HARRISBURG, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, recently announced a $40,000 grant for the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick. Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, this Career and Technical Education (CTE) Supplemental Equipment Purchase grant will boost job readiness and training. “I has been my privilege to serve the students of my district by helping them obtain this grant,” Ciresi said. “This money will go towards creating a job training program specifically designed for single mothers to land an entry level job in an auto shop, on top of transporting high school students to co-op jobs for hands-on learning and experience. With these jobs in high demand, we can ensure that we are filling these positions and getting more people to work. I am looking forward to continuing my work with WMCTC to make sure it remains a leader in providing technical skills and opportunities.” For more information about this grant, call Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265. ### Attention Editors: Photos can be found here . Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today held a joint hearing with the House Democratic Policy Committee on youth perspective on criminal justice. The PLBC requested the hearing to give youth an opportunity to express their views on the current criminal justice system. “I am grateful to the young people who were present for today’s hearing, as we are working to make changes to our society, including our criminal justice system, so that they will grow up in a better, more just world,” Kinsey said. “We know our system is flawed and unfair but hearing from the experts who testified today gave us invaluable information and insight that can be used to make much-needed improvements. I hope our young people know, after attending this hearing, that their voices are valued.” “Criminal Justice Reform is one of the important Civil Rights issues of our time,” Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., said. “Additionally, many of our young people are affected by it as participants themselves or as a family member of a participant. It’s important to hear their voice as we continue to address this important issue.” The Philadelphia Community Youth Court sits in Harris’ district and is located at the Universal Institute Charter School, where the hearing took place. They were joined by state legislators from across Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton is inviting all ninth through 12th grade students in the 191st Legislative District to participate in a statewide initiative to help efficiently and effectively control litter along roadways in the commonwealth. The Innovations Challenge asks students to look at co-effective technologies and innovative solutions – aside from laws, programs, and education campaigns – that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation combat this problem. “Litter scattered along the side of our roadways is not only an eyesore, it’s an environmental hazard. It’s unfortunate that people feel to use the outdoors as their trash can and not think about the consequences,” McClinton said. “Protecting the environment should be a priority for everyone, and today’s youth and future generations will be the most impacted. “The Innovations Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to use their creativity and brain power to make a difference. I encourage all students in my district – from Yeadon and Darby to Philadelphia, and all points in between – to participate in this worthy challenge,” McClinton said. Regional Innovations Challenge winners will be selected and invited to compete in Harrisburg for the state championship. This year, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Read more
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, announced today he will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing this week on gun violence. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Ave. Media and the public are invited to attend. Frankel requested the hearing to discuss ways to address the public health epidemic of gun violence in Pennsylvania. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Testifiers will include: Dr. John Rozel , medical director, resolve Crisis Service, and president, American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. Dr. Deborah Moss , pediatrician and president, Pennsylvania Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Raquel Forsythe , director of trauma, UPMC Presbyterian. Heath Johnson , crime analysis coordinator, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Ross Watson, violence prevention program manager, Allegheny County Health Department. Councilperson Erika Strassburger, District 8, Pittsburgh City Council. Lee Davis, life coach and violence interrupter, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health's Violence Prevention Initiative. Nicole Molinaro, president and CEO, Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Read more
EBENSBURG, Sept. 10 – Municipalities and organizations should consider several competitive state grant programs with open application windows that are closing later this month and into October, said state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria. “If you think you may be eligible, I strongly encourage you to apply,” Burns said. “I have consistently touted these grant opportunities as a good way to have more of your tax dollars returned to our communities.” For some time, Burns has made a priority of informing and encouraging government, nonprofit and other eligible entities to apply for available grants – and has offered the assistance of Brittany Blackham, his own in-house grant writer. Burns said she can be reached in his Portage office at 814-736-7339 to provide information or help with the following grant applications: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Capital Assistance Section 5310 Program Transit Grants Eligibility: Nonprofits and governmental authorities approved by the state to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities, such as county transit authorities and shared-ride programs. Use: To purchase new wheelchair accessible small transit vehicles. Application Deadline: September 20 More Information: Click on https://spportal.dot.pa.gov/Planning/AppReg/BPT-5310/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2019 County Jail-Based Read more
