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UPDATED THIS WEEK: Special Activities: Upcoming primarily free activities
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Updated: This Weeks Calendar of Events Activities (Found in Calendar of Events)

Children Art Classes Coatesville.
Artist Exhibit Coatesville.
Personal Finance Classes Pottstown and Norristown.
American Revolution History Events King of Prussia (Valley Forge).
PA CareerLink and Job Search Services Area Counties.
Fall Reading and Children Programs Area Libraries.
Look Good Feel Better for Women Multiple Locations.
Bird Basics for Kids Chester Springs.
Safe Schools Summit Downingtown.
What is Vegan All About? Presentation Berwyn.
Nature Photography Walk Oaks.
Trick or Tree for Kids Nottingham.
Behavior of Children with Special Needs Chat-n-Chew Presentation West Chester.
Community Fair Souderton.
Women and Money Workshop Exton.
Grandfamilies and Post Adoption Support West Chester.
Paper Tigers Trauma Informed Educatation Film West Chester.
The Boy Code Straight Talk Presentation Blue Bell and Pottstown.
55+ Employment Presentation Phoenixville.
Career and Training Expo Coatesville.
Dare to Be the Best Fatherhood Series Pottstown.
Homeless Resource Center Opening West Grove.
Funding Proposals Writing Workshop Exton.
Updating Your Medicare Coverage Presentation Phoenixville.
Storytelling Workshop Exton.
Home Buying Basics Workshop Berwyn.
SEPTA Senior Passes and Veterans Discount Card Processing Downingtown.
Halloween Safehouse for Kids Pottstown.


Fall Foliage Hike Green Lane.

Make A Difference Day Coatesville.
Fall Festival Pottstown (Sanatoga).
Helpful Tips for Caregivers Workshop Exton.
State Rep. Milne 50+ Expo Malvern.
Trunk or Treat West Chester.

Updated: Next Weeks Calendar of Events Activities (Found in Calendar of Events)

Children Art Classes Coatesville.
Artist Exhibit Coatesville.
Personal Finance Classes Pottstown and Norristown.
American Revolution History Events King of Prussia (Valley Forge).
PA CareerLink and Job Search Services Area Counties.
Fall Reading and Children Programs Area Libraries.
Look Good Feel Better for Women Multiple Locations.
Trunk or Treat West Chester and Thorndale.
Halloween Parade Kennett Square.
Twilight Hike Norristown.
Walk Montco Forum Ambler.
Parkinsons Therapy Presentation New Holland.
Bats at the Library Presentation Berwyn.
Ghost Hunting 101 Phoenixville.
Gluten-Free Living Author Discussion Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner).
Military History Author Discussion Exton.
Living Your Way Care Expo Ephrata.
Home Purchasing and Realtors Workshop Exton.
Impressionism and the City Presentation Berwyn.
Halloween Parade Pottstown.
Senior Expo Collegeville.
Fools Mate: A True Story of Espionage Author Presentation Berwyn.
Writing Grant Proposals Workshop Exton.
Disabilities Job Fair Exton.
Trick-or-Treat Lancaster County Communities.
Veterans Breakfast Pottstown.
Halloween Parade Downingtown.

Future Weeks Events and Activities (View in Calendar of Events)

Holidays in Adoption Forum Oxford.
Business Continuity Planning Workshop South Coatesville.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings Coatesville.
A Century of Sinatra Tribute Phoenixville.
Proddy Flower Demonstrations Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner).
Dementia Care Strategies for Caregivers Workshop Malvern.
Implementing the IEP (Individualized Education Process) Workshop West Chester.

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NEW THIS WEEK: One Person a Week Dying in Chester County Due to Drug
Drug overdoses are resulting in seven deaths a day in Pennsylvania, one a week in Chester
County, heroin has become the top drug of
choice in Southeastern Pennsylvania as a
result of becoming high grade and cheaper
than prescription drugs, and at least 26
potential deaths have been averted due to
Naloxone injections now able to be
administered by police and others, including
family members.
These and other statistics and information
about the status of drug use in the County and
region were provided last week to some 100
agency representatives and interested
individuals during a Chester County Drug Overdose Task Force symposium in South
Reports on several presentations made at the event are available at:

NEW THIS WEEK: FTC Seeks Public Comment on E-Cigarette Industry

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on its plan to collect information
from approximately five large and ten smaller e-cigarette marketers as part of a study of
the U.S. sales and marketing of electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as ecigarettes.
The agency says that since the mid-2000s, the sale of battery-powered e-cigarettes has
grown rapidly in the United States. Rather than burning tobacco, it says, e-cigarettes heat
liquid containing flavorings and chemicals (usually including nicotine) to produce an aerosol
the user inhales. E-cigarettes are sold both online and in conventional brick-and-mortar
stores, are available in both disposable and refillable models, and come in a range of
different flavors and nicotine levels, it notes.


