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December 2017 Newsletter

Town of Smithtown 

Special Holiday Issue

"YOUR Youth and Family Resource "

Supporting Our Children
Strengthening Our Community

Volume 5- Issue 12- December 2017

December News & Updates
In this issue...
 Click Links below to read a particular article
(...Of course we recommend you read them ALL!) 

"Family Talk...Effective Communication in the Home"

Family Talk DID = Family Fun at November's Program

The response to "Family Talk..." was Amazing!!! 

 Program registration filled in only 4 days!

"Family Talk..."
Effective Communication in the Home

Get on the Waiting List NOW for the NEXT program!!!

A Fun, Interactive Family Workshop 

The brainchild of the Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance's; Healthy Relationships Committee, this family workshop held on Monday, November 13th engaged  parents and middle & high school aged  students from all over the Township,   in an evening of fun, educational games and exercises. 

This program was co-hosted by Kings Park In The kNOw and Commack Coalition of Caring.

Forty-one (41) parents and their children participated and ten (10) Healthy Relationships Committee member volunteers* helped facilitate the program.

The workshop presented by Karen Aldrich (Smithtown Youth Bureau & Gail Feldman (Suffolk County Health Dept. and a Youth & Community Alliance member) gave community participants the opportunity to learn and practice helpful communication skills such as body language, active listening, open-ended and I-centered messages, demonstrated by Healthy Relationships Committee members, and hear personal experiences from student committee members Abi Anand and Julia Newman.

What did student participants say about the workshop???
Student, A.T. a 7th Grader from Great Hollow Middle School wrote...
"I liked it.  My mom keeps telling me about my body language, but I never really listened.  I listened this time"

Student, R.T. a 7th Grader at William T. Rogers wrote...
"I enjoyed the presentation and activities and most of all, hanging out laughing with my family"

Parents liked it too!
Parent Lisa B. wrote...
"I was very happy to attend this workshop. It was a very fun, energetic atmosphere"

Parent MaryEllen A. wrote...
"It was very well run and nicely interactive"

A Special Thank You!  
The Town of Smithtown and the Youth & Community Alliance are especially grateful to  Kings Park in the kNOw and Commack Coalition of Caring for hosting this program, and the Kings Park School District, who provided use of their cafeteria and the expertise of their technical director, Rick Holmes

Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center & the Youth Bureau provided Certificates of Community Service to all middle school and high school students who were empowered to help strengthen their families and communities.

To be placed on the Waiting List  for the next scheduled "Family Talk....."  program, email  the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau -
Stacey Sanders, Youth Executive Director

You will be contacted with the date/time/location of the next scheduled "Family Talk..." program.  Location will be chosen to best meet the needs of the majority of families on the Waiting List.

Due to the popularity of this program, it is recommended that you email and be placed on the Waiting List.  This program filled very quickly!!!

"Family Talk" - Body Language Role Reversal Fun!

"Family Talk Equals 
Family Fun!!!
 Participants enjoyed communication games

*Special Thanks to our Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance-
Healthy Relationships Commitee Members!!!

We couldn't have done this workshop without you!

Abinaya Anand,  Cynthia Marsh, Denise Newman,
Gail Feldman,   John Palmieri,  Julia Newman, Kim Palmieri,  Nicole Palmieri,
 Pat Thomas,  Stephen Hoffman

Volunteer Actors and Writers Needed...
To make Public Service Announcement Videos

The Town of Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance Bullying/Cyberbullying Committee will be producing Public Service Announcements (PSA's) to spread their awareness and prevention messages.

Student volunteer actors and writers are needed.  Prior experience with theater/acting or video production is preferred.

PSA volunteers will be working directly with the Town of Smithtown Public Safety Office, Youth & Community Alliance-Bullying/Cyberbullying Commitee, Youth Bureau and Horizons Counseling & Education Center on this Alliance initiative.

Please contact the Youth Bureau for further information and volunteer registration. Include description of your theater/acting or video production experience. 

Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau Executive Director

The Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry Cupboards are  FULL...
For Now - 

 PLEASE Help Keep Them That Way-
Don't Forget To Donate

Thanks for all of the community assistance! 
A Hugely Successful Food Drive was held on Saturday, November 4th 
At Stop & Shop,  
  291 West Main Street, Smithtown 



Much Better!!!
There was a serious shortage of food at the 
Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry 
Food is needed for the Winter Season!!!

The Pantry provides temporary food assistance for families throughout the Township.  Their motto is "no one is turned away... ever!" 

A Special Thanks to our 11/4/17 Food Drive Volunteers...
For a Hugely Successful Collection!!!

Smithtown Youth Advisory Board Members
Smithtown Volunteer Corps Members
Alexa Grimley, Alexa Rand, Abinaya Anand, Leanna Pursino, Savatore DeLisio,
 Sarah Adamo, Kenny Kataria, Denise Massimo, Janet Liu, 
Spencer Dichter and Dylan Dichter

Donations are always appreciated no matter how small or large. Non-perishables like canned foods, pastas, are always accepted along with water, condiments and toiletries (ie: toilet paper) and other items listed below. *

Monetary donations help to provide fresh meat, milk, and eggs.

You can drop off donations to the Food Pantry at the rear of the St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish House located at 90 Edgewater Avenue, Smithtown. 

They are open, Monday to Friday from 9am to 12noon.  ( 631) 265-7676

Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry
Post Office Box 1663
Smithtown, NY 11787

*Much Needed Items...
Muffin Mix
Apple Juice
Cranberry Juice
 Candy (bag)
Cookies (box)
Canned Fruit
Spaghetti Sauce
Mac & Cheese
Chunky Soups
Canned Ravioli 
Pork & Beans
Female Products
Laundry Detergent 
Large Size Diapers (3, 4, 5, 6)

Study Skills Success Stories!
 Study Skills Program:
Now Being Scheduled at Many Smithtown Township School Districts
Inquire at YOUR school!

Study Skills Program Available
For Middle & High School

The Youth Bureau recently provided a very successful three week Middle School Study Skills program at Nesaquake Middle School in St. James and Accompsett Middle School in Smithtown. 

This program will be provided at  Great Hollow Middle School  during the month of January, and  Commack Middle School  & again at  Accompsett Middle School in February, then at Kings Park High School in March.

We look forward to seeing all of the new participants get ready to  Study Smarter...not Harder!
Study Skills Success Stories...
What are Students Saying About Study Skills?
Student, N.K. a student from Nesaquake Middle School wrote...
"I liked learning the new ways to study and take notes.  The Smarties game and Bingo were the most fun!"
Student, T.L. a student from Accompset Middle School wrote...
"I liked the friendly, calm atmosphere, as well as the techniques to help with test anxiety"

The Middle School Study Skills Program topics include:
  • Effective, realistic studying approaches
  • Elements of successful time management and organizational skills
  • Personal goal setting
  • Valuable test-taking strategies
  • How to deal with classroom and test anxiety, as well as other distractions
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Learning how to use SmartPhone/Tablet apps to supplement studying techniques
The High School Study Skills Boot Camp program includes all of the above topics, delving further into effective note-taking, use of apps, growth mindset,  increased personal responsibility and internal motivation.
Students and parents may inquire at their school regarding the availability of this program on-site.  School district personnel can email below to schedule the program for interested students.
The Middle School Study Skills Program is offered as a three session, one hour weekly after-school enrichment activity.  The High School Study Skills Boot Camp program is a one-time, 1 1/2 hour program 
This program is provided FREE of charge.  For further information and/or to inquire about scheduling a School Study Skills program for your school, email:


The Holidays and Substance Abuse - A Family Issue

The holiday season is a mixture of joy and stress for most of us, but for those individuals and families struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, the stress of the holidays can be overwhelming.

Statistics show that Thanksgiving to New Year's is a critical time for those dealing with drug and alcohol problems.

For many, excessive alcohol consumption or drug abuse can seem like a logical escape from holiday, family drama.  Whether this type of behavior is done to cope with the stress of the holiday season, or done as a means of increasing enjoyment, the use and/or abuse of alcohol can quickly evolve into dependence or lead to other unpleasant consequences.

It's a good idea for families of teens and young adults facing mental health and addiction issues to remain vigilant around the holidays. With an abundance of alcohol and friends around during festive activities, triggers are all around. 

Even the notion of the holidays can send one into depression and increased substance use, as it may force them to confront problems they haven't necessarily dealt with the rest of the year.

Among all of the gifts a person or family can receive during the holiday season, one of the best presents is the opportunity to live a happy life, free from the vicious cycle of addiction.

There is an opportunity for individuals and families who are struggling during the holiday season to face and take control over these substance abuse issues.  There is help available...

Horizons Counseling & Education Center offers many support services (*see partial list below).

The first step is an assessment .   The assessment process consists of a series of 2-3 appointments, geared toward the collection of information which will identify the individual's issues, needs, strengths, and service recommendations, if applicable.  If the assessment shows that treatment is appropriate, an individualized service schedule will be developed and the process of healing and recovery can begin.

Initial screenings/phone consultations are free of charge.  Moving forward, the cost of each assessment appointment is $25, and insurance will be billed wherever possible in accordance with the terms of coverage.  Counseling services are often covered by insurance, and sliding scale fees are also available.  Every effort is made to make treatment services affordable for everyone.
Individual & Group Counseling Assessment and Counseling services

Significant Other Services : Counseling services for "significant others" of substance users who are emotionally of psychologically affected by the substance use of another person.

Par-other Program : "Par-other" services are significant other counseling and support services for the parents of adolescents or young adults who are using substances

Family Therapy Program : Family Assessment and Family Therapy services

Family Education Series : Educational programming for families

Parenting Programs : STEP (systematic Training for Effective Parenting) is offered through Horizons partner, the Smithtown Youth Bureau.

Psychiatric Evaluation : Horizons has a staff psychiatrist who conducts confidential psychiatric evaluations by appointment
Medication Management and Medication Assisted Therapy : When appropriate, medications to treat addiction and mental health issues are available.  

Horizons Counseling & Education Center is an OASAS licensed not-for-profit agency funded to provide  adolescent and adult prevention treatment , and 
educational services  for drug and alcohol related programs.  

Horizons Counseling & Education Center
 For further information about these services email:  


Visit the Horizons Web site:

Check This Out...
Look Who Presented at the Teen Driving Safety Summit!

Commack S.A.D.D. Presents at Teen Driving Safety Summit!!!
Last month, Emma Baker, President, and Allison Smith, Vice President, of Commack High School's S.A.D.D. club, shared information about Impact Teen Driver's program "What Do You Consider Lethal" with close to 200 attendees of the AAA to Z Safety Summit.  
* See event photos below.

Commack S.A.D.D  works with the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau's Safe Routes to School p rogram in a teen safe driving collaboration, along with partners at the  Stony Brook Trauma Center. 
In attendance at the summit were: safety experts from AAA Northeast; the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and Maureen McCormick Chief of Vehicular Crimes; Nassau County DA's office, as well as other S.A.D.D. clubs from the New York Metropolitan area. 

Topics included Choices and Consequences, a program offered by the Nassau County DAs office and programs on the Dangers of Vehicle Technology, Drowsy and Distracted Driving .     
**For more information on the Impact Teen Driving's "What Do You Consider Lethal" 
 program or for information on how you can bring this program to your school, community or PTA group , please contact Gina Shalhoub at the Youth Bureau.

Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance 
(New Logo Coming SOON!)

It's a GREAT Time to Get Involved!!!

Volunteers Are Needed...

*Student Community Service Credit provided* 

Adults and High School Students from
Commack, Kings Park, Smithtown & Hauppauge School Districts
 are Always Needed to Participate!!!

NEW Adult & H.S. Students Always welcome....
Plus...School District Personnel - Community & Faith-Based Organizations, etc.

So PLEASE Attend!!!

**Upcoming Alliance Meetings**

1. **Bullying/Cyberbullying Committee Meeting**
Tues., January 16, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Town of Smithtown Horizons Center Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

Committee participants will be working on making a Town Public Service Announcement (PSA)  
and other community education projects


2. **Substance Abuse Committee Meeting**
Tues., January 30, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Town of Smithtown Horizons Center Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

Committee participants will be working on a "Not On Your Life (NOYL)" community education campaign and an Open House event


3. **Healthy Relationships Committee Meeting**
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Town of Smithtown Horizons Center Community Room
161 E. Main Street, Smithtown

Committee participants plan & implement the 
"Family Talk..Effective Communication in the Home" 
community workshops and other interactive family programs


4. **Alliance General Membership Meeting**
Tues., March 20, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Smithtown Library-Main Branch
  1 N. Country Road, Smithtown

Current members and guests meet 
 to discuss 
projects and initiatives.


For more information about the Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance and/or to register for meetings...

Email Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau Executive Director:

**Be sure to check this out**

Town of Smithtown
Youth & Community Alliance
Web Site
Look for Site Updates!!!

Visit the regularly updated Alliance  website  from time to time and see where you'll find the most current information on our Alliance, and how you and your family can be more involved in your community.

...To Win 2017 4th Quarter's Prize -
For YOUR Family!!!

**Last Chance to Win 2017 4th Quarter's Prize**

*FIVE (5) Long Island Nets Tickets for YOUR Family*

PLEASE Share YOUR Opinion with Us Now...

2017 will be over before we know it!!!

Please help us gather information on 
Community Needs for 2017 
Before the Year is Over!

Chance to Win Prizes
for Survey Respondents!!!

Complete the Survey and Submit with Your Email Today!

**This Quarter Survey Respondents Have a 
Chance to Win...**

*FIVE (5) Long Island Nets Tickets for YOUR Family*

You've Got Nothing to lose...And YOUR Input is Important!!!

**Winner to be Announced in the January 2018 Newsletter**

Complete our survey and you'll be entered to win tickets to a Long Island Nets game this season!

The Long Island Nets are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Brooklyn Nets.

Based in Nassau County, the team plays its home games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,   presented by New York Community Bank in Uniondale, New York.

The venue, also known as NYCB LIVE, is an exciting place to catch a basketball game.  In addition to hosting the Long Island Nets and concerts, NYCB is host to shops, restaurants, a movie theater and a nightclub.

All it takes is just a few minutes to enter our raffle to win 5 free tickets
to an upcoming game!  Don't miss out!

Enter NOW for a chance to Win!!!
LAST CHANCE for this quarter's prize

Parent and Student Surveys
 NOW online!
Assist with our Town-wide  Needs Assessment

Only Takes a Few Moments
 Complete the  Brief Survey....

We are looking for YOUR input!  There are two brief surveys - one for parents and one for students. 

As town residents, your opinions regarding the needs you see in your community are of utmost importance to us!

Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey...
Your input helps us to improve upon our existing programs, and to develop new ones to meet community needs.  
We depend on community input.... PLEASE click on the links below to participate.  The survey only takes a few moments.    Thank you!!!

You have to be
In It...To Win it!!!

Chance to win a prize for your family...
For respondents who complete the very brief survey and
include their email address at the end!

Click Links below to participate:

Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling & Education Center and
 the Youth Bureau   offer an array of evidence-based programs for school districts 
at no cost. These programs are tailored to the individual schools and can be facilitated in various ways depending on the student body and
 needs of the population. 

Teaching children how to make sound, age-appropriate choices in a world that sends mixed, complicated messages about who they are supposed to be, is one of our biggest and most important challenges.

A variety of research-based K - 12 prevention programs are available to local school districts and community organizations free of charge.

**For information on all  available Horizons/Youth Bureau Prevention Programs click the link below.

To inquire about scheduling prevention programming contact:

Stacey Sanders, Youth Bureau
Kelly Devito, Horizons Counseling & Education Center

Tender Years Treasury...

THIS Saturday December 1st -
 Don't Miss It!!!

Still time to plan some Great Family Fun!!!

For families with children K-5

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau
Volunteer Corps Members
Will be on hand to serve as "Chaperone Shoppers"
to young participants

No additional volunteers are needed for this event.
Register below for future community service opportunities!

- To register as a Town Volunteer Corps member, see link below -
Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps


See Link Below
It's Quick & Easy!