EXTON, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Pennsylvania’s foster care system at the West Whiteland Township Building. Howard requested the hearing to discuss critical issues in foster care with leaders in the field. Howard was joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “As a former social worker, I saw first-hand the negative impact of the foster care system on many children,” said Howard. “Too many children in the foster care system suffer from emotional, behavioral, developmental and physical issues that go untreated. These issues impact their lives long after they leave the foster care system. “I want to thank all of today’s testifiers for providing critical insights into how we can come together to improve the foster care system in PA.” Sturla added: “It’s critical that we have an open dialogue about issues within the system so we can come up with workable solutions that will improve the lives of foster children.” The committee heard testimony from Debra Schilling Wolfe, executive director, and Sarah Wasch, program manager of Foster Care to College Initiative , UPenn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research; Frank Cervone, executive director, Support Center for Child Advocates; Maryann Piccioni , former Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host her “Healthy From Head to Toe” Senior Appreciation Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Presbyterian Homes, 2050 S. 58th St., 19143. "The seniors in our community have done so much for their families and their neighborhoods. They deserve to be appreciated and to receive resources that are beneficial to them,” McClinton said. “My event is a great opportunity for them to meet with a number of agencies and companies that cater to them.” The event will offer screenings and other health-related services, resources from area agencies such as insurance and health-care providers. Lunch will be provided. McClinton and her staff also will provide seniors with information and tools to help live healthy lives. For more information, constituents can call McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more
PAOLI, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, co-hosted Early Access morning at Elmwood Park Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 7. Early Access Morning was an opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their caretakers to enjoy a low-traffic experience at the zoo with minimal environmental stressors and sensory triggers. It is part of a larger all-abilities event series with Elmwood, the first zoo in the world to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center. The designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, is awarded to organizations that have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs. “Early Access Morning is a forward-thinking, inclusive concept that sets the standard for all-abilities events,” Shusterman said. “The highly accredited facility conditions, skilled staff and genuine passion for community engagement exhibited here gives me added motivation to keep fighting for children of all ability levels.” Shusterman is a co-chair on the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus and has been active in the disabilities rights and awareness movements both locally and in Harrisburg. Shusterman has been an avid spokesperson on topics such as assistive technology, the direct support professional crisis and working toward eliminating waitlists for disabilities vouchers. Read more
The $59,075 vehicle was financed by the state Office of the Fire Commissioner following YMCEU’s successful application to the statewide program. Read more
RADNOR, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, accompanied by the Delco Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27, will present the Radnor police force with a $40,000 check at the board of commissioners meeting this evening. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Radnor Township building, 301 Iven Ave., Wayne, 19087. The funds will be distributed through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s grant program and will be used to purchase body cameras. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to present this check to the Radnor police force,” O’Mara said. “I’m confident that these body cams will increase transparency with the community and help protect both the public and the officers who work tirelessly to keep us all safe.” Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, is hosting a job fair for residents seeking to help with the upcoming 2020 Census. The job fair will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Boyle’s Mayfair district office, located at 7420 Frankford Ave., 19136. Boyle said there are temporary positions available, including field supervisors, recruiting assistants and census takers. “The Philadelphia region hopes to employ thousands of people so that all of our citizens are accurately accounted for on the 2020 Census, and you can play a role in ensuring that,” Boyle said. “If any resident is seeking employment or supplemental income, please consider this opportunity. These jobs pay well and have flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.” For more information or to reserve a spot at the job fair, constituents should call Boyle’s office at 215-331-2600. Read more
EBENSBURG, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, will host his annual Senior Fair for Cambria County’s senior citizens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg. Burns hosts this annual Senior Fair as a way to provide seniors with a wealth of information about their health and well-being. “I look forward to again hosting this Senior Fair,” Burns said. “It’s an event that’s geared toward providing our seniors with the most up-to-date information on a variety of services and state-related programs.” Attendees will be provided information on senior services, such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and PACE/PACENET. Burns’ staff also will be in attendance to answer questions and provide direction on a host of government-related programs and services. More information on this event is available by calling Burns’ office at 814-472-8021. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 9 – For the second time this year, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader will be offering an electronics collection event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. “We’ve had successful electronics collection events over the past few years, collecting thousands of carloads of electronic devices from Greene County residents,” Snyder said. “These events really make a difference in our overall recycling efforts in the community and ensures that harmful chemicals don’t make their way into our environment through improper disposal.” Snyder said only one television per vehicle can be accepted, and some waste-handling fees will apply for items containing Freon and for fluorescent tubes. Electronic items that will be accepted include computers – including laptops, printers and monitors – stereos, cameras, video cassette recorders, telephones, electronic cables, games and calculators. Items that will not be accepted at the event include the following: sweepers. hair dryers. curling irons. sewing machines. compact discs. alkaline batteries. small kitchen appliances. smoke detectors. thermostats. manuals. paper. Styrofoam. Greene County residents with questions may call Snyder’s Carmichaels office at 724-966-8953. Read more
