Prevention through Connection
October 23, 2017
Exciting Things  Happening at Manhasset CASA
A Message from our new Project Director

Greetings Manhasset Community!

I'm delighted to be writing to you as the new CASA Project Director from my office a t the Manhasset High School. I have only been in the position for a week (I still get lost trying to find my office!) but I can already see the amazing impact of the work that CASA has been doing since 2001. (As you may know, Cathy Samuels has moved on to an opportunity in Massapequa, and we thank her for her 8 years of work and service!) 

To share a bit about me: I have been in Manhasset since 2012, serving as Director of Spiritual Formation at Christ Episcopal Church/Community Reformed Church.  Prior, I worked on Broadway as Producing Director of Camp Broadway, an award winning children's theater company, and as a theatrical producer of numerous productions on and off Broadway and in London. I have worked with such companies as NBC Universal, Royal Caribbean International and Disney Theatricals, creating educational programming and social awareness campaigns offered in schools nationwide. And most recently, I launched One World Girl, a nonprofit organization that empowers and champions all girls to live their unique life stories, embrace diversity, and be agents for change in their community and the world.

Through my work, I've recognized that my  greatest passion is engaging people of all ages in thought-provoking, transformational conversations about 21st century challenges. I am delighted to be able to use my skills and experiences to help prevent substance abuse among our youth and strengthen the commitment in our community to ensure all of our youth grow up to live full and healthy lives. I think we have wonderful new things in store!

I look forward to meeting each of you soon and hearing your hopes, thoughts and concerns for our community. As you know, CASA can't do this work alone. So, please reach out to say hello at (516) 267-7548 and join us at one of our upcoming events this month. There is much going on, and we need everyone to get involved.  Our children are depending on us. 
All my best to you!

Lesley Mazzotta
Project Director

Do you want to get more involved in CASA? Are you a member? Have you joined our SAFE Homes network? To register,  click here  and learn more about this important initiative that seeks to help our tweens and teens stay safe.


Forgiving Kevin:  Losing a Son to the Opioid Epidemic
Opioid Education & Naloxone Training Available

Join Manhasset CASA during Red Ribbon Week on Wednesday, October 25th for  Forgiving Kevin: Losing a Son to the Opioid Epidemic The program features Larry Glenz, a lacrosse, football, and wrestling coach who was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame.  Larry Glenz lost his son in 2010 to a heroin overdose. Now his passion is warning young people about the opiate crisis.

Opioid education and Naloxone training will also be provided by the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD). Naloxone is the antidote medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids (e.g. heroin, methadone, morphine).  Participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, how opioids affect body, mind and mood, how Naloxone works and the steps necessary to respond to an overdose and administer Naloxone.

Registration is required and y ou must be Age 18 or older to receive a Naloxone kit. Register at  or click here for our SignUp Genius Link. For more information, 
Thank You Officer Sharon Galvin
Internet Safety Presentations for K-6 Parents and Students

Thank you to Sharon Galvin, retired police officer from the Nassau County Police Department, who spoke with parents in mid-October about ways to protect t heir children from danger on the internet, cyberbullying, and the consequences of inappropriate texting. 
Ms. Galvin also visited 5th/6th graders at Munsey Park and Shelter Rock Elementary Schools as part of an early Red Ribbon Week assembly to discuss ways kids can make smart choices on the internet.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Active Parenting of Teens Parents (7-12)
Click here to Register for November Workshops  

Attention Working Parents (K-6)
Click Here to Register for Late Fall Evening Workshops 

Calling All Girls, ages 12 -17
Click Here to register for a community-wide diversity workshop
Members Make A Coalition
Join or Renew your CASA Annual Membership

Manhasset CASA is in its 10th year of the Drug Free Communities Sup port  Program Grant. We need your membership to continue our efforts!  Please join or renew your 2017-18 membership as we are all  responsible to keep Manhasset's children safe and healthy! 

We greatly appreciate your support and hope you will  Like Us on Facebook or visit our website a   to learn more about teen and college trends in risk behavior as well as parenting! 
Manhasset Community 
Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), Inc. 
P.O. Box 392
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 267-7548
Manhasset CASA exists as a resource to reduce the illegal, underage use of alcohol, tobacco, & other drugs among its youth, before they are in trouble, by connecting parents, schools and the community as partners in the common goal.  In 2013, CASA was honored to receive its second five year Drug Free Communities Support Grant (DFC) by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  Our goals are to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults; and to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and federal, state, and local governments to support the efforts of our community coalition to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.