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Operating as usual

10/05/2020
09/17/2020

WEPOSC announces that BINGO RESUMES at Chestnuthill Park on Friday September 18 beginning at 6:30 pm.
LIMITED SPOTS--FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.
Please bring a MASK to wear inside premises and kindly remain home if not feeling well.

PLEASE NOTE: Event will follow COVID-19 guidelines and will be subject to change based on the most current COVID-19 Health Guidelines at the time of the event.

50/50 payout guaranteed!
(half of the game money collected will be paid out)

$15 (8 boards)
Door Prizes
Specials
Pull Tabs
Refreshments--Only pre-packaged snacks sold at this time -- to be eaten while seated. No outside food or drink please.

Bernie Kozen
WEPOSC, Executive Director
P O Box 243
221 Rt 715
Brodheadsville, PA 18322
(570)992-9733
www.weposc.org

09/10/2020

The Sept. 30 deadline to complete work on the 2020 Census is quickly approaching. It is important to ensure everyone is counted because the count helps determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. Congress and how to distribute more than $675 billion in funding to states, counties, municipalities, school districts, and social service programs and organizations.

This month, Monroe County residents are being asked to help the county “Get to 60!” percent by filling out the Census online, by phone or by mail. The goal is to beat Monroe County’s response rate of a decade ago (55%) by having roughly 4,000 additional households counted this year. Let's actually shoot for 100%!

Those who have not responded yet can go to My2020Census.gov to complete the questionnaire. Respondents can also call 844-330-2020 or 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

People can be confident that the Census Bureau will not share their information with anyone, including federal, state or local authorities of any kind, including law enforcement, immigration or landlords. There are no exceptions to this law, which is enforceable with five years in jail and a fine of $250,000.

09/01/2020

Subject to COVID-19 Guidelines and to changes regarding the same.

Join West End Park and Open Space Commission for a FREE Family Event of Back-to-School Crafting!

Drop into Chestnuthill Park (221 Route 715, Brodheadsville) on Saturday September 19 any time between the hours of 10:00 am and noon to make Back to School Crafts of either a bus or an owl--while supplies last. Parents are kindly asked to stay and supervise their children. (Craft materials may also be picked up to bring home.) Address is 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville. Weather permitting, this event will be at Pavilion #1 to the left of the building. If held inside--limited spots-- which will be rotated approximately every 15 or 20 minutes.

Everyone is kindly asked to bring a mask, socially distance from non-household members, and refrain from attending if not feeling well. Any students ages 11 to college wishing to volunteer, kindly call Bernie Kozen, WEPOSC Executive Director and Kim Tuin, WEPOSC Program Coordinator at 570-992-9733 to sign up for a spot which will begin earlier and end later with set-up, sanitizing throughout, and clean-up.

We look forward to seeing you!
Bernie Kozen, WEPOSC, Executive Director
And
Kim Tuin, WEPOSC, Program Coordinator
P O Box 243
221 Rt 715
Brodheadsville, PA 18322
(570)992-9733
www.weposc.org

08/31/2020
08/31/2020
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08/31/2020

Please share. Thank you.

08/10/2020
www.monroecountypa.gov

Take the Monroe County Internet/Cellular Survey
Internet and cellular services throughout Monroe County are spotty at best. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for high-quality service throughout our county. Remote instruction, working from home, attending Zoom meetings and even internet shopping require a reliable digital signal.
The Monroe County Commissioners invite you to participate in a survey prepared by the Monroe County Planning Commission to determine precisely where the signals – internet and cellular – need to be improved.
You will complete the survey as one of three types of user: business, education (either a teacher or parent of a student), or regular user. The survey should be completed using the cell phone or computer that you usually use, and you should complete the survey in the location (home or office) where you usually use it. It will take less than five minutes to complete.
To take the surveys, visit: www.monroecountypa.gov/Dept/Commissioners/Documents/BroadbandSurvey.pdf and follow the instructions.

08/10/2020

2020 Census
The Deadline for completing the 2020 Census is September 30. To date, only 50.2% of households in Monroe County have completed the Census questionnaire, compared to the National Average of 62.5%.
If you haven’t completed your questionnaire yet, please consider completing it this weekend. PA receives $2,000 per resident (per year) that responds to the Census! Help your community get the funding it needs!
*Respond to the 2020 Census Online: https://my2020census.gov/
*Respond to the 2020 Census by Phone: English: 844-330-2020 Spanish: 844-468-2020
Responding to the census helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy. Census data impact our daily lives, informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in your community, including health care, senior centers, jobs, political representation, roads, schools, and businesses. More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data.
It’s About Fair Representation
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. After each decade’s census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
By law, your responses cannot be used against you. Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way.
By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.

08/05/2020

Thank you storm Isaias! Paper was put in the mail today - drier than they would have been yesterday! Stay safe, everyone.

In case you are interested.POSTPONED TO AUGUST 20!
08/03/2020

In case you are interested.
POSTPONED TO AUGUST 20!

From the Pleasant Valley School District. Please read and share the following:
08/03/2020

From the Pleasant Valley School District. Please read and share the following:

07/20/2020

Monroe County Commissioners Announce Availability of Funding
Monroe County has received funding through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Grant. This aid is designed to offset some of the financial impact incurred by the local community in dealing with the effects of COVID-19. While some of the money will be used to maintain vital county and municipal services including transportation, funds will also be available to support local emergency service providers, long-term care organizations, small and tourist- related businesses, and non-profit organizations (e.g. 501©(3) and veterans’ organizations).
Grants can be used by eligible organizations to help offset expenses they incurred in dealing with COVID-19 and/or to reduce the impact that lost revenue had on their organizations. Thus, businesses that had significant expense in purchasing personal protective equipment or making modifications to their physical plants or whose revenues suffered because of reduced demand would qualify as would non-profit organizations that had to cancel or curtail their fund raising activities.
Organizations that already received financial assistance through other state or Federal programs (e.g. the Federal Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program established under the CARES Act), can qualify for this program. However, first priority will be given to applicants that did not receive such funds. The goal of the program is to offer meaningful assistance to as many organizations as possible.
The County has retained the services of Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC to assist in administering this grant program. The amount of money available to each organization will be limited to $50,000 at this time with the actual amount to be determined based on the number and magnitude of requests submitted by various organizations.
Applications for assistance will fall into four categories:
Nonprofit grants
Municipal grants
Small business grants
Tourism business grants
Organizations wishing to apply for one of the grants should request a copy of the appropriate grant application by submitting an intent to apply email to [email protected]. This email should include your name, business name, phone number, and name of grant for which you wish to apply. The grant application and instructions for applying will be emailed to you at the address you provide. Once the grant is completed and all supporting paperwork is assembled, it should be scanned and uploaded per the instructions provided. Your application and supporting documents will be sent to a secure mailbox to ensure that all information remains confidential. It is the intent of the Monroe County Commissioners to disburse these funds as soon as possible. With this in mind, the deadline for completed applications to be submitted is Monday, August 3, 2020. Email questions should be submitted to [email protected]

Join Kim Tuin, WEPOSC Program Coordinator, on Tuesday June 30 at 11 am for the Live Virtual Zoom crafting event—Handprin...
06/24/2020

Join Kim Tuin, WEPOSC Program Coordinator, on Tuesday June 30 at 11 am for the Live Virtual Zoom crafting event—Handprint Crab Craft! See attached for the link. It will be recorded to view at a later time too. The LIST of crafting materials if you were unable to pick up a packet of supplies is: 1. Red paper (Crab), 2. Blue paper (Ocean), 3. Brown or Tan paper (Sand), 4. Cotton-balls (Clouds), 5. Googlie eyes or a marker to draw them, 6. Pencil to trace hand, 7. Glue or Glue Stick, 8. Scissors. West End Park and Open Space Commission is dedicated to connecting with the community. Keep an eye out for the July Handprint craft too with details to come on our page and website at www.weposc.org!

Please join the West End Park and Open Space Commission for their Annual Father’s Day Craft on Saturday, June 20th as a ...
06/16/2020
West End Park

Please join the West End Park and Open Space Commission for their Annual Father’s Day Craft on Saturday, June 20th as a DROP-IN EVENT any time beginning at 10:00am and ending at noon, at Ross Township Park (258 Anchorage Road, Saylorsburg) to make a FREE Grilling Potholder for Dad (while supplies last)! Monroe County is going GREEN the day before so this event will be outside at the Pavilion. If you are feeling any symptoms, please do not bring your children to the event.

Check www.weposc.org and the WEPOSC’s page for updates and other events.

We also wish all the Dads, Grandfathers, and Godfathers a HAPPY AND HEALTHY Father’s Day!

Summer Meals for KIDS    Meals will be distributed by the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) Food Pantry at the W...
06/09/2020
Home - Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network

Summer Meals for KIDS

Meals will be distributed by the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) Food Pantry at the Western Pocono Community Library, located at 131 Pilgrim Way in Brodheadsville. Meal pick up is drive-thru only - please follow the signs, and stay in your car.

Pick up times are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00am to Noon, from June 3rd through August 21. Meals include 2 days worth of breakfasts and lunches.

