Welcome to my E-News, the “First District Connection”. This newsletter provides updates to learn what I’m working on at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and in your community. I welcome you to take a look and see what events are happening through the 1st District. Please feel free to share with your family and friends. Encourage them to sign up for my E-News on my website.
This week we return to Harrisburg for fall legislative days. We’re looking at a busy calendar week. Click here to follow session on our Senate Live Stream or visit www.pasenate.com for additional information on this week’s activity.
September 25, 2018 is National Voter Registration Day! I have introduced PA Senate Bill 1261, which would allow teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 to pre-register to vote. The young voters would then be automatically registered to vote once they turn 18 years of age, allowing for them to vote in any election after that time. As legislators, we should be doing all we can to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in elections.
To find out more about this important legislation click here.
Capitol All Stars Softball Game for Hunger
The PA General Assembly is participating in the Third Annual Capitol All Stars Softball Game on City Island to strike out hunger. An initiative of the Pennsylvania Legislative Hunger Caucus, this annual charity event will benefit food banks and organizations combatting hunger across the Commonwealth. To watch live coverage of the game, please tune into PCNTV on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm. I’ll see you on the field for Team Yinz!
Found in the First
Check out the first video of my series. I will be highlighting the different attractions that can be found throughout the 1st District.
Open House on Addiction
On September 10th, I held an Open House on Addiction event at Broad Street Ministry. We had 23 different organizations join us to share information and offer assistance. We also had a brave young woman, Melanie DiStefano, share her journey of addiction and recovery. Her story is filled with love, heartbreak, and inspiration. Please watch Melanie’s video and share it with friends and family. The more people who see this the more hope that her story can help someone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/
September 1st – Seniors to Ride Free on Regional Rail | Paper Card IDs Phased Out Reimbursement
SEPTA reminds seniors that the PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards (yellow and blue paper cards) are being phased out. Effective September 1st, seniors will need a SEPTA Key Senior ID Card or a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License or Non-Driver Photo ID with a magnetic strip on the back (issued prior to July 2017) to receive the Senior fare discount.
SEPTA has also extended weekday hours at our Headquarters Building (Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and Suburban Station’s Accessible Travel Center (M-F; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) where same-day cards are issued.
Seniors who have not yet signed up to get their new SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card can also do so at the offices of many local elected officials, including state senators and representatives and Philadelphia City Council members. Registration is also available at the Transportation Management Associations (TMA) of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Please allow four weeks for delivery of the card.
To receive a SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card, applicants must fill out an application and show one of the following forms of identification:
- Pennsylvania Driver/Non-Driver ID
- Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate
- Yellow PACE Card (Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the elderly)
- Statement of Age Verification from the U.S. Social Security Administration
- Armed Forces Discharge/Separation Papers
- Resident Alien Card or Passport/Naturalization Papers
For more information on Septa Key visit https://www.iseptaphilly.com/key
Center City Restaurant Week – September 23 – October 5, 2018
Center City Restaurant Week has started and will run thru October 5th. Restaurants across Center City will be offering a three-course lunch and three-course dinners.
For more information on pricing and a list of restaurants participating, click here.
Puerto Rican Day Parade – September 30, 2018
The annual Puerto Day Parade will take place on September 30th from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. The parade has been running for over 50 years, and it the city’s oldest and largest outdoor event celebrating Puerto Rican and Latino heritage. The day will be full of music, dancing, and fabulous floats, marching up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
For more information, click here.
Philadelphia OutFest – Sunday, October 7, 2018
Philadelphia OutFest will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from Noon-6 p.m. This is the country’s largest National Coming Out Day celebration. The Gayborhood streets will be filled with drag shows, bar crawls, shopping, live music, and plenty of rainbow flags.
For more information, click here.
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