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Mortgage Servicing License Application Deadline June 30

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Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann today is providing the mortgage industry a 15-day notice of the June 30, 2018, deadline for non-bank mortgage servicers to apply for a license to do business in Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased so far by the response of mortgage servicing companies to this new licensure requirement, which will help ensure a level playing field among business competitors,” said Wiessmann. “We believe this new regulatory authority will also help protect homeowners from wrongful foreclosures and give us more tools to respond to and resolve consumer complaints.”

The department has been accepting license applications for non-bank mortgage servicers since April through the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS): https://mortgage.nationwidelicensingsystem.org

A list of frequently asked questions and answers on the licensing process can be found on the department’s website: www.dobs.pa.gov/Businesses/Non-Bank%20Licensees/Mortgage%20Licensees/Pages/Mortgage-Servicer-FAQs.aspx

The department has effectively incorporated the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage servicer regulations as required by Act 81 of 2017. The regulations can be found online through the Pennsylvania Bulletin: www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol48/48-17/666.html

Wiessmann also noted that companies servicing a Pennsylvania mortgage without applying for a license by the June 30 deadline will be considered unlicensed and subject to enforcement action.

Questions about the license and the application process can be emailed to the department at mortgageservicing@pa.gov.

The Department of Banking and Securities uses NMLS to manage mortgage licensees.  Through NMLS, companies can apply for, amend, and renew licenses conveniently and safely online. Businesses and consumers can connect to the department through Facebook and Twitter, or subscribing to the department’s newsletter.

Top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle Finalists Announced

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The NASA iTech Energy competition has selected the top 10 finalists to present their game-changing technologies at a forum next month in New York. The 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy is a collaborative effort between NASA and the U.S. Department (DOE) of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to find and foster innovative solutions for critical energy challenges on Earth and in space.
The 10 finalists were selected by a multi-disciplinary team of experts from NASA and ARPA E. The finalists will present June 13 and 14 at the NASA iTech Energy Forum, hosted by Citi Global at its headquarters in New York City. Representatives from NASA, DOE, other government agencies, industry, potential investors and others from across the United States will listen in as the finalists for NASA iTech share their innovative ideas.
“I look forward to seeing these 10 finalists present their ideas at the upcoming iTech forum in New York”, said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This is a unique opportunity to present their technologies at an event convening two federal agencies and hosted by a global private sector bank seeking solutions to common energy challenges.”
The competition invited applicants to submit their concepts for: Fuel Cells and Regenerative Fuel Cells, High-energy-density Batteries and Supercapacitors, Solar Power Systems, Small Fission Power Systems, Innovative Power Management and Distribution and X-Factor Energy. The final category included entries that may not fit within a specific energy focus area but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.
The top three teams selected at the forum will be recognized during a nonmonetary awards ceremony on June 14 and will be available for interviews. Media interested in covering the forum should contact Gina Anderson at gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov by June 8 to register.
The top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle finalists are (in alphabetical order):
·AsterTech, LLC, Beavercreek, OH
3D Additive Manufacturing of High Efficiency and Light-Weight Solar Cells for In-Space Applications
·ATEIOS, San Diego, CA
Printed Batteries for Ubiquitous & Conformal Electronics
·Atomos, Denver, CO
Splitting the Atom to Connect the Planets: A Commercial Nuclear Power System for Space Operations
·Environment and Energy Benefit Co., West Sacramento, CA
BBB: X Factor Liquid Fuel
·iFeather, Boulder, CO
In-situ Fabrication of Extraterrestrial Aerogels for Transparency, Heat, and Energy Regulation (iFEATHER) for Habitat, Aeronautic and Space Vessel, and Space Suit Applications
·The Pennsylvania State University – Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University Park, PA
Lightweight Monolithic Microcell CPV for Space
·Stanford University – Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford, CA
Two C: Transportation Electrification through Ubiquitous Wireless Charging
·University of Michigan and Unified Solar Collaboration, Ann Arbor, MI
Photovoltaic Cell-Level Power Balancing Using Intrinsic Energy Storage for High-Efficiency, High-Reliability Solar Power
·V-Glass, Pewaukee, WI
Vacuum Glass for R-10 Windows
·WBGlobalSemi, Inc., Lakewood Ranch,
Commercializing High Power Silicon Carbide (SiC) Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) and Power Modules for Power Management and Distributed Power Applications
NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.
To watch the teams present their ideas live on June 13 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT) and June 14 (9:10 a.m. – noon), visit:
For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:
For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

Dog Wardens to Canvass 22 Counties for Current Dog Licenses, Rabies Vaccinations in June

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Harrisburg, PA – The state Department of Agriculture announced today that state dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in 22 counties in June. This program aims to raise awareness of the importance of up-to-date dog licenses, and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats to the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities.

