JANUARY 2022

Upcoming Events 
  • 1/10 6-7:00 p.m. - FREE online naloxone/Narcan training. Register here.

 

  • 1/19 1-4:00 p.m. - Training: Medication Assisted Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (From NCADD-RA) Register here.

 

  • 1/25 12-1:00 p.m. - LIVE Webinar: Sex, Drugs and Netflix – Parenting Strategies: How to Talk about Drug Use in Popular Media (From Operation Parent) Register here.

 

  • 1/26 9-12:00 p.m. - Training: Marijuana Legalization: Implications for Youth, Families, and Communities (From NCADD-RA) Register here.

 
Webster Headlines

Webster opts out of marijuana dispensaries and consumption lounges, for now

Per Town Board Meeting Results from December 16, 2021, the board approved a “Resolution to enact Local Law #7 to opt out of allowing Cannabis retail dispensaries and on-site Cannabis consumption sites from being established and operated within the town’s jurisdiction.” 

Similarly, the Webster Village Board voted not to allow dispensaries and consumption lounges within village limits, for now, in order to see first how villages that opt-in fare, what issues arise, and what additional state regulations may emerge. 

We are very grateful to the town and village boards for carefully considering the issue, listening to residents, and deciding to be cautious rather than irreversibly opting in at this time.

For a look at which NY municipalities have opted in and out, check out this marijuana opt-out tracker.  Find more information about the state law here.

This is an issue we will continue to watch, as both jurisdictions can repeal their local law at any time in favor of accommodating marijuana sales.

 

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Setting SMART Goals

Keri Russell said “Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” As we begin the new year of 2022 it creates an opportunity to reflect upon our personal goals and what changes we want 2022 to bring. Instead of having a New Year’s resolution, why not have a New Year’s goalution?

 

Setting goals and decision making are intertwined. According to a YouthLine.co.nz article, goals should be “S.M.A.R.T.”:

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Goals serve purpose by providing guidance and direction in your decision making. When you consider what you want to achieve this will guide the steps of planning and decision making as you work towards attaining your goal. According to WeMoney.com.au “The process of setting goals helps guide your focus and helps you sustain that momentum in life. By knowing precisely what you want to do with your life, you can directly align your focus towards achieving them, and thus goal-setting promotes a sense of strong self-mastery.”

 

Let’s celebrate 2022 by choosing goals that provide an opportunity for positive personal growth by guiding our decision making to become a healthier and happier version of ourselves. As the quote by an unknown author says “Before making a decision take a moment to ask yourself this question: Will it bring me happiness?” 

 

We wish everyone a healthy and happy 2022!

 
Upcoming Meetings

We meet online via Google Meet the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Many of us join during our lunch break. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. In fact, our goal is to have representation from all walks of life, to better meet the needs of the whole community.

 

Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 12th at noon. Simply register for the meeting here to receive the meeting link, or email Janine Sanger, Executive Director for more information.

 

Spotlight

Many thanks to WHEN member Lexi Popovici for the instruction and support she has provided us as we advocate for smoke and drug free parks and opting out of marijuana dispensaries and consumption lounges in Webster. Her knowledge, expertise, and experience as Director of Smoking & Health Action Coalition of Monroe & Livingston Counties and Manager of Health Promotions with the American Lung Association in New York has made a significant contribution to our cause and has greatly benefited Webster residents. Thank you, Lexi!

 
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Reminders

You can help keep Webster safe and healthy! Please share the resources below with your friends, family, and neighbors in Webster. You can share a link to this page and they may subscribe at the bottom by tapping the "Subscribe to News" button.

 

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to everyone 24/7: 1-800-273-8255 as well as this page of resources.

 

Use the 24/7, anonymous Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, depression and illegal activity that could harm kids in Webster Central School District schools. Call: 800-418-6423 ext.359 or text: TIPS to 614-426-0240.

 

Don’t enable underage drinking. If you know about a planned underage drinking event, or one taking place, help to save lives by calling the anonymous Underage Drinking TipLine: 343-1932 or 1-800-851-1932.  


Learn how to use a nasal spray to save the life of an overdose patient. Register here for the free, 1-hour, online class on Jan 10th at 6pm. Your naloxone/Narcan kit will be sent to you in the mail after your attendance is confirmed.

Stay informed about local laws governing marijuana sales. You can subscribe to town news here and follow village news here.