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1st District Connection

Senator FarneseDear Constituent,

Happy New year!  I hope that you had a restful and joyous holiday season.  There is no doubt that 2012 will be full of legislative and budgetary challenges, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get right to work.  The Senate will reconvene on January 17 and the budget negotiations will begin in early February.  So, as our work progresses I will keep you informed.

Below are a few updates that I would like to share with 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 


Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Make sure your tree does not end up in a landfill because the City of Philadelphia is not recycling trees left curbside this year.  Take your tree to one of the following Philadelphia Recycling Center drop-off points so it can be chipped into mulch:

  • Northwest Drop-Off Center
    Domino Lane and Umbria St.

  • Northeast Drop-Off Center
    State Road and Ashburner St.

  • Southwest Drop-Off Center
    3033 South 63rd St. (near Passyunk Ave.)

The program will run through Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Your tree must be free of decoration and not bagged.  For more information call 215-686-5560.

The Family Can Visit The Farm Show For Free

Farm_showPennsylvania is hosting the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibits.  Admission is free to the 96th Pennsylvania Farm Show so learn about the good work being done on the farm, in the field, in the home and in the classroom.  More information about the show is available at



Did You Submit Your LIHEAP Application?

LIHEAPThe 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).

Hungry?  We Can Help.

Food_helpEboxes 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:

  • 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