Category Archives: General Interest

Fire Company Volunteers Needed

With the county COVID-19 lockdown soon coming to any end, our organization is working with your local fire company and the county on a campaign aimed at recruiting residents to become new volunteer firefighters via our website HelpFightFire.com.

We suspect that when the county leaves the Red Zone, people will be eager to volunteer in their communities. Therefore we have created both a short video and an ad (as both a jpeg and a PDF). We are you can share them with your residents in the ways we are suggesting below:

To help with this effort, we’ve attached to this email the following items that we would like you to share to help raise awareness of the need for volunteers:

All volunteer inquiries coming from your municipality will be provided directly to your local fire chief through HelpFightFire.com.

We hope you will share this information with the members of your community and encourage them to volunteer their time. Also, please let us know if there are other opportunities through your municipality to get our message out.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime at nicole@comsolutionsgroup.com or call 215-884-6499.

Thank you for your time. Stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Nicole Modrell
Chester County Fire Chiefs Association
Recruitment Campaign Coordinator

COVID-19 Cases

As of this posting there is one case of COVID-19 reported in East Nantmeal Township.

The Chester County Health Department publishes information about COVID-19, including this interactive map. Visit the map and the Health Department website for up to date information.

Please do not ask Township officials for any additional information regarding infected individuals, as that would violate HIPPA Rules. Furthermore, the Chester County Health department has only disclosed counts of COVID-19 cases.

Free Shredding Event: March 28, 2020

The Chester County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring a FREE SHREDDING EVENT on Saturday, March 28, 2020 starting at 8:30 AM (NOT Before) and ending at 11:30 AM or when the truck gets filled (whichever comes first).  The event will be held at the Chester County Solid Waste Authority Lanchester Landfill, located on Route 322 West just 2 miles past the intersection of Routes 10 and 322 in Honey Brook. This is an opportunity to safely destroy and recycle documents that contain personal legal information, account statements, medical information and documents containing personal information.  Empty boxes will not be shredded. Please take them home to be put out with your curbside recycling. Protect yourself from identity theft and come to the Shredding Event on March 28th. Shredding service is provided by Rapid Recycling, Inc. Please visit www.chestercountyswa.org for information on other waste reduction and recycling opportunities in Chester County.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection October 12

The Chester County Recycling Coordinator, Nancy Fromnick, announced the last Chester County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event for Chester County residents on Saturday, October 12 at the Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380. The collection site will be open at 9:00 AM and will close at 3:00 PM sharp.

This event is not for businesses and contractors.

No more than 220 pounds or 25 gallons of Hazardous Products per household will be accepted. Hazardous cleaning and maintenance products will have the following cautionary words on the label: poisonous, caustic, toxic, flammable, ignitable, corrosive, reactive, caution, warning, danger or hazardous. Many items, such as fertilizer or cleaning products, should be used as they were designed to be used and do not need to be treated as hazardous waste.

Unacceptable materials are latex paint, used motor oil, tires, asbestos, explosives, gas cylinders, household alkaline batteries, PCBs, medical waste, unidentified waste, commercial and industrial waste, ammunition and appliances containing Freon or liquids in 55 gallon drums.

 LATEX PAINT IS NOT HAZARDOUS WASTE!  Residents should not bring latex paint to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. Solidify latex paint by either air drying small quantities or pouring the paint into a plastic trash bag with sawdust, clay-based kitty litter, rags or saw dust and placing the bag and the opened can in the trash. Oil-based paint should be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

Attendees should be prepared to take back their corrugated boxes to be recycled at the curb and Styrofoam and/or trash to be put in their curbside trash containers.

Interested residents can visit www.chestercountyswa.org or call their municipality or the Chester County Solid Waste Authority at 610-273-3771 ext. *228 for information on how to properly handle unacceptable materials and for the other regional collection events scheduled.

Mysteries of Medicare:  What are the different parts of Medicare?

APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s statewide program of Medicare counseling under the auspices of the Chester County Department of Aging in Chester County.  This newsletter from the APPRISE program will help you understand what each of the parts of Medicare provides.

