Sappey honors and recognizes veterans at annual breakfast

(Nov 14, 2022)

State Rep. Christina Sappey honored approximately 50 veterans in the 158th District and their family members during her annual veterans’ breakfast at the Kennett VFW Post 5467 today. Read more


$250,000 awarded to Kennett Consolidated School District

(Oct 28, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced Kennett Consolidated School District has been awarded $250,000 in Ready-to-Learn Block Grant funding. The funding will be used to support full-day kindergarten in the school district. KCSD administrators said the district will align their curriculum at the kindergarten center with local Pre-K Counts centers to ensure an exceptional transition experience for kids entering the district. “I am pleased to see this funding awarded to the Kennett Consolidated School District,” said Sappey. “According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, children in high-quality full-day kindergarten programs often have better long-term educational outcomes. Full-day kindergarten also supports working parents by reducing the cost of child care.” “Great school systems are like quality buildings– every long-lasting one has a strong foundation. The Ready-to-Learn Grant has provided KCSD essential support in building that for our students,” Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey said. “As a community, the best investment we can make is in early childhood education. Our full-day kindergarten program, made possible through Ready-to-Learn funding, increases academic achievement, teaches social skills and provides access to services, leveling the playing field for all Read more


Borough of Kennett Square Receives $2 million to Advance Municipal and Community Services Complex

(Oct 27, 2022)

Borough of Kennett Square, Chester County – The Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of the Budget awarded the Borough of Kennett Square $2 million from its Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) on Oct. 26, 2022 to be used toward the completion of its multi-purpose complex. The borough purchased several buildings at 600 S. Broad Street with the intention to transform the underutilized space into a comprehensive municipal and community services complex, which will include administrative offices, the police station, and community-service providers. The complex is widely regarded as the borough’s next major step to elevating the borough and helping its citizens. The community recognizes the critical role Rep. Christina Sappey and Sen. John Kane played in promoting thecomplex and securing funding. “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to help the Kennett community secure funds for this important project,” said Rep. Sappey, an advocate of the project. “The complex will help keep crime rates low and provide a bridge between community members and vital community services. I am looking forward to seeing Kennett Square Borough come together and prosper." RACP is an annually-available competitive grant program authorized in the state’s budget. It will be used to renovate a portion of the main building to create an accredited police station for the department. The new facility will specifically be designed to address Read more


U.S. Route 1 Section H02 (Baltimore Pike)

(Oct 25, 2022)

Route 1 Section H02 (Baltimore Pike), East Marlborough Township Read more


Sappey: Over $400K in state funding approved for Avondale Borough

(Oct 21, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Christina Sappey is pleased to announce Avondale Borough has been awarded $412,125 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development . The grant will be used to replace an influent pump, related pumping controls and backup equipment at the Avondale Borough Wastewater Treatment Plant. By replacing the pump and outdated piping and equipment, the borough hopes to reduce ongoing maintenance costs of the greater pump system. “This project is essential to maintaining current, well operating infrastructure within the borough,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Improving our infrastructure will have a positive impact on our communities for years to come. I am thankful to see this state funding request approved and I am proud to have worked with Avondale Borough to secure this grant.” “Borough Council and I are grateful to Representative Sappey for her advocacy, hard work and commitment to the residents of Avondale. This grant will help us update and improve our services to our community,” said Mayor Susan Ruzcidlo, Avondale Borough. “On behalf of the Borough Council, I’m pleased that Avondale Borough is the recipient of a grant that will provide much needed updates and improvements to the water and sewer plant. We’d like to thank state Representative Christina Read more


Sappey to host annual Veterans Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony

(Oct 14, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Oct. 14 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites veterans and their families in the 158 th Legislative District to join her for a Veterans Breakfast and Recognition Ceremony from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the Kennett Square VFW Post 5467, 704 W. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. “This breakfast and recognition ceremony is a small token of appreciation for the veterans in our community,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Veterans represent the pinnacle of public service. Many have made tremendous sacrifices to protect us and our freedoms. As a member of the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I am committed to providing help and support to our veterans and I am proud to hold this event once again.” A free, hot breakfast will be provided as well as information on state government-related programs and services available to veterans. The keynote speaker will be Brigadier General George Schwartz (Ret.) who served as assistant adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and as the Deputy Commandant, Reserve Affairs at the U.S. Army War College. He has been mobilized for a number of domestic emergencies and been deployed for two overseas missions. Currently, he is an assistant professor of leadership and the director of the Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Planning & Management Program at Immaculata University. Read more


