Sep. 01, 2019

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The latest news from PA State Representative Rosemary Brown

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.
September word of the month is “Polite.”

“Having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.”
Weiler-TextLess Live More Reception on Distracted Driving

It was my absolute honor to speak at TextLess Live More’s inaugural golf tournament and post-golf reception at Buck Hill. TextLess Live More is a nationwide awareness campaign founded by Rich, Anna, Hunter and Joe Levitan, who lost their daughter (and sister), Merritt Leviton, to distracted driving. I spoke about my “Hands-Free” legislation, House Bill 37, aimed to curb distracted driving. The bill has passed committee and hopefully will be hitting the House floor this fall for a vote.

The event had a tremendous outpour of support. Thank you to Weiler Corporation for being the event’s title sponsor. And thank you to Marie McGrath (TextLess Live More’s Executive Director), Whitney Sandu (host), Pat McGrath, the Levitan Family, golfers, sponsors and every individual who helped make this possible. Your efforts to promote positive behaviors while driving are critical to creating safer roadways and saving lives. True teamwork with all of our efforts will make a difference!

Pictured (from left to right) are Pat McGrath, TextLess Live More; Marie McGrath, TextLess Live More executive director; me; and Rich, Anna, Joe and Hunter Levitan, Merritt’s family.
East Stroudsburg University Offers Survey for Those Residing in Monroe County
Asking for a couple of minutes of your time to answer a few questions- thank you!
East Stroudsburg University is hosting its Economic Outlook Summit on Friday, Sept. 6.

The theme for this year's summit is Monroe County, Pennsylvania - Why do we LIVE here? More than 168,000 people call Monroe County, Pennsylvania, home and they would like to know why YOU live in Monroe County.

The brief survey includes nine questions and will take approximately five minutes to complete. The results will be discussed at the Economic Outlook Summit.

Please click here to take the survey.

PLEASE NOTE: This survey is for Monroe County residents only and is a project of East Stroudsburg University and not associated with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

A Special Thank You and Wishing Our Amazing Interns Good Luck!

As summer comes to a close, my district office and I want to wish our summer interns, Jennifer Doll, senior at East Stroudsburg South; Emma Barrett, junior at Pleasant Valley High School; Margaret Carmel, senior at Bloomsburg University; Rolando Acosta, East Stroudsburg North High School, and Isabella Fisher, Seton Hall University, much success as their school year begins. It has been a pleasure getting to know each of them over the summer and we appreciate all the hard work they have contributed to our office.

“My name is Jennifer Doll and I am going to be a senior at East Stroudsburg High School South. I am in the National Honor Society at my school and I take all honors and AP classes. I strive to do my best inside and outside of the classroom. I compete internationally in Irish dancing and have been on the competitive stage for nine years. Apart from that, I am also involved in some school activities. I am an officer in my school’s DECA club and I am a participant in the school’s annual Mini-THON. I am planning to attend a four-year university next year and major in International Business. This summer I completed an internship at State Representative Rosemary Brown’s office. I would like to thank Rosemary Brown and Mackenzie, Linda, and Christian for the amazing opportunities they gave me. I learned so much and had a great time!”

“My name is Emma Barrett and I am a rising junior at Pleasant Valley High School. As a student, I take all honors and AP classes. Outside of the classroom, I am Vice President of Student Council, Secretary of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the FBLA Region 21 Treasurer. I compete on two academic competition teams and am in various honor societies, including National Honor Society. Outside of school, I volunteer my time at my local food pantries and participate in the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program. I am planning to attend a four-year university and major in environmental studies with the goal of attending law school afterward. I would like to thank Rosemary Brown, Mackenzie, Linda, and Christian for making my time here incredible and for providing me spectacular opportunities!”

“Hi! I'm Margaret and I am a senior political science and philosophy major at Bloomsburg University. I am president of the Political Science Student Association (POSSA) and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society. My plans for after college are to go graduate school and get my Master's. After getting my Master's, the ultimate goal is to become a policy analyst and eventually run for office. I am a Pennsylvania native and was actually born at Pocono Medical Center. During my free time I like to read books, paint, swim, and hang out with my friends and family.”

“My name is Rolando Josiah Acosta. I attend East Stroudsburg North High School and play three sports: baseball, swimming and cross country. My goal is to attend West Point Military Academy for college.”

“Hello, my name is Isabella (Bella) Fisher and I am an honors student at Seton Hall University majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations with a minor in Russian. I also serve as a Cadet in Seton Hall’s Army Reserve Officer in Training (ROTC) program.”

Traveling Over Labor Day? Check Traffic Conditions on

Travelers can log onto to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

PennDOT Driver License Centers Closed for Holiday Weekend

All driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

Middle Smithfield Township Breaks Ground on Community and Cultural Center and Library

I had a fantastic time at Middle Smithfield Township for the Ground-Breaking Ceremony of their Community and Cultural Center and Library of the Smithfields. I was proud to work with the township on acquiring a $250, 000 state grant for this project derived from gaming revenues.

Located next to Echo Lake Park, the center will host a library, cultural center, museum, Pocono Arts Council and Pocono Photo Club. The center will also be equipped as an American Red Cross certified emergency shelter.

The center will also hold pieces of the Mosier’s Dairy Farm, in an effort to keep part of the history alive. Elements such as sleeper logs, louvres and hand-hewn timbers are being repurposed to be incorporated into the center.

Thank you to all involved in the effort to make this center a reality. It has been a long journey and your perseverance is commendable! I’m so excited for what this center will bring to our community. Thank you, and congratulations!

Breaking Ground for Future Delaware Valley Personal Care Center

Last week the ground-breaking ceremony occurred on this personal care center in Pike County.

As a division of Senior Health Care Solutions, this skilled nursing and rehabilitation center will treat our older population in need of short- or long- term care. Their trained staff will include physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathology and more. Their services will include various therapies, cardiac recovery services and, renal/digestive disease services. Thank you to all involved in making this project a reality!
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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