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Manchester to present drug awareness program 6/2

MANCHESTER –  Retired police Lt. Joseph Pangaro will  discuss drug abuse issues at a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 program at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr.

Parents, caregivers, educators, and teens will find out which drugs are popular, what commonly abused drugs and their associated paraphernalia looks like, and what hidden clues to look for in homes and vehicles.

Participants will also learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, including depression, withdrawal, hostility, hanging with different friends and increased secrecy about possessions and activities.

The discussion will also cover the increased usage of heroin in the teen population.


This free program is open to adults and teens. Registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-657-7600 or go online to the library website . Continuing education certificates will be available.

It is part of the library’s Tools for Teens series and funded through collaboration between the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Youth Services Commission, Ocean County Health Department, NJSC Ocean County Probation Juvenile Supervision, Ocean County Library, Municipal Alliance Project, and the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism.

Joseph Pangaro is retired from the Ocean Township Police Department where he served for 27 years. He now does training for law enforcement, business and education professionals through his company, Pangaro Training.

Recognizing Teen depression, suicide warnings and how to help

TOMS RIVER –  Four branches of the Ocean County Library will present “Recognizing Teen Depression, Suicide Warnings and how to help” in May and June.

The programs, part of the Tools for Teens series, are designed to help a person recognize and respond to signs of depression and other common behavioral concerns. Special focus will be given to risk factors and warning signs for suicide as well as resources that are available to help.

The programs start promptly at 6:30 p.m. at the following branches:

Lacey, 10 East Lacey Rd., Forked River, Monday, May 18, 609-693-8566.

Toms River, 101 Washington St., Tuesday, May 26, 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

Tuckerton, 380 Bay Ave., Monday, June 1, 609-296-1470.

Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., Tuesday, June 9, 732-477-4513.

The programs are presented by Turning the Tides of St. Barnabas Health Center and funded through a Youth Services Commission Grant for Ocean County Library’s Tools for Teens series.

Free Continuing Education Credits are available for educators and professionals who attend this program.

The programs are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. To register, telephone the branch, stop by the branch in person, or log onto the library website .

Ocean County Library, Lakewood takes “Tools For Teens” on the road: great turnout


LAKEWOOD –  165 educators, school administrators, parents, students and community members attended a special bilingual presentation of “Gang Wise” at Lakewood Middle School.  The program was sponsored by the Lakewood Branch of the Ocean County Library and the Lakewood Middle School Parent Teacher Organization.

Lt. Edwin Torres, a 23-year veteran of law Enforcement in New Jersey, retired police Lieutenant and Juvenile Justice and Gang Expert, reviewed gang history, gang markings, the impact of gangs in schools and popular culture, general warning signs of gang affiliation and the reasons kids join gangs.

Since 2006, Torres has been a partner of the Ocean County Library Tools for Teens programming initiative.  While he has presented countless times at Ocean County Library branches, this presentation was one of the first attempts at bringing a Tools for Teens program to a school.  The attendance and response from the Lakewood community proved that gang education is something that educators, parents, and students still have a need for.  In addition to their Collaboration with the New Jersey State Parole Board, who teach G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training), Lakewood Middle School looks forward to expanding their gang awareness efforts even more after hearing the all too real repercussions of gang activity amongst children as young as 9 years old.

The Ocean County Library will also present a special Tools for Teens Presentation about Drug Use & Heroin at the following library locations:

Lacey Branch 11/25, 6:00 sign in with a 6:30 start time

Toms River branch 12/5, 6:00 sign in with a 6:30 start time

This presentation will focus on the effects of heroin on the body, how to tell if someone is using and what the legal ramifications are if you caught using or dealing. Professional development certificates will be provided.

Gang Wise and other Tools for Teens programs are funded through a collaboration between various community organizations including the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Youth Service Commission, Health Department, Probation-Juvenile Supervision, the Municipal Alliance Project, and the NJ Governors Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.


Bev Cobain speaks at Toms River branch

Beverly Cobain

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the national suicide rate is increasing. Every fifteen minutes, someone dies as a result of suicide.

So why don’t more people contemplating suicide ask for help?

“Because they worry about being a burden,” said psychiatric/mental health nurse Bev Cobain during a presentation at the Ocean County Library Toms River branch on November 14.

Her program “Dying To Be Free” (named after her same-titled book) informed educators, mental health professionals and the community of the dangers of suicide and depression in adolescents.

Cobain has dealt with the effects of depression both personally and professionally. Three of her family members committed suicide; the youngest was her twenty-seven year old cousin Kurt Cobain, front man of popular band Nirvana.

Her family’s losses have ignited a passion to educate professionals, lay people and youth about depression and the significant public health issue of suicide.

She also spoke about the importance of being able to distinguish between depression and suicidal tendencies, as well as maintaining honest and open communication are two of the most important skills in helping determine if someone is at risk of suicide.

Cobain is a nationally recognized speaker on the issues of youth depression awareness and suicide prevention and intervention. She was presented the Youth Suicide Prevention Award for the State of Washington by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Mental Health Association’s Green Ribbon Award for her efforts on behalf of youth depression awareness.

In addition to being a practicing psychiatric nurse, she worked on media projects for Court TV, CNN and PBS.

The library’s program was created through a partnership of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Youth Service Commission, Ocean County Health Department, Ocean County Superior Court Juvenile Intake Unit, Ocean County Library and the Municipal Alliance Project.

 To view more pictures from this event, click here.

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