Apr. 13, 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.
April’s word of the month is “dependable.”
“A person who can be relied upon, counted on; worthy of trust.”

From my family to yours, Happy Easter! Enjoy the nice spring weather and time with family and friends this weekend.

Recap: HOA Board Member and Resident
Conflict Management Educational Seminar

Thank you to everyone who attended our educational seminar for Home Owner Association (HOA) Board members and residents on Saturday in East Stroudsburg. We had about 100 people in attendance, and it was truly a beneficial meeting for everyone who attended. We focused on offering increased education to HOA members and residents about how to develop stronger methods of conflict management. Special thank you to Middle Smithfield Township for the use of their facility as well as Tobey Oxholm, Nicholas Haros, Esquire, Gene Tick, Tony Campisi of CAI, and Denise Burdge of the Monroe County Bar Association who played major roles in this educational opportunity.
Women in State Government                       

On Friday, April 7, I had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Kimberly Adams Women and Politics class at East Stroudsburg University about women and state policymaking. The class goal is to bring awareness to the past and present impediments that exist from having full participation and representation among women in our local, state and federal governments, and in the workplace. I hope I helped them develop a basic appreciation of the variety, quality and intensity of female participation in government.

New Energy Efficient Improvements at PEEC

On Thursday, April 6, Brian Fenstermaker from our district office attended a press conference and tour that showcased new energy efficient improvements made at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), in partnership with the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). Today in Pennsylvania, there are more than 62,000 jobs in the energy efficiency industry with annual growth of 7.5 percent. These energy efficiencies help businesses and organizations, like PEEC, to save on utility costs and invest that money into educational programs for students in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Happy Retirement, Bob!                       

The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership Legislative Breakfast was held in Honesdale this morning. Wayne County Conservation District Director Bob Muller received a citation in honor of his retirement and his more than 32 years serving in that position. Pictured from left are Rep. Mike Peifer, Sen. Lisa Baker, Bob Muller, Rep. Jonathan Fritz, and Brian Fenstermaker from our district office.
Self Defense Class for Disabled Veterans

There will be a class for disabled veterans to teach them to defend themselves with a cane on Saturday, April 29, at 8:30 a.m., at the VFW Post 2540 on Fawn Road in East Stroudsburg. All veterans that need a cane are welcome. Contact Thomas Bowditch at tbow49@aol.com for more information.

Gypsy Moth Spraying to be Available in Ross, Hamilton and Eldred Townships

Ross, Hamilton and Eldred township supervisors have agreed to support and cooperate with residents in providing a gypsy moth spray program, as it’s anticipated to be a bad year with the gypsy moths in northeast PA. Residents should contact their supervisor’s office to discuss details of the program. The deadline to apply is May 1. The phone numbers are as follows:

• Ross Township: 570-992-4990
• Hamilton Township: 570-992-7020
• Eldred Township: 610-381-4252 
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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Office Locations
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
TTY: 855-282-0614