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SAFE Encourages A Drug-Free Junior Prom

Glen Cove High School juniors learn repercussions of poor choices

Sgt. Christopher Ortiz, Ph.D. of the Glen Cove Police Dept., brought a powerful pre-prom presentation to juniors at Glen Cove High School on Feb. 27. He impressed upon them the ramifications of the Social Host Law and the dangers of underage drinking and driving. 

Ortiz is a Glen Cove native. He spent the first half of the assembly showing students his old photos when he went to Glen Cove High School where he played sports and even a photo where he is all dressed up before the junior prom. “All these experiences you are going through I went through,” he said. “You are becoming adults and it is important that you make the right choices because there will be consequences if you don’t.”

There was a lot of chatter when Ortiz spoke about risk-taking and some students laughed too. Showing slides of pills, cigarette butts, alcohol, weed and cocaine, Ortiz moved forward warning that these narcotics were a dead end road. “It will just move you closer to death,” he said. “Everyday people make the wrong decisions and I see it in my line of work. I’ve taken people out of smashed cars and had them take their last breath in my arms.” 

Then he showed a series of car accident slides and no one was talking or laughing anymore. The students were fascinated and sobered. Ortiz had their attention now. “The number one killer of kids your age is motor vehicle accidents,” he said. “One quarter of all fatal accidents involve alcohol for people between 15 and 20 years of age.”

SAFE lead presentations like the pre-prom in an effort to reach teenagers who may be considering making choices that will hurt them or others. Another goal is to change the path of students already engaged in destructive behavior.

SAFE, Inc. has held Parent Universities and will continue to do so in an effort to address the findings in the Bach-Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey given by the Glen Cove School District to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and12 in January 2012.  The survey, which assessed the use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs by Glen Cove youth indicated that alcohol continues to be the substance of choice for Glen Cove’s youth and that they are drinking as early as 10. It also indicated that marijuana use among Glen Cove 10th-graders is higher than the national average. The 11th-graders going to the junior prom this year were in 10th-grade when the survey was taken. 

The next Parent University is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Connolly Elementary School.  

“There is no such thing as a safe drug,” Ortiz said. “All drugs, when misused, can lead to death. Beyond death, drug and alcohol use lead to other negative results like addiction, social isolation, arrest, and even homelessness. There are some things out there that when you experiment with you will be done.”

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

The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.

 

“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”

Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.”  They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world. 

 

“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello. 



Sports

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.

Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.

 

Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.


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Sea Cliff Beach Concerts - August 22


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