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Yorktown Annual Outdoor Movie & Concert Slated for July 17th

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Yorktown Patch

The Yorktown Annual Outdoor Movie & Concert will take place on Thursday, July 17 at 7:15 p.m.

The Alliance For Safe Kids presents The Uncle Brothers Concert at 7:15 pm followed by a presentation of The Lego Movie beginning at dusk.

This event is sponsored by Yorktown Parks & Rec, the Alliance For Safe Kids, the Yorktown PBA, The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, the Law Offices of Michael Resko, Club Fit, and Mohegan Lake Audi.

Presented by the Jack Devito Memorial Field, Yorktown Heights, New York.

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ASK hosts Yorktown Community Day

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Your Yorktown

The best barbecue, businesses and entertainment Yorktown has to offer was on display last Saturday at Jack DeVito Field at Yorktown’s 25th Annual Community Day, presented by the Alliance for Safe Kids. 

The free event featured the 9th Annual Taste of Yorktown, where local restaurants and amateur chefs competed in a cook-off to determine the best wings in Town.

Community Day allowed the community to interact with many of the local merchants and community organizations around town, including the Yorktown Police Department, Yorktown Heights Fire Department, the Leos and Lions clubs, and the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

There was also inflatable play equipment and other activities for kids. Several live music and dance acts provided the day’s entertainment.

 

 

 

Yorktown Invites Residents To 25th Annual Community Day

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Yorktown Daily Voice –

Yorktown will host its 25th annual community day on Saturday, June 7 in Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Day will feature The Taste of Yorktown, showcase local merchants as well as cook-offs, dance-offs, music, dancing and more.

Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Park is located on Veterans Road in Yorktown Heights.

Yorktown’s 25th Annual Community Day Set For June 7

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Daily Voice

The 25th annual Yorktown Community Day is coming on Saturday, June 7.

The Alliance for Safe Kids, Yorktown Organizations United and the Town of Yorktown will host the 25th annual Yorktown Community Day from noon to 4 p.m.  at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. The event will feature the annual Taste of Yorktown and ASK 4 Talent.

“One and all are welcome to join the celebration and experience all that Yorktown has to offer,” representatives said in a press release. “The day will showcase numerous community organizations, local merchants, inflatables, activities for kids, music and entertainment for all ages. Participants represent a wide range of Yorktown groups from our emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) to civic organizations (Lions, Leos, Elks, Rotary) to local community groups (Scouts, School Clubs, Faith Based Organizations, Sports Clubs, Relay for Life Teams) and many more.”

The Taste of Yorktown will highlight the culinary creations of local restaurants and amateur chefs that will compete in the cook-off for Best Wings in Yorktown and/or a bake off for Best Homemade Cookie in Yorktown, according to the release.

“This day represents 25 years of gathering as a community and sharing our unique roles in making Yorktown special,” said Liz Talbert, Coalition Coordinator for ASK. “This community spirit is the foundation for the safety net that we collectively build and strengthen to support our youth and families throughout the year.”

For more information or to participate in the event, residents can visit the ASK website or call (914) 736- 1450.

Yorktown Student Receives Gold Award for Prescription Drug Awareness

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Yorktown-Somers Patch

Yorktown High School senior Samantha Greene has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest award in Girl Scouts – for her “Prescription Drug Awareness and Collection” project.

The 17-year-old student has been a girl scout for 12 years and had previously earned Bronze and Silver Awards. Her leadership, Gold Award project consisted of more than 90 hours of work during an 18-month period.

Greene’s “Prescription Drug Awareness and Collection” project showed the dangers of prescription drugs getting into the hands of teens and young adults. It talked about storing them safely in your home, and spread word about the new Prescription Drug Drop-off Box located in the Yorktown Police Department lobby.

The student said she chose her project after hearing about a number of prescription drug related overdoses and deaths in the community. Greene said she realized the topic wasn’t being addressed enough in high school health classes.

