Jamestown Prevention Coalition Meeting Minutes
January 18, 2012
Jamestown Teen Center
Present: Samantha Bucklin, Sue Earley, Teddy Hebert, Laura Hosley, Melissa Mastrostefano, Kate Moreau, Barbara Szepatowski, Debbie Tungett, Andrea von Hohenleiten, Mike White.
Guests: Carolyn Ceoble, Amang Muhajir.
I. Call to Order/Welcome/Introductions - Andrea called the meeting to order at 6:12. Introductions were done all around.
II. Minutes - Laura didn't have the minutes from the last meeting, since so few people showed up. The meeting before she believed the minutes were emailed out, but will check for the next meeting.
III. Treasurer's Report/Coordinator's Position - There is no treasurer's report because all but about $700 goes to Student Assistance. Laura continues to substitute for Stephanie as coordinator. She is due to return in February.
IV. Old Business
A. Teen Center - They have been painting a mural, raised $700 worth of toys for Hasbro, and are working with Kettlebottom to get a boys' adventure club and mentoring program going.
B. Student Assistance Program - Qualified substitutes have been in in place, helping with crisis intervention and event planning. Barbara talked about having five days of student assistance next year and Mike acknowledged that the Town Council financial planning will begin soon.
C. Juvenile Hearing Board - The group has been meeting monthly. Documents that the participants have been writing have been very introspective and show personal growth. Feelings that come from their hearts come out in their writing. Debbie asked about the Teen Center mandating students to participate but Teddy said that they can't do it unless they are arrested. Getting to the root of the problem may be achieved through a referral to the Jamestown student assistance program. Teddy suggested keeping in touch with the Chief. Working with Jessica Wolke, student assistance counselor at the high school, is also important.
D. Friends of Jamestown Youth (FJY) - Glenn Miller, fantastic speaker to parents and families, is presenting on January 24 at 6 at the Lawn Avenue school. The school has been sending out information to parents and it has been in the Press twice. We offered House of Pizza the business of preparing the food. So far 12 people have confirmed, but many more are expected. The library is having an outreach night for organizations and groups and Debbie signed up Jill Goldstein to attend and recruit. They also want to create a mentoring program around bullying. Laura applied for two grants for the FJY, one with the Department of Health that was received, although we are still waiting for the training to be scheduled, and one with Newport Hospital, that they are still reviewing.
E. Municipal Court/Policies - Laura talked about four policies that she will be helping to present to the North Kingstown Town Council. Prohibiting hookah bars, regulating offering of alcohol in businesses at special events, prohibiting consumption of alcohol by minors, and prohibiting the sale of synthetic marijuana and salvia in stores. The latter issue became quite spirited; the employee from the Mobil station participated in the discussion. Teddy was extremely clear and conscientious in explaining exactly what the products are being sold are for (pipes, bowls, grinders, and scales). Amang said that he tells the consumers that the products are only for tobacco, but Teddy insisted that they are solely used with illegal drugs. Others talked about their perspectives around responsibility and the culture of Jamestown. Credit was given to Amang for showing up for the conversation, but it was not clear that the problem was solved by the end of the discussion. Contacting the media is an alternative, should the products not be removed voluntarily. Samantha talked about getting a dog park into Jamestown. How it relates to prevention was explained, as it serves to increase community attachment and reduce isolation. Barbara said that Bob Bowen is working on a location and offered to assist Samantha in her quest. The group unanimously supported advocating for all five of the proposals, with a motion by Barbara and a second by Andrea. The Municipal Court will be discussed on a future night.
V. New Business
A. Upcoming Trainings/Events - Tuesday, January 24 at 6 p.m. in the Lawn Avenue School will be Glenn Miller's presentation. Members are welcome to attend. Laura will be attending the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Conference February 6 - 9 (free of charge) since she will be receiving an Advocate of the Year award.
B. Other - A discussion about recycling bins and garbage cans ensued, as well as potential early foreign language programs.
VI. Next Meeting - The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 29 at 6 p.m. in the Teen Center.
VII. Adjournment - A motion to adjourn was made by Debbie, with a second by Barbara. The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.