Sappey: Aqua Rate Increase Underscores Need for Reform

(Sep 30, 2022)

Recently, rate increases for water and wastewater services provided by Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. (Aqua) went into effect for over 400,000 customers in 32 counties across the commonwealth. Many residents, including seniors on fixed incomes, have been surprised and frustrated to receive bills that have nearly doubled. The current rules regarding rate regulations and water utility sales are not in the consumer’s best interest. It is imperative that reform is considered in Harrisburg to prevent future prioritization of corporate profits over residents’ access to a basic necessity, such as water. I share the frustration of Aqua customers going through this current increase. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is the regulatory authority in Pennsylvania for utility rates. Utilities wishing to increase rates must submit a request to the commission for approval. The PUC is currently comprised of three commissioners, each appointed by the governor on a five-year term and confirmed by the State Senate. When Aqua submitted this request in 2021, I urged the PUC to hold in-person hearings for residents to voice concerns. When that request was denied, State Rep. John Lawrence and I hosted a telephonic public hearing and I joined many of you in testifying against the then-proposed additional charges. Despite these efforts, the PUC commissioners voted unanimously to approve the rate increase in May of 2022. Recently, I wrote to the PUC providing examples of the Read more


Rep. Sappey Event Provides Naloxone Training

(Sep 29, 2022)

Pictured left to right are Dr. Joseph Greco, MD, LCH Medical Director, state Rep. Christina Sappey, Kate Genthert-Siolek, Chester County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist, and Bob Rafetto, PRLA Brandywine Chapter Co-Chair. KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 29 – Community members joined state Rep. Christina Sappey on Monday for a Free Naloxone Training at Kennett Borough Hall. The e vent was hosted with support from the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, The PA Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA), Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute and LCH Health and Community Services (formerly known as La Comunidad Hispana). The training, led by Chester County Drug and Alcohol Services, included an overview of the opioid epidemic in Chester County as well as information about resources to help in the fight against addiction. Participants learned how to identify a possible opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone. Following the presentation, attendees received a free naloxone kit. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that can rapidly reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. It can restore breathing within two to eight minutes and has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years. Accidental overdose is up at the county, state and national levels over the past 20 years, reports show. In Chester County, most overdose deaths had fentanyl present in Read more


Sappey, Bullock and Rabb introduce resolution recognizing September as Transcontinental Underground Railroad Month

(Sep 21, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Reps. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, Donna Bullock, D-Phila., and Christopher Rabb, D-Phila., have introduced H.R. 229 , recognizing September 2022 as “Transcontinental Underground Railroad Month” in Pennsylvania. Sappey had introduced resolutions commemorating the month in previous legislative sessions and this year was joined by colleagues Bullock and Rabb. The language of the document was drafted with support from the Legislative Black Caucus and the House Equity Committee. “The Underground Railroad is a significant freedom movement in American history and an integral component in the advancement of African Americans,” said Sappey. “I am proud to reintroduce this resolution and pay tribute to those who have taken great risks for freedom.” The trans-Atlantic slave trade began as early as the 15th century, introducing a system of slavery that was commercialized, racialized and inherited. People were forcefully abducted from Africa, enslaved in the American colonies and exploited to work in the production of crops, such as tobacco and cotton. During the era of slavery in the United States, the Underground Railroad served as a route to freedom for enslaved African Americans from throughout the United States, including Pennsylvania. While the Gradual Abolition Act was adopted by the Commonwealth in 1780, it required individuals who were slaves before 1780 to remain enslaved, allowing the Read more


