Gov. Corbett has announced that he will “help” the School District of Philadelphia by advancing the district $265 million. Unfortunately, an advance on what the children of Philadelphia are already scheduled to receive is not much of a help. The money, which will be nothing more than a paycheck advance for the district, will not avoid layoffs, reduce the district’s $81 million shortfall or guarantee that our schools will open on time.
On the same day of the governor’s announcement, my fellow Democratic senators, area elected officials and I held a hearing to get an update on the state of our schools from Mayor Nutter and Superintendent Hite. We also urged the Republican leadership in Harrisburg to allow Philadelphians the right to fund our schools with a $2-per-pack cigarette tax.
Unfortunately, it does not look like the vote needed to approve the tax is going to happen any time soon, but as always, I’ll keep you informed about Philadelphia’s school funding crisis.
In this newsletter, I’ll tell you how you can:
- Find exciting after school programs;
- Nominate a health hero;
- Getting your free recycle bin;
- Become an organ donor; and
- Take advantage of PA's tax/rent rebate program.
All my best, and please call my district office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. if I can be of any assistance.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Philly’s New After-School Widget
The City of Philadelphia’s new After School Activities Partnership (ASAP) widget, which is now part of the Philly311 Mobile App, is available for free downloading on any iPhone, Android or Blackberry device. The widget will help you find safe and supervised after-school youth programming. For more information, visit www.phillyasap.org.
Nominate a Health Hero
The Philadelphia Magazine and Independence Blue Cross are looking for the 2014 “Be Well Philly Health Hero.” This local champion should be someone who inspires others to be healthy, fit and well. The winner, who you can nominate at phillymag.com/healthhero, will receive a $3,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 18. Candidates must be 21 or older and live in the Philadelphia area (Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware or Chester counties, South Jersey or Northern Delaware). Past winners include:
- Dr. Beth DuPree, 2012, breast surgeon and medical director for Holy Redeemer’s Breast Health Program (bit.ly/2012BWPHealthHero); and
- Leslie Marant, 2013, co-ambassador for “Black Girls Run! Philadelphia,” personal trainer of Temple Building Fitness, and local attorney (http://bit.ly/2013BWPHealthHero).
For more information, visit phillymag.com/healthhero, “like” Be Well Philly on Facebook, follow @bewellphilly and #BWPHealthHero on Twitter, or email Lauryn@aversapr.com.
Get Your Free Recycling Bin
My district office still has free recycle bins. If you’d like one come to my 1802 S. Broad St. office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pick one up.
Become an Organ Donor
If you are not an organ donor, please consider becoming one. The process is simple and your commitment could be nothing short of lifesaving. For more information or to become an organ donor click here.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended
Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible 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. Remember to exclude half of your Social Security income when you are calculating your eligibility. The maximum standard rebate is $650 but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost some rebates to $975.
For forms and application assistance, please visit my district office.
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