Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force

Meeting Minutes 2/11/09


Present: Jessica Bucklin, Samantha Bucklin, Sue Earley, Becca Heavey, Brianne Heavey, Laura Hosley, James Mastostefano, Mariel Mastrostefano, Melissa Mastrostefano, Stephanie Nocon, Barbara Szepatowski, Debbie Tungett, Andrea vonHohenleiten.


I. Call to Order/Introductions - The meeting was called to order at 6:02. 

II. Guest -  Garrett Bucklin was the only guest. He expressed his interest in becoming a member. Samantha made a motion to make Garrett a member, which Becca seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

III. Minutes – Laura presented the minutes from the last meeting. She incorporated the recommended changes. Debbie made a motion to accept them, which Barbara seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Treasurer’s Report – Laura presented the Treasurer’s Report. Mariel made a motion to accept it and Samantha seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Old Business

            A. Student Assistance – “Teen Institute” will be held April 3 – 6. Ten Jamestown students will attend the Alton Jones program. Stephanie reported that she has already seen 111 students, which is over half of the student population. Barbara asked Chief Tighe for funding for the program. There are questions that he wants answered first. Barbara plans to write letters to wealthy citizens.

            B. Teen Center – The Teen Center Anniversary Party is a good place to showcase the programs. There will be an indoor carnival-type open house. From 3 – 6 p.m., all ages will be welcome. From 6 – 9 p.m., only teens will be allowed in. There will be an admission fee. The Pasta Dinner went well. They raised about $800, and had a good crowd for a snowy night. Movie nights are working well. 15 boys participated in a program about healthy relationships. Participants are enjoying the cooking and scrap-booking. There were 62 visitors last Friday. The Teen Center will be open during school vacation.

            C. Underage Drinking/Enforcement Strategies – Laura suggested that the wording for the Juvenile Hearing Board include funding for the Task Force or Student Assistance.

            D. Tobacco Grant – Debbie volunteered to go to the tobacco workshop, which was a requirement of the grant. Laura will be out of the region on that day. Mr. Foley, North Kingstown High School Principal, approved getting the Stealth system for the bathrooms. Now we are waiting for the Department of Health’s approval, Laura said. Andrea took a photo of the cigar/candy display at Jamestown Mobil. She will give it to Barbara for the Town Council.

VI. New Business

            A. Funding Requests – There was a request for funding for the Washington D.C. trip. The members said that they have no money but can give them a small table at the Open House if they contact Debbie about it.

            B. Events/Trainings – Debbie reported that she has been attending interesting trainings which should help her in her work at the Teen Center. There will hopefully be a PTO/Task Force Forum in March. Laura, Kathy Almanzor, Robin Tregenza, and Steph will meet and talk about it.

            C. Other – Melissa and Mariel will bring the doctor’s order form that they talked about to the next meeting.

VII.      Adjournment

            Samantha made a motion to adjourn, with Steph seconding the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 at 5:45 at the Police Station.