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Pride MonthSure, June marks the beginning of summer, but it’s also something much more significant, the time to celebrate Pride Month. This year is incredibly significant because it is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots, considered a key moment and tipping point for the gay rights movement. In support of the Stonewall Generation and LGBT pioneers, my office is excited to be participating in SAGECare’s LGBT aging training to help us better serve the constituents of the 17th district and create a welcoming community for LGBT Older Adults. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit https://sageusa.care/ .

Also, during June, we recognize Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. More than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which happens to be the sixth leading cause of death in the US. Memory loss is one of the most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, which is why early detection matters. You can take action to increase public awareness of Alzheimer’s by sharing stories, supporting public policies and going purple online by visiting alz.org/abam.

Finally, for the past few weeks the Pennsylvania General Assembly has been deliberating over the state budget. I’m happy to announce that nearly $3 million in state funding has been awarded to townships and non-profits right here in Montgomery and Delaware Counties to help continue to provide valuable and essential services for our communities:

  • Radnor Township ($40,000)
  • Delaware County Executive Director ($256,094)
  • Delaware County Women Against Rape ($669,891)
  • Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County ($189,324 total between two different grants)
  •  Laurel House ($366,226)
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving ($225,592)
  • Victims Services Center in Montco ($696,725)
  • Womens Center of Montgomery County ($366,228)
  • Family Services Center in Montco ($150,000)

As the month winds down, we’re approaching our constitutionally mandated deadline for passing the budget. And it appears we may actually pass the budget early. I’ve been a legislator for seventeen years, and I can tell you it’s rare that we pass a budget early. While that’s good news, I fear that what is in the budget isn't the best we can do. I've certainly seen worse budgets. However, "not awful" seems to be a low bar given how many serious problems we should be solving. Most years, we just cobble together a budget that can plausibly be considered "balanced". We raid this fund, we borrow from that, we make unrealistic assumptions, we vote YES and we all go home. This is no longer acceptable.

The budget, as the one bill that ABSOLUTELY must pass each year, is an opportunity to actually fight for important priorities and hold out for at least some progress on key issues. We’re facing so many critical issues that just never get dealt with. We have a student-loan crisis, expanding poverty, a shrinking and struggling middle class, huge environmental challenges, a minimum wage that hasn't gone up in twelve years and has atrophied to the point of embarrassment. This budget addresses none of this. It is not an ambitious budget, and if we are ever to do something big and bold, this is the year to do it. So, unless something changes dramatically, I will be opposing the budget. Not because it’s awful, but because not-awful isn't good enough.

I hope you all enjoy your summer vacations. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions or need assistance.

Sincerely,

Daylin

Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Senator Daylin Leach - Alex’s Lemonade Stand

As many may already know, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) derived from a little girl named Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. At four years old she did a lemonade fundraiser in her front yard to raise money for cancer. Alex not only raised $1 million dollars before her death, but she built a powerful legacy. A lot of people equate legacy with death, but it’s not about death, it’s about life and living.  More importantly, it wasn’t her lemonade that raised money or made her legacy proliferate, it was her altruism. Alex didn’t want to raise money for herself, she raised money for all children who endured the same common battle.

In the United States alone, cancer is one of the most common causes of death among children ages 1 to 14. Every year, approximately 15,000 children’s parents will be told, “I’m sorry, but your child has cancer,” snatching the joy out of their households. Cancer is petrifying, the word alone is terrifying. 

What cancer can’t do is stop billions of individuals, like me, from coming together each year to raise money and awareness on Alex’s day. I am honored to partake in the fundraiser each year for over a decade. This year I set my fundraiser table up outside of Ludington Library on June 7, 2019. Just like Alex did in her original stand, my staff used Country Time Lemonade. Alex may not have been there with us, but her legacy will live forever and I am proud to support it.

 

Local Artist Spotlight: Rebecca Rutstein

Senator Daylin Leach - Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Congratulations to local artist Rebecca Rutstein on the unveiling of her mural, Synthesis, in the makerspace section of Cynwyd Elementary School’s library on June 4, 2019. Rutstein found inspiration for Synthesis while collaborating with scientists on an ocean exploration, where they researched carbon cycling and chemical and microbial processes in the deep sea. Synthesis, as well as Rutstein’s other work, seeks to reflect the intersection of art, science, and technology. To this end, the mural features the hexagonal ring structure seen in carbon structures.

Rutstein, a Cynwyd Elementary alumna herself, worked with all the students in Grades K-5, as well as several staff members, to create the mural. Librarian Natalie Thibault and Math Specialist Karen Salladino also worked closely with Rutstein to help the mural come to fruition. Rutstein was joined by friends and family at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including her children who are current students at Cynwyd. Rebecca Rutstein Art Work

Also on display at Cynwyd were samples of Rutstein’s other works, which focus on connecting people to the deep sea. Rutstein created these pieces over the last few years while on board research vessels at sea in places such as the Galapagos Islands, Vietnam, Guam, and off the coast of Costa Rica – to name a few. Rutstein’s work is inspired by the data that is collected alongside her by marine scientists. Through all her work, Rutstein seeks to shed light on hidden environments and start a dialogue about stewardship in the face of climate change. To learn more about the amazing work Rutstein does, visit http://rebeccarutstein.com/.

