New York State Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci visited health classes at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School to speak about heroin and opioid abuse.
Mr. Lupinacci was invited into classrooms by health teachers Rick Agnello, Julian Watts and Katherine Kid. He taught classes over a three day period, sharing his experience on a topic of concern to communities across the nation.
“I was so pleased to join the students of the Huntington School District to discuss the dangers of heroin and opioid use and abuse,” Mr. Lupinacci said. “I was impressed, as the students were already well versed in the damages that drugs can do to your physical, mental and emotional health. They were deeply interested in the role of New York State and what was being done to stop heroin use, which is a testament to how serious these students take this epidemic sweeping Suffolk County and Long Island.”
Mr. Lupinacci’s message went beyond merely “saying no” to entering the world of drug use. He discussed the devastating consequences on families, friends and entire communities of heroin and opioid abuse.
“I am sorry to report that 2016 was a record year for heroin and opioid related deaths in Suffolk County,” Mr. Lupinacci said. “It is no secret that it has taken its toll here in Huntington. If starting the conversation at an early age can impact a young life and direct a single child away from drugs, than these class discussions were a success.”
Mr. Lupinacci’s “Drug Free January” initiative included visiting classrooms in his Assembly district. He plans to hold a NARCAN training session and “shed the meds” event at the South Huntington Public Library on Thursday, January 26.
“It was truly a pleasure speaking with these schoolchildren,” said Mr. Lupinacci after he wrapped up his work in Huntington’s classrooms. “If their engagement and enthusiasm in class is any indication, many of them will join the crusade to end drug use throughout Suffolk County and Long Island.”
A graduate of Walt Whitman High School, Mr. Lupinacci served three terms on the South Huntington Board of Education. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science and an MBA at Hofstra University and later obtained a Juris Doctor at Hofstra’s School of Law.
Mr. Lupinacci teaches business law classes Farmingdale State College and is also an adjunct professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s College and Hofstra University. A practicing attorney, he specializes in real estate law and estate planning.
HHS Spring Musical Auditions
Huntington's drama club is holding auditions for its spring musical.
The Huntington High School drama club will hold auditions for its spring musical Once Upon a Mattress on Monday, January 30 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Those planning to audition should come prepared with a one minute comic monologue and 16 bars of a Broadway show tune. Contact Michael Schwendemann (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Next School Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Huntington School Board will be held on Monday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium. The session is open to the public, which will be given several opportunities to address trustees.
HBDMB Annual Dinner
The Huntington Blue Devil marching band recently held its annual dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. There was food, music and dancing. Band and color guard members, advisors, parents and alumni all attended the festive four-hour affair.
Key Club’s K-Factor Talent Show Coming
Huntington's Key Club is organizing a talent show.
The Huntington High School Key Club will host its annual K-Factor talent show on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. Auditions for the show are set for Wednesday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Show organizers are seeking singers, dancers and comedy and variety acts. Those interested should prepare a three minute audition ready performance. A $5 donation to Huntington High School’s Relay For Life is also requested of all those who audition. Those who plan on auditioning should provide their own props, music and instruments.
A sign-up list is posted outside of Key Club co-faculty advisor Gina Colica’s room (No. 241). Contact Ms. Colica (email@example.com) for more information.
Huntington SEPTA Laughs for a Benefit
Huntington SEPTA is holding a comedy night fundraiser.
Huntington SEPTA will hold a “Laughs for a Benefit” comedy fundraiser night at Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown on Sunday, February 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.
Governor’s is located at 90 Division Avenue in Levittown (11756).