Honoring WWII Veteran Bill Glanville
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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.”
Honoring WWII Veteran Bill Glanville
On Saturday, Dec. 8, I attended the annual VetStock Christmas Dinner where local WWII Veteran Bill Glanville was honored for his service in the United States Navy. Mr. Glanville served with honor and distinction as a member of an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT), an elite special-purpose force established by the United States Navy during World War II. His team was tasked with clearing the beaches of Normandy, France, prior to D-Day. After Normandy, Mr. Glanville served in the Pacific Theater in Guatemala , Iwo Jima, Saipan, Borneo and the underwater inspection of the USS Missouri. To his great credit, his name is included on the wall of the original Navy Seals displayed at the National Navy UDT-SEAL museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Bill was presented with a citation from the House of Representatives and the State Senate for his service to our country.
Informed Senior Seminar at Saw Creek Estates
On Wednesday, I attended and sponsored an Informed Senior Seminar, along with Pike County Area Agency on Aging, at Saw Creek Estates. The event was held at the Top of the World complex and featured a great mix of vendors providing information to area seniors.

Honoring Edward James Morrissey
Congratulations to Edward James Morrissey who I presented with a House citation to honor him for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout!
Home Owner Association Taskforce Roundtable Event Held at Pine Ridge
Last week at Pine Ridge Community Association I held another roundtable in our series of Home Owner Association (HOA) Roundtable events. Attorney Gregory Malaska joined us and took questions from the audience.

Thank you to the Board at Pine Ridge for graciously hosting us at their clubhouse! Also, thank you to the devoted volunteer members of my HOA Taskforce who help my office plan these events. We will be holding more events in 2019 as I continue to help educate community board members and to further my strong focus on improved community living.
Bushkill American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Hosts Christmas Breakfast
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Bushkill American Legion Women’s Auxiliary hosted a Christmas breakfast for all veterans. A wonderful morning visiting our Bushkill American Legion as they honored our veterans with a Christmas breakfast.

I love the fact how this Women’s Auxiliary (a few members not shown here) are working to honor our veterans each and every day. A lot of smiling veterans and their families!
 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 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.
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.
Keeping Infants Safe During Sleep

While adults like to bundle up with blankets and layers to keep warm during the winter months, this is unsafe for infants and could lead to suffocation. The House recently passed a resolution designating November as Infant Safe Sleep Month to help raise awareness about safe sleeping methods for infants.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation are the leading causes of death in babies 1 to 12 months of age. To help prevent these tragedies, parents and caregivers are urged to follow the ABCs:

• Keep the baby alone in his or her crib and separate from where others sleep for at least the first six months.
• Have the infant sleep on his or her back. Tummy time is safe only when the baby is awake and supervised.
• The baby’s crib should be uncluttered with no loose bedding, comforters, quilts, toys, bumpers, pillows or other items.

Instead of layers, regulate the room temperature and consider a “Sleep Sack,” or footed sleepers.

Learn more here.

Clean Slate Law Taking Effect – PA Has First in the Nation
Pennsylvanians with low-level offenses on their records who have gone 10 years without a subsequent arrest, prosecution or conviction will have their records automatically sealed under a new law taking effect this month.

Act 56 of 2018 allows records of second- and third-degree misdemeanor criminal convictions to be automatically sealed after a 10-year period without subsequent offenses. The law does not apply to violent offenses or those committed with a firearm or other dangerous item; sexual offenses; cruelty to animals; or corruption of minors.

This legislation balances the opportunity for low-level, nonviolent offenders to move forward, while at the same time not shielding the records of violent criminals.

Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to enact this “clean slate” legislation.
Renew Dog Licenses Now

Pet owners are reminded to renew their dog’s license for 2019. All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed in Pennsylvania, either on an annual basis or with a lifetime license.

Annual licenses are $8.50, while lifetime licenses are $51.50. Dogs who are spayed or neutered can be licensed for $6.50 for the year, or $31.50 for a lifetime license. Discounts are available for senior citizens and those owners with disabilities. Applications for license renewals can be found here. Completed applications must be returned to the owner’s county treasurer’s office.

Under Pennsylvania state law, owners who fail to license and/or immunize their dogs could face fines up to $300 per violation for each dog three months of age or older. In addition, owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 plus court costs.
Applications for 2019 Pennsylvania House Scholarships Now Available
High school seniors interested in receiving financial assistance to help pay for college can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship.

Each year the program awards four-year scholarships to two students preparing for post-secondary education. The scholarship is privately funded by individual and corporate donors; no tax or other public funds are used. It is administered through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

The program is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for a scholarship. Other factors taken into consideration for the awards are a student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need.

The application is available through the foundation’s website at www.tfec.org. Once on the site, click on the “Scholarship” tab at the top of the page. Then click on any of the counties listed underneath or the link entitled “any other county in the state of Pennsylvania” to access the scholarship information. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.
New Tool to Fight Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Building on the work of lawmakers to develop policies to combat the opioid crisis, the Departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Human Services recently unveiled a Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and support services for themselves or a loved one.

DART is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs. It is designed to assist people who are looking for services but are not sure where to begin. Users get the results based off their answers to survey questions. They can skip a question at any point.

After completing the questionnaire, people are able to email, download, and/or print their results. The tool does not ask any identifying information and does not save answers after the tool is closed.

The tool is a free, anonymous resource and can be found 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
210 Ryan Office Building, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
TTY: 855-282-0614
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