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Senior Expos Coming Up


State Sen. Christine Tartaglione invites older Philadelphians and their primary caregivers to her annual Senior Expo series in the coming weeks. The senator will host the Expos at three community venues in the 2nd Senate District, including the Lawncrest Recreation Center for the first time!

All three events will present information about many senior-oriented programs and services offered by public agencies and private providers. The Expos will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Senator Tartaglione and dozens of presenters on the following dates at the corresponding locations:

Thursday, Sept. 19: St. Anne’s Parish-PAL Center, Memphis and Tucker streets.
Thursday, Oct. 3: Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Avenue.
Thursday, Oct. 10: Mayfair Community Center, 2990 Saint Vincent Street.

For Information (public): Call 215-533-0440 or 215-291-4653 (Spanish).

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Medical Marijuana Information Session


On Tuesday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the state legislators will host an information
session where constituents can learn how to obtain a medical marijuana ID card.

State Senator Christine M. Tartaglione and State Representative Angel
Cruz will host a Medical Marijuana Information Session at the senator’s district office on Tuesday, June
30, when members of the community are invited to learn about Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana
program and how to register. This is an open house format. News media coverage is encouraged.

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Marge Tartaglione

State Senator, Tina Tartaglione, released the following press release today:

“It is with immeasurable sadness and despair that I announce the passing of my beloved mother, Margaret Tartaglione. Throughout her recent illness, she was surrounded by family and friends, and was provided with the very best medical care. Thank you all for bringing her joy and comfort. My mother was a very strong yet compassionate woman. She cared deeply about her family, her community, and her city. She was a pioneer in the political realm – the first women elected to a citywide office in Philadelphia’s history. At a time when women were rarely afforded a seat at the table, she not only earned a seat, she became an enduring leader and icon who will always be revered and remembered fondly.”

Marge Tartaglione became Chairwoman of the Philadelphia City Commissioners  during the Rizzo era and served nine, four year terms. I remember her a tough cookie but she had to be.  She was a woman who broke the glass ceiling before anybody knew it could be broken.  She was a true trail blazer and will be more than a footnote in Philadelphia history.

Marge Tartaglione meeting Pope John Paul II

The Gazette sends our sincere condolences to Senator Tartaglione and her family.

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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.