Thursday, November 20, 2014

DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designations for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

Due to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced his decision to designate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.  As a result, eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Federal Register notices provide details and procedures for applying for TPS and are available at www.uscis.gov/tps.

The TPS designations for the three countries are effective Nov. 21, 2014 and will be in effect for 18 months. The designations mean that eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) will not be removed from the United States and are authorized to work and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration period begins Nov. 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015.

To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been “continuously residing” in the United States since Nov. 20, 2014 and “continuously physically present in” the United States since Nov. 21, 2014.  Applicants also undergo thorough security checks.  Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS. The eligibility requirements are fully described in the Federal Register notices and on the TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov/tps

Liberians currently covered under the two-year extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) based on President Obama’s Sept. 26, 2014 memorandum may apply for TPS. If they do not apply for TPS within the initial 180-day registration period, they risk being ineligible for TPS because they will have missed the initial registration period. Liberians covered by DED who already possess or have applied for an EAD do not need to also apply for one related to this TPS designation. However, such individuals who are granted TPS may request a TPS-related EAD at a later date as long as the TPS designation for Liberia remains in effect.

Applicants may request that USCIS waive any or all fees based on demonstrated inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject any TPS application that does not include the required filing fee or a properly documented fee-waiver request.

All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can download these forms from the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/forms or request them by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2015 LIHEAP Requirements

LIHEAP is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  This program helps
low-income families pay their heating bills. 

To receive help:
  • You don’t need to be on welfare
  • You don’t need to have an unpaid heating bill(your heat can still be on)
  • You can either rent or own your home

LIHEAP is taking (new) applications for its cash, weatherization
and crisis  grants beginning November 3, 2014.
Applications for LIHEAP will not be accepted after April 3, 2015.
If you received LIHEAP last year you must reapply this year!

There are three parts of LIHEAP.  You can get all three.
1.     Cash grants.  These grants are to help with your heating bill; the minimum cash grant will be $100 and the maximum grant is $1000.
2.     Crisis grants.  These grants are up to $500 and given to families who have an emergency and are in danger of being without heat. The minimum crisis grant is $25.
3.     Weatherization grants.  These grants help families insulate their houses and repair or replace heating systems to save money on heating. 


To apply for a Cash or Crisis grant, go to the Delaware County Assistance Office (CAO),
701 Crosby Street in Chester
or apply on-line at www.compass.state.pa.us.

It usually takes 45 days to process an application for a Cash grant.
You are eligible for the Cash or Crisis grants if your yearly income before taxes is less than
*

Household Size
Yearly Income
1
$17,505
2
$23,595
3
$29,685
4
$35,775
Each additional person add
        $  6,090

*these income limits are slightly higher than the income limits of last year’s program
still some households receiving LIHEAP last year may be determined income ineligible this year.

To apply for a Crisis grant or to make an inquiry about the status of your LIHEAP application, call 1-866-857-7095

If you need legal assistance, please call
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania at 1-877-429-5994 (toll-free).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fire Prevention Week Kick Off Parade - October 5, 2014

On Sunday, October 5, 2012 at 1:00pm, the Upper Darby Township Fire Department will be hosting its annual Fire Prevention Parade to kick off Fire Prevention Week.  This year’s theme will be Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Monthly ”. The parade will begin at the Drexel Hill Middle School located at State Road and Shadeland Avenue.  The parade will exit the school property via the rear drive onto Kenwood Road, proceed on Kenwood Road to Bond Avenue, and continue on Bond Avenue ending at Aronimink Elementary School.

Each year the parade is dedicated to someone who has dedicated themselves to our community.  This year the Upper Darby Fire Department and Upper Darby Township have decided to dedicate the Fire Prevention Parade to PA State Senator Edwin “Ted” Erickson and PA Representative Nicholas A. Micozzie,  both of whom have proudly served their districts and our community for many years.
Featured in the parade are:  Mayor Thomas Micozzie, Upper Darby Township Council members, Upper Darby Township Fire and Police Departments, the Upper Darby High School Marching Royals, and marching bands from Beverly Hills Middle School and Drexel Hill Middle Schools.  The Greater Overbrook String Band will also be featured.  The bands will perform during the parade and also at the conclusion of the parade at the Aronimink Elementary School.
The Upper Darby Marine Corp. League Honor Guard #884 will lead the parade with their colors.  There will be antique fire trucks, motorcycles, fire departments from surrounding communities, and the Fire Department's special guest, “Sparky the Fire Dog.”
Following the parade, the Upper Darby Fire Department will distribute fire prevention materials and assorted novelties for children, and there will be demonstrations by members of the Fire Department.  The demonstrations will include vehicle extrication using the “JAWS OF LIFE”.  There will also be demonstrations on Stop Drop and Roll”. Firefighters will be available distributing fire prevention literature and fire safety tips and will be available to answer questions.
In conjunction with this year’s theme, the Upper Darby Fire Department will be conducting a contest with all of the Upper Darby Township elementary schools, grades 1 through 5.  The contest will be based on the best poster relating to the theme.  Each grade will be judged and best five  posters from each grade will be awarded, either 1st, 2ndor 3rd place and two honorable awards.  The winners will be presented with their awards on October 5, 2014 at the Aronimink Elementary School following the parade.
The program is for all, young and old.   Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reading: New Book Alert!

