Mar. 29, 2019

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Monroe County Projects Earn State LSA Grants

Reps. Rosemary M. Brown and I announced this week that several local projects in Monroe County were awarded $3.7 million in grants through the state’s gaming Local Share Account.

Rep. Brown said these projects help make our communities better places to live and work. She is pleased that our local officials and other involved organizations have these grants to move forward with these projects and she looks forward to them all coming to fruition.

It is important for our local communities that these projects are funded and completed. These LSA grants provide the means for our local project organizers to do just that. I want to thank all those who had a hand in advocating for and providing these much-appreciated funds.

Below are the area projects that received an LSA grant and the amount they received:
  • Shared Emergency Services Facility, Chestnuthill Township, $225,000.
  • Police Vehicle, Delaware Water Gap Borough, $58,449.
  • Community Center and Library of the Smithfields, $250,000.
  • Brodhead Creek Regional Authority - Pocono Water Storage Tank No.2, $415,000.
  • Clymer Library-New Security System, $13,558.
  • Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company-Emergency Shelter Project, $105,000.
  • East Stroudsburg University Community Health Education & Simulation Center Equipment, $217,524.
  • Pocono Mountain Municipal Airport Authority-Replacement of Aviation Fueling System, $215,000.
  • Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department - Vehicle & Interview Room Cameras Project, $50,000.
  • Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority -Lackawanna Cut-Off Passenger Rail Service Restoration Project, $200,000.
  • Polk Township-Dorshimer Road Bridge, $73,500.
  • Pocono Services for Families and Children-The Mountain Center HVAC & Lighting Upgrades, $421,835.
  • Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network Clothing & Food Pantry-Building Renovations, $90,000.
  • Youth Star, Inc. - Community Center Project, Monroe County Industrial Development Authority,  $644,942.
  • SR 0611/Rimrock Drive Traffic Improvements, $450,000.
  • Generator, Ross Township Municipal Building, $13,537.
  • Big Belly Trash and Recycling Cans, $238,492.
  • Solar Parking Garage Lights, $7,663.
  • New Sidewalks at the Municipal Complex, $10,500.
These grants give counties across Pennsylvania funds to aid projects that help human services, improve local infrastructure, enhance transportation, address health and safety needs, assist with emergency services and further public interest initiatives.

Keeping Vaping Products Out of the Hands of Minors

To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors and, for students, to possess or use such products on school grounds.

ENDS include, but are not limited to, e-cigarettes, JUULs and vape pens.

While the products are touted as harmless by some, medical experts have warned that the high doses of nicotine available in many products negatively affect the developing adolescent brain, and the long-term effects of inhaling vaporized chemicals is unknown.

House Bill 97 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Safety Tips for Kids on the Internet

The internet comes with benefits, as well as risks, especially for children. Parents are encouraged to help kids follow safe and responsible computer practices.

The best way to keep kids safe online is to start conversations about being online early and continue to monitor their internet use and discuss how to use it responsibly. It is important children know that some people online have bad intentions, including bullies, predators, hackers, scammers and people sharing inappropriate content.

Ensuring children use cell phones responsibly and safely means establishing what responsible use looks like, including if calls or texting are allowed during dinner or while doing homework, ensuring they treat others the same way they want to be treated, and deciding on the privacy settings, web filters and child safety controls you want on your child’s phone.

Teens and tweens communicate online using social media, chat rooms, and virtual worlds, and it is important they know how to safely navigate these spaces. They should understand that after they post something, it cannot be taken back. Even if they delete it, they should limit what they share.

You can learn more about keeping your kids safe on the internet by clicking here.