The Hudson County Coalition was one of only three in the country to receive the mentoring grant!
PATERSON, NJ – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) celebrated the announcement by the Office of National Drug Control Policy that it was awarding four grants totaling $450,000 to coalitions in Secaucus, Tenafly, and Hudson County dedicated to keeping children away from harmful substances.
“Keeping our children off drugs and alcohol takes the work of family and community together. These coalitions are at the frontlines of the fight, and awards like Drug-Free Communities are vital to recognizing their work and giving them the resources to keep having a positive impact,” said Rep. Pascrell. “As every community in America continues to grapple with the terrible opioid epidemic, we need to work as one with every tool we can get our hands on. The continued support of the Drug-Free Communities Program is one of those tools, and it is making big difference for our children.”
“The Town of Secaucus is pleased to continue with the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant,” said Dave Brattion, Program Coordinator of the Secaucus Coalition. “The Secaucus Coalition members are excited to continue to use the grant as a foundation for our work to reduce youth substance abuse in our community. We have made strides in raising awareness about alcohol and prescription drug abuse, and will continue those efforts as we face new and emerging substance abuse challenges such as youth vaping and marijuana abuse.”
“We are very excited to receive this grant. Through our longstanding relationship with the North Bergen Municipal Alliance/Prevention Coalition and with the help of this grant, we will be able to provide guidance to North Bergen as they continue to expand,” said Yaisa Coronado, Program Director for Hudson County Coalition and Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. “The North Bergen Coalition will now be able to concentrate on efforts salient to their community. We truly appreciate the support from our public officials in securing this grant.”
A list of recipients of Drug-Free Community grants:
- $125,000 to the town of Secaucus
- $125,000 to the Lindsay Meyer Memorial Foundation in Secaucus
- $125,000 to Tenafly Public Schools in Tenafly
- $75,000 to the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community
Administered through the annual Drug-Free Communities Support Program, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has awarded 731 grants and issued 156 new awards of $19.5M for Fiscal Year 2018. With community coalitions in all 50 states, this year’s grant awards are the highest in the program’s history – a $90.9M investment. Created by Congress in 1997, the Drug-Free Communities Support Program is the nation’s leading player in mobilizing communities and using grants to community coalitions to build and strengthen bonds between local partners to prevent youth substance use.
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local drug problems. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, law enforcement, and media. By involving the community in a solution-oriented approach, Drug-Free Community also helps those youth at risk for substance use recognize that the majority of America’s youth choose not to use drugs.
Rep. Pascrell has worked closely with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to bring increased resources to cities and community organizations fighting drug use. In October 2014, he helped win $1.25M for the Rutherford Community Prevention Coalition.
Brenner Foundation to Hold Inaugural Veteran Services Gala at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ and Use Proceeds to Install Diaper Banks in New Jersey
Brenner Foundation will be holding its inaugural Veteran Services Gala at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ on Thursday, October 18th. Proceeds from the Veteran Services Gala will support a partnership with two powerhouse organizations that are well known in the community for their work with veterans. The Bergen County Division of Veteran Services and the Catholic Charities SOS Stakeholders Group will work in association with Brenner Foundation to install diaper banks in New Jersey, which will provide access to clean, dry diapers to struggling veteran families in need.
The honoree at the Gala this year is Ariel “AJ” Luna who is an Army veteran and the Director of Veteran Services for Bergen County. His years of dedication in assisting veterans of the county on the various programs and benefits available to them will be recognized. “I am humbled to be the honoree for the Brenner Foundation’s Veteran Services Gala,” said Luna. “In a short period of time, I have witnessed the positive impact that they have had in northern New Jersey.”
Brenner Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of services to veterans and homeless individuals. Based in Wallington, New Jersey, their mission is to provide aid to local veterans and their families, and to support efforts to combat homelessness around the country.
Brenner Foundation was founded by Christine Brenner in 2017. “As a federal contractor, manufacturing field medical equipment for our service men and women, it is both my pleasure and my passion to support our veterans in any way I can when they return home,” said Brenner.
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The event is for a very good cause that will fill a much needed gap in service for our veteran families. The honoree at the Gala this year is Ariel “AJ” Luna who is an Army veteran and the Director of Veteran Services for Bergen County.
Enclosed is the flyer for the Brenner Foundation event at the Venetian. The mission is to create a NJ Veteran Diaper Bank, Catholic Charities Veteran Services will partner with Brenner to help with distribution at our sites in 7. See Here http://brennerfoundation.org/about/
Part of the fund raising event by Brenner Foundation will go to the Veterans Unmet Needs Fund, Bergen County Tracers and purchasing diapers.
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On Friday, July 20th, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that officially bans smoking at most of New Jersey public beaches and parks at the state, county, and municipal levels. The bill S-2534 which will go into effect in 180 days (January 2019), passed the Senate, 32-1, and the Assembly by 66-1 with two abstentions, expands the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006” which bans smoking in indoor public settings. Sponsors of the bill include Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senators Vin Gopal and Bob Smith and Assembly members Vincent Mazzeo, Clinton Calabrese, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Paul Moriarty.
