Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program – DEADLINE DEC. 31!
I want to remind everyone that the deadline to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the 2017 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is quickly approaching. Eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older have until next Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 to apply. Applications are available at my district offices, online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. As always, my staff would be happy to assist you in preparing your application.
Please keep in mind, half of Social Security income is excluded in determining eligibility.
The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
All Senate offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year holiday. My district offices will re-open as scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 2. I wish everyone a very safe and Happy New Year!
I want to remind everyone that my Brookline office has moved to a new location. My Brookline office is now located at 1039 Brookline Boulevard, Suite 2. The hours will remain 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and the phone number remains 412-344-2551.
My Kennedy Township office remains at Kenmawr Plaza, located at 524 Pine Hollow Road and is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Kennedy office can be reached at 412-331-1208.
My Beechview office will open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is accepting applications for this season’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program helps low income families pay their heating bills. You can apply and check the status of your application on the state’s COMPASS website (www.compass.state.pa.us). You can also pick up an application in my district offices or download one yourself from the DHS LIHEAP website. Completed paper applications should be returned to the Allegheny County Assistance Office, located at 5947 Penn Avenue, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206.
Funding for LIHEAP is provided by the federal government and eligibility is based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. The income limits for this season are as follows:
After your application is received you will receive a written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Payments are generally sent directly to a utility company or fuel provider and will be credited to your heating account. Crisis grants may also be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your heat. For more information, please contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.
Funding for Environmental Education Projects
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to apply for 2019 Environmental Education Grants to support a wide range of enviro-education projects.
General grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to larger, one-year, regional or statewide initiatives. Mini-grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to one-year projects of any size.
Examples of eligible enviro-education projects include educating participants on climate change adaptation or the impact of emissions on public health, offering training on the DEP permitting process, connecting city residents to nature, and instruction on reducing abandoned mine drainage or non-point-source water pollution from fertilizers.
Applications must be submitted online through eGrants (first-time users need to register). The application deadline is January 11, 2019, at 11:59 PM.
Grant application guidelines and instructions are available at https://www.dep.pa.gov/citizens/environmentaleducation/grants/pages/default.aspx.
Did You Know…
Did you know that since the inception of the environmental education grant program, DEP has awarded more than $10 million in grants to support environmental education efforts throughout Pennsylvania?
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is once again producing First Night Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve. This year’s celebration marks the 25th anniversary of First Night Pittsburgh and the 16th as a production of the Cultural Trust. As the largest single-day celebration in the region, First Night provides exciting and family-friendly activities to ring in the New Year, offering more than 100 events at indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District.
Culminating with the city’s Countdown to Midnight and raising of the Future of Pittsburgh Ball, the six-hour celebration sprawls downtown’s renowned Cultural District — inside theaters, galleries, and unique spaces and along city streets on outdoor performance stages. Acclaimed national artists and Pittsburgh’s vibrant artist community ring in the new year for revelers with live music, dance, theater, visual arts, comedy, magic, kids’ activities, and a signature parade along with two Zambelli Fireworks displays at 6 pm and midnight.
To view the many activities taking place during First Night and for a full schedule of events, shows and entertainment and information on how to purchase all-access buttons please visit www.firstnightpgh.org.
Christmas Tree Recycling Programs
Allegheny County is again offering its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program this holiday season. County residents may drop off Christmas trees starting tomorrow through Jan. 14 at all nine regional parks from 8 a.m. until dusk. All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. Trees will be mulched and used in the county parks. Drop-off locations are:
Boyce Park – Soccer fields parking lot
Deer Lakes Park – Veterans Shelter parking lot
Harrison Hills Park – Parking lot at intersection of Chipmunk Dr. & Cottontail Dr.
Hartwood Acres Park – Mansion parking lot
North Park – Swimming pool parking lot
Round Hill Park – Alfalfa Shelter parking lot
Settlers Cabin Park – Wave pool parking lot
South Park – Wave pool parking lot
White Oak Park – Chestnut Shelter parking lot
The list of drop-off locations is also available online at www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/christmas-tree-recycling-program.aspx.
Additionally, the City of Pittsburgh is expanding its Christmas Tree Recycling program this year by providing ten drop-off locations for trees starting tomorrow. The program gives city residents the ability to have their trees recycled rather than sent to a landfill, which happens when the trees are left at the curb. Only two drop-off sites were available last year. This year ten sites will be available for tree drop-off for one month, starting tomorrow through January 26. (Three of the sites are DPW facilities that take yard waste year-round.)
All ornaments, netting, tinsel and tree stands must be removed from the tree before it is dropped off. The Forestry and Environmental Services divisions within the Department of Public Works are collaborating to chip the trees into pine mulch, which will be made available to the public for free this spring. The tree recycling program also dovetails with the city’s Climate Action Plan, which has a zero-waste goal.
Residents may call 311 or click here for more information. The website features a map to help residents find their most convenient drop-off location.
Three DPW sites are available year-round for yard debris (including Christmas tree) drop-off, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are:
3rd Division of Public Works
Melanchton Avenue off 5200 block of 2nd Avenue
2nd Division of Public Works
North Dallas Avenue at Hamilton Avenue
5th Division of Public Works
1330 Hassler Street off Herschel & Steuben streets (near Herschel Park)
The seven other drop-off locations will be open 24 hours a day from tomorrow – Jan. 26. They are:
Baum Grove Parklet
400 Roup Avenue (off Fairmont Avenue)
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Jack Stack Parking Lot
600 Brighton Woods Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Squirrel Hill South
Prospect Drive at Hobart Street in Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Brookline Recreation Center
1400 Oakridge Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Park Parking Lot at Surban Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15204
Parking lot off Lake Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Sue Murray Swimming Pool Parking Lot, Corner of Cedar and Stockton Avenues (enter off Stockton)
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
‘Jingle Bells,’ the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
Offices of State Senator Wayne D. Fontana
| Brookline District
1039 Brookline Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Weekdays – 9 am – 5 pm
543 Main Capitol |
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Weekdays – 8:30 am – 5 pm
524 Pine Hollow Road
Weekdays – 10 am – 4 pm
| Beechview Satellite
1660 Broadway Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15216