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SAFE Helps Parents Combat Kids’ Drug Use

 SAFE Inc. held a number of Parent Universities within the Glen Cove School District over the course of the school year to help parents understand youth drug and alcohol use and how to actively help protect their children.

 

One Parent University focused on the Social Host Law.  Lieutenant Christopher Ortiz joined Parent Committee Chair Laurent Caballero and SAFE Glen Cove Pride Project Coalition Coordinator Aimee Abraham at Finley Middle School at a PTA meeting to discuss what the law is all about and how parents can help to drive home the message that they will not accept underage drinking.

 

“It’s never too early to have a conversation about drugs and alcohol with your children,” Ortiz said. “We are seeing children younger and younger start to abuse drugs and alcohol in Glen Cove. And this is happening in every community.”

 

Ortiz encouraged parents to speak to their children. Underage drinking is different now than it was in our day, he said. “Children binge drink and they are combining it with drugs. These combinations are deadly.”

 

 What’s worse, Ortiz said, is the involvement of parents who throw parties, even purchasing kegs of beer, for underage children. Because of this Glen Cove passed the Social Host Law, which makes parents who “host” legally responsible for the underage parties.

 

“Three years ago at a moving-up party, I found two kegs of beer and the parents watching television in their living room,” Ortiz said. “The kids were drinking the beer in the back yard.” 

 

Some parents believe it is okay to have a party in their home because then “they know where their children are,” Ortiz said. “That attitude is not okay.”

 

Ortiz said that currently the major concern for Glen Cove Police is the sale of medication by children, which they take from their relatives and then sell in school. “Even kids that are prescribed medication are selling their own medication,” he said. “We are working hard to stop this in Glen Cove.”

 

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 and www.facebook.com/GlenCovePrideCoalition.

News

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.”

Members of the Glen Cove Police and Volunteer Fire Departments, along with 200 citizens, the mayor, City Council and County Legislative members turned out on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at the Doughboy Monument on the Glen Cove Library lawn to honor its veterans.  Leading the ceremony was VFW James Donohue Post 347 Commander Joe Lavery. The morning events started with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Rocco. 


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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