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District of Character
The “District of Character” is an initiative I created to enhance character development and promote daily reminders for residents of the 189th District about how we can create a stronger community without policy changes. No one is perfect, but we can always work to improve our character daily.
October word of the month is “service.”

“Giving to others, making a difference; considering the needs of others as important as your own; doing without being asked, a helpful act.”
School Bus Arm Camera Legislation on the Governor’s Desk

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the School bus Arm Camera Legislation, Senate Bill 1098, was signed by the General Assembly and was sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Senate Bill 1098, would allow for school buses to have a camera installed on its stop arm to aid in catching these careless drivers who illegally pass school buses dropping off their students.

It is becoming more and more common that drivers fail to stop when school buses put out their stop sign and stop arm while picking up or dropping off students, which is illegal. This is causing much fear and concern for school bus drivers and parents as children’s safety is in jeopardy.

Some school districts in Pennsylvania are already using this technology. This legislation would encourage more school districts to take advantage of this technology, which would increase the enforcement of state law, which relates to meeting or overtaking a school bus – duty of approaching driver when red signals are flashing.

We need to continue to fight for our children’s safety and this legislation is an additional tool in this concern.

Senate Bill 1098 passed the House 180-1 and the Senate unanimously. 

Veterans Celebration

On Saturday, Nov. 17, I will be hosting our annual veteran celebration at the Middle Smithfield Elementary School, 5180 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, from noon to 3 p.m.

I want to invite all area veterans and their families to attend this celebration as we honor, recognize and appreciate not only them, but all who answered the call to serve this great nation.

Lunch will be provided, and complimentary services will be offered to those who attend.

Advanced reservations are required for this event. When registering with my district office, 570-420-8301, please provide your name, rank, branch of service and time served so we may properly honor you.

Registration deadline for this event is Monday, Oct. 22.
Monroe County Veterans Parade Set for Nov. 4

On Nov. 4, at 1 p.m., the Monroe County Veterans Association will be hosting a Veterans Parade that will begin at Stroudsburg High School and end at Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg. At 2:30 p.m. at the park, the Monroe County Joint Honor Guard will hold closing ceremonies including a picnic and tricky tray fundraiser.

If any local groups or organization would like to participate in the parade this year, click here for the application and parade rules/fees. Applications and fees should be submitted to the Monroe County Veterans Association no later than Monday, Oct. 22. For more information contact Andy Sterner, MCVA chairman, at or at 610-972-8838.
Shawnee Art Shed Opens its Doors

I helped celebrate an exquisite new business this past weekend, Shawnee Art Shed (a DIY boutique), at its grand opening with owner, Anne Seagraves. (It is located off Buttermilk Falls Road, Shawnee on Delaware).

It contains a beautiful, inspiring studio space with classes and events to satisfy the artist in everyone.

Thank you, Anne, for choosing Monroe County for your business! I’m looking forward to enjoying a few classes in the future! 
Celebrating 30 Years for NCC Monroe in our Community

Last Friday evening, I helped recognize the quality and affordable education that Northampton Community College-Monroe Campus has offered for 30 years in our community. Private donors were especially thanked for their support which has helped build and enhance programming, including its new nursing program with amazing labs while keeping tuition affordable. Many of these wonderful nursing students are shown above.
AWSOM Fundraiser at Pocono Brewery Company

I joined the team from Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM) last Saturday as it hosted its fundraiser at Pocono Brewery Company. This fundraiser helps to support AWSOM that cares for abandoned animals and works to find them a forever home along with offering medical care for animals in its clinic.

Many volunteer positions are available at AWSOM and it is always looking to introduce some of its animals to new owners! 
Pink Light Walk Held at Saw Creek Estates

Another heartfelt Pink Light Walk was organized by Saw Creek Estates and the many dedicated volunteers Saturday evening. Thank you to the Lehman Middle School Choir for always singing, and all those who purchased food and made donations, which will go to our local cancer center.

Remember to urge the women in your life to have a 3D mammogram which offers even more detailed testing. For those who may have income eligibility, the Department of Health offers the Healthy Woman program which gives women free mammograms and cervical cancer screenings. Please call my office if you may need additional information.
Great job Saw Creek in supporting your neighbors and our cancer center- thank you! 
Free Narcan Training

PA Department of Health will be hosting a Free Narcan Training class next month at Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church. The training will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. Participants will learn how to spot and respond to an overdose.

