We’re in somewhat of a weather yo-yo these days; rain, snow, sleet, ice and mid-40s temperatures all in the same 24 hours!
Fear not, spring is coming and I’m here to warm your spirits and your political inclinations with this latest First District Connection.
February is Black History Month, and I have created a video tribute to one of Philadelphia’s civil rights leaders. I am also continuing to highlight the special places in the 1st Senatorial District that make our corner of the world special and unique.
Of course, it’s budget season and, for the first time, one budget season is overlapping the other.
Things will get better. Let’s continue working together to accomplish our goals. Call my district office, 215-952-3121, or visit us at 1802 S. Broad St. in Philly.
Columbus Square Park Investment
Many people love Columbus Square Park and many more people are going to love it thanks to a $300,000 state grant I worked to secure for the facility.
The grant is through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program and the money will bring new seating areas, walkways, a rain garden, spray features and new landscaping.
See what’s in store at Columbus Square’s website.
Other community parks received grants, too, like Markwood, Delaware River Trail, and the Spring Garden Street Greenway. You can read my announcement, HERE.
Hahnemann Nurses Union Strong
A big union shout out to the nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital for their overwhelmingly positive vote to be represented by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, or PASNAP.
“Something’s Got to Give” is the name of an unfinished 1962 Marilyn Monroe movie; it’s also the working title of Pennsylvania’s budget situation.
Now that Gov. Wolf has started the process for the 2016-17 budget, we are still waiting for the completion of the 2015-16 budget … the one for this year.
We must better support our children and their schools and properly pay for PA's structural deficit, which is growing and has not been properly addressed by the Republican leadership for years.
Black History Month
We are a big family; one with a long history. As Black History Month continues, I’m celebrating and marking the occasion with a Philadelphia civil rights pioneer: Octavius Catto.
1st District Difference Maker: Lutheran Settlement House
Did you know our very own Lutheran Settlement House is 114 years old? You can find it on Frankford Avenue and learn more about this vital organization that helps build adult literacy, bilingual domestic violence counseling, home services and GED prep.
Learn more in this month’s 1st District Difference Maker.
Comcast Business is offering up to $30,000 to business owners who can best “expand on or modify technology to help enhance” their businesses.
According to Comcast, their judges will select two winners in each of the 15 Comcast business regions (one startup and one entrepreneur). Each winner will be awarded $10,000 to invest in technology to help get their business to the next level.
From these 30 winners, six will be named grand prize winners, will receive an additional $20,000 and a special trip to Comcast headquarters to talk about growth strategies, business planning, operations, financials and marketing.
You have until March 12 to enter! Good luck!
Contest for Teachers, Students
Have a passion for the document that founded this great country – and technology?
The National Constitution Center is promising $200,000 in prizes to the teachers who develop multi-year plans to improve constitutional literacy, using the center’s new online Interactive Constitution tool.
This is the center’s “Civic Literacy Contest.”
The Constitution Center will make three awards to winning schools: $100,000 for first place, $50,000 for second place, and $25,000 for third place. A grant from the John Templeton Foundation is making this contest possible.
There will be three workshops to help contestants prepare. Deadline for entry will be May 25.
For a Destination, Philly is Travel Tops
So happy to share that our great city has once again been listed at the top of the Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” travel destinations.
“Philadelphia is steadfastly managing to retain its historic roots and gritty flavor, as well as its affordability – a pleasant surprise for a city so cosmopolitan and accessible,” the Lonely Planet said in it’s #1 ranking of Philly.
What are you lookin’ at?!? We knew it all along.
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