Counties to be canvassed in June include Adams, Beaver, Bedford, Bradford, Cambria, Cameron, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fulton, Greene, Juniata, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, and Venango counties. Canvassing began in April and will conclude this month.

June’s canvassing schedule is as follows:

June 4-8: Adams, Cambria, Crawford, Fulton, Juniata, Lycoming, and Pike counties
June 11-15: Beaver, Bedford, Perry, Potter, Northumberland, Sullivan, and Venango counties
June 18-22: Bradford, Cameron, and Greene counties
June 25-29: Clinton, Columbia, Dauphin, Erie, and Luzerne counties

Pennsylvania law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $6.50 for others. Dog licenses are available through county treasurers’ offices.

All dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older must also be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators may be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Dog wardens drive vehicles and wear uniforms labeled with “Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Warden” in a keystone with a state seal. They wear a badge and state identification.

Wardens will request proof of licensure and proof of rabies vaccination. They will leave written notice for someone who is not home, or does not answer the door. Dog wardens will not enter a home or building without the owner’s permission.

For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com, or call 717-787-3062.

Flood Watch

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Flood Watch
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
333 PM EDT Sat Jun 2 2018

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Atlantic Coastal Cape May-Coastal Atlantic-
Southeastern Burlington-Delaware-Philadelphia-Western Chester-
Eastern Chester-Western Montgomery-Eastern Montgomery-Upper Bucks-
Lower Bucks-
Including the cities of Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown,
Rehoboth Beach, Elkton, Chestertown, Centreville, Easton, Denton,
Trenton, Pennsville, Glassboro, Camden, Cherry Hill, Moorestown,
Mount Holly, Millville, Hammonton, Cape May Court House,
Ocean City, Atlantic City, Wharton State Forest, Media,
Philadelphia, Honey Brook, Oxford, West Chester, Kennett Square,
Collegeville, Pottstown, Norristown, Lansdale, Chalfont,
Perkasie, Morrisville, and Doylestown
333 PM EDT Sat Jun 2 2018

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of Delaware, northeast Maryland, New Jersey, and
  southeast Pennsylvania, including the following areas, in
  Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Inland Sussex, Kent, and New
  Castle. In northeast Maryland, Caroline, Cecil, Kent MD, Queen
  Annes, and Talbot. In New Jersey, Atlantic, Atlantic Coastal
  Cape May, Camden, Cape May, Coastal Atlantic, Cumberland,
  Gloucester, Mercer, Northwestern Burlington, Salem, and
  Southeastern Burlington. In southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware,
  Eastern Chester, Eastern Montgomery, Lower Bucks,
  Philadelphia, Upper Bucks, Western Chester, and Western
  Montgomery.

* Through late tonight

* Showers and thunderstorms are developing across the area this
  afternoon and will continue through tonight across far
  southeast Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey, and the
  Delmarva Peninsula. These showers and storms will have the
  potential to produce torrential downpours, with localized totals
  of one to three inches in a short period of time. In addition,
  storms may be slow to move or may reform over the same areas.
  This may lead to flash flooding in the areas of heaviest
  rainfall today and tonight.

* Excessive rainfall within a short period of time can lead to
  rapidly rising waters and flash flooding, particularly in
  urban areas and along small creeks and streams.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that there is the potential for flash
flooding, which can be life-threatening. Heavy rain is expected
to occur over a short period of time. Rapidly rising flood waters
may quickly inundate roadways and areas of poor drainage. Streams
and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties.

Please monitor the forecast, especially if you live in a location
that is prone to flooding. Be prepared to take action if a flash
flood warning is issued for your area.

