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SAFE Sends Home A Pre-Prom Message

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.


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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