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I am pleased to announce that I will be co-hosting a free outreach event for veterans and their families with Representative Justin Simmons on Wednesday, July 29, from 10 am to 3 pm at our joint district office in Red Hill which is located at 56 West Fourth Street, Floor 2, Red Hill, 18076. The office is located on the second floor of the Red Hill Borough building.
The event will feature:
Staff will also be available to assist with questions on state-related issues as well as to search the Unclaimed Property Bureau database to locate potential unclaimed property listings. There is no registration for the event. If you have any questions, please call my office at 215-541-2388 or Representative Justin Simmons’ office at (215) 679-3152.
I will be hosting another “Coffee with your Senator” event on September 17, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Quakertown Borough Municipal Building (35 North 3rd Street, Quakertown, PA). I encourage you to join me at this event for coffee and a discussion on state-related matters. If you have any questions, please call 215-541-2388.
The General Assembly has taken a number of steps in recent years to help prevent child abuse and neglect, including passing new laws to require child abuse clearances and criminal background checks for anyone who is responsible for the welfare of a child.
Unfortunately, this requirement created a financial burden on some of the volunteer organizations that provide special services and programs for young people. Governor Wolf recently agreed to waive child abuse clearance fees for volunteers effective July 25, 2015. In addition, the fee will be reduced for all other applicants from $10 to $8. The solution mirrors HB 1276, which was recently signed by the Governor and is now Act 15 of 2015. HB 1276 adds additional definitions to clarify who needs to obtain clearances for working or volunteering in programs that supervise children. The date by which volunteers are required to begin getting clearances is now August 25, 2015.
Additional information about clearances required under the Child Protective Services Law are available at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call my office at 215-541-2388 or contact me.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2014 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2015.
As of May 22, the Revenue Department had received 449,224 rebate applications. As specified by law, rebate distribution will begin on July 1. After June 30, rebates will be distributed as claims are received and processed.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds residents that free application assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
What makes a fair so special? It’s the community coming together, the entertainment and homemade food. It’s the best of show, field, woodshop, oven, garden, paintbrush, needle and thread.
Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in 109 different fairs across the state. Support your friends, your family, and your farmers. Support your fair.
The Atlantic hurricane season is a time when most tropical cyclones are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean. It is currently defined as the time frame from June 1 through November 30, though in the past the season was defined as a shorter time frame.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. A hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.
If you’re looking for a job, check out the revamped state website that connects employers with potential employees free of charge. JobGateway averages around 200,000 job openings at any given time and around 3,500 new jobs are posted each day. Features include:
The service is free to both job seekers and employers.
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