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Past Events

Employers in Longmeadow: Free Dinner & Focus Group


CLOSE Community hosts local Longmeadow employers (especially of teens!) for a focus group discussion on local risk and protective factors for teens in town. RSVP by emailing info@closecommunity.org or call (413) 318-4773.

When: Tuesday, March 12th, 4:30-6:30pm
Where: St. Mary’s Parish Center, 519 Longmeadow St.

Can’t make it? We’d still love your feedback, take a brief survey here!

*Complementary and DELICIOUS dinner will be served!

Hampden County Vaping Prevention Mini-Conference

Friday, January 18th
8:00 am – 11:00 am @ West Springfield High School

FOR: Leadership Teams from Hampden County School Districts (Admin, Wellness, SROs, Prevention Specialists, Counselors)

Featured Presenters:
Sara MoriartyHampden County Tobacco Free Partnership
Local Vape RetailerProducts, Trends, Practices to Protect Youth

Rx Prescription Drug Take Back

Join CLOSE Community and the Longmeadow Police Department for a National Rx Drug Take Back! Bring your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills down to the station.  (*The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) Free and Anonymous!

When: Saturday, October 27th, 10am-2pm
Where: Longmeadow Police Department, 34 Williams St.

Employers of Teens in Longmeadow: Free Luncheon & Focus Group


Bobby Barkett hosts local Longmeadow employers of teens for a CLOSE Community focus group discussion on local risk and protective factors for teens in town. RSVP by emailing info@closecommunity.org or call (413) 318-4773.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 12-1:30
Where: The Kitchen, 791 Williams St

Can’t make it? We’d still love your feedback, take a brief survey here!

*Complementary and DELICIOUS lunch will be served!

Lancer Pains: parents and student athletes managing pain

Topic: Managing pain as a student athlete: opioids, non-opioids, and alternative treatments. What’s normal? What’s safe and healthy? Q&A to follow.
Where: Business Technology Center,
 Longmeadow High School
When: Thursday, 
November 1st, 7pm
Presenters: Dr. Al McKee, MD, Pain Management Specialist
 & Dr. Jilla Sabeti, PhD, Neuropharmacologist

All are welcome!

REGISTER HERE!

When: Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 5-8pm
Where: Longmeadow High School’s Business Technology Center
What: “A Taste of Motivational Interviewing with John Brelsford, PHD: A Different Way to Talk with Your Teen About Difficult Subjects”

*A light dinner will be served!

  • Opioid & Action Subcommittee Meeting – Monday, September 17th4pm, LPS Central Office, 535 Bliss Road in Room A31
  • Full Coalition Meeting – ALL WELCOME! Monday, December 3rd, 7pm, the LHS Business Training Center
  • Outreach/Communications Subcommittee Meeting – Friday, September 14th, 10am, LPS Central Office, 535 Bliss Road in Room A31
  • Motivational Interviewing Training for Parents of Teens – Sunday, September 23rd, 5pm in the LHS Business Training Center Register Here
  • The Improbable Players Present: “Running on E” – Wednesday, October 10th, 9am at LHS Auditorium (Not Open to Public)
  • Managing Pain in an Opioid Epidemic – TBD at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Road
  • Student Athletes and Pain Management – TBD at the LHS Business Training Center

Narcan Training on 8/13/18

When:  Monday, August 13th, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: The Parish Center at St. Mary’s Church,  519 Longmeadow Street

What: Please join CLOSE Community for a free community education workshop on recognizing, preventing, and reversing opioid overdose. Learn more about overdose prevention and community-based intervention, treatment, and recovery resources HERE. Hope you can make it. You can save a life! Please help spread the word. 

Adult Center Opioid Presentation on 7/7/18

When: Thursday, June 7th, 6:30pm
Where: The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Road
What: Join CLOSE Community and Dr. Al McKee (Medical Pain Management and Palliative Medicine Specialist from the Pain Management Center, Baystate Medical Center) for a free community education workshop that will discuss opioids, how they work, and how to manage prescription medications safely and responsibly for ourselves, our families, and our friends.

Narcan Training on 6/6/18

When:  Wednesday, June 6th, 6-7:30pm
Where: The Lower Room at Rinaldi’s, 408 Longmeadow Street

What: Please join CLOSE Community and Tapestry for a free community education workshop on recognizing, preventing, and reversing opioid overdose. Learn more about overdose prevention and community-based intervention, treatment, and recovery resources HERE. Hope you can make it. You can save a life! Please help spread the word. 

Drop Off Unused/Unwanted/Expired Rx Medications! 4/28 @ Longmeadow Police Department

When: Saturday, April 28th from 10am-2pm
Where: Longmeadow Police Department Lobby, 34 Williams Street
What: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Free Collection Day

Now more than ever federal agencies are partnering with one another to empower our communities. According to the CDC, in 2015 there were enough opioids prescribed for every American to be medicated around the clock for 3 weeks. Now is not the time to hide, it’s time to revive. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board are proud to support DEA’s Annual Take Back day on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

This event is held biannually during Spring and Fall. Last October, New England states collected 127,999 lbs. of weight as evidenced by the DEA’s Diversion Control Program. Let’s see if we can beat that number!

