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 Walking Girls to Success Series Honey Brook.
 Summer Concert Exton (Eagleview) and Lancaster.
 Family Night West Grove.
 Movie Night Exton (Eagleview).
 Carillon Concerts King of Prussia (Valley Forge).
 First Thursdays West Chester.
 Bird Walks Audubon.
 Gospel Roller Coaster Upper Darby.
 Personal Finance Classes Pottstown and Norristown.
 American Revolution History Events King of Prussia (Valley Forge).
 PA CareerLink and Job Search Services Area Counties.
 Summer Reading and Children Programs Area Libraries.
 Look Good, Feel Better for Women Various Locations.
 Maintaining Balance with Parkinson's New Holland.
 Staying Summer Safe for Seniors Presentation Kennett Square.
 Fall Bird Migration Hike Norristown.
 Dragonfly Exploration Norristown.
 Summer Sermon Series Honey Brook (Brandamore).
 Dealing with Angry People Presentation for Employers Exton.
 Fighting Porn Presentation Phoenixville.
 Car Show Oxford.
 The Jungle Book Outdoor Movie Downingtown (East Brandywine Township).
Updated: Next Weeks Calendar of Events Activities (Found in Calendar of Events)
 Walking Girls to Success Series Honey Brook.
 Movie Night Exton (Eagleview).
 Bird Walks Audubon.
 Gospel Roller Coaster Upper Darby.
 Personal Finance Classes Pottstown and Norristown.
 American Revolution History Events King of Prussia (Valley Forge).
 PA CareerLink and Job Search Services Area Counties.
 Summer Reading and Children Programs Area Libraries.
 Look Good, Feel Better for Women Various Locations.
 Senior Center Opening Celebration Coatesville.
 Parent Cafe Pottstown.
 Soccer for Tots West Chester.
 Laugh-Away Hunger Performance West Chester.
 Auto Show Downingtown (Guthrieville).
 Christian Music Festival and Bazaar Coatesville.
 Caln Community Day Thorndale.

Future Weeks Events and Activities (View in Calendar of Events)

Art and Craft Show Downingtown.
Parent Cafe Pottstown.
Ice Cream Social West Chester.

Traveling Environmental Quilt Exhibit and Opening Reception Pottstown.

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NEW THIS WEEK: Pennsylvania Funding Whole Person Opioid Treatment in Area
An additional 25 state Centers of Excellence will provide two "whole person" treatment
facilities for opioid-related substance use disorder in area counties, except Chester, by
January 1.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced awards to facilities in Berks, Delaware,
Lancaster and Montgomery counties, creating an additional site in each county to ones
announced earlier.
The state is using $10 million in behavioral health and $5 million in medical assistance
funding for the initiative, allowing the state Department of Human Services to draw down
$5.4 million in federal funding for an overall total of $20.4 million during the current state
fiscal year.
Rather than just treating the addiction, officials said, the new approach will be to treat the
entire person through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral
health and primary care and, when appropriate, evidence-based medication assisted
Pennsylvania now leads the nation in drug overdoses among men ages 12 to 25, and is
ninth in the country among the general population, according to reports.
Further information on the most recent awards is at,
with a full list of providers at

Additional background on Centers of Excellence applications is at

NEW THIS WEEK: New Federal Overtime Rules to Hit Businesses Effective
Thursday, December 1
Some 150 Lancaster area employers have been given a preview of new federal overtime
rules that were described as having varied impact on employers, from minimal to major, but
at least some impact for most.
The free session fby the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry for area businesses
and nonprofit representatives delved into December 1 compliance for new federal Labor
Department regulations that more than doubles, to $47,475 a year, the salary threshold in
order to exempt white collar workers from receiving overtime, provides automatic updates
to that wage every three years, and more.
Attendees were advised that the federal department now initiates over 40 percent of its
increasing number of investigations into minimum wage violations and finds violations
nearly 80 percent of the time, resulting in fines, penalties and back wages levies, with
telecommuting now becoming an increasing area of concern.
Tom Baldrige, president and CEO of the Lancaster chamber, told the Central Penn Business
Journal as saying the business community seems to be breaking into two camps owners
'who are aware and concerned, and those who are unaware and potentially at risk for not
adjusting to what this requires of them.
'This is a critical business-operations issue,' Baldrige is quoted as saying.
The business journal report is available at
Frequently asked questions about the new rules, the first changes to the white collar
exemptions since 2004, are available at
Pennsylvania laws and rules, that also apply, are available at

