November 2016 Minutes


NORTH TONAWANDA CITIZENS ON PATROL (C.O.P.S.)

Meeting minutes for the November 10, 2016 meeting

7:00 pm at the Redeemer Lutheran Church

Board members present: Mike Fisher, Steve Ash

Others present: Mary Riley, Mary Jesz, Bonnie Justice, Scott McKnight, Peggy Buckley,

PO Joseph Cake 179 NTPD, Marie Tice, Pastor David Beutel, Elaine S. Duquette


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Meeting called to order @ 6:56 PM by Steve Ash; cow and frog guys sing

Prayer by Pastor Dave Beutel

Approval of minutes of Oct. 13th meeting - Motion made by Mike Fisher, seconded by Mary Riley - carried

$696.75 in treasury - Motion to accept report made by Mary Riley, seconded by Bonnie Justice - carried

Officer Joe reports on: Nov. 1st : NO SHAVE/GOATEE initiative with the PBA;
Today November 1st starts No Shave November.
No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness for men.
No-Shave November is synonymous with “Movember” (a hybrid of “mustache” and “November”), which started in Australia in 2003. A group of 30 men set out to “change the face of men’s health” by growing mustaches in an effort to raise money and awareness for men’s health. The aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Nov. 1st: no parking goes into effect in NT: Just a reminder that the overnight parking restrictions start tonight November 1st no parking between 3am - 6am.

Joe says: The Exchange Club of the Tonawandas presented the award of Officer of The Year to North Tonawanda Police Officer Patti Barnes. Congratulations to Officer Barnes on receiving this award.

Mandy Steingasser case will reopen; Joe talks of child seat program:
CHILD SAFETY SEAT FITTING STATION ANNOUNCEMENT
The NEXT Scheduled Child Safety Seat Fitting Station is….
Saturday, November 19th, 2016 (9:00 am – 12:30 pm)
Rescue Fire Hall - 1241 Strad Ave, N. T
If you're still putting your child in your vehicle like this, then you need to come to our next Child Safety Seat Check.

Joe talks about REAP program:

The Rapid Evaluation Appropriate Placement (REAP) Initiative is led by Dan Rinaldo of NYNJ-HIDTA. Participating law enforcement agencies will provide addicts with a streamlined path towards treatment and rehabilitation.

Joe discusses PROTECTIVE VESTS for our North Tonawanda Police Officers; this struck a nerve with the meeting members listening and for support for this necessary protection for our NT officers;
Joe discussed: Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Don't forget to show your support for our veterans by changing one light to green.
THE MEANING OF GREEN
Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. “Greenlight” is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple gesture of changing one light to green creates a beacon of support and appreciation, and a visible symbol of our commitment to "greenlight" veterans forward as valued members of our communities.
WHAT IS GREENLIGHT A VET? (See next page.)
America’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.
Change one light to green on this Veterans Day; thanks, Joe.

Peggy from CHANT discusses: Youth Center Program where 120 kids participated in various educational activities related to substance abuse; Peggy states that future meetings will be held in the North Tonawanda High School Library; there will be NO December meeting; the January 9, 2017 meeting will be held in the student cafeteria from 3 pm to 4:30 pm; CHANT = COMMUNITY HEALTH ALLIANCE OF NORTH TONAWANDA. Thanks, Peggy.
Mike Fisher discusses a donation of cash or toys from Citizens on Patrol to a military family; Citizens on Patrol will be seeking a family. Thanks, Mike.
Elaine S. Duquette from Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara (OUN) discusses various programs which are offered at OUN:
For more than 60 years Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara has been the single contact point for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.
Through habilitation, supportive services and a caring touch, we provide the opportunity for everyone – from newborns to seniors – to reach their maximum potential. We are the Niagara County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and a member of The Arc.
NYSARC, Inc. is the largest not-for-profit in New York State serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The 53 Chapters comprising NYSARC, Inc. are located in every county in New York State. The Organization supports over 60,000 individuals, employs over 30,000 people and has a membership of over 110,000.
Meeting adjourned at about 8:45 pm.
Respectfully submitted,

Stephen Ash
Secretary pro tem