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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.
May word of the month is “Prudence.”

“The ability to govern and discipline oneself by use of reason; skill and good judgment in utilizing resources.”

Honoring Our Heroes

Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day – a day set aside to honor the more than 1.1 million Americans who have died in wars which the United States entered.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember these men and women who sacrificed their lives for us and for our country by considering participating in other Memorial Day events in your community.

Some of the local events we know of are:

Sunday, May 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
24th Annual Community Aviation Day Fly-In Drive-In Breakfast
Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport
188 Airport Drive
Tobyhanna, PA 18466

Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m.:
American Legion Memorial Day Parade
Bingham Park
133-179 Main Avenue,
Hawley, PA 18428

Monday, May 27, from 2-3:30 p.m.:
Memorial Day Ceremony
High Acres Park Memorial Park
110 High Acres Drive
Canadensis, PA 18325

For more information on Memorial Day and its history, click here

Enjoy the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area this Summer!
Employees at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area have been busy gearing up and getting facilities ready for a busy summer season. The 70,000-acre national park is located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is one of the top 25 most-visited national park units in the country with 3.2 million visits recorded in 2018.

You can get information in person, online, or by phone:

- Park headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except federal holidays. Stop by or call 570-426-2452 for assistance during business hours.

- Dingmans Falls Visitor Center is open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 15 to Sept. 2.

- Visit the park website at nps.gov/dewa.

- Follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS.
May 15 - June 15 is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological (brain) condition that causes involuntary motor (physical) movements and vocalizations, called "tics." TS affects both adults and children. Though there is no cure for TS, it is an extremely manageable condition with the proper supports in place.

Approximately 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with TS, but sources, such as the CDC, believe the current diagnosis is a conservative estimate of the actual prevalence of TS. In over 80% of people with TS, there are also co-occurring conditions such as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), ADHD (Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), and anxiety - just to name a few. TS is more than just tics!

Due to misinformation, TS has been stigmatized as the “cursing disease.” Luckily, through education, most people are learning that this label inaccurately describes TS. Only a small percentage of people with TS, approximately 30%, have coprolalia, which is the use inappropriate or socially unacceptable phrases or words.

We are fortunate to have a fantastic support group in the Poconos called “Pocono Tics,” which meets monthly and is supported by the Pennsylvania Tourette Syndrome Alliance. If you or someone you know has TS, please connect with Pocono Tics. You can find them on Facebook at @PoconoTics or email them at poconotics@gmail.com.

The next time you see a person moving in an unexpected manner or making repetitive noises, please take a moment to consider that you may be in the presence of someone with a neurological condition. Education is the only way to break the stigma. People with TS are just like you and me; they are simply wired differently. To learn more about TS, please go to patsainc.org.
PA’s Opioid Epidemic – Employing More Tactics in the Fight

As we continue to combat the opioid abuse epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth, the House Health Committee has approved legislation to better regulate pain management clinics and help identify patients who previously overdosed.

House Bill 1005 would help health care professionals identify and better treat patients who previously overdosed by requiring first responders and hospital personnel to document the use of Narcan, Naloxone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record in a state database.

The database was created in 2014 to help track opioid prescriptions to prevent people with an addiction from obtaining multiple scripts from different doctors.

House Bill 1214 would require pain management clinic to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to ensure they are not prescribing or dispensing controlled substances inappropriately. While it is important to ensure people who are struggling with chronic pain can access the medications they need, it is equally important to prevent the diversion, misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

Both bills now go to the full House for consideration.
Traveling Over Memorial Day? Check Traffic Conditions on 511PA.com

Travelers can log onto 511PA.com to check current traffic impacts from construction, traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.

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.

Travelers are always reminded to buckle up, put their phones away and stay sober when behind the wheel.

In other PennDOT news, driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27, for the holiday. 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.

New Sensory Room at Middle Smithfield Elementary School

East Stroudsburg Area School District recently opened a “Sensory Room” at Middle Smithfield Elementary School. This room is designed to help students with special needs as a therapy space and, in turn, improve their educational experience. The district plans to include these rooms in each elementary school. What a great resource in our schools and community. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to tour the new addition.
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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