Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force

Meeting Minutes 9/17/08


Present: Jessica Bucklin, Sue Earley, Laura Hosley, James Mastostefano, Mariel Mastrostefano, Barbara Szepatowski.


Guests: Dave Hosley, Representative Bruce Long, Jack Romano, Debbie Tungett.


I. Call to Order/Introductions - The meeting was called to order at 5:57.  Debbie Tungett introduced herself as the only new person.


II. Minutes – Laura presented the minutes from the last meeting. Sue made a motion to accept them, which Barbara seconded. The motion passed unanimously.


III. Treasurer’s Report – Laura presented the Treasurer’s Report as well as the recommended budget for FY09. Barbara made a motion to accept both, and Mariel and Jessica seconded it. The motion passed unanimously. Barbara volunteered to follow up with Tot Wright regarding the phone bill. She also plans to work on compiling a list of the charities in Jamestown.


IV. Old Business

            A. Student Assistance – Student Assistance will get the benefit of the $1,030 donation from Representative Bruce Long from the Del’s sales at the Fools’ Rules Regatta. Stephanie Nocon had her baby; Katie MacKrell and Melissa Mastrostefano have been providing coverage in her absence.

            B. Teen Center – Debbie reported that they held their first cooking class. Since they only have a microwave and toaster, they made nachos. A sewing teacher and knitting person will be coming in to teach. Debbie is going to ask the Jamestown Education Foundation to sponsor programs. She is also starting a speaker series. The first one is from the state crime lab. Ice cream will be donated from Spinnaker’s. The next speaker will be on saving/personal finance. There will be a college visiting trip to Providence and Rhode Island Colleges’ campuses on October 30. Students from the Met School freshman class will be coming in to check out internship possibilities. Deb is also going to a quality assurance training.

On October 31 is the Monster Ball. From 6 – 8 p.m. all ages are welcome. From 8 – 10 middle school and high school kids can go. It will be a hang-out/party/dance. Debbie is trying to get help from the Military Spouses, including treats and supervision. She needs help from the Task Force; they can let Deb know.

Barbara asked if any of the kids could start doing a column in the Press on the Teen Center. Jack said that they are working on the website. East Bay Community Action is coming in to help with the website development. A commander from the navy who is in the army has been sending emails. Barbara suggested that it become a link. Barbara has his dog, Roger, who visits the Teen Center.

The Invisible Children group has been meeting on Mondays at 6:30. They are planning a big event on 10/25 at the library and North Kingstown High School with the “roadies”. There will be a reception hour. On 10/18 will be an “Empty Bowls” silk screening process.

            C. Juvenile Hearing Board – This program fills a gap with local resources. A few important initiatives were discusses, including the tip line, student assistance, the teen center, and working with our legislator. Barbara said that we need to be less quiet. Bruce suggested an open forum, bringing awareness to the community.

            D. Legislative Initiatives – There was a press conference on underage drinking. Raising awareness and education is important. Police have said that they need the consumption law as a tool. Laura talked about the North Kingstown High School “chemical health” policy that they are working on. Barbara and Bruce suggested presenting to the Town Council. Arlene Petit would need to be called and asked to be put on the schedule to address them. Task Force members should dress up for the event.


V.        New Business

            A. Funding Requests – None.

            B. Trainings – Laura presented the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association’s brochure.

            C. Other – None


VI.       Adjournment

            Sue made a motion to adjourn, with Barbara seconding the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, October 8 at 6:00 at the Teen Center.