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Dear Neighbor,

Sen. FarneseI’m excited to share another edition of the First District Connection with you. Today I’d like to tell you about how you can:

  • Become a Philadelphia Police Officer;
  • Take advantage of student aid programs;
  • Find affordable child care;
  • Park in Philadelphia for free; and
  • Get help with your mortgage.

Thank you for your support and please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff if we can be of any assistance.

Sen. Larry Farnese

Philadelphia Police Philadelphia Plice Become a Philadelphia Police Officer

It takes a special kind of person to become a Philadelphia Police Officer and meet the challenges of doing an incredibly tough job well. If you think you are up to the task, applications are now being accepted.

All police officer recruits receive high-quality classroom instruction and hands-on training at the academy. The position offers paid medical, prescription, dental, legal and life insurance plans. For more information, visit or call 215-683-COPS. The last day to apply is November 9, 2012.

Student Aid Guide Student Aid Guide PHEAA’s Student Aid Guide Now Available Online at

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s (PHEAA) Student Aid Guide is now available under the College Planning section. The free Student Aid Guide is Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive financial aid publication and is a great resource for finding everything students and families need to know about the financial aid process and paying for higher education.

Keystone StarsChoose Quality Child Care/Early Learning for Your Child through Keystone STARS

Choosing a child care program is a big decision and the Keystone STARS rating system can help. Each program’s classroom and learning activities, teacher qualifications, support for working with families and management is ranked with one to four stars. The higher the star level, the higher the quality. For more information, visit

Free Meter Parking In Center and Old City

Parking MeterThe Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) is offering free meter parking in:

  • Center City after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, except for rush-hour zones, which are free after 6:30 p.m., between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers and between Bainbridge to Spring Garden streets; and
  • Old City on the first Friday of every month after 5 p.m. between Callowhill and Walnut streets and between Front and 5th streets.

Learn more at

Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program

The Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) can help homeowners who are at least three months behind on their mortgage. Counselors are available to review your eligibility and assistance options. To schedule an appointment call 800-989-2227 or visit


Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese

1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
Fax: 215-952-3155
543 Main Capitol | Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
Phone: 717-787-5662
Fax: 717-787-4531