NEW THIS WEEK: State Establishes New Online Information Site

Pennsylvania is making information available online to help measure government
performance, engage citizens, create economic opportunities, and develop innovative policy
solutions through a new Open Data Pennsylvania website.
Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that Schools That Teach, Jobs That Pay and Government
That Works are the first components of the new website, with a dozen new data sets being

Discussion is underway with additional entities such as the Office of Open Records, colleges
and universities, and cities to identify future datasets for publication.
The new site is at

NEW THIS WEEK: Relief May be Possible for Treatment-Resistant Depression

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers say that treatment-resistant
depression may be able to be relieved by correcting metabolic deficiencies.
The new research, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, indicates that identifying
and treating such deficiencies can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to
Study authors said that major depressive disorder, also referred to simply as depression,
affects nearly 15 million American adults, is one of the most common mental disorders and
cause of more than two-thirds of suicides annually.
Unfortunately, at least 15 percent of patients dont find relief from conventional treatments
such as antidepressant medications and psychotherapy, they said, adding that (w)hats
really promising about these new findings is that they indicate there may be physiological
mechanisms underlying depression that we can use to improve the quality of life in patients
with this disabling illness.
Further information is at

NEW THIS WEEK: Scranton Family Discusses Daughter's Mental Illness and
Suicide in Her Obituary
A family whose daughter experienced bipolar disorder has described her condition and
suicide in a Scranton Times-Tribune obituary.
Memoralizing Kathleen "Katie" Marie Shoener, 29, as a sweet, wonderful person that loved
life, the people around her - and Jesus Christ, the family reportedly described her situation
in an attempt to raise awareness about mental illnesses.
It appears at

NEW THIS WEEK: Former Lancaster Resident Featured in Distracted Driving Video
A former Lancaster County resident, permanently injured in a 2008 crash involving a driver
on a cellphone that also killed her parents, is featured in a new Facebook video that has
gone viral.
Lancaster Online reports that Jacy Good, now residing in White Plaines, N.Y., and featured
in AT&T's It Can Wait campaign, has become one of the nation's most vocal opponents of
distracted driving
Further information, including the powerful video, is at

NEW THIS WEEK: Continued Play After Concussion Doubles Recovery Period
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that athletes who continued to play
following a concussion took approximately 44 days to recover while those removed
immediately from play averaged half that time.
Study authors, writing in an American Academy of Pediatrics journal, also concluded that
athletes who continued to play following a concussion are 8.8 times more likely to
experience an abnormal recovery that is longer than 21 days.
They suggest that athletes should be removed from play immediately after a concussion in
order to hasten recovery time and possibly miss fewer games as a result.
Further information is at

NEW THIS WEEK: NLRB Rules Grad Students are Employees

In a ruling that changes the landscape for college graduate students, the National Labor
Relations Board (NLRB) has found they are employees.
A split decision involving Columbia University determines that student assistants working at
private colleges and universities are statutory employees and can unionize.
The ruling is seen as potentially creating problems for more and more universities relying on
low-paid adjunct and doctoral students, rather than full-time professors, to teach.
The full decision is available at

NEW THIS WEEK: Young Stroke Victims Increasing While Overall Trend is Down
A growing number of younger adults are having strokes, occurring when blood flow to the
brain is blocked or a vessel in the brain bursts.
Kaiser Health News (KHN), a news service covering health care policy and politics, highlights
the issue in Hidden Stroke Victims: The Young.
It says that with strokes most often being associated with old age, symptoms in younger
adults may be overlooked and their need for rehabilitation to return to active lives
Reasons for the rising prevalence among young people are not clear, KHN reports, but
physicians believe that growing risk factors such as hypertension, smoking and obesity
contribute, along with younger patients not being proactive about controlling risks due to
being unaware they can get strokes. Older patients, by contrast, may be more inclined to
exercise, eat healthy and take preventive medications, it said.
Further information is at

NEW LAST WEEK: Pennsylvania Health Department Issues Over 50 Safe Harbor
Letters for Medical Marijuana
Over 50 Safe Harbor Letters have been issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to
allow possession of medical marijuana, as the agency seeks public input on draft temporary
regulations for growers and processors.
Dr. Karen Murphy, state health secretary provided an update on implementation of
Pennsylvanias medical marijuana program, saying the Safe Harbor provisions enable
parents, legal guardians, caregivers and spouses of minors under the age of 18 who have
been certified as having serious medical conditions to possess medical marijuana in
approved form to administer to their minor within the commonwealth.
Additional updates on the new medical marijuana law are available at

