Written by Manhasset Press Staff, Manhasset@antonnews.com Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
The Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (CASA), is one of the new grant recipients from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, according to Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Manhasset CASA will receive DFC grant funds to involve and engage our local community in an effort to prevent substance use among our youth.
In total, $19.8 million in grants are being given to 147 communities, and 19 new DFC Mentoring grants are being distributed across the country. These awards are in addition to the $59.4 million in continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions and four DFC Mentoring continuation coalitions.
The grant will provide Manhasset CASA with $125,000 per year in funding over the next five years. “We are not powerless against the challenge of drug use among young people here in Manhasset,” said Lisa Belinsky, incoming executive director of Manhasset CASA. “Research shows that prevention is the most effective tool we have to reduce the terrible consequences associated with drug use among young people. This new funding will continue Manhasset CASA’s mission to help young people live healthier and safer lives.”
Leg. Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck), who presented Manhasset CASA with a citation to commemorate the award commented, “Manhasset CASA serves such a vital role in our community. As a member of the community partnership myself, I know firsthand the strides CASA has made and will continue to make to combat substance abuse. This effort must continue and this Federal grant will facilitate that.”
Coalitions are composed of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, the media and others working together at the local level. Since 2001, CASA has existed in the Manhasset community as a resource to reduce the illegal, underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among its youth.
CASA strives to reach youth before they are in trouble, by connecting parents, schools and the community as partners in this common goal. Since 2008, under the auspices of the DFC Grant Support Program, Manhasset student-survey results have documented a steady decrease in 30-day alcohol use, indicating that sixth- and eighth-grade use continues to be significantly lower than county, state and national youth norms.
“The key to preventing substance abuse is harnessing the talents, resources and interests of all segments of our local communities,” said Pamela S. Hyde, administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “America’s families, schools, places of worship, health care providers, community centers and other civic organizations all play an essential role in helping our youth avoid illicit substance use. SAMHSA’s partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy in supporting community coalitions has proven effective in uniting communities to develop effective approaches for fostering drug-free environments for young people across our Nation.”
The DFC Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 and was reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006. Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded nearly 2,000 DFC grants to local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Palau, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy or the Drug Free Communities Support Program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp.
For more information about Manhasset CASA or the student-survey results, you can Like them on Facebook or go to their website at www.manhassetcasa.org .
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.