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New Deadline: October 31st!

Respond to the Census

Upcoming Meetings
Board of Supervisors Regular Business Meetings

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94447566092?pwd=Q014UVllZUdSWk5Mbjc1bjFTVjY3UT09

  1. Tuesday, October 13th at 7 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, October 27th at 7 p.m.

Board of Supervisors Work Sessions
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  1. Wednesday, October 7th at 4 p.m.
  2. Wednesday, October 14th at 4 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, October 21st at 4 p.m.
  4. Wednesday, October 28th at 4 p.m.

Township Budget Work Sessions
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The Township budget season is starting! Budget work sessions have been scheduled for*:

  1. October 14th at 10 a.m.
  2. October 21st at 10 a.m.
  3. October 28th at 10 a.m.
  4. November 4th at 1 p.m.

Current budget documents may be downloaded at https://smithfieldtownship.com/departments/finance/.
*note: The Board may not necessarily use all four meeting dates. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Planning Commission
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  1. Thursday, October 8th at 7 p.m.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel Smithfield Township for notifications and updates. You will find archives of streamed meetings there. While you’re at it, check out The Smithfield Township Recycling Project!

Election 2020 is Underway
By Jacob Pride
It’s Election Season – the general election is just 29 days away! On the ballot this year you will find candidates for President of the United States, Pennsylvania Attorney General, Pennsylvania Auditor General, Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Representative in Congress (7th or 8th Districts, depending on your precinct), and Representative in the General Assembly – 189th District.
With so much information circulating about voting in this election, here are some fast facts:

  1. You can vote in person.
    Smithfield Township’s regular four polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd. Voters are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Voters are also recommended to bring their own pens (blue or black ink only).
  2. You can vote via mail, without an excuse.
    You may vote via mail, without providing an excuse. You may drop off your own voted ballot at the County Board of Elections dropbox, located at One Quaker Plaza, Room 105, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. If you mail your ballot, it is advised you mail it no later than October 27th. Voted ballots must be received by the Board of Elections by November 6th at 5 p.m, according to the latest PA Supreme Court ruling.
  3. You can vote via absentee, with justifications.
    If you are absent from your municipality (due to work or other duties) or are ill or physically disabled, you may vote by Absentee Ballot. You may drop off your own voted ballot at the County Board of Elections dropbox, located at One Quaker Plaza, Room 105, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. It is recommended that you have your ballot in the mail no later than October 27th. For military absentee ballots, see http://www.monroecountypa.gov/Dept/Voter/Pages/VoterEmpowermentAct.aspx

For sample ballots, registration links, polling place locations and locators, & more information on the 2020 general election, visit www.smithfieldtownship.com/resources/voting-electedofficials.

The Township Road & Maintenance Department is set to begin leaf pick-up on October 26th. For more information, see https://smithfieldtownship.com/events/event/leafpickup/.

Sugar is NO Treat
by Robert Lovenheim

I recently attended the monthly meeting of the Township officials in Monroe County. The discussion led to how to best accommodate children on Halloween, which got me thinking about sugar consumption.

Sugar, while it is delicious, can be dangerous. According to the CDC, over 34 million people in the US have diabetes, and 88 million over the age of 18 have pre-diabetes. That means one in ten Americans have diabetes, and one in three of the US adult population has pre-diabetes. What causes it? For some it is inherited, but for most it is a sugar-rich diet – did you know there’s sugar in some fast-food hamburger buns? Diabetes is deadly if not properly managed. Some of the potential complications of diabetes include nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, and cardiovascular disease.

The first step is to be aware of how little sugar the body needs. The American Heart Association recommends men consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar daily, and women and children under 18 consume no more than 6 teaspoons. Halloween is our biggest sugar holiday, and it’s important to mitigate our children’s sugar consumption.

There are alternatives. Cookies can be made with Stevia and dark chocolate chips. No-sugar-added snacks like some (but not all) dried fruit or nuts are great alternatives too. Search “No Sugar Candy” on the internet and you will see pages of choices!

It’s not as easy as going to the supermarket and wandering an entire aisle of sugar candies sold in bulk bags to hand out on Halloween. But isn’t it worth a little more time and some more pennies to give kids treats that can enforce good habits? One day, maybe we can all achieve a healthier Halloween.
Interested in learning more about Diabetes? Check out the CDC’s webpage on Diabetes.

Download the New COVID Alert PA App

On Tuesday, the PA Department of Health launched COVID Alert PA, a new exposure notification smartphone app. This free app uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and the Exposure Notification System developed by Apple and Google.
Features include:
  • Interactive COVID-19 symptom checker
  • Opt-in for alerts for potential exposures to the virus
  • Updates on the latest public health data about COVID-19 in PA
  • Advice for what to do if you have a potential exposure to COVID-19
It is now available to download for free at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.




Smithfield Township Municipal Center
1155 Red Fox Road
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: (570) 223-5082
Fax: (570) 223-5086



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