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SAFE Uses Hard Facts To Fight Drugs

Every year SAFE’s PRIDE Project Coalition participates in the National Drug Facts Week campaign by creating a program for students at Finley Middle School and Glen Cove High School. The hope is that if youth are armed with information they will either stop taking drugs or choose never even to try them. 

 

SAFE’s campaign this year included a visit from Staff Sergeant Dave You, who spoke to students about the dangers of marijuana and alcohol during an After 3 program using the firsthand experiences of people he knew to drive home his points.

 

“I feel that they learned a good amount about marijuana and alcohol, for example what the substances actually do to your body,” said You. “And I think what they found most valuable were the real life stories that I told them about my old high school football teammate and my cousin. They were two true stories that unfortunately did not end well for either of them.”

 

The sergeant added that these stories put the dangers of marijuana and drunk driving into perspective for the students.

 

The National Drug Facts Week campaign also included morning announcements over the loud speaker where drug facts were shared – kind of a wake-up call to start a student’s day.  Students also played the WreckEd card game in their health class. This game is an educational

youth component of the PACT 360 Program. (PACT360 is a law enforcement-led community prevention education system designed to deal with and reduce existing drug issues.) Wreck-Ed encourages teens to think more introspectively about their decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. This program not only encourages youth to look at their own behavior, but also to reach out and look out for their friends who may be making the wrong unhealthy decisions.

 

WreckEd began with a 10-minute video depicting what’s going on every day with teens when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Former drug addicts talk about how their lives changed after drug use as it spiraled down. After the film teachers led a group discussion focusing on parts of the video and encouraged student discussion. 

 

The campaign was also brought to the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club where You did a workshop. He said the children, who were the same age as those he visited at Glen Cove High School, were “just as responsive as the middle school after school program” children.

 

National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, to educate youth about the real facts about drugs. Teens are often swayed by incorrect information on the Internet, television, movies, from the music they enjoy, and their peers. 

 

“SAFE’s PRIDE Project Coalition seeks to educate youth and adults through alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention and education,” said Dr. Sharon Harris, Director of SAFE, Inc. “Drug Facts Week is one of many initiatives the Coalition promotes to foster peer resistance skills and healthy lifestyles.” 

 

For further information on any SAFE, Inc. PRIDE Project Coalition and their initiatives contact Coalition Coordinator Aimee Abraham at 516- 676-2008 or visit www.safeglencove.org and www.facebook.com/GlenCovePrideCoalition.


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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