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Northeast Notes

Helping Parents Prepare for New School Year

With school scheduled to open in less than two weeks across Philadelphia, there are plenty of resources available to help students and parents prepare for the new year.

The city school district has a web page devoted to back-to-school information, especially in areas that raise the most questions for parents preparing their kids for school. 

Immunization requirements are particularly important as well as information on what is needed to register students.

To visit the page of back-to-school information, click here. Or click on these topics:


Registration Guidelines

Immunization Requirements

School Calendar

Uniform Colors

School Finder

Shredding Event Promotes Personal Security

In the Internet age, identity thieves have become more and more sophisticated, allowing them to take advantage of victims using only small bits of personal information.

For many consumers, it’s hard to distinguish what information there could be contained in various pieces of mail and other personal documents that could be exploited by thieves.

That’s why I’m coordinating with Academy Injury & Health Center and Einstein Healthcare Network to provide shredding services for residents who want to destroy unneeded personal documents safely and securely.

The event will be held Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Parkwood Shopping Center, 12361 Academy Road.  The shredding services will be provided in conjunction with an open house for my district office in the shopping center.  I hope you can stop by to say “hi.”

City Preparing for Visit by Pope Francis; 2 Million Visitors

Philadelphia will be in the spotlight in September as the World Meeting of Families will feature a visit by Pope Francis.  City officials are hoping the visit will showcase the diversity, cooperation and spirit of the city even as they expect as many as 2 million visitors to crowd Center City.

The visit will affect residents throughout Philadelphia as Center City is closed to traffic and SEPTA operates on an extremely limited schedule.  For residents of the Northeast who commute to the city, the visit will mean travel changes and some complications.

The World Meeting of Families has posted a go-to guide on the visit to help visitors and residents understand what will be happening.  You can find this Papal Visit Playbook by clicking the link. is also updating residents on the logistics of the visit, you can see their website by clicking here.   To see more about road closures during the visit, click here.

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Senior Fair Scheduled for October 9

My first Senior Expo as a member of the Senate is Friday, October 9 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road (on the corner of Southampton and the Boulevard).

Refreshments will be provided.

Help for Local Veterans

John Foster, department chair of the PA Veterans Services Association is providing guidance to veterans in my Bustleton district office.

John will be available every other Tuesday by appointment to help veterans and their families with various issues, including housing for homeless vets, access to medical services, obtaining deceased vets’ medals for surviving families and more.

To make an appointment, call my district office at 215-695-1020. The district office is located at 8016 Bustleton Ave.


Offices to Serve You

  District Office
8016 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone: (215) 695-1020
Fax: (215) 695-1027
District Office
12361 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: (215) 281-2539
Fax: (215) 281-2798
Harrisburg Office
457 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3005
Phone: (717) 787-9608
Fax: (717) 772-2162