NEW LAST WEEK: Legal Aid to Conduct Community Conversations on Low-Income

Services Tuesday, August 30
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP), which provides free civil legal services for
low-income individuals will hold two Community Conversations in Montgomery County on
August 30 to obtain public opinion on community needs.
The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at LASP offices at 625 Swede Street,
Norristown, to include a continental breakfast, and from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the
Montgomery County Health Department, 364 King Street, Pottstown, with a light lunch
Topics will include how to best deploy LASP services for maximum impact and effectiveness,
including civil legal issues faced by low-income, domestic abuse, elderly and other
vulnerable populations, barriers individuals face in accessing civil legal services,
opportunities to enhance collaboration between the legal services and other community
organizations, and more.
Further information and requested registration are available at or (610)
275-5400 x117.
LASP also is conducting an online survey at about civil legal services in its
area of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

NEW LAST WEEK: Free Strength-Based Family Worker Credential Offered Starts
Tuesday, September 6
An 80-hour Strength-Based Family Worker Credential training for individuals working with
families in private, nonprofit, church, governmental and other settings, will be offered over
an eight months period, starting September 6, at the Chester County Government Services
Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester.
Sessions, to be conducted by Justice Works YouthCare trainers, will be supplemented by a
portfolio and a written test for certification. Continuing education units and up to seven
undergraduate college credits may be provided.
Further information and required registration are available at or (610) 283-5628.

NEW THIS WEEK: Faith Community Health Ministry Network to Focus on

Developing Systems of Care in Churches Starts Tuesday, September 6
Chester County Faith Community Health Ministry Network will focus on helping develop
health ministry networks in churches, based on a Systems of Care approach, for its 20162017 education sessions.
Erin Kershaw, RN, BSN, MSA, geriatric care manager for Brandywine Elder Care
Management, will discuss Understanding and Providing Transitional Support for Senior
Citizens as they age during the first monthly meeting from 1:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the
Kennett Square First Baptist Church, 415 West State Street.
The group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month, a new time, on a bring-your-ownlunch format, with pastors, ministry leaders and other interested individuals learning about
holistic health issues physical, mental/emotional and spiritual along with exchange of
information on promotion of holistic health within faith congregations and communities and
development of additional faith community nurses, also known as parish nurses.
Sessions will rotate between Kennett Square and West Chester, with two Saturday
workshops being planned in southern and northern Chester County in the Fall and Spring in
place of regular meetings during those months.
The group will include an intergenerational and multi-cultural concentration on child, teen,
adult and senior life stages as part of its System of Care focus.
Further information is available from Joan Holliday at or (610) 7172180.

NEW LAST WEEK: Free Community Emegency Response Team (CERT) Training
Offered Starts Wednesday, September 7
Chester County Department of Emergency Services will conduct a 28-hour disaster
preparedness training for individuals over seven Wednesday nights and a Saturday from
september 7 through October 22,
The sessions, to be held at the Chester County Public Safety Training Facility, 137 Modena
Road, South Coatesville, will include fire safety, medical operations, light search and rescue
modules and more.
Further information and required registration are at, or (610) 344-5540.

UPDATED THIS WEEK: Community Organization Networking Connection Meetings

(Regular Meeting Dates are Subject to Change)
Chester County Faith Community Health Ministry Network meets from 11:30 a.m. to
12:45 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month with a bring-your-own-lunch format, a new
time and day, from September through June, alternating between Kennett Square and West
Chester. Pastors, ministry leaders and other interested individuals learn about various
health issues and exchange information on promotion of holistic health within faith
congregations and communities and development of additional faith community nurses, also
known as parish nurses. On Tuesday, September 6, Erin Kershaw, RN, BSN, MSA,
geriatric care manager for Brandywine Elder Care Management, will discuss Understanding

