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Senator Mario Scavello

In this Edition:

  • Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available
  • Devereux Pocono to Showcase Career Opportunities and Services
  • February 9: Scavello, American Legion Hold Veterans Assistance Day at Tannersville District Office
  • 10 Ways My Office Can Help You
  • Pocono Youth Orchestra to Perform in Stroudsburg
  • Street2Feet Outreach Center in Need of Items
  • Tax Assistance
  • Riverside Rehabilitation Holding Book Drop-off for Kids
  • Join Senator Scavello on Pocono 96.7 Every Thursday

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Now Available

Forms for the state’s 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available online and in my district offices. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid (and income) in 2015. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

Residents do not need to pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at no cost at my district office. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, approximately $6 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

If you cannot travel to either of my district offices, please see the below sites that the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging will be at senior facilities filling out the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Programs for free.

Devereux Pocono to Showcase Career Opportunities and Services

Devereux Pocono will be hosting an event for families at the Hughes Library to showcase residential and day program services to adults with intellectual and development disabilities. Devereux will also provide information for individuals interested in career opportunities.

Senator Scavello


February 9: Scavello, American Legion Hold Veterans Assistance Day at Tannersville District Office

On the second Tuesday of each month, the American Legion holds a Veterans Assistance Day at our Tannersville district office.

The next Veterans Assistance Day is February 9. The district office is located at 2989 Route 611, Suite 103 in Tannersville.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a service officer with the American Legion Pennsylvania Department will be on site to assist veterans with issues including: compensation and pension claims, education benefits, enrollment in the VA health care system, burial and survivor benefits, state benefits, and obtaining military personnel and medical records.

Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services. Please contact the Tannersville office to schedule an appointment at 570-620-4326.


10 Ways My Office Can Help You

Here’s a tally of 10 services my office could provide you or your family in 2016.

1. Trouble with a state agency (PennDOT, Department of Human Services, Department of Labor and Industry, etc.)? My office can make an inquiry on your behalf.
2. Need state tax forms, birth certificate applications, voter registration forms, etc.? My staff will provide the necessary forms as well as guidance on any state processes.
3. Need brochures or publications for yourself, families, or friends? Contact my district offices to request a publication. Note: Large orders may require additional time.
4. Share your thoughts/opinions/experiences regarding pending state legislation via my website at www.marioscavello.com or email at mscavello@pasen.gov.  
5. Request a certificate/citation for acknowledgement of accomplishments and special occasions such as retirement, anniversary, birthday or scout honors? –Citation Request
6. Apply for an internship in my Tannersville or Pen Argyl office. –Internship Opportunity
7. Planning a trip to Harrisburg? Call my Harrisburg office for a tour at 717-787-3123.
8. Schedule a meeting with me – Contact my district director, Kristine Bush at 570-620-4326 or via email at kbush@pasen.gov.
9. Need a document notarized? Contact my Tannersville office at 570-620-4326
* Note: The only thing we cannot notarize is a title for a vehicle.
10. My office also works with federal agencies, if you have issues with social security, immigration, etc.; my office can contact the appropriate liaisons for you. 


Pocono Youth Orchestra to Perform in Stroudsburg

Senator Scavello

I enjoyed seeing the Pocono Youth Orchestra on Gary in the Morning today. They are performing Sunday at 3 p.m. at Stroudsburg High School. Please be sure to come out and support our students. Wishing you all the best!


Street2Feet Outreach Center in Need of Items

Crossroad Community Services and Street2Feet Outreach Center are looking for specific items that are needed to support the homeless in Monroe County, especially as winter weather continues.

Items on the list include: coffee, tea, single-serve juice powders (for use with water bottles), 8-ounce hot liquid cups, sugar, tall kitchen bags, hand warmers, disinfecting wipes, air fresheners, nail kits, can openers, bungee cords, zip ties, and duct tape. Food items, such as fruit cups, granola/protein bars, crackers, small bags of chips, cereal, or crackers, macaroni and cheese cups, are also being requested. Additionally, WARM coats, hats, gloves and blankets are also being accepted.

Items can be dropped off at the Day Center, located 130 N. 1st St., Suite 102, in Stroudsburg, near Shop Rite. Call 570-476-9228 for more information.


Tax Assistance

MONROE COUNTY AARP TAX ASSISTANCE
FEBRUARY 1— APRIL 15, 2016 FROM 9 a.m. - Noon (unless noted)

Mondays – Tannersville Rt. 611 Tannersville Municipal Bldg 570-629-1922
Tuesdays – Stroudsburg Rt. 611 Hughes Public Library 570-421-0800
Tuesdays - Middle Smithfield 25 Municipal Drive, Municipal Building 570-223-8920
Thursdays – Stroudsburg Rt. 611 Hughes Public Library 570-421-0800
Saturday – Smithfield 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Smithfield Library 507 Seven Bridges Rd (Route 209), East Stroudsburg
Friendly Community Center in Moutainhome - Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
February 8 & 22, March 7& 12, & April 4. APPOINMENT ONLY 570-481-4330.
West End- begins February 4 in Gilbert at the Salem United Church of Christ off Rte. 209 on Monday & Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY AARP TAX ASSISTANCE

Northampton Recreation Center 1 Lerchenmiller Drive, Northampton, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays starting Feb. 3.
Slate Belt Senior Center 707 American-Bangor Road, Bangor, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays starting February 7 by appointment call 610-588-1224 after noon.
Mid-County Senior Citizen Center 234 Walnut St., Bath, 9 a.m. to noon Mondays starting February 3 by appointment only call 610-837-1931.
Hellertown Area Library 409 Constitution Ave., Hellertown, 9 a.m. to noon Mondays starting February 3.
Nazareth Senior Center/Oliver Border House 15 S. Wood St., Nazareth, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays starting February 6.
Memorial Library of Nazareth 205 E. Center St., Nazareth, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, starting February 1.


Riverside Rehabilitation Holding Book Drop-off for Kids

Riverside Rehabilitation is gearing up for a community service initiative this spring. May is “Better Hearing and Speech” month, and this year Riverside Rehabilitation will focus on educating families about early speech and language development and its connection to literacy development. Riverside will hold three events to help parents teach and build early literacy skills and will distribute the collected books to the children in attendance (infant through age 6).

Please drop off new and gently used picture books at our Tannersville District office located at 2989 Route 611, Suite 103 Tannersville, PA 18372.  


Join Senator Scavello on Pocono 96.7 Every Thursday

Senator Scavello

Please join me Thursdays on Pocono 96.7 on “Gary in the Morning” in the car, at work, or in your home. Call in to ask your questions at 7 a.m.

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Offices

Senate Box 203040
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040
Phone: (717) 787-6123

Monroe County Office
DePue Plaza
2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone (570) 620-4326
FAX (570) 620-4379
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Northampton County Office
2 North Robinson Avenue
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Phone (610) 863-12001200
FAX (610) 863-1214
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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