Apply to become a volunteer with the Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps.

Complete and submit the online volunteer application by clicking
on the link below:

Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau Volunteer Corps Membership...

Don't delay....register NOW!

The Smithtown Youth Bureau maintains a  Volunteer Program Database for tracking volunteer information and your volunteer activities.  If you would like to be included in this database, please complete the Online Volunteer Corps Application. 

Registered volunteers will receive early notification of volunteer opportunities with the Youth Bureau, other Town Departments, as well as opportunities with our local partners.

Note:  Please be sure to include any previous volunteer service(s) on your application.

*Adults and students  are invited to register.*

Adults are needed to assist with program supervision and serve on the
Smithtown Youth Advisory Board  and the
 Youth & Community Alliance of Smithtown
(details on our web site)

Other Local Community Service Opportunities...

Volunteer as in Individual, Family or Group

Options for Community Living -  Smithtown
Hygiene/Household Item Drive

Conatact Denise Waterhouse
631-361-9020, etc. 1110
*Any student/parent who wishes to participate in this drive should contact Options
 ahead of time so they can track ongoing projects. 

PLEASE be sure to tell them you are volunteering through the 
Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau!!!
Email us and tell us all about your volunteer activities.

THANK YOU for Helping!!!

 Highlighted Youth Bureau Programs

The Smithtown Youth Bureau offers ongoing youth development, prevention and intervention programs for youth and families in the Commack, Kings Park, Hauppauge and Smithtown school districts.  Our popular programs include:
  • Study Skills - Time Management - Organizational Skills
  • Anger/Emotional Management
  • Positive Action -
    Reconnecting Youth -Why Try, etc. (Research-based Prevention Programs)
  • Parent Study Group (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) 
  • Guiding Good Choices (Parenting young children)
  • Upstander Revolution: A Bullying/Cyber Bullying presentation
  • Eight Dimensions of Wellness (SAMHSA)
  • Healthy Family Communication
  • Leadership/Youth Empowerment and Community Service Opportunities
  • Bicycle Safety Rodeos/Road & Biking Safety Programs
  • Babysitting Skills/Basic Employment Readiness
Inspire - Learn - Grow
Visit our web site for information on all available programs.

Please contact us for more information, 
 or to schedule a program for your 
school   or  community group.  

Youth Bureau Staff Corner

Have a VERY Happy Holiday Season!!!   
From the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau 
We're looking forward to seeing you at our
 upcoming,  fun winter programs!

December Greetings From...
The Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau 

Our Partners at...
Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling  Education  Center
*See more information regarding Horizons below


*Town of Smithtown Horizons/Youth Bureau Department

Horizons Counseling and Education Center 
is the Town of Smithtown's program for the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol related problems.  Services include counseling, specialized adolescent and adult treatment groups, and referrals for additional services.  Smithown Horizons and Smithtown Youth Bureau work in collaboration to provide prevention education to school districts and community organizations. 

For information about Horizons services visit their web site:


Youth Bureau Partners:
NYS Office of Children & Family Services, NYS Department of Transportation, Suffolk County Police Department - 4th Precinct, Suffolk County Youth Bureau,  NYS Association of Youth Bureaus, Suffolk County Youth Board Coordinating Council, Smithtown Animal Shelter, Smithtown Recreation Department, Smithtown Parks Department, Long Island Volunteer Center, Smithtown Historical Society,  National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA),Verizon in Smithtown, Target in Commack, Huntington Learning Center in Smithtown, Smithtown Industry Advisory Board,  Commack Coalition of Caring, Smithtown Library System,  Hauppauge Youth & Community Coalition, Kings Park in the k NO w, Smithtown Children's Foundation, Kings Park Council of Schools, Communities of Solution, League of Women, Voters, Smithtown Food Pantry,  Partners in Prevention, Project9line, Lessings at Smithtown Landing Country Club,
 and many others.

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Stacey Sanders
Executive Director

161 E. Main St.
Smithtown, NY 11787
Ph: (631) 360-7595
Fax (631) 360-7687

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm and occasional evening hours

Summer Hours
(July 1 - August 31)
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm