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.
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00
As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on
Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.
The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.