Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Avoid Fraud – Don’t Abbreviate 2020 on Checks and Documents
  • Remembering Friend and Local Radio Host Elisa Caffese Lee
  • 2020 Census – How to Make PA Count
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • Tuesday Deadline for Museum & Historical Society Grants
  • Around the 40th District

Avoid Fraud – Don’t Abbreviate 2020 on Checks and Documents

Getting used to writing a new year on your documents is a normal part of entering a new year. However, this year it is important that you take care to avoid fraud. Experts are advising that writing just “20” on checks or contracts instead of “2020” could leave you open to fraud.

Experts are advising people to write out the full year whenever you write the date. Rather than “1/1/20,” write “1/1/2020.” This simple step will prevent people from adding number to the end, changing the date. By adding numbers after the year, a bad actor could predate or postdate a document. This is good advice to avoid fraud every time that you sign the date in 2020!

Remembering Friend and Local Radio Host Elisa Caffese Lee

It is with an extremely heavy heart I share my deepest condolences to the Caffese and Lee families on the loss of their beloved daughter and wife, Elisa. Elisa was the co-host and part of the “Gary in the Morning” team for 20 years. It hasn’t truly set in yet that such an amazing person was taken so soon from our lives. Elisa was one of those individuals that you always felt comfortable around, she had a heart of gold, was always there to help, giving her heart to the entire community. She was witty, smart, and someone who I considered as a third daughter. This community will not be the same without her. Elisa, you will remain forever in our hearts

By April 1, 2020, every home in the U.S. will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It is a very important undertaking. The count determines the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives for each state, and is used to distribute billions in federal dollars to local communities.

Each year, Pennsylvania receives approximately $26 billion in federal funding toward programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, CHIP, and WIC, as well as grants for education and highway construction. That’s equal to over $2,000 per citizen in Pennsylvania.

You can respond by mail, phone, or online. Your personal information is confidential. You can learn more about the census in Pennsylvania, and getting involved with Complete Committees, here.

Pennsylvania has taken several steps in recent years to combat human trafficking. Saturday is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which reminds us of those still in danger.

The Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888 (Text: 233733). Recognizing these red flags can assist in identifying victims and getting them the help they need.

Tuesday is the deadline for museums and county historical societies to apply for Cultural and Historical Support Grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Funds support educational opportunities and efforts to pass on local history to future generations. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Details and applications here.

Around the 40th District

This past weekend we had the privilege of attending a very special Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Thomas, Marcus and Nicholas Ruiz – triplet brothers – who all received their Eagle Scout award. Previously, I had the honor of presenting their older brother, Matthew, with his Eagle award as well. If you ever have the opportunity to speak with one of these young men, you will know right away that they are incredibly talented and servant-minded with strong leadership qualities.

They are all very active in our community, with Troop 100 and St. John’s Church in East Stroudsburg. Their respective projects benefitted both St. John’s and one of the local elementary schools in East Stroudsburg.

Four Eagle Scouts in one family is a great accomplishment and is a strong testament to both their personal character and their parents’ guidance. Congratulations to you all!


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