Sappey announces more than $239,000 for environmental projects

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced two grants totaling $239,037 were awarded to projects in the 158 th Legislative District. The funding was provided through the Commonwealth Financing Authority ’s Act 13 grant programs. Kennett Square Borough will receive $125,000 through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant Program to restore Red Clay Park. The borough is proposing a transformative urban green space, trail, and ecological restoration project in the heart of the community. The project includes the removal of invasive species along the creek and stabilization of the streambank through riparian buffer plantings. In addition, the borough will construct creek access and new portions of trailways with picnic tables and welcome signs. “I was happy to support Kennett Square Borough’s application for these funds,” said Sappey. “The Red Clay Park and Creek Restoration Project will provide environmental and recreational benefits in an optimal location, creating key pedestrian connections to Kennett High School, the YMCA, the new library, Anson B. Nixon Park, local businesses and more.” Over the past decade the borough, in partnership with the Kennett Trails Alliance, has advanced the Kennett Greenway, a planned 14-plus-mile pedestrian and bicycle loop to connect the borough to everyday destinations. The greenway will run through 30 Read more


House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee hosts hearing on impact of public gardens

(Sep 19, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 19 – State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, thanked the bi-partisan state House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee for coming to Chester County to learn about the important role and impact of public horticulture on tourism in Pennsylvania. The hearing was conducted at Longwood Gardens, an industry leader for public gardens, on Friday, Sept. 16. Sappey requested the hearing to highlight the far-reaching economic, educational, environmental and physical benefits provided by Pennsylvania’s many public gardens, and to encourage promotion of public gardens throughout the commonwealth as a top priority for the Tourism and Recreational Development Committee. “Our state public gardens are an integral part of the Pennsylvania tourism industry and generate significant revenue,” said Sappey. “This hearing was an excellent opportunity for policy makers to learn about how public gardens provide educational opportunities, create jobs and support local businesses.” Testimony was provided by members of the PA Public Horticulture Coalition, a newly formed organization of industry leaders who work to showcase the rich benefits public gardens and horticulture organizations bring to the public. “I’ve enjoyed working with the PPHC to amplify their voice and to share the important economic, community and cultural benefits that public horticulture brings to all citizens of the commonwealth,” Read more


Sappey to host Senior Fair

(Sep 08, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Christina Sappey invites senior citizens in the 158 th Legislative District and their families to attend a free Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Kennett Middle School, 195 Sunny Dell Road, Landerberg, PA 19348. “Our community partners and the commonwealth offer numerous programs and services for seniors,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “My hope is that this Senior Fair will provide residents with information on health and wellness, senior living, recreational opportunities, education and community events. I am pleased to serve the seniors living in the 158 th District.” Vendors will provide information on health care, government services, legal assistance and more. The event will feature music, light refreshments and free door prizes. Vaccinations will be available for individuals who can provide an ID and insurance card. Health screenings, including blood pressure readings, hearing tests and more, will also be available. Individuals over 65 with ID will be able to apply for or renew SEPTA Senior Passes. There will also be staff available to assist with unclaimed property searches. Anyone with questions should contact Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264 or . Read more


Eight outdoor recreation and conservation projects awarded more than $3.3 million in state funding

(Sep 07, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Sept. 7 – Eight projects to improve outdoor recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help revitalize local communities in Chester County will receive more than $3.3 million in funding, state Representative Christina Sappey and Senator Carolyn Comitta said today. “I’m pleased to see these investments in our open spaces and environment,” said state Rep. Christina Sappey. “By preserving land and installing green infrastructure, such as riparian buffers, we are expanding natural habitats while further protecting our waterways.” “Preserving open space, protecting our natural resources, and expanding recreational opportunities adds to the healthy and vibrant quality of life that continues to attract residents, families, and businesses to the Chester County region,” state Sen. Carolyn Comitta said. “These historic investments will continue to pay dividends in ensuring strong environmental health, public health, and economic opportunity.” The projects, located in Chester County, will receive grant funding administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). They are as follows: $1.5 million for Penn Township for the further development of Penn Sports Park, including the construction of pedestrian walkways, a Read more


2022 Fall Newsletter

(Sep 06, 2022)

I love the fall season and all that Chester County has to offer. The region becomes lively with events, traditions and the excitement that a nip in the air brings. Read more


Sappey applauds state funding for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry

(Aug 31, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced the approval of state funding for Stroud Water Research Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Pennsylvania State University, all of which are partners in the 158 th Legislative District. This new funding will have a big local impact on: Affordable agriculture labor housing. Preparing a skilled, future-forward agriculture workforce. Stroud’s research on benefit of agriculture restoration practices. Phorid fly research funding. Safely controlling Spotted Lanternfly. Pollination in fruit orchards. “As a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, we have worked on numerous issues facing our farmers in PA over the last several years, so I am thrilled to see this funding for our agriculture industry,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “It’s our No. 1 industry and it’s important to fund programs and research that help us make farming safer, more sustainable and to innovate and improve the way we operate.” Penn State University was awarded $126,718 to expand the use of new integrated pest management to control phorid flies in mushroom production. “The 158 th Legislative District in southern Chester County includes most of our mushroom industry. The impact of phorid flies on residents and mushroom growers cannot be Read more


Free Community Naloxone Training

(Aug 31, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Christina Sappey will host a free Community Naloxone Training from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, September 26 at the Kennett Borough Hall, 600 S. Broad St., Kennett Square, PA (new address). This training will be for individuals, businesses, community organizations, restaurant and hospitality employees and anyone interested in learning how to properly administer life-saving naloxone to those experiencing a drug overdose. This event is being supported by the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services, The PA Restaurant & Lodging Association, Good Fellowship Ambulance & EMS Training Institute and LCH Health and Community Services (formerly known as La Comunidad Hispana). Spanish translation services will be provided at the event by LCH Health and Community Services. “Sadly, every day at least 10 people in Pennsylvania will die from a drug overdose,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “Trainings are one way we can help prevent these tragedies. By learning how to administer naloxone, you could help save a life." Registration for the free training event is required and interested individuals can sign up here or by calling Sappey’s office at (484) 200-8264. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that can rapidly reverse an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. It can restore breathing within two to eight minutes. Read more


Sappey: The Garage Community & Youth Center secures $23,000 in funding

(Aug 12, 2022)

KENNETT SQUARE, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Christina Sappey announced today that the Garage Community & Youth Center has been awarded $23,000 in state funding. The grant will be used at the Garage’s new facility, at 121 Pennsylvania Ave. in Avondale Borough, which opened in May 2022. These funds will help to purchase and install an emergency generator, renovate a shower within the facility and provide basic shelter essentials for small children, including meals. “I am pleased to see this investment in the Garage Community and Youth Center,” said Sappey, D-Chester. “The center helps families in the community by providing a safe, supportive place for youth after school.” The Garage Community & Youth Center is an after-school and youth-development program serving middle and high school students in Avondale and Kennett Square. It first opened its doors in the Kennett community in 2001. In 2021, the group purchased the Avondale location, moving from West Grove. In addition to after school care, the Avondale site is now in the process of becoming an emergency storm shelter location with the American Red Cross. “Portions of Avondale have a history of flooding during storms, so I am grateful to the Garage for working proactively to assist impacted families,” Sappey Read more


2022 Summer Newsletter

(Jul 25, 2022)

I hope this summer newsletter finds you well and that you’re finding an opportunity to slow down, spend time with friends and family and enjoy the abundant natural beauty here in the 158th. Read more


Introducing the new 158th Legislative District

(Jul 21, 2022)

Every ten years, after the U.S. Census, the Legislative Reapportionment Commission is created to redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate districts to maintain equitable representation based on population. In March, the bipartisan Legislative Reapportionment Commission and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved new legislative district maps. These maps will remain in place for the next decade. The new 158th Legislative District consists of: » Avondale Borough » East Fallowfield Township » East Marlborough Township » Kennett Square Borough » Kennett Township » New Garden Township » Newlin Township » Pocopson Township » West Bradford Township » West Marlborough Township The following municipalities will no longer be in the 158th and have moved to the legislative district in parenthesis: » East Bradford (moved to the 156th) » West Goshen (moved to the 156th) » London Britain (moved to the 13th) I will continue to serve as state representative for residents of East Bradford, West Goshen and London Britain until the end of the current legislative session on Nov. 30, 2022. Read more


2022-2023 Education Budget Increases in the 158th Legislative District

(Jul 13, 2022)

2022-2023 Education Budget Increases in the 158th Legislative District Read more