Here are highlights of Greene’s work:

  • To spread the word, Greene attended community events and back to school nights to distribute flyers and speak about safe storage of prescription drugs and proper disposal at the collection box.
  • She helped create and hang large signs throughout town to tell about the collection box.
  • She also went to local doctor and dentist offices to leave brochures for patients, and partnered with local pharmacies to post signs about the drop-off box.
  • Two local CVS pharmacies distributed her flyers to all customers picking up prescriptions.
  • Greene created a Public Service Announcement about the drop-off box that will be posted on the Alliance for Kids website.
  • She also contributed relevant information on the topic to local film maker, David Levin, who is creating a professional video that will be shown in local high school health classes which will reveal the dangers of prescription drug abuse and present interviews with family members who have lost teens and young adults to drugs.
  • Greene has worked closely with the Alliance for Safe Kids in Yorktown who installed the drug drop off box at the Police Department.
  • The production of the video and brochure printing and town signage were made possible through a generous donation from the West Med Medical Group.

The drop-off box at the Yorktown Police Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Accepted are prescription and non-prescription drugs, no liquids, needles or syringes.

Lakeland School District Mailing

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

The Alliance For Safe Kids partnered with the Cortlandt Community Coalition to complete a community drug resource & information mailing to all of the Lakeland School District. Yorktown Senior Citizens and Yorktown and Lakeland High school students worked together to put stamps, return labels, address labels, collated and stuffed over 3,850 envelopes! Thank you to everyone who supports our mission and the health and safety of our youth!

20 Yorktown Businesses Pass Underage Drinking Enforcement Detail

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Yorktown-Somers Patch —

Twenty Yorktown establishments have passed an underage drinking enforcement detail after not selling alcohol to undercover, underage agents on Wednesday, Nov. 27, Yorktown Police Chief Daniel McMahon said.

The enforcement detail, sponsored by the Alliance for Safe Kids, was part of a local, federally funded study to combat underage drinking.

The Yorktown businesses that were checked and did not sell alcohol to the underage agents were: Courtesy Shell, DeCicco’s Market Place in Jefferson Valley, Ginny’s Wine and Liquors, Hess Mart on Route 202, Chestnut Shell, Chestnut Mobil, 202 Gas Mart, Courtesy Mobil, Lakeland Deli, Lakeland Liquors, Shrub Oak Food Center, Shrub Oak Getty, Valley Market, Jefferson Valley Service Station Mini Mart and Steinman’s Gomer Street Deli.

In addition, five bars refused to sell alcohol to an underage agent. They include Finnegan’s Grill, Murphy’s Bar, AJ’s Bar, Southside Grill and Kirby’s.

Chief McMahon said the compliance checks are made possible through a Drug-Free Communities grant and these “random, unannounced compliance checks” will continue.

14 Yorktown Businesses Pass Underage Drinking Check

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Daily Voice

Out of 14 Yorktown businesses recently subjected to a underage drinking check, not one sold alcohol to an undercover teen, police said.

Undercover agents conducted checks at the 14 licensed locations around Yorktown and reported that all of the establishments refused to sell alcoholic beverages to the undercover agents during the test, according to Yorktown Police Chief Daniel McMahon. The compliance check was made possible through a Drug-Free Communities grant, according to a release from the department, that was awarded through the Alliance for Safe Kids.

Rukmini Rao, owner of Parkside 202 Wine & Liquors, said she was pleased her employees passed the check.

“We don’t want to sell to underage kids not just because it is against the law but because it can lead to many bad things for them,” Rao said Monday. “I have kids myself and I know how bad it can be for them to get into liquor.”

In addition to Parkside, Courtesy Shell, Hess Mart on Route 202, Suburban Liquors, 7-11 on Commerce Street, Yorktown Beer and Soda, 7-11 Shell, Yorktown Mobil, Quick Stop Gulf, CVS, Courtesy Mobil, Yorktown Wines, Turco’s and the A&P Store all passed the check.

Yorktown Police Conduct Alcohol Compliance Checks at 14 Yorktown Businesses

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Yorktown Patch

Yorktown police officers conducted alcohol compliance checks on Aug. 7 at 14 licensed locations within the town of Yorktown with the help of undercover, underage agents.

