Substance Abuse Prevention

Task Force Meeting Minutes 12/10/08


Present: Jessica Bucklin, Angela Deneault, Sue Earley, Eleanor Hansen, Becca Heavey, Brianne Heavey, Laura Hosley, Mariel Mastrostefano, Stephanie Nocon, Barbara Szepatowski, Andrea von Hohenleiten.


Guests: Bruce Long, Jack Romano, Deb Tungett.


I. Call to Order/Introductions - The meeting was called to order at 6:14.  Introductions were done.


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


III. Treasurer’s Report – Laura presented the Treasurer’s Report. Barbara talked about the January Town Council meeting, where we would need to do a presentation. Deb made a motion to accept the report; Angela and Brianne seconded it. The motion passed unanimously. A question was asked about Project Adventure in the budget, which Laura replied had a budget of $50.00 at the most.


IV. Old Business

            A. Student Assistance – Stephanie reported that it is starting to pick up. The Third Eye/Youth Crime Watch meetings will be held at lunchtime. Project Northland is starting in the sixth grade. The seventh and eighth graders will begin in the third quarter. Thursdays, she is at the Teen Center from 4:00 to 7:00. She will be starting scrap-booking, which the kids have been asking for. She is working on a resource book for Jamestown teens with Jack. Barbara asked if we could put a group of adults together for a mentoring program. She said that the seniors at Pemberton are interested. Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse (VAASA) will be starting in Jamestown, in collaboration with North Kingstown High School. Laura suggested bringing in the home schooled kids. Laura presented the SALT statistics, which show an improvement in Jamestown substance abuse and that we have come very far with our prevention efforts.

            B. Teen Center – Debbie reported that the money that was supposed to go to Student Assistance from the RI Foundation grant still will, even though they had a 10% cut. Debbie said that it is very important that she and Stephanie work together. The Teen Center participated in the After School Alliance, which gave them $1,500.00 and a consultant to help figure out how to do programming better. She wants to have an adult/parent community advisory board. They will meet once a month. She will have four sub-committees. She is recruiting representatives from different departments. The after school frontline workers alliance is meeting on 12/18 at the Newport Boys & Girls Club. The big event coming up is the “Dodge the Holiday Blues” dodge ball tournament and lock-in. 35 kids signed up from grades 7 – 12. There should be volunteers attending from across the bridge (Martin Luther King, Jr. Center). It will be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. A DJ will be there.

            The Teen Center will be open from 12 - 8 during the holiday break. Stephanie mentioned that there was an announcement at school that stated that no energy drinks are allowed at school. They went to a Celtics game with 20 students. They are also planning a social with all of the 8th graders at the high school (Jamestown and North Kingstown). The group talked about announcements and articles not getting into the Jamestown Press. The website is up and attached to the Town’s. Barbara suggested a Teen Center table at the Doggie Parade. There will be a parent information area at the Teen Center.

            One of the teens talked about how underage youth bought cigarettes at the X-tra Mart. Also, he talked to them about using an item as a “crack tube”. Another youth said that the employee talked about sexual matters to him. It was suggested that the X-tra Mart issue be brought up at the Town Council meeting before the January hearing for a Sunday license. At 2:30, the group of teens with some adults will meet with Chief Tighe.

            C. Underage Drinking/Enforcement Strategies – Bruce talked about the Narragansett law and how it was used. He talked to the group about the Juvenile Hearing Board. The group will get back together in January.             Angela talked about the arrests in the fall. There was one DUI under 21, two possessions of marijuana, 10 underage possessions of alcohol, and 1 possible cocaine with intention to sell. The consumption law and consent to search are still two ordinances that the group is interested in pursuing.

            D. Tobacco Grant – North Kingstown High School has 12 kids’ bathrooms. The Stealth System is something we could apply the grant funding toward with North Kingstown. It would detect smoking in the bathrooms and alert the administration.


V.        New Business

            A. Funding Requests – None.

            B. Trainings – Sue still needs to connect with her colleague about being a speaker for the “Sundaes and Speakers” on substance abuse. It was mentioned that a presentation on inhalants and Angela presenting to the PTO were possibilities. Stephanie will check with Karen Rafanelli.

            C. Other –Debbie, Bruce and Jack expressed their interest in becoming members. Barbara made a motion to accept them all and Angela seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.


VI.       Adjournment

            Mariel made a motion to adjourn, with Barbara seconding the motion. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:24.


The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 6:00 at the Police Station.