It’s time for Spring cleaning. In an effort to keep unnecessary drugs out of our communities, please join us in spreading the word to your circles by encouraging all to grab a friend and make a run to their nearest Collection Site.

Follow the DEA: @hhsregionone, @DEAnewengland, and @BostonFEB to retweet
Please visit the MassTAPP Website to view more upcoming in-person events and events in Massachusetts communities!

Calling our Sector Representatives! 4/12 @ 4:30pm

When: Thursday, April 12th from 4:30-6pm
Where: The Jewish Community Center on 1160 Dickinson St, JUST over the line in Springfield, MA.
What: A meeting for community partners from Longmeadow Businesses, Civic/Volunteer Organizations, Healthcare Professionals,
Law Enforcement, Media, Parents, Religious/Fraternal Organizations, Schools, State/Local/Tribal Government, Substance Abuse Organizations, Youth, and Youth Serving Organizations to help guide the work of CLOSE Community.

Agenda Items include:

  • Resources and Assets available in the community (and in the room!) to address youth alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse and abuse.
  • Group brainstorm identifying gaps in resources
  • Defining our Community Partnerships
  • Who’s here and who’s missing? Increasing CLOSE Membership

Group discussion and Q&A to follow.

Refreshments provided.

(413) 565-4200 ext 4043 for more information.

Substance Use and the Human Condition 1/31 @ 7pm

What: A presentation featuring pain management Dr. Al McKee, LPS’ Substance Abuse Response Coordinator-Shelly Warren, and former LHS student Michael Simmons from the local Recovery community. They’ll address substance use and the human condition and its potential impact on the transitioning young-adult community in Longmeadow. Group discussion and Q&A to follow. Who’s Invited? Any and all Longmeadow community members who’s lives are touched by young people and substance use including parents, employers, teachers, neighbors, and the recovery community.

Refreshments provided.

@closecommunity01106 or (413) 565-4200 ext 4043 for more information.

Food Truck Friday and Community Talk at LHS!

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A panel presentation and discussion on youth alcohol and marijuana use.

When: Friday, September 6th, Food Trucks open at 5:30pm, Panel Presentation starts at 6:30pm
Where: Longmeadow High School, Auditorium, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd.
Audience: This event is designed for parents of students Grades 5 – 12 (& students too!)
What: Join CLOSE Community Coalition for some food truck eats followed by a “Communities Talk” Town Hall: a conversation on how we can all work together to help our youth make healthy decisions when it comes to alcohol, marijuana, vaping, and other substance use.
Presenters: Dr. Gerald Beltran, Baystate Emergency Dept.
Chief John Stankiewicz, Longmeadow Police Dept.
Sue Bertrand, LPS Asst. Superintendent
Shelly Warren, LPS Substance Abuse Counselor
Madison Copland, LHS 12th Grader 

*For childcare options, call (413) 318-4773 or email info@closecommunity.org.

JUULing and Your Child

A panel presentation and discussion on vaping.

When: Thursday, May 2nd, 6:30pm
Where: Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St.
Audience: This event is designed for parents of students Grades 5 – 12.
Presenters: Shelly Warren, MSW/LICSW, LPS Subs. Abuse Response Coord.
Sara Moriarty, Hampden County Tobacco Free Partnership
Zain’s Smoke Shop, with products/knowledge on signs and of youth vaping
District Attorney’s Youth Advisory Panel, w/Youth-Led Parent Break-Outs

*Light Refreshments will be provided. For childcare options, call (413) 318-4773 or email info@closecommunity.org.

LPD hosts National Rx Take Back on April 27!


Join CLOSE Community and the Longmeadow Police Department for a National Rx Drug Take Back! Bring your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills down to the station.  (*The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) Free and Anonymous!

When: Saturday, April 27th, 10-2pm
Where: Longmeadow Police Department, 34 Williams St.

Long Meddowe Days May 18/19!

CLOSE Community will be hosting the “Right Under Your Nose” mock teen bedroom again this year.  Sign up here to volunteer at our table!
When: May 18-19
Where: Longmeadow Town Greene

Vape Retail Environmental Scan, we need parent volunteers!

Interested in joining? Call/text (413) 318-4773, or email info@closecommunity.org

Parents Who Host Lose the Most Campaign

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Where do you stand?

We’re spreading the word this spring before prom and graduation season that most (91%) Longmeadow parents would NEVER host underage drinking parties in their homes.

Help CLOSE and the Safe Homes program spread the word. Would you like to join us?

Call or email CLOSE if you want a sign in your yard!  (413) 318-4773 or info@closecommunity.org

We want parent perceptions!

CLOSE Community is collecting data on parent practices and perceptions in Longmeadow. Have your voice heard! Please complete our VERY brief (5 minutes) “Flash Parent Survey” HERE.   Participants can enter their name for a drawing to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the local restaurant of their choice!

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