Rebuilding and Revitalizing our Neighborhoods
Starting December 1, 2018, DCED will start accepting applications for neighborhood and community improvement and revitalization projects in Philadelphia through the newly established Local Share Account. LSA will distribute a portion of slot machine license fees generated within Philadelphia. Funds are available for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and other projects in the public interest within Philadelphia. For more information and eligibility, click here.
New PACENET Income Limits
Governor Wolf approved and signed HB 270, that placed new PACENET income limits for Pennsylvanians. A $4000 increase was approved for both single and married applicants, effective immediately. Total income for a single individual can now be between $14,500 and $27,500, and total combined income for a married couple can now be between $17,700 and $35,500. For more information and applications, feel free to contact my office or visit PACENET.
PA Forward Student Loan Program
PHEAA announced the PA Forward Student Loan Program, that will be available starting the 2019-20 academic year. PA Forward offers a low-cost loan option for students who may be struggling with funding for their tuition. Borrowers can borrow up to the total cost of attendance with competitively low interest rates. Other benefits include no application or origination fees, immediate credit approvals, as well as flexible repayment options. For more information, click here.
Camp Out for Hunger
We are collecting non-perishable food for Preston and Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger for Philabundance. We will have boxes at my office along with a few other locations in the district.
For all non-perishable food brought to my office tomorrow, October 31st, we will be giving out Halloween candy. For more information and questions please call my office at 215-952-3121.
Midterm Elections will be held on November 6, 2018 from 7 am to 8 pm. All Senate offices will be closed. My offices will re-open as scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
For your polling location information, click here.
Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
On Saturday, eleven Jewish men and women congregants of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh lost their lives at the hands of bigotry and hate. This was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in our country’s history. We grieve with the victims’ families, congregation, and community.
At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise, we are reminded just how important education about and reflection on the atrocities of hate around the world are to our ability to respect all people, no matter their color, creed, religious beliefs, or who they love. Last week, I was honored to stand with the Jewish community in Philadelphia to dedicate the opening of the Holocaust Memorial Plaza. This reflective space grieves the lives of the six million Jewish men, women, and children killed in the Holocaust and celebrates the enduring spirit of those who survived horrific injustices so that we might learn how to stand and fight, every single day, for justice and equality.
Our need for education about tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of all kinds, but mostly of our shared humanity, cannot be underscored enough in these times of such divisiveness and reprehensible violence. The Holocaust Memorial Plaza serves as an imperative reminder of the evil that can prevail when charged rhetoric about religion can turn people so blind their intolerance prevails over their humanity.
The people of Philadelphia stand with the Jewish community in mourning their loss. I will continue the work to enact policies that create sensible and common-sense gun control measures, reenact the hate crimes statute for the LGBTQ and disability communities, and promote tolerance for all people across Pennsylvania. We must remember the lives of those innocent people lost to hateful violence and do what we can to prevent these heinous acts from happening in the future.
I-676 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On Friday, October 26, 2018, I had the pleasure of participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the I-676 overhead bridge replacements on the 100th Anniversary of the Parkway. Thank you for all that helped make this project a success.
New Features for the Official SEPTA App Available
Based on customer feedback, SEPTA has launched a new version of our official mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. New and current users of the SEPTA App can download the latest version of the App from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Full details on new features for the Official SEPTA App can be found at: http://septa.org/service/new-features-septa-app.html.
New features include:
- Push Notifications
- More Station Sorting Options and Reverse Trip
- Transit View Improvements
- Simpler and Faster Way of Downloading New Schedules
- Improvements to “Favorites”
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Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show – November 2-4, 2018
The annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 2nd to November 4th. This three-day event will celebrate some of the best makers and artists in the area. Guests can browse an array of handmade goods from furniture to jewelry and paintings. Guest will also be able to enjoy live artist demonstrations.
For more information, click here.
Philly Holiday Festival – November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019
November 9, 2018 will kick off the annual Philly Holiday Festival. This event brings weeks of holiday fun in in Philadelphia at some of the city’s most classic attractions. Events include the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle, the Thanksgiving Parade, and end with the Mummer’s Parade.
For more information, click here.
The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze – November 9, 2018 – February 19, 2019
The Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze will open for the holiday season on November 9th at Dilworth Park, right outside of city hall. Guest will also be able to explore the maze and visit the Rothman Institute Cabin to enjoy snack and hot chocolate.
For more information, click here.
Give Kids Sight Day – Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:30am – 1:00pm
Free eye care will be available for children 17 years and under at Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust Street, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 8:30am to 1:00pm. This event is for children who have not had, or who have not passed, an eye screening and/or who are uninsured.
For more information or to donate, click here.
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