TAYLOR, Sept. 9 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at Kosierowski’s office, 802 S. Main St., to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative will be available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking with the advisers must call Kosierowski’s office at 570-562-2350 to schedule an appointment. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 6 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, today announced that he will be hosting a Spotted Lanternfly Interactive Awareness Event along with state Reps. Mary Jo Daley, Tim Briggs, and Pamela DeLissio. “It is crucial that we give our people the tools they need to fight back against this invasive species, and that starts with holding local meetings to learn as much as we can about this insect,” Vitali said. “We must work together to manage the population and get rid of this pest that threatens our agriculture and forest industries.” The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, 19010. Featured guest speaker Heather Leach, Spotted Lanternfly Extension Associate for Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been invited to teach residents about how to spot this invasive species, methods of prevention and types of trees impacted. Attendees will also have time to ask questions about the pest during the event. Residents who have questions about the event may call Vitali’s district office at 610-789-3900. ### Attention Editors: Media coverage is invited. Read more
WHITEHALL, Sept. 6 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program at the office of state Rep Jeanne McNeill. A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will be in McNeill's office at 1080 Schadt Ave. – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 to provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative will be available to discuss education, health care and death benefits. Legion membership is not required to take advantage of the help, but anyone interested in speaking to the adviser is encouraged to schedule an appointment through McNeill’s office at 610-266-1273. Read more
MALVERN, Sept. 6 – Pennsylvanians can help make the EpiPen available to all children by signing an online petition sponsored by state Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester. The petition supports Howard’s upcoming legislation that would require any state-regulated health insurance company to cover the cost of doctor-prescribed, medically necessary epinephrine pens for children under age 18. More than 100,000 Pennsylvania children suffer from food or insect allergies, and over 1,000 of these children have an allergy so severe that an exposure could be fatal Howard said many low-cost short-term insurance plans that low-income families rely on do not cover EpiPen injections for their children. “Our kids shouldn’t die from allergies because insurance companies won’t cover the cost of an EpiPen,” said Howard. The online site would send a message to Speaker of the House Michael Turzai; Republican Leader Bryan Cutler; Rep. Tina Pickett, chairwoman of the House Insurance Committee; Rep. Kathy Rapp, chairwoman of the House Health Committee; and the sender’s state representative requesting them to pass the legislation. Howard said, “I’m encouraging everyone to join me in the fight to make our children’s health a top priority in Harrisburg.” The online petition can be found here . Read more
"Our seniors are such an important part of our community, and this senior fair gives me the opportunity to applaud and appreciate what they mean to us." Read more
I-95 South Ramp to Bridge Street FULL RAMP CLOSURE from May 1 - Indefinitely, due to water main break. DETOUR POSTED. U.S. 1 N & S (City Avenue) LANE CLOSURE between Route 23 (Conshohocken State Road) and Monument Road Weeknights from August 12 - December 31 from 7 PM - 3:30 AM, due to Utility Work. I-95 N (Girard point Bridg e) RIGHT LANE CLOSURE between SR 291 to I-76 (Exit 13) and Broad street (Exit 17) interchanges from September 4 - September 14 from 9 am to 3 pm, due to bridge inspection. I-76 E SHORT TERM LANE CLOSURE PRECEDING FULL CLOSURE between 30th street and University Avenue from September 9 - September 13 from 9 pm to 5 am, due to road work. I-76 W RIGHT LANE CLOSURE AT 9PM AND FULL CLOSURE AT 11PM from South St. to Vine St. Expressway from September 9 - September 13 from 9 pm to 5 am, due to road improvements. I-76 W SHORT TERM LANE CLOSURE between University Ave. and 30th Street from September 9 - September 13 from 9 am to 3 pm, due to road work. Old Skippack Road; Lower Salford Township PERMANENT SOUTHBOUND CLOSURE for 250 feet from Salfordville Road intersection. Drivers will be permanently directed around from April 24 - Indefinitely, due to Concrete Island Construction. Johnson Highway; East Norriton Township FULL CLOSURE between North Hills Drive and Rahway Avenue from May 13 - October 1, due to bridge replacement. DETOUR POSTED. North Lane Road; Whitemarsh Township Road Closure between Hector Street and Butler Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 6 – Following their votes today to reject the new risk-assessment tool by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, state Rep. Joanna McClinton and Sen. Sharif Street said they vow to push for their legislation that would repeal the commission’s mandate to create a such a tool. “I voted to reject the risk-assessment tool because I have serious concerns that it is not the best way to reduce recidivism and keep people safe in my community and across the Commonwealth. I strongly believe that the mandate requiring the commission to create a new risk-assessment tool needs to be repealed and I will continue to work closely with Senator Street and my colleagues to pass legislation that would abolish that mandate,” McClinton said. Under this risk-assessment tool passed Thursday, when a person scores high- or low-risk based on the risk-assessment instrument, they would be flagged for further assessment of their risk of recidivism and need for treatment or support. The plan permits county probation departments to put these people through whatever assessment they use. Street said, “For almost a decade, the sentencing commission has worked – under a legislative mandate – to create a risk-assessment tool with the goal of reducing costs and decreasing the prison population. Senator Greenleaf, author of the original legislation, has denounced this version of the risk-assessment tool as having the adverse effect of its Read more
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