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Federal tax money goes toward Da Vinci in Easton

A $100,000 grant is going toward a feasibility and attendance study on the proposed attraction.

The ongoing feasibility and attendance study for Da Vinci Science City has go…

Cartwright: Tatamy Firefighters To Get Equipment Grant

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright is reporting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Tatamy Fire Company with a $42,858 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). These funds will allow Tatamy to replace its air compressor/cascade/fill station, which has some components to it that date back to the 1990s. The purpose of an air cascade system is to refill SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) units following use. SCBA units are worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air.

“Our brave firefighters and other emergency personnel confront danger on a regular basis in order to keep our communities safe from harm,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “We must do anything we can do to help people stay safe from harm, and I am proud to continue to support funding for our local fire departments.”

The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $6.7 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

During the current funding cycle, the AFG program will award another $310.5 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

Easton High Grad Appointed to West Point

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright has announced that Easton Area High School graduate Matthew Horace has been accepted to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point.

Matthew is the son of Matthew and Dawn Horace. While attending Easton Area High, Matthew held leadership roles on his high school and club lacrosse teams and participated in the Spanish Honor Society and the Eastern PA Conference Student Athlete Character and Sportsmanship Council. He was also a volunteer for community activities hosted by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NOBLE) and 100 Black Men of Northern Jersey.

“Nominating students for the Unites States Academies is among the most gratifying responsibilities for a Member of Congress,” said Rep. Cartwright. “These students exhibit commendable academic achievement and perseverance to earn these nominations. Matthew is a talented and qualified young man; I commend him for his dedication and perseverance, and congratulate him on his acceptance into the Military Academy Prep School.”  

In order to attend one of the military academies, students must receive a nomination from their Member of Congress. Students may apply to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. If the incoming freshman class has been filled, students demonstrating significant promise and ability will be admitted to a prep school for additional military and academic training prior to consideration for admission to the academy the following year. Prep school students will receive a full scholarship as well as a stipend as active members of the military.
 
Rep. Cartwright added, “Throughout our nation’s history, U.S. Service Academies have played an important role in preparing young people for service to our country. As a Pennsylvanian, I am proud of our patriotic young men and women who are willing to step forward and answer the call of duty. It is an honor to play a role in preparing our next generation of leaders.”

‘Don’t jump to conclusions’ on Trump, Democratic lawmaker says

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright touched on the investigations surrounding the president during a town hall in Wilson Borough.

The Easton area’s Democratic representative in Congress th…

Matt Cartwright to Host Town Hall in Wilson Borough

U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright (Pa.17) recently hosted a town hall at Northampton Community College before a friendly crowd. If you missed that one, you’ll have a chance to see him up close and personal in Wilson Borough at the end of this month. All…

Cartwright Secures Grant for Palmer Tp Firefighters

Last week, US Congressman was able to secure a grant for Lower Mount Bethel’s Sandt’s Eddy Fire Co. This week, he’s snagged another one for the Palmer Tp Municipal Fire Station. It’s $57,444 for $57,444 Operations and Safety grant. The funds will allow the fire company to purchase supply and attack hoses, including 192 couplings and related equipment. These purchases will improve fire operations and fire safety and will enable them to better serve their community.

“Our nation’s firefighters are called upon day after day to protect American citizens,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “As these brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way, we must ensure they are equipped with the best tools possible to do their jobs well, and today’s grants will help meet that goal.”

Someone ought to give Allentown Mayor Edwin “Fed Ed” Pawlowski this message.

Cartwright Gets Homeland Security Grant For Lower Mount Bethel Firefighters

Maybe someone should ask U.S. Congressmen Matt Cartwright and Charlie Dent to team up with Allentown firefighters. Cartwright has just secured a  $118,096 Operations and Safety grant for the  Lower Mount Bethel Township Sandt’s Eddy Fire Company .

The funds will allow the fire company to purchase Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units. Each unit will include: harness/backpack, face piece, and two cylinders. This type of equipment is worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air in an immediate dangerous-to-life or health atmosphere.

“Our firefighters work tirelessly every day to protect our communities and keep our families safe,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “I will continue to support this federal program which helps to ensure safety of our communities.”

The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $6.7 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.

I wonder whether Allentown Mayor Edwin “Fed Ed” Pawlowski ever bothered to apply.

During the current funding cycle, the AFG program will award another $310.5 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

Federal funding in limbo for Valley’s largest open space preservation

A public-private partnership aims to add 4,662 acres of the Kittatinny Ridge to Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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It was equal parts celebration and rally Monday at a picturesque overlook atop the Blue Mountain’s Kittatinny Ridge that separates Northampton and Monroe counties.

The goal is the Lehigh Valley region’s largest-ever land-conservation acquisition, of 4,662 acres along the ridge. Pennsylvania American Water Co. earlier this year completed the sale of 1,291 of the acres to The Conservation Fund, and hopes to do the same with the remaining 3,371 acres.

Surrounding 5 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the acreage is proposed to be added to the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, opened in 2008. The protected land is part of a watershed for Pennsylvania American Water’s customers. Along with the 1,291 acres already preserved, the 3,371 acres would be owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and opened for public recreational use.

