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Senator Tom killion

Dear Friend,

I will be sending out periodic Enewsletters to keep you informed about legislative action in Harrisburg and local items of interest. I hope that you find this information useful and share it with others.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me to express your views or to receive assistance with any issue or problem pertaining to state government.

Sincerely,

Tom Killion


Senator Killion Announces Chester County to Receive Funding through Keystone Communities Program

Chester County has been selected as one of the 30 communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to receive the $3.8 million in community revitalization funds from the Keystone Communities program. This grant will be used to support the Housing Partnership’s Home Modification Program. The program was established to provide assistance to low-moderate-income residents of Chester County, with permanent disabilities, in making their current residences more accessible.

The Chester County Home Modification Program has helped Chester County residents with disabilities make their homes safe, accessible, and livable. I am so pleased that they have been selected to receive funds from Keystone Communities, so that they can continue to provide this service to the residents of Chester County.

Chester County

  • County of Chester: $100,000 to support the Chester County Home Modification Program through the Housing Partnership of Chester County.

The Keystone Communities (KC) program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to tailor the assistance to meet the needs of its specific revitalization effort.

Community revitalization projects are essential to keep our communities safe, thriving and sustainable. Giving local communities the resources they need to address specific projects on their own is very important, and we need to continue to promote these programs on the state level.

This week I presented a Congratulatory Senate Citation to Mr. Kevin Skaer, Principal of Christian Academy in Brookhaven. Mr. Kevin Skaer received the 2017 Secondary Administrator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Affiliate of the Council on American Private Education

Route 322 Update

Daytime and nighttime lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township, Delaware County.

On Sunday, May 21, through Thursday, May 25, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM the following morning, flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of traffic on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) through various work areas along the 2.6-mile construction zone.

Motorists should expect delays on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and on northbound U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) approaching U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), allow extra time for travel through the work areas, or use an alternate route. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

For more information and to sign up for email alerts about the project, go to us322conchester.com.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly, and follow the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

Scam Alert:

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department is warning of a surge in unclaimed property scams targeting victims through fake letters and emails in which scammers portray themselves as National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators or state Treasury representatives. Legitimate unclaimed property “finders” never require advance payment and are registered with the department here:

http://www.patreasury.gov/assets/pdf/bup/Registered-Property-Finders.pdf

Fish for Free Day May 28th

May 28 is the first of two Fish for Free Days in Pennsylvania. The second is July 4. Residents and non-residents can legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. All other fishing regulations apply. First-timers can borrow equipment from fishing tackle loaner sites.

http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/FishingRegulations/Pages/FishForFreeDay.aspx

Preparing Now for Managing Student Debt

This week the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) released some helpful recommendations for recent college graduates who are in their 6 month grace period:

  • Keep track of the date that their first student loan payment is due to avoid late fees. The 6-mont grace period begins when a student ceases to be enrolled on at least a half- time basis (typically less than six credits).
  • Consider which repayment option, including income-driven repayment plans, may best suit their situation by contacting their loan servicer.
  • Some borrowers may qualify for federal loan forgiveness programs – explore these options by visiting studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
  • Take advantage of an automatic direct debit plan to make federal student loan payments. Borrowers will never miss a payment and will typically quality for a 0.25% interest rate reduction just for participating.
  • Limit credit card spending to avoid unmanageable or excessive debt levels.
  • Establish a reasonable monthly budget and stick to it.
  • Maintain a favorable credit score by making payments on time.
  • Notify their lender and loan servicer of any changes to address or phone number.
  • If they are having any difficulty repaying a federal student loan, borrowers should remember that options are available for relief, such as deferment or forbearance.

Northley Middle School Recognized as School to Watch

Northley Middle School has been re-designated as a Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn School to Watch (PA STW) by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Northley originally received this designation in 2014 and they were up for a re-evaluation as part of the award process. Northley will hold this title for another three years.

The Pennsylvania Schools to Watch organization annually recognizes a small number of diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the unique challenges of early adolescence, social equity, and school structures and processes that support and sustain the path to excellence. A Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn School is a school that has made marked progress in meeting all of the nationally-endorsed criteria for high-performing middle schools, including measurable gains in the academic achievement of all students over time.


How We Can Help You

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Free notary service.
  • Assistance with preparations of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues.

How to Contact Me

I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.

The district offices are located at:

4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.

780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.

Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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Offices

Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Phone: 717-787-4712
Fax: 717-783-7490
Toll-Free: 1-888-9th-Dist

4110 Edgmont Ave
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Phone: 610-447-3163
Fax: 610-447-5848

780 E. Market St
Suite140
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-436-3320
Fax: 610-436-6983

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