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Women’s March 2020

On Saturday January 18, there was big energy in Philadelphia for the Women’s March 2020. A century after suffrage, we still must stand up against assaults on women’s rights. I marched along side Representative Mary Jo Daley, Representative Jennifer O’Mara, Representative Mary Isaacson, Representative Wendy Ullman, Representative Donna Bullock, and Representative Joe Hohenstein, and thousands of others.

I am proud that this event takes place every year in PA 1.

Women's March 2020

Pop-up Fundraiser for Victims of Puerto Rico

On January 14, I had the pleasure of getting down to South Philly Barbacoa for their pop-up fundraiser for the victims of the earthquakes in Puerto Rico. The line was long, and the food was amazing. This fundraiser may be over, but Puerto Rico is still in need of our support, please consider donating to the Red Cross.

Rally for More Funding for Our Schools

Hearings on Net Neutrality

Imagine if your local laundromat chain could pay the electric company to power down your washer and dryer. Consumers wouldn't stand for that and they shouldn't have to put up with the same tactics on the internet. The web has become a bridge for human rights in America and around the world. Mega corporations can't be trusted to provide fair access to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Small businesses, civic organizations, rights groups and religious institutions must be assured that their internet service provider won't reduce their access.

The federal government has bailed on net neutrality so states must act.

The House and Senate policy committees held a joint hearing on January 10th at the Navy Yard to examine the issue and discuss the action needed going forward.

My thanks to all who participated.

Rally at Carnell Elementary

On January 8th, I was outside Carnell Elementary in the Northeast with House colleagues, city officials, parents, teachers, and PFT at sunrise. There were no students there. School is still closed because of asbestos, like a half dozen others across the city. This isn't happening in wealthy suburban districts and our kids deserve the same opportunity to learn in a safe, healthy environment. PA has money in a rainy-day fund and it's literally raining inside some of our schools. The Philly delegation will make this a priority in this budget cycle.

The Greater Philadelphia Asian American Lions Club – Fundraiser for S. 8th Street Fire

I never had a doubt after the catastrophic fire on S. 8th St. that this community would pull together and do what it could to help. Philly has a rough and tumble image, but its core is warm hearted. The Greater Philadelphia Asian American Lions Club collected donations on January 4th. Rep. Mary Isaacson was one of the first to open her offices to offer assistance. Rep. Joe Hohenstein and Councilmember Mark Squilla were out today to thank the volunteers. I love this community.
I love this community.

DCNR Community Parks and Conservation (C2P2) Application Period – Now Open

DCEDThe Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resource’s (DCNR) Community Recreation and Conservation (C2P2) Grant application period is now open until April 22, 2020.  Community Parks and Conservation grants are awarded to municipalities and authorized nonprofit organizations for community recreation, park and conservation projects. These include planning for comprehensive recreation, park open space and greenway plans; land conservation and stewardship plans; swimming pool and indoor recreation facility feasibility studies; master site development plans; land acquisition for active or passive parks and conservation purposes; and new development and rehabilitation of parks and recreation facilities.

For additional information on the grant program, visit https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Grants/Pages/default.aspx.

Please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at farnese@pasenate.com for more information and questions.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) – Nonprofit Security Grant Program – Now Open

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) GrantsThe Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has opened the application window for the new Non-Profit Security Grant Program.  This program was championed by Senators Costa, Dinniman, Schwank and the Senate Democratic Caucus in response to the Tree of Life shooting and the rise in hate crime incidents in the commonwealth.  It became law as part of Act 83 of 2019. The program will award grants to non-profit entities that principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for a single bias hate crime incident identified by the FBI.  Those incident categories include: race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity.
Eligible projects are:

  • Safety and security planning
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment
  • Purchase of security-related technology, which may include, but is not limited to:
    • Metal detectors
    • Protective lighting
    • Surveillance equipment
    • Special emergency communications equipment
    • Electronic locksets
    • Deadbolts
    • Trauma kits
    • Theft control devices
  • Safety and security training
  • Threat awareness and response training
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments
  • Specialty-trained canines
  • Any other safety or security-related project that enhances safety or security of the non-profit organization

Matching funds are required for funding requests over $25,000.

A link to the application can be found here.

Please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at farnese@pasenate.com for more information and questions.

Local Share Account Program – Now Open

Local Share Account Program The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) announced the application period for the Local Share Account (LSA) Philadelphia Program from 12/1/19-1/31/20. The LSA intended use is for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and public interest projects in the City of Philadelphia. Eligible applicants include the following entities located within the City of Philadelphia: CDC’s, EDO’s and redevelopment authorities, BID’s/NID’s, not-for-profit organizations with a 501(c) designation, the City of Philadelphia, and the School District of Philadelphia.

Important things for you to note:

  • The program can only fund hard costs.

  • This is a DCED-administered program (not CFA).

  • There is a $100 application fee required for this DCED program.

  • Grant request/awards must be between $10,000-$500,000.

  • Projects cannot start prior to approval. We are not accepting requests to consider otherwise.  

  • There is currently $2 Million available.

You can find the new guidelines on the LSA program webpage.

Please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at farnese@pasenate.com for more information and questions

Grants for Farmers and Small Businesses to Save Money and Reduce Pollution

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers are still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution related expenses.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first.

