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Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month


With approximately 95,000 victims seeking services through the Commonwealth’s domestic violence programs each year, the state House unanimously approved House Resolution 467 designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used to establish power and control over an intimate partner, causing both physical and emotional harm. Victims may be subjected to abuse, harassment, threats, vandalism, trespassing, burglary, theft and stalking.

As one of the most chronically underreported crimes, domestic violence affects men and women in all racial, ethnic, religious, educational, social and economic backgrounds. More information about domestic violence and services available to help victims is available here.
 
 
Don’t Miss the 2019 Cooperburg Halloween Parade!

It’s that time of year again—this Sunday, our neighbors will celebrate the 105th annual Coopersburg Halloween Parade. The parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m., with a rain date of the following Sunday, Oct. 20.

The parade will march down Main Street and feature floats, candy, music, costumes, classic cars, fire trucks and more. For more information or to sign up, contact John Marshall at 610-282-0812.
 
 
Upper Saucon Township Open Space Meeting


The Upper Saucon Township Parks and Recreation department invites you to join with other township resident in attending the first of four public meetings to be held to develop the Upper Saucon Township Comprehensive Recreation and Open Space Plan.

The meeting will take place next Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. located at the Upper Saucon Township Building, 5500 Camp Meeting Road, Center Valley, PA 18034.

The department wants to hear your ideas and vision for the future of parks, recreation and open space within the township. For more information, visit the Upper Saucon Township website by clicking here.
 
 
PennDOT Closures for Columbus Day Weekend


All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Oct. 12, through Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver-training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.
 
 
Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Oct. 15


The state Department of Aging is reminding beneficiaries of the Medicare open enrollment period starting Tuesday, Oct. 15, and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 7. During this time, you may make changes to your current Medicare coverage, as well as join, switch or drop Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Coverage plans.

Pennsylvania offers a free health insurance counseling program, APPRISE, through the local Area Agency on Aging. APPRISE counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can provide objective, easy-to-understand information at no cost to you. They can help you understand Medicare eligibility, enrollment, financial assistance programs and coverage options, among other Medicare-related topics.

For more information, contact the local Area Agency on Aging or call the toll-free APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067, which is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information is also available here.
 
 
REAL ID Deadline Less Than One Year Away


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding customers that federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act will begin at airports and secure federal facilities nationwide starting on Oct. 1, 2020.

As of that date, you will have to have a federally accepted form of identification – such as a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, or a U.S. passport/passport card or military ID – to board a commercial flight (including domestic flights) or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door.

Since March 2019, when REAL ID first became available in the Commonwealth, more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians have chosen to get a REAL ID-compliant product. Based on data from other states with optional REAL ID programs, PennDOT anticipates that approximately 1.3 million of its customers will get a REAL ID before the federal enforcement deadline next year.

Federal regulations require that to be issued a REAL ID-compliant product, PennDOT must verify a variety of documents to prove a person’s identity, including documentation of name changes, as well as their Social Security number and place of residence.

For information about required documents, how to get them verified and other frequently asked questions about REAL ID, click here.
 
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