Municipal Alliance Committee
On Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
Cranbury, New Jersey
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
The scheduled meeting of the Cranbury Township Municipal
Alliance Committee was held on September 28, 2004 in the Town Library, 23 North
Main Street, in Cranbury Township at 12:00 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
With a quorum present, Joan Rue, Acting Chairperson,
called session to order at 12:10 p.m. and acted as Chairperson thereof, and
Kathleen S. Wasson acted as Secretary of the meeting.
STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE
Pursuant to the Sunshine Law, adequate notice in
accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6) was provided on January
7, 2003 of this meeting’s date, time and place and agenda was mailed to the
news media, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting
personal notice, and filed with the Municipal Clerk.
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Acting Chairperson Joan Rue, Christine Orcutt, Fay
Kobland, Susan Mayes, Michele Hliewicki, Colleen Marsh, Carol Malouf, Howard
Zogott, Jean Golisano, Marian Levine, Captain Ed Kahler, Patrolman Rob
Giaccone, Patrolman Todd Galk attended. Also
in attendance were Karen Henderson and Maureen Rafferty.
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Michael Mayes and Drew Holland
Minutes of June 8, 2004 were tabled by unanimous vote. Motion by Captain Kahler; second by Chris
- Chat Groups:
There has been an introduction with the children who have signed
up. The groups will begin either
tomorrow or next Wednesday. Carol
Malouf provided the visitors and members with an overview of what the chat
groups are all about. There was a
general discussion about activities offered to the children at school.
- The pool party was canceled due to bad weather
from the remnants of a hurricane.
- Captain Kahler said that the fishing derby went
very well. Joan Rue noted that it
got very good press. The police
will hold it every other year.
- Howard Zogott said that, this summer, 15 high
school students volunteered to help with the summer reading library
program. There is also a new
program where the students are helping the library choose materials to
obtain for the library collection. They
also run movie nights for the teens.
He is very pleased with the student response to and participation
in the program.
- Joan asked the student representatives whether
they would like to see the JamFest continued. They would. Joan said that the MA was asked to
purchase some of the tables and games used for last year’s JamFest. There is an issue of storage space. Carol Malouf said that next year’s
JamFest has been scheduled for a date in January. The student representatives were asked
to poll their classmates and get suggestions of games and activities for
the next JamFest.
- Joan also asked the students whether they think
kids would like to take a bus over to Princeton High School to watch their
sports events. This was considered
to be a great idea. Michele will
get the schedules from Princeton High School. Michele suggested having chaperones on
- The student car wash is on October 2 from
9-12. The first dance will be
- Joan brought an article about electronic pill
boxes being offered to seniors in town.
She will follow up on this with Michele.
- Joan attended a meeting of local MAs. They will try to meet regularly and
coordinate their efforts on drug abuse, nutrition and self-esteem
issues. They agreed to meet again
in January. Joan met Angela
Conover, who is a great resource for local MAs. Michele described one program called “15
minute child break” which Angela discussed with the local MAs, which
studies have shown to prevent drug abuse.
- Marian suggested having a logo for the MA, to
raise awareness. It was noted that
the MA does not have a brochure.
- Chris Orcutt suggested having a PHS parent
transition meeting for parents of 9th graders, which involves
parents of all grades in high school.
Michele suggested having a parent message board on the internet, to
discuss parties, dances, activities, etc.
Maureen Rafferty said that she would appreciate having this
service. Carol Malouf suggested
having a TV station, as other towns provide. Joan said that it is a good idea, but
maybe not for a small community like Cranbury. Howard Zogott brought in the technology
librarian to discuss what may be involved in setting up a chat room. It was decided that a meeting with the
students and Peer Leaders from Cranbury, on a Sunday night, would be
valuable. The parents could meet in
another room at the same time to discuss their issues. The date of October 17th was
chosen. Students in the cafeteria,
adults in the Large Group Instruction Room. Michele suggested having an adult
facilitator for the students. Chris
Orcutt will contact Gwen Kimsel, SAC and PHS Peer group coordinator. Other possibilities are the chat group
leaders and Michele.
- Karen Henderson said that Carol Malouf’s idea of
putting e-mail addresses on the PTO Directory for grades K-8 is a good
- Susan Mayes suggested having parent peer group
leaders for freshman parents. This
idea was very well received. Joan
will follow up on this.
- Joan presented the members with copies of the
grant application prepared by Michele and submitted to the County.
- Captain Kahler introduced two new police
officers. The summer was busy. There were three drug arrests in the
past three weeks. There have also
been drunk driving arrests. More
recently, some high school students were found drinking in Millstone Park. Captain Kahler commented that our
children are partying with students from the surrounding towns.
- On October 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the
Large Group Instruction Room, there will be a panel discussion with the
Princeton Police, a Prosecutor and Corner House concerning trends and
providing information to parents about drinking and driving. Michele suggested a program presented to
Lawrence Seniors in the past, by a nurse from Helene Fuld Hospital, about
the dangers of drunk driving. Carol
Malouf suggested showing this in April, right before the Prom. Michele also said that the New Jersey
Bar Association will speak as well about parent and youth liability and
rights. Marian suggested using a
book called “Street Drugs.” Michele
will try to obtain copies for the meeting and suggested that the MA may
want to purchase some copies if she can not get them for free. Susan Mayes will contact the PTO about
sending out an e-mail and will put something in the Cranbury Press. Carol Malouf will put a note in the next
newsletter. It was noted that parents
may bring their teenagers.
- The meeting time was changed to 12:30 p.m. Michele must leave by 2:00 p.m.
- Ken Hoyne is asking for an increase in his fee
from $125.00 to $140.00. Motion by
Joan; second by Howard. The vote
was unanimous in favor of approval.
- Joan asked the visitors to write a letter of
intent to the Mayor if they are interested in serving on the MA and would
like to be appointed as a member.
- Chris Orcutt volunteered to attend the PADA
meetings. Michele was also invited
to attend them.
ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING
There being no further business, on motion duly made,
seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY
I, undersigned, do hereby certify:
That I am the duly elected and acting secretary of the
Cranbury Township Municipal Alliance Committee on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism;
That the foregoing minutes of the Municipal Alliance
Committee on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism, held on September 28, 2004, consisting
of pages, constitute a true and
accurate copy of the minutes of the said meeting.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name of
said Committee this day of , 2004.
S. Wasson Secretary