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Don’t miss your chance to visit the Elmwood Park Zoo for free! Yes, that’s right, FREE! Thanks to the Zoo’s generosity year after year, and that of Suburban Community Hospital, we’re happy to invite constituents to our 11th Annual Kids’ Fair event! Join us on August 22 at 5:30PM. We’ll be closing out the summer with free food, face painters, free spin art, raffle prizes and more! More information is below.

Even though the Senate is in recess until September, we’ve been busy working on legislation that’s important to the 17th District. I’ve introduced a package of legislation this month that is aimed at protecting our environment and will help keep our streams and rivers clean. It includes a series of bills that would prohibit the automatic distribution of polystyrene containers, plastic straws and plastic bags. Pennsylvania needs to tackle environmental protection head on through the reduction of harmful waste.

Just last week, I also circulated co-sponsorship memos for a package of bills designed to support working families right here in Pennsylvania. These efforts include an increase of the minimum wage, paid parental leave, elimination of employment discrimination based on marital/family status and installing diaper changing stations in every bathroom.

To learn more about these bills and others, check out my new e-newsletter series called The Blueprint, which is sent out the second week of every month. Let us know which bills you want to be featured by calling our office at 610-768-4200 or sending an email to senatorleach@pasenate.com.

I hope everyone is beating the heat and enjoying their summer vacations!

Sincerely,

Daylin

Join us for Kidsí Fair!

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, my office will be hosting my 11th Annual Kids’ Fair, an exciting and popular event among families in the 17th Senatorial District which includes much of Montgomery and Delaware Counties. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Admission is free to children and their families but call today to reserve your spot because the event is limited to the first 1,500 people. Please reach out to my office at 610-768-4200 with your RSVP or any questions. See you there!

Kids Fair :: August 22, 2019 - Learn More

SageCare Credential

Sage CareOn July 2, 2019, my staff participated 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.  The training provided an overview of the needs, concerns and unique history of LGBT older adults, as well as meaningful steps that staff members can take to immediately improve the quality of support and services they provide. After completing the training, my office received a SAGECare credential that is featured on my website to show our commitment to promoting the needs of the aging LGBT community. We are proud to be a bronze level organization and we look forward to attending more trainings to reach the top Platinum credential.

Is your organization interested in learning more about SAGECare? Then visit their website at https://sageusa.care.  

Good Citizenship Awards

On June 27th, 2019, I hosted my annual Good Citizenship Award reception at Bonefish Grill. Forty-seven local students were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the community. The Good Citizenship Award commemorates students that demonstrate responsibility, commitment to volunteering, and have earned outstanding academic achievements.

Good Citizenship Awards

I had the chance to speak and personally congratulate every winner that attended the reception. I had a great time talking with students about their academic achievements and service in the community. While having the chance to converse with the students I was highly impressed by their ambition and future goals. It warms my heart to see our future leaders achieve great accomplishments. I want to thank all who came and those who could not for being a part of this ceremony. I wish the best of luck to all the graduates and all students who are taking the next step in their academic careers. I look forward to recognizing more exceptional students next year! 

 

Senior Scam Presentation

On July 18, 2019, my office held a Senior Scam Presentation at the Narberth Borough Hall. Seniors are often the target of financial scams that can cost them their savings and identity. To help our Seniors better arm themselves against future scams, we brought in a group of experts to discuss the issue and answer questions. The presentation was led by Macdonald Taylor, Legal Advocate from the SeniorLAW Center, who discussed how to best protect yourself and your finances from Senior Scams, such as Grandkid and Romance Scams. Narberth’s Chief of Police John Gallagher and Lower Merion Township Police Officers Frank McCormick and David Sexton spoke to the group about how to recognize a scam and what actions you can take if you think you have been scammed. After the success of this event, we are hoping to plan another Senior Scam Presentation in Ardmore.

If you would be interested in attending such an event, please let us know by calling our office at 610-768-4200.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

National Night OutNational Night Out

Don’t miss out on the annual National Night Out event this month! This event, which is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, is scheduled in multiple townships throughout the district. The events will include food, entertainment, police demonstrations and much more! The different event locations include:

Lower Merion Township: Wynnewood Shopping Center, August6th from 6-9PM

Upper Merion Township & Plymouth Township: Upper Merion Township Police Department, August 6th from 6-9PM

Haverford Township: Quarry Center, August 6th from 6-9PM

West Conshohocken: Mackenzie Park, August 6th from 6-9PM

Bridgeport Borough: Bridgeport Borough Hall, August 13th from 6:30-8:30PM

Norristown: 1300 Block Willow Street, August 6th from 5:30-8PM

For more information about National Night Out, visit https://natw.org/

Montco SAAC’s Open House & Community Day

Montco SAAC’s Open House & Community Day

Join Montgomery County’s Senior Adult Activities Center on August 24th for their open house and community day! This event, which lasts from 10AM to 2PM will include tours of their Norristown center, entertainment, food, local businesses and organizations, backpack and school supply distributions, Meals on Wheels information, Chair Yoga and more!

