A member of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s staff will be at our Tannersville district office August 18 to assist constituents with federal issues. Details on that visit and other items can be found below.
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Senior Expo Draws More Than 1,500 Participants
On Monday, July 20, more than 1,500 seniors attended my 14th Annual Senior Expo at Pocono Mountain’s Swiftwater Elementary School. Attendees came out from Monroe, Northampton, and Pike Counties to take part in the festivities and informational sessions offered. State Representatives Rosemary Brown, David Parker, and Jack Rader attended as well.
Each year, the Senior Expo provides a valuable opportunity for area senior citizens to connect with a host of non-profit, community, and governmental services. More than 85 exhibitors provided handouts, health screenings, long-term care resources, and exercise demonstrations.
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office also conducted fraud prevention sessions to bring awareness to numerous scams targeting senior citizens. Throughout the Expo, entertainment was provided by the Silver Tappers dancing group, Silver Sneakers dancers, and the Retired Volunteer Senior Program Square Dancers. Re-enactors from Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm also provided instructional demonstrations and a glimpse at what farm life was like in the 19th century.
The Senior Expo is an annual event and I encourage all seniors in the 40th Senate District to explore the numerous resources available to you at the state and local level.
As always, if you should have any questions regarding any state-related matters or services you might need, please do not hesitate to contact my Monroe County Office at 570-620-4326 or my Northampton County Office at 610-863-1200.
U.S. Sen. Toomey’s Regional Manager to Help Constituents at Tannersville Office Aug. 18
A member of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s staff will be at our Tannersville district office August 18 to assist constituents with federal issues.
Marta Gabriel, Regional Manager for Senator Toomey, will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist with immigration services, social security, veterans’ issues, disability benefits and more.
The Tannersville district office is located in DePue Plaza, 2989 Route 611, Suite 103 (570- 620-4326).
Recently I met with Jennifer Middaugh, Alexandra Eller, Eliza Nassivera, and Arminda Rinker, members of Keystone Girls State, a week long summer educational program through the PA American Legion. Through participation in Keystone Girls State, girls receive hands-on, real-world experience that teaches them the ideals of American Government, citizenship, and leadership.
It was my privilege to take part in their time outside the classroom visiting the PA State Capitol. If you are interested in further information regarding participation in the Keystone Girls State program or the valuable work they do, please visit the PA American Legion Website for more information.
How You Can Support Pennsylvania Veterans
The PA Veterans’ Trust Fund supplements state aid for veterans’ programs.
The VTF issues grants to statewide charitable organizations that assist veterans, veterans service organizations and county directors of veterans affairs to assist veterans in need of shelter and necessities of living.
Funding comes from donations made via a voluntary check-off box on driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations, the purchase of “Honoring our Veterans” license plates and direct donations. Please consider giving to the Trust Fund at driver’s license renewal time, or through alternative means.
Enter Your Name and Search for Unclaimed Property
Bank accounts, stocks, insurance payments, gift cards, paychecks, safe deposit box contents and other property, including jewelry, paintings and antiquities totaling more than $2.5 billion are waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners, according to the Bureau of Unclaimed Property within the PA Treasury.
Recent changes to the law move unclaimed property to the State Treasury after three (instead of five) years of inactivity. That reduction resulted in increasing the average annual unclaimed property totals from $240 million to $625 million.
You can search using your name or your company’s name. You can also check the status of property claims you previously made.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended to End of Year
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2014 was extended to Dec. 31, 2015.
Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.
It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds residents that free application assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
Claimants who already applied for rebates may check the status of claims online or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES.
Find a Job With Gateway
If you’re looking for a job, check out the revamped state website that connects employers with potential employees free of charge. JobGateway averages around 200,000 job openings at any given time and around 3,500 new jobs are posted each day. Features include:
The service is free to both job seekers and employers.
2015 PA Fair Guide Available
Community fairs are one of the many highlights of summer in our region.
The entertainment and homemade food, and the celebrations of local history and culture make fairs a great experience for the whole family.
The 2015 PA Fair Guide lists 109 different fairs, including those in Monroe and Northampton counties, and statewide. You can download the guide here .
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