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Robert Tommy Tomlinson


I was happy to join the 4th Grade Class of Our Lady of Grace in Penndel earlier this month. I had a great time discussing Pennsylvania’s legislative process and government with this wonderful group of young men and women.

Road Construction Season in Full Swing

The return of warmer weather also brings more construction crews to repair our roads, highways and bridges. An online tool can help local residents plan for any potential delays or map out alternate routes due to heavy traffic.

511 PA offers up-to-date information on traffic delays, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and more than 860 traffic cameras. Additional information for motorists about upcoming transportation projects is available here.

Fish-for-Free Day Available This Month

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will host two Fish-for-Free Days this year in order to allow anyone to legally fish on our waterways without a fishing license. The first Fish-for-Free Day is scheduled for May 26, the day before Memorial Day.

All other normal fishing regulations still apply. More information is available here.

New Grant Program Aims to Boost Creative Communities

A new grant program from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is seeking to support arts-based projects that help improve the quality of life in local communities. The Pennsylvania Creative Communities Initiative will select up to four pilot communities to receive up to $25,000 per year for up to four years to support projects to create a demonstrated, positive impact in terms of livability, economic development and community connectedness.

Letters of interest for the program from municipalities will be accepted from May 31 until June 28. More details about the program are available here.

Spotted Lanternfly Permitting

The PA Department of Agriculture reminds us that the Spotted Lanternfly may be pretty, but it presents an ugly outlook for Pennsylvania.  It is an invasive and extremely destructive pest that threatens our commonwealth’s agricultural commodities and trade.

What is being done?

  • Pennsylvania has put a quarantine zone in place to stop the spread of SLF to new areas in or out of the current quarantine zone.
  • Businesses, agencies, and organizations operating within the quarantine zone that move vehicles, products, or other conveyances are required to obtain an SLF permit.
  • Beginning May 1, 2019, The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry will begin to perform inspections and verification checks to confirm that businesses are properly permitted.

Why are permits important?

  • Permits are critical to protect interstate commerce and to avoid spreading the bug, ensuring our crops and quality of life is not affected.
  • Permit training is available at no cost, and teaches businesses what to look for and how to safeguard against moving Spotted Lanternfly.

Who can constituents contact?

All permitting-related questions can be directed to or 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-442-3359). 

Grant Helps Local Business to Reduce Energy Consumption

Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage grant program provides funding to help smaller companies reduce energy consumption to reduce waste and pollution.

The program is open to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees who undertake projects that reduce energy consumption or waste by 25 percent or more. More details about the program are available here.

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