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Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now
If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here

For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here.

Support Local Police during National Night Out
Tuesday, Aug. 6, is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

Here are the details on the events in my district:

Horsham Township
Simmons Elementary School
411 Babylon Road in Horsham
6-9 p.m.
Learn more here.

Montgomery Township
Water Tower Square Shopping Center,
near the Home Depot parking lot.
751 Horsham Road in Lansdale
6-9 p.m.

Fireworks are Still Illegal in Most Areas
While there were some changes to the law a few years ago, fireworks are still illegal to use in most areas of our community. The law prohibits the use of fireworks within 150 of most structures and on public or private property without the express permission of the property owner.

Here’s a link to the State Police page with details on the law.

Please keep in mind that fireworks are dangerous and can cause serious burns and eye injuries and may cause distress to pets and other sensitive populations.

Grants Available to Small Businesses
An estimated $1 million in grant funding is now available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program.

Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural stormwater management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed and mailed applications are not accepted.

More information about the program requirements is available here

Last year, around 200 small businesses were awarded more than $947,000 in grants for their projects.
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