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                     My Next Shredder Event is April 13

Mark your calendars! I will again host a free community shredding event to give you the opportunity to safely destroy personal paperwork.

The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder, will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Anselm School, 12670 Dunks Ferry Road. You’ll be able to watch as their documents are destroyed. No businesses please.

Identity thieves have been uncompromising in their search for credit card numbers, bank account information and Social Security numbers. It is critical that you destroy documents containing this sensitive information. I encourage everyone to come out to my event to take the proper steps in fighting identity theft.

For more information, please call my office at 215-330-3711.

I’m Hosting a Free Prescription Drug Take Back Event April 27

One of the best ways to combat the opioid addiction is to clean out your medicine cabinet and protect your family by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines.

In a move to help you reduce the risk of opioid abuse, I will sponsor a Drug Take Back Day to help families properly dispose of unused prescription drugs.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the 8th Police District, 3100 Red Lion Road.

Items accepted include prescription and over-the-counter solid medications; tablets and capsules; liquid medications, like cough syrups and cold medicines; prescription patches; medical creams and ointments; vitamins; nasal sprays; and pet medicines. No needles or other sharp medical instruments.

For more information, call my office at 215-330-3711.

Honored with the Tree of Life Award

photo credit: Sivan Itelman
I would like to thank Congregation Beth Solomon for honoring me with their Tree of Life Award during their annual Gala Dinner. Congregation Beth Solomon has been a vital part of our community for many years. I’m humbled and grateful to have been selected with this award.

Help for Lyme Disease Treatment
Pennsylvania has consistently ranked among the highest in the country in confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

To help those affected by this disease and other related tick-borne illnesses, the House Health Committee approved legislation that would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.

Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics when caught and treated early. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurologic complications. The most severe cases can be debilitating.

House Bill 629 now moves to the full House for consideration.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, and how to protect yourself from tick bites, click here.

Good Money Habits Training Resource for Kids
To help high school and college students make smart money decisions, Pennsylvania is launching a new program called the “FinLit Forum.”

The conference-style program involves multiple state and nonprofit agencies that provide high school and college students with critical financial knowledge to be successful in the next stages of their lives.

The program addresses many “real life” financial issues of young people, including banking basics, introduction to budgeting, understanding credit reports and scores, scams and identity theft, insurance 101, and financial aid.

Learn more here

Tax Day Approaching
The Monday, April 15, deadline to file your federal, state and local taxes is fast approaching.

If you received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2018, you must file a Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax return by midnight on April 15.

You can file online for free through PAdirectfile, a secure, state-only electronic income tax filing system by clicking here.

If you want to use an online tax preparing service, Pennsylvania has deals with certain providers for free e-filing. You can learn more about these services by clicking here.

Income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center, or by calling 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pennsylvanians can also visit a Department of Revenue district office for basic state personal income tax filing assistance. Assistance at these offices is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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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
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