Further information is available at

NEW THIS WEEK: Thousands to be hit with ACA Health Insurance Increases Up to
26.2 Percent
Thousands of individuals within our reporting area will be hit next year with Affordable Care
Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare or the Health Insurance Marketplace) insurance
premium increases totaling 1.4 percent to 26.2 percent, depending on location.
A few individuals in some locations will experience no increase. The rate of change doesn't
reflect the net cost of the premium, including any federal subsidies, or varying benefits of
individual plans.
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has released its 2016 premium approvals list, with
open enrollment starting Sunday, November 1, for initial signups or to change plans,
effective January 1.
More than 80 percent of Pennsylvanians buying individual health insurance through plans
offered on the federal governments Marketplace receive subsidies to help pay their
premiums, the Department says. Individual health plans are offered both through this
federal Marketplace and directly from private insurers, but consumers are eligible for
subsidies only for plans bought through the federal Marketplace.
Further information on the impact is available in our last weeks Facebook page report at You do not have to be a
Facebook user to access the story, but do need to be if you wish to forward it to Facebook
users. Additional information on policies review and assistance appears below.

UPDATED THIS WEEK: Time to Check Medicare and Affordable Care Act Policies
Human Services Provider Presentation Wednesday, October 21
Advocates are recommending strongly that Medicare and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
recipients check their policies during open enrollment periods that now is open and runs
through Monday, December 7, for Medicare, and is open Sunday, November 1, through
Tuesday, December 15 for ACA policies to start January 1.
The Coatesville Area Resource Network (CARN) will learn this week how premiums can
increase and benefits diminish when policy changes occur without recipients being aware of
Representatives of the APPRISE volunteer Medicare counseling program and Enroll America
will provide information at the 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., October 21, free monthly meeting of
services providers and others in the fourth floor Community Room, Brandywine Health
Center, 744 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville.
Nearly one-third of Medicare Part B enrollees already face a 52 percent premium hike next
year unless the federal Department of Health and Human Services or Congress determines
ways to lower it (see story that follows).
Social Security Administration also has confirmed that recipients wont receive a cost of
living increase in 2016, only the third time in the past 40 years, all of them since 2010.


Further information on policy updates is available at, with free APPRISE counseling assistance available at and county
departments of aging. Some community Medicare educational events also are listed in our
weekly Calendar of Events.
For ACA, policy holders have until December 15, to enroll for coverage to take effect,
January 1; January 15 for policies to take effect February 1; and January 31 for policies to
take effect March 1.
Further information is available at or (800) 318-2596 -- TTY: (855)
889-4325, with a list of free counseling organizations at
Further information on the CARN meeting is available at or (610) 3834612.

Some Medicare Part B Enrollees Face 52 Percent Premium Hike January 1

About 30 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees are facing a 52 percent increase in premiums
next year if the federal Department of Health and Human Services or Congress dont
determine ways to lower it.
A hold-harmless provision in the law, which affects
about 70 percent of Medicare enrollees, limits the
current monthly dollar increase in the Part B premium
of $104.90 to the dollar increase in an individuals
Social Security benefit, according to the report.
Without the hold-harmless provision, beneficiaries
would face a premium of $120.70 for 2016. However,
due to no anticipated cost-of-living adjustment for
Social Security benefits next year, premiums would
remain at the current level for those beneficiaries.
As a result, the needed difference is transferred to the remaining 30 percent of beneficiaries
which include new enrollees during the year, those who do not receive a Social Security
benefit check, and enrollees with high incomes, along with state Medicaid programs that pay
the full premium for dual Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries.
The result is a $159.30 estimated payment for those 30 percent, according to the report,
available at, with the
analysis at Page 33.


