Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Last Chance to Register for Senator Scavello’s First Step Seminar Oct. 15 in Pen Argyl
  • State & Federal Offices Closed on Columbus Day
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Flu Season is Underway
  • New App Provides Food Inspection Reports
  • Around the 40th District

Last Chance to Register for Senator Scavello’s First Step Seminar Oct. 15 in Pen Argyl

This Tuesday, I’m partnering with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) out of Lehigh University to hold another First Step Seminar.

This FREE event is for anyone looking to start a business. Topics will include: requirements for starting a business, obtaining financing, identifying licenses and application, the importance and function of a business plan, marketing plan, and financial plan. There will also be time for Q & A.

This FREE event will be held Tuesday, October 15th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Pen Argyl Borough Building (11 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl PA 18072). You must register to attend and can do so here.

Space is limited so I encourage you to register as soon as possible.


Federal and state offices, including Senate offices and PennDOT, will be closed on the Columbus Day holiday.

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month and every month, know that support & resources are available for you or someone you know.

Highly-trained advocates are available at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) to talk confidentially with anyone needing help or guidance. Here is information on ways to stay safe and help others.

Flu season runs October to May, and prevention is more likely if you get vaccinated this month.

The PA Department of Health recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot each season.  There were 122,000 influenza cases statewide and 258 deaths reported last year. More information on symptoms and prevention here.

New App Provides Food Inspection Reports


A new app allows diners to view retail & restaurant inspection reports on their phone. It includes thousands of reports, including violations & inspector comments from the PA Department of Agriculture. You can search by restaurant or location. It’s available free at Apple & Google app stores. You can also access PA food inspection reports here.

Around the 40th District

I want to extend a very special thank you to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office – Pennsylvania and the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney for providing a thorough and informative presentation at my Concealed Carry Seminar this past week. They provided many area residents in attendance with a comprehensive overview of the laws and practical considerations one must consider for carrying a concealed firearm. Thank you as well to all the active and engaged attendees who came and participated.

We plan to host another seminar in Northampton County in the near future.

On Tuesday at the Hanover Township Community Center, I participated in a roundtable discussion along with Representatives Schweyer and Schlossberg. The event was hosted by the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). The purpose of this roundtable discussion was to provide a forum for PSEA’s special education teachers and support professionals to share feedback on issues and challenges they are facing in classrooms. I appreciate the opportunity to have this conversation with area teachers and support professionals.

On Wednesday I welcomed students from Washington Elementary in the Bangor School District as they visited the Capital. Each of the six classes received a tour of the capital. Some of the students are pictured above as I was showing them the Senate chamber and speaking about the legislative process. I always enjoy hosting students and answering their questions about state government.

Congratulations to new Eagle Scout Tyler Conklin of Troop 102 in Saylorsburg. Tyler is the third Eagle Scout in his family, following in the footsteps of both his grandfather and father. For his Eagle project, Tyler built an enclosure for the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Stroudsburg to house injured, sick or orphaned animals. Great work, Tyler, and our best wishes for success in all you do!

Last week Pocono 96.7 held their grand opening for their new studio location on Main Street in Stroudsburg. Remember, I appear live every Thursday morning from 7 – 7:30 am on the “Gary in the Morning Show” and take questions live on the air. Congratulations to my friends!

Last week I was happy to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new KidsPeace location in Tobyhanna Township. KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. You can find this new location at 100 Community Drive in Tobyhanna. Visit their website for more information about their services.


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