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SAFE Shares Findings With PTA

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.


News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


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