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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.
March word of the month is “Morality.”

“Conformity to the rules of proper conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.”
Are You Looking to be Pre-Verified for Your REAL ID?
As of March 1, PennDOT has begun issuing REAL IDs.

A federally accepted form of identification must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building starting Oct. 1, 2020. A Pennsylvania REAL ID will fulfill this requirement, as will a U.S. passport. Under state law, REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs. Residents should determine if they have the need to fly or enter federal buildings when deciding whether to obtain a Real ID versus a standard ID.

To help ease the pre-verification process for our community, I will be hosting two Real ID Pre-Verification events in which PennDOT workers will be available to pre-verify you for your Real ID. The first event will be on Friday, March 15, 5-8 p.m., at the Middle Smithfield Township Building, 147 Municipal Drive, East Stroudsburg, and the second event will be on Friday, March 22, 5-8 p.m., at the Monroe County Safety Center, 100 Gypsum Road, Stroudsburg.

Residents who wish to be pre-verified for their REAL ID, will be required to bring original versions or certified copies of the following documents for verification to the locations mentioned above or their local Driver License Center:

Proof of identity, such as an original or certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised or embossed seal, or a valid U.S. passport or passport card. Birth certificates with a sticker rather than an embossed seal will not be accepted.

Proof of Social Security number by providing your Social Security card. The name on the card must match the name on your current driver license or photo identification card.

Proof of legal name changes, such as marriage certificates or court orders issued by a family court. You must have documentation to show all name changes from your original name on your birth certificate to your current name.

Proof of current, physical address, such as your current, unexpired driver license or state issued ID card, vehicle registration or utility bill. TWO forms of proof must be provided.

More information about REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions and additional guidelines on documents required for REAL ID, can be found at

Registration is required for these events. To register, or for more information, please call my office at 570-420-8301.
Local Financial Workshops are Approaching
Pocono Alliance is providing a series of workshops in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities.

Workshops will focus on a variety of topics including planning for retirement, avoiding frauds/scams, banking basics, planning for purchases and more.

These workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about financial wellness and will be held at the Hughes Library on Route 611 in Stroudsburg.

Participants can take part in one or all of the workshops. There are a limited number of spots available for this program. Contact Misozi Houston at 570-517-3956 or email to register.

As an advocate for financial literacy for people of all ages, I encourage students and families to take full advantage of these workshops. Thank you to Pocono Alliance and the Department of Banking and Securities for putting these workshops together for our community.
Budget Hearings Conclude

Making sure every dollar of state tax money is used to its maximum benefit, the House Appropriations Committee wrapped up its three-week series of budget hearings this week, with the committee looking into all aspects of the governor’s budget proposal.

The committee heard testimony and asked questions to the departments of Education, Agriculture, and Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System.

The Appropriations Committee will take the testimony gathered from these hearings into negotiations for the 2019-20 budget. All the hearings are available here.  

Walk with a Doc

St. Luke’s University Health Network is hosting a Walk with a Doc series at its Monroe campus. This series allows locals to engage with health care providers and other community members while enjoying some fresh air and scenic views.

The walks will take place at the St. Luke’s Monroe campus lobby on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. between April 8 and June 24 and again on the same day and time between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30.

This event is free, though St. Luke’s is asking that those who are interested to please register on the hospital’s website,
Supporting PA National Guard Families

Ensuring a better future for our Pennsylvania National Guard members and their families is the driving force behind a first-of-its-kind Military Family Education Program.

The proposal builds on the state’s existing National Guard Military Education Program by extending benefits to a guard member’s spouse or children in exchange for the guard member committing to a second obligation of six years in the Guard.

The initiative not only recognizes the sacrifices made by Guard families but also helps retain current National Guard members and attract transitioning military service members to Pennsylvania.

The program would provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s).

The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Resources to Help with Problem Gambling
With March being observed as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, officials from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Lottery highlighted the warning signs of problem gambling and available resources to help.

Gambling can become a problem when a person develops strained relationships with loved ones; borrows money to gamble; gambles to get a “high”; or misses work, school or other activities and obligations in order to gamble.

In the Commonwealth, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania works to educate Pennsylvanians on compulsive and problem gambling to prevent development of dangerous gambling habits. It operates the Pennsylvania Problem Gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). More resources, including a 24-hour chat service, are also available at

Click here for more information on how to recognize the warning signs of a gambling problemClick here to find information about treatment options
The Scout of the Year Award Goes To…Alex Heeter!

It was a pleasure to be a guest speaker at Boy Scout Troop 86’s Red and White Banquet at Stroudsmoor. The Scouts received many of their rank awards and Alex Heeter received the Scout of the Year award. Great job to all these Scouts and their volunteer leaders for committing their time and dedication to be the best they can be, including developing strong morals and values that will build our community!

Monsignor McHugh’s Chili Cookoff

Last weekend, I stopped by the chili cookoff at Monsignor McHugh school. This event was a wonderful display of community participation, family fun and, of course, amazing chili. It also gave me the chance to visit and be available for my constituents. Great job to all those who participated in the cookoff!
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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