Married 50 Years or More? Our Anniversary Tea Celebration Deadline is Approaching
4/28/2019
 
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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.
April word of the month is “Values.”

“Considering someone or something to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of, to cherish, to treasure.”

 
 Protecting Children and Animals in Hot Cars
                       
 
As temperatures begin to rise outside, the heat in your vehicle can quickly reach levels that can be deadly for children and pets locked inside.

House Bill 279, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal that was left behind.

The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.

For the safety of your pets, it is best to leave them at home in hot weather.

For the safety and well-being of your children, they should not be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of weather.
 
 
Married 50 Years or More?
Our Anniversary Tea Celebration Deadline is Approaching

 
Our Anniversary Tea will be on Friday, May 17, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Fire Company #1, 102 Firehouse Lane, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Our registration deadline is Monday, May 6!

Join us as we commemorate all our local couples whose love and devotion continues to stand the test of time. Marriage is more than signing a piece of paper – it is about commitment, compromise and, most importantly, trusting one another. These couples have achieved an amazing milestone – one that I believe should be honored.

During this event, the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging will provide an educational senior service briefing. I will also be providing a short legislative update. Each couple will receive an anniversary pastry made by the Stroudsmoor Inn Towne Bakery and Café along with small tea sandwiches (made specially by me).

Residents who will be celebrating 50 years or more as a couple and are interested in attending this event can register through my district office at 570-420-8301.
 

ESU Renamed Research Laboratory the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute

   
On Wednesday, I joined East Stroudsburg University (ESU) friends and donors as they renamed their research laboratory the Dr. Jane Huffman Wildlife Genetics Institute. Dr. Huffman was instrumental in the work done in this lab.

Because of her determination and focus, we have now been able to build on the critical tick testing work to help Pennsylvania better address our No. 1 ranking of cases of Lyme disease. By helping ESU to secure a $500,000 grant, this lab can now test ticks for free, helping to protect your health.

Remember you can drop your tick off at ESU and place in the tick box (shown above) or mail it in as well. This is available to all Pennsylvania residents. Please call my office at 570-420-8301 if you have any questions or visit ticklab.org
 
 
May is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness Month

 
The month of May is Motorcycle and Bicycle Safety Awareness month. Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Highway Safety Network, Tracy Fox has some safety reminders and information for this initiative.

It is that time of year, finally the weather is getting nice outside. That means that there will be more traffic on the roadways after the dust is blown off the motorcycles and bicycles that have been stored away all winter.

As a driver of a vehicle, please be on the lookout for motorcycles and bicycles. Be cautious at intersections and when making turns. Look twice to be sure there is not one coming before you turn. Allow enough distance between you and their back tire. Motorcycles can stop faster than your car can, so allow extra reaction time. Bicyclists should be given four feet between you and your vehicle when passing them.

Motorcyclists, always wear your safety gear. Items that are bright and reflective go a long way in ensuring you can be seen on the road. Be aware of cinders, winter debris and potholes which road maintenance crews may not have been able to take care of yet. Also, watch your speed as it increases your chances of loss of control and it continues to be a significant factor in fatal motorcycle crashes.

Brush up on your motorcycle skills with free rider clinics. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider there is a class for you. To see where classes are being held or to get more information go to pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533.

Bicyclists, always wear your helmet and reflective, bright-colored clothing. Remember you ride on the same side the road with traffic, not against it. Use your hand signals to let other drivers know your turning or stopping intentions.

Everyone is trying to get somewhere using the road. Let’s do it by traveling safely and being courteous to others.
 
 
April is Autism Awareness Month

 
April is Autism Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. An estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians live with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

To help families, providers and those with autism access services that meet their needs, Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Autism Services maintains a comprehensive online resource at PAautism.org.

The website connects people with autism and their supporters with autism resources and a community to help improve their lives.

The General Assembly further supports people with autism by dedicating funding to autism intervention and services in the annual state budget. In the current 2018-19 budget, funding totals more than $31 million, an increase of $3.6 million over the previous fiscal year’s spending.

Learn more here
 
 
Congratulations to Dr. John Bell, Superintendent of Delaware Valley School District

 
Congratulations to Dr. John Bell (center) of the Delaware Valley School District for receiving the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association 2019 Outstanding Superintendent Award based on his commitment to the advancement of music for our students. Great job, Dr. Bell, and thank you from our Pike County families and students!

To view the full story on Dr. Bell's outstanding achievement, click here.
 

PVEN Hosting Community Services Information Fair

 

On Saturday, May 4, Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Center is hosting a Community Services Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their community service center.

In attending this event, residents can engage with various Monroe County service representatives and see what social services are available to them in the West End!

For more information, call 570-992-3136.
 
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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