Statement of Junior Councilmember Darwish on returning Respect and Dignity to Civil Discourse

As Junior Councilmember, I am addressing the people of Mount Pocono today on the behalf of the youth here in Monroe County. This decision was not made lightly, but rather with a very heavy heart. Being on the Junior Council, it was my expectation that the grime of politics that are so inherent in Washington and in Harrisburg had not yet reached this small town. That the values that have traditionally united Americans: respect and dignity, had not yet been trampled. I  was, unfortunately, misguided. Yesterday, driving home from work, I had come across a large white sign, with bold words written across, “Claudette Williams: deadbeat taxpayer, mentally deficient”. This repugnant show of divisiveness in rhetoric pointed to something much larger. In the recent weeks preceding tomorrow’s election, it has come to my attention that remarks have been made in an attempt not only to degrade those with differing political beliefs, but to silence those people, to drown out the marketplace of ideas, to assassinate diversity, and to, for lack of a better word, lynch democracy itself. To say the least, I am disgusted. I am disgusted by the behaviors of the people who attempt to alienate members of our community based solely on differences of politics. And quite frankly, everyone in this . . . .

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ELECTION DAY IS TOMORROW! Here’s what you need to know

WHERE TO VOTE IN MOUNT POCONO In Mount Pocono everyone votes at the Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company, 20 Murray Street, Mount Pocono  (click for Google map).   There are two entrances for Murray Street off of route 611.  One is across 611 from Mount Pocono Beverage and the other is across 611 from Rita’s Ice (look for the flag at the Murray Street entrance across from Rita’s).  Murray Street is on the left side of 611 if you are going north, right side if you are travelling south on 611. HOURS TO VOTE  The polling place will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.  If you are in line by 8 pm you must be permitted to vote. MOUNT POCONO VOTING DISTRICTS Mount Pocono is in the 8th US Congressional District,  We are District 40 in the Pennsylvania Senate District, and District 176 in the PA House District. PA VOTER ID LAWS & OTHER VOTING RIGHTS INFORMATION Only first time voters in precincts must show identification (ID).  Voters voting for the first time in their precinct must show ID. The ID can be photo or non-photo ID. This is the only time ID is required.  Acceptable forms of ID are: Pennsylvania driver’s . . . .

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FREE Business Directory Listing for Borough Businesses

Our Webmaster, Tom Ford, is working on a new feature for our Borough Website — a Borough Business Directory. The Directory will (at least initially) be limited to legally operating businesses with a physical location within the Borough of Mount Pocono.  Your business needs to have a ‘bricks & mortar’ location (online only businesses are not eligible) AND it must actually be located within the Borough limits (having a Mount Pocono zip code is not enough).  Eventually we may expand eligibility, but we want to get the local directory up and running. We will be collecting listing information through November, then start work on the new page.  We are tentatively looking to launch it in January 2019, but please be patient, this is an all-volunteer effort! To get your qualified business listed, fill out the Application and email to to Tom at tom@mountpocono-pa.gov.  Any questions can be directed to Tom.

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