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1st District Connection

Senator FarneseDear Constituent,

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again.  The weather is getting colder, we’re starting to think about the holidays and all of us are wondering to ourselves what happened to 2011.  Time sure does fly, and I know you are busy, so here are a few updates that may be of interested to you.

As always, thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.

Sen. Larry Farnese 


Free Saturday Parking For Holiday Shoppers

PPA_LogoThe Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) is offering free Saturday street parking and discounted garage parking in center city for holiday shoppers.  There will be free meter parking citywide after 11 a.m. every Saturday from now until New Year’s Day, and $8 discounted garage parking every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following AutoPark Parking Authority locations:

  • Olde City (2nd and Sansom Sts.)

  • Independence Mall (5th and Market Sts.)

  • 8th and Filbert Sts.

  • The Gallery (10th and Filbert Sts.)

  • Jefferson (10th and Ludlow Sts.)

  • JFK Plaza Underground Garage (16th and Parkway Sts.)


Did You Submit Your LIHEAP Application?

Liheap The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is still accepting applications.  The federal program has less funding this year, so if you think you will have trouble paying your energy bills make sure you submit your application right away.  Applicants must meet the new 2011-2012 eligibility requirements and have a household income of less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
For more information, contact the State’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments should call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

Energy Coordinating Agency Can Help You Weatherize Your Home

It’s cold.  Have you weatherized your home?  Philadelphia’s Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) is offering free weatherization workshops to area groups. Trained professionals will show you how a few simple changes can save you money and make your home more comfortable all year long.  The workshops are supported by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW).  More information is available at


Hungry?  We Can Help.

Eboxes are Philabundance’s way of helping people who need immediate, emergency access to food.  The boxes are available by calling 800-319-3663 for a referral.  Once you have a referral you can pick one up at my District Office which is located at 1802 South Broad St.  Eboxes weigh 30 pounds and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of four for about three days. The contents vary, but they usually contain:logo

  • Hot and cold breakfast cereals;

  • Shelf-stable milk;

  • Canned meat and fish;

  • Canned fruits and vegetables;

  • Peanut butter and jelly;

  • Bagged/boxed grains; and

  • Macaroni and cheese.

The boxes also contain information on agencies available for food assistance.


Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese