Halesite – Supervisor Chad A.
Lupinacci announced the August 19 unveiling of new signage installed by the
Town’s Huntington Drug & Alcohol Counseling Center Prevention Services Team
at Mill Dam Park, reminding fellow park-goers to preserve the park as a safe,
drug-free and litter-free environment.
The signage, displayed on a waste
receptacle at Mill Dam Park, is composed of messages designed by campers, ages
6-14 years, from the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau’s programs, including Drug
and Alcohol Prevention Services, Youth Court and Project Excel.
For many years, Mill Dam Park has
offered the community a safe environment to enjoy the outdoors. Recently the
park experienced a noticeable increase in “party residuals” – including litter,
drug and alcohol paraphernalia, and graffiti.
“The Town’s Security Division and
Park Rangers have ramped up enforcement of the rules that ban these activities,
leading to a significant decrease in residuals. The Mill Dam Park signage will
help increase knowledge of the park rules and will work in conjunction with law
enforcement to address this issue and maintain the integrity of Mill Dam Park,”
said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.
The Huntington Drug and Alcohol
Prevention Counseling Center Services Team, which operates as a subdivision of
the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau, an extension of the Supervisor’s office,
provides research-based, data-driven programs and strategies to reduce or
prevent alcohol and other drug abuse in individuals, families and communities.
Part of their initiative is to increase access to safe, drug-free environments
as these serve as protective factors against youth high-risk behaviors. For
more information on the Counseling Center, please contact (631) 271-3591.
In the photo (l-r): campers with
Barry Zaks, Lisa R.Lessa, and Natasha Vaughn of the Huntington Drug and Alcohol
Prevention Services Team; Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Bill Musto and
Director Greg Wagner; and Deputy Supervisor and Town Attorney Nicholas
Ciappetta representing Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci.