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Port Chester Cares Community Coalition Wins $125,000 Grant

Federal funding supports youth anti-substance abuse efforts.

The Port Chester Cares Community Coalition has been awared a $125,000 grant as part of a federal effort to support youth anti-substance abuse efforts.

The funding is part of $875,000 in federal grants going to programs in Westchester:

  • Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth (Westchester County)
  • PACT – Parents and Community Together (Pelham)
  • Port Chester Cares Community Coalition
  • Ossining Communities That Care
  • Ardsley SAYF Coalition
  • Larchmont-Mamaroneck Responsible Action: Drug and Alcohol Resource (RADAR) Coalition
  • White Plains Community That Cares

Here's how the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition describes itself:

“The PCCCC is a group of individuals, invested in the community, working together in the area of the Port Chester School District to promote positive, safe, productive and healthy lives for all, through research, education, and advocacy and by focusing our resources to reduce youth substance use and other high risk behavior and promote positive outcomes."

Events organized by the coalition this year have included the , encouraging families to spend time together by having family meals at local restaurants, and the in June. 

Coming up: Family Film Night on Sunday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m., featuring the free showing of "The Lorax" at Port Chester High School’s Ryan Stadium.

“Helping youth avoid the dangers of substance abuse is critical to healthy communities and thriving families,” said U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, in announcing the federal grants.  “Each of these initiatives is a model of effective programming that involves the community in keeping our children safe from the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  I am so pleased the federal government will support these worthy initiatives.” 

The  grants were awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy Drug-Free Communities Program.  The program provides grants to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts.  Since 1998, more than 2,000 Drug-Free Communities grants have been issued nationwide.

Bart Didden September 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I am just wondering how much of the money is used for salary or wages vs program development and production of communication type materials to get the message out?
Brian Zeller September 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Bart Didden - Leave it to you to post something negative about a positive initiative. And what are you saying, anyway: that it is a waste of money to pay people to work? Or is it that you are just highly opposed to agencies that work to help kids stay away from drugs and alcohol?
Bart Didden September 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Mr. Zeller, I don't see anything negative other than your view of my question. I am not opposed to a positive initiative, if it does in fact produce a better outcome then if there was not this effort. IT IS A WASTE of taxpayers dollars to fund programs year after year if they don't have "quantifiable" POSITIVE results. It appears to me that you support increased government spending without accountability, stimulus programs QE1, QE2 and you're probably looking forward to QE3 and the Fed printing more money and our debt increasing. I am NOT opposed to agencies that try to make a difference, but the question still stands unanswered, what is spent on wages and what is or been accomplished? Have you ever looked at United Way and other so called charities or tax exempt agencies? Mr. Zeller, my questions are not new. What you don't like is that the Mayor of Port Chester is defenseless from my criticism and can only muster character attacks through the use of "sticks and stones", that won't brake my bones. His lack luster leadership has only resulted in a waterfront that is falling into the Byram River. Maybe you would rather comment on the County Funds that continue to flow like the river its self to the developer rather than the repair. Mr. Zeller, the questions are as responsible as reasonable, what is wrong is your attempt to paint me as unreasonable or not being open to accepting real data and amending my position based on facts.
Brian Zeller September 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Bart Didden - This was an article about federal grant funds being given to an agency that works with Port Chester children. It was not an article about you and your relationship with the Mayor and your apparent insecurities as a public official. By the way, sticks and stones "break" people's bones, they don't "brake" them. As for the PCCCC - congratulations! Count me among the taxpaying Port Chester residents who are happy to see any federal grant funds coming our way to help our village. Keep up the good work!
Linda Turturino September 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I would just like to add I do not believe that grant money should be used carelessly and should warrant positive results in what ever program it is used for. I am hoping to obtain grant money for another project to GREATLY benefit the children of Port Chester and I can assure you it will warrant positive results. I applaud Mr. Didden and his questions too many years have gone by and no questions asked by BOT members that is why we have the problems we have now
Valerie September 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Congratulations to the PCCCC !! Hoping the funds will be put to good use in educating our youth and reducing substance abuse in PC ... much needed !!
Brian Zeller September 13, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Nay Sayers - you're right; better all the federal grant money go to some other community... Rye, perhaps? Let their children benefit from positive programs for youth. Ours can sit here and suffer because we have Bart Didden guarding the federal largesse and ensuring that Port Chester remains untainted by federal handouts. Way to go, Trustee Didden - thanks for protecting us.
Bart Didden September 13, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Valeria is correct, education is the key to the future on this and so many fronts, mostly because parenting is not a priority with many parents. As far as missing the "largesse", no said don't take the money, but look at the DARE program. I challenged the status quo and now we have a 100% changed curriculum and everyone agrees that this program is better than the last! BTW, Mr. Zeller, the world is round, not flat as you were led to believe.
Linda Turturino September 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Mr. Zeller since you are such a nay sayer what board or commisssion do you sit on to make Port Chester a better place. Please do not belittle Mr. Didden for asking questions and making sure money is used to the best potential to benefit us. FYI that is what we elect people to do oversee this Village and act in our best interest. Please dont just sit back and take a sharp pen and stab at people their work and their opinions. If you think you can do such a great job there are 6 seats up in March 2013 ...think about it
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