and Providing Transitional Support for Senior Citizens as they age at the First Baptist
Church, 415 West State Street, Kennett Square. Further information is available from Joan
Holliday at or (610) 717-2180.
Kennett Area Bridging the Community meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesdays of
January, March, May, July, September and November at various community locations with
any interested individual or organization welcome to attend and share information on
resources and needs that can build "bridges" toward a more integrated Kennett area
community. Additional information is available from Joan Holliday at or
(610) 717-2180. Minutes from prior meetings are available at
Coatesville Area Resource Network (CARN) meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the third
Wednesday of the month, except August and December, in the fourth floor conference room
at Brandywine Health Center at 744 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. Representatives of
community organizations hear presentations from various services providers, discuss ways
to develop effective systems of care, help identify solutions to specific issues, and exchange
information about current and upcoming activities. Further information is available from
Kathryn Spurlock at or at (610) 380-7111 x16.
Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Counties LINK to Aging and Disability Resources meets
from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at various Lancaster area
locations, and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesdays of the month at various
locations in Berks County for services cross-trainings and exchange of information on
creating a one-stop, no-wrong-door resources for older adults and adults with disabilities,
including consumers, family members and others, seeking information about local
resources. Further information is available at, or from
Brian Long, coordinator, at or (717) 380-9714.
On September 15, at Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster,
presentations will be made by Hospice & Community Care Palliative Care and Keystone
Pet Enhanced Therapy System (KPETS).
Bucks-Chester-Montgomery Counties LINK to Aging and Disability Resources
meets at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at various dates and locations in the three counties. Further
information and suggested registration is available at, or
(484) 364-6981.
Phoenixville Area Resource Network (PARN) meets from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the
fourth Tuesday of the month, except December, at the First United Methodist Church (north
entrance), 865 South Main Street, Phoenixville. Representatives of community organizations
exchange information about current and upcoming activities and hProear presentations from
various services providers. Additional information about the group is available from Debbie
Dundon at Open Hearth, Spring City, at or (610) 792-9282
Chester County Family and Community Partnership meets from 10 a.m. to noon on
the first Friday of February, April, June, August, October and December at the Government
Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. The group is a diverse partnership of
individuals, families, community organizations, service agencies, businesses and funders
committed to empowering individuals and families in living self-sufficient, productive and

fulfilling lives. Additional information is available from Kathy Brauner at or (610) 344-5262.
Communities That Care (CTC) groups in several Chester County school districts provide
networking opportunities for community organizations and individuals that use a planning
and mobilization model to promote healthy youth development and prevent and reduce
negative youth health and behavior issues that may include substance abuse, delinquency,
teen pregnancy, school drop-out, and violence.

West Chester CTC meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the second Thursday of
each month of the school year at the West Chester Area School District Spellman
Administrative Building, 829 Paoli Pike, West Chester. On September 8, Leigh Ann
Ranieri, director of pupil services for West Chester Area School District will present
Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) results for the district. Lunch is provided by
reserving at or (610) 359-5817.

Downingtown Area CTC meets from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of
the month from September through May. Further information and registration are
available at or (610) 458-9090 x2827.

Coatesville CTC Community Prevention Board, a body coterminous with the

Coatesville Youth Initiative Steering Committee, meets periodically in the fourth floor
Community Room, Brandywine Health Foundation, 744 East Lincoln Highway,
Coatesville. Further information and requested lunch reservations are available from
Jarvis Berry, CTC community mobilizer, at or
(610) 380-0200.

UPDATED THIS WEEK: Support Groups for Unemployed and Underemployed Ongoing
Several networking/support groups (open to everyone) are available at area churches for
persons who are unemployed or unemployed, with each providing its own variety of specific
services in support of those who attend:

 Downingtown (Lionville/Exton) Job-Seeker Group at Calvary Fellowship Church,

95 West Devon Drive (rear entrance) at Route 113 in Exton (Lionville) holds weekly
sessions as part of the churchs Care Mondays of supports. Further information is
available at or or (610) 363-7171.

 Malvern Penn State Great Valleys Alumni Association and My Career Transitions
(MCT), an all-volunteer job counseling group, meets from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
the second Saturday of the month, except August and December, in 130 Main
Building, Penn State Great Valley, 30 East Swedesford Road, Malvern, preceded by a
new member orientation at 8:30 a.m. On September 10, job search strategist
Charlene Holsendorff will discuss Overcoming Age Bias In Job Search. On
October 8, Lynne Williams will present Strategic Research-based Approaches for
LinkedIn. Further information and required registration are available at

Wayne A one-on-one Employment Guidance Ministry, along with periodic special

employment related events to aid jobseekers is available at St. Davids Episcopal

Church, 763 South Valley Forge Road, Malvern. Further information is available from
George Vosburgh at or (610) 688-7947.