For more information, visit http://www.montcosaac.com/events.htm

Radnor’s Unity in Our Community Block Party

Radnor’s Unity in Our Community Block Party

Mark your calendars for Radnor’s Unity in Our Community Block Party on August 24th! The event will be held on Highland Avenue in Wayne and will last from 12-4PM. Join with community members to celebrate the end of the summer with a day full of food, drinks, bounce houses, music and more! The event will also feature a collection for stuffed school bookbags where you can donate bookbags stuffed with school supplies to children in need.

For more information, visit https://www.radnor.com/1108/Unity-In-The-Community or contact Rev. Dr. Manuel A. Howard at 484-687-3036.

COMMUNITY KUDOS

Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard

Pastor Tim Dooner

It’s been one year since the Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard (UMACC) opened its doors to address food insufficiency needs of local families and individuals. What started as a conversation transformed into a community-wide collaboration with a unified goal of strengthening the most vulnerable neighbors through food supplementation and nurturing a stronger, more compassionate community.

As a new pastor in the community, Tim Donner, Founder of UMACC, met with school social workers and learned that approximately 110 families in Upper Merion were food insufficient. He was not surprised, as he has found this to be a common trend in suburban areas with assumed wealth. In response, a variety of members from local schools, municipalities, businesses, faith-based establishments, and caring neighbors came together to problem solve. Now, months after the initial conversation, these groups are putting their efforts into action with encouraging support from the community.

“It has been amazing to see how the people of our community and local organizations have responded with such generosity and compassion for their fellow neighbors. As we continue to build bridges and relationships, we trust that these invaluable efforts will be just the first steps toward a stronger, healthier, more compassionate, and more interconnected local community. What has been accomplished ought to be celebrated, indeed! But, let us not forget that there is more work to do. Our vision for the year ahead is to better mobilize our food efforts for the sake of those who cannot easily come to us, and to begin conversations about how to address other layers of need within the community,” Pastor Tim Dooner said.

Pastor Tim Dooner

As UMACC marks its one-year anniversary, it has served 170 families, reaching more than 400 local patrons. Throughout the year, 100-plus community members have volunteered to help UMACC sort, stock, inventory, bake, host and deliver food to patrons who are homebound or face travel limitations.

UMACC is located at Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, 191 Town Center Road, King of Prussia.  The parking lot entrance is off Independence Road. The Cupboard is open to patrons every Tuesday, 9:30 to 11:30AM and 5:30 to 7:30PM

Follow UMACC on Facebook to receive updates on needed supplies. Food donation boxes are now located at Upper Merion Community Center, Upper Merion Township building and State Representative Tim Briggs’ office.

“In addition to our collection boxes we are open Thursday, 4:30 to 6PM.  for any individuals and organizations who want to drop off food,” Dooner noted, adding, with a laugh, “we have enough canned green beans to last into the next decade.”

Anyone interested in learning more or volunteering at UMACC can visit www.umacc.org/volunteer to find available openings during Tuesday and Thursday pantry hours. Individuals or businesses who are interested in donating to UMACC can do so at www.umacc.org/donate.

ladybug CO-EXISTING WITH NATURE ladybug

No matter where you reside, humans will always share living space with plants and animals. Whether it be large species like deer or small species like ladybugs, we need to learn ways to co-exist peacefully with mother nature and her inhabitants. That is why I am bringing readers this new section called Co-existing with Nature, where each month we will address a different, pertinent environmental issue and offer recommendations for community members.

Spotted Lanternfly

With summer upon us, one of the biggest environmental concerns in our area is the increasing presence of the pesky Spotted Lanternfly. The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that originates from China, India, and Vietnam. They were first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and have since spread to other counties in the southeast portion of the state. This particular insect is troublesome because it poses a potential $18 billion impact on Pennsylvania’s businesses, including agricultural crops like grapes, apples, hops and logging. Due to these threats, it has been determined that the best way to address Spotted Lanternfly populations is complete removal.  

Currently, Penn State University, United States Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are working together to try to eliminate lanternflies within the quarantine areas. PSU is trying to find ways to control and contain the spread. The university is spearheading research in the insects' biology, pesticides studies, and the insect’s ability to adapt to the environment. USDA and PDA are both trying to treat locations where lanternflies have been reported.

As residents of the community, we are all heavily invested in the health of the area, which is why I believe we should play a role in assisting PSU, PDA, and USDA. Typically, homeowners are recommended to use lanternfly elimination methods including tree banding, tree removal and pesticides. However, these techniques are all concerning because they are indiscriminate and effect other species.

A more environmentally friendly way to remove lanternflies from our homes is to create a mixture of apple cider vinegar, dish soap, and water in a container and scrape eggs and nymphs into the mixture, which kills them instantly.

Homeowners can also help contain the spread. When traveling in and out of quarantine zones, check your car and outdoor equipment (grills, outdoor furniture, landscaping supplies, mowers, etc.). Remember that egg masses may be hidden underneath your car or in covered spaces. Also, do not store things or park under infested trees.

Finally, you can report lanternfly sightings online or by phone at 1-888-4BAD-FLY.

 

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

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