NEW THIS WEEK: State Panel Calls for Broader Lyme Disease Education and
Reliable Diagnosis
Broader Lyme disease education and prevention, including reliable diagnosis, is needed to
help stem the increasing number of reported cases throughout the state, according to
Pennsylvania's first
comprehensive Lyme Disease
in Pennsylvania report.
State Health Department
Secretary Karen Murphy, who
released findings of a special
task force on the subject, said
the number of reported cases
increased from 5,900 in 2013
to 7,400 last year, in part due
to better statistical gathering.
However, the task force
estimates that an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 individuals annually are affected by tickborne diseases (TBDs), of which Lyme disease is a part.
Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, also known as
a deer tick, officials report, with symptoms including fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches
and joint pain. Left untreated, it can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system,
resulting in migratory pain or arthritis, impaired motor and sensory skills and an enlarged
The report recommends greater education within the general population, particularly
through schools, parks and medical offices; additional funding for research, including
updating and reporting; and encouragement of research to understand the scope and scale
of Lyme and other TBDs in Pennsylvania, along with development of a test that can quickly
and accurately diagnose the disease.
Pennsylvania has the highest reported incidences of Lyme disease in the nation, being
present in all of the state's counties.
The report, along with other Lyme disease information, is available at

NEW THIS WEEK: National Weather Service Changes Area Winter Alert Criteria
Changes are being made by the National Weather Service (NWS) related to Winter Storm
Warnings, Watches and Advisories and other weather products for Western Chester and
Lancaster counties for the upcoming winter season.
Storm totals for such event designations are being lowered by NWS at State College to
"better service higher population centersmedia markets and commuting areas.
"The new thresholds are better aligned with real observed impacts within the region (traffic
and school closures etc) and provide seamless criteria for media along state borders," NWS
says, adding "the new alignments also improve forecast collaboration between neighboring
NWS offices servicing the region."


In a concurrent announcement by NWS at Philadelphia/Mount Holly, that forecast office says

the change "avoids public confusion across the eastern/western county zone split in Chester
No changes are occurring for Berks and Western Montgomery counties.
Further information from State College, including graphical explanations, is available at A NWS Philadelphia/Mount
Holly statement is at

NEW THIS WEEK: NWS Forecasters Say One-Third Chance for Warmer Winter with
Less Snow
Forecasters say there is a one-third chance for warmer temperatures and less snow across
parts of our area this winter.
The Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
reports that a "strong El Nio is in place and should exert a strong influence over our
weather this winter."
The outlook and projection maps for the country are available at

UPDATED LAST WEEK: Free Fall Foliage Report Available

Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau updates its Fall Foliage Report weekly
for leaf peepers.
The Department says that Pennsylvania has a
longer and more varied fall foliage season than
any other state in the nation, or anywhere in
the world.
This is no empty boast, it says, due to only
three regions of the world supporting deciduous
forests that display fall autumn color: eastern
North America; the British Isles and parts of
northwestern Europe; northeastern China and northern Japan, with other regions being
either tropical or dominated by conifers.
The states location, between 40 and 42 North latitude, and its varied topography from
sea level on the coastal plain to over 3,000 feet in the Laurel Highlands supports 134
species of trees and many more shrubs and vines that contribute to the display of autumn
color, officials note.
The report and additional information are available at


Free Weekly Legal Clinic Starts in Coatesville Wednesdays

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania is hosting a free walk-in legal clinic for eligible lowincome individuals from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Maternal Child and Health
Consortium of Chester County offices, 1001 East Lincoln Highway Suite 104, Coatesville.
Various non-criminal issues, including custody, housing, benefits, civil items and more will
be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, with individuals requested to bring any
relevant documents to a matter and proof of immigration status.
Further information about eligibility and other questions is available at (610) 275-5400

NEW LAST WEEK: DVRPC Equal Access Transportation Services Plan Forum
Wednesday, October 28
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Public Participation Task Force will
hold a dinner and forum on Equality through Access update to its Coordinated Human
Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP).
The session to be held at 5:30 p.m. at the DVRPC Conference Center, 190 North
Independence Mall West -8th Floor, Philadelphia, will focus on developing and prioritizing
projects that may be funded outside traditional CHSTP sources.
Further information and required dinner reservations are available at, or (215) 592-1800.

NEW LAST WEEK: Free Museum Passes Offered by Chesco Libraries Starting
Monday, November 2
Chester County Library and its Henrietta Hankin Branch are making passes available to
patrons for admission at six different museums and historical sites in a three-county area,
starting November 2.
The initiative, funded by library Friends groups, will provide access to the Chester County
Historical Society and American Helicopter museums in West Chester, Elmwood Park Zoo in
Norristown, National Iron and Steel Museum in Coatesville, and the Academy of Natural
Sciences of Drexel University and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Customers with valid library cards in good standing can borrow museum passes for one day,
with no renewals. Passes, with availability varying for each library, must be borrowed and
returned, at the same facility.
Further information is available at the Chester County Library at 450 Exton Square Parkway,
Exton, and the Hankin library at 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs (Ludwigs Corner) or
at (610) 280-2620.

State Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended Through

Thursday, December 31
The deadline for eligible seniors and the disabled to apply for up to $650 in Pennsylvania
Property Tax/Rent Rebates, which may be increased to $975, again has been extended from
June 30 to December 31, with some 450,000 individuals already having applied.

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Rebate distribution will start Wednesday, July 1, for those who already have applied, with
applications after that date being processed as
they are received.
The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age
65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and
older; and people with disabilities age 18 and
The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with
half of Social Security income being excluded from the limit. In addition, due to program
changes last year to ensure claimants arent disqualified from rebates solely because of
Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments, homeowners and renters may be eligible for
rebates even if their eligibility income is greater than these limits.
Therefore, any homeowner who collected Social Security, received a property tax rebate in
2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual income last year discounting half of Social
Security up to $36,129 ($15,484 for renters), is encouraged to apply for a rebate for
claim year 2014. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for
certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975, with the Pennsylvania
Department of Revenue automatically calculating supplemental rebates for qualifying
Further information and applications are available at
.aspx#.VX_2pka9BP1, county Department of Aging and senior centers, and state legislator
offices. Application deadline and income limit information hadnt been updated on some
Department of Revenue web pages as of this writing but appears at

UPDATED THIS WEEK: Community Organization Networking Connection Meetings

(Regular Meeting Dates are Subject to Change)
Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Counties LINK to Aging and Disability Resources meets
from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at various Lancaster area
locations, and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesdays of the month at various
locations in Berks County for services cross-trainings and exchange of information on
creating a one-stop, no-wrong-door resources for older adults and adults with disabilities,
including consumers, family members and others, seeking information about local
resources. On October 20, Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania will present
in the Village Dining Room, Phoebe Berks, 1 Reading Drive, Wernersville. On
November 17, the Epilepsy Foundation of East Pennsylvania will present at the Greater
Reading Mental Health Alliance, 1234 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing. On November 19,
Senior Helpers will present at Elderwood Senior Living, 120 Rider Avenue, Lancaster.
Specific topic workshops also are scheduled in the counties. Further information is available
at, or from Brian Long, coordinator, at or (717) 380-9714.
In addition, the Bucks-Chester-Montgomery Service Area will meet from 9 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.on Thursday, October 29, at the Montgomery County Human Services Building,
1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, with a presentation by Sean Halbomm dDirector of the
Montgomery County Veterans Affairs Office, who will discuss federal, state, and local VA
benefits, including healthcare programs, and the recently commenced Montgomery County

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Veteran Shuttle that provides veterans with rides to and from VA Medical Centers. Further
information and registration are available at or
(484) 364-6981.
Coatesville Area Resource Network (CARN) meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the third
Wednesday of the month, except August and December, in the fourth floor conference room
at Brandywine Health Center at 744 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. Representatives of
community organizations hear presentations from various services providers, discuss ways
to develop effective systems of care, help identify solutions to specific issues, and exchange
information about current and upcoming activities. On October 21, representatives of the
APPRISE volunteer Medicare counseling initiative and the Enroll America Affordable Care Act
groups will provide information on the importance of reviewing policies during the open
enrollment period each year, with Public Citizens for Children and Youth discussing the
Dream Care Campaign to expand Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits to all
Pennsylvania children, including those who are undocumented. Further information is
available from Kathryn Spurlock at or at (610) 380-7111 x16.
Phoenixville Area Resource Network (PARN) meets from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the
fourth Tuesday of the month, except December, at the First United Methodist Church (north
entrance), 865 South Main Street, Phoenixville. Representatives of community organizations
exchange information about current and upcoming activities and hear presentations from
various services providers. On October 27, KenCrest and Bridge of Hope will provide
information. On November 24, Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania will discuss a
variety of legal assistance issues facing low-income individuals and families. Additional
information about the group is available from Debbie Dundon at Open Hearth, Spring City,
at (610) 792-9282 x201 or
Chester County Faith Community Health Ministry Network meets from 4 p.m. to
5:15 p.m., on the first Thursday of each month, from September through June to exchange
information on promotion of holistic health within faith congregations and communities and
to develop additional faith community nurses, also known as parish nurses. On
November 5, a representative from the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Coatesville will
discuss veterans benefits, including medical, during a meeting at the Kennett Area Senior
Center, 427 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square. Further information is available from
Joan Holliday at or (610) 717-2180.
Kennett Area Bridging the Community meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesdays of
January, March, May, July, September and November at various community locations with
any interested individual or organization welcome to attend and share information on
resources and needs that can build "bridges" toward a more integrated Kennett area
community. On November 11, the meeting will be at La Comunidad Hispana, 731 West
Cypress Street, Kennett Square. Additional information is available from Joan Holliday at or (610) 717-2180. Minutes from prior meetings are available at
Chester County Family and Community Partnership meets from 10 a.m. to noon on
the first Friday of February, April, June, August, October and December at various locations.
The group is a diverse partnership of individuals, families, community organizations, service
agencies, businesses and funders committed to empowering individuals and families in
living self-sufficient, productive and fulfilling lives. Additional information is available from
Kathy Brauner at or (610) 344-5262.

