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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

On Tuesday, April 21st from 7-9pm youth and parents are invited to join MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substances, Inc. (formerly Cobb Alcohol Taskforce) to engage in the conversation about underage drinking during the PowerTalk 21 event.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta 30060
When: April 21 @ 7pm
Who: Middle and high school youth and parents/guardians

The evening will open with a teen’s inspirational story on the impact alcohol had on his life. Youth will gather in one room to participate in the POWER of YOU(TH)/SMART presentation while parents, in another room, learn how to be empowered with the POWER of PARENTS

The evening will conclude with a panel of speakers motivating those in attendance to take action relating to underage drinking in our community. Parents will be charged to Start the Conversation and youth will be given an opportunity to sign up for a Sticker Shock event happening on April 26.

This event is a part of the 21 Days in Support of 21 campaign leading up to PowerTalk 21 day, a national day encouraging parents to speak with their teens about underage drinking and why it’s important to wait until 21 to drink.

Register Here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=q7d6eedab&oeidk=a07eatdnx38a4b6e350

 

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Cobb County District Attorney to Speak at March Meeting

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Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds will be the featured speaker at the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce March 17 general membership meeting.

Reynolds will speak to the role that the judicial community plays in educating and enforcing laws pertaining to underage drinking. He will also speak about substance abuse trends in Cobb County among all age groups.

A native of Rome, Georgia, Reynolds earned his law degree from Georgia State University in 1986. After working as an assistant district attorney in Fulton and Cobb Counties, he was appointed and then elected as Chief Magistrate in Cobb. As Chief Magistrate, his duties included presiding over the Cobb County Drug Court.

In July 2012, Reynolds was elected by voters as the Republican nominee for District Attorney of the Cobb Judicial Circuit, and he won the office without opposition in the November 6, 2012 general election. The public is welcome to attend this meeting at the Cobb County Switzer Library which begins at 11:30am on March 17. Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP and direct any questions to coordinator@cobbat.org.

 

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Three East Cobb stores cited for selling alcohol to a minor

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The Cobb County Police Department’s Permit/Regulatory Services Unit conducted an Alcohol Compliance Check on Thursday January 29, 2015. During the operation, 12 establishments were checked for compliance. The following passed the compliance check and did not sell alcohol to the underage volunteer:

Kroger Store #478 3162 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Jackie’s Fine Wine & Spirits 2940 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Publix Super Market #155 1100 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Shell Food Mart 133 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Citgo Food Mart 4360 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia
BP 4267 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia
CVS Pharmacy #5051 4250 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia

The following locations passed the compliance check, but were issued citations for permits violations:

Wine Shop 640 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
BP 559 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia

The following location failed the compliance check and sold to an underage volunteer:

Shell 1280 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
Merchants Package Store 1272 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia
East Cobb Exxon Food Mart 4244 Roswell Road in Marietta, Georgia

 

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Answer the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce survey to show support for Social Host Ordinance

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The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce is currently conducting a community survey to help show your community leaders how much residents support the establishment of a Social Host  Ordinance.

This is a short survey where participants will be polled regarding the extent of their background knowledge about Social Hosting. The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LXS7T5S

 

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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month.Throughout the month, the Taskforce and their Coalition partners will be engaged in activities throughout the county to promote legal and safe enjoyment of alcohol.

The General Meeting is set for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 11:30am to 1pm at Ridgeview Institute, 3935 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna. Guests and speakers will include Cathy Wendholt-McDade, District Healthy Behaviors Director for Cobb & Douglas Public Health, a Taskforce Coaltion sector partner.

CAT has also been invited by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Georgia to make a presentation during a public meeting. CAT representatives will discuss the benefits of legislation to address Social Hosting, which involves an adult providing alcohol to youth or facilitating environments where underage drinking occurs.  

One effective way to address underage drinking is to train youth to serve as positive peer leaders and listeners. So we CAR is proud to partner with Cobb County School District (CCSD) to observe Sources of Strength Week at selected Cobb County schools during the week of April 14 – 18.

Alcohol awareness will be the backdrop when the CAT Youth Council holds it End of School Year Celebration on Saturday, April 26. Among the activities, the Youth Council’s Poster Contest winners will be announced and recognized.        

CAT representatives will be on hand at the Village Green during the Spring Jonquil Festival in Smyrna on April 26 and 27. CAT is also planning to be involved in a number of other public event during the month– including the Cobb County Government Safety Education Block Party on Saturday, April 26 at 360 Six Flags Drive in Austell.

More information about dates, locations, and activity highlights will be shared via eNotices later this week and throughout the month.

(Source: Cobb Alcohol Taskforce)

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Also please visit the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce web site, www.cobbat.org, to find out more about program and activity updates. Thank you all for your support!

 

Calling all Teens. Register for the 2014 Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Summit.

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Calling all youth Saturday, February 22, for the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council Summit.

The goal of the Youth Council Summit is to bring together a diverse and representative group of young leaders in
Cobb County who are interested in making a difference in their community.

