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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.
January word of the month is “Character.”

“Qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity.”
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a true American hero. He suffered through adversity and a condemning society to fight for a stronger, peaceful, unified nation that would be free from discrimination and full of love, equality and acceptance.

Today, Dr. King is memorialized by monuments, street names and a national holiday – these are all tributes to the man and a constant reminder of what can be accomplished and what still lies ahead for us to achieve.

He may not have seen the completion of his dream, but he helped forge our collective path to get there.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

*Please note that PennDOT Driver License Centers will be closed in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Are You Going to STASH to Avoid a CRASH?

I want to continue highlighting the major distracted driving issue, not only in the Commonwealth but throughout the nation, by launching my “STASH and Avoid a CRASH” initiative. This initiative coincides with my distracted driving legislation, which I have recently reintroduced.

The goals of “STASH and Avoid a CRASH” are to encourage the public to store their cell phones in their glove compartments in the hopes that it will curb drivers from using their cell phones while driving their vehicle and promote overall driving safety. While cell phones are safely stashed in the glove compartment, drivers will still have the ability to accept or deny phone calls via their car’s Bluetooth technology.

Additionally, should drivers need their cell phone to serve as their GPS it is suggested that they purchase a docking station that attaches to their dashboard, so their cell phone remains out of their hands.

As mentioned above, I have also reintroduced my hands-free driving legislation to prohibit calls on hand-held mobile telephones in Pennsylvania, except with the use of hands-free accessories, while operating a moving motor vehicle. Also, no person under the age of 18 years of age would be permitted to use ANY hand-held mobile telephone, including one with a hands-free accessory while operating a moving motor vehicle. The punishment for violating this law would be a $200 fine, with $175 of that fine going to a Distracted Driver Fund to help educate young drivers on distracted driving and its consequences.

Too view the co-sponsorship memo for this legislation click here.

I am taking the pledge to “STASH my phone to avoid a CRASH” and I hope you will do the same.
First Eagle Scout of 2019 – Richard Kim

It was a pleasure to celebrate my district’s first Eagle Scout of 2019 last weekend - Richard Kim! Richard renovated the concession stand at Barrett Township Park as his final project. Congratulations to Richard as well as his parents, Crystal and John, on this tremendous accomplishment!

A special thank you to Troop 89 and all their volunteers for dedicating themselves to developing strong character and skills in our young men.

Job Shadowing at My District Office

I had the pleasure of having Patrick McDonnell shadow me for a few hours in my district office last week. Since Patrick has an interest in political science and is deciding on his college education coursework and career, he spent the day attending several meetings with me. These meetings consisted of topic such as educational issues, law enforcement, state budgeting and Lyme Disease. It’s important to expose our youth to areas of interest as they make important educational and career decisions.
Hospice House of Monroe County will Resume Inpatient Care

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Pocono and representatives of the Advisory Committee of community members, chaired by Mark Primrose, who formed to assess the future of the Hospice House and hospice services in Monroe County announced this week that inpatient hospice care will resume at the House. The service will return to the facility at 412 E. Brown St. in East Stroudsburg depending on regulatory approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and how quickly staff can be hired.

The Advisory Committee was announced in May and given 90-days to explore options related to the Hospice House and the hospice program. Following the Committee’s recommendations, LVH-Pocono officials reviewed the suggestions and worked with Committee members to determine clear steps that would make operation of the house viable both now and in the future.

According to the Committee’s recommendations, the basic costs of reopening and renovations would be covered by LVH-Pocono. Multi-year philanthropic funding would support new beds, required equipment and some operating expenses. The Committee also recommends building referrals and increasing community awareness throughout Monroe County and northeast Pennsylvania.

Going forward, Hospice House and hospice operations will continue to be scrutinized, with formal evaluations every six months and an intensive review at two years. The financial viability and sustainability of Hospice House must be realized.

The Committee also announced that an open house for the community will be scheduled in the near future as the efforts to resume inpatient care at the Hospice House continue.

Hospice House has remained open since April for community activities. For example, LVH-Pocono hospice services has continued to support families at the house by establishing a Hospice bereavement and community support center. Community members and organizations have the opportunity to use the facility for spiritual, educational and other activities.
Radon – Is Your Home Safe?

An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

January is national Radon Action Month. For more information on radon in the home, click here
PennDOT Seeking Summer Help

PennDOT is sponsoring an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce.

These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, enrolled as a full-time college student for the fall 2019 semester and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The hourly rate is $13.56.

If interested, please contact my office at 570-420-8301 no later than Friday, Feb. 15. Candidates must also apply online at in the “Summer Maintenance Program” category under the Open Jobs section of the website.

Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication

As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection in the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors.
With food allergies becoming more prevalent in our society, increasing access to life-saving medication is more important than ever.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.
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
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