The effort, sponsored by the Alliance for Safe Kids, was part of a local, federally funded study to combat underage drinking. According to police, all 14 of the establishments refused to sell alcoholic beverages to the underage agent.

The following Yorktown businesses were checked and did not sell alcohol to the underage agent: Courtesy Shell, Hess Mart Rt 202, Suburban Liquors, 7-11 on Commerce Street, Yorktown Beer and Soda, Shell, Yorktown Mobil, Quick Stop Gulf, CVS, Courtesy Mobil, Park Side Wine and Liquors, Yorktown Wines, Turco’s, and the A&P Store.

Yorktown Police Chief Dan McMahon said the compliance checks are made possible through a Drug-Free Communities grant that was awarded to the Alliance for Safe kids through the Westchester County Stop DWI Program.

The random and unannounced compliance checks will continue, police said.

Help Yorktown Win National ‘Above the Influence’ Ad Contest

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Yorktown Patch

Yorktown teens, through the local non-profit Alliance for Safe Kids, have submitted an original video to the “Above the Influence” ad contest, which was accepted along with 53 others from across the nation.

They’re getting close to the top spot in winning the competition but they need your help in order to surpass the front runner by the time the polls close on Aug. 9.

The ad that receives the most votes will become the next “Above the Influence” public service announcement and it will be presented in Washington D.C. prior to airing on national television.

Could the next next ad was homegrown in Yorktown?

Support Yorktown youth and the Alliance for Safe Kids’ video, which is entitled “It’s Your Choice.”

Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) of Yorktown, a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by members of the Yorktown community, encourages awareness and the prevention of substance use and abuse, along with alternative destructive behaviors harmful to young people.

Click here to vote!

11 Teens Face Criminal Charges for Using Fake IDs at Yorktown Bar

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Yorktown Patch–

Eleven teens, between the ages of 18 and 20, are due in Yorktown Town Court in August to answer charges that they had fake IDs while inside a bar, police said.

Yorktown police conducted a compliance check at Murphy’s Restaurant and Bar in Yorktown on July 18 as part of an ongoing effort to curb underage drinking, police said. The compliance check was partially funded by the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids.

The teens – 8 females and 3 males – were found in possession of forged drivers’ licenses, which falsely indicated they were over 21, police said.

They were all charged with third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor. In addition, one of them – a 19-year-old Purdy’s woman – was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

The teens, with hometowns ranging from Newburgh to New Windsor, Somers, Yorktown, Garrison, North Salem and Cortlandt Manor, were scheduled to appear in Yorktown Town Court on Aug. 20.

Yorktown Police Charge 11 With Using Fake IDs At Bar

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Daily Voice

The Yorktown Police Department arrested 11 minors recently and charged them with possession of fake IDs at Murphy’s Irish Restaurant and Bar.

The arrests were made as part of a compliance check at Murphy’s just after midnight on July 19, according to police. The check was “part of an ongoing effort to curb underage drinking and was partially funded by the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids,” according to the police report. Eight teens and three 20-year-olds were found in possession of allegedly forged driver’s licenses indicating they were over 21, according to the report.

Several of the youths were from Yorktown, while others were from Newburgh, Somers, Garrison, North Salem, Cortlandt Manor and New Windsor. One of the youths arrested was also charged with resisting arrest. All charges were misdemeanors.

Yorktown Councilman Terrance Murphy, who co-owns the business, recently praised the Yorktown Police Department for their efforts.

“When it comes to keeping our kids safe, we take a zero tolerance approach for underage drinking,” Murphy said in a press release. “We have all the necessary precautions in place to ensure these type of incidents don’t happen, including a New York State ID scanner and asking for a second ID. The scary part is, the reality of the situation is that forgeries have become so sophisticated that they scan as regular IDs.”

Murphy noted in a news release that the compliance check was done with assistance of bar ownership.

“These issues have nothing to do with politics, but they have everything to do with keeping our kids safe” Murphy said in the release.

All of the youths arrested were taken to the Yorktown Police Department for processing, released to third parties and have court appearances set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 20, according to the police report.

