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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

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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