Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
Many colleges require freshman students to take mandatory online “alcohol edu” programs with one in four college students meeting criteria for alcohol dependence. While these programs address “harm reduction” and informing students about the legal ramifications and negative health effects of underage drinking . Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) reminds parents that they play a significant role in the prevention of their teen’s college drinking.
The consequences of excessive drinking by college students are significant and more costly than many parents realize. Drinking by college students, aged 18 to 24, contributes to an estimated 1,825 student deaths, 599,000 injuries, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape each year.
According to Robert Turrisi, Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State, “Our research over the past decade shows that parents can play a powerful role in minimizing drinking ... when they talk to their teens about alcohol before they enter college.” Turrisi worked in collaboration with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to develop Power of Parents, a handbook, which CASA will reference at guidance meetings for grades 8-12. The handbook advises parents to promote positive values, lead the way by example and build communication with their child.
As the fall semester begins, parents have an opportunity to guide their college-age student by discussing the consequences of excessive drinking. The first six weeks of the semester are critical to academic success and the potential exists for excessive alcohol consumption to interfere with adaptation to campus life.
During these crucial, early weeks, parents can do a variety of things to stay involved. CASA suggests:
• Attend freshman orientation programs with your teen to learn about campus policies related to alcohol use and campus counseling programs;
• Inquire about the college’s “parental notification” policy;
• Communicate regularly with your son or daughter and reminding your child of family values;
• Inquire about their roommates and how they handle disagreements or disruptive behavior;
• Make sure your student understands the relevant law and the school’s penalties for using fake ID, underage drinking, public drunkenness, driving under the influence, and other alcohol-related offenses.
• Make certain that your student understands how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, academic failure and ultimately death.
Manhasset High School seniors participated in Stony Brook University’s Red Watch Band program. The curriculum helps students understand the importance of recognizing an alcohol overdose as a medical emergency. The course provided the knowledge, skills and confidence to help prevent a tragedy. The district administration, faculty, CASA, and the School Community Association coordinated and implemented the program with the help of the Robbie Levine Foundation through its “Teens for Life” initiative, which also provided CPR/AED certification for every participant.
Dr. Turrisi’s research indicates when parents talk with their teens before entering college their teens are more likely to remain in the non-drinking or light-drinking groups or to transition out of a heavy-drinking group, if they were already heavy drinkers. “Parents, talk with your kids about underage drinking. Our research shows that without your involvement, our college age sons and daughters move from each drinking level into higher drinking levels.”
For parents who want to talk to their college-bound children about the consequences of college drinking, a variety of helpful resources are available at www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov. Parents can also access a copy of the Power of Parents on Manhasset CASA’s website at www.manhassetcasa.org .
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act requires colleges and universities to disclose, among other things, liquor-law violations resulting in arrest or disciplinary referral. To access a college’s latest report, go to http://ope.ed.gov/security/ .
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.