New Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) highlighted the recently launched Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and urged eligible constituents to enroll to receive a discount on their monthly internet bill.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a groundbreaking new program that will help economically vulnerable Americans afford their monthly internet bill. The $3.2 billion program was created as part of the final omnibus appropriations bill enacted in December. 

The EBB Program will provide struggling families a discount of $50 off the monthly cost of home internet service. It may also provide an additional subsidy for a computer. Internet providers who participate in the program can apply to the FCC for reimbursement.

“Access to reliable, high-speed internet is a necessity, not a luxury,” said Rep. Cartwright. “So many things moved online over the past year since the pandemic hit, from school to doctor’s visits to work. This shift reinforces the need to ensure everyone has the ability to get connected, and that starts with making internet access affordable. I was proud to support the enactment of the Emergency Broadband Benefit last year, and I encourage eligible Northeastern Pennsylvanians to apply. I’ll continue working to expand internet access as we look toward investing in twenty-first century infrastructure through the American Jobs Plan.”

Households interested in learning whether they qualify are encouraged to visit the FCC’s new enrollment website – https://getemergencybroadband.org/ – and then sign up for the program through their internet service provider.

Dunmore Seniors Busy in Summer Months

By Steve Svetovich

The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue, has been buzzing in the summer months.

A highlight in July was the Dunmore Small Business Days and Open House. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. There were free refreshments and door prizes during the three-hour event.

Big Bingo, with the winner taking all was held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8. All monies collected were given out in prizes. The more who played, the better the prizes. Regular bingo continues every Monday.

Janine Holder of the Attorney General’s Office came to the Dunmore Activity Hub at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8  Her discussion was very informative and helpful to the seniors.

The Farmer’s Market Voucher Day was held Tuesday, July 14. Lunch was served during the event.

The Site Council meeting was held at 10 a.m on Tuesday, July 21. Seats were open on the Council at that time.

Congressman Matt Cartwright’s office personnel were at the Dunmore Activity Hub on Wednesday, July 29. The staff discussed senior citizen issues.

The Wii Bowling Tournament began on Tuesday, July 7, and will run through the rest of the summer months. The winner with the highest total score and the winner with the highest total average will receive $25 certificates. If you miss a day, you can make it up on a Friday.

Other activities held in the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe in July included crafts, speakers, chair exercise group, Bible Study, Wii Brain Academy, Blood Pressure alternate Tuesdays, volunteer time stretching, oil painting, yoga and Stretchin’ with Gretchen.

State Representatives Farina and Flynn also hosted a shredding event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 18 at at Scranton High School. The event was open to all.

Jeanne Hugenbruch is executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. “Enjoy the summer weather and keep on joining us for the summer activities at the Hub,” she said. “We have a lot to offer.”

Shirley Martinelli is reservationist at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer. Lottie Collins is site council president. Toni Powell is kitchen coordinator.

For more information on the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe and its programs, call 570-207-2662. The Fax number is 570-207-2640.

The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors is a non-profit agency supported in part through the Lackawanna County Area on Aging, the Dunmore borough and the fundraising efforts of the Senior Site Council and the Board of Directors.