Yorktown Police: 11 Minors had Fake IDs at Bar

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

LoHud.com

Police charged eight teenagers and three 20-year-olds with holding phony licenses in Murphy’s restaurant and bar early Friday.

Officers were making a compliance check at the 355 Kear St. establishment in Yorktown Heights as part of an effort to curb underage drinking, according to a statement by the Police Department.

The operation was partly funded by the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids, according to the statement.

The suspects are accused of having licenses indicating they were older than 21. They were arrested at 12:35 a.m.

All were released without bail and are due in Town Court at 6 p.m. Aug. 20.

A message left at Murphy’s was not immediately returned.

All of the suspects were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor.

Help Your Teen Enjoy Fun, Safe and Drug-Free Prom and Graduation Parties

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) has partnered with Drug Free Action Alliance along with national sports icon and Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking honorary chair, Clark Kellogg to reinforce our community message that underage drinking is unsafe, unhealthy and unacceptable.

“June is a month filled with many celebrations – graduation parties, proms and year-end festivities – that are all wonderful ways to celebrate our childrens’ accomplishments”, said Lisa Tomeny ASK Executive Director, “It is important for parents to proactively take measures to help ensure these special times are fun, yet safe and drug-free for their teens.”

Parents play a major role in their children’s choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. In a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University survey to parents and teens, one-third of teen partygoers have been to parties where teens were drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, or using cocaine, ecstasy or prescription drugs while a parent was present. By age 17, nearly half of teens have been at parties where parents were present.

FACT: As a parent, you cannot provide alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission. You also cannot allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. There are legal consequences if you do. Based on Westchester County law, The Social Host Law provides penalties (fines and even jail time) to adults who host drinking parties for their underage children. This law holds parents and other adults accountable for underage drinking that goes on in their home.

With the prom and graduation season upon us, it is imperative for parents to be aware of the increased risk of teen alcohol parties occurring and the potential dangers that accompany those alcohol-fueled gatherings. Simply taking away the car keys does not solve all of the problems related to underage drinking.  Here are a few ideas for parents (and teens) planning celebratory parties:

Create a party plan, including a guest list, with your teen:

  • Invite just the friends on your list and let them know in advance the party is ‘invitation only’
  • Let party guests know that if they leave, they cannot come back
  • Plan some activities such as music, games, movies, etc
  • Make regular and unobtrusive visits to the party area with sensitivity to teens’ needs for privacy

If your teen is attending a party:

  • Know where your child will be. Call the parent in charge to verify the location of the party. Ensure there will be adult supervision ant that the host will not be serving or allowing alcohol.
  • Set a curfew for your teen to be home and when they arrive home, have them check in with you.
  • Know how your child is getting to and from the party.  Reinforce the message to your teenager that he/she should never allow someone who has been drinking to drive them anywhere.

Tricy Cushner Named to Women of Distinction Hall of Fame

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Yorktown Patch

Yorktown’s community leader and volunteer Tricy Cushner has been nominated for the second annual Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Women of Distinction Award for a community that has been so receptive and caring from the first day my family arrived here in 2001,” Cushner said. “It is an absolute pleasure to be involved with so many Yorktown community members who enjoy the same labor of love necessary to keep each other safe and cared for.”

Created and hosted by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I-Patterson), The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District.

“It is my pleasure to accept Mrs. Cushner into my Women of Distinction Hall of Fame” Ball said in a statement. “I commend her for her selfless dedication to the community of Yorktown and I greatly look forward to the ceremony in September.”

Cushner said the proclamation includes a statement recognizing the ability to inspire others with compassion, diligence and commitment which has allowed her to “think of the many others who inspired and continue to inspire” her.

“I share this award with the tireless Yorktown volunteers who truly make our community a better place each and every day,” she said.

Yorktown Town Supervisor Michael Grace commended Cushner for her work for the community in working with children to raise awareness and help prevent the use of harmful drugs in our town.

“This is a great event that Senator Ball hosts every year to allow us to recognize great community members such as Tricy,” he said.

Cushner was born in Wurzburg, Germany and has been married for 20 years. She is the mother to three children. Cushner graduated from Columbia College in South Carolina with a degree in accounting.

She has donated much of her time back to the community, serving as the President and Treasurer of the Alliance for Safe Kids for the past seven years. She also serves on the Yorktown School District Council of PTSA’s. She is a Yorktown Girl Scout Mentor, participated in Relay for Life, and Drug Crisis in Our Backyard.

In 2012 she was awarded the Yorktown Lions community service award. She had also previously won the ‘Yorktown Dancing with the Stars’ award for a Relay for Life fundraiser.

The ceremony will be hosted on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2013 at the Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel.

Yorktown’s 24th Annual Community Day

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Daily Voice

Thousands of Yorktown Heights residents kicked off the unofficial start to summer Saturday at the 24th Annual Community Day.

The Alliance for Safe Kids hosted the 24th annual event featuring the Taste of Yorktown Saturday at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field. Jewel of Himalaya won the Best Yorktown Signature Dish, Nuttin’ To It won the People’s Choice award, Big Al’s BBQ took the award for Best BBQ and Oreo Dream Team won the first-ever Best Cupcake award, ASK representatives said in a press release.

“The day was a tremendous success,” said Lisa Tomeny, Executive Director of ASK in the release. “It was truly a community effort with everyone working together to create one day to share our talent, skills and
resources with each other. Our community spirit is an essential ingredient in strengthening the safety net (that) supports our youth.”

Also on site were rides and inflatables for the kids as well as emergency vehicles from the Yorktown Police Department, Yorktown Fire Department and the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

24th Yorktown Community Day Kicks Off Saturday

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Daily Voice

The 24th annual celebration of Yorktown is set to draw thousands of people to Jack DeVito Veteran’s Memorial Field Saturday.

Yorktown’s Community Day runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the field located on Veterans Road in Yorktown Heights. The event promises to feature “The Taste of Yorktown” focusing on local restaurants and businesses and also features a showcase of local community organizations and entertainment for the whole family. The event is once again coordinated by the Alliance for Safe Kids.

ASK’s Executive Director Lisa Tomeny said the group is hoping to not only highlight local businesses but become the big family event of the year.

“Yorktown is a very special community and this day is all about celebrating what makes this town so special,” she said. “Having one venue to come together and support each other keeps this going year after year.”

Tomeny said it was important to bring more youth-based groups to Community Day.

“Giving the kids a venue to showcase things they’ve accomplished is always at the forefront for us,” she said. “One major component of what we do is to make sure kids are a pillar in the community because that is a real anchor for us.”

While Saturday’s weather promises to be warm, there will be a dunk tank and other activities for people to cool off, Tomeny said. For more information on Yorktown’s Community Day, please contact ASK at (914) 736-1450.

Yorktown Prepares for 24 Annual Community Day and 8th Annual Cook-off

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Yorktown Patch

The 24th annual Yorktown Community Day, which showcases local businesses and organizations, is set for Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jack DeVito Memorial Field.

The day will include music, entertainment, games and activities. It will also highlight the culinary creations of local restaurants and amateur chefs that will compete in the 8th annual ‘The Taste of Yorktown’ cook-off.

Categories will include Best Barbeque, Best Yorktown Signature Dish, Best Cupcake (new this year), and People’s Choice.

“This day is all about bringing together Yorktown and sharing our unique roles in making our community special,” said Lisa Tomeny, Executive Director of Alliance for Safe Kids that is sponsoring the day. “This community spirit is the foundation for the safety net that we collectively build and strengthen for our young people and families all year long!”

Yorktown Community Day participants represent a wide range of Yorktown groups – from emergency services (police and ambulance) to civic organizations (Yorktown Lions, Justin Veatch Fund) to local community groups (Relay for Life teams, Girl Scouts) and more.

For more information, visit www.AllianceforSafeKids.org or call (914) 736-1450.

Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids Work on Preventing Underage Drinking

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Yorktown-Somers Patch

Yorktown’s Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) members completed the second Yorktown Sticker Shock Campaign which is designed to reinforce public awareness about the minimum drinking age law.

“Preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility within our community,” ASK Executive Director Lisa Tomeny said. “Limiting youth access to alcohol is one of the many ways we can work to prevent youth from drinking.”

Students placed “Hey You! It is illegal to provide alcohol for people under 21!” stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and any other alcohol products that appeal to underage drinkers.

ASK officials said the goal of the project is to discourage adults and older peers (those who are 21 or over) from providing alcohol to minors.

This year’s participating stores were: Courtesy Shell (Shrub Oak), 7 Eleven (Cortlandt Manor), Commerce Street Beer & Soda, 7Eleven (Yorktown Heights), Chestnut Mobil, A&P (Yorktown Heights), Shell (Yorktown Heights), and Shell (Yorktown Heights).

The stores were encouraged to place signs, identical to the stickers, on the windows of refrigerators containing alcohol.

“We commend the retail establishment that voluntarily participated in this year’s Sticker Shock Campaign,” Tomeny said.

ASK COMPLETES STICKER SHOCK CAMPAIGN

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Yorktown Heights, NY – The Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) completes the second Yorktown Sticker Shock Campaign.

The purpose of Sticker Shock is to reinforce public awareness about the minimum drinking age law by placing stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and any other alcohol products that appeal to underage drinkers.  The stores are also encouraged to place signs, identical to the stickers, on the windows of refrigerators containing alcohol.  The goal of this project is to discourage adults and older peers (those who are 21 or over) from providing alcohol to minors.

The campaign consisted of teams of young people, accompanied by an adult chaperone, placing stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine coolers, etc.) at participating stores.  The stickers read, “Hey You!!  It is ILLEGAL to provide alcohol for people under 21!”.  This year’s participating stores were: Courtesy Shell (Shrub Oak), 7 Eleven (Cortlandt Manor), Commerce Street Beer & Soda, 7 Eleven (Yorktown Heights), Chestnut Mobil, A&P (Yorktown Heights), Shell (Yorktown Heights), & Shell (Yorktown Heights).

“Preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility within our community”, said Lisa Tomeny, ASK Executive Director.  “Limiting youth access to alcohol is one of the many ways we can work to prevent youth from drinking.  We commend the retail establishment that voluntarily participated in this year’s Sticker Shock Campaign.”

Check Out photos from the campaign!

Third Annual Yorktown Save A Life Forum Set For Sunday

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Daily Voice

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown community will once again come together to become first responders to support teens and families in crisis who are dealing with abuse, depression and violence.

The Alliance for Safe Kids will host the third annual Save A Life forum from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center. The program was formed in response to more than 25 deaths in Yorktown and Cortlandt Manor attributed to drugs and alcohol abuse, depression, bullying and violence, according to a statement from the organization. Previous programs have helped hundreds of teens and their parents speak about various forms of abuse and how to deal with such problems as suicidal thoughts and depression.

“This originally came right on the heels of what seemed to be an acceleration of tragedies a few years back surrounding young adults around our community,” said Lisa Tomeny, executive director at the Alliance for Safe Kids. “The idea is to have a forum to give people in our community some basic skills to be the first responders and recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts or depression or abuse and have some knowledge of what to do.”

This year’s program includes speakers Michael Nerney and Javier Sanchez. Nerney is a consultant in Substance Abuse Prevention and Education with more than 33 years of experience in the field. Sanchez, who is from Youth to Youth International, has been an advocate for youth and has been encouraging teens to realize that once they catch a vision and a sense of purpose for their life, there are no limits to their potential, according to the statement.

“We’re really fortunate to have both of them as speakers,” Tomeny said. “We want to recruit as many people in this community to get informed because that’s really the only way to start helping and turn the tide. Hopefully this will lead us closer to the day when we no longer have tragedies like this.”

Free registration is available at the group’s website at www.savealife2013.eventbrite.com.

Yorktown, Lakeland Students Graduate from Youth Court

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The Northern Westchester Examiner–

Forty-four students from the Yorktown and Lakeland school districts graduated from Yorktown Youth Court last week.