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Contact: Ronald Bowden4107 Kingsley Park Ct., Duluth, GA 30096678-510-3640 (phone); 678-530-1136 (fax)ron.bowden@bsi2.com

Imaginative picture book helps a precious little girl realize home 
is the very best place of all.
Bowden Cover
Many small children dream about living in castles or other exotic locales, especially when their own homes are small and simple. Sometimes, a gentle dose of reality is all it takes for them to regain perspective and cherish their own homes and families.
This is the case for the young girl in the newly published children’s picture book "Lillou’s Adventure – Little Trip Away" by author and illustrator Adriana Bowden.
This debut book introduces Lillou, a sweet young girl who has a very busy mother and father and a noisy little brother. They live in a small and charming house, but Lillou isn’t happy. This isn’t what she wants. Her home is too small, it’s too noisy, and she hates eating her vegetables!
Instead, Lillou dreams of living in the big house next door. Grand and spacious, it reminds her of a castle. One day, when she realizes her mom is preparing vegetables for dinner yet again, Lillou sneaks out to visit the home she has always dreamed of.
There, she meets a sweet old lady who listens to her dreams and invites her to stay upstairs in the vast and comfortable tower. It’s a dream come true, or is it?
Lillou soon discovers that as lovely as this castle appears, it isn’t very warm inside. It’s also a bit untidy, because the old lady has been ill and unable to clean it. Lillou consoles herself with the thought that at least she doesn’t have to eat any dinner, because the lady hasn’t cooked any.
Even Lillou’s new bedroom isn’t what she expected. It may be huge, but it’s also terribly quiet. Before long, Lillou realizes this isn’t what she wants after all. A bit embarrassed, she runs down the steps to find the old lady. Lillou apologizes, thanks the lady, and invites her to come to dinner, which she suddenly can’t wait to eat!
In her own cozy home once again, Lillou is so filled with gratitude that even the noise she once disliked sounds like music to her ears.
Bowden comments, "This book grew out of the stories my husband and I started making up to tell our children at bedtime. It has wonderfully colorful illustrations and a simple but interesting story that will peak your little one's imagination and bring the characters to life."
"I loved the pictures in the book, and the story was just wonderful for my three-year-old daughter. The pictures in the book are so nice that I would like to have them on the wall in my apartmentThis book is really great to give as a gift." ~ Review by Bree L.
Author: Adriana Bowden is the mother of two children under the age of five who give her inspiration to create wonderful books for others to enjoy and the stepmother of two older children in high school and middle school. She works on her books in her spare time and never seems to run out of creativity, even when she is tired. She draws all of her characters by hand on a large surface and then puts them into the computer by taking a photo. It is a lot of work, but the result is a wonderful canvas of colors and imagination. She is a native of Brazil and is self-taught in the skills of drawing and illustrations.

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Lillou’s Adventure: Little Trip Away - written and illustrated by Adriana Bowden; Category: Children’s Picture Book; Hard Cover, 978-0989784610, $14.99; eBook: 978-0989784603, $2.99; Availability: Amazon.com, BN.com, iBookstore.com

Richly Illustrated Children's Book conveys the Importance of Having Someone to Love and Care For

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Contact: Martin AllenP.O. Box 2395, Gainesville, GA 30503720-206-6759
                                                                                                         
Richly illustrated children’s picture book uses historic perspective, metaphor, and dream to convey profound life’s lessons.
Allen Cover


The compelling new picture book titled Thorden offers important messages for readers of all ages.
Written by Martin Allen and featuring original paintings in ink and vibrant colors by Crisanta Baker, this debut children’s picture book with a five-star rating from Amazon tells a thought-provoking tale of trust, friendship, grief, and courage.
Thorden is a gnarled old tree nine twists old. As the story begins, he is comforting a young elf named Gilraen who is afraid of the dark. As she readies herself for sleep and nestles onto Thorden’s great contorted branch, the ancient tree tells her of a time before the terrible desolation, when trees and elves grew and frolicked together.
When Gilraen falls peacefully asleep, Thorden gazes down at her with contentment, comforted by her soft warmth, grateful to have an elf to care for. As he reflects on the many friends he lost in the great fire that ended the life of his friend Maeglin, he realizes that, for the moment at least, life is good and full of meaning.
An excerpt from the story reads as follows:
The soft warmth of the elf on his main arm reminded him of another era. There had been peaceful and perfect times, before the fire, before Maeglin had died. The time before all kindness had succumbed to hopelessness, despair and questions. He was tired now. He closed his eye and the moonlight watched over them.
Allen comments, "Thorden conveys many messages. Among them, I hope readers will understand the importance of having someone to love and care for. I also hope they will appreciate how much courage it takes to go on in the face of great loss. This task is made easier when there is someone to love."
AUTHOR: Martin Allen was born and raised in Germany before emigrating to the United States. He has authored other publications and is internationally known for his contributions to the sciences. Thordenrepresents the author's debut into the genre of juvenile fiction.

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ThordenAuthor: Martin Allen; Illustrator: Crisanta Baker; Category: Juvenile Fiction; Soft Cover: 978-1495235900, $19.99; Availability: Amazon.com, BN.com