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Dear constituent,

Sen. FarneseI hope this issue of the First District Connection finds you well and that you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday.  In addition to telling you about how you can:

  • Get help paying your energy bills;
  • Make the holidays easy with PhillyCarShare;
  • Give some of Philadelphia’s history; and
  • Take advantage of career help from the Free Library

I would like to tell you about a letter that I sent to the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.  Since all six of the sites being considered for a casino are located in the First Senatorial District, I asked the Board to ensure a fair and thorough process so we can find the best site and operator for Philadelphia; unlike in 2006 when some people said that they were steamrolled by the process and we ended up revoking a license.

I’m happy that the second casino license will be staying in Philadelphia because it will bring new construction jobs, employment opportunities and revenue to the City and State, but we need to do this right.  The entire selection process could take up to a year, so I will continue to keep you informed.  Thank you for your support and please let me know if my staff or I can help in any way.

Have a good day, 
Sen. Larry Farnese

Free Money From LIHEAP

LIHEAP LIHEAP The federal program Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications.  So, if you think that you will have trouble paying your energy bills, submit your application right away.  For more information, contact Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments can call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

PhillyCarShareThink About PhillyCarShare

PhillyCarShare is a car-sharing organization that gives you hourly access to more than 300 cars throughout Philadelphia.  Rates start at $7.50 an hour and that includes gas, insurance, 185 miles of travel, roadside assistance and a 24-hour helpline.   As a benefit to residents of the First Senatorial District, PhillyCarShare is waiving their application fee for new members.  To redeem the offer, enter the promo code senate on your online application.  Contact PhillyCarShare at 215-730-0988 if you have questions.

Discounts on Archival Prints for the Holiday Season

High-quality archival prints, perfect for the history lover on your holiday list, are now available from the Philadelphia Historical Society.  More than 60,000 historic prints are available in sizes from 8x10 inches to 24x36 inches.  The matte or glossy archival prints are produced in-house at the Historical Society’s Digital Lab on a high-quality printer. 

To view and purchase images visit  Use the code HOLIDAY and receive 10 percent off your order, if you are a member of the Historical Society you will receive 15 percent off your order.  The offer is good from November 23 through December 10, 2012.

Career Assistance from WORKPLACE Wednesdays

WORKPLACE Wednesdays are a series of job hunting classes that are offered every two months from September through June by the Free Library.  There are also sessions on resume writing and interviewing.  Classes are usually held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Central Library (1901 Vine Street).  Call 215-686-5436 for more information.

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