 West Chester Unemployment support group meets bi-weekly from 5:45 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 130 West Miner Street, West Chester, to
learn tips and techniques related to job searches. Further information is available
from Elisabeth Hartwell at, at (610) 696-0554.

 West Chester BarnabasWC group meets from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Mondays,
except holidays, in the Community Room, Providence Church, 430 Hannum Avenue,
West Chester. Further information is available at or
Six Area Affiliates of Joseph's People meet during the month:
Berwyn/Main Line - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays at the
Hagenbach Room, St. Monicas Church, 635 First Avenue. Further information is
available from Bob Schubert at or (610) 755-2398.
Central Delco Groups at three locations in Central Delaware County now
coordinate meetings in Media and Upper Darby at 7 p.m. on the first three Tuesdays
of the month. First Tuesday: St. Francis Room at St. Mary Magdalen Church,
2400 North Providence Road, Media, with further information at or (610) 873-7117. Second Tuesday: St. Laurence
Church Parish Hall - Rear Entrance, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. On
August 9, Dan Willard, chapter leader of Joseph's People at Aldan Union Church, will
discuss Spirituality's Role in Your Job Search. Third Tuesday: Hassler Chapel,
Media Presbyterian Church, 30 East Baltimore Pike, Media, with further information
Downingtown -- 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays, in the
Parish Meeting Room Rear of the School Property, St. Joseph's Parish, 338 Manor
Avenue (Route 322). Information about the affiliate is available by leaving a
message at (610) 873-7117. Further information and required registration for
limited seating are available at
Upper Uwchlan Township 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays at the School
Education Center, St. Elizabeths Catholic Church, 100 Fellowship Road, Chester
Springs. Further information is available at (610) 321-1200 or at
Reading 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. on the first and third Wednesdays at St Catharine's of
Siena Parish Center. 2427 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading. Further information is
available from John Senick, facilitator, at (610) 779-4005.
West Grove 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month from September to
June in the new Parish Life Center, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church,
300 State Road, West Grove. Further information is available from John Colgan at
Additional information on all St. Josephs People chapters is available at

Free Job Assistance Workshops - August

Unemployed and underemployed persons seeking education and training in career planning,
along with employment assistance for veterans, ex-offenders and persons with disabilities,
can take advantage of a broad series of services and monthly workshops offered by the
Pennsylvania Department of Labor CareerLink at its Exton offices in Suite 500, 479 Thomas
Jones Way in the Oaklands Corporate Center.
These trainings include an orientation presentation as to services offered by the office.
A calendar of PA CareerLink-Chester County workshops for the current month is available at
A Job Openings Report for Chester County is available at,, with daily updates available through
Websites for additional county PA CareerLink offices in the area, at which many services are
available to out-of-county residents, include:

Free Worksite Wellness Offered by Chester County Health

Chester County Health Department is offering to guide county businesses in development
and implementation of effective employee wellness programs.
Funded through a Pennsylvania Department of Health Preventive Health and Health Services
Block Grant, the free service can assist in creation of a wellness action plan specific to a
businesss employee profile; coordinate elements of a wellness program including biometric
screenings, massage therapy, on-site healthy cooking demonstrations, raised garden beds
and education on health topics such as cholesterol management and sleep hygiene; lend
technical assistance to implement wellness programs; and assess the extent to which a
businesss current wellness program has implemented evidence-based health promotion
strategies, officials said.
They added that such effort is one of the most effective ways a business can help
employees adopt healthier lifestyles while decreasing health care costs, rates of
absenteeism and worksite stress.
Further information is available from Elizabeth Herzberger, county public health educator at or (610) 344-5205.

Pennsylvania Says It Doesn't Track Dozens of Zika Cases by County

Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) says it doesn't track the 74 cases of confirmed
infections or the 97 that are pending test results by county, although the state Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) says there has been two imported cases since early this
month in Chester County, in addition to at least one other reported by the county in June.

