It’s always nice to start a First District Connection with some good news, so I’m happy to congratulate Ms. Amy Scarpello and her 7th grade students from the Memphis Street Academy for receiving a state-wide superior/first place and a national exceptional rating/ second place award from Project Citizen. The students, who I’ve been working with to turn their project into state law, want to require all PA school employees to be trained in CPR, know how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and for each school in the state to have an AED on sight in case of emergencies. Project Citizen is a civic education competition for middle and high school students that promotes participation in state and local government. Good job!
In other news, I’ve got a few summer-related updates for you today about how you can:
- Get a free recycling bin;
- Properly dispose of those hard to get rid of items;
- Save money on your energy bills; and
- Celebrate Peace Day Philly 2013.
I’ll have another installment of the First District Connection for you on Sept. 17; and as always, please let my team or me know if you need any help. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
All My Best,
Sen. Larry Farnese
Ms. Amy Scarpello and her 7th grade students from the Memphis Street Academy received national recognition for their CPR/AED advocacy from Project Citizen. Pictured (L to R) are: Joshua Berger, Deanna Taunitas, Johnaliz Batista, Tyrese Jenkins, Sedeniss Collazo, Kavizea Mathis, Alexis Rivera and Emanuel Delvalle (not pictured).
Get Your Free Recycling Bin
Help make Philadelphia the cleanest and greenest city in the nation by recycling. My office has free recycle bins, so stop in and pick one up today.
Philly’s Sanitation Convenience Centers
If you need to get rid of trash, recyclables, bulk items or tires; then you should visit one of Philadelphia’s three Sanitation Convenience Centers:
3033 S. 63rd St., near Passyunk Ave.
300 block Domino Lane, near Umbria St.
State Rd. and Ashburner St.
Their services are only available for Philadelphia residents, so be prepared to show proof of residency. All personal and passenger vehicles under 6,000 pounds are welcome. And all locations are open Monday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., except on city holidays.
Reduce Your Energy Bills
Summer heat and higher energy bills are here, so take advantage of these summer energy saving tips from PECO:
Adjust your thermostat – Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and lower when you are away or sleeping.
Wash your clothes in warm or cold water – Do your laundry more efficiently by using warm or cold water to wash your clothes.
Save as you dry your clothes – When using the dryer, run full loads and empty your lint trap after each use.
Close the curtains – Close your curtains on east, south and west-facing windows of your home or office to block the sun’s heat.
Turn them off – Turn off appliances, lights and equipment, and unplug electronic devices and chargers when they are not in use. Most new electronics use electricity even when switched off, so shut your computers and printers down at the power strip.
Replace filters – Replace the filters on your air conditioner and furnace in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations to help your system operate efficiently.
To learn more energy saving tips visit www.peco.com/Savings/Pages/default.aspx.
Residential Heating and Equipment Rebates
I know you are not thinking about ways to efficiently heat your home, but now is the time to start planning. PGW has a program called EnergySense to help residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers conserve energy and save money. Residential customers can receive:
- $500 for natural gas furnaces with a 94 percent efficiency rating or greater;
- $2,000 for natural gas boilers with a 94 percent efficiency rating or greater; and
- $30 for a programmable thermostat purchased with boiler or furnace.
For more information about how you can save, and for additional al programs visit www.pgworks.com/index.aspx?nid=334.
Mark Your Calendars for Peace Day
Get involved in Peace Day Philly 2013, an observation of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. This day of ceasefire and non-violence is celebrated worldwide on September 21. To learn more about the celebration, or about what you can do to bring peace to Philadelphia, visit www.peacedayphilly.org.
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