The four parts of Medicare are:

Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for medically necessary inpatient hospital care, inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility, home health care and hospice care. The Part A premium is free if you have worked ten years (40 quarters) and paid your FICA (Medicare) taxes.

Part B (medical insurance) helps pay for medically necessary doctors’ services, outpatient services and other medical services and supplies that are not covered by Part A.  There is a monthly premium for Part B.

Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, covers all Medicare Part A and Part B services and may offer other services such as vison and dental assistance. Most Part C plans include prescription drugs.  Premiums for Part C vary and most plans have co-pays when you receive medical services.

Medicare Part D offers prescription drug coverage for those not enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan.  There is a monthly premium for Part D.

Trained APPRISE counselors meet with Medicare beneficiaries to help explain Medicare programs and enrollment.  You can contact APPRISE to schedule a free, confidential meeting with a counselor with any Medicare questions by calling any of the county senior centers or the APPRISE Helpline 610-344-5004 to leave a message.  You can also email us at apprisechesco@outlook.com.   Visit our website at http://www.chesco.org/477/Apprise-Health-Insurance-Counseling.

 

REAL ID is coming

PennDOT Reminder: Customers Can Join 140,000 Who Pre-Verified for REAL ID
Customers who pre-verify can apply for REAL ID online

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding customers that they can join more than 140,000 Pennsylvanians who have pre-verified for REAL ID online and at driver license centers statewide. Customers who bring in the required REAL ID documentation to any PennDOT Driver License Center may apply for REAL ID online once REAL IDs are available in March and receive their REAL ID driver’s license or photo ID card in the mail.

Because PennDOT may already have electronic documents on file for approximately 35 percent of its total customers, individuals who received their first PA driver’s license or ID card after September 2003, these customers have had the option to apply for REAL ID pre-verification online since March of 2018.

Most of PennDOT’s customers, however, received their initial product BEFORE September 2003, so PennDOT does not have their required REAL ID documents on file. Customers in this group who want a REAL ID will need to bring the required documents to a Driver’s License Center so they can be verified in person.

These customers may bring the required documents to any PennDOT driver license center. Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify original versions or certified copies of the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity (Original or certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal or valid U.S. Passport)
  • Proof of Social Security Number (Social security card)
  • Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address (Current, unexpired PA license or ID, current vehicle registration, auto insurance card, utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of all Legal Name Changes, if current full legal name is different than what’s reflected on the proof of identity document (Certified marriage certificate or court order issued by your county’s family court)

PennDOT staff will image the documents to the customer’s record, and when REAL IDs are available in March 2019, the customer can opt into the REAL ID program online, and their REAL ID product will be sent through the mail, eliminating any need for this customer to visit a Driver License Center.

 

To obtain a REAL ID, customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year non-commercial driver’s license or a photo ID). The expiration date of their initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on their existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless the customer is over 65 and has a two-year license. This expiration date structure means that the customer won’t “lose” time that they’ve already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, the customer will pay no additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

When REAL IDs are available, customers will have three options for obtaining a REAL ID product: pre-verified customers may order their REAL ID online; they can visit a PennDOT Driver’s License Center, have their documents verified and imaged, pay the one-time fee, and their REAL ID product will be mailed to them within 15 business days; or they can visit one of up to 13 REAL ID Centers and receive their REAL ID product over-the-counter at the time of service.

PennDOT is in the process of retrofitting six of its existing driver’s license centers to allow for over-the-counter issuance of REAL ID (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre, Rockview in Centre County, Erie, Altoona, and South 70th Street in Philadelphia) and adding five new locations in the following regions: Pittsburgh, King of Prussia, Allentown, Harrisburg, and Lancaster. These new locations will be open by March.

REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. A federally-accepted form of identification (whether it’s the forthcoming Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building on and after October 1, 2020.There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID and PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs.

REAL ID-compliant products are marked with a gold star in the upper right corner, standard-issue (non-compliant) products include the phrase “Not for REAL ID Purposes,” per federal regulations. Sample images can be viewed on PennDOT’s website.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and information on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at www.penndot.gov/REALID.

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