The event provides youth-led “hands-on” leadership skill building activities and projects. Help us shape a collective youth voice to lead the way for local underage and youth binge drinking prevention efforts

Why Attend:

  • Learn about the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council
  • Understand local underage and youth binge drinking realities
  • Have fun with community peers who support alcohol and drug-free lifestyles
  • Be empowered to make a change in your community
  • Learn about two youth-led community service projects and about how you can use your Sources of Strength amongst yourself and your peers
  • Create project implementation plans to be completed in teams, by end of April 2014

What you Get:

  • A light breakfast and lunch
  • Tshirt with the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Youth Council logo
  • Certificate of participation, along with documentation for five community service hours.
  • Drawings for other cool prizes (gift cards, etc.)
  • Additional community service hours will be provided upon completion of optional self-directed projects, to be selected.

Contact Amy Benson at ahoffman@dhr.state.ga.us or 678-385-1371 with questions.

To register, click HERE.

 

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Get involved with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce. RSVP by Monday!

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Now is your chance to get involved in the community with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at their upcoming general meeting being held on Tuesday, September 10, in Smyrna.

The meeting will discuss news about Spokesperson Training, The Real Proof Campaign and the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program. Guest speaker will be Latrina Patrick, Project Coordinator for Generation Rx Project (GEN Rx) of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities.

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce General Meeting will be held from 11:30 am- 1pm at the Ridgeview Institute, 3995 South Cobb Drive Smyrna, Georgia 30080.

The Chick-fil-A in Smyrna will be providing lunch for attendees. Please RSVP by Monday, September 9, 2013 to petera@cobbat.org.

Members of the following sectors of the Cobb community are encouraged to attend: business, civic, education, faith, government, healthcare, judicial, law enforcement, media, non-profit, parent and youth.

For further information, contact Peter Armstrong, executive director, Cobb Alcohol Taskforce atpetera@cobbat.org404.791.7406, or visit www.cobbat.org.

Tips from Cobb Alcohol Taskforce for a Safe & Sober Holiday Weekend

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The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wants youth to stay safe and sober this Labor Day weekend. Parents, learn the actions you can take in order to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage youth this holiday weekend.

Labor Day weekend is a time to celebrate the end of summer with friends and family, but did you know the holiday ranks as one of the deadliest when it comes to fatalities by drunk drivers? According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 147 people lost their lives due to alcohol-impaired driving during the 2010 Labor Day weekend. And did you know that according to the U.S. Coast Guard, 17 percent of people who died in boat crashes last year were killed in accidents in which alcohol was a contributing factor? Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wants to make everyone aware of the dangers of underage and youth binge drinking and encourages families to take the following steps to keep our youth safe this holiday weekend:

  • Know the parents or guardians of your child’s friends
  • Talk with other parents/adults to make sure that alcohol is not available at the events youth will attend
  • Talk with your child about responsible behavior regarding alcohol
  • Set a good example for responsible adult alcohol use, if you choose to drink
  • Check your child’s ID’s and make sure they don’t have fake ID’s
  • Remember that safe alcohol practices apply on the water as well as on the road

Taking a stand for a safe and sober Labor Day weekend must involve more than parents. Many events and parties occur out in the community and often out of town. Below are a few suggested actions to help keep youth and everyone else safe this Labor Day weekend:

  • Report illegal commercial alcohol sales – Call 1-877-CHECK-ID (1-877-243-2543) or 770-499-4719
  • Report underage drinking parties – Call 911 or your local police precinct
  • Refuse to supply alcohol to underage youth in your home or on your property
  • Make food and non-alcoholic drinks available at celebrations and limit excessive drinking
  • Support local law enforcement efforts to enforce alcohol laws
  • Remember the Social Host Ordinance

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce wishes everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

Get involved! Community invited to Cobb Alcohol Taskforce meeting.

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Get involved in the community with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at their upcoming general meeting on Tuesday, May 7th, at the Cobb Sheriff’s Work Release Center, 1825 County Services Parkway. The meeting will discuss next steps in getting to outcomes in underage and youth binge drinking prevention throughout Cobb County.

The meeting will be held from 11:30 am – 1pm. All community members are welcome to attend, especially those involved in business, civic organizations, education, faith, government, healthcare, judicial, law enforcement, media, non-profit, parents and youth. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch, beverages will be provided. 

For further information, contact Peter Armstrong, executive director, Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at petera@cobbat.org404-791-7406 or visit www.cobbat.org.

It’s Spring Break time – do you know where your teen is?

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Cobb County spring break is almost here. During this time parents should remember to listen carefully to teens to make sure they’re vacationing alcohol-free. The CDC reminds us of the dangers that underage drinking causes, such as memory problems, poor or failing grades and even death from alcohol poisoning or other alcohol related accidents.

Parents, now is the time to talk to your teens and ensure you know what they are doing this spring break.

  • Be aware – spring break is a time for some teens to hit beaches overcrowded with other teens, where drinking alcohol is the featured activity.
  • Listen carefully – if your teen presses hard about heading to a “party” spring break destination with friends – beware! It is highly likely that your teen is a current drinker and at high risk for experiencing some dangerous spring break incident, sure to involve alcohol.
  • Plan ahead – don’t wait ‘til your teen asks if he/she can go with friends to some “fun” destination. Talk often and early about your family expectations for appropriate spring break activities and destinations.

For a full list of spring break safety tips CLICK HERE

(Source: Cobb Alcohol Taskforce)

 

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