 

Property Tax & Rent Rebate Program
Application Deadline Extended

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline ExtendedThe deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30, to December 31, 2019.

Contact me at 610-768-4200 or senatorleach@pasenate.com for help completing and/or submitting an application.

Librarian of the Year

State Senator Daylin Leach recognizes Elizabeth Barrie (left) of the Belmont Hills Library and Jennifer McKinnon (right) of Gotwals Elementary School as the 2019 Librarians of the Year at Leach’s 10th annual Librarian of the Year Award Ceremony on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria in Radnor, PA.

On June 10th, I was joined by local librarians and their guests to celebrate my 10th Annual Librarian of the Year Awards ceremony at Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria in Radnor. Libraries played a significant role in my childhood and I will never forget the kindness and support that my local librarians showed me as a kid. This is why I find it so important to recognize the outstanding librarians in my district for their hard work and their role in creating a welcoming space for all.

I was honored to award Jennifer McKinnon of Gotwals Elementary School as our School Librarian of the Year and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Barrie of the Belmont Hills Library as our Public Librarian of the Year.
Jennifer was recognized for the outstanding work she has done at Gotwals, including working with students to bring awareness to important issues such as recycling. Jennifer works creatively with a limited budget to host events for both the students and their families. She helped to develop parent workshops, focused on topics from reading to coding. Jennifer always encourages her students and the staff to read more and access their creative side. She inspires those around her to challenge themselves with their reading by choosing books that may be outside of their comfort zone.

At the Belmont Hills Library, Lizzie is known as a compassionate leader who works closely with her staff and supports them in pursuing their career goals. She has helped to maintain a welcoming environment at the library through the amazing events she has put on. Despite being faced with protestors, Lizzie fought to host a Drag Queen Storytime event for the children at the library. Through this event, she helped to normalize drag culture with children and she demonstrated the importance of inclusivity in our community. Lizzie continues to plan creative and fun events that engage and better the community. 

Congratulations again to both winners! Your hard work and dedication are a part of the reason why our district is one of the best places to live in the state.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Narberth’s famous Fourth of July celebration!

Mark your calendars for Narberth’s famous Fourth of July celebration! Their fireworks and festivities have become the biggest Fourth of July celebration on the Main Line. Starting at 10am, the Narberth park will be host to family activities – including food, parades, contests, carnival games, and more! These events will last until 2pm, and the celebration will continue that night with an incredible fireworks display.

For more information, please email narberthfourthofjuly@gmail.com or visit https://www.narberthfourthofjuly.com/july-4th-celebration.html

Don’t miss out on Radnor’s Night at the Ball Park/Wiffleball Classic event on Wednesday, July 24 at beginning at 5:30 pm! The event will be held at Encke Park and will feature fireworks, moon bounces, raffles, and more! Those interested in playing in the Wiffleball Classic must register in advance at www.radnor.com/wiffleballclassic. All proceeds from the event will go toward The Special Olympics of Delaware County.

For more information about the event, including a full schedule, please click here.

Night at the Ball Park/Wiffleball Classic
Soap Box Derby

Conshohocken continues its over 60-year tradition of the Soap Box Derby. The annual event will take place on July 4th on Fayette Street in Conshohocken. Here, children from ages 8-18 can construct and race Soap Box Derby cars, with the chance to make the national finals. Join the community in cheering on these competitors as they put their hard work to the test.

For more information, please visit https://www.soapboxderby.org/conshohocken.aspx

COMMUNITY KUDOS

The Harmony Theater

Harmony TheaterThis month’s Community Kudos features nonprofit organization Harmony Theater of Montgomery County. It began in 1994 as a performing arts collaborative sponsored by Gwynedd Mercy College, Indian Creek Foundation, and the Developmental Enterprises Corp.  In 2013, Harmony Theater Inc. became a private, non-profit corporation with a purpose to enrich the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. 

The theater produces two yearly events including a Fall Concert that features the vocal talents of the participants and a Spring Musical which combines acting, vocal, and dancing abilities. Their most recent performance, “101 Dalmatians” took place in May and combined comedy and mystery. Additionally, Harmony Theater will be celebrating their 25th year on stage, with special events throughout their 2019-2020 season. 

Food PantryAdult actors with a variety of disabilities meet every Saturday to practice acting roles, sing, craft, interact, and/or visit with other actors. Through rehearsals, activities, and events, Harmony Theater participants enjoy a safe, supportive, creative environment where they can build friendships, transition into adult social life, and develop life skills in the ‘Harmony Theater Family’. Moreover, the performance arts activities offer opportunities for members' self-expression and community engagement. Many audience members enjoy the performance and see the actors' hard work on stage.  

Current rehearsals and performances are held at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Rt 202, Lower Gwynedd, PA. 

Food PantryOther events hosted by the Harmony Theater include Purses, Bags and more Bingo, Community Connection, and Harmony Marketplace.  

To those interested in donating and supporting the program in producing concerts and musicals, the Harmony Angel Donor program is available. 

For more information on The Harmony Theater, Inc., please visit their website or call at 215-285-7178.

You can also find more information and events on their Facebook page

 

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

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