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SAPCA Members, 


Join me in welcoming our new board members, Sandy Freedman and Kimberly Hyde Santucci. 


Sandy is a long-time Alexandria City resident. She has a child who has gone through the Alexandria City Public School system and is now a senior at T.C. Williams. Sandy volunteers in the College & Career Center at T.C. For the past three years she has chaired the All-Night Graduation Party (ANGP) and is a co-chair for the 2013 ANGP.


Kim has over 22 years of experience in Marketing and Communication. She has run her own marketing business for 10 years and prior to that was head of numerous marketing departments at the senior management level. Kim has worked for various companies including United Healthcare, American Medical Assoc., and a number of Financial Publishing companies. She has two school-aged children.


Both look forward to serving on SAPCA's board!






* SAPCA Attends CADCA Open House (12/13)
* 182.5 Billion Alcohol Tax Proposed to President Obama
* Alexandria 'Good Sports' Fest 2012 (1/13)
* Gang Prevention Task Force Meeting (1/16)
* ACAP Quarterly Meeting (1/29)
* Get Involved in Youth Policy Planning
* Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain (1/17)
* Teens Who Experience Dating Violence at Increased Risk of Substance Abuse
* Banning Tobacco-Product Displays May Help Reduce Youth Smoking, Study Suggests
* Parents More Important Than School in Preventing Use of Alcohol, Marijuana Use


SAPCA Attends CADCA Open House (12/13)
Shelly Morgan, SAPCA Vice-Chair and Noraine attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalition's of America's (CADCA) open house on December 13. They celebrated CADCA's hard work with CADCA's staff, members of neighboring coalitions, and Deputy Directors Benjamin Tucker and David Mineta from the Office of National Drug Control Policy.


$182.5 Billion Alcohol Tax Proposed to President Obama


Tell our federal officials now that alcohol taxes should be increased to reimburse government for some of the cost of alcohol-related health and public safety services.


Did you know that since 1991 Big Alcohol lobbying has resulted in our country losing $57 billion in revenue?  Or that a new alcohol tax increase could help fill nearly 12% of the President's revenue portion of the nation's ten-year deficit reduction goal?

It's time to tell our national leaders to hold Big Alcohol accountable and get them to pay their fair share while helping to reduce the deficit.
The catastrophe of alcohol-related harm will be reversed with a 10 cent spirits tax increase, 15 cents on beer and 18 cents on wine.


Click here to take action.


Alexandria 'Good Sports' Fest 2013 (1/13) 


The Alexandria 'Good Sports' Fest 2013 will give everyone the opportunity to learn about and register for programs, classes and camps offered in the City of Alexandria for youth, teens, adults and seniors for the upcoming 2013 spring and summer seasons.


The event will take place on Sunday January 13, 1 to 5 p.m., in the George Washington Middle School Gymnasium at 1005 Mount Vernon Ave.

Gang Prevention Task Force Meeting (1/16) 


The Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force will meet on Wednesday, January 16, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Council workroom at City Hall, 301 King St. Special guests, Detective Billy Woolfe (Fairfax County) and Mr. Ed Ryan (Fairfax County),  will provide information regarding human trafficking and the regional task force.


For details, contact Mike Mackey at mike.mackey@alexandriava.gov.

ACAP Quarterly Meeting (1/29) 


The ACAP quarterly meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. (location TBD).  ACAP will finalize an action plan that was developed during its annual retreat in November 2012. Opportunities for participation in ACAP's subcommittees will also be announced. Light refreshments will be served. 


For details, contact Lisette Torres at lisette.torres@alexandriava.gov.


Get Involved in Youth Policy Planning (2/9, 2/11, 2/13) 


The Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission is seeking input on developing policies for the city's children and youth.  The youth master plan is slated to be completed in 2013. To help guide that plan, three forums have been scheduled to get input from the community on the issues surrounding youth. To participate in the planning process, contact Ron Frazier at 703-746-5967 or attend any of the following forums:

  • Saturday, Feb. 9, T. C. Williams High School cafeteria, 3330 King St., 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Monday, Feb. 11, Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe St., 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 23, William Ramsay Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., 10 a.m. - Noon


Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain (1/17)


Aaron White, PhD, MD, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will share the most recent and compelling research on the effect of alcohol on the developing brain. He brings together a developmental understanding of the adolescent and the structural changes that the brain undergoes which affects behavioral choices. Registrants will learn how early alcohol use can be damaging to the critical developmental process occurring in the brain and the necessity to deter underage drinking.


The electronic seminar will take place on Thursday, January 17, 3 - 4:15 p.m. Click here to register.


Teens Who Experience Dating Violence at Increased Risk of Substance Abuse   


Teenage girls who experience dating violence are more likely to binge drink compared with their peers who aren't in abusive relationships, a new study finds. Teen boys who report dating violence are more likely to use marijuana as young adults compared with boys with healthy dating relationships.

Banning Tobacco-Product Displays May Help Reduce Youth Smoking, Study Suggests


A new study suggests policies that ban tobacco-product displays at the point of sale may help reduce teen smoking. The study included 1,200 teens who were smokers, or considered to be likely smokers. They "shopped" in a virtual convenience store. In some of the stores, cigarette products were visible, while in others they were hidden. In some stores, tobacco ads were present. In others, they were either hidden or banned altogether. The teens were told to buy one drink, one snack and two additional items at check-out. There were no restrictions on what they could purchase.


The researchers found 32 percent of teens who shopped in stores with hidden tobacco products were aware that they were for sale, compared with 85 percent of those who shopped in stores with visible tobacco products.

Parents More Important Than School in Preventing Use of Alcohol, Marijuana Use 


A new study concludes that parental involvement is more important than the school environment in preventing or limiting children's use of alcohol or marijuana. Researchers evaluated data from more than 10,000 students, parents, teachers and school administrators. They looked at "family social capital"-bonds between parents and children-as well as "school social capital"-a school's ability to provide a positive environment for learning, Science Daily reports.


The researchers found students with high levels of family social capital and low school social capital levels were less likely to have used either marijuana or alcohol, or to have used them less frequently, compared with students with high levels of school social capital and low family social capital.


Noraine Buttar, MPH
720 North Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3670 (office)
703.887.8812 (mobile)