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SEPTA releases new proposed budget; seeks public reaction

SEPTA has released its proposed Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget and Fiscal Years 2018-2021 financial projections. The Authority will hold a series of public hearings on the spending plan throughout the five-county service region from April 25-29. The proposed spending plan for the 12-month period from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, is $1.4 billion, an increase of approximately three percent over last year. The operating budget provides funding for the everyday costs of running the transit system, such as labor, fuel and power. The proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget maintains current SEPTA service levels, with no increase in fares for riders and reflects SEPTA’s ongoing efforts to control costs. Fuel consumption, for example, has been reduced, thanks in large part to the Authority’s effort to replace aging buses with more fuel efficient diesel-electric hybrids. SEPTA expects fuel consumption to decrease by 2.2 million gallons annually. In addition, costs for injuries and damages are also expected to go down, due in large part to the increased role of video evidence from surveillance cameras. To engage the public in the budget process, SEPTA holds two hearings in each of the five counties in which it operates. Public comments are considered before the budget proposal goes to the SEPTA Board for a vote at its monthly meeting in May....

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Crozer EMS worked in face of area’s historic blizzard

The U.S. Postal Service has a motto that promises the mail will get through no matter the weather, but last weekend’s blizzard, officially the region’s fourth largest snow event in recent history, shut down all mail delivery. But it did nothing to stop the first responders of Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who expect to be busier than usual when inclement weather is on the horizon. For this storm that, according to the National Weather Service at the Philadelphia International Airport, dumped more than 22 inches of snow, the EMS team went above and beyond the call...

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Craftopia! Making a fleece headband

The fleece headband designed exclusively from the Brother® Education Department. The Brother® adjustable binder foot is used to create this trendy item. In this project you’ll learn how to apply stretch trim using the adjustable binder foot. This handy accessory makes the fleece headband a fast and fun project! Materials and Supplies: Brother® sewing machine (any machine will do but we prefer Brother®) SA198 Adjustable Binder Foot One piece of fleece measuring approximately 23” long by 3” wide. Note: This size is appropriate for most adults. You can use a tape measure for a custom fit. In addition you...

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Wm. Penn SD named to College Board’s District Honor Roll

William Penn School District (WPSD) is one of just 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the sixth annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to advanced placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams. Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on this year’s Honor Roll, WPSD had to, since 2013, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP exam scores of three or higher.  “(This shows) that we have motivated, academically-prepared students who have benefitted from rigorous AP course work and quality instruction,” said Dr. D. Brandon Cooley, principal of Penn Wood High School in Lansdowne. “We continue to implement high quality professional development, to review and revise curriculum, and to improve school culture. (We have also shown) significant evidence of exceeding the standards for Pennsylvania academic growth, College Board AP Honor Roll, and a School Performance Profile increase for two consecutive years – all of these reflect our continued progress.” National data from 2015 show that among African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP,...

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