GLEN ROCK – After a parent complained about underage drinking at a Board of Education meeting and there were recent police incidents regarding underage drinking parties, councilwoman Amy Martin suggested a “Party Safe Parent Network.”
“I grew up here,” she said on Sept. 11 to the Borough Council. “Two people from my graduating class died in alcohol related incidents.”
Martin said the recent headlines with underage drinking prompted parents to think differently.
“This network would ask parents to sign up and promise not to serve alcohol,” she said. “If a household is on that list, a parent would know it was safe for their children to go.”
The list would come in form of a website. In addition to the promise of no alcohol served, parents would supply their contact information.
“Parents could look to see who is registered,” Martin said.
The site would be privately run and be voluntary, not connected to the town or the school district.
“You know, as another person said, it takes a village,” she said. “I know this isn’t a cure, but there are other communities that have this and they’ve had an amazing response. I want to be a part of this.”
Ridgewood currently has such a website.
“This isn’t about me,” Martin said. “It’s about making it happen. Whoever wants to be part of it, can. It’s an idea in its infancy, a work in progress.
Councilwoman Kristine Morieko said she believes the network would make her “feel secure.”
“If someone doesn’t want to sign up, maybe it’s not somewhere I want my kids to go,” she said.