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In this Update:

  • Flyers Sign Local Nine-Year-Old with Cancer to a One Day Contract
  • Bill to Punish Looters Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval
  • LIHEAP – Financial Assistance Available for Energy Bills
  • High Schoolers: Can You Fix These Transportation Issues?
  • Remembering Pearl Harbor 

Flyers Sign Local Nine-Year-Old With Cancer to a One Day Contract

This past week, the Philadelphia Flyers gave Owen Micciche, who has been battling cancer since he was six months old, a night to remember as he joined the team during Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Owen, captain of the Genesis Hockey Club, joined the Flyers during their game Tuesday night – he had his own locker, dressed with a custom jersey, read the Flyers’ starting lineup and took a rookie lap with Flyers forward Owen Tippett ahead of warmups.

This story has local ties as Owen’s father, Jason Micciche was my teammate on the Neshaminy High School Ice Hockey team. Thank you to the Flyers for providing this incredible experience.  Let’s keep Owen and his family in our thoughts and root for him as he continues his fight against cancer.
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Bill to Punish Looters Wins Bipartisan Senate Approval

In the aftermath of widespread looting in Philadelphia and many other cities, the Senate approved legislation to prevent these crimes by a bipartisan vote.

According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, organized retail theft has resulted in the loss of almost 700,000 jobs nationwide due to more than $125 billion in economic losses. While large retail stores have been the primary target, 54% of the state’s small business owners said they have seen an increase in shoplifting in the past year. These hardworking Pennsylvanians who are trying to provide for themselves and their families rightly deserve our support.

Senate Bill 596 would create a first-degree felony offense, which can result in up to 20 years in prison, for thieves who steal $20,000 worth of goods and intend to resell them. The bill would also create the Office of Deputy Attorney General for Organized Retail Crime Theft to pursue the leaders of these criminal rings.

LIHEAP – Financial Assistance Available for Energy Bills

Looking for assistance to help you manage your energy bills, especially during the cold winter months? Visit @PECOConnect’s website to learn about LIHEAP:

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides financial heating assistance to qualified households in the form of a CASH or CRISIS grant.  The assistance is available to help customers that are at/below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines and demonstrate a heating burden. 

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Apply:

1. LIHEAP is free money and you never have to pay it back
2. The minimum LIHEAP grant amount is $300 per customer
3. The maximum LIHEAP grant amount is $2,000 per customer
4. Even if you are current on your PECO bill, LIHEAP funding will go towards future PECO bills
5. Don’t leave free money on the table.  Every year millions of dollars go unclaimed.  Get Yours!

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High Schoolers: Can You Fix These Transportation Issues?

High school students are invited to participate in the seventh annual PennDOT Innovations Challenge. The statewide competition pushes teams of students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges.

Regional winners will be selected by PennDOT’s Engineering Districts. Those winners will move on to a statewide competition where an overall winner will be selected.

Students can find the details of the 2023-24 Challenge and project guidelines here. All submissions must be received by Jan. 26, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

“A date which will live in infamy…”  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Dec. 7 marks 82 years since the surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After a decade of strained relations between the United States and Japan, that act drew the United States into World War II. While thousands of lives were lost, they were not lost in vain. The gruesome and exhausting war ultimately ended in a victory of Allied powers around the globe.

As we enjoy our American ideals and freedoms because of battles fought and wars won, please thank a veteran for his or her service.


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