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Communities That Care (CTC) groups in several Chester County school districts provide
networking opportunities for community organizations and individuals that use a planning
and mobilization model to promote healthy youth development and prevent and reduce
negative youth health and behavior issues that may include substance abuse, delinquency,
teen pregnancy, school drop-out, and violence.

West Chester CTC meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the second Thursday of
each month of the school year at the West Chester Area School District Spellman
Administrative Building, 829 Paoli Pike, West Chester. Lunch is provided by
reserving at or (610) 359-5817.

Downingtown Area CTC meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of the
month from September through May at the Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon
Drive, Exton (Lionville). Further information and registration available at or (610) 458-9090 x2827.

Coatesville CTC Community Prevention Board, a body coterminous with the

Coatesville Youth Initiative Steering Committee, meets periodically in the fourth floor
Community Room, Brandywine Health Foundation, 744 East Lincoln Highway,
Coatesville. Further information and requested lunch reservations are available from
Jarvis Berry, CTC community mobilizer, at or
(610) 380-0200.

UPDATED THIS WEEK: Support Groups for Unemployed and Underemployed Ongoing
Several networking/support groups (open to everyone) are available at area churches for
persons who are unemployed or unemployed, with each providing its own variety of specific
services in support of those who attend:
Downingtown (Lionville/Exton) Job-Seekers, formerly the Barnabas Group, at
Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive (rear entrance) at Route 113 in
Exton (Lionville) is named after the Biblical disciple known as the Son of
Encouragement. Weekly sessions are part of the churchs Care Monday, that
includes a prayer group that meets at the same time in the Prayer Lobby (Portico
Entrance), with intercession for those attending the Barnabas Group and the churchs
other Care Ministries, including DivorceCare for those coping with separation or
divorce, even years later; Mending Hearts for those with prodigal children and other
family members; and various offerings focused on assistance in healing and coping.
Further information for Barnabas Group activities is available at or (610) 363-7171.

Malvern Penn State Great Valleys Alumni Association and My Career Transitions
(MCT), an all-volunteer job counseling group, meets from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
the second Saturday of the month, except August and December, in 130 Main
Building, Penn State Great Valley, 30 East Swedesford Road, Malvern, preceded by a
new job-seeker orientation at 8:30 a.m. On November 14, Franne McNeal of
Significant Business Results will discuss Using the Magic Lens to Increase Your
Relationships, Revenues and Results. Further information and required registration
are available at

Wayne A one-on-one Employment Guidance Ministry, along with periodic special

employment related events to aid jobseekers is available at St. Davids Episcopal
Church, 763 South Valley Forge Road, Malvern. Further information is available from

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George Vosburgh at or (610) 688-7947.

West Chester Unemployment support group meets bi-weekly from 5:45 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 130 West Miner Street, West Chester, to
learn tips and techniques related to job searches. Further information is available
from Elisabeth Hartwell at, at (610) 696-0554.