The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions for completing the online application as well as all related forms, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office site.

Please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at farnese@pasenate.com for more information and questions.

2020 Census Jobs

2020 Census JobsThe U.S. Census Bureau is seeking individuals to fill temporary positions to assist with the 2020 Census count. Census results are used to determine your representation in Congress, and they help inform how billions of dollars are distributed for hospitals, schools, roads, and more. Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the 2020 Census. For more information and to apply, please visit their website.

SEPTA Update – SENIOR Key ID Cards

SEPTA UpdateSEPTA has informed my office that it is providing a one (1) year extension of all SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards expiring in calendar year 2020.  Seniors with a card expiring in 2020 will be able to continue to ride SEPTA using their current card for 12 months beyond the printed date of expiration (for example, cards with a May 2020 expiration date will continue to be valid for travel through May 2021).
While no SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards will expire during calendar year 2020, card holders with a Senior ID Card expiring in 2020, who wish to renew their card in the coming year, can obtain same day card renewal at one of the below locations:

  • SEPTA Headquarters – 1234 Market St., Philadelphia Pa. 19107, or
  • SEPTA Accessible Travel Center – Room #109, Suburban Station, 15 N. 16th St, Philadelphia Pa. 19107

The changes noted above apply only to cards expiring in calendar year 2020 and do not affect new applications in any way.   Seniors can continue to apply for new SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards at SEPTA Headquarters and the Accessible Travel Center, and my staff will also continue to take photographs and process applications for new Senior ID Cards at my district office.  In the coming year, I will be working with SEPTA as they develop a process that will allow my office to handle card renewals in the future.

Please contact my office at 215-952-3121 or by email at farnese@pasenate.com with any questions.

Free Library of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia City Institute Library – Closed for Renovations Starting 1/21/2020

The Philadelphia City Institute Library, located at 1905 Locust Street, will be undergoing several renovations and building improvements, which include the installation of an elevator. This requires the library to have to close from Tuesday, January 21st to mid-March. The library encourages the use Parkway Central Library located at 1901 Vine Street, or one of their other locations.

Grants for Farmers and Small Businesses to Save Money and Reduce Pollution

Grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers are still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

DEPPennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution related expenses.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first.

The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions for completing the online application as well as all related forms, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office site.

To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email epadvantagegtrant@pa.gov.
For more information and details, please also feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121.

LIHEAP – NOW OPEN

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open through April 10, 2020. LIHEAP helps low-income families pay for their heating bills. You do not need to be on public assistance, and you do not have to have unpaid heating bills. To see if you qualify or for more information, feel free to contact my office at 215-952-3121, or visit the PA Department of Human Services website for more information.

LIHEAP

FMNP Market Locator app 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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Street Closures – Friday, January 24, 2020

Dear Residents and Business Owners,Uncle

George Productions, LLC will be filming scenes for the television show SERVANT in your neighborhood on Friday, January 24th. Please review the information below, it may pertain to you.

PLEASE NOTE: Our filming will take place between the hours of 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM (approximate
times). During the evening hours theatrical lights will be used to light our scene.

In order to make filming possible the Philadelphia Police Department will intermittently close the 2100 block of Spruce St, the 2000 block of Spruce St, the 200 block of S 21st St, and the 200 block of S 22nd St.

Streets will be permitted as NO PARKING zones in order to support our equipment and production vehicles. We kindly ask that residents move their vehicles prior to our arrival. Any vehicles not moved will be relocated to another street in the neighborhood by the Philadelphia Police Department. Below are the dates and times of the NO PARKING zones.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:00 PM to Saturday, January 25th, 7:00 PM

North side of Spruce St, between 21st and 22nd Sts
•East side of 21st St, between Locust and Pine Sts
•West side of 22nd St, between Locust and Pine Sts
•West side of W Rittenhouse Sq, 5 spaces closest to Walnut St
•West side of 20th St, between Rittenhouse Sq and Locust St
•West side of 20th St, between Cypress and Spruce Sts

To ensure our shoot is completed safely, and with minimal impact to the neighborhood, our production is working closely with the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (215.686.2668). If you should have any questions or concerns about our filming, please call, or look for a Location Department representative on set.

PLEASE NOTE: Crewmembers will be working on the 2100 block of Spruce St starting Monday, January 20th with police assistance. Please look out for any intermittent closures that may occur. On Thursday, January 23rd equipment and vehicles will begin to arrive.

We look forward to filming in your neighborhood. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and
consideration.

Sincerely,
Uncle George Productions, LLC
Location Department
484 823 0021.c
484 800 4836.o

EMAIL: servantlocations@gmail.com (please email us to be added to our email blast)
WEBSITE: https://www.unclegeorge-rittenhouse.com/ (for up-to-date information and changes)

Center City Restaurant WeekUpcoming Events

Center City Restaurant Week – Now thru January 24

From now thru January 24, 2020, restaurants across Center City will be participating in Restaurant Week. Restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for $35 per person and many restaurants will be offering three-course lunches for $20.

For the full list of restaurant participants, click here.

 

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese

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  DISTRICT OFFICE
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
Fax: 215-952-3155
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
Phone: 717-787-5662
Fax: 717-787-4531