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Round Up: Trash task force to help address dumping

December 21, 2016 GMT

tribune staff writer

A newly established District 8 Trash Task Force will help identify and work toward a solution to dumping in Philadelphia, according to Councilwoman Cindy Bass. who is tackling the problem in her district that comprises parts of northwestern Philadelphia.

She announced the task force in a news release, which said the panel would provide trash dumping prevention outreach and educate citizens on such matters as the city’s available sanitation drop-off centers. State Senator-elect Sharif Street serves on the task force alongside with Nicetown CDC Chief Operations Officer Majeedah Rashid, PARENT POWER founder and SRC Commissioner Sylvia Simms and 12th Ward Committee member Anna Figueroa.

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“The status quo is no longer acceptable,” Bass said in the release. “We can and must do better.”

State Rep. Margo Davidson to hold Eggnog Sip event

On Tuesday, state Rep. Margo Davidson (D-164) will hold her seventh annual Eggnog Sip.

The Eggnog Sip will take place at Davidson’s district office in the Barclay Square Shopping Center at 1500 Garrett Road in Upper Darby. The event will highlight constituent services including property tax rebates and home heating aid.

For more information, contact 610-259-7016.

Newly elected lawmaker opens 202th District office

Democrat Jared Solomon, who was elected to the state House, opened his constituent service office in the 202nd Legislative District at 7012 Castor Ave.

His Northeast Philadelphia office is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The office is also open by appointment and can be reached at (215) 342-6340.

Councilman Green gives away bikes for holidays

Councilman Derek Green, in collaboration with the CH2M Bike’s for Kids program, presented 15 bicycles to stand-out students at KIPP Philadelphia Schools last Saturday.

The bikes went to elementary school-aged boys and girls with exemplary academics and behavior records, Caitlin Wood Sklar, director of engagement said in a release.

In its 12th year, CH2M’s Bikes for Kids program will have given away more than 3,000 bicycles after this holiday season.

“Our children are our future,” Green said in a statement. “This is why I am happy to partner with KIPP Philadelphia and CH2M, to help give bikes away to some deserving students.”

City publishes registered sugary drink distributors list

Last Friday, Philadelphia released an online list of distributors who have registered to pay the 1.5-cents-an-ounce beverage tax, better known as the soda tax.

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The list is a resource for sweet-drink dealers throughout the city who are required to buy from registered distributors under the beverage tax law. It can be found at www.phillybevtax.com/Dealers/Registered-Distributors and will be updated every two business days as more distributors register.

The city has stressed to distributors who they must register no later than Dec. 31 as the tax goes into effect on Jan. 1.

Morgan Cephas opens

office in West Philly

Incoming Democratic lawmaker Morgan Cephas reopened her 192nd Legislative District Office at 1991 N. 63rd St. in West Philadelphia.

Cephas will represent the Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park sections of the city when she assumes office in January.

“My staff and I can help you with state-related concerns and services such as help with home heating bills, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage for seniors, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, car tag renewals and much more,” Cephas said in a statement.

Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the phone number is (215) 879-6625.

City controller supports retirement plan ruling

City Controller Alan Butkovitz issued a statement in support of a U.S. Department of Labor rule that would allow cities to create retirement plans for employees without access to workplace savings.

“The Department of Labor’s ruling,” Butkovitz said, “provides a strong foundation that will help solve the looming crisis of retirement security for Philadelphians. It allows Philadelphia the ability to establish a payroll deduction plan under federal law and it protects workers’ rights by giving them the option to opt out of auto-enrollment.”

Kenney appoints new

Philadelphia Works CEO

H. Patrick Clancy will serve as the new president and CEO of Philadelphia Works, the city’s workforce development agency.

Clancy was appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney, and is scheduled to begin in his new role on Jan. 3 in overseeing an agency that has an annual budget of more than $62 million.

Philadelphia Works is a nonprofit involved in influencing public policy for economic and job growth. The organization connects employers to a career seeking workforce in the city.

State House scholarships open to high school seniors

State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-168) has announced that high school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover their higher education costs.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program, which Quinn’s office says is open to graduating high school seniors in Pennsylvania who plan to be a full-time student at a college, university or career school in the state. Applicants must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship and other factors are taken into consideration.

To apply, interested students should visit RepChrisQuinn.com and click on “House Scholarship Information.” The application deadline is March 1.