Meals are for children only - do not include adults in your meal count request when you drive up. Children of all ages - from toddler to high school senior - qualify (up to 21 if in a publicly funded special education program, too). Open to children in all school districts.

More information about PVEN is available at https://pven.net/. More information about Western Pocono Community Library is available at https://www.chestnuthilltwp-pa.gov/western-pocono-library.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Please note that Tennis Lessons for June and July have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Kindly check out th...
06/09/2020
West End Park

Please note that Tennis Lessons for June and July have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Kindly check out the West End Park and Open Space Commission’s page and website at www.weposc.org for the latest information on what is happening at our locations. Thank you and be safe.

Bernie Kozen

WEPOSC, Executive Director

P O Box 243

221 Rt 715

Brodheadsville, PA 18322

(570)992-9733

www.weposc.org

A Message from West End Park & Open Space Commission:    After deep reflection, WEPOSC has made a determination to suspe...
06/02/2020
West End Park

A Message from West End Park & Open Space Commission:

After deep reflection, WEPOSC has made a determination to suspend Summer Camp to 2021 after considering all aspects including and most importantly, the parameters to operate in a public park while maintaining the PA and CDC Health Guidelines for the Safety of our Campers this summer. This decision was made also after talking specifically to the camper families who were enrolled. This was not an easy choice but what we feel is the best way to proceed for our unique 6 week summer camp experience and as a camp not also licensed as a daycare facility. We truly look forward to seeing our campers in 2021 to enjoy our daily crafts, games, sports and presentations—with themes from plants & animals, to valuing yourself & others, to careers, and more. It is our privilege to be in your children’s lives for a portion of their summer.

On a brighter note—keep an eye out for WEPOSC’s Virtual Crafting Projects this Summer 2020! This may include curbside pickup of FREE materials (while supplies last) followed by a recorded Zoom class that can be accessed live or at your leisure. We look forward to these and also resuming regular operations with the community as soon as the guidelines for COVID-19 allow.

Additionally, we have our Annual Father’s Day Craft set for Saturday June 20th as a drop-in event any time beginning at 10 am and ending at noon, at Ross Township Park (258 Anchorage Road, Saylorsburg) to make a FREE Grilling Potholder for Dad! Please note this event is subject to Covid-19 Guidelines and may become curbside pickup. Check www.weposc.org and the West End Park and Open Space Commission’s page for updates. Have a safe summer!

Bernie Kozen, WEPOSC, Executive Director

Kim Tuin, WEPOSC, Program Coordinator and Camp Director

P O Box 243

221 Rt 715 Brodheadsville, PA 18322

(570)992-9733 www.weposc.org

Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church 150 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville, PA POSTPONED!  Mental Health First Aid Classes that...
05/22/2020
pleasant valley presbyterian, PVPC

Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church

150 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville, PA

POSTPONED! Mental Health First Aid Classes that were scheduled for May 30 and June 6 will need to be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation & stay at home guidelines. We will keep you informed & will be working on getting new dates on the calendar as soon as they can be held safely.

And please remember that PVPC is open to anyone who needs any sort of assistance, just let us know!

Stay safe!

http://www.pleasantvalleypresbyterian.org/

PVPC Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church  150 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville, PA (right near the Community Library) Worship at 10:00 am   Sunday School Classes at 9:15 am Phone:  (570) 992-0158   Fax: (570) 992-0828 Email:  [email protected] A Community Church SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:00 am A...

Last day to register to vote!! You can do it online! So important!!
05/18/2020

Last day to register to vote!! You can do it online! So important!!

05/07/2020

McMichaels United Methodist Church is having a Pizza Sale. Cheese only at a cost of $4.00 each. Order by calling Martha at 570-992-6742 by May 14th, for pick-up at the church on Saturday, May 23rd from 8:30am to 11:00am. Thank you for your support.

We welcome you to join us for Worship Service on Sunday at 9:30 on Facebook.

McMichaels United Methodist Church is located at 104 White Church Rd. in McMichaels, which is located on the corner of Rte. 715 and White Church Road.

STAY SAFE, STAY WELL, and may God Bless you.

05/07/2020

CHANGE to the WEPOSC Mother's Day Event:

CURBSIDE PICK UP EVENT at the ROSS TOWNSHIP BUILDING: Celebrate Mom by picking up a flower, pot, soil and stickers to plant and decorate to give to Mom; then watch it bloom! (FREE drop-in for pick-up Mother's Day Event beginning at 10 am and ending at noon, or while supplies last, one per vehicle -- on Saturday May 16) sponsored by The West End Park & Open Space Commission. PLEASE NOTE--Our annual craft making Mother's Day event has been altered to curbside pick up at the Ross Township Building based on the most current COVID-19 guidelines. We kindly ask everyone to remain in their cars and refrain from using playground equipment at this time.

