Jamestown Prevention Coalition

April 12, 2011 Minutes


Present: Laura Hosley, Stephanie Nocon, Bill Piva, Deb Tungett


Guests: Steve Head, Mark Matoes, Brian Page


I.                   Call to Order/Guests/Introductions – Deb called the meeting to order at 6:15.

II.                Minutes – Deb made a motion to accept the meetings of the March meeting, which Bill seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

III.             Treasurer’s Report/Strategic Plan – Laura went over the goals from the strategic plan.

IV.             Old Business

A.    Teen Center – The minibus with wheelchair access is being supported partially through the Town Council, through an appropriation. Deb will still apply to the Champlin Foundation for a grant. They made enough at their dance to cover their expenses. The next dance will be held on May 13 from 7-10. There is a month-long series of choices being offered through Newport County Afterschool Excitement in May. AMPT will be participating in a “Relay For Life” Cancer Fundraiser on May 20. They will be working a water post at the 5K Race in Jamestown. The Filmmaking program is in its third week.15 kids are participating, 90% of which are not usually involved in Teen Center activities. On May 19 at 6 p.m., the films will be showcased at the Arts Center. There will be extended hours at the Teen Center over April vacation week.

B.     Student Assistance – Steph reported that she has been “bombarded”. She has a girls’ group of 13 kids. She has had 14 groups so far this school year. Project Northland is continuing. They participated in April Friends’ Day, a take-off on April Fools’ Day, when many kids have been teased in the past. Bill talked about an anti-bullying ordinance that was passed in East Greenwich. Deb will make a call to the Town Administrator about the ordinance. Bill talked about how the kids can’t go home and get away from it, especially with technology like Formspring. On May 2, Dan Converse, who lost his son in a Barrington crash, will speak at the high school in North Kingstown. 7th through 12th graders and their parents are invited. Steve talked about how Linda Chaves is good, but might be better for an older group of students. The donations go toward a scholarship fund. On May 20, there is an ice cream social to help 8th graders get to know each other before high school. 47 8th graders from Jamestown end up in a class of 400 their freshman year. May 4 is the Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse training. Twelve schools will be participating at Goddard Park in East Greenwich.

C.     Juvenile Hearing Board – There were two reviews for minor vandalism; it was a quiet month. There is talk of having a Newport County Juvenile Hearing Board regional meeting.

D.    Jamestown Youth Organization – At the last meeting, they went over the Strategic Plan with Lynn Donahue. They are creating a recruitment brochure. They will be meeting on the first Wednesday of each month. Jamestown day will be held on Friday, September 9. Last year, it was $10/carload, with food and a band.

E.     Municipal Court/Policies – Mike White is supposed to be talking to Bruce Keiser; we may have to wait for a new police chief to make a determination. Laura talked about the proposed policy changes at North Kingstown High School. Steve expressed interest in joining the policy committee.

V.                New Business

A.    Prescription Drug Take-Back – It will be held on April 30 from 2-4 p.m. at the police station. Posters are going up and a press release will be going to the Press. Deb and Steph wanted information for the listservs.

B.     Methamphetamine – Laura has been in touch with someone at the national level. There will be a conference in the fall in RI on meth.

C.     Upcoming Trainings – Information on a CT law enforcement conference was handed out.

VI.             Next Meeting – The next meeting will be held on May 18 at the Teen Center at 6 p.m.

VII.          Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m. with a motion by Steph and a second by Deb. It passed unanimously.