Oct. 01, 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.

October’s word of the month is “Self-Control.”

“Free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere, genuine, real.”


Property Tax Constitutional Amendment Info

Because many of you have asked for further clarification, I would like to pass along a one page fact sheet from the Pennsylvania School Board Association that explains the proposed constitutional amendment regarding property taxes that will be on the ballot this November. This includes easy-to-understand answers to the questions that are being most frequently asked and most often misunderstood about what the questions that will appear on the ballot means, and what the impact will be for taxpayers and taxing boards, including school boards.


Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week 

In an effort to continue to build positive perceptions about manufacturing, draw attention to the variety of careers available and highlight the industry’s contributions to our economy, this week has been designated as Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week. Throughout the week, manufacturers and partners across the state will host events to provide students and families an inside look at what modern manufacturing looks like. Click here for more information and event details.   


The House spearheaded a measure, now Act 6 of 2017, to allow career and technical students to demonstrate proficiency on exams developed by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute in lieu of demonstrating proficiency on a Keystone Exam. Act 6 of 2017 gives them greater flexibility in meeting high school graduation requirements so they can be ready to enter the workforce.


Daughters of the American Revolution 

I had a great time speaking to members of the Daughters of the American (DAR) Legion Jacob Stroud Chapter on Sept. 18. The organization was founded in 1890 to emphasize historic preservation, education and patriotism. DAR has more than 3,000 chapters located in all 50 states, and 185,000 members across our country and beyond. Any woman ages 18 and older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution can be a member. Visit DAR’s website for more information, if you are interested in learning more about joining the organization. You can also fill out a pedigree chart before meeting with a chapter representative, who will be able to guide you through the process.


Hamilton Manor Apartments 

On Sept. 20, I attended the grand re-opening of the Hamilton Manor Senior Apartments, which were recently remodeled. Hamilton Manor is located in Hamilton Township, and is owned by the Housing Authority of Monroe County. This affordable quality housing project has been in service since 1997 and has 40 units.


Recognizing an Area Gold Award Recipient 

On Sept. 22, I presented Hannah Durham with a House citation recognizing her achievement of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. Hannah is very active in our community and brought focus and education to Notre Dame students on empathy and created the Buddy Bench as her final project. Congratulations, Hannah! We are proud of all your accomplishments and wish you continued success.

Honoring Joe Landi 

This past Sunday, I joined the Bushkill Fire Company at an event to honor Joe Landi for his 70 years of volunteer fire service. Joe served 55 years at Wyckoff Fire Company, and 15 years at Bushkill helping the team. Joe is pictured here with his wife, Carolyn, at the party. Thank you, Joe, for your commitment to others for so many years!


Second Annual Thousand Lights Pink Ribbon Walk

The Second Annual Thousand Lights Pink Ribbon Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 5 p.m., at the Moonlit Lake at Saw Creek Estates, off Winona Falls Road in Bushkill. The event is to raise awareness for breast cancer. The gathering begins at 5 p.m., the walk begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. I will be attending and speaking at this event. “Margaret” the PINK firetruck will also be in attendance. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Librasangel109@gmail.com.


Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

President Trump proclaimed Sept. 24 as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day in the United States to honor and extend deepest gratitude to the families of military service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country. Click here to read the full proclamation. One of the most difficult things a parent could ever experience is to lose a child. These Gold Star Mothers and families lost loved ones who paid the ultimate price for our nation’s freedom – they are national heroes. We remember these men and women, as well as their families every single day. And we thank our current men and women in uniform, our veterans and their families for their service to our nation.



The First Fall Foliage Reports Are In

Did you know that Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation – or anywhere in the world?! Pennsylvania’s location between 40 degrees and 42 degrees north latitude and its varied topography from sea level on the coastal plan to more than 3,000 feet in the Laurel Highlands supports 134 species of trees and many more shrubs and vines that contribute to the display of autumn color. And though the weather for the first week of fall has felt more like summer in Pennsylvania, it is officially now fall. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recently released its first fall foliage report, which shows the percent of full color from this week and beyond. Click the report to find out where PA’s fall colors are out in full force, and plan your leaf-peeping excursion. 

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
TTY: 855-282-0614