PECO TO RESTRICT OLD EAGLE SCHOOL ROAD WEEKDAYS FOR UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS IN TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY

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05/25/2018

King of Prussia, PA – PECO is planning lane restrictions on Old Eagle School Road in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County next week, followed by a closure and detour, for gas main replacement, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The work schedule is:
• Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Eagle School Road between Pugh Road and Upper Gulph Road; and
• Monday, June 4, through mid-September, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Old Eagle School Road is scheduled to close weekdays between Pugh Road and Upper Gulph Road. During the weekday closure, Old Eagle School Road motorists will be detoured over Devon Park Drive, Warner Road, Croton Road, Radnor Road and Upper Gulph Road.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
PECO will complete this project under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK FOR TREE TRIMMING OPERATIONS IN CHESTER AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES

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05/24/2018

King of Prussia, PA – Travel restrictions are scheduled next week on several state highways for tree removal operations in Chester and Montgomery counties, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The work schedule is:
• Tuesday, May 29, Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Providence Road between Marlborough Road and Route 3 (West Chester Pike) in Willistown Township, Chester County;
• Wednesday, May 30, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a right lane closure is scheduled on U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue) between Old Lancaster Road and Route 252 (Leopard Road) in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County;
• Wednesday, May 30, through Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Neiffer Road between Route 73 (Big Road) and Ridge Pike in Upper Frederick and Limerick townships, Montgomery County; and
• Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Elm Street at Fayette Street in Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur during construction. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Veterans Call for Reauthorization of Fund Used for Parks, Monuments

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Money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped create the Flight 93 National Memorial site in Shanksville, Penn. (pxhere)

By: Andrea Sears

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – More than eight thousand veterans from across the country have signed a letter urging Congress to reauthorize a program that has helped protect some of the nation’s most historic battlefields.

For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used to acquire land for national parks, recreational access to public lands, and more than 40,000 state and local park projects across the country. But unless Congress acts, the LWCF will expire on September 30th.

Garett Reppenhagen is the son of a Vietnam Veteran, grandson of two World War II Veterans, and served in Kosovo and Iraq. He’s also with the Vet Voice Foundation, and says as the nation observes Memorial Day, it’s important for leaders to support a program that honors the sacrifices made by service members.

“It protects our ability to utilize the outdoors and recreate in public lands, and it also helps protect some of these battlefields and historic sites of our military heritage,” says Reppenhagen.

The LWCF has invested more than $300 million in Pennsylvania, including over $24 million to protect Valley Forge Historic Park and $19 million for Gettysburg National Military Park.

Reppenhagen points out that the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps preserve national treasures without using taxpayer money. It is financed through revenue drawn from offshore oil and gas royalties.

“Because obviously, there’s degradation to our environment from oil and gas drilling, the original idea was take some of these dollars and put it towards conservation efforts,” says Reppenhagen.

He says allowing the LWCF to expire would jeopardize the preservation of America’s military heritage and monuments to those who sacrificed for their country.

Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 Airports

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May 25, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Fourteen airports will make safety upgrades or expand operation opportunities with the assistance of $15 million in state investments, Governor Wolf announced today.

“Aviation serves as a catalyst for our economy across Pennsylvania and features more than 400 airports serving a variety of customers,” Governor Wolf said. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake, and these investments help airports bolster commerce and attract more customers.”

Seventeen projects will be supported by $9.8 million through the state’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, and $5.2 million through the aviation portion of the Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.

Following is a county-by-county list of approved Aviation Development Program projects under the programs:

Transportation Assistance Program projects:

Allegheny County

Allegheny County Airport — $888,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $1.2 million for restoration and improvements to the terminal building.

Blair County

Altoona-Blair County Airport — $1.1 million of state funds for a total project of $2.2 million to demolish and construct a new county building at the airport and $1.5 million of state funds for a total project cost of $3 million for a new corporate hangar.

Bucks County

Quakertown Airport — $270,000 of state funds for a total project of $540,000 to acquire land to clear approaches to Runway 29.

Chester County

Chester County/G.O. Carlson Airport — $337,000 of state funds for a total project of $674,000 for a new hangar apron and $513,000 of state funds for a total project of $1 million for new hangar facilities.

Erie County

Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field — $1.7 million of state funds for a total project of $2.3 million for rehabilitation of the terminal building.

Lackawanna and Luzerne counties

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport — $147,500 of state funds for a total project of $295,000 for relocating a TSA checkpoint to reduce queues.

Lawrence County

New Castle Municipal Airport — $375,000 of state funds for a total project of $500,000 for land acquisition to control development around the airport.

Lycoming County

Williamsport Regional Airport — $150,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $300,000 to replace hangar doors.

Monroe County

Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport– $800,000 of state funds for a total project of $1.6 million to construct T-hangars.

