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Sen. FarneseGreetings,

I hope you had a nice Fourth of July holiday weekend.

As I’m sure you know by now, Pennsylvania has a new, yet imperfect, fiscal year 2013-2014 state budget. The negotiations were difficult and the final product was not at all what I think Pennsylvania and Philadelphia needs to move forward, but it was signed into law by the governor. For more information about the new budget plan visit

So, are you keeping cool? I hope so. If you are interested in finding a list of cooling centers, pools and spraygrounds, visit Also, don’t forget to check on your elderly friends and family members, anyone who is homebound or has difficulty getting around, and those without air-conditioning during the hot and humid weather.

Today, I’d like to share with you information about:

  • Pop Up Summer Fun in Philly;
  • Staying safe;
  • Property tax/rent rebates; and
  • An upcoming job fair.

Just so you know, the next installment of the First District Connection will be Aug. 6. I’ll resume the normal biweekly distribution schedule Sept. 17. Thank you for all of your support and please give me and my team a call if we can be of any assistance.

Take care, 
Sen. Larry Farnese

Summer FunPop Up Summer Fun in Philly

The City of Philadelphia’s summer “Pop Up” events are happening all over the city for you and yours to enjoy some summer fun. Here are just a few upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 5 – 8 p.m.
Mander Recreation Center, 2140 N. 33rd St.
After hours pool party, entertainment and prizes

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 5 – 8 p.m.
Tarken Ice Rink, 6250 Frontenac St.
Free ice skating party, entertainment and prizes

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 3 – 6 p.m.
Myers Recreation Center, 5800 Chester Ave.
Philadelphia Union soccer clinic

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
City Hall Courtyard
Dice Raw live music performance

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
City Hall Courtyard
Kurt Vile live music performance

Visit for information about summer activities, local programming and volunteer opportunities.

Row HomeStaying Safe

The Philadelphia Police Department and I want to make sure you and your family enjoy the summer and, above all, stay safe. If you experience a problem, see a crime being committed or are the victim of a crime, immediately call 9-1-1. For more information on summer curfew hours, how to become a Philadelphia police officer or to find more information about the city’s safety and crime prevention programs, visit

Row HomeProperty Tax/Rent Rebates

If you need help with your property tax and/or rent rebate, visit my district office. PA’s rebate program is designed to benefit Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded.

Row HomeDepartment of Public Welfare Job Fair

The Department of Public Welfare will host a job fair July 18 to fill income maintenance caseworker, energy assistance worker and entry-level clerical jobs. Staff will be on hand to discuss the office’s mission, the positions and explain the application, testing and hiring process. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Betsy Ross Conference Room at the Philadelphia County Assistance Office, which is located at 801 Market St., 6th floor, Philadelphia.

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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
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