Clear your calendar for next Tuesday night, May 24: The Verona Police Department, Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) and the Verona public schools are partnering on a forum for parents about teenage drug and alcohol abuse, and dating problems.
The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Verona Community Center. It will feature Allison Bressler, co-founder of A Partnership For Change, non-profit organization dedicated to ending family abuse and intimate partner violence, and Bill Lillis of the Partnership For A Drug-Free New Jersey, a state-wide anti-drug alliance. Verona Schools will be sending both Dana Lustig, the student assistance coordinator at Verona High School, and VHS School Psychologist Dr. Terri Shapiro.
Verona Police Department Juvenile Officer Joel Martin stressed at Monday night’s Town Council meeting that the forum is for all parents. “Even good kids can make bad decisions,” he said. “Most parents aren’t aware of what happens when their kids leave the house.”