanding conservation. Public gardens, like Longwood, also encourage tourism and economic development. So, we benefit from public gardens in numerous ways.” “We hope today’s hearing raised awareness of the positive economic, Read more

 

Protecting Pollinators

(Apr 22, 2021)

Panelists for this discussion include: Stephen Repasky, president, Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association.Meagan Hopkins-Doerr, coordinator, Master Gardeners of Chester County, Penn State Extension.Sean Quinn, preserve manager, ChesLen Preserve. Read more

 

Sappey announces $419K in CFA Multimodal and Act 13 funds

(Apr 21, 2021)

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that East Marlborough Township and the Kennett Greenways Project will be the recipient of a total of $419,000 in Commonwealth Financial Authority Multimodal and Act 13 funds. “This funding is integral to providing several projects with the money they need to get off the ground,” Sappey said. “The multimodal grants are a part of a much larger plan for the Kennett Greenway, a 14-plus mile pedestrian and bicycle loop designed to connect the greater Kennett community, including New Garden Township, to everyday destinations, areas of natural beauty and local points of interest. These projects provide safety and promote health while respecting the environment.” Awards have been granted as follows: $400,000 has been allocated in CFA Multimodal funds for Kennett Greenway Connectors at Birch Street and the Magnolia Underpass. The streetscape improvements will occur along Birch Street, a few blocks from downtown Kennett Square Borough. Proposed improvements will include implementation of stormwater best management practices and roadway reconstruction. Additional improvements include new sidewalks, ADA curbs and ramps, crosswalks and signage promoting alternatives to vehicular travel. The proposed underpass project will include a new 10-foot-wide multi-use trail approaching an 8-foot high by 12-foot-wide underpass, to be located beneath the East Penn Read more

 

Sappey to Host Economic Recovery Forum Sept. 23
Sep 14, 2021

Sappey introduces resolution designating September as International Underground Railroad Month
Sep 13, 2021

PA Climate Caucus asks IRRC to approve state's participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Sep 01, 2021

Sappey congratulates Hilltop Crab House for hospitality grant
Aug 13, 2021

‘What’s Next in K-12 Education’ virtual panel discussion Aug. 12
Aug 12, 2021

Sappey to hold ‘What’s Next in K-12 Education’ virtual panel discussion
Aug 05, 2021

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing
Jul 21, 2021

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing
Jul 19, 2021

Share your thoughts with Rep. Sappey!
Jul 12, 2021

2021 Summer Newsletter
Jun 23, 2021

Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform
Jun 09, 2021

Sappey to host virtual panel discussion on ‘Institutionalized Disadvantage: Justice Reform’ June 10
Jun 08, 2021

Sappey renews flags at Longwood Cemetery for Memorial Day
May 28, 2021

Sappey: Drive-thru event connects seniors with resources
May 19, 2021

Youth Mental Health and the Pandemic: College Age
May 19, 2021

Sappey announces Farm to School grant for Downingtown Area School District
May 04, 2021

Sappey delivers town hall update on House legislative efforts
Apr 30, 2021

Sappey, House Policy Committee hold hearing on Pa. public gardens at Longwood
Apr 22, 2021

Protecting Pollinators
Apr 22, 2021

Sappey announces $419K in CFA Multimodal and Act 13 funds
Apr 21, 2021