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Congratulations to the Winners

The 2018 election is over, finally.

First, thanks to 177th District State Representative Republican John Taylor who is retiring after a long distinguished career.  Taylor managed to avoid partisanship as he represented his district which includes Northwood and Democratic Philadelphia in the Republican-dominated legislature.  He served both Philadelphia and Northwood well.  His constituent service has been unparalleled and his successor has some big shoes to fill.

Democratic candidate Joe Hohenstein won Taylor’s seat over his opponent, Republican Patty Kozlowski.

177th District State Representaive Joe Hohenstein

Both State Representative Jason Dawkins from the 179th District and State Senator Tina Tartaglione from the 2nd District ran unopposed.  I am not sure why some other party does not think those seats worth going after.  Every election benefits from a debate and you can’t have that with just one candidate.

Now let’s look forward to the holidays.



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Gary Skerski Memorial Bridge

State Rep. Jason Dawkins has announced plans to introduce legislation that would designate a bridge on Castor Avenue, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge.

Gary Skerski was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 6, 2006, while responding to a reported armed robbery at Pat’s Café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams avenues in Frankford.

Memorial at the rear of Pat’s Cafe where Gary Skerski lost his life

“We always name bridges after presidents and generals, and that is well and good,” said Dawkins. “But this man was a hero in the truest sense of the word. He devoted and gave his life to protect our people. We will always remember his sacrifice and we will work to keep his legacy alive.”

Officer Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was a parishioner of Saint Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Port Richmond.

State Representatives Angel Cruz and John Taylor are co-sponsors of the bill. Dawkins said he is hopeful of swift House passage.

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The Shredder is Coming This Saturday

Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) will host a free Community Shredding event to give residents the opportunity to safely destroy personal paperwork.

The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder and electronic disposal service, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowe’s Parking Lot, 3800 Aramingo Ave. Residents can watch as their documents are destroyed.

“Identity thieves are dogged in their search for credit card numbers, bank account information and Social Security numbers,” Taylor said. “It’s why you must destroy documents containing this sensitive information. I encourage everyone to come out to my event and take the proper steps in fighting identity theft.”

For more information, please call Taylor’s office at 215-744-2600.

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Rutland Street Garages to Be Demolished

I just got a message that the burnt out garages on Rutland Street are finally being demolished. This has been a long time coming.


Photo from Google Maps

We have been helped by Councilwoman Sanchez and Representative John Taylor over the years to get this accomplished. Most recently Marc Collazzo from Representative Taylor’s office has helped move this along.

Thanks to all.

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Rep. John Taylor to Host SEPTA to Help Seniors Get Free Key Cards

Under SEPTA’s new fare payment and collection system, called SEPTA Key, seniors age 65 and older will continue to ride free at all times on all SEPTA transit services, including buses, trolleys, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line and the Norristown High Speed Line. Regional Rail fares for seniors will continue to be $1 for rides within Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania seniors who possess state-issued photo IDs are automatically eligible to participate in SEPTA’s Seniors Ride Free Program. There is nothing to sign up for, and unexpired driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs can be swiped at the turnstile or onboard a vehicle.

Seniors who do not want to use their driver’s license can register and have their picture taken for the new, free SEPTA Key Senior ID card.

Seniors who wish to sign up for SEPTA’s Key Senior ID card will be able to apply for one and have their photos taken at the district office of Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia).

“SEPTA is transitioning to a cashless SEPTA Key fare program,” Taylor said. “My office will be available to help seniors apply for a special card and have their photos taken without having to travel to a SEPTA sales location.”

A SEPTA representative will be at Taylor’s Port Richmond office at 2901 E. Thompson St. on March 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please call 215- 425-0901 to make an appointment. Seniors are asked to bring a valid state-issued photo ID card with their birth date.