SAFE Inc., brought the latest data gathered from the Jan. 2012 Bach Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey administered by the Glen Cove School District to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 to assess the use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs by Glen Cove youth at a recent PTA council meeting on April 16 at Glen Cove High School. Dr. Bernard Gorman, research psychologist, spoke to parents about these findings.
Gorman shared the following:
• Across the board there has been an increase in student’s beliefs that alcohol is harmful;
• Alcohol continues to be the substance of choice for Glen Cove’s youth as sixth-graders are using alcohol earlier, from age 11 in 2010 to age 10 in 2012.
• This trend continues through the eighth and 10th grade.
• 12th-graders said they began drinking at 14, the same age the onset was reported in the 2010 survey.
• Tobacco use has increased across all grades tested
• Marijuana use is higher than the national average among Glen Cove 10th-graders.
• For all grades the combined prescription drug use decreased from seven percent in 2010 to three percent in 2012.
The Bach Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey is one avenue SAFE, Inc. utilizes to support the efforts of the PRIDE Project Coalition to eliminate drug and alcohol abuse among Glen Cove youth. Funded by a Drug-Free
Communities Support program federal grant, the survey is used to gauge the effectiveness of the Coalition’s efforts and to remain cognizant of the areas that need to be addressed. The Drug-Free Communities Support Grant requires that the Prevention Needs Assessment be administered every 2 years; the Glen Cove PRIDE Project Coalition will again partner with the Glen Cove School District in administering the Prevention Needs Assessment in the coming January of year 2014. The Coalition is composed of four Committees, School, Youth, Community and Parent, each with their own respective charge to address the needs assessment findings at school and in the community.
For further information on SAFE, Inc. or the PRIDE Project Coalition and their initiatives contact Coalition Coordinator Aimee Abraham at (516) 676-2008. SAFE Inc. is a not-for-profit tax-exempt substance abuse education and prevention agency located in Glen Cove. Visit www.safeglencove.org and www.facebook.com/GlenCovePrideCoalition.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.