West Chester BarnabasWC group meets from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Mondays,
except holidays, in the Community Room, Providence Church, 430 Hannum Avenue,
West Chester. Further information is available at or

Six Area Affiliates of Joseph's People meet during the month:

Berwyn/Main Line - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays at the
Hagenbach Room, St. Monicas Church, 635 First Avenue. Further information is
available from Bob Schubert at or (610) 755-2398.
Central Delco Groups at three locations in Central Delaware County now
coordinate meetings in Media and Upper Darby at 7 p.m. on the first three Tuesdays
of the month. First Tuesday: St. Francis Room at St. Mary Magdalen Church,
2400 North Providence Road, Media, with further information at or (610) 873-7117. Second Tuesday: St. Laurence
Church, 8245 West Chester Pike-St. Laurence Road Entrance, Upper Darby, with
further information at or (610) 873-7117. Third Tuesday:
Hassler Chapel, Media Presbyterian Church, 30 East Baltimore Pike, Media, with
further information at On October 20, the group will hold
mock interviews for job-seekers bringing a resume and sample description of the
type of position they are seeking.
Downingtown -- 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays, in the
Parish Meeting Room Rear of the School Property, St. Joseph's Parish, 338 Manor
Avenue (Route 322). Information about the affiliate is available by leaving a
message at (610) 873-7117.
Upper Uwchlan Township 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the School
Education Center, St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, 100 Fellowship Road, Chester
Springs. Further information is available at (610) 321-1200 or at
Reading 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. on the first and third Wednesdays at St Catharine's of
Siena Parish Center. 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading. Further information is
available from John Senick, facilitator, at (610) 779-4005.
West Grove 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the new Parish
Life Center, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 300 State Road, West
Grove. On October 28, Lynne Williams, career transition advisor, will discuss How
to Avoid the Online Application Black Hole. Further information is available from
John Colgan at
Additional information on all St. Josephs People chapters is available at

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UPDATED LAST WEEK: Free Job Assistance Workshops, Job Fairs and Job
Openings Report October
Unemployed and underemployed persons seeking education and training in career planning,
along with employment assistance for veterans, ex-offenders and persons with disabilities,
can take advantage of a broad series of services and monthly workshops offered by the
Pennsylvania Department of Labor CareerLink at its Exton offices in Suite 500, 479 Thomas
Jones Way in the Oaklands Corporate Center.
These trainings include an orientation presentation as to what PA CareerLink has to offer.
A calendar of PA CareerLink-Chester County workshops for the current month is available at
Monthly job openings list that provides several pages for the Chester County area is
available at
Daily position openings updates are available through
Websites for additional county PA CareerLink offices in the area, at which many services are
available to out-of-county residents, include:

Free Online Training Available for Health Care Professionals Aiding Veterans
Health care professionals now have a free online course developed by the federal
Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) to help serve veterans and service
The eight-hour Military Culture: Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals training
covers a variety of topics through interactive features, video vignettes, case examples and
treatment planning scenarios.
Each of the four modules within the course was developed using research, surveys and
extensive interviews with service members and veterans.
Information and registration for the training, along with other military culture-related
materials, are available at

Reading and Lancaster Among Top Locales for Non-Degree Employment

If you are looking for employment without
at least a bachelor's degree, Reading and
Lancaster may be places to focus.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, in
a new report, says that significantly more "opportunity occupations" are available in those
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It also cautioned employers against "upcredentialing", noting that "(i)f a four-year college
degree is not truly needed to fill an open position successfully ... then setting the
educational attainment bar higher than the job requires may present an artificial barrier to a
worker without a college education and could make the job more difficult to fill despite the
availability of qualified workers."
The report, Identifying Opportunities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, is a
companion to a larger version by Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia, Cleveland and
Atlanta that focuses on opportunity occupations in the nation's top 100 Metropolitan
Statistical Areas (MSAs).
The Federal Reserve defines an opportunity occupation as "one that pays workers on
average at least the national annual median wage, adjusted for differences in local
consumption prices, and is generally considered accessible for those without a bachelor's
It found that 33.6 percent of jobs in the Reading MSA met its opportunity occupations
definition, the top percentage of 11 looked at, with Lancaster fourth, behind Pittsburgh and
York, at 31 percent. Philadelphia was eighth at 26.8 percent and Allentown ninth at 26.3
percent, both below the region's total at 28.3 percent.
The report also provides insight into types of jobs that fit its opportunity occupations
definition in each area and categories that have been increasing and decreasing from 2011
through 2014. It notes that some of the positions do require advanced training or
The report is available at

National Fire Prevention Activities Scheduled; U.S. Fire Administration Releasing

Sesame Street Fire Safety Program Family Guide
Fire detectors in every bedroom is the focus of this
weeks national Fire Prevention Week activities, with
many awareness events for children and families not
only scheduled by local fire departments this week
but throughout the month.
Hear the BEEP While You SLEEP is the protection
In addition, the U.S. Fire Administration has
announced release of an updated Sesame Street Fire
Safety Program in English and Spanish for pre-school
children, with an online version available now and a
kit for fire departments, schools, day care providers
and home-school parents available for order and
delivery later this year.
Officials say that more than half of child fire deaths
are children age four and younger, with more than
3,000 overall deaths, including over 100 firefighters
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losses due to fire reach almost $12 billion annually, they report.
Information on local fire department activities occurring during October are available on
their websites, the national campaign is at, and the Fire Administration program at

LaComunidad Hispana to Open Oxford Health Clinic

La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) will open a new community
health center in Oxford in December.
Expansion of the Kennett Square organization's outreach
will provide health services for both uninsured and insured
residents of Oxford and the surrounding areas, including
Lincoln University, Cochranville, Nottingham, Oxford and
West Grove, from facilities in the Oxford Professional Center at 301 North 3rd Street.
Federally Qualified Health Center funding, together with philanthropic support from the
community, is enabling the additional location, officials said.
They note that LCH currently serves 5,500 individuals annually at its Kennett Square
location, with more than 70% of patients being uninsured and most below federal poverty
Some prospective patients in the new service area now must travel 20 to 30 miles to access
a federally qualified health center, with lack of transportation often being an issue, they

SEPTA Moving Toward Photo Senior Transit Passes

Seniors will be able to use state photo driver licenses or identification cards for free rides on
Southeast Pennsylvania Public Transportation Authority (SEPTA) buses, trolleys and
subways or $1 for trains in the near future but the transition process isnt as clear.
Although some state legislators are reporting that current passes no longer will be accepted
as of November 1, requiring riders to travel to Philadelphia to obtain a new SEPTA photo
identification, the process isnt that clearcut, according to Joe Connolly of SEPTAs
government affairs office.
He said the Authority is transitioning to an electronic system that will require magneticstriped cards for regular and senior transit riders as the process is phased in over the next
several months. Senior riders, therefore, eventually will need a photo identification, such as
a state driver or identification card or a SEPTA photo pass to obtain free or reduced fares.
On or about November 1, he said, state legislator offices no longer will be helping to process
applications that currently result in issuance of paper IDs. Instead, individuals requiring a
SEPTA new photo pass will need to travel to the Authoritys main office at 1234 Market
Street in Philadelphia or obtain a card when a new mobile van visits legislator offices or
senior fairs.
Connolly said the transition process may be unclear because SEPTA is trying to phase in the
system without causing hardships for seniors, noting the new system, allowing use of state-

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issued driver licenses and personal identification cards actually will expand SEPTA user
convenience significantly once the system is fully implemented.
In the meantime, at least two area state representatives have scheduled SEPTA personnel
at their offices to aid seniors in obtaining new photo passes.
A SEPTA representative will be at the office of State Rep. Harry Lewis, 131 Wallace Avenue
Unit 14, Downingtown from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 23, and the office of
Rep. Marcy Toepel, 1885 Swamp Pike - Suite 107, Gilbertsville, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 29, to process applications.
Further information on the free and reduced ride program is available at or (215) 580-7800, or (215) 580-7853
TDD/TTY for hearing or speech impaired; the Lewis office at (610) 269-1289 or the Toepel
office at (610) 323-3299.

Caution Urged Before Filling Home Heating Oil Tanks

Pennsylvania residents are being
encouraged to take precautions before
filling home heating oil tanks for winter to
avoid spills that could cost them up to
State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says that poorly maintained or leaking
home heating oil tanks can pose a fire risk, diminish indoor air quality and contaminate
It reports that one in five Pennsylvania homes use heating oil to stay warm in the winter,
and encourages owners to consider inspecting indoor and outdoor home tanks for potential
problems prior to refilling them.
Preventing leaks will save owners both energy and money, in addition to protecting their
health, DEP says, noting that cleaning up a spill caused by a heating oil tank can cost up to
$50,000 and may not be covered by homeowners insurance. Homeowners can check with
their insurance providers to determine whether coverage is available.
DEP encourages homeowners to consider the following:
For safety reasons, always assume the tank contains at least some oil;
Routinely inspect the exterior of the tank and all attached equipment;
Check for signs of rusting on the tank and its structural supports;
Examine the tanks fill line and feed line to the furnace for leaks;
Never tip over or empty a tank onto the ground;
Enlist a professional to perform maintenance or alterations to a heating oil tank
system; and
Recognize that wet spots or odors near the tank may signal a problem.
When fuel is delivered, DEP suggests making sure the home address is clearly visible and
the tanks fill line is clearly marked. If someone is unable to be home when fuel oil is
delivered, mark the fill pipe with a red flag or marker and inform the oil company of the
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Residents who think their oil tank may have a problem should immediately contact their oil
company for help.
Additional information is available at or from the DEP Division of Storage Tanks at (717) 7725599.

Free Senior Center Toolkit Addresses Suicide

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a new
guide, Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers,
during September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
A companion to Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior
Living Communities, the resource is for senior center staff and volunteers to connect older
adults to a range of critical services and programs.
The guide is available for download at, with the senior living communities version at

Updated Website Provides Additional Insight on Local Governments

Local Government Commission of the Pennsylvania General Assembly has updated its
website to provide quick links to information about local government laws, bidding practices,
taxation, municipal statistics and other governmental operations.
Information on the bi-partisan commission is available at

Tredyffrin Township Launches Crime Watch Website

Tredyffrin Township Police Department has developed an interactive website, Crime Watch,
that contains community safety information and is part of a larger information portal.
The Department is posting crime trend updates, recent arrest data, and safety and security
information to the site.
Further information is available at or

PennDOT Creates New Website to Advise on Highway Construction Projects

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has a new website that provides
real-time information on construction projects throughout the state.
The website is at
Travel information also is available at or by telephone at 5-1-1, providing
travelers with current traffic and weather information, as well as links to other
transportation services.

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Pennsylvania Joins States with Online Voting Registration

Pennsylvania has gone to online voter registration
capabilities in English and Spanish.
State officials said the process not only will be more
convenient for voters, but will save significant costs.
Information on completed online form will be forwarded
directly to the appropriate county voter registration office for
processing, officials said, with county election staff not
having to contend with trying to decipher often illegible handwriting or follow up on missing
information due to the online form not able to be submitted unless complete.
They said the online system also is more secure for applicants because the form will be
transmitted directly to counties for processing versus a traditional paper application
containing personal information potentially passing through several hands before
registration is complete.
Monday, October 5, is the last day to register before the November 3 election.
Registration is available at, with frequently asked questions at

Child Abuse Clearance Changed to Certification

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has changed the terminology for child abuse
history clearances to certification and
strongly encourages individuals to apply
online for more efficient processing.
Volunteers working with children were
relieved of fees for child abuse clearances
and criminal background checks required by the state Child Protective Services Law,
effective July 25, with the cost of Department of Human Services (DHS) and Pennsylvania
State Police (PSP) child abuse and criminal history record checks being reduced from $10 to
$8 for all other applicants, effective the same date.
FBI clearances, required for all employees and for volunteers who have not been a
continuous resident of the Commonwealth for the last 10 years, continue to apply.
In 2014, 23 pieces of legislation were enacted including Act 153 of 2014, changing how
Pennsylvania responds to child abuse, such changes significantly impacting the reporting,
investigation, assessment, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect
cases. However, organizations using volunteers raised concern about future recruitment
due to the costs.
The list of persons required to obtain clearances, according to the Governor's Office, are:
-- Child care service employees;
-- Foster parents and adult household members;

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-- Prospective adoptive parents and adult household members;

-- Individuals 14 year of age or older applying for a paid position as an employee
responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children;
-- Any individual seeking or provide child-care services under contract with a child-care
facility or program;
-- School employees governed by public school code and those not governed by the public
school code (colleges and universities).
More information about clearances required under the Child Protective Services Law is
available at Individuals seeking clearances can go directly to to create an individual account and apply for child abuse
history certifications electronically.

Counselors of Sexually Violent Predators Required to Notify District Attorney and

Counselors of sexually violent predators now must notify annually the district attorney and
law enforcement officials of the jurisdiction in which they are conducting business of such
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation authored by Bucks County Rep. Frank
Farry who says it is designed to close a loophole in reporting requirements of individuals
who have been deemed sexually violent predators.
Designees are required to undergo counseling sessions at least monthly, Farry said, but law
enforcement often doesnt know they are in their jurisdictions on a regular basis.
Affected counselors must report their businesses by January 15 of each year. A copy of the
new law, H.B. 73, is available at

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