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In this email edition:

  • Happy New Year!
  • New Alvernia CollegeTowne Campus in Pottsville Awarded Millions in State Funding
  • What New State Senate and House District Do You Live In?
  • New Grant to Support Façade Upgrades in Frackville
  • 2021-2022 Legislative Session Nears the Midway Point
  • Where to Find COVID-19 Booster Shots in Schuylkill and Berks County

Happy New Year!

Remember this Irish New Year’s Blessing as we begin 2022:

Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full times instead of your lean.

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.

New Alvernia CollegeTowne Campus in Pottsville Awarded Millions in State Funding

Alvernia Board of Trustees Chair Michael Fromm and I at the site of Pottsville CollegeTowne

Alvernia University was awarded a $3 million grant to turn a vacant, blighted building in the heart of Pottsville into the newest “CollegeTowne” branch campus.  The project will redesign and rebuild the property at 500 Progress Avenue, the site of the former Giant grocery store.  Once completed, this campus will serve as a hub for budding entrepreneurs and will support Alvernia’s nursing and health care programs.

Thousands of communities across Pennsylvania applied for this highly competitive funding.  Receiving this investment from the state would not have been possible without bipartisan cooperation between city, county, state, and federal officials and community leaders.

There is no doubt that this major investment in the city will boost the ongoing revitalization efforts in Schuylkill County’s largest community.  Watch my remarks at a press conference about this new project below.

7/1/21 - Pottsville CollegeTowne

What New State Senate and House District Do You Live In?

This decade’s newly proposed state Senate and House maps propose BIG changes to the representation of Berks and Schuylkill County.  These proposed maps could see major changes before they are ultimately approved by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission.  Visit this link to share your thoughts on the proposals with the commission.

Proposed State Senate Map

In the State Senate, the 29th district would continue to encompass all of Schuylkill County, but would no longer include Berks County.  These portions of Berks County would split between three State Senate districts.

  • Senate District 48, currently represented by Senator Chris Gebhard
    • Bethel Township, Tulpehocken Township, Upper Tulpehocken Township, Marion Township, Womelsdorf, Jefferson Township, Upper Bern Township, Bernville, Tilden Township, Penn Township, North Heidelberg Township, Heidelberg Township, Lower Heidelberg Township, South Heidelberg Township, Robesonia, Wernersville
  • Senate District 16, currently represented by Senator Pat Browne
    • Albany Township, Windsor Township, Hamburg, Greenwich Township, Lenhartsville, Perry Township, Shoemakersville, Maidencreek Township, Ontelaunee Township
  • Senate District 11, currently represented by Senator Judy Schwank
    • Spring Township, Sinking Spring

Proposed State House Map

The State House districts in both counties would see major changes as well.  Representative Joe Kerwin would no longer represent Schuylkill County under the proposal.

  • Both Berks and Schuylkill County
    • House District 124, currently represented by Rep. Jerry Knowles
      • Schuylkill County: Rush Township, Delano Township, Ryan Township, Schuylkill Township, Tamaqua, Coaldale, Walker Township, West Penn Township, East Brunswick Township, New Ringgold, West Brunswick Township, Port Clinton, Deer Lake, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Haven, Auburn, South Manheim Township
      • Berks County: Upper Tulpehocken Township, Upper Bern Township, Tilden Township, Hamburg, Windsor Township, Albany Township, Greeenwich Township, Lenhartsville
  • Schuylkill County
    • House District 123, currently represented by Rep. Tim Twardzik
      • West Mahanoy Township, Gilberton, Frackville, Butler Township, Girardville, Ashland, Gordon, Cass Township, New Castle Township, St. Clair, Blythe Township, Middleport, New Philadelphia, Branch Township, Minersville, Norwegian Township, Port Carbon, Palo Alto, Mechanicsville, Pottsville City, Mount Carbon, Wayne Township, North Manheim Township, Cressona
    • House District 107, currently represented by Rep. Kurt Masser
      • Upper Mahantongo Township, Hubley Township, Eldred Township, Hegins Township, Barry Township, Porter Township, Tower City, Frailey Township, Tremont, Tremont Township, Foster Township, Reilly Township, Washington Township, Pine Grove Township, Pine Grove
    • House District 116, currently open
      • North Union Township, East Union Township, Kline Township, Mcadoo, Mahanoy Township, Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, Union Township, Ringtown, plus portions of Luzerne County
  • Berks County
    • House District 5, currently represented by Rep. Barry Jozwiak
      • Bethel Township, Tulpehocken Township, Marion Township, Womelsdorf, Jefferson Township, Bernville, Penn Township, North Heidelberg Township, Heidelberg Township, Robesonia, South Heidelberg Township, Wernersville, Lower Heidelberg Township, Shoemakersville, Perry Township, Ontelaunee Township, portion of Spring Township
    • House District 130: currently represented by Rep. David Maloney
      • Maidencreek Township
    • House District 129, currently represented by Rep. Jim Cox
      • Sinking Spring, portion of Spring Township
    • House District 99, currently represented by Rep. David Zimmerman
      • Portion of Spring Township

New Grant to Support Façade Upgrades in Frackville

Frackville will receive a $35,000 grant from the Keystone Communities Program to renovate façades in the downtown business district.  Property owners along Lehigh Avenue and Oak Street can apply for a 50% matching reimbursement grant through the Frackville Economic Development Task Force if interested in improving the façade of their property.  Applications will be forthcoming for interested property owners.

I’m thankful Frackville received this highly competitive funding.  Read more about this news here.

2021-2022 Legislative Session Nears the Midway Point

The first year of the 2021-2022 legislative session is coming to a close.

So far this year, the Senate has passed bills to give parents a greater say in the education of their children, ease nursing home staff shortages, enable more schools to combat pandemic learning loss, help doctors and pharmacists fight opioid abuse, increase donations to support veterans, and much more.

Check out a complete rundown of bills approved this year here.

Where to Find COVID-19 Booster Shots in Schuylkill and Berks County

With hospitals in our area dealing with a surge in severe COVID-19 cases, more and more people are asking my office for information regarding vaccines.  Consult with your doctor to make sure you qualify.

The Pottsville Republican Herald published a comprehensive list of providers in Schuylkill County offering boosters here.  In Berks County, the Berks Cares Vaccine Center in Muhlenberg Township offers a centralized location for booster shots.  Learn more about it here.  Most hospital systems and pharmacies in Berks and Schuylkill County offer booster shots.

Visit this link to use the CDC’s interactive map to find the vaccine provider closest to you.

 

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