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12/23/2018
 
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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.”

 
From My Office to You, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
                       
This holiday season, my staff and I would like to extend the warmest holiday wishes and happiest new year to you and your family. May you have a wonderful and safe season that is full of peace and cheer. Blessings to you all year!

My district office hours will be limited in light of the holidays. My district office will be closed from Dec. 24-26, Dec. 31 and Jan.1. Our office will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Also, PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and on Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov, or through my website at repbrown.com/ .

If you’re traveling, you can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
 
 
Wreaths Across America
                       
   
Recently, I attended the Wreaths Across America event at Delaware Water Gap. This is an annual event that occurs throughout the country to remember and honor our veterans by saying their name aloud and placing a wreath upon each grave. The event also strives to teach our youth about our veterans, their families and their service to our country.
                  
Thank you to our veterans and their families all year! Thank you to Delaware Water Gap Borough for organizing this meaningful event.
 
 
Local Poconos Resident Saves Co-worker’s Life – The Most Beautiful Gift

As we begin the holiday season of giving, constituent Roy Horton gave the greatest gift of all - life. Recently, Roy, of Bushkill, became aware that his coworker, Randy Singh, was diagnosed with complete kidney failure, and he did not think twice about telling him that he would donate one of his kidneys. It was no surprise when they later found out that Roy was a perfect kidney match for Randy.

The transplant surgery was a success and now Randy and Roy are both recovering comfortably at their homes. Roy continues to advocate for organ donation in the hopes that it brings awareness and inspires others to give life to people in need.

Blessings of health to both of them! Take a look at this heartwarming story.
 
 
Cub Scout Pack 100
                       
 
It was a pleasure to meet with Cub Scout Pack 100 last night and discuss my responsibilities as a state representative. It’s always nice to see our youth understanding their government, especially as they ask very smart questions.
 
 
Brothers in Life and in Scouting
                       
 
This week, I also had the opportunity to meet with three Boy Scouts and brothers, Adonia, Anthony and Abiel Quartey. These wonderful young men learned about my position and engaged in further discussions on specific issues to help towards their citizenship badge. Their mother, Caroline, is shown above with us in the district office.
 

Holiday Celebration with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program
                       
 
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Monroe County Retired Senior Volunteer Program’s holiday dinner at the Sarah Street Grill with my fellow board members. Currently, I am an advisory board member.

RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. RSVP of Monroe County matches the talents, skills, and experiences of our RSVP volunteers with challenging and exciting volunteer opportunities at area nonprofit agencies, schools, government offices, and other organizations.

RSVP of Monroe County is sponsored locally by the Area Agency on Aging and the County Commissioners. As part of the National Senior Corps, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, RSVP strives to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

RSVP volunteers are building ramps, tutoring, visiting, grocery shopping, computing, knitting, serving, driving and much more. Volunteers choose to serve daily, weekly, monthly, or as needed, always accommodating their own busy schedules. Thank you for all our RSVP volunteers and the wonderful work you do in our community!
 
 
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.
 
 
Keep Kids Safe: Follow School Bus Safety Laws
                       
There have been too many tragic stories in the news lately about children getting hit by vehicles when getting on or off a school bus. These crashes can be avoided if motorists obey the Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Law which requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.

Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus also must stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.

A common question is whether a motorist must stop on a multi-lane highway when a bus is stopped. The answer is yes, a motorist must stop unless they are in the opposing lane of a highway divided by a physical barrier. Physical barriers include grassy medians, traditional or cable guide rails, or concrete median barriers.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Click here for more information and tips on school bus safety
 
 
New Legislative Session Begins Tuesday, Jan. 1
                       
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will begin the 2019-20 Legislative Session on Tuesday, Jan. 1, with members taking the oath of office.

The oath will begin at noon and the ceremony will also include the adoption of House rules, election of the Speaker of the House and a joint session with the state Senate to certify election results. Live streaming of the entire ceremony will be available here.

After swearing-in, stay up-to-date on the latest news out of Harrisburg by subscribing to my legislative updates here and by following me on Facebook.
 

103rd Farm Show Kicks off Jan. 5
                      
Celebrating one of Pennsylvania’s top industries, the Pennsylvania Farm Show near Harrisburg will kick off Saturday, Jan. 5. The show will run through Saturday, Jan. 12.

The Farm Show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements, and offers attractions for all ages.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

For all the latest news about the Farm Show, follow it on Facebook or visit farmshow.pa.gov.
 
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
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