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Happy New Year!
Remember this Irish New Year’s Blessing as we begin 2022:
New Alvernia CollegeTowne Campus in Pottsville Awarded Millions in State Funding
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.
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.
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 Representative Joe Kerwin would no longer represent Schuylkill County under the proposal.
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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