Sep. 17, 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.
September’s word of the month is “Honesty.”
“Free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere, genuine, real.”

Pennsylvania Stands with Texas and Florida

As our nation comes together to help those impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, I want to share some information about Pennsylvanians who are lending aid, and how those who would like to help may do so. PA Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Task Force personnel were sent to Alabama to coordinate with teams already working in Texas before the storm in Florida. Several members of the Pennsylvania Incident Management Team went to Florida when the U.S. Forest Service requested aid to help with debris cleanup and supervise saw crews. More than 200 Pennsylvania National Guard troops were deployed to Texas to assist in recovery efforts. We thank all these men and women for their efforts in helping our southern neighbors during their time of need. Click here for a list of current disasters, volunteer sign-ups and other information.

What started as a simple idea of bringing businesses and the local community together to support hurricane victims really took off thanks to the help of many from within our community for the “Fill up the Truck” event. Pocono ProFoods supplied the transportation, a driver and the know-how of getting the items specified by the American Red Cross to the victims who needed it the most. This past week, the truck was parked at the Mountain Creek Grill in Bartonsville, and the filled truck will travel the week of Sept. 18-23. Final arrangements are being made about the route and dropoff point being designated by the American Red Cross. Click this link to find out ways you can help this effort. This idea took off thanks to Steve Ertle and many others within our community.


A Budget That Puts People First
In working to complete the 2017-18 budget package, the state House this week approved legislation to generate enough revenue to close the projected budget gap. The “Putting People First” revenue package stands up for taxpayers by providing a fiscally responsible plan which contains no new or increased taxes or borrowing.

The revenues to fund the $1.5 billion deficit from 2016-17, as well as the anticipated revenue needed for the current budget of approximately $600 million, would come from legislative reserves; transfers from special accounts with excess or dormant funding; other fund transfers; multi-year agency lapsed funds; gaming reform proceeds; liquor transfers; and the sale of a portion of the Tobacco Settlement money.

The various transfers are not expected to negatively impact any current or future program or service to state residents. The measure now goes to the Senate for concurrence. For more information, visit

Fighting for Life – Battling the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

I will be attending this event on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 7-9 p.m., at the Hughes Library, Edinger Community Center, located at Room 1002 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg. Free tickets are available at For more information, call 646-320-5165, or email

Boy Scouts Rally at the Capitol
The newly formed Boy Scout Caucus, of which I am a member, held a rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, in honor of Boy Scouting in Pennsylvania. Kenneth Hager is a Scouting volunteer who spoke first at the rally about how Scouting is alive and well in our Commonwealth today. Did you know that the first Boy Scout troop in the United States actually started outside Philadelphia? More than 100,000 individuals are involved with Boy Scouting in Pennsylvania, training our youth to be the leaders of tomorrow. As state representative, I’m fortunate to often have the opportunity to see Scouting in action – whether at a community event, a service project effort, at one of their meetings or at an Eagle Scout ceremony. I support the efforts of our Boy Scouts, and look forward to being a member of this caucus.

Patriots Day Remembrance Events

I attended and participated in the Patriots Day – Remembering Sept. 11 – service on Sunday at Monsignor McHugh School. Thank you to Madeleine Forssell, Jenny Galunic and all the volunteers who organized this event. Pocono Mountain and Coolbaugh fire companies did a great job raising our flag. The Trinity Centennial Band, Pocono Vocal Locals Choir and the Joyful Noises Quartet offered beautiful music.

I also attended the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Patriots Day event, which took place behind the Tannersville Wall Memorial. Thank you to Kevin MacIntire for the great Elvis music, and to Santa Ken, who was there to greet everyone at the entrance. Thank you to all our veterans and their families! We will never forget 9.11.01.

Visit to Middle Smithfield Township
I enjoyed being a guest speaker last week at a Middle Smithfield Township meeting, where my remarks focused on a bill I am sponsoring, House Bill 595, which would improve the way investigations and mediation complaints are handled in residential communities across the state. This bill passed the House in April. I was joined by guest speaker Zach Strauser of Strauser’s Nature Helpers. We are pictured here with Middle Smithfield Township Supervisors Mike Dwyer, Annette Atkinson and Marc Oney.

Pike County Senior Expo
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Senior Expo in Pike County, which I co-hosted with Rep. Mike Peifer, on Sept. 8, at the Dingman Township Volunteer Fire Department in Milford. Thank you to the fire company and to all the volunteers who helped to assist with the expo, to make it a successful event for seniors in our area. Some of the volunteers are shown here, along with Michelle from Visiting Angels, one of our many vendors, and members of my staff.

Barrett Township Dog Park Grand Opening
I attended the Barrett Township Dog Park grand opening on Gravel Road in Canadensis. The park is open to the public and is partially wooded with lots of room to run. Click here for more information.

Running to Remember Kickoff Event
I attended the Running to Remember Kickoff event on Sept. 10 at the PourHouse Neighborhood Bar and Grille. This was the first event for a year-long series of fundraisers to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Elisabeth (Buffy) Pipolo, (pictured on the right above) is running at least a half marathon a month, or more, to raise money and support this health crisis. Buffy’s mother passed away from Alzheimer’s and her 49-year-old sister suffers from dementia. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; it kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Good luck Buffy!

Veterans Eye Care Seminar

American Legion Post 903 invites all veterans to attend its Veterans Eye Care seminar on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m., at Dasaki Restaurant on Route 611 in Swiftwater. Dr. Demko of Advanced Eyecare Specialists will be giving the seminar. He will provide information about eye care, VA paperwork, Tri Care and other health plans. RSVP by calling Tom at 570-595-7145 or emailing
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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