Veterans Celebration
10/14/2018
 
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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.”
 
 
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.
 
 
Celebrating 10 Years of Family Promise of Monroe County 

 
This past Saturday, we celebrated 10 years of Family Promise of Monroe County serving our community. Enid Logan(left), Monroe County executive director and Karen Olsen, founder, are pictured above. Karen has grown Family Promise into 39 states with more than 125,000 volunteers and 5,000 congregations of all religious faiths.

The mission is working to help low-income families to achieve sustainable (knowledge + empowerment + discipline = success) independence by offering immediate assistance to homeless families, offering a family mentoring, homeless prevention program and initiatives to address underlying causes of homelessness. Thank you to Enid and all the local volunteers for their work in helping our families in crisis.
 
 
 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 andy.peace17@gmail.com or at 610-972-8838.
 
 
 Grand Opening of Pocono Café Bakery and Restaurant

   
Recently, I attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Pocono Café Bakery and Restaurant in Middle Smithfield Township. The new business is located at 5237 Milford Road. Thank you, Theresa, for opening your business in our area!
  

Modernized PennDOT Customer Care Website to Allow Easier Submissions, Responses to Customer Roadway Concerns

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has modernized its online Customer Care Center – customercare.penndot.gov – to make it easier to report concerns on state-maintained roadways with new mapping capabilities, optional photo uploads and a mobile-friendly interface.

Public reports help PennDOT with roadway maintenance and safety responsibilities. This modernization will ensure PennDOT receives better information from our customers who drive the roadways every day.

The modernized service sorts concerns into categories: road or bridge conditions; removal of debris from a roadway; traffic, signs or signals; ongoing roadwork or projects; or general questions and concerns. Users can map their current location to document a concern or choose an address or roadway, as well as other relevant location information, and even upload photos related to the concern. These descriptions will provide better information for PennDOT staff and can reduce the amount of time needed to gather more information from customers submitting concerns.

As of Sept. 30, the previous Customer Care Center had nearly 45,000 concerns submitted this year, with more than 96 percent of those concerns being resolved.
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 would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.

Concerns may also be reported through 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623), though the number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.
 
 
Giving Students Flexibility for Graduation Requirements

As a way to ensure students get the most out of their educational experience, the House passed legislation this week that would remove the heavy focus on standardized testing as a requirement to graduate and instead allow students various options to show proficiency in pursuing their own career paths.

Senate Bill 1095 would provide Pennsylvania students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements beyond the Keystone Exams. Students who do not score proficient on the Keystone Exams would be able to demonstrate their readiness to graduate through alternative routes.

Specifically, the bill outlines several commonsense options for assessing student performance while also giving teachers more flexibility with classroom instruction time. Some alternatives include a student’s successful completion of work-based learning programs, a service learning project, or an offer of full-time employment as evidence of post-secondary readiness.

As part of the bill, the Keystone Exam graduation requirement would be put on hold until the 2021-22 school year. The alternate graduation options in Senate Bill 1095 would take effect when that delay expires.

This legislation, which now goes back to the Senate, seeks to enhance a multi-bill package to expand career and technical education to benefit both students and employers looking to fill jobs in high-demand fields.
 
 
New Law Enhances Training, Oversight of Humane Officers

To help ensure the state’s animal cruelty laws are enforced in the fairest way possible, legislation has been signed into law to strengthen the training and oversight of Humane Society police officers.

Act 77 of 2018 increased initial and annual training hours for Humane Society police officers, and requires the training to include the proper procedure to file citations and warrants, including when and how to contact other law enforcement.

Other provisions of the new law require training in farm operations and biosecurity, including at least one on-site visit to a working commercial farm operation. Any organization that employs Humane Society police officers will be subject to the state’s Right-to-Know Law.

Additionally, a Humane Society police officer must be a resident of Pennsylvania. If the appointment of a Humane Society police officer is revoked in one county, it would be revoked in all counties.
 
 
 House Passes Bill to Crack Down on Hazing

Legislation that seeks to better ensure the safety of students on college campuses by cracking down on hazing passed the House this week.

Senate Bill 1090 is a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s anti-hazing law to give law enforcement better tools to prosecute hazing-related activities and to encourage those nearby to call for assistance for someone who may need help.

Specifically, the bill would increase penalties for those involved in hazing; require schools to have policies and reporting procedures in place to stop hazing; and ensure that parents and students are provided with information related to the issue. The legislation also would establish clear parameters on hazing for organizations such as fraternities and sororities.

The legislation is named in memory of Tim Piazza, a Penn State student who died as a result of hazing in 2017 and was denied medical care for hours. The measure now heads back to the Senate for concurrence.
 

 Look, Listen and Learn During Fire Prevention Week

The Office of State Fire Commissioner is urging residents to “look, listen and learn” as part of this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week, which lasts through Saturday, Oct. 13.

With today’s homes being filled with synthetic materials that burn hotter and faster, residents may have as little as two minutes to safely exit a burning structure.

The theme focuses on three basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire: Look for places fire could start; listen for the sound of the smoke alarm; and learn two ways out of every room.

A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the home.

For additional information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org.
 
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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