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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.
November word of the month is “tact.”

“Telling the truth kindly; considerate of how your words affect others’ feelings. Think before you speak.”

Thank You for Your Support
I would like to take a moment and thank you for the continued support you have given me as your state representative. As the new legislative session approaches, I want to ensure you that myself and my district office will continue to provide the same dedication, efficiency and compassion as we always have while serving the 189th Legislative District.

As your state representative, I can help you with numerous state-related issues, programs and services such as:

• Car registration, special tags, titles and license applications.
• Handicapped plate/placard applications.
• Federal/Pennsylvania income tax forms.
• Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications.
• School district property tax rebate applications.
• Birth certificate applications.
• PACE/PACENET (Senior citizen prescription coverage) applications.
• Do Not Call registry sign-up.
• Assistance with Department of Human Services or insurance issues.
• Address concerns or questions about utilities or the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
• Concerns about PA state roads.
• Answers to state lottery questions.
• Literature requests on many topics (Bills, regulations, government, senior citizen services/benefits, student aid, hunting/fishing, maps, other service agencies).

As always, my doors are open for you should you ever need my assistance with any issues. You can contact me at my district office by calling 570-420-8301 or visit us at 143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Today We Honor and Remember Our Nation’s Veterans
Throughout the nation this weekend, communities will pay tribute to veterans with a variety of parades, ceremonies and dedications.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month. President Woodrow Wilson declared a national day to commemorate the armistice a year later in 1919. That has since become Veterans Day.

The sacrifices these men and women make – all to protect our freedoms and our way of life – can never truly be repaid. We are forever in their debt, and we continue to be grateful for all they do.

For more about the history of Veterans Day, click here.
Veterans Assistance Hours at My District Office
Are you a veteran or family member dealing with an issue that can’t seem to be resolved? Or just need some help of suggestions? Veterans assistance hours are hosted at my East Stroudsburg district office on the second Thursday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call our office to make an appointment. Brian Stolarski is a veteran service officer with the Department of Pennsylvania American Legion in Wilkes-Barre and provides us with this additional service.
Our Veteran Celebration is Just Around the Corner
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. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 14, by calling my district office at 570-420-8301. When registering, please provide your name, rank, branch of service and time served so we may properly honor you.
Registry Puts Veterans in Touch with Services
To help ensure veterans have access to the wide range of support services and programs available to them, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has compiled an online registry to better connect veterans with available resources.

Registration – which includes submitting basic information such as name, age, home address, email, etc. – takes only a few minutes, and can be done at register.dmva.pa.gov.

Through this registry, veterans can choose to have their information shared with their county director for veterans affairs and other relevant state agencies. They can also opt in to receive timely, informative emails regarding local, state and national news; program updates; community events; and employment opportunities available specifically for veterans.

As a reminder, I host a service officer from the American Legion at my district office, 143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg, on the second Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The officer can help with compensation, pension, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans benefits or the U.S. Veterans Administration.

House of Worship Safety and Security Seminar
The Monroe County Office of Emergency Management and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide a “House of Worship Security Seminar.” This training is being offered free of charge and will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium at the JT Lambert School in East Stroudsburg. Please pre-register by contacting Ron Eick at the Office of Emergency Management by calling 570-992-4113 or emailing reick@monroeCountypa.gov. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. and the workshop will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The seminar is geared for all faith-based leaders, managers, administrations, parishioners and policy makers by providing exposure to security recourse, references, and laws affecting houses of worship and school safety. Please feel free to offer this information to your place of worship.
Local Community Outreach Dinner
A complimentary dinner will be provided by The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort for local individuals and families in need. These community outreach dinners will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 20 and March 20, from 5-6:30 p.m.

Should you need transportation to any of these dates, a pick-up station will be set up in the parking lot of the American Ribbon Factory, 8278 Ann St., Stroudsburg, from 4:30-4:45 p.m.
Red Shoe Luncheon and Fashion Show
Last week, I stopped in quickly to the Red Shoe luncheon and fashion show hosted by BW Nice of Monroe County (created to help women balance business, education and charitable outreach). BW Nice brings together women, establishing a platform focused on awareness of domestic abuse. The Red Show is a special day to celebrate women in our county who are making a difference in the lives of others. Congratulations to our very own business owner in the 189th District, Donna Heath-Gonzalez of Big Apple Beauty Supply in Middle Smithfield for achieving Businesswoman of the Year.
Red Cross Red Mask Gala
Congratulations to State Sen. Mario Scavello for being honored at the Red Cross Red Mask Gala for his many years of work and dedication in raising money for the Red Cross, especially in establishing the yearly telethon.
A very special thank you to East Stroudsburg School District teachers who raised money as well as the Pocono Mountain School District to donate. The evening ended with another charitable donation of $2,500 from The Trapasso family, owners of Desaki. Thank you to everyone for their work in helping with relief efforts of local tragedies and thinking of others with your donations.

PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Veterans Day
PennDOT’s full-service center in Harrisburg and all of its driver license and photo centers are closed Saturday, Nov. 10, through Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans 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.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. No additional fees are charged for using online services.
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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Office Locations
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
TTY: 855-282-0614
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