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Stay safe on Black Wednesday, one of the biggest party nights of the year. College students are back from college, and the roads are not safe the night before Thanksgiving.
Parents, don’t let your underage youth drink. “Kids will be kids” is not the appropriate answer to underage drinking. Let kids live to be adults.
The Finance Committee met on Monday night. The first item on the agenda had to do with the 2013 consolidated annual plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/HOME Program. Several representatives from organizations approved for receiving CDBG funds were in attendance; however, no representative from the Urban League was present.
Alderperson David Bogdala had a few questions. Community development specialist Tony Geliche said that the plan had to be submitted to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department by November 15th. Bogdala wanted to know when the CDBG Committee met; it was in early October. Proposals were due the last week of August. “Ninety percent are totally fine, but there are a few questions to be answered,” said Bogdala. “For example, Ron Frederick is on the Hope Council’s board of directors, and he is a member of the committee. I believe he voted on the Hope Council’s proposal. Mr. Lattimore abstained.”
It’s not Intervention with Dr. Drew on A&E, but the Hope Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse and Kenosha Human Development Services (KHDS) are collaborating on their new Intervention Project to meet a need in the community.
The two agencies are working together to offer a formal intervention project. An intervention allows for a carefully planned process involving family, friends, and others who care about a person struggling with addiction. During the intervention, these people gather together to lovingly confront the person about the consequences of addiction and ask him/her to accept treatment. And, while not all interventions can bring the identified client to the table to discuss the issue, the process still assists those concerned friends and family members who do feel ready to confront the disease of addiction to find their way out of the enabler, co-alcoholic or co-dependent illness that develops while trying to stop the addiction in someone they care about.
The third annual Hope Council Halloween Happening Pumpkin Roll took place Saturday at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell at Pennoyer Park, 3601 Seventh Avenue, in Kenosha.
The event included activities for kids, a costume contest, competition for community leaders, and an all-ages pumpkin roll.
Here are some more photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick:
Two Hope Council events will take place this upcoming week. The Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse is located at 5942 – 60th Street. The first event is the Trivia 4 Hope Spook-tacular scheduled at 7 pm on Friday at the Kemper Center’s Simmons Auditorium, 6501 Third Avenue. Teams of eight will compete. A silent auction, costume contest, and raffle items will also be on site.
The third annual Halloween Happening Pumpkin Roll will start at 1 pm on Saturday at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell at Pennoyer Park, 3601 Seventh Avenue. The event includes activities for kids, a costume contest, competition for community leaders, and an all-ages pumpkin roll. Macyn Taylor will also be performing at 2 pm.
For more information on either event, please call (262) 658-8166.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee considered twenty-five applications for funding, and twenty-one local agencies were recommended for funding in a meeting held last week. The twenty-one recommended proposals will split up a projected $844,227. This figure is based on the amount the city received for 2012. There are three categories of funding. The agencies, their programs, and the amounts are listed below:
- Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Reducing employment barriers: $1,600.
- Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Sickle cell awareness, education and testing: $1,000.
The Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse will offer free screening for alcohol and other drug problems on Thursday, April 5, to individuals who may question if their use of alcohol or other drugs or that of a loved one is risky or abusive.
The screening is in recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day and will take place at the Hope Council, 5942 Sixth Avenue, Kenosha, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
The Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Inc. received a $5,000 grant from the John J. and Ruth F. Kloss Charitable Trust in order to continue holding the annual Help & Hope for the Future: Serving Those with Substance Use Disorders Conference. This year’s conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at UW-Parkside’s Student Center.
- A request from Debra Salas for permission to serve fermented malt beverages during a wedding reception in Anderson Park on Sunday, August 5, 2012.
- A request from Mt. Carmel Church for the following on July 13-15, 2012 (rain dates of July 20-22): to hold their festival in Columbus Park, permission to sell fermented malt beverages, and to extend the park closing time from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
- A request from the Kenosha YMCA to hold their annual Food, Folks & Spokes event on Friday, July 20, 2012, in Library Park. The commission agreed to a 50% sponsorship.
The Boys and Girls Club hosted a free family event Saturday. Walkin’ In My Shoes and the Kenosha Community Health Center co-sponsored the event. Several Kenosha community partner organizations came together to promote healthy lifestyle and wellness for today’s teens and young adults. The fair ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exhibitors included:
After consuming excessive amounts of rum, vodka, and beer at an underage drinking party, a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl died, and the “social host” will spend up to 23 months in jail. The teenager’s blood alcohol content was 0.44, five times the legal driving limit for an adult motorist. The “social host” did not provide the alcohol; however, she was home when the incident occurred. “Adults have the responsibility to supervise and oversee to make sure minors aren’t consuming alcohol because it can have dire consequences, like it did in this case,” said Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck.
According to the HOPE Council Underage Drinking Accountability Program Survey, Kenosha youth who currently consume alcohol were likely to have had their first drink between the ages of 13 and 17. “Town hall meetings, focus group interviews, and day-to-day conversations with teenagers tell us that our kids are acquiring alcohol predominantly in social settings, from older siblings, older friends, friends’ parents, and their own parents,” said Steve Fredriksson, Process Director for “Stand Tall Against Alcohol,” a project of the Concerned Citizens Coalition on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse for Greater Kenosha. “Statistics overwhelmingly show that today’s drunk driver was yesterday’s underage drinker.”
This “social hosting” ordinance (Section 11.025 of the Code of General Ordinances for the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin) more clearly delineates parent/guardian/party host legal responsibility as it pertains to underage drinking gatherings. It also defines who can be held responsible when underage drinking occurs, and defines “residence, premises, public or private property” as those areas pertain to underage drinking gatherings. This ordinance closely mirrors the social hosting ordinance that has been in force in Manitowoc; one that is considered a “model”, and that is being replicated at numerous municipalities throughout the state.
The services of the Hope Council include helping parents access child care while furthering their recovery, educating underage drinkers, assessing impaired drivers and educating school children on a variety of topics.
In conjunction with Club Breakaway’s most popular meeting 12-step meeting, the HOPE Council will be holding I Am Special, a program for elementary-aged children who participate due to a parent’s substance abuse.
The evening sessions are approximately 90 minutes long, and there are six sessions in each I Am Special project. Participants must plan to attend all six sessions. The sessions are: