Senator Rothman E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • FREE Shredding Event This Saturday
  • Pennsylvania to Receive More Than $1 Billion to Close Digital Divide
  • Beware of Student Loan Scam Robocalls and Robotexts
  • Purple Star School Program Supports Military-Connected Children 
  • Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on PA’s Ice Cream Trail

FREE Shredding Event This Saturday

Do you have documents that need to be shredded?  Join Representative Joe Kerwin and I for a FREE Shredding Event this Saturday in Northern Dauphin County.

When: Saturday, July 15, from 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Lykens Valley Shopping Plaza, located at 4686 State Route 209, Elizabethville

This is a great opportunity to safety shred documents with sensitive information. I hope to see you there.

Pennsylvania to Receive More Than $1 Billion to Close Digital Divide

Pennsylvania is set to receive $1.16 billion in federal funding to increase access to high-speed internet connectivity for individuals, businesses, schools and hospitals. It is critical that these dollars be used effectively and efficiently to bridge the digital divide.

As Senator, I’ve made it a priority to expand broadband access to the rural and underserved parts of the 34th Senate district. Just this week, we broke ground in Northern Dauphin County on infrastructure work to extend Comcast’s Xfinity 10G Network to nearly 500 homes and businesses in the Millersburg Area, Upper Dauphin Area and Halifax Area school districts. This public-private partnership between Dauphin County and Comcast has been a great team effort.

Thanks to everyone who submitted information to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s map that indicates areas with and without high-speed internet connectivity, Pennsylvania had the third highest number of successful challenges in the country. While funding was predicated on the map released by the FCC, residents may still view and challenge the map should the information be incorrect. Residents can view the statewide broadband map and learn more about challenging any location in Pennsylvania here.

Beware of Student Loan Scam Robocalls and Robotexts

Following the Supreme Court decision regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s student loan forgiveness program, scammers are likely to attempt to use the program to make their misleading robocalls and robotexts seem more legitimate.

Common scams pretend to be from the “student loan forgiveness center” or from a state “forgiveness center.” Other messages reference a “settlement” with the U.S. Department of Education that entitles the recipient to “fully discharge” their student loan obligations. Incoming communications may also fraudulently reflect seemingly legitimate caller ID information to convince consumers to respond.

Learn more, including how to spot a scam and what to do if you are a target, here.

Purple Star School Program Supports Military-Connected Children 

Thanks to legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) launched the Purple Star School Program.

The program encourages schools to support the children of service members on active duty and in the National Guard and Reserves as they transition to a new school due to a parent’s change in duty station. Public and non-public schools can receive the Purple Star Award from PDE if they demonstrate their commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

Pennsylvania now joins 37 other states that offer this designation. Schools can learn more and apply for the Purple Star School designation here.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on PA’s Ice Cream Trail

Sunday, July 16, is National Ice Cream Day – a wonderful time to enjoy Pennsylvania creamery ice cream. They’re often family-owned and support the local community by using locally sourced, high-quality ingredients.

Did you know Cumberland Valley has its very own ice cream trail? Sign up for the FREE 2023 Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail Passport and check out participating locations throughout Cumberland County to earn points toward prizes. It’s a great excuse to enjoy the best ice cream the area has to offer.

Check out even more of Pennsylvania’s best creameries and shops here.


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