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, 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.