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Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: 610-388-3100 
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PO Box 202158
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2158
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Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County to Receive $125,000 Grant for Land Acquisition
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Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County to Receive $125,000 Grant for Land Acquisition

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) met and approved a $125,000 grant for the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) to purchase 19 acres to extend the White Clay Creek Preserve.

The undeveloped 19 acres to be purchased from Raymond Para and Barbara Kanter abuts the recently acquired Coye property and would further protect tributaries to the Middle Branch of the White Clay Creek.

This grant will help to provide recreational opportunities for anyone who wishes to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. And in addition to protecting our environment, families will be able to spend time together in this scenic spot for years to come.

Both the proposed acquisition and the Coye property provide an extension of the White Clay Creek Preserve. The long-term plan will transfer the ownership of the parcels to the Commonwealth for inclusion in the preserve. TLC is currently in discussions with Pennsylvania’s Parks Department about the transfer plan.

The total project cost is $458,220.

Established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth, the CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. 
Feds Extend REAL ID Grace Period

Pennsylvania has been granted an extended grace period to comply with REAL ID requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grace period was set to expire Oct. 10, 2018, but has now been extended until Aug. 1, 2019. A final federal deadline for all states to comply is Oct. 1, 2020.

This grace period extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least Aug. 1, 2019.

REAL ID is voluntary for Pennsylvania residents, but encouraged for those who may need to access certain federal facilities, such as military bases, or fly commercial flights within the United States. Residents also have the option to use other, non-REAL ID forms of enhanced identification. Click here for that list

REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will not be available until March 2019; however, PennDOT has begun a pre-verification process which gives customers ample time to submit the required documentation to apply for their REAL IDs.

One of the required documents is a certified copy of a birth certificate, which can take up to several months to process, depending on one’s circumstances. My office can help residents with birth certificate applications. Call or stop by for more information.

More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at
Schools Urged to Apply for Safety Grants

The new School Safety and Security Grant Program – established as part of the 2018-19 state budget package – is now open for applications.

Schools interested in applying for grants to help with safety equipment and resources should submit their applications by Oct. 12 to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which is administering the new program.

A total of $52 million in grant funding will be provided to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to improve school safety.

The grants can be used for any of 22 specific school safety initiatives listed in the legislation, including such things as hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and other programs and services to protect students.

The grant money is to be distributed geographically, with no school district receiving more than 10 percent (but eligible for at least $25,000) of the available funds. The money is expected to be distributed by March 2019.

To apply or for more information, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website here.  
RSVP Now for My Senior Expo on Oct. 20

I’d like to invite the residents age 60 and older of the 158th District to my Senior Expo on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This free event will be held at East High School at 450 Ellis Lane in West Chester. My Senior Expo is a one-stop shop where more than 45 exhibitors will be on hand to share information about the various programs and services available to senior citizens in our area. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please call my office at (610) 388-3100. 
Ensuring Upkeep of Veterans’ Graves

This week, the House unanimously approved legislation to help ensure proper upkeep of the graves of Pennsylvania veterans.

Under current law, counties are required to place a marker and a U.S. flag on the graves of all honorably discharged veterans. These U.S. flags are to remain up from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July.

House Bill 1471 would enhance current law to ensure cemeteries remove torn and weathered flags each year after the Fourth of July, and allow a veteran’s family to keep them if they choose.

The legislation would also clarify current law to ensure greater communication between cemeteries, local veterans' organizations and county commissioners, who are currently required to provide and, if necessary, replace the flags. 

The bill now moves to the state Senate for review. 
Helping Parents with Day Care Decisions

Bipartisan legislation designed to help parents with day care decisions was passed by the House this week and sent to the Senate.

House Bill 1742 would require all state licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location and on their websites.

The Keystone STARS program, operated by the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning, sets quality requirements for early childhood educators based on a four-star rating system. All licensed child care centers that meet the state’s health and safety requirements are required to be part of the Keystone STARS system.

The Keystone STARS performance standards are grouped into four levels. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management.

The goal of the proposal is to help educate parents about day care choices and to encourage low-rated child care centers to improve their programs. 
Fall in Love with PA’s Autumn Colors

Fall leaves are just about to turn in several regions of Pennsylvania, helping to boost tourism activities.

According to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation.

Both in-state and out-of-state visitors can find the best places to view fall foliage and track the locations of the peak colors throughout the state, beginning in late September. The weekly fall foliage report is available here

Click here to read more about Pennsylvania’s fall tourism activities.  
PennDOT Closures for Columbus Day Weekend

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Oct. 6, through Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver-training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To honor those who have fought breast cancer or are fighting it now, the fountain at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s East Wing was dyed pink on Tuesday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink fountain is a reminder to all women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. This week, the House also passed House Resolution 1048 recognizing October 2018 as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and Oct. 19, 2018, as “National Mammography Day” in Pennsylvania. The American Cancer Society estimates that 268,670 women and men in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and that’s why it is vital to continue to educate the public about breast cancer and stress the importance of routine self-breast exams, regularly scheduled doctor visits and yearly mammograms as recommended. 

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