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Coalition of Longmeadow for a Substance Free Community CLOSE Coalition brings together different parts of the community to focus efforts on education, prevention, and providing resources and support for treatment of substance use disorders. CLOSE collaboratively initiates, coordinates, and sustains prevention and intervention efforts that reduce youth (and other community members’) substance use and abuse within the Town of Longmeadow.


Take Action Subcommittee
Next Meeting: Thursday, March 21st, 4pm, LPS Central Office, 535 Bliss Road in Room A31
Al Mckee
Anne-Marie E Anetzberger-Kroisi
Carl Mazzaferro
Gabrielle Kro
Jilla Sabeti
Kelsey Low
Lily Schneider
Lyssa Tyler
Marjorie Morgan
Rachana Singh
Sarah Mulcahy
Shelly Warren
Talia Helmus

Opioid Prevention Subcommittee
Next Meeting: Thursday, March 21st, 4pm,  LPS Central Office, 535 Bliss Road in Room A31

Al Mckee
Anne-Marie E Anetzberger-Kroisi
Jared L. Ostroff
Marie Holmes
Marjorie Morgan
Michael Simmons
Shelly Warren

Outreach & Marketing Subcommittee 
Next Meeting: Friday, March 22nd, 10am, LPS Central Office, 535 Bliss Road in Room A31
Bryon Kozaczka
Marjorie Morgan
Monica Rivera
Patty Gill
Shelly Warren
Terry Ditmar

Needs Assessment Subcommittee (AdHoc)
Next Meeting: TBD

Al Mckee
Patty Gill
Rachana Singh
Neil King
Jean Fontaine
Susan Bertrand
Shelly Bathe Lenn

Sector Representatives

Business – Bobby Barkett, The Kitchen
Civic/Volunteer Organizations – Marjorie Morgan, Longmeadow Adult Center
Healthcare Professionals – Dr. Al McKee, Baystate Pain Management
Law Enforcement – Sgt. Carl Mazzaferro, Longmeadow Police Department
Media – Bryon Kozacza, Longmeadow Community Television
Parents – Patty Gill, LHS Student Class ’18
Religious/Fraternal Organizations – Father CJ Waitekus, St. Mary’s Parish
Schools – Sue Bertrand, Assistant Superintendent for Learning with LPS
State/Local/Tribal Government – Beverly Hirschhorn, Board of Health
Substance Abuse Organizations – Anne-Marie Anetzberger-Kroisi, Learn2Cope
Youth – Talia Helmus, Gabby Kro, Sarah Mulcahy, Lyssa Tyler , Kelsey Low, Lily Schneider, LHS
Youth Serving Organizations – Sonia Wilk, Jewish Community Center

Community Partners

We’re looking to partner with organizations and businesses in the town of Longmeadow. Interested?  Read on!

The mission of CLOSE Community is to collaboratively initiate, coordinate, and sustain prevention and intervention efforts that reduce and address youth substance use and the impact of associated disorders within the Town of Longmeadow.

As a partner of the CLOSE Community Coalition, benefits are:

  • Your company will be recognized as a supporter of an informed community regarding the impact of drug and alcohol use
  • Your logo will be listed on our website as a community partner.
  • You will be kept abreast of coalition efforts through our monthly e-newsletter.

What CLOSE Community requests of you:

  • You plan to host a CLOSE event or meeting during the calendar year, or…
  • You or your staff member(s) attend at least one CLOSE event or meeting during the calendar year or…
  • You donate goods and/or services toward a CLOSE event, meeting, or initiative during the calendar year.

*We do ask that you periodically allow for posting or advertising on your premises and on your social media platform(s) of upcoming special events regarding our education and prevention efforts. 

Want to partner with us?  Sign our agreement here! 


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