Subscribe to E-Newsletter May 12, 2015

Dear Friend –

I want to keep you updated on the latest news and some upcoming events that may interest you.

phoneTelephone Town Hall Tomorrow

I am holding a live telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m. The meeting will focus on issues and legislation involving public education and property taxes in Pennsylvania. However, questions and comments on any number of other state and local issues are welcome. I encourage you to ensure you are on the list of participants by signing up here and submitting questions ahead of time.

May 16th Armed Forces Day Events

In honor of Armed Forces Day I am holding two events in the Phoenixville area this Saturday to recognize heroes who served this nation:

  • At 8:45 a.m. I will join with the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove to honor Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Corp. Michael J. Crescenz at the Medal of Honor Grove. Corp. Crescenz was the only Philadelphia resident to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. For his bravery in helping his fellow soldiers escape enemy machine gun fire, Corp. Crescenz was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970. Recently, the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Woodlawn Avenue was renamed in his honor. The Crescenz family continues to reside in our area and is active in veterans organizations.

  • Armed Forces DayAt 10 a.m. I will join the Phoenixville Area Historical Society in honoring Civil War nurse and Phoenixville native Rebecca Pennypacker Price with a special wreath-laying ceremony at Morris Cemetery located at 428 Nutt Road in Phoenixville. A dedicated nurse and patriot, Price was known to assist wherever she could, without concern for her own comfort or safety. Her hard work, courage and sacrifice serve as just one example of the vast contributions of women throughout our nation’s history.

Please join me on Saturday, May 16 to remember all our heroes who served and continue to serve in defense of our nation and in support of the cause of freedom. It is our duty to ensure that their service is honored and their memory is never forgotten.

Route 23 Bridge Update

Speaking of Phoenixville, I continue to work with PennDOT to accelerate construction of the Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) bridge and alleviate traffic issues caused by its closure. Recently, PennDOT officials have responded to my request for assistance regarding the closure of this vital thoroughfare. According to PennDOT, traffic engineers have visited the site to adjust the timing of traffic signals at key intersections to alleviate congestion issues. In addition, PennDOT agreed to provide $30,000 for police coverage associated with the detour. I am committed to continuing to work with PennDOT to ensure that this project is completed as safely, as efficiently and as soon as possible.

Senator Dinniman with panelists from the Roundtable Discussion on Education. Pictured (from left to right) Hillary Linardopoulos of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Helen Gym of Parents United of Philadelphia, Dinniman and Korri Brown of PSEA.
Capitol Update

Capitol Update on Lyme Disease

Some of you may have attended the recent discussion and film screening on Lyme disease at West Chester University. I also encourage you to check out my latest episode of Capitol Update on Lyme disease prevention and treatment. Deer ticks carrying Lyme are now in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania and if contracted, can have a severe affect on your health. For more information on prevention and treatment options, visit the Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Protecting Our Trees

Another insect invading our region is the Emerald Ash Borer, a half-inch long metallic green beetle that is wreaking havoc on trees in towns, parks and forests across the nation. This invasive species feeds exclusively on ash trees and kills 99 percent of those infected. Thanks to a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, West Chester University and borough officials, West Chester recently served as a test site for a management, treatment and prevention program. The highly successful program has now been expanded to 10 communities across the Commonwealth. Any Chester County municipalities interested in getting involved or residents in need of more information should contact my office.

EMTs Get Tools to Save Lives

EmergencyLast fall, I worked to pass Act 139 of 2014, legislation that allows police officers, emergency medical responders, firefighters and others to carry the life-saving, anti-overdose drug Naloxone (Narcan). However, it recently came to my attention emergency medical responders and EMTs have been unable to carry and administer Naloxone because changes in state protocols allowing them to do so will not officially take effect until July. In turn, I recently worked to get written approval from Acting Physician General Rachel Levine for emergency medical responders and EMTs to proceed with carrying and administering Naloxone prior to the effective date of the new protocols. As a result, emergency medical responders and EMTs throughout the Commonwealth now have access to this life-saving drug months ahead of time.

Thank you and as always, don’t hesitate to give me a ring at my West Chester office or e-mail me directly at


Andy Dinniman
State Senator - 19th District


Offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman


District Office
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610.692.2112
Fax: 610.436.1721
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harrisburg Office
Senate Box 203019
183 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3019
Phone: 717.787.5709
Fax: 717.787.4384

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