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In this Update:

  • Bridgeton Township-Upper Black Eddy Resource Day this Saturday
  • Dorney Park and Hamilton Boulevard Traffic Survey
  • Supporting Children Who Faced Trauma
  • Save Your Child from Preventable Death
  • Watch Out for Heat-Related Illnesses
  • Smart Money Management Leads to Financial Independence
  • Searching for High School Students to Keep PA Clean

Bridgeton Township-Upper Black Eddy Resource Day this Saturday

Join my staff and me Saturday, Aug. 12, from 1-4 p.m. for the Bridgeton Township-Upper Black Eddy Resource Day at the Bridgeton Township Municipal Building, 1730 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy.

The event features representatives from organizations in our community, who can provide information and answer questions about programs, products and services available to local residents.

In addition to our office, representatives from other organizations attending will include:

  • Bridgeton Township supervisors and secretary.
  • Bucks County Office of Tourism.
  • Bucks County Community College.
  • Bucks County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Eastern Upper Bucks Senior Center.
  • River Valley Waldorf School.
  • Friends of Delaware Canal.
  • Upper Black Eddy Fire Department.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
  • Bucks County Office of Aging.
  • Palisades Community Foundation.
  • Bucks County Opportunity Council Guide to Food Services.
  • And more!

The event is free to attend and will feature door prizes. The Upper Black Eddy Fire Department will have a firetruck on site for children and adults to view.

Dorney Park and Hamilton Boulevard Traffic Survey

Your opinion matters. That is why I conduct surveys on my legislative website to hear from people like you about the importance of various issues in the 16th Senatorial District.

My latest survey is about a traffic issue in South Whitehall Township. I want to know if you are concerned about the amount of traffic near Dorney Park on Hamilton Boulevard.

Please take a moment to fill out this one-question survey on my website.

Supporting Children Who Faced Trauma

This week, the Senate Aging and Youth Committee held a hearing to gather information about the critical roles played by children’s advocacy centers across Pennsylvania.

Children’s advocacy centers (CACs) coordinate the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases by utilizing teams of professionals involved in child protective and victim advocacy services, law enforcement and prosecution, and physical and mental health.

Without CACs, children who already had traumatic experiences – like sexual abuse – are revictimized when they are forced to repeatedly relive their horror by describing it separately for people representing county agencies, law enforcement and health care. At CACs, everyone gathers at one time in a way that is comfortable for the child.

Pennsylvania has 41 CACs, which provided services to 15,735 children in 2022. Types of cases include sexual abuse, physical abuse, child witness to violence, drug endangered children and others. Learn more about the hearing and access video here.

Save Your Child from Preventable Death

Since 1998, more than 900 children have died from vehicular heatstroke – a tragedy we never want to experience. Luckily, it is preventable.

The National Safety Council offers a free online course about the danger of vehicular heatstroke and children, the three primary circumstances that have led to children dying and what we can do to prevent these deaths.

Keep in mind that even on mild or cloudy days, temperatures inside vehicles can reach life-threatening levels. Leaving windows slightly open doesn’t help, and children should never be left unattended or be able to get inside a vehicle. Learn more here.

Watch Out for Heat-Related Illnesses

When it’s extremely warm outside, there are several heat-related illnesses that can impact you and your loved ones. While many of us have experienced sunburn before, you should also be aware of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash.

In an effort to avoid these illnesses, stay hydrated and be careful with how long you’re exposed to the heat – even if you’re not in the sun.

Read more here about the signs of heat-related illnesses and what to do if you have one.

Smart Money Management Leads to Financial Independence

To become financially independent and create the foundation for a secure life, thoughtfully considering financial decisions and their implications is key.

Monday, Aug. 14, is National Financial Awareness Day, which reminds all of us to plan for a more financially successful future. Of course, in addition to a willingness to plan, we must also have the knowledge about positive versus negative money management practices.

Senate Republicans passed a bill to improve personal financial literacy by requiring completion of a high school course that would advise on basic money matters like credit and credit scores; savings and investments; and college, home and auto loans. By teaching high school students the basics, they will be able to make better decisions to position themselves for a lifetime of financial independence.

As you take an active role in managing your money, you may come up with a question, concern or complaint about Pennsylvania financial institutions, services or products. Call the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-722-2657 or fill out the online complaint form here.

Searching for High School Students to Keep PA Clean

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful are inviting 10th -12th grade students from around the state to help keep Pennsylvania clean and beautiful through the Young Ambassadors program.

The program provides opportunities for high school students to train and network with industry leaders, state agencies, local media and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful network to increase leadership and problem-solving skills.

Learn more about ambassadors’ responsibilities and apply for the program by Sept. 14 here.

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