Health & Wellness

Hidden in Plain Sight Event Reflects on “Four Twenty” Day

9162d95283e45810a477_IMG_3842.JPG
Credits: Danielle Francisco
62f384423bb37a13e152_IMG_3887.JPG
During the event, a teen’s bedroom was replicated and put on display to go through to see how many hiding places there were.  Credits: Danielle Francisco
039e46eae91db707f02b_IMG_3879.JPG
Members of Newton Police, including Chief Michael Richards, spoke to the parents during the even about what they see on their end in regards to children and drugs. Credits: Danielle Francisco
979b2432c1d2a4f07ada_IMG_3885.JPG
During the event, a teen’s bedroom was replicated and put on display to go through to see how many hiding places there were. Credits: Danielle Francisco
76f7ef19819b452eeca5_IMG_3876.JPG
Becky Carlson, the Executive Director at the Center of Prevention and Counseling and her team, set-ups up these events at least 4 times a year around the county. Credits: Danielle Francisco
9162d95283e45810a477_IMG_3842.JPG

NEWTON, NJ— Four Twenty, 4:20, 4/20, no matter how you write it out, the joke of the day remains the same- a national day for everyone to get high.

On March 24, The Action Alliance and the Center for Prevention and Counseling sponsored a unique community event at Halsted Middle School that was open to parents and residents of the Newton School District called “Hidden in Plain Sight”.

There is no better day than a day urban dictionary calls “National Get High Day”, for parents to be aware of what their children are doing, who they are hanging out with and where they are hiding their “stash”.

Sign Up for E-News

During the event, a teen’s bedroom was replicated and put on display. It was set up for parents and those who attended the event to go through, looking to see how many hiding places they could find. One parent found over 45 hiding places.

“There are many, many locations in a bedroom where youth could hide just about anything. The point is for parents to be aware and to learn what signs, symptoms, lingo/slang and trends are drugs and drug use,” said Becky Carlson, the Executive Director at the Center of Prevention and Counseling.

Places children can hide their “stashes” included, but were not limited to the following places:

  • Books on a  bookshelf
  • Laundry basket
  • Shoes
  • Hoods in jackets
  • Sleeves in jackets
  • Behind window curtains
  • In stuffed animals with zippers
  • Retail 'trick' soda cans/shaving cream cans
  • Food containers
  • CD & DVD cases
  • Inside Sports equipment
  • Gaming consoles & games

Chief Michael Richards, other officers and a local attorney, each spoke a bit to those who attended the event, which was a little over 30 people, about what they have personally seen, when it comes to drug overdoses and juveniles being charged for possession and/or drug abuse.

“If there is a problem, having parents understand that early identification of use is critical, as it is much easier to help a teenager/young person early on versus down the road”, said Carlson.

Carlson and the rest of her team at the Center for Prevention and Counseling created this event to help parents become aware of the behaviors of their children and help them to see when they should step in and get their child some help before it is too late.

For more pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoNewton

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Newton

Sparta Police: Wanted Elizabeth Man Gets DWI

July 15, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A man from Elizabeth was stopped for crossing the line on Tomahawk Trail.  Sparta Police Officer Jonathan Poon stopped Eduardo Idiaquez, 45, on July 8, around 7:30 p.m. police said.

He was taken to Sparta Police Department headquarters for processing and breath testing.  Idiaquez was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to maintain a lane, driving while ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 17, 6:00 PM

CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Morristown

CASA Information Session

Education Giving Back Law & Justice

Carousel_image_7611ce284a8c86d65b64_37d34f9a-c5cd-4fb1-8bf8-b5b7319cb94e

Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Paterson Board of Education , Paterson

Teacher Job Fair

Education

Carousel_image_50e2ca549a0aca1616bd_nj_blood_services

Sat, July 21, 7:45 AM

Saint Kateri Parish, Sparta

Sussex County Blood Drive

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_499d1dd211c2bd6b0cb1_img_6497

Sat, July 21, 8:00 AM

Newton Moose Lodge, Fredon

Newton Moose Lodge Sunday Breakfasts

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_42776b9cbb4ed47ca5de_paintbrush-pallet-

Mon, July 23, 10:00 AM

Sparta Public Library, Sparta

Watercolor Workshop

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_499d1dd211c2bd6b0cb1_img_6497

Sat, July 28, 8:00 AM

Newton Moose Lodge, Fredon

Newton Moose Lodge Sunday Breakfasts

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_499d1dd211c2bd6b0cb1_img_6497

Sat, August 4, 8:00 AM

Newton Moose Lodge, Fredon

Newton Moose Lodge Sunday Breakfasts

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_499d1dd211c2bd6b0cb1_img_6497

Sat, August 11, 8:00 AM

Newton Moose Lodge, Fredon

Newton Moose Lodge Sunday Breakfasts

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_499d1dd211c2bd6b0cb1_img_6497

Sat, August 18, 8:00 AM

Newton Moose Lodge, Fredon

Newton Moose Lodge Sunday Breakfasts

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_499d1dd211c2bd6b0cb1_img_6497

Sat, August 25, 8:00 AM

Newton Moose Lodge, Fredon

Newton Moose Lodge Sunday Breakfasts

Food & Drink

No Dog Beach on Lake Hopatcong?