Washington County

Washington County Airport — $1.3 million of state funds for a total project of $1.7 million for a new taxiway and $700,000 of state funds for a total project of $933,000 for a second section of taxiway.

Multimodal Fund projects:

Allegheny County

Pittsburgh International Airport — $1.6 million of state funds for a total project of $2.2 million for airfield pavement joint crack rehabilitation.

Centre County

University Park Airport — $2.2 million of state funds for a total project of $5.4 million for an access road to the airport.

Lancaster County

Lancaster Airport — $691,150 of state funds for a total project of $921,534 for a new aircraft maintenance hangar and office.

Lehigh County

Lehigh Valley International Airport — $700,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $1.4 million to rehabilitate a parking lot.

Wolf Administration Participates in Roundtable on Combatting Senior Hunger

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne participated in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Senior Hunger Roundtable. Stakeholders, legislators, health care professionals, and seniors discussed the resources available to combat hunger in older adults, and ways to increase access to healthful, nutritious foods.

“The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s capacity to provide food to those at risk of hunger through a robust array of partner agencies mirrors the Wolf Administration’s commitment to help develop and enhance private-public partnerships so all Pennsylvanians have access to healthful, nutritious food in order to live healthy and age well,” said Secretary Osborne. “Today’s roundtable highlighted the fact that in order to​ combat senior hunger, it is imperative that we better coordinate our efforts and more effecti​vely connect older Pennsylvanians with available nutrition services and resources in their communities.”

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger reports seniors who are food insecure have diets that are less nutritious, endure worse health outcomes, and experience a higher risk for depression. Research has shown that when seniors participate in programs that address food insecurity, they become more independent because of improved nutrition status and overall health.

In September 2016, Setting the Table: Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA was developed to address hunger in PA and respond to Governor Wolf’s executive orderestablishing the Governor’s Food Security Partnership. The Partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services. The blueprint was developed in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and other public, charitable, and private leaders in food security.

“Hunger harms everyone that it touches, but it is particularly hard on older Pennsylvanians who often face their struggles quietly and out of view,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “We just want our older neighbors to know that we care about them and we are here to help, and so are our friends in the Governor’s Partnership.”

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 1,000 local agencies, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves 150,000 individuals every month.

For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit www.centralpafoodbank.org.

Wolf Administration Launches Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force

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Harrisburg, PA – On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced the formation of Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force. The task force was created to take a lead role in implementing and championing the goals and recommendations of Pennsylvania’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

“Over 400,000 Pennsylvanians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder and the toll of this disease extends beyond those affected to their families, friends, and communities,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this task force will have on Pennsylvania’s fight against Alzheimer’s.”

Objectives of the task force include:

  • Working with local organizations, entities, advocates, and other stakeholders to identify and share best practices that support the goals and the overall success of the plan
  • Leading efforts to review and revise the state plan, as necessary
  • Developing and facilitating the actions needed to carry out the plan
  • Pursuing research and reviewing any other issues that are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Assisting in planning the annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum
  • Assisting in the development of an annual update to the plan

“The Wolf Administration is committed to embracing and supporting Pennsylvanians who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “We are confident that the task force will help us ensure that home and community-based services and supports are available, accessible, and responsive to the needs of both caregivers and those living with dementia.”

Since the plan was developed, the department has held three statewide forums and seven regional roundtable discussions to engage with stakeholders and inspire action at the local level.

Task force members include:

  • Robert (Bob) Marino, co-chair – Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, Member, Pennsylvania Long Term Care Council
  • Dennis (Mickey) Flynn, co-chair – Member, Pennsylvania Council on Aging
  • Kathy Cubit – Director of Advocacy, CARIE
  • Clayton Jacobs – Vice President of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter
  • Vincenza (Jen) Martchek – Board Member, Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging
  • Melissa Bottorf – President, River Valley Senior Providers Group
  • LuAnn Oatman – President and CEO, Berks Encore
  • Cindy Odell – Volunteer/Advocate, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
  • Jeffrey Rose – Local Recovery Coordinator, Erie VAMC Behavioral Health Clinic
  • Liz Bradbury – Director of the Training Institute, Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • James F. Butt – Volunteer/Advocate, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Kathleen Gillespie – Director, Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging
  • Stacie Bonenberger – Senior Quality Improvement Specialist, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
  • Linda Zaneski – Associate Chief of Nursing, Geriatrics Wilkes-Barre VA
  • Jennifer Holcomb – Director of Memory Support, Cross Keys Village