Grand Jury Report Calls for New System of Investigating Sexual Misconduct Claims
A grand jury in Dauphin County called for the Pennsylvania Legislature to create a new, independent Office of Legislative Responsibility after a months-long review of sexual misconduct complaint against a former Pennsylvania House member.
This will be created for a centralized reporting system for victims to report sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. The grand jury also recommended the new independent office be led by a qualified investigator, have subpoena power in consultation with the district attorney in the relevant jurisdiction and have authority to investigate any alleged misconduct, not limited to sexual harassment or assault.
I, along with the members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus welcome this idea and plan to move forward when we return to legislative session in September.
Women in the capital deserve to be safe, to feel safe, to be heard, and to be respected. We must act swiftly and stand together to enact these policy changes to create a better working environment for everyone in the Capitol.
For the full press release, please visit my website by clicking here.
Direct Effect Innovation Challenge
The America250PA Commission and Innovation Team has announced the Direct Effect Innovation Challenge! This is a great opportunity for students in Pennsylvania colleges and universities to help design and pitch a marketing campaign and engagement strategy for the launch of America250PA. If you would like to learn more about how to register your school or how to participate, visit www.america250pa.org.
Open House on Addiction
I will be hosting my 2nd Annual Open House on Addiction on September 26, 2019 from 6-8pm at the Mummers Museum located at 1100 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA. This is an imformational open house for those who may be suffering from any form of substance addiction, and for their family, friends and neighbors. Some resources at the event will include Narcan administration demo, counseling and treatment services, safe prescription disposal bags, and much more. This program is FREE and OPEN TO ALL! For more information and questions please feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121.
PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Enjoying fresh, Pennsylvania produce is easier than you think. If you have checks for Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program or have received PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks during a recent WIC visit, download the FMNP Market Locator app to find your closest participating market.
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Want Your Child to Succeed at School?
Though it may sound surprising to some folks the early education advocacy organization First Up reports that a play-based approach to learning helps young children succeed academically.
Numbers: Block play, measuring projects and sorting projects help children to learn numbers and ALSO to understand the meaning of numbers.
Letters: Reading books, using labels, letters and word games, and rich conversations help children to learn letters, and ALSO to understand the power of words and get excited about using them for meaning.
With this approach, children enjoy learning more, have better success in school after third grade, and develop the problem-solving and social skills that employers are increasingly looking for.
For more information and resources on best practices in early learning, visit www.firstup.org.
Give Kids Sight Day!
Give Kids Sight Day is a chance for your child(ren) to receive FREE vision care! On Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:30am to1:00pm at Jefferson Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust Streets in Philadelphia, children 17 and under who have not had or not passed an eye screening in the past year will receive a FREE Eye Exam and FREE Eyeglasses if needed. No insurance? No problem! This is a totally FREE event. There will also be language interpreters available to help families navigate the day. There are no appointments - you should arrive early for a few fun filled hours! All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (sorry, no exceptions). For more information, visit www.pccy.org/sightday.
PennDOT - Rail Freight Grant Application – DUE AUGUST 30, 2019
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has opened the application period for the 2019 Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).
Eligible organizations, such as freight railroads, freight railroad served shippers, and economic development entities, may apply for funding through either program. Applications for both programs are available on the Bureau’s application website, https://www.dotgrants.penndot.gov/RailFreight/Welcome/Index now through Friday, August 30 at 4 PM.
Program information can be found on the “Rail Freight & Ports” section of “Doing Business” at www.penndot.gov. Application questions should be directed to Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways at 717 787 1211.
Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program – Now Open
The Department of Agriculture announced the first grant program made possible by the PA Farm Bill. The Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program will provide $500,000 in funding to increase market opportunities for the Commonwealth’s urban agriculturalists. These grants will build out the infrastructure of urban agriculture by investing in the system, filling gaps, encouraging entities to work together, finding ways to bring operations to a greater scale, overcoming food deserts, and opening opportunities for people to become social entrepreneurs. For more information on the grant program, click here. Interested parties can apply by clicking here. The application deadline is September 6, 2019.
Property Tax/Rent Rebates
Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2019.
For more information and details, please contact my district office at 215-952-3121 or click here.
Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia
Labor Day weekend kicks off on August 30th with an assortment of events throughout the City of Philadelphia to entertain visitors and locals alike. Festivities include the Made in America Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway, free museum admission at the Barnes Foundation, major festivals across the city, the final days of the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, fireworks at Penn’s Landing, and more.
For the complete guide of all the happenings during Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, click here.
Made in America Music Festival – August 31 through September 1
The annual Made in America music festival will come to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the seventh-straight year from August 31st to September 1st. Live music will be performed by the industries best. This year’s headliners are Travis Scott and Cardi B. Besides great music, the festival will also feature great food, cold drinks, and plenty of shopping opportunities.
For more information and tickets, click here.
SugarHouse Casino – Job Fair – Wednesday, September 4th from 3-6pm
SugarHouse Casino will be hosting another job fair on Wednesday, September 4th from 3-6pm in their Event Center. They have available positions in all departments including Food and Beverage, Cashiering, Security, Environmental Services, and more. SugarHouse Casino offers Paid Time Off, Health Benefits, 401(k), Tuition Reimbursement, Room to Grow, and so much more! Please see the below flyer for more information.
Campus Philly CollegeFest – Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10am-3pm
Campus Philly’s CollegeFest arrives at Dilworth Park with tons of free fun stuff for college students in the area on Saturday, September 7th from 10am to 3pm. The major activities include free admissions to select museums and a giant outdoor festival. For more information and details, click here.
Queen Village Neighborhood Association
Friday 8/30: Deadline for Survey of Residents about Weccacoe Playground
On behalf of the city, QVNA emailed a survey which asked residents their preferences for a new playground feature at Weccacoe Playground.
The survey is only 4 questions. To learn more about the survey and to respond, click here.
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