About UsThe Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition was created to prevent underage drinking and marijuana use among our youth. Our group knows the needs and issues of the community because we are local citizens who interview, survey and collect specific Pompton Lakes information. We aim to collaborate with various community groups to bring about prevention strategies that will benefit our youth and make our community safer. Please join us!
VisionOur Vision is by 2025, the Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition will create prevention prepared communities through a collaborative effort to reduce underage drinking, marijuana use, the misuse of opioids and prescription drugs, heroin use and new and emerging drugs across the lifespan.
Please join us every 4th Thursday of the month at 7pm for our monthly Coalition Meeting.
Meetings are held at 274 Wanaque Ave, Pompton Lakes.
Meetings are always open to the public and we are always looking for new community members to join!
Creating Community Change
The programs we help to coordinate are:
The coalition has helped train 3 local bars/restaurants in becoming TiPS (Training Intervention ProcedureS) certified. TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving.
The coalition combined forces with the youth coalition at the High School, club HAWC, in “Project Sticker Shock” to educate the public about selling and serving alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
The coalition runs the Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign within the community to educate parents about state and local laws regarding alcohol possession, consumption and purchasing for teenagers.
The Pompton Lakes Prevention Coalition Implements the Following Programs Locally:
- The Pompton Lakes High School Health and Wellness Coalition (HAWC) Club
- PLHS HAWC Sticker Shock Campaign
- Lenox and Lincoln Elementary Schools' Keep A Clear Mind Programs
- Community Conversation Series
- Professional Development Trainings for School Faculty
- Community Awareness Campaigns
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The Sticker Shock Campaign aims to educate adults that in purchasing alcohol and providing it illegally to minor(s) carries significant consequences including jail time and costly fines. The campaign consists of stickers being adhered to multi-packs of alcoholic beverages (beers, wine coolers, etc.) in participating retail stores. PLHS HAWC, accompanied by adult chaperones and the Pompton Lakes Police will visited the following stores to place stickers on alcohol packages:
- Shopper's Liquor
- Empire Wine & Liquor
- George's Market
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- Barbara Murphy, Recreation Department, Civic/Volunteer Group
- Karen Murphy, Coordinator Youth-Teen Center, Youth Service Organization
- Sherrine Schuldt, United for Prevention in Passaic County, Substance Abuse Prevention Organization
- Open Position, Local Business Owner, Business
- Brian Vanderstadt, Police Officer, Law Enforcement
- Bobby Cruz, Council member, Local Governmental Agency
Coalition Sector Representatives
- Jake Herninko, School, Principal of Lakeside Middle School
- Elizabeth Brandsness, Media, Borough Clerk
- Macie Loustan, Youth, HAWC President
- Donna Andelora, Saint Mary's, Religious and Fraternal Organizations
- Joan Sullivan, Parent
- Healthcare, Health Educator at Pompton Lakes
- Paula Cozzarelli, Business Official
- Project Director