The 2013 commencement ceremony was hosted by Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK), a non-profit organization that represents all sectors of the community working together to provide a safety net for youth and families.

Founded in 2007, the ASK Yorktown Youth Court is a program based on a national model developed by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to Family Court and the criminal justice system. It is organized and run by teens, adjudicating misdemeanor cases involving other teens with the goal of reducing juvenile delinquency.

The students in this year’s graduating class were:

Zachary Abbate Akshay Karve
Joshua Beck Robert Kohl
Nicholas Belmonte Daniel Kramer
Logan Boilen Robert Kramer
Sean Boyle Caileigh Lampersberger
Richie Campanaro Brendan Lawlor
Ryan Cegielski Andrew Levin
Jack Christensen Sam Levin
Kaitlyn Comerford Carlton James Mackay
Tyler Cunnington Vincent Manghise
John Del Priore Sara Mongno
Thomas Donatelli Michael Naccarella
Brandon Dumoit Keegan O’Connor
Mason Dyslin Christopher Pinto
Jamison Embury Frank Raguso
Hunter Embury Christina Raguso
Scott Epstein Gregory Rivera
Timothy Forbes Gabriel Rivera
Conor Frawley Robert Sam Spallone
Skyler Gironda Clare Spallone
Alban Hoxhaj Joey Vulaj
Greg Karales Joseph V. Woska

Yorktown, Lakeland Students Graduate Youth Court, Ready to Prosecute Crimes

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Yorktown Patch–

In a mock arraignment Yorktown and Lakeland students sentenced a young man Wednesday night to 25 hours of community service for having stolen an iPhone and iPod from a Yorktown High School student’s locker.

During that mock trail, students showcased to friends and family what they have learned about the various aspects of the law over the last weeks. They will soon take on real-life court cases prosecuting other teens who have been found guilty of misdemeanors or violations.

Students, members of the 2013 Yorktown Youth Court graduating class, received their certificates Wednesday.

“Congratulations to you all,” Yorktown Justice Sal Lagonia told the students. “You’ve put a lot of work. Nobody gave this to you. You earned it. And you should be applauded for that.”

The Alliance for Safe Kids’ Yorktown Youth Court program was founded in 2007. It is a voluntary alternative to Family Court and the criminal justice system. It is organized and run by teens, adjudicating misdemeanor cases involving other teens with the goal of reducing juvenile delinquency, according to officials.

Youth Court members serve in the roles of judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, jury, clerk, and bailiff. The legal and binding procedure determines a fair and restorative sentence in the form of community service hours for the youth offender.

Local officials in attendance of the graduation were Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, councilmen Vishnu Patel and Dave Paganelli, county legislators Michael Kaplowitz and John Testa, and state assemblyman Steve Katz. Yorktown detectives Brian Shanahan and Sean Lewis, as well ASK board president Tricy Cushner and executive director Lisa Tomeny offered encouragement to the graduates.

Below is the list of graduates, members of the Class of 2013 (from both the Yorktown and Lakeland school districts):

Zachary Abbate Akshay Karve
Joshua Beck Robert Kohl
Nicholas Belmonte Daniel Kramer
Logan Boilen Robert Kramer
Sean Boyle Caileigh Lampersberger
Richie Campanaro Brendan Lawlor
Ryan Cegielski Andrew Levin
Jack Christensen Sam Levin
Kaitlyn Comerford Carlton James Mackay
Tyler Cunnington Vincent Manghise
John Del Priore Sara Mongno
Thomas Donatelli Michael Naccarella
Brandon Dumoit Keegan O’Connor
Mason Dyslin Christopher Pinto
Jamison Embury Frank Raguso
Hunter Embury Christina Raguso
Scott Epstein Gregory Rivera
Timothy Forbes Gabriel Rivera
Conor Frawley Robert Sam Spallone
Skyler Gironda Clare Spallone
Alban Hoxhaj Joey Vulaj
Greg Karales Joseph V. Woska

Yorktown Youth Court is a program developed and directed by the Alliance for Safe Kids. P.O. Box 106, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. For more information, visit www.AllianceforSafeKids.org.

