Rest in Peace, Mr. President
12/9/2018
 
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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.
December word of the month is “Unity.”

“Working and living together peacefully; feeling connected to one and other, valuing each person and their uniqueness.”

 
Rest in Peace, Mr. President
                      
I never had the opportunity meet President George H. W. Bush, our 41st president, but, like many of you, I lived through his presidency. In a world that is continuously changing and during this sad time, I’m absolutely grateful and embracing the message his death and funeral are offering to our country.

The amazing grace, dignity and kindness he displayed in all his service to our country is such an example and reminder to all of us in our daily lives and actions. His life celebration is of true leadership, public service, dignity, respect, faith, family, honor and truth. Thank you, Mr. President. Rest in Peace.
 
 
Wishing You a Very Happy Chanukah!
                       
Chanukah is a special time of the year when families and friends come together to celebrate eight divine nights and gather around the Menorah to remember the miracle of light and freedom. As you continue to celebrate, from my family to yours, best wishes and enjoy this Chanukah.
 
 
Youth Employment Services Annual Report to the Community
                       
 
On Friday, Nov. 30, Monroe County Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S.) gave its annual report at a community breakfast held at Northampton Community College. The report showcased the wonderful impact that this organization has on the youth of Monroe County.

Y.E.S. Executive Director Peter Alasty and his team run several programs that seek to engage the youth of Monroe County and expose them to career exploration, internships and healthy living. Y.E.S. does this by promoting collaboration between the business community and educational institutions to foster citizenship, lifelong employ-ability skills and economic development for youth in the region. My chief of staff, Brian Fenstermaker, serves as a board member for this organization.

Pictured above are the members of the Monroe County Y.E.S Board.

For more information on programs offered by Y.E.S and how you can apply to them, please click here.
 
 
PennDOT Unveils Updated Preliminary Plans for I-80 Expansion Project
                       
 
On Tuesday night at Stroudsburg High School, PennDOT officials unveiled the most updated suggested plans for the Interstate 80 expansion project. The last public meeting was held for the project in 2014. Since that time, PennDOT, along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), have been working on the proposals to fine tune them as they approach the final design phase. Some of the biggest work being done is an effort to limit the impacts to properties by the design and limiting the size and number of basins needed for the project.

Currently, the project is in the preliminary design phase and an environmental study is almost complete. The project corridor passes through three municipalities within Monroe County: Stroud Township to the west, the Borough of Stroudsburg and the Borough of East Stroudsburg to the east. The project limits run from just west of the Exit 303 interchange to east of Exit 306 interchange and the Brodhead Creek bridge in East Stroudsburg. The project area includes the exits 303-307 interchanges.

Click here for a FAQ document and here for a form that can be filled out to provide feedback for the project. These documents are also available at my district office.

The project’s website was recently updated with the new plans to coincide with
the public meeting
.
 
 
Shawnee Fire Company Annual Banquet
                       
 
Sen. Mario Scavello and I presented citations to Chief Jason Witcraft (right) and Stephen Carey (left) after they were recognized by Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company for their many years of dedicated service to the company. They have served for 30 years and 40 years respectively. Thank you both for your willingness to protect the health, safety and welfare of our communities as you faithfully answer the call for those in need.
 
 
Legislative Open House to Start the New Year
                       
On Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., our district office will be open for constituents to visit, enjoy a cup of coffee and speak casually with me regarding both state-related issues and my legislative initiatives for the new legislative session. Members of my staff will be available to assist with normal casework as well.
 

2018 Stroudsburg Rotary High School Seniors Leadership Luncheon
  
 
I enjoyed speaking with many students at the 2018 High School Seniors Leadership Luncheon at Shawnee Inn. This luncheon is sponsored by the Stroudsburg Rotary and celebrates students from our local schools. As students begin to think about their careers, Rotary focuses on using your strengths to help the greater good.

Keynote Speaker, Richard Mutchler, founder and owner or BioSpectra, Inc., did a fantastic job in discussing leadership on all levels. Also, Dennis (Denny) Douds, recently retired head coach of East Stroudsburg University’s football team, received the prestigious Paul Harris Award for his leadership skills and the many students he has inspired.
 
 
Last Call Toys for Tots Drop Off
  
 
Once again, my office is a drop-off location for Toys for Tots. The box is located in our district office lobby and is accessible Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit toysfortots.org for more information about the program and its impact. Every child deserves a little Christmas!
 
 
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 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.
 
 
PA Fire, Emergency Services Need Our Help
  
With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission created by lawmakers to study the situation issued dozens of recommendations last week.

Statistics show the number of volunteer firefighters has shrunk from about 300,000 in the 1980s to 38,000 today, according to the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute.

Ambulance services are facing similar challenges for both volunteers and paid staff, leaving communities potentially vulnerable in emergency situations.

To reverse this trend, the commission suggests several strategies to boost recruitment and retention, including providing Length of Service Award Payments (LOSAP) and other benefit programs, funding basic fire and EMS training at the state level, and offering incentives to employers to permit trainees to attend fire and EMS training.

To further enhance training accessibility, the commission recommends including public safety as a trade/career preparatory program at career and technical education centers across the state and restoring funding for public safety training courses at community colleges.

Action on recommendations in the report would build on two important initiatives enacted earlier this year to boost funding for the state’s ambulance services: increasing Medicaid reimbursements for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services and requiring both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place.
 

Guard Against Fraud This Holiday Season
                     
While the holiday season is often the most charitable, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will.

For your protection, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania. Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity using this database prior to donating.

To learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, you may also call the bureau’s toll-free telephone hotline at 1-800-732-0999.

For additional information about protecting yourself while giving, click here

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
TTY: 855-282-0614
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