Here’s where the rally portion comes in:

The purchase of the remaining acreage won’t happen without $3.5 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, made up of proceeds from offshore oil and gas royalties and not tax dollars. 

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat whose 17th Congressional District in Pennsylvania covers part of Northampton County, attended Monday’s celebration of the 1,291 acres’ preservation. He also voiced his commitment to the remaining funding’s release, as did representatives of U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Bob Casey, D-Pa.

“I am cautiously optimistic about this funding continuing to flow,” Cartwright said. “It’s not really a political football, it’s a bipartisan wish that we keep this project going and that we continue to preserve and protect land in the way that they have done here at Cherry Valley.”

The federal portion is part of the $12.5 million price tag for the land. It includes $2.2 million that would be appropriated as early as this week as Congress and the Trump Administration try to work out a funding package to avoid a government shutdown. The other $1.3 million would be part of the budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is among the programs set to be reduced or eliminated under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Cartwright said.

“Jeopardy might be a strong word, but it is an ongoing process,” he said about securing the funding. “Every year we have to fund the government. In fact, even this week we may shut down the government over a squabble about whether we construct a wall on our southern border. I hate to see the government shut down over something like that, but that is a distinct possibility. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.”

In addition to the federal portion, the remaining $9 million has been committed by the Middle Delaware Mitigation Fund established by utility companies PPL Corp. and PSE&G; Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Wal-Mart Acres for America funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; the Open Space Institute and Northampton County open space dollars. 

“This keystone project, which will be the largest conservation acquisition in this region’s history, will protect our drinking water, secure critical habitat for migratory birds and create additional recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors to the great Lehigh Valley,” said Kyle Shenk, Pennsylvania state director for The Conservation Fund — the nonprofit working to acquire the property for its federal partners.

“The protection of this first phase is a tremendous conservation achievement, which is well worth celebrating unto itself,” Shenk continued, “but we’re also here today to look forward to securing the remaining 3,300 acres for transfer to permanent ownership as part of the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. … But this second phase will not be possible without the fulfillment of a $3.5 million funding request in the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or the LWCF.”

The Cherry Valley refuge was established, in part, to protect the federally listed threatened bog turtle. It’s also an important bird area home to breeding populations and globally significant for migratory species, as well as home to at least 77 vernal pools vital to amphibians. Its springs supply clean water to wetlands and streams in the Delaware River watershed. 

“This opportunity to protect relatively undisturbed tracts of upland forest that supports migrating birds and habitat and headwater streams is really rare today, to be able to preserve such a large tract of land,” said Lauren Imgrund, deputy secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Golf course closes, to become wildlife refuge

The land is in addition to the nearly 200-acre Cherry Valley Golf Course, acquired earlier this year by The Nature Conservancy to be added to the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and roughly 180-acre tract behind Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyard. As with other parts of the refuge, the 4,662 acres would be open to activities such as hiking, wildlife photography and wildlife observation, said Mike Horne, manager at the Cherry Valley refuge for the Fish and Wildlife Service. 

“We have about 2,100 acres, most of which is open to the public,” Horne said. “The only reason we would close an area down for public access would be if there were a threatened or endangered species in there that we had concerns about.”

He called the new acquisition “a major increase in public use opportunity for both Northampton and Monroe counties.”

“The best place to access it right now is at the Appalachian Trail parking lot in Wind Gap,” Horne said. “So once you enter the trail proper and head east, you’re actually on the property that we’re talking about today.”

Under ownership by Pennsylvania American Water, the land was posted no-trespassing, Horne said. Though it’s still a drinking water source, federal preservation is in line with the company’s protection philosophy, said Marc Cross, production manager for the utility.

Cross cut a ribbon Monday to celebrate the conservation acquisition, helping Cartwright, the congressman, wield an oversized pair of scissors. The event was hosted by Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, on Fox Gap Road just off Route 191 in Upper Mount Bethel Township, atop the Kittatinny Ridge looking south across Northampton County. 

County Executive John Brown touched on the economic impacts of land preservation, saying nearly $800 million is spent on outdoor recreation annually in the Lehigh Valley, creating more than 9,600 jobs and generating $59 million in state and local taxes.

“As we stand here today along the Kittatinny Ridge, the gateway from the Lehigh Valley to the Poconos, we’re proud to assist in the single-largest acquisition of protected lands in Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley,” he said.

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Reminder: Cartwright Town Hall at NCC Tonight

Congressman Matt Cartwright will conduct a town hall on Tuesday, April 18 between 6:30 and 7:30 PM at Northampton Community College, Alumni Hall, Room 130 A-D. The event is free and open to the public. Cartwright is expected to make a brief presentatio…

Congressman Cartwright to Host Town Hall at NCC

Congressman Matt Cartwright will conduct a town hall on Tuesday, April 18 between 6:30 and 7:30 PM at Northampton Community College, Alumni Hall, Room 130 A-D. The event is free and open to the public. Over 400 people packed into a recent town hall con…