Ross Township Bldg
258 Anchorage Rd
Saylorsburg, PA

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05/04/2020

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McMichaels UMC Soup Sale! Spread the word!! McMichaels UMC is having a homemade soup and bake sale on Saturday, March 21st, frrom 10:00am – 3:00pm. A delicious array of soups and desserts will be available, inlcuding but not limited to vegetable beef, cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, chicken rice, chicken orso, fish chowder with shrimp and clams, clam chowder, cheesecake, molasses cake, a variety of cookies, orange cake with cream cheese frosting, and many more! Soups are sold by the quart. McMichaels UMC is located at 104 White Church Rd. in Saylorsburg (located on corner of White Church Rd. & Rte. 715) and is handicapped accessible, with plenty of parking.
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Property Tax Reassessment and What You Need to Know (from Rosemary Brown's newsletter) If you live in Monroe County, over the last week you should have received an informational sheet from the Monroe County Assessment Office giving you your new property assessment valuations. Don’t think that just because your assessed value has gone up that your taxes will go up. I have done my best in this short recap to offer information that I believe is relevant, easy to understand and will help you develop further questions or help you communicate to others. Background * The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that all taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of subjects, within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax and shall be levied and collected under general laws (referred to as the Uniformity Clause in the Pennsylvania Constitution). *The comparable values determined by property assessments are the basis for establishing school, municipal and county tax bills. It is also to create equitable property values for tax purposes. *The Local Government Commission created a task force on property tax reassessment. The commission recommended that property taxes should be reassessed every 10 years (industry standard is 4-7 years). *Long intervals between comprehensive property assessments are often to blame for contributing to unfair valuations in which similar properties have widely varying tax bills. *Due to Beaver County not having a reassessment done since 1982 and being told by the Pennsylvania lower courts that its current property valuations are unfair, and a reassessment must be conducted, many counties across Pennsylvania are beginning the reassessment process, expecting a possible future lawsuit. *Monroe County has not done a property reassessment since 1989. *It is important to know that Monroe County Judge Arthur Zulick ruled that using the 1989 base year system of property values violates the uniformity requirement of the Pennsylvania Constitution. Reassessment Process *Please note: No state office or official has influence over the reassessment process. The Monroe County Commissioners contracted with Tyler Technologies to perform the reassessment and specific procedures have been set for verifying or challenging your new property assessment. *Reassessments are not a means to increase overall tax revenues. It is prohibited by law for more money to be collected at the completion of the reassessment process than was previously collected. This is often referred to as a revenue neutral action. *There are several factors that determine an assessed value. The amount of income generated from a property, replacement cost of a building(s) and comparable properties play a significant role. *A millage rate is the amount per $1,000 of property value that is used to calculate property taxes. When millage rates are determined they will be multiplied by the total taxable value of your property. *There is a cap on how much tax revenue a municipality and county can collect the year after an assessment. These groups cannot collect an amount that is more than 10 percent greater than the total from the year before. So, if a municipality collects $1 million in the year before, the total they can collect can be no more than $1.1 million in the first year after a reassessment. (Remember, revenue collected during a reassessment cannot be more than what was previously collected so millage rates will change from their current rates.) *Generally speaking, after a reassessment, a third of all property owners will see their property taxes go up, a third will see them stay the same, and a third will see their taxes lowered. Appeals Process *Every property owner has the right to appeal the assessed value of property (the date of the most recent assessed value is noted on the sheet you received). If you believe the information on your sheet reflects incorrect information/details about your property, you may challenge or correct that information with an informal review with Tyler Technologies by calling 570-517-3895 until Monday, April 1. *If, after the informal review, you are still dissatisfied with your property valuation, you can file a formal appeal with the Monroe County Assessment Office beginning Monday, July 1 through Friday, August 9. Formal appeals will be heard by the Monroe County Assessment Appeals Board. *All appeals must be completed before any millage rates are determined. *The current goal of the reassessment process is to make sure that your assessed property values are correct, so it is critical that you check your new information sheet. If there is an issue, you should schedule an informal review as soon as possible. I hope this has given you some insight/details that may be needed at this time. However, if you have any further questions, you can call Tyler Technologies at 570-517-3895.
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If you are looking for a January event to do with your children--West End Park Open Space Commission will be hosting a straw and paper rocket making (FREE) event on Saturday January 12th. It is a 2 hour drop in event starting at 10 a.m. at Chestnuthill Park and ending at noon. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2280721215294838/ Thank you to West End Happenings for also posting this in their last issue.
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