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  • 2019 Kids Discovery Expo at the Da Vinci Science Center
  • National Museum of Industrial History Receives State Grant
  • Fighting Crime by Supporting the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center
  • Special Education Funding Commission Hears Testimony from Local Educators
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Local Business Celebrates 50 years

2019 Kids Discovery Expo at the Da Vinci Science Center

Recently, I held my annual Kids Discovery Expo at the Da Vinci Science Center. This Expo provides a great opportunity for families to learn about valuable information on numerous programs and services available to them from government, community and corporate groups throughout the area. Families were also able to explore all that the science center has to offer, including all of the incredible STEM exhibits, free of charge.

Organizations in attendance included: Cop ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program, which provided a free book to every child, the Allentown Symphony, which brought its Musical Treasure Chest, Lehigh Valley Health Network, The CHIP Program of Capital BlueCross and the Pennsylvania State Treasury – PA 529 College Savings Program.

Thank you to the thousands who came out for a day of fun and learning. We cannot wait to host this event again in 2020! Visit HERE for more photos of the event!

National Museum of Industrial History Receives State Grant

The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem received a $500,000 state grant to help expand the Museum and add exciting new exhibits.

The grant will primarily be used to fund facility enhancements, support new construction within the museum, and develop marketing and public relations campaigns. Additionally, the grant will aid in the development of new exhibits, which will further educate new generations about the nation’s industrial history, inspiring young inventors and entrepreneurs to engage in STEM fields.

A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history.

(Sen. Browne speaks at the National Museum of Industrial History grant announcement with board member Lee Butz)

More information on the National Industrial Museum and the grant they received can be found HERE

Special Education Funding Commission Hears Testimony from Local Educators

The Special Education Funding Commission, which I co-chair, held its fourth public meeting at Southern Lehigh High School on Tuesday, Oct. 8th, where we heard testimony from local educators and administrators. The goal of the commission is to receive testimony and hear discussion on the current formula for distributing special education funding to school districts and if changes need to be made since its inception in 2013.

The Commission heard testimony from a wide variety of experts, including:

  • Elaine Eib, Executive Director, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21
  • Christopher Wolfel, Executive Director, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20
  • Mark Scott, Assistant Director of Special Programs & Services, CLI Unit 21
  • James McDonald, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20
  • Ron Prator, Supervisor of Behavioral Health Services, Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 
  • Rick Amato, Principal, Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem School District
  • Kathleen Evison, Superintendent, Southern Lehigh School District
  • Emily Gehman, President, Southern Lehigh School Board
  • Richard Sniscak, Superintendent, Parkland School District
  • Thomas Parker, Superintendent, Allentown School District
  • Reynelle Brown Staley, Policy Director, Education Law Center
  • David Lapp, Research for Action
  • Katie Yost, Director of Government and Chapter Relations, The ARC of Pennsylvania

You can watch Tuesday’s proceedings HERE 

Fighting Crime by Supporting the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

I stood with my colleagues from the Lehigh Valley legislative delegation and District Attorney Jim Martin last week to announce a $501,500.00 state grant to be awarded to the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC).

The RIIC is an indispensable crime fighting tool, which helps law enforcement to better communicate, collaborate, and analyze cases to improve investigations and solve crimes. The center supports local, state and federal law enforcement partners within both Lehigh and Northampton counties.

(Senator Browne is joined by District Attorney Jim Martin and colleagues from the Lehigh Valley legislative delegation as he makes remarks during the grant announcement)

These funds will expand the center’s capabilities by funding software support, maintenance and development costs of work to be done by a team from local industry leader Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI). CAI has already developed the state-of-the-art information technology system that allows RIIC personnel and local police investigators to query and analyze crime and intelligence data.

This was truly a regional bipartisan effort to secure these funds and it was a pleasure to work with the Lehigh Valley legislative delegation to make this a reality.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The annual October observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to take a few minutes to review the signs and symptoms of the disease and personally check for changes in breast appearance or feeling, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The American Cancer Society recommends taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of breast cancer by:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight;
  • Exercising regularly;
  • Avoiding alcohol;
  • Consulting your doctor on the risks and benefits of taking hormone replacements or oral contraceptives; and
  • Breastfeeding your children.

(The Harrisburg Capitol’s fountain was dyed pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

The Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (PA-BCCEDP) is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program funded by the Department of Health through a grant from the CDC.  Free services, like mammograms, pap and HPV tests and follow-up diagnostic tests for abnormal screening results are available for those who are eligible.

Breast cancer continues to lead in the rates of new cancer cases among women. In the United States in 2016, the incidence of breast cancer was 124.2 per 100,000 women or 245,299 cases. Lung and bronchial cancer incidence was 49.6 per 100,000 women or 105,185 cases across the U.S. In Pennsylvania, there were 11,287 new cases of female breast cancer. The number of new lung and bronchial cancer cases was 5,300.

Local Business Celebrates 50 Years

(Pictured L to R: Karen Hoff, Marketing Director for BLC, Senator Browne, and Lou LeMaster, Managing Director for BLC.)

Congratulations to Buckno Lisicky & Company (BLC) on celebrating the 50 year business anniversary. We wish you only the best as you continue to provide outstanding accounting and business consulting services to the greater Lehigh Valley!

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