Yorktown, Lakeland Students Graduate From Youth Court

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Daily Voice

Dozens of students from Lakeland and Yorktown Central school districts were honored Wednesday night as graduates of Yorktown Youth Court’s class of 2013.

The youth court was founded in 2007 and is organized and run by teens, adjudicating misdemeanor cases involving other teens with the goal of reducing juvenile delinquency. Youth Court members serve in the roles of judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, jury, clerk and bailiff. It is a legal and binding procedure that determines sentence in the form of community service hours for the youth offender.

The graduates participated in a mock arraignment Wednesday of a Yorktown High School student accused of stealing an iPod from a fellow student’s locker. The plaintiff argued for 40 hours of community service, the defendant suggested 15 hours, but the judge compromised with 25 hours.

The ceremony attracted a slew of elected officials, including Assembly member Steve Katz, County Legislators John Testa and Mike Kaplowitz, Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace and Council members Dave Paganelli and Vishnu Patel.

“You have a lot of tough decisions to make, and when you make bad decisions, you don’t end up in this kind of a room for fun,” said Grace, a trial lawyer and former attorney for Yorktown. “My hope is that through this process, you learn. And what you learn, you bring that to your community, which is your peers in your school. And hopefully teach the lessons that you’re taught here, because they’re good ones. They’re good ones for the rest of your life.”

The ceremony was hosted by the Alliance for Safe Kids and held at Yorktown Justice Court. The class of 2013 is:

  • Zachary Abbate
  • Joshua Beck
  • Nicholas Belmonte
  • Logan Boilen
  • Sean Boyle
  • Richie Campanaro
  • Ryan Cegielski
  • Jack Christensen
  • Kaitlyn Comerford
  • Tyler Cunnington
  • John Del Priore
  • Thomas Donatelli
  • Brandon Dumoit
  • Mason Dyslin
  • Jamison Embury
  • Hunter Embury
  • Scott Epstein
  • Timothy Forbes
  • Conor Frawley
  • Skyler Gironda
  • Alban Hoxhaj
  • Greg Karales
  • Akshay Karve
  • Robert Kohl
  • Daniel Kramer
  • Robert Kramer
  • Caileigh Lampersberger
  • Brendan Lawlor
  • Andrew Levin
  • Sam Levin
  • Carlton James Mackay
  • Vincent Manghise
  • Sara Mongno
  • Michael Naccarella
  • Keegan O’Connor
  • Christopher Pinto
  • Frank Raguso
  • Christina Raguso
  • Gregory Rivera
  • Gabriel Rivera
  • Robert Sam Spallone
  • Clare Spallone
  • Joey Vulaj
  • Joseph V. Woska

Alliance for Safe Kids Attends National Substance Prevention Conference

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Yorktown Patch

Yorktown’s Alliance for Safe Kids will join nearly 3,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists and advocates from throughout the country during the week of Feb. 6 to Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C.

The meeting is part of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 22nd annual National Leadership Forum. CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the nation’s largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers.

Besides the opportunity to learn the latest strategies to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, the coalition will also hear from such conference headliners as Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and James Fowler, Ph.D., author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, and a Professor in the School of Medicine and Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

The coalition will also have the opportunity to meet and brief Senators and members of Congress from their state during CADCA’s Capitol Hill Day.

“We are so excited to be able to spend a week in our nation’s Capitol, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” said Erica Stanzione, ASK Coalition Coordinator. “We hope to come back re-energized with new strategies under our belt to tackle our drug use in the Yorktown community.”

ASK works to combat drug and alcohol abuse in the community by: raising awareness of issues endangering youth; providing education and training to youth and adults, sponsoring safe, alternative activities and programs for youth; and collaborating with law officials on enforcement initiatives.

On-going projects include compliance checks and responsible vendor training for local businesses, prescription drug take back days, community forums, Teen Nights among others.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum features more than 100 training courses to help community and state leaders prevent and reduce substance abuse and its related problems. CADCA is the national membership organization representing more than 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

CADCA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events. Learn more at: www.cadca.org.

For more information about CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, visit http://forum.cadca.org/

 

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