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Local Businesses Celebrate 90 years (or more!)

There are a number of businesses in the 18th district that have recently celebrated milestone anniversaries and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a community rich in history, full of innovation and excellence and an exciting future ahead!

CELEBRATING 97 YEARS – Historic Hotel Bethlehem (Bethlehem, PA)

Originally built in 1922 by Charles Schwab to cater to the clients of the enormous Bethlehem Steel Company – recently named the Third ‘Best Historic Hotel’ in the Country by USA Today

Hotel Bethlehem

CELEBRATING 95 YEARS – Eberhardt Motors (Whitehall, PA)

4 Generations of Sales & Service!

Eberhardt Motors

CELEBRATING 90 YEARS - Deiter Brothers (Bethlehem, PA)

Since its inception, Deiter Bros. has maintained a tradition of excellence & has remained responsive to the ever-changing needs of our community.

Deiter Brothers

CELEBRATING 90 YEARS – Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

Since its original takeoff in April 1929, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) has always valued every customer – they celebrated their 90th with a Customer Appreciation Day to say ‘Thank You’!

Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

State Senate Hearing on the Need for Workable Solutions to Improve Fire/EMS Modernization

Policy Hearing

As Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, last week I was pleased to call to order this hearing on the future of firefighting and EMS (emergency medical services) in Pennsylvania at the request of state Sen. Tim Kearney (D- Chester/Delaware).

Organizing stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to come together and make sure emergency services, like fire and EMS, will be adequately able to continue to serve our communities was our number one priority.  Our job as a legislature is to make sure that our communities have the resources they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies is of the utmost importance and have the ability to provide the modernization they need to include increasing accessibility without sacrificing quality of service. 

Senator Boscola comments on the Future of Firefighting & EMS in the Commonwealth
Senator Boscola comments on the Future of
Firefighting and EMS in the Commonwealth

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2015 and 2017 there was a 20 percent personnel decrease among career and volunteer firefighters in communities across the nation. The Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute reports that the number of volunteer firefighters in the state has gone from approximately 300,000 in the 1970’s to just 38,000 in 2018 — despite the state’s population rising from 11.8 million in 1970 to 12.8 million in 2018.

In 2017, Senate Resolution 6 was approved to form a statewide commission to examine the crisis facing both firefighters and EMS personnel. The commission’s report concluded that more resources, funds, and legislative changes are needed to help maintain sufficient firefighting and EMS services in Pennsylvania.

My husband served as a volunteer firefighter for many years with the Se-Wy-Co Volunteer Fire Co. in Lower Saucon Township, and subsequently I am well aware of the challenges these brave volunteers face on a daily basis. This hearing has provided us with some of the much-needed insight to help us go forth with past due reform and assistance measures for our fire companies and EMS providers to make sure they have the resources and personnel they need to continue ensuring the health and safety of Pennsylvania residents.

Since the conclusion of the hearing last week, numerous constituents and fire/EMS departments have reached out to my office wanting to help; wanting to discuss how  to address this ongoing crisis we are facing in this Commonwealth regarding the drop in volunteer firefirghters/EMS workers. 

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the following people who made it a priority to take time out of their busy schedules to take the trip to the Delaware County Community College to testify before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and to share their ideas, strengths and struggles within their own departments and/or experiences with this issue as a whole. Your testimonies and sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

  • Bruce Trego, Fire Commissioner, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Sean Sanderson, Local Government Policy Specialist, Dept. of Community and Economic Development
  • Jerry Ozog, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute
  • Kathi Cozzone, Commissioner, Chester County
  • Steven Bair, Chief, Alpha Fire Company
  • Beau Crowding, Director of Operations, Chester County Dept. of Emergency Services
  • Darrell Kaiser, Chief, Garden Spot Fire Rescue
  • Danielle Koerner, Community Outreach Coordinator, Delaware County Dept. of Emergency Services
  • Robert Brady, II., President, ROBB Consulting, LLC.

A full recording of the hearing is available at senatorboscola.com/policy.

Something Needs to Be Done

SB 377Earlier this week, a bald eagle had to be euthanized.  This eagle was still alive when it was found, shot in the head, last Friday in Derry Township.  

According to state Game Warden Bill Brehun, because the bald eagle was removed from the threatened or endangered list, the person responsible would face a summary charge under the game and wildlife code instead of a misdemeanor.

Currently, I am the Prime Sponsor of Senate Bill 377 which, if passed, would increase the fine and penalty for killing and/or unlawfully taking a Bald or Golden Eagle in Pennsylvania.  The fine would increase from $200 to $2,500, as well as increase the grading of the offense.

Over time, the eagle has been the focus of one of the greatest conservation efforts of our state and nation’s history. Their population was threatened into near extinction by poaching, hunting, pesticide use, habitat destruction and other dangers throughout the 20th century. While regulations and protective efforts have proved to be successful for the population’s rebound in recent decades, and they have officially been removed from the Commonwealth's threatened species list, they still need to be further protected from unlawful takings.

It is my hope that this legislation, if passed, would deter the killing of these emblematic creatures in Pennsylvania.

Senior Community Center Grants

Pennsylvania Department of AgingThe Pennsylvania Department of Aging recently announced $2 million in new grant funding opportunities for Pennsylvania's senior community centers in year 2019-2020. Grant funding opportunities are intended for enhancements that increase participation and programming, attract a new generation of older adults, and enable senior community centers to provide a safe and healthy environment for participants.

The grant application period is open through Nov. 15 and applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. that day.

This funding opportunity is only open to Pennsylvania senior community centers that are affiliated with an Area Agency on Aging.

Application instructions are available by clicking here or visiting www.aging.pa.gov. Additionally, an informational webinar detailing the grant application process will be held this Thursday, October 10th at 10 a.m.  A link to the webinar is available by clicking here or by viewing the previously mentioned instructions.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically by email and in the format prescribed by the department in the 2019-20 SCC Grant Application Submission Instructions. Incomplete, late or improperly formatted application submissions will not be accepted. Grant applications must be submitted in their entirety, in one email to SCCgrants@pa.gov. For questions, please email SCCgrants@pa.gov, or call the Senior Center Grant Program Administrator at 717-772-2551.

Please note….Columbus Day

In observance of the Columbus Day holiday, all Senate office will be CLOSED on Monday, October 14, 2019 and will re-open, as scheduled at 9am on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. 

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