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Miller Place High Hosting a Safety And Drug Prevention Meeting Wednesday

County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislator Sarah Anker and Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Edward Webber will be on hand.

Miller Place High School. (Patch file photo)
Miller Place High School. (Patch file photo)

Written by Monica Rose Gleberman

This Wednesday, the Miller Place School District is hosting a meeting for parents to help them stay ahead of the curve when it comes to childhood safety and drug prevention.

County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislator Sarah Anker, Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Edward Webber, and members of the school district will be on hand to answer questions, give out safety tips, and tell parents what they can do to remain vigilant.

District Superintendent Marianne Higuera invited residents to the event in an email. “The purpose of the meeting is for residents to come and learn more about these programs and to raise their concerns regarding these issues,” said Higuera.

In a phone interview with Anker, she said the point is to make the districts as safe as possible. “We want to hear from the community how they feel they current feeling on school safety and also to get ideas. We have already begun implementing the idea of a safe hotline,” said Anker.

Anker said the idea behind the hotline is simple. School districts interested in signing up for the hotline fill out an application and pay a minimal fee to install the emergency phone. “If there is an active school emergency, the district can pick up the phone and within eight seconds, the 911 operating center, will be made aware of which school it is,” said Anker.

By having this information within seconds, the district might be able to shutdown a more series threat, like an active shooter. So far, Miller Place, Mount Sinai, Hauppauge and Longwood districts have completed their applications for the safety hotline.

To learn specifics about safety and drug prevention, attend the forum meeting tomorrow at the Miller Place high school auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.
Marie October 22, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I don't understand one thing. All of us already pay taxes to the county and state to support services such as Police and Fire Districts. Check your cell phone bill, there is even a tax paid toward a 911 fee on it. Why would they even think of adding another charge such as this on top of the taxes we already pay, and why would anyone approve it. It just doesn't make sense to me.
Frank Esposito October 22, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Marie, when they say - as they will - "It's for the children" all logic fly's out the window. No one is going to question whether or not its a good idea, makes sense, or how much it's going to cost. For Long Islanders, saying it's for the children is like fishing in a pond full of fish and throwing a stick of dynamite in it. Case close. It's election time and I'm disappointed Anker is playing the same game as all the hacks. All incumbents have to go, even her and I like her. Just as stagnant water goes bad, not keeping a steady flow of politicians moving though office results in the same stink. Anker made $84,295.00 from her office in 2012 and $95,065.00 this year. Do you know anyone who got a $10,000.00 raise in one year? Do you think Sarah is working for he people out of the goodness of her heart, or thinking about the next $10,000 raise? Really politicians are not saints and most people would cling to that money themselves. Politicians need to know their stay in office is going to be short. Go there serve the people and move on. If they stay because they look at it as a living the system fails because they will do nearly anything and say anything to keep those salaries coming in. We need to cut the salary stuff out and pay a minor stipend like they do in some other states. If you look at the least dysfunctional and least corrupt governments you will find, low pay / stipend for their government leaders. We will never get that type of vote to the table. You know why don't you. LOL
MP Majority October 23, 2013 at 07:02 AM
I'm not saying whether it's a good or bad idea, but MP has a major drug problem - 2 years ago, I saw statistics which stated that MP has the twice the average drug problem of any SD on Long Island. Drug dealers are abound, and they are targeting our kids. Not sure if this is an adequate way to deal with problem or not. Personally, I'd like to see us get more bang for the buck with Suffolk County Police. I have my doubts as to how hard they are working to eradicate our community drug problems.
Frank Esposito October 23, 2013 at 07:45 AM
MP Majority, the strongest possible drug prevention starts in the home, not with a governmental solution. As a matter of fact it is possible at least at the federal level that government is part of the problem. Parts of the U.S. government protect drug operations and U.S. banks launder drug money. The government does it to fund covert operations and banks do it because it is great money for them. If you think for one second I'm joking, stop and do some research on the net. I'm not talking about the nuts and their blogs out there (who are actually turning out to be right way to many times for my liking), but major news outlets reporting it now. This behavior by governments and large banks is not limited to the U.S. Other major governments are involved. Government and banks rake in the money and our cities where we live get laid to waste by the drugs traffic they refuse to stop and actually participant in. MP Majority, please DO NOT brush aside what I'm saying. Please check it out.
Frank Esposito October 23, 2013 at 07:57 AM
MP Majority, related to by above reply to you feel free to start your research anywhere but here are a few key searches terms to use ******* An Unholy Alliance dealing with the demon ******* and ******* hsbc drug money ****** and ******** US Government Helps Sinaloa Cartel Smuggle Drugs *******
Marie October 23, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Whatever happened to health education in school. However, kids make choices all on their own. In homes where both parents are absent and the children are left to their own defense and open drug cabinets, liquor left on counters, and their parents as role models no less. Kids these days also have social media as a force to contend with. I agree more needs to be done, however I truly don't think a 911 telephone is the answer. We a program, (DARE) statistics proved that program was a failure all the way around statewide.
Frank Esposito October 23, 2013 at 08:05 AM
One more thing... until peoples desire to get high and/or the major financial factors are removed from the drug trade, we are never getting out from under what drugs are doing to our society and around the world. Oh, and if you think those INSIDE the U.S. boarders DHS checkpoints are really about stopping illegal immigrants and Homeland security terrorist protection issues, I got a few more web searches for ya. :-)
William Fortuna October 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Ahh the TEA BAGGERS rage on.........If you read the artilce you will see that the 911 hot line is for security issues within the School district. The hot line will give police quick incident location and details. The cost is small and is paid by the district. Last year alone there were over 30 children killed in schools by gun violence.....Anything we can do to help make our schools safer is a plus... But I guess to some people protecting the lives of our children is just not that important....I commend Legislator Anker, County Exec Bellone and the SCPD for their effort.
Marie October 23, 2013 at 01:41 PM
William, I'm not against doing more for safety in our schools, but why have a separate phone line, and pay extra for it? That is what doesn't make sense to me. I know they are very short on 911 operators to begin with in the SCPD. So how are they going to implement a program when they are short on employees on their end. (I have a family member who is a 911 operator, so I know quite a bit) And why should the district shoulder the cost when the taxpayer already pays taxes to the county and state for these services. Does the school practice emergency drills as they did in the past when they did for Bomb raids? Do they practice for gun raids now? Maybe they should start. Homeland security is a good place to start for information on securing how to do these things.
Frank Esposito October 23, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Marie, I suggest you don't engage William Fortuna in any attempt at productive dialog. He paints a clear picture of himself and his mindset with his opening sentence. Let stand what you have said and let others come here and read and search for themselves all that is written here so far. Have a Happy Halloween every.

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