Towns and counties would create designated smoking areas that could constitute no more than 15 percent of the beach; parking lots adjacent to beaches or parks would not be subject to the ban. The bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), towns and counties to take measures to educate the public about the smoking ban and associated penalties for violators, who would be fined $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
“The Jersey Shore has always been one of our state’s – and nation’s – great natural treasures, and a place for families to enjoy,” said Governor Murphy. “Signing this legislation demonstrates my firm commitment to protecting our environment and public health while preserving the quality and cleanliness of our public beaches and park areas.”
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), one of the sponsors, said, “This is an issue that impacts the environmental quality of the Jersey Shore, the health of beach-goers exposed to second-hand smoke, the quality of life for residents and visitors, and ultimately, the economic well-being of Shore communities. We don’t want our beaches littered with cigarette butts, the air polluted with smoke or the ocean wildlife exposed to threat of discarded cigarettes.”
Lawmakers had been trying to ban beach smoking for the last four years, but encountered opposition under the administration of then-Governor Chris Christie. In July 2014, a bill that would have banned smoking in state parks and limited smoking on beaches overwhelmingly passed the legislature, but Christie vetoed it. Two years later, the governor issued a conditional veto to a renewed smoking ban, prohibiting the practice at New Jersey’s two state-owned beaches while allowing towns to determine their own restrictions.
According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. In New Jersey, tobacco use takes the lives of nearly 12,000 residents every year.
Tobacco use is a significant public health threat and a high-risk factor for many diseases, including lung cancer, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart disease, stroke and asthma. The use of electronic smoking devices may also pose a health risk due to their smoke vapors. In addition, exposure to second-hand smoke is a health hazard for a majority of the non-smoking public and can lead to illness and premature death.
Furthermore, results of the 2017 beach sweep by Clean Ocean Action showed that the litter collected by volunteers last year contained more than 29,000 cigarette butts, more than 1,150 lighters, nearly 1,900 empty cigarette packs and 7,172 cigar tips. Cigarette butts threaten marine wildlife as a choking hazard and are capable of leeching deadly toxins.
One thing the bill did not address was who would be responsible for enforcing the ban. The bill does not specify whether lifeguards, police officers, or others will enforce the ban. Citing their primary mission to save lives of individuals in the water, Governor Murphy said lifeguards should not enforce the law, but he left it to municipalities to determine enforcement measures.
Karen Blumenfeld, executive director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy, or GASP, said that more than half of New Jersey’s more than 500 communities already restrict smoking and vaping on their beaches or in their parks.
To read more about the bill’s passage, visit https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562018/approved/20180720a.shtml or https://patch.com/new-jersey/pointpleasant/nj-gov-phil-murphy-signs-smoking-beach-ban-law
Since July 2012, New Jersey regional chronic disease coalitions funded through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP) tobacco control organizations such as New Jersey GASP and New Jersey Prevention Network and many others, have worked on the facilitation of no-smoking ordinances, and their efforts along with the perseverance of state legislators have culminated in the signing of a bill that will protect the health and welfare of its residents.
Pascrell Announces $50,000 in Drug Prevention Grants: Federal grants will fund community initiatives in Hudson County to combat substance abuse
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $50,000 to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Hudson County to assist the organization in combatting youth substance abuse. The grant was made available through the Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program.
“The opioid epidemic has been a plague on families and communities throughout our country,” said Rep. Pascrell. “We must do everything we can on the federal level to secure the resources necessary to combat this problem head-on. This grant money will help NCADD bolster its efforts in Hudson County to protect our communities from the harmful impacts of opioid and substance abuse. I am always committed to seeing that Garden State towns and cities receive every penny of federal resources that they need to tackle our most pressing problems. As long as this epidemic persists, I will continue to fight for funding that will directly support local efforts to address opioid abuse and misuse in our communities.”
“The CARA grant broadens our coalition’s efforts to decrease the misuse of prescription medications in Hudson County,” said Yaisa Coronado, Program Director for Hudson County Coalition and Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. “We will utilize this funding to implement environmental strategies that bring awareness and impact change by partnering with health professionals, law enforcement, and other community leaders. We appreciate this opportunity to increase our prevention services and thank the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the award and Congressman Pascrell for his support of this grant.”
“This grant will go a long way in combatting opioid and substance abuse in our community,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “I want to thank NCADD of Hudson County for their work on this important issue and Congressman Pascrell for his efforts in making this grant possible.”
“We need to recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis and that addiction and substance abuse are health issues of great concern in our communities. The drug prevention grants are vital towards combating this epidemic,” said Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos.
Background on CARA
The Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which was strongly supported by Rep. Pascrell. The goal of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-to-18 in communities throughout the United States.