PennDOT to Host Open House Concerning I-80 Improvement Project
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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.”

Celebrating our Veterans
It was wonderful celebrating Veteran’s Day last Sunday and an honor to speak at several events in the area. I spoke at the Wild Acres Community Ceremony in Pike County and the High Acres Park Ceremony in Canadensis on the many ways we can honor our veterans all year long. I also stopped in to the Middle Smithfield Township Veteran’s luncheon later and I want to thank the township for organizing a wonderful appreciation event! On Thursday, Nov. 15, I attended the annual veterans ceremony at East Stroudsburg University as well.

It was a great week capped off by our Annual Veterans Celebration event that was held yesterday at Middle Smithfield Elementary.

Thank you to all our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to protect our country and way of life.

Be sure to thank our veterans all year long.

Celebrating 24 Years of Marriage
This past week I celebrated 24 years of marriage with my childhood sweetheart and husband, Joe. To all those that know Joe or maybe haven’t met him yet, he’s an amazing, supportive husband and father while I serve as state representative. My public statement of love to him always!

Happy Thanksgiving!
For nearly four centuries, Americans have come together in the spirit of thanksgiving. From the earliest traditions that began in Plymouth, Mass., to the first official national observance in 1863, families have gathered in November to celebrate bountiful harvests and all that has been given to them.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22, state offices will be closed on Thursday, and my office will also be closed on Friday, Nov. 23. PennDOT Driver License Centers will also be closed Nov. 22-23. If you are traveling, be sure to check for the latest traffic and weather information.

From my family to yours, may you all have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.
PennDOT to Host Open House Concerning I-80 Improvement Project
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will hold an open house plans display on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to share information about plans that have been developed to widen and improve safety on the Interstate 80 corridor in Monroe County between exits 303 and 307 in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg boroughs and Stroud Township.

The open house plans display will be conducted at the Stroudsburg High School cafeteria, 1100 Main St., Stroudsburg, from 5-7 p.m. An open house format will allow all interested persons to attend at whatever time is convenient for them during this two-hour period. The open house will include videos and other displays illustrating the proposed improvements. Members of the project team will be available to answer questions about the project.

The project calls for improvements to I-80, including three through lanes in each direction, reconfiguring interchanges and improving on and off ramps to improve mobility and interconnectivity, and replacing multiple bridges.
Pocono Center for the Arts presents ‘Broadway Spotlight'
On Sunday, Nov. 11, I stopped in to see some of the fantastic Broadway talent presented by the Pocono Center for the Arts at Stroudsmoor. The event, “Broadway Spotlight,” included Broadway singers and some of our local youth (Just Around the Corner Productions) as backup singers and participating in the performance. The Pocono Center for the Arts is an initiative to build the arts in the Poconos with top-notch talent and facilities. What an amazing show!

We honored the Shawnee Inn, Stroudsmoor and the Deer Head Inn for their work in supporting the arts in our community!
Annual Big Brothers and Big Sisters Telethon
Last Sunday, I stopped in to work on the Halterman’s Host Desk for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of Monroe County Telethon. We worked to raise donations, educate viewers on the importance of the BBBS program to our youth and garner volunteers to be a Big. For more information on this nonprofit, please visit their website.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped all day!

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, 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.
Supporting Small Businesses
With small businesses as the economic engines of our communities, Pennsylvania consumers are encouraged to shop small on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24.

According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, there are nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania, which employ nearly half of the state’s workforce. Small firms make up 98.2 percent of the state’s employers.

Over the last legislative session, the House Republican Caucus has worked to enhance opportunities for small businesses and job creators in Pennsylvania by modernizing business laws, seeking to reduce burdensome and duplicative regulations, and fighting off harmful and unnecessary tax increases.

One of those measures, which is designed to help budding entrepreneurs, is the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop. This website, which was based upon legislation initiated in the House, seeks to assist entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages of development. It was launched earlier in 2018.
House Elects Leadership for New Term
With a strong majority going into the 2019-20 legislative session, the 110 members of the House Republican Caucus – including 91 returning legislators and 19 freshmen – elected their leadership team to begin Jan. 1. This is the second time since 1924 that Republicans have maintained control of the House for more than four terms in a row.

Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) has again been nominated to serve as speaker of the House. He will face an official election to the position on swearing-in day on Jan. 1, 2019. Once official, this will be his third term in the oldest position in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

New to their respective Republican leadership positions are House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), Majority Whip Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), Majority Policy Committee Chairman Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Majority Caucus Secretary Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland).

Retaining their respective Republican leadership positions are Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York), Caucus Chairman Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) and Caucus Administrator Kurt Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland).

New to their respective Democratic leadership positions are House Minority Whip Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), Minority Appropriations Chairman Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery), and Democratic Caucus Chairman Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia/Delaware).

Retaining their respective Democratic leadership positions are House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), Minority Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) and Democratic Caucus Secretary Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia).

Republicans hold a 110-93 majority in the state House, but two vacancies will exist on swearing-in day.
Hunters Can Share Their Harvest
To help families, individuals and seniors who are in need, the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program has encouraged hunters from across the Commonwealth to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison.

The program partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations. Since 1991, HSH has distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of donated venison.

Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries.

In an average hunting season, the HSH program’s goal is to channel about 100,000 pounds of processed venison through the state’s 20 regional food banks, which then redistribute to more than 5,000 local provider charities such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters and churches, as well as individual families.

To find a list of local processors or for more information, visit

Have You Taken the Broadband Speed Test?
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania and its research partners at Penn State University are continuing to invite Pennsylvania residents to help provide much-needed information by taking the broadband speed test available here. Your participation will help map broadband access in Pennsylvania, providing a valuable tool as lawmakers work to resolve this issue.

The center hopes that more than 1 million consumers will take the test. Researchers will continue to compile results through 2018, and the test will still be available in 2019 to further offer data to the federal government.

If you have previously taken the speed test, thank you! Your results will help researchers better pinpoint what areas of the state are still in need of accessible broadband service.

The lack of rural broadband access is a major problem in both rural and suburban Pennsylvania, impacting our economy, educational opportunities, health care access and more.
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
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