Aug. 20, 2017

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The latest news from PA State Representative Rosemary Brown

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. Click here to learn more.
August’s word of the month is “Fortitude.”
“The ability to face difficulties, danger and adversity with courage and strength.”

2017 Senior Citizens Expo
Co-hosted with State Rep. Mike Peifer
Friday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dingman Township Fire Hall, 680 Log Tavern Road, Milford (Off Route 739)

The expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors • Admission is free • Light refreshments will be offered • Pike County Transportation is offering convenient, free transportation to this year’s expo for Pike County residents age 65 and over • You must register in advance for this service by calling 570-296-3408 or 866-681-4947 by Sept. 1 • The event gives seniors the opportunity to learn more about services, activities and information in the area that can enhance their quality of life • Wayne Memorial Hearing Solutions will be back again to provide hearings screenings.

Click here to view the event flyer.

Visit to the ESU Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory
As I continue to work on my legislation about requiring continuing education for health care practitioners about Lyme disease, I recently visited East Stroudsburg University’s Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory to tour the lab and discuss the legislation and ways to collaborate with the lab to help the public. Thank you, Microbiologist and Forensic Scientist Nicole Chinnici, for showing me around and talking with me about this important topic. Click here to learn more about the legislation I am working on related to this subject.

Monroe County Transit Authority App Available
Monroe County Transit Authority riders can download and use the “Transit” app for iOS and Android devices. “Transit” is a real-time urban travel companion, which allows users to navigate their city’s public transit system schedules with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders. Click here to learn more.

Nurse-Family Partnership Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

This week, the Nurse-Family Partnership celebrated its 15th anniversary in Monroe County. This is a program that works with newly expecting mothers from low-income circumstances during their pregnancy until the child is 2 years old. This is a wonderful program that has improved the lives of many families in Monroe County. I would like to thank Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono for its continued support. To learn more about this program, call 570-426-1699 or visit Pictured from left are Tyler Day from Rep. Jack Rader’s office, Nurse Family Partnership Manager Virginia Sosnowski RN, Jonathan Allotey from Sen. Mario Scavello’s office, and Cooper Nordquist from Rep. Maureen Madden’s office. Pictured on the right is one of the new graduates, Gianna!

State Police Compliance Program
The Pennsylvania State Police have been granted authority, under Act 141, to work with underage buyer volunteers between the ages of 18-20 to purchase alcoholic beverages in a controlled environment. Underage Buyers, interns from the various colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania, work in conjunction with the Liquor Enforcement Officers to enter liquor-licensed establishments and attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages. If the establishment serves the underage buyer, a Liquor Enforcement Officer immediately notifies them about the age compliance check and administrative action is taken. If interested in applying for the position of Underage Buyer, or learning more about the program, click here.

Monroe 2030 Action Team Business Support Services
Several free business consulting services for startup and existing businesses will be provided on the second Thursday of the month from September 2017 through August 2018 at four locations across our area. Western Pocono Community Library, East Stroudsburg University Innovation Center, Tobyhanna Township Government Center and Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, will all serve as locations for these services. Click here to view the informational flyer for dates, times and appointment information.

Batter Up! 511PA Website Helps Travelers to Little League World Series

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched a web page,, to provide real-time travel and alternate-route information to assist motorists traveling to the Little League World Series in Williamsport Aug. 17-27.

The new page, hosted through the department’s traveler information website, is dedicated to monitoring traffic conditions on the primary travel routes to the event. Travel times and alerts are listed for: Route 15 south to Route 220 to Market Street; Route 15 north; Interstate 80 east to Route 220 north to Market Street; and I-80 west to Route 15 north.

The page includes the average travel time for the primary route, as well as one or two alternate routes. Users can see incidents, construction, weather forecasts and alerts, traffic cameras, and traffic speeds on the map. Maps showing traffic trends on each day of the event in the previous three years are also available.

In addition to Little League World Series information, motorists can use to check conditions on nearly 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
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
164A East Wing, PO Box 202189, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2189 | Phone: (717) 260-6171
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