Pre-registration is welcome but not required. Please call or text 570-972-7217.
St. Luke’s Hospital – Monroe Campus Starts Adopt a School Program

On Saturday, Oct. 6, I attended St. Luke’s Hospital’s annual Corks n’ Forks fundraiser. At the event, Don Seiple, President of St. Luke’s Monroe Campus and Pocono Mountain School District Superintendent; and Dr. Elizabeth Robison, spoke about St. Luke’s bringing their School Vision Program to Clear Run Elementary and Pocono Mountain Intermediate schools. This is just the beginning of this partnership. The program has two parts: A vision voucher, good for an exam and glasses if needed and a vision shuttle, and transportation to the eye doctor if needed. St. Luke’s and the district are working together to ensure that students in need get the glasses they require to help them succeed inside the classroom. The program’s initial goal is to provide 260 students with severe vision issues and financial need with glasses!
Watershed Specialist is Needed at the Pike County Conservation District

Pike County Conservation District is accepting applications for a full-time Watershed Specialist. The District is seeking a motivated, organized individual who is able to manage multiple projects and has a keen interest, experience and educational background in water or natural resource management to coordinate and manage the District’s water resource program including in-field monitoring and community outreach.
Send cover letter and resume to Executive Director, 556 Route 402, Hawley, PA, 18428 or email by November 7, 2018. Pike County is an EOE.

Other jobs are open and available here in the Commonwealth. If you are searching for employment here in Pennsylvania, you can visit this website


Giving the Gift of Life

Legislation that would help encourage organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania is now on the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 180, which unanimously passed the House last week, would expand the list of those persons authorized to decide on behalf of a decedent whether his or her organs are donated.

Among other provisions, it would also permit a minimally invasive blood or tissue test to be conducted to determine the suitability of a donor; call for education regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation for high school students, as well as nursing and medical students; and increase the voluntary contribution made by citizens from $1 to $3 for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals.

Currently, more than 8000 Pennsylvanians are waiting for an organ transplant.

More information about organ donation in Pennsylvania is available here
Prescription Drug Coverage Expansion to Cover 17,000 More Seniors

Legislation to expand eligibility for the state’s PACENET prescription drug coverage program passed the House last week and is moving through the state Senate. Up to 17,000 Pennsylvania seniors are expected to benefit from this expansion.

House Bill 270 would increase the annual maximum income limits in the PACENET program to $27,500 for a single person and to $35,500 for a married couple. Current maximum income requirements for the PACENET program, which covers those individuals with incomes exceeding PACE maximums, are $23,500 for a single individual and $31,500 for a married couple annually.

Additionally, the bill would allow two new pharmacy-based programs to be developed under the PACE program to assist seniors in monitoring their prescription drug usage.
This eligibility expansion would be the first since 2004, and it is funded by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery.
Designation to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

To raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage victims to seek help, House Resolution 1046 passed the House to designate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

Domestic violence – a pattern of abusive behavior used to establish power and control over an intimate partner – affects men and women in all racial, ethnic, religious, educational, social and economic backgrounds. It takes many forms, whereby victims are often subjected to abuse, harassment, threats, vandalism, trespassing, burglary, theft and stalking.

A new law – Act 79 of 2018 – passed the House and Senate this fall to better protect victims of domestic violence by strengthening the requirements for firearm relinquishment in cases of final Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders or convictions of crimes of domestic violence.

Last year, 117 people were killed in Pennsylvania by someone who was supposed to love them. More information about domestic violence is available here.
PennDOT Improves Customer Care Website

To make it easier to report concerns on state roads, PennDOT has modernized its online customer care center.

The new website will include new mapping capabilities, optional photo uploads and a mobile-friendly interface.

Concerns are sorted into several categories: road or bridge conditions; removing debris from a roadway; traffic, signs or signals; ongoing roadwork or projects; or general questions and concerns.

Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks are helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

As of Sept. 30, the previous Customer Care Center had nearly 45,000 concerns submitted this year, according to PennDOT, with more than 96 percent of those concerns being resolved.

Poster Contest Encourages Youth to Know When, Know How

As part of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s 27th annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest, this year’s theme is based on the agency’s new alcohol education campaign “Know When, Know How.” This campaign teaches parents how to start a conversation with their children about the dangers of underage drinking.

The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including those who are homeschooled or in private or parochial schools. Students may enter through their schools, clubs, Scout troops or individually.

Entries must feature a clear no-use message about underage drinking and may be created using any artistic medium. Students are encouraged to use positive messages and images, such as the benefits of being alcohol free or alternatives to underage drinking.

Several students with winning entries will receive $50, and one student from each grade (K-12) will receive $25. Some of the winning designs may be reproduced in various formats and distributed across Pennsylvania. 
Just a reminder: If you are encountering an issue with state government, please feel free to contact my district office. We are here to help you with the following services:      
 - Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals. 
 - Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for disabled persons).                         
 - PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.                         
 - State Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing Work.
 - Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.                         
 - State tax forms.                         
 - Student aid applications.                         
 - Free state maps, state park information, and PA Vacation Guides.                         
 - Copies of legislation and tours of the State Capitol.                         
 - Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters. 
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143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 | Phone: (570) 420-8301
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