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3/8/2019
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Military Veteran Specialist is at My Office
Our military specialist is in our Bustleton office at 10752 Bustleton Ave., Suite C, on the first Tuesday of every month. If you need help with any issue involving your military service, call us at 215-330-3711 and we’ll set up a time for you to meet with him.


                      Northeast Philadelphia’s History Day


 
Mark your calendars. On March 30, the Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History and the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will present Northeast Philadelphia History Fair 2019 at the Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road.

This will be a great way to enjoy and explore the people, places and events that make up the culture of Northeast Philly. There will be presentations on local history and displays of prints, photos, books and other historical items..

And it’s all free!

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact nephillyhistory@gmail.com or call 215-370-4626. You can also get more information on Facebook here.  
 

Supporting PA National Guard Families
Ensuring a better future for our Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families is the driving force behind a first-of-its-kind Military Family Education Program.

The proposal builds on the state’s existing National Guard Military Education Program by extending benefits to a guard member’s spouse or children in exchange for the guard member committing to a second obligation of six years in the Guard.

The initiative not only recognizes the sacrifices made by Guard families but also helps retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania.

The program would provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s).

The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
 

Budget Hearings Conclude
Making sure every dollar of state tax money is used to its maximum benefit, the House Appropriations Committee, on which I serve, wrapped up its three-week series of budget hearings this week, with the committee looking into all aspects of the governor’s budget proposal.

The committee heard testimony and asked questions of the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System.

The Appropriations Committee will take the testimony gathered from these hearings into negotiations for the 2019-20 budget. All of the hearings are available here
 

Resources to Help with Problem Gambling

 
With March being observed as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, officials from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Lottery highlighted the warning signs of problem gambling and available resources to help.

Gambling can become a problem when a person develops strained relationships with loved ones; borrows money to gamble; gambles to get a “high”; or misses work, school or other activities and obligations in order to gamble.

In the Commonwealth, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania works to educate Pennsylvanians on compulsive and problem gambling to prevent development of dangerous gambling habits. It operates the Pennsylvania Problem Gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). More resources, including a 24-hour chat service, are also available at pacouncil.com.

Click here for more information on how to recognize the warning signs of a gambling problem. Click here to find information about treatment options
 

Spring Ahead: Turn Clocks Ahead One Hour This Weekend
 
Daylight saving time will begin on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., and residents are reminded to turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

This is also a good time to check and/or change batteries in both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. The alarms should also be replaced every 10 years.

Daylight saving time will end on Nov. 3.
 
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Harrisburg Office: B-13 Main Capitol Building, PO Box 202170, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2170  | (717) 787-6740
District Office:10752 Bustleton Ave., Suite C, Philadelphia, PA 19116  | (215) 330-3711
District Office: 10501 Academy Road, Unit E., Philadelphia, PA 19114 | (215) 632-3237
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