Bridging the Gap Between Poverty and Stability Through the Getting Ahead Program
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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.
February word of the month is “Faithfulness.”

“Steadfast in affection or allegiance; loyal.”

Speaking to East Stroudsburg North AP Government Students

It was a pleasure to speak with Mr. Stalker’s AP Government class at East Stroudsburg North High School. These students were wonderful and asked a lot of great questions! I strive to help our students understand the legislative process, be comfortable around their elected officials and work with them on important issues.
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors Inaugural Gala

Last week, I visited with members of our local Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors (PMAR) at the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors Inaugural Gala in Harrisburg. Pictured from left are: PMAR’s President Spiros Bilianis, me, PA Association of Realtors President William McFalls Jr., and PMAR Association Executive Nicole Murray.
Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Fire Company

This past weekend, Sen. Mario Scavello and I were honored to thank Chief Leon Clapper and all the volunteer members of Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Fire Company for their continued dedication to our community. Blue Ridge serves Hamilton and Ross townships, as well as other surrounding areas when needed. Chief Leon Clapper, pictured in the center, was especially recognized for his 40 years of service with 31 of those acting as chief! Congratulations, Chief Clapper, and let us all remember our fire companies are all volunteers and need your support!

Bridging the Gap Between Poverty and Stability Through the Getting Ahead Program

Once again, my staff and I provided and served dinner for the families taking part in Pocono Alliance’s “Getting Ahead” program.

Pocono Alliance is taking the lead in our community by offering their Bridges Out of Poverty Program, which is comprised two subprograms “Getting Ahead” and “Staying Ahead.”

The “Getting Ahead” program helps participants by identifying the causes of poverty, the hidden rules of economic class, and the resources needed for a better quality of life. The program helps people make plans and accomplish their goals as they move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

“Staying Ahead” is a program for motivated graduates offering resource-based support as clients establish their goals to achieve self-sufficiency. Support includes educational workshops on each of the resources identified in the Getting Ahead class, as well as encouragement toward the achievement of established goals.

For more information visit their website
2019 Master Watershed Steward Program Seeking Volunteers

The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program in Monroe County is training a new class in spring of 2019. They are looking for individuals that have an interest in the environment, a willingness to learn more, and most importantly, a strong desire to make a difference in the community.

The 2019 training program will begin on Thursday, March 14, and continue on subsequent Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. through May.

The informational sessions will be held on Tuesday, Feb.5, from 7-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1 p.m., at Kettle Creek Environmental Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, with several hands-on Saturday field trips throughout Monroe County. Please call (570) 421-6430 or (570) 629-3060 to pre-register for either session.
Governor’s Budget Address Set for Tuesday

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20.

I am looking forward to hearing the governor’s proposal and reviewing the details in the coming weeks as the Appropriations Committee will begin its series of hearings on the proposal on Feb. 11.

You can watch the address on my website at 11:30 a.m. and keep your eyes on my social media for updates and reactions.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Available

Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available on my website and at my district office.

The program is designed to help eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older to receive up to a $650 rebate from the property taxes or rent they paid last year.

To be eligible, homeowners must earn less than $35,000 a year and renters less than $15,000 with half of Social Security income excluded.

Certain supplemental rebates can boost homeowner rebates up to $975. The supplemental rebates are automatically calculated by the Department of Revenue for qualifying homeowners.

Residents should not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at my office at no cost. Call (570) 420-8301 with any questions about the program.

Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

New Tool to Fight Drug Abuse

To help continue efforts to fight prescription drug abuse, there is a new tool available for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication.

The Suspicious Activity Report form, administered by the Office of Attorney General, gives an easy way for people to report fraudulent, stolen or altered prescriptions, or a suspicious doctor/pharmacy.

Tips can be submitted anonymously or with your contact information included for follow up from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.

The form and answers to frequently asked questions 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
TTY: 855-282-0614
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