We do not have Zika cases by county, according to the department's Assistant Press
Secretary Wes Culp, in response to an E-Update query about two news releases issued by
the DEP that noted the Chester County cases. There was no reply as to the reason for such
lack of information by press time.
The Department of Health takes Zika virus cases very seriously and we are working with
the CDC (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to monitor this situation,
Culp said. Keeping the residents of the commonwealth safe and healthy is our top
priority, adding there have been no local transmissions of Zika in Pennsylvania to date.
The DEP reported that 26 Pennsylvania counties, primarily in southern and eastern regions,
have active surveillance sites for albopictus mosquitoes, commonly known as Asian Tiger
mosquitoes, with collections in Lancaster, Montgomery and Delaware counties having more
than two dozen female Aedes albopictus per trapping event, recognized as pest levels, in a
single week in July.
However, no specimens of Aedes aegypti, the primary carrier of Zika in South America,
were discovered, according to DEP.
The department release for Southeastern Pennsylvania counties is available at, with the
South Central Pennsylvania report at Chester
County's June news release is at and the
state's current status report, as of Monday, August 15, is at

Zika Virus Now Draws Travel Advisory in U.S.; Free Zika Virus Prevention Kits
Being Distributed in Area
The Zika virus, that can result in birth deformities, has now drawn nine travel, testing and
other recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for
both men and women who traveled to or lived in parts of the Miami area since June 15.
The alert currently centers on a Miami neighborhood where several Zika infections were
recently confirmed, the first identified from mosquitoes in the United States. Previous U.S.
cases were identified as emanating from virus contacts outside the country.
Further information is available at
As previously reported, Zika Prevention Kits for pregnant women are being distributed by
the Pennsylvania Department Health through 10 locations in our reporting area, included in
the region of the state identified as the most susceptible for transmissions of the virus.
In announcing the initiative, state Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy said that while Zika
is spread primarily by mosquitoes that are infected with the virus, it also can spread
through sexual contact with individuals who have the disease.

Because Zika poses serious health risks for babies born to women who contracted the virus
during pregnancy, the kits include health education materials and prevention tools to avoid
mosquito bites and sexual transmission of the disease to pregnant women. Using the
products in the Zika Prevention Kit can help protect you and your loved ones from the
virus," she said.
Additional information is available at, with a list of
distribution centers at
An earlier report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that
shows counties in Pennsylvania that are most susceptible to having mosquitoes carrying the
disease, along with other Zika information, is available at, with Pennsylvania's response
plan to the virus iat

Chesco Introduces Operation Fraud Guard Property Protection

The Chester County Recorder of Deeds office has enacted an enhanced review of real estate
transactions to protect the elderly and disabled persons from property fraud
Recorder Rick Loughery says the process will include reviewing some documents, specifically
transfers of title using a power of attorney, with the office notifying landholders and law
enforcement of the transactions if something appears suspicious.
The action supplements the Fraud Guard online alert service that has been available through
the Recorders office since 2012, whereby a county property owner can receive email alerts
when any document with his or her name has been recorded with the department.
Further information is available at or (610) 344-6330.

IRS Establishes Veterans Information Site

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new site, Information for Veterans, that is
designed to provide federal tax-related information to veterans about free tax preparation,
tax credits and benefits, financial education and asset-building opportunities and more.
Further information is available at

Drug Overdose Deaths Surge in Most Area Counties Last Year

Over 660 drug overdose deaths have been reported in Chester and adjoining counties last
year, as state-wide numbers surged 30 percent over the year before, although all but
Delaware County are below she state-wide average.
In reports from the Pennsylvania Coroners Association, Chester County had the largest
reported increase between 2014 and last year, from 82 to 131, or 59.8 percent; Lancaster
56 to 80 or 42.9 percent; Delaware, 149 to 208 (39.6 percent); and Berks, 64 to 69 (7.8
percent). Montgomery was at 174 in 2015, with no report the prior year.
PennLive notes in a story on the report at

that ".... saving someone with naloxone, now commonly used by police to reverse
overdoses, but not providing substantial follow up 'is probably just changing the date of
death.' "
Last year's full report, for comparison, is available at
.pdf. This year's full report hasn't yet been posted as of this writing.

Surf and Rip Current Forecasts Now Available

National Weather Service (NWS) has started publishing its summertime surf and rip current
forecasts through September 30.
Main components of this forecast, in addition to a rip current risk, include weather
conditions, ultraviolet rays (UV) index, surf wave height and water temperatures.
The report is available at, with a video on the dangers of rip
currents, which can be dangerous and potentially deadly, even on nice days, at
Further information and the projects list are available at

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Building Healthy Communities Through Healthy Families
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Due to the wide variety of activities available, decisions on publication ultimately are determined on a
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