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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

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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