A recent visit from the Maureen McCormick, chief of vehicular crimes at the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, during an assembly for the seniors at Glen Cove High School, drove home the message that with every choice there is a consequence. The Choices and Consequences program, which addresses the dangers of reckless driving and driving under the influence, is brought to the high school by SAFE, Inc.’s School Committee who partner annually with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office to bring the program to the school right before the prom.
The program addressed, in a sobering fashion, the dangers of reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs using a power point presentation as well as testimonies from those who broke the law and are now, as part of their sentence, speaking to others to discourage them from following their path.
“Especially with prom season coming up and the horrific accidents that happen, we try to expose students to the reality of drinking and driving,” said Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson. “We want them to know exactly what will happen.”
McCormick speaks to students often. And students appear to listen.
“It’s not just about being drunk and high,” she said, showing slides of fatal car accidents. “If you are driving like a moron it’s just as criminal. I’m here to scare you.”
Choices and Consequences is an anti-drug and anti-reckless driving effort to, as McCormick said, “get these guys to settle down and think about the consequence.”
But McCormick didn’t only speak about past accidents; she also spoke about her own rules for her children. One topic was the danger of text messaging while driving. “I worry my children will lose their lives for some stupid text,” she said.
She encouraged kids to lose the attitude that these things happen to other people. And she mentioned the popular phrase, YOLO, “you only live once,” saying that the mentality was destructive.
At the assembly students also found out what will happen if you are pulled over by police demonstrated when a few student volunteers pretended to be driving too fast in a car causing a crash.
The people that came to the assembly to speak as part of their sentencing included a young woman who was a college student when she ran over a bicyclist killing him and then left the scene of the accident. “Because I left the scene of an accident my life is changed forever,” she said, adding that she had not been drinking or doing drugs.
McCormick encouraged the seniors to take some precautions before going out. She suggested they keep extra money in an emergency pocket so a student can get home by calling a cab; also to make a deal with their family for a ride with no questions asked if it is needed.
“Your family would rather pick you up than have to bail you out of jail or identify you at the morgue,” she said.
At the end of the assembly representatives from SAFE, Inc. handed out free ride cards to all students.
For further information on any SAFE, Inc. 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.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”