HOA Task Force Seminar on Dues Collection
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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.”
HOA Task Force Seminar on Dues Collection

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Homeowner Association Task Force and myself hosted another educational seminar for board members in private communities. This time the topic was on dues collection. This is one in a series of events the task force and I have held to help educate community board members and to continue my focus on improved community living. Look for another event early next year!
HOA Task Force Holding Roundtable Events

I will be hosting a variety of Homeowner Association Task Force Roundtables next week.

Roundtable for Small HOAs (1 to 149 units): Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 10 a.m.
Call for information/confirmation: Beverly Brown: 973-464-6041

Roundtable for Medium HOAs (150 to 499 units): Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 9 a.m.
Call for information/confirmation: Ray White: 973-945-4517

Roundtable for Large HOAs (500+ units): Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 10 a.m.
Call for information/confirmation: Suzanne Mark: 301-325-6712
 Third Annual 1,000 Pink Light Walk

Think Pink is hosting their third annual 1,000 Pink Light Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event for more information, you can contact Betty Ann at Librasangel109@gmail.com or 570-588-1132.

 Pick Up the Poconos Day

Saturday, Sept. 29, was “Pick up the Poconos Day.” I joined Middle Smithfield Township and its many volunteers early that morning to participate in this event. I encourage all families to try to pick up a section of a road near you; every little bit of time and effort helps keep our area beautiful. Thank you to all our volunteers!
Last week the House unanimously passed my resolution House Resolution 1090, designating Sept. 29, 2018, as “Pick Up the Poconos Day,” in Pennsylvania. This resolution acknowledges the efforts made by the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau to keep Pennsylvania clean and beautiful, as well as continuing Pennsylvania’s efforts to control litter, bolster the state’s strong tourism industry and encourage other areas of Pennsylvania to coordinate county-wide or regional litter pick-up efforts. To learn more, visit the Pick Up The Poconos website.
 October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To honor those who have fought breast cancer or are fighting it now, the fountain at the Pennsylvania State Capitol’s East Wing was dyed pink on Tuesday for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink fountain is also a reminder to all women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. This week, the House also passed House Resolution 1048 recognizing October 2018 as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and Oct. 19, 2018, as “National Mammography Day” in Pennsylvania. The American Cancer Society estimates that 268,670 women and men in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and that’s why it is important to continue to educate the public about breast cancer and stress the importance of routine self-breast exams, regularly scheduled doctor visits and yearly mammograms as recommended.

On Thursday, I joined many in our community to walk at East Stroudsburg University in support of all the families struggling with breast cancer and support my friend, Debbie Ryan! I’m pictured above on the left with constituent Sabrina Roberts and also with my fellow walkers as a part of “Debbie’s Rack Pack.”
 Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk at ESU

I helped kick off the Alzheimer’s Awareness walk at East Stroudsburg University with some opening remarks. Teams of support walked together for awareness and fundraising on this devastating disease that affects so many families. Over 400,000 residents of the Commonwealth are affected with Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related condition. The state has created an Alzheimer’s Plan and in 2018 has now established an Alzheimer’s Task Force to further review those plans and update them as necessary for Pennsylvania citizens.

The new white flower was presented the morning of this event and represents survivors of Alzheimer’s which we hope to grow in the years ahead. Sending love and strength to all the families struggling with this disease.
 Grand Opening of Adam’s Art Gallery

Stopped in this past week to congratulate Sam on his new store at the Stroud Mall, Adam’s Art Gallery. Beautiful artwork as well as painting classes!

 Feds Extend REAL ID Grace Period

Pennsylvania has been granted an extended grace period to comply with REAL ID requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grace period was set to expire Wednesday, Oct. 10, but has now been extended until Aug. 1, 2019. A final federal deadline for all states to comply is Oct. 1, 2020.

This grace period extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding commercial aircraft through at least Aug. 1, 2019.

REAL ID is voluntary for Pennsylvania residents, but encouraged for those who may need to access certain federal facilities, such as military bases, or fly commercial flights within the United States. Residents also have the option to use other, non-REAL ID forms of enhanced identification. Click here for that list. https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs.

Residents wishing to obtain REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards can obtain them, beginning in March 2019. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare.

One of the required documents is a certified copy of a birth certificate, which can take up to several months to process, depending on one’s circumstances. My office can help residents with birth certificate applications. Call or stop by for more information.
More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions, can be found at dmv.pa.gov.
 Helping Parents with Day Care Decisions
Bipartisan legislation designed to help parents with day care decisions was passed by the House this week and sent to the Senate.

House Bill 1742 would require all state licensed child care centers to post their Keystone STARS rating in a prominent location and on their websites.

The Keystone STARS program, operated by the state Office of Child Development and Early Learning, sets quality requirements for early childhood educators based on a four-star rating system. All licensed child care centers that meet the state’s health and safety requirements are required to be part of the Keystone STARS system.

The Keystone STARS performance standards are grouped into four levels. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, early learning programs, partnerships with family and the community, and leadership and management.

The goal of the proposal is to help educate parents about day care choices and to encourage low-rated child care centers to improve their programs.
 PennDOT Closures for Columbus Day Weekend

All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Oct. 6, through Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus 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, dmv.pa.gov.
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
164A East Wing, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
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