July 9, 2018

Hello Editor, 
 I have spent considerable time trying to find somewhere on Lake Hopatcong to bring my dog for a swim.
What I have found is ridiculous - this lake has approximately 28 miles of shoreline and I found NO PLACE am allowed to bring him.  Am hoping you can make the public aware and maybe someone will know more than me and inform where dogs are allowed?
Many thanks for ...

Chemist Congratulates Sparta High School Chem Olympians

Congratulation to the ladies from Sparta High School who finished first and second in the Chemistry Olympics.

I am very pleased to see women succeeding in chemistry.

Martin Feil,

Newton, NJ
Retired Chemist and Chemistry Teacher

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Presbyterian Church Steeple, a Roxbury Landmark, Gets Overdue Attention

ROXBURY, NJ - The long-sought restoration of the iconic, but decaying steeple atop the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is underway.

Using a massive hydraulic boom lift, workers from Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling of Succasunna, got a close-up look today at the 165-year-old structure. The company, headquartered a few doors away, is volunteering the project management ...

Yardley, PA Man Charged with Assault on Long Beach Township Beach Badge Checker

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP - On July 4, a Yardley, Pennsylvania was charged with simple assault against a local beach badge checker.  The Long Beach Township Police Department responded and investigated that alleged act of assault on the beach badge checker. 

The police investigated resulted in the establishment of probable cause to charge Warren Marr, of Yardley, Pennsylvania for the ...

Ralph Lauren Signs Lease at Prism's On3 Redevelopment of Roche Campus in Nutley

NUTLEY, NJ — Eugene Diaz of Prism announced that Ralph Lauren signed the lease for a building at On3. The announcement was made at the July 3 Nutley Board of Commissioners Meeting. 

Ralph Lauren is expected to create 225 jobs in Nutley. The company will occupy 225,000 sq. feet of an existing building. 

In November of 2017, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority ...

4 Top Tips for Kitchen Remodels

Getting ready to remodel your New Jersey home's kitchen? Team Nest Builder shares these top 4 tips for maintaining your sanity (and budget)!

Expect the Unexpected

Even the best-laid plans go awry during a kitchen remodel--be prepared!  Add a 10% cushion to your finanical plan for problems that may arise. In case something happens, this could save your time and budget.

Make A ...

Get Out and Garden During FREE Open Gates Weekend

Team Nest Builder wants you to discover the beauty and diversity of Morris County’s Community Gardens through the people, plants, and planting techniques that make gardens thrive. It's Morris County Community Garden FREE Open Gates Weekend!

Tour the many gardens, discover how to start one in your town, and learn more about growing your own food. Enjoy food tastings and demonstrations ...

Homes More Affordable Today than 1985-2000

Concerned that your family will no longer be able to afford the most precious piece of the American Dream – your own home? Let Team Nest Builder assuage your fears...

It’s not just a home’s price that determines its affordability--it’s also the monthly cost determined by the price and the interest rate on the mortgage used to purchase it.

Today, mortgage interest ...

Don't Miss Out on this DOUBLE Sparta 4BR OPEN HOUSE Weekend

Team Nest Builder offers not one, but TWO enchanting homes this weekend---185 Milton Road on Saturday, and 28 Waters Edge on Sunday (1-3pm both days.)  Seeking the perfect Sparta home? Make plans today! Want to learn more? Read on!

185 Milton Road: A Stately Sparta 4BR 2.5 Bath on 6+ Beautiful Acres

You’ll fall in love with this gorgeous 4BR, 2.5 Bathroom ...

Hit the Sparta 4th of July Parade and Lake Mohawk Fireworks

It’s time for the skies to explode in beautiful color as crowds “ooh” and “ahh”! Here, Team Nest Builder shares the scoop on the this week’s Lake Mohawk fireworks display and the Sparta 4th of July Parade.  Join in the fun!

Lake Mohawk Country Club Fireworks

Grab your viewing spot early!  Fireworks begin at dusk on Tuesday, July 3rd.

The Sussex County Freeholders July 11 meeting video

NEWTON, NJ - The Sussex County Freeholders July 11 meeting video

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders June 27 Meeting

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders June 27 meeting video.

 

Be a Triathlon Volunteer!

Summertime is here and upon us Sparta residents, bringing a variety of exciting events to our area. Well, Pass It Along is BACK with the 9th Annual Triathlon at Lake Mohawk Country Club, located in Sparta, on Saturday, July 28, 2018!

This athletic event draws in several hundred people, both participants and spectators, to Lake Mohawk. Volunteers are needed to assist with the event in ...

It's Time to Swim, Bike and Run with Pass It Along!

 

 

 

“If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race it’s up to you.”  – Dave Scott (Triathlete)

Join us on Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 am at the Lake Mohawk Country Club for the 9th annual Pass It Along Triathlon! ...

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Encourages Family Fun with Online Fishing Tournament

July 16, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to cast their lines and reel in some quality time this summer as part of the fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held from July 27 to August 5 as a way to encourage families to enjoy a day of fishing, while giving ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...