Welcome to the latest First District Connection!
Every time we sit to write this e-newsletter, I think we’ll be sharing news about the new Pennsylvania budget and how we all came together to work to bridge our differences and get on with making your life better. But I’m not going to be able to do that this month in this space.
We are still without a budget. It feels like time is running out for our schools and social/human service agencies, and I am just as frustrated and upset about this as you probably are.
The fact is; we need budget negotiators to return to the bargaining table – and stay there – until an agreement is reached. We must move Pennsylvania forward, and we cannot do that until the 2015-2016 fiscal blueprint is signed into law.
With Halloween just around the corner, I’m hoping we can “scare up” some courage and get this done.
Thank you for your continued support throughout this process. And please enjoy the rest of this edition of First District Connection.
1st District Difference Makers
There are so many good people and good organizations in the First Senate District that I thought it was time to highlight them. You need to know – or be reminded – about the work that is being done to make Philadelphia a better place to live, work and play.
Because I feel passionately about this, I’m pleased to present “1st District Difference Makers!”
Our first “1st District Difference Makers” is Broad Street Ministry.
Enjoy our video tribute to this 10-year-old alternative church community that is helping so many people who need help.
Watch video of Senator Farnese's October 2015 Town Hall Meeting at Broad Street Ministry
I’m having fun with an important outreach tool for me and my office … because we have been busy reaching out to constituents, and there’s more to come!
We started this month by heading to Broad Street Ministry for an evening, face-to-face town hall meeting. It was a very nice turnout.
Part one of the evening is captured in this video; part two is here.
And I’m not done talking to you, either!
This Tuesday evening, Oct. 27, I will be holding a telephone town hall beginning at 6:30. What’s great about this format is that it’s similar to traditional town halls, but it’s more interactive and you can do it from the comfort of your own home or wherever you are.
To sign up to participate or submit questions during my tele-town hall, please sign-up at my website: http://www.senatorfarnese.com/townhall
If you want to listen to the town hall live on your smart phone, tablet or desktop, visit http://vekeo.buzz/f1F it will be live at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.
Affordable Care Act Help
It’s almost time to consider your health insurance plan if you are enrolled through the Affordable Care Act.
The open enrollment window is Nov. 1 – Jan. 31 and if this seems daunting to you, good help awaits in the 1st Senate District.
Delaware Valley Community Health will operate a hotline (215-684-5370) at its Fairmount Primary Care Center to answer your questions and guide you through the process. Not all health insurance plans will be continued next year and you might need to add someone to your plan. DVCH will be there to help.
Don’t wait to act.
GPS is used by many of us and help us get from point A to point B as easy as anything, but have you ever wondered where all of the railroads go or how places in Pennsylvania are divided into political subdivisions?
PennDOT has maps for just about everything, it appears, and you can explore all it has to offer by clicking here. There are even maps for many PA cities.
Do you know there are 15 commercial aviation airports in PA – like Philly International?
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