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  • Library Cafe in the Poconos Seeking More Community Support

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A cafe that employs people who have special needs is looking for more community support. The Fitzmaurice Library Cafe in the Poconos has been open for more than a year but it seems many people don’t even know it’s there. People come in for morning joe done just right and served with a smile. It’s a smile that 40 years ago, doctors said would never happen. “They said she would never smile, she would never walk, she […]

  • Dreary Weather Rains on Winter Break

    STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. —  Winter vacation, a great time from some ice hockey but there were no puck drops at the Stroud Township rink on Friday. Just raindrops on a giant puddle. Well – maybe some skiing?  Nope. Slopes are closed. How about sledding? The only thing sliding down this hill is water. So today we can’t use our skates or our skis or our sleds. What we really need is a big umbrella and quite a few people here have […]

  • New Pennsylvania Animal Rescue Law

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Mary Morgan adores animals. On Friday, she adopted a cat named Fred from the AWSOM Animal Shelter in Stroudsburg. “We consider our pets our children,” said Morgan. Morgan was happy to hear first responders can now break into vehicles to rescue pets. “I think it`s a great law. I do. If I see an animal or anything in distress, I always want to help,” said Morgan. The staff at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe is especially […]

  • Getting Ready to Ring in 2019

    SWIFTWATER, Pa. — The Frogtown Chophouse team is stocking up for a giant New Year’s Eve bash. “A great time will be had by all,” said Eric Noone, Co-Owner Frogtown Chophouse. There’s vodka and of course champagne, lots of it. Of course New Year’s Eve and champagne go hand and hand. Eric Noone and Lyman Winner own the restaurant in Swiftwater. It takes them almost a month to prepare for their New Year’s Eve bash – their biggest night of […]

  • Body of Missing Woman Recovered

    DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Authorities confirm the body of a missing woman from Monroe County has been recovered. The Pike County Coroner tells Newswatch 16 that the body of Sonya Datesman was found by searchers around 2 p.m. Datesman’s body was discovered in Dingman Township after dogs and divers spent much of the day searching along the Delaware River. “They’ve been down here and they got four or five boats in the water and they’ve got divers and dogs,” said […]

  • More Calls for Help after Kavanaugh Hearing

    DELAWARE WATER GAP, Pa. — The Kavanaugh hearings on Capitol Hill are having an impact on area crisis hotlines. The phones at Women’s Resources of Monroe County are ringing more than usual. “We weren’t expecting that,” said volunteer coordinator Yvonne Downs. After Christine Blasey Ford’s opening testimony Thursday, calls and in-person visits to the domestic violence center went up about 10 percent. “For survivors, seeing this woman who maybe has a very similar story to what happened to them get […]

  • Cleanup Planned for River Road near Shawnee Inn

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Organizers of a big community cleanup event in the Poconos are looking for volunteers. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau and the Shawnee Inn are “Picking up the Poconos.” Jeromy Wo rides his bike to work at the Shawnee Inn every day. “It is really disheartening riding my bike and seeing all the litter,” he said. He sees trash that drivers on River Road often toss out of their cars. “Cigarette butts, McDonald’s bags, fast food containers, […]

  • Cyber School to Combine with Classroom Learning in the Poconos

    STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Old school meets new school in part of the Poconos where a cyber school is combining with a classroom. After 15 years of teaching social studies in a traditional classroom, Jon Zerfoss is about to take on a new adventure. He will be one of the coaches for a new hybrid learning program. This fall, the East Stroudsburg Area School District will combine cyber school with classroom experience. “There’s a lot of flexibility in this blended […]

  • Day Care Must Correct Violations

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The state found a day care center in the Poconos transported children unsafely, and a witness says it happened dozens of times. Dekontee Christian Day Care Center near East Stroudsburg now faces a citation. It’s the most recent of some serious violations at the center. The state Office of Child Development and Early Learning says Dekontee Christian Day Care Center in Smithfield Township must come up with a plan to correct its transportation violations. We spoke […]

  • BioBlitz: Investigating Wildlife in the Poconos

    MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — An event in the Poconos this weekend is part contest, part festival, and part science education. Wolfgang Rider is hoping to spot something special in the woods here in the Poconos. “It’s called T-Rex.” While he might not find his T-Rex, there are plenty of other animals to count. “We’re surrounded by nature so we should know what’s going on.” Wolfgang’s mom Sonja was excited to hear about this weekend’s BioBlitz event. Volunteer research teams will […]

  • The Pocono Hotel Tax Loophole

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Pennsylvania is missing out on about $20 million a year in tax revenue because of online hotel sales. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is working with lawmakers to change that. The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is packed with vacationers. They should all be contributing the same amount in state taxes but they’re not. “The online travel companies are calculating the tax on the wholesale rate versus the retail rate,” explained Chris Barrett of the Pocono […]

  • Former EMT Sentenced for Molesting Ambulance Patients

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A former EMT was sentenced Thursday in Monroe County for molesting patients during ambulance rides. Matthew Menist, 32, of Stroudsburg, pleaded guilty to the crime. The judge told Menist “what you did is horrendous” and a “violation of public trust.” He sentenced the former EMT to one to two years in county jail plus four years of probation. He will also have to register as a sex offender for 15 years. Menist was working for Suburban Ambulance […]

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