The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

 

June 3, 2011


Parental pressure, or pressure on parents?

A high school senior put it this way the other day: There are parents who are completely oblivious of their child’s risky behavior. There is another group who look the other way and don’t want to know. And there are still others who know about it and are OK with it.

We would like to add one more group: Those who work together to navigate the risks of teen parties, peer pressure and easy availability of drugs and alcohol.

Not long ago the area was somewhat akin to “Animal House.” Drinking was a rite of passage and substance abuse met with a nod and a wink.

Not so much anymore. Through media messages, law enforcement, school programs and parental guidance, attitudes have changed and kids are learning the responsibilities of independence — and the driver’s license.

In a few years our districts have come a long way. At Fox Lane, a mandatory meeting was held before the prom. Not only students were required to attend but so were parents. Students were unable to attend the prom if they had not shown up to the auditorium for a presentation from school police resource officer Billy Smith, a representative of the county’s district attorney’s office and other experts. Student involvement came in the form of skits put on by the school’s theater group, the Fox Lane Players, who portrayed the dangers of drinking and driving.

The inclusion of parents at this event is a key and welcome addition to alcohol and drug abuse education.

While parents may not issue party invites, the parties are almost always held at homes in the community. The parents are the ones who stock liquor in their cabinets and are responsible for keeping it securely away from underage drinkers. And it is parents who bear the responsibility for knowing where their children are and how they can be reached in an emergency. With cell phones, smartphones and text messaging, there is, except in rare circumstances, no reason that any child should be out of reach.

Mandatory meetings before the prom are a good first step, along with open conversation and commonsense decision-making. Kids and adults are partners in this process, and communication is the all-important key. The best child-parent relationships are built on trust.

Nobody said it was easy. Let’s celebrate a safe and happy graduation season together.


A stalwart volunteer

The Record-Review is proud to tout the dedication and volunteer spirit of one of its own this week. Our police reporter, Caroline C. Sherwin, is also a volunteer for the Westchester Chapter of the American Red Cross. Currently deployed to Birmingham, Ala., in the wake of deadly storms, she is one of the more than 2,800 Red Cross workers that are already on the ground in the South helping people in areas where tornadoes and floods have wiped out entire communities. 

As well as a valued contributor to our newspaper, Ms. Sherwin is a public affairs and disaster response volunteer for the American Red Cross in Westchester County and is no stranger to disaster relief both locally and nationally. Red Cross workers such as Ms. Sherwin will continue to help those affected by the recent disasters that have ravaged the South.

“You just want to get down and help,” said Ms. Sherwin. “I want to continue to do the work we’ve started. When I hear from returning volunteers about their experiences and the spirit of the Alabamians, it makes me that much more anxious to be involved. Sure, I’m nervous not knowing where I’ll be, but once there, I’ll hit the ground running. After Katrina, I know long days are ahead, but you can see the progress already. Just one day at a time; helping is all it’s about.”

We applaud Ms. Sherwin’s contributions, and urge all to support the American Red Cross to help those so severely affected by our nation’s deadly spring storms.


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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

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  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

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Mount Kisco

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  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    


South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
    Route 123   


Cross River

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  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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