Mark Dodel, BSN, MBA, RN (retired)

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Brief FAQ for folks new to Monroe County.

We have lots of new folks moving into the Poconos now. Welcome to the area. Here are just a few useful things to know about your new home town.

Brief FAQ for folks new to Monroe County.

(Note: information is accurate as of posting on 06/19/2021)
The Poconos actually takes in a broad area that includes parts of the surrounding counties but Monroe County is the heart of the Poconos and many resorts are located in our county. Main employers in the county are the Tobyhanna Army Depot, Sanofi Pasteur, East Stroudsburg University, Northampton Community College, Lehigh Valley Health Network - Pocono and St. Lukes Hospital Monroe. But this is still a tourist area with ski resorts, camps, campgrounds and in the past 2 decades or so several water parks. Golf, hunting, fishing and water sports are big interests here. People retire to Monroe county just to play the different golf courses. We also have a major NASCAR race track, Pocono Raceway ( ) in Long Pond ( which is really Tunkhannock Township ) and Mount Airy Casino in Mt Pocono.
Monroe County has a population of about 170,000+ people. County Government is run by a board of 3 County Commissioners and the county seat where the court house and County Administration Building is located is in Stroudsburg. Large areas of the county are state park land as well as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. Anyone who has lived here for a while is aware that we have some of the most pristine streams in the state. 
There are no cities in Monroe County. There are the Boroughs of Delaware Water Gap, East Stroudsburg, Mt Pocono and Stroudsburg. These are like little cities with a Mayor and a Borough Council governing them. They tend to have city type services like public water and sewer. Most people here think they live in these municipalities but many don't. They just have mailing addresses that are for the post offices of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. Your actual municipality is the Borough or Township you pay property taxes to if you own a home.
The rest of the county is divided up into Townships which include: Barrett, Chestnuthill, Coolbaugh, Eldred, Hamilton, Jackson, Middle Smithfield, Paradise, Polk, Price, Ross, Smithfield, Stroud, Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock. These have a board of Township Supervisors or in the case of Pocono Township Township Commissioners. These Township areas tend to have fewer municipal services and you may have septic and a well for your water. When you lose electric which can happen during a storm, you will lose your water so have supplies of water and/or a generator for such instances.
Since we have a lot of people new to the county, here is the 2021 Monroe County Municipal Directory. It lists county officials as well as each municipality (Boroughs and townships), meeting schedules and local municipal staff and committees that people can volunteer for.
If you are interested in getting involved in your municipality or county then attend meetings. If not this directory can still help if you need help with zoning or something else related to living here and dealing with local government.

Some areas have no local police. We rely on the PA State Police who have a barracks/station on 2730 Rimrock Drive in Hamilton Township ( 570-619-6480 ) covers Hamilton, Middle Smithfield, Paradise, Price, and Smithfield Townships in Monroe County. Also covers all of I-80 and I-380 in Monroe County and Delaware Water Gap Borough when Delaware Water Gap PD are off duty. and another in Tobyhanna Township at 127 Parkside Avenue, Blakeslee, ( 570-646-2271 ) covers Chestnuthill & Jackson Townships in Monroe County. 
Delaware Water Gap Police ( 570-476-4674 ) covers Delaware Water Gap Borough on a part-time basis. PA State Police at Stroudsburg cover when Delaware Water Gap PD is off duty.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department
( 570-895 - 2400 ) serves the communities of Coolbaugh Township, Mount Pocono Borough, Tobyhanna Township, Tunkhannock Township and Barrett Township.
Pocono Township Police
( 570-629-7200 ) covers Tannersville, Scotrun, parts of Bartonsville, Henryville & Swiftwater within Pocono Township
Stroud Area Regional Police Department
( 570-421-6800 ) serves the communities of Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and Stroud Township.
In an emergency dial 9-1-1. All Emergency calls are handled by the Monroe County Emergency Call Center
( 570-992-4500 ) which is located at 100 Gypsum Rd in Hamilton Township. 
Fire Departments are volunteer and are always in need of new folks to help train for emergencies. You can find a list of all fire companies in Monroe County on the Monroe County Emergency website -
Ambulance services have designated coverage areas. When you call 9-1-1 the ambulance for your area will take you to the closest hospital that can best handle your needs. A list of all EMS providers are also found on the Monroe County Emergency website -
Both are part of health care systems based in the Lehigh Valley. 
Lehigh Valley Health Network - 
( 570-421-4000 ) located in East Stroudsburg is the oldest, largest and those of us who have been here for more than 5 years probably still refer to it as Pocono Medical Center. They are a Level III trauma center with an extensive Emergency Department and they have the Dale and Francis Hughes Cancer Center that's a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. They also have a full functioning Heart Program, the ESSA Heart and Vascular Center with diagnostic and interventional cardiac cath labs, cardiac rehab as well as open heart surgery program. Pocono is the only provider with obstetrics and NICU services.
St. Lukes Monroe Campus 
( 1-866-STLUKES ) is located in Stroud Township on Rt 611 near Bartonsville. It is a relatively new facility with a Level IV trauma center. They have an emergency Department as well as cardiac catheterization services.
East Stroudsburg Area School District (ESASD) 
( 570-424-8500 ) which covers the Borough of East Stroudsburg, and the Townships of Smithfield, Middle Smithfield, Price as well as Lehman and Porter Townships in Pike County.
Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) 
( 570-402-1000 ) which covers the Townships of Eldred, Ross, Polk, Chestnuthill.
Pocono Mountain School District (PMSD) 
( 570-839-7121 ) covers the Borough of Mt Pocono and the Townships of Tobyhanna, Tunkhannock, Coolbaugh, Jackson, Paradise and Barrett. 
Stroudsburg Area School District (SASD) 
( 570-421-1990 ) covers the Boroughs of Stroudsburg and Delaware Water Gap and the Townships of Hamilton and Stroud.
Barrett Paradise Friendly Library
6500 PA-191, Cresco, PA 18326, (570) 595-7171
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 10am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 1:30pm
Clymer Library
115 Firehouse Rd, Pocono Pines, PA 18350, (570) 646-0826
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Eastern Monroe Public Library
Hughes Main Library
1002 PA-611, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, (570) 421-0800
Monday - Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday -Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: Closed
Pocono Township Branch Library - Eastern Monroe Public Library
112 RR 611, Tannersville, PA 18372, (570) 629-5858
Curbside Pickup Service
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Sunday: Closed
Library of the Smithfields - Eastern Monroe Public Library
Located in: Middle Smithfield Township Community & Cultural Center
5200 Milford Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302, (570) 223-1881
Monday - Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday -Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: Closed
Western Pocono Community Library
131 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville, PA 18322, (570) 992-7934
Monday: 9am - 8pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 8pm
Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: closed
Please note: WPCL is closed for cleaning noon-1pm every day & again from 5-6pm on M/W/Th
Recycling in Monroe County
Trash haulers in the county will pick up recycling with your trash for an added cost. What is picked up is detailed by the trash hauler you contract with. If you are a resident of East Stroudsburg or Stroudsburg Borough they collect recyclables on specified days or you can take recyclables to the TWIN BOROUGHS RECYCLE DROP OFF CENTER, is open daily Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., except for holidays. On Saturdays, the Recycling Center is open 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 AM. It is located off Lincoln Avenue just south of Interstate 80. From Brown Street, take Lincoln Ave. past Wal*Mart underneath I-80 and make a right into the Recycling Center driveway. You can check what items they accept on their website: 
You must show proof that your are a resident of either borough to use this facility.
The County Waste Authority runs 2 recycling locations in the county. You must register on their website to use them. Sad this has to be the case but they have had problems in the past with people dumping trash at recycling sites. To register online:
What they accept can be found listed on their website:
Generally they only take: Corrugated cardboard and boxes, paper: office, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, shredded paper, books, cereal boxes and the like, plastics: numbers 1 & 2, no black plastic of any number accepted, aluminum, bi-metal cans, and glass. NO PLASTIC BAGS OR FILM.
Electronics can be brought to the Blakeslee Office location at 183 Commercial Blvd., Blakeslee, PA 18610. from Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00 pm. There is no charge to recycle electronics.
Current recycling locations are:
DCNR - Monday, Friday, Saturday 7:30am – 3:30pm
Pocono Township
2174 PA-611,
Swiftwater, PA 18370

Military Road Recycling Site - Monday, Friday, Saturday 7:30am – 3:30pm
Stroud Township
1114 Military Road
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

If you find a dead deer by the road that needs to be removed call the Waste Authority at 570-643-6100. Leave your name, phone number and the township/borough and nearest cross roads where it can be located.
Information about additional recyclable items like large appliances and tires can be found on the Monroe County Waste Authority website
You can report any illegal dumping to the Monroe County Waste Authority Police 570-643-6100 or submit a complaint online below.

Also each municipality may have their own annual or semi-annual cleanup events where you can bring a car load of junk. These are usually in the Spring and Fall. Call or check your township/Borough’s website for dates/times and what they accept.

Ticks - Vector Control Program

Locally Vector Control used to identify ticks to determine if they carry Lyme disease. Looking at the County website that doesn't seem to be the case any more.
Tick Borne Disease Education and Prevention Program

To submit a tick for Lyme Disease Analysis
All Tick Lyme Disease Analysis Submissions must be sent to the Northeast Wildlife DNA Lab. They can be contacted via phone at (570) 422-7885.

Where have all the flowers gone?
Attention constituents of PA District 176

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