Sep. 03, 2017

 
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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. Click here to learn more.
September’s word of the month is “Honesty.”
“Free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere, genuine, real."
 

Prepare Yourself for Emergencies
As the nation comes together to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Pennsylvania officials are reminding residents that National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1. Throughout the month, households, businesses and communities are encouraged to prepare and plan for emergencies.

Well before emergencies strike, steps can be taken to prepare a family, school, workplace or community for any type of incident that would disrupt the day-to-day routine. Citizens are encouraged to visit ReadyPA.org to find sample checklists, contact lists and other preparedness tools to take advantage of before an emergency occurs. In particular, people should think about loved ones who may have special needs that could inhibit their ability to help themselves.

Follow @ReadyPA on Twitter and like facebook.com/BeReadyPA for additional helpful tips and information.
 

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.
 

New Law Gets Tough on Animal Abusers
Animals now have greater protection thanks to a tough, new law targeting those who abuse animals which took effect Monday, Aug. 28. Act 10 of 2017, also known as Libre’s Law, strengthens existing animal cruelty laws and makes it easier to prosecute a person who knowingly mistreats, abuses or neglects an animal.

Specifically, the new law outlines three tiers of cruelty and neglect, with charges ranging from a summary offense for denying an animal food or shelter to a third-degree felony for intentionally torturing an animal or causing serious bodily injury or death. The new law also requires convicted animal abusers to forfeit their animals, sets limits on how long an animal can be tethered outdoors, and clarifies penalties for abusing a horse.


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Legislative Report – Smithfield Gateway Project

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My latest Legislative Report is now available online. The topic of conversation in this edition is the Smithfield Gateway Project. I talked with Legend Properties Inc. CEO Jim Depetris, whose company purchased the land on which the Smithfield Gateway Project is located. The project is expected to create a tremendous boost to the local economy; create new stores, jobs and housing; help to clean up the area; and assist with traffic and roadway improvements.
 

Attention Veterans
Area veterans can learn more about their risk for Hepatitis C at an important educational event on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m., at the VFW Post No. 2540, located at 20 Fawn Road, East Stroudsburg. Vietnam veterans, especially those born between 1945-1965, are at high risk for having Hep C. That’s why you and your spouse or partner are encouraged to attend this free educational event co-hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 678. Olive Garden is donating food for this event. For more information, talk to your health care provider, visit HEPCHOPE.com, or call 844-9-HEPCHOPE.
 

PHEAA Encourages Caution with Solicitations
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) reminds students and families to be extremely cautious if solicited by any company offering financial aid application assistance, scholarship searches or student loan debt relief, such as through loan consolidation, loan cancellation, loan forgiveness or defaulted loan assistance. These companies typically charge significant upfront fees for services – sometimes through non-existent programs – that are readily available for free from the federal government.

To find financial aid opportunities, parents and students should research FREE sites such as EducationPlanner.org, MySmartBorrowing.org, StudentAid.ed.gov and StudentLoans.gov. In addition, NerdWallet’s Watch List names companies that charge for fraudulent or questionable debt relief services. Students and families who believe they have been targeted or victimized by a scam should complain to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
 

Traveling Over Labor 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, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day. 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.
 
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
Email: rbrown@pahousegop.com
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