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Robert Tommy Tomlinson
Grants Available for Fire Companies and Emergency Services
The Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program is now open until October 18. All fire departments, emergency medical services, and volunteer rescue groups are eligible. The grant funding can be used for facilities, equipment, debt reduction, and training. You can read more about the grant and apply here.
Updating Child Abuse Clearance Checks
State law requires child abuse clearances for school employees, coaches, volunteers and others to be updated every five years. Individuals who last updated their clearances in 2014 and due to update them now.
More information about how to update child abuses clearances is available here.
Hotline Helps Identify Sightings of Invasive Pest
The life cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly – an invasive species that damages the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursey industries – begins in the fall when adults lay masses containing up to 50 eggs. Pennsylvanians are strongly encouraged to report sightings of the Spotted Lanternfly by calling 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359).
Additional information about this invasive species is available here.
School Safety Grant Application Period Open for Schools, Community Groups
School districts and community groups can now apply for grants to boost safety measures and reduce violence.
The School Safety and Security Grant Program provides state grants to school districts, intermediate units, career and technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions to be used for school safety measures. Measures include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, implementing anti-violence curricula and providing counseling services for students as well as other programs that best protect students.
Grant money can also be used to complete safety and security assessments of current facilities.
A total of $18.72 million in funding will be distributed among all school districts that submit a qualifying application. An additional $33.78 million in grant funding will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Also included in the funding is $7.5 million to be awarded to community safety groups to help reduce the risk of violence through mentoring and intervention for at-risk children and families as well as improving communication between school entities and law enforcement and other programs to curb school and community violence.
This funding was included in the state budget that I supported in June.
You can learn more about these grants here.
Weatherproofing for Winter Months Ahead
Early fall temperatures offer perfect conditions for weather-proofing your home, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
The heat loss due to a quarter inch gap at the base of a three-foot wide exterior door is equal to the loss through a three inch hole in the wall of your home. Prepare now to conserve energy and money later with the following resources:
Utilities are required by the PUC to offer programs and protections that help low-income customers maintain utility service.
Information Available for Medicare Beneficiaries
Independence Blue Cross and CVS Pharmacies are cooperating on a program to get information out to those on Medicare or will qualify shortly for Medicare benefits. There will be an information kiosk set up from 12 noon to 2:00 PM every Tuesday at the CVS Store at 2250 Bristol Rd, Bensalem – located next to the Shop Rite at Hulmeville and Bristol Rds.
There is no cost to get information and ask questions. A local certified Medicare broker will be available for you at this informal event. Stop by and make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to receive.
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