Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Applications Open for Watershed Cleanup Grants
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30th
  • Share Your Views on PennDOT’s Winter Services
  • 2022 Municipal Electronic Collection Event Dates
  • Summer Camp for Teens Interested in Law Enforcement, Military
  • Call 811 Before Excavation Projects
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Around the 40th District

 Applications Open for Watershed Cleanup Grants

Applications are being accepted for Growing Greener Plus grants to help protect creeks, rivers and other waterways from pollution and restore impaired watersheds.

The funding supports projects aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution, which is caused by abandoned mine drainage, urban and agricultural runoff, on-lot sewage systems, earthmoving, and streambank and shoreline degradation.

Eligible applicants include counties, municipalities, municipal authorities, county conservation districts, watershed organizations, councils of governments, educational institutions and other authorized organizations involved in water resource restoration and protection.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is NEXT SATURDAY

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and can often tragically lead individuals to heroin and fentanyl addiction.

That’s why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in – safely and anonymously – a record amount of prescription drugs each year during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day reflects DEA’s commitment to Americans’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.

Click here to find a location near you!

Share Your Views on PennDOT’s Winter Services

How did PennDOT do this winter? Motorists have until April 29 to provide feedback via an online survey.

The 17-question survey asks respondents about their timeline expectations for safe and passable roadways, how they rank snow-removal priorities and how they rate PennDOT’s winter services.

The survey should take about five minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous.

2022 Municipal Electronic Collection Event Dates

Do you have old and unwanted electronics that you need to get rid of? Here are the upcoming Municipal Electronic Collection event dates that have been planned so far in Monroe County. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your respective township directly.

 The Waste Authority

1114 Military Rd. Stroudsburg, PA 18360
05/14/2022, 06/25/2022, 09/17/2022, and 10/22/2022
(570) 643-6100

Barrett Township

194 Route 390 Cresco, PA 18326
05/07/2022, 06/04/2022, 07/09/2022, 08/06/2022, 9/10/2022, and 10/01/2022
(570) 595-2602

Coolbaugh Township

549 Laurel Dr. Tobyhanna, PA 18466
06/03/2022 – 06/04/2022, 08/05/2022 – 08/06/2022, and 10/07/2022 – 10/08/2022
(570) 894-8490

Eldred Township

490 Kunkletown Rd. Kunkletown, PA 18058
05/02/2022 – 09/23/2022
(610) 381-4252

Hamilton Township

229 Fenner Ave. Sciota, PA 18354
05/04/2022 – 05/07/2022 and 09/22/2022 – 9/24/2022
(570) 992-7020

Jackson Township

2162 Route 715 – behind the township building off Reeders Run Rd. at the maintenance building
05/18/2022 – 05/21/2022
(570) 629-0153

Middle Smithfield

147 Municipal Drive East Stroudsburg, PA 18302 or
792 Dancing Ridge Road East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
Dates: 4/28-4/30 or 10/14 – 10/15 – 7 AM to 2 PM
570-223-8920 x 142

Paradise Township

5912 Paradise Valley Rd. Cresco, PA 18326
05/05/2022 – 05/07/2022 and 10/06/2022 – 10/08/2022
(570) 595-9880

Ross Township

258 Anchorage Rd. Saylorsburg, PA 18353
04/22/2022 – 4/23/2022
(570) 992-4990

Smithfield Township

1155 Red Fox Rd. Stroudsburg, PA 18360
05/11/2022 – 05/15/2022
(570) 223-5082

Stroud Township

134 Gaunt Rd. Stroudsburg, PA 18360
04/27/2022 – 04/30/2022
(570) 421-3362

Tunkhannock Township

1557 Long Pond Rd. Long Pond, PA 18334
05/13/2022 – 05/16/2022
(570) 646-3008

Summer Camp for Teens Interested in Law Enforcement, Military

Teens ages 15 to 17 interested in a career in law enforcement or the military can apply now for a summer leadership camp held by the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania National Guard and the American Legion.

The Elmer Hafer-American Legion-State Police-National Guard Youth Camp will be held June 5-11 at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County. The cost is $175.

During the camp, cadets work on team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers and a marksmanship course. Cadets will also visit the State Police Academy in Hershey and Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in Lebanon County. In addition, the camp offers three $1,000 scholarship awards at the conclusion of the week.

Call 811 Before Excavation Projects

Nearly half of all underground line “hits” occurring during excavations are caused by failure to contact the PA One Call system by calling 811 before digging, or failure to wait the required three business days before projects begin.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is using Safe Digging Month to remind homeowners, businesses, contractors and anyone else involved in excavation projects of the importance of calling 811 before any project begins and allowing time for utility operators to locate and mark their lines before any digging.

Hits on underground lines pose a danger to contractors, utility workers, nearby residents and bystanders. Each incident carries the possibility of serious injuries, service interruptions and costly repairs.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to rededicate ourselves to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an array of information aimed at preventing child abuse, protecting children from the risk of abuse and promoting healthy families.

Around the 40th District

Tuesday we joined representatives from Grand Central Landfill and Hauling/Waste Management of the Slate Belt and officials from Pen Argyl Borough in front of the recently demolished Pen Argyl Pool. Waste Management presented the Borough with a $50,000 donation in the hope of jumpstarting fundraising for the new pool project! During the event, Borough Council President Joseph LeDonne explained that this donation has indeed had the desired effect. Since receiving it, many other companies in the Slate Belt have stepped up to the plate with additional dollars and in-kind donations. Thank you to Waste Management for stepping up again in our community and providing this funding for the project.

If you would like to consider donating to the project, here is a printable donation form. You can also join the Weona Park Pool Pals in their mission.

This week, Ertle Subaru presented two checks during their annual “Share the Love” event. They donated $18,623 to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm – located in Hamilton Township. A historical, working farm, operating as an open-air museum to educate on farm and family life from the 1800s. Ertle Subaru also presented a $7,618 check to St. Luke’s Monroe. Thank you to Jim Ertle, owner of Ertle Subaru, for their generosity!

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