The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) provides educational programming and prevention outreach to the citizens of Verona. Its funding comes from a grant through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona. VMAC was authorized by the Township of Verona in 1989 to promote the prevention efforts of the State of NJ at the community level.
November is SAFE HOMES MONTH
WHAT IS IT? SAFE HOMES is a program that empowers parents and guardians to create a community of like-minded people who have pledged to not allow underage alcohol and drug use in their homes and on their property. There is also a second pledge to provide a secure storage place for firearms, matches, toxic chemicals, and to monitor computer use.
HOW DO I SIGN UP? It’s easy! Check back here for a link that you can use to take the pledge. To make the list current, we ask you to re-sign each year, even if you have done it in previous years.
WHAT DO I GET IF I PLEDGE? SAFE HOMES members receive the names and telephone numbers of those who signed the pledge. Don’t assume that because someone signed the pledge that a party is supervised. We give you phone numbers so you can make that call to be sure. Be ready to get the call as well.
Signing the SAFE HOMES Pledge does not make you legally responsible. The “Parents Who Host” Campaign reminds us that New Jersey law already makes us all responsible. New Jersey law holds you legally accountable if alcohol is served to underage persons in your home.
New Jersey Law states that the legal age for purchase, possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is 21 years of age or older.
Although it is legal for parents to choose to serve their own children on their property, Verona Ordinance 54-19 states that it is illegal to serve alcoholic beverages to others under the age of 21. The maximum penalty is $1000 fine and 6 months in jail.
In addition, parents could be held civilly liable for any incident arising as a result of serving or allowing alcohol to be consumed on their property.
VMAC sponsors programs in collaboration with the Board of Education, Verona Community Center, Health & Recreation Departments, Verona Police Department and local community groups.
VMAC has organized a Safe Homes program since the 1980’s. Parents who sign the pledge commit to providing a safe, alcohol free environment.
Since 2003, VMAC coordinates Family Night in October and March, a night free of schedules so families can enjoy some down time with each other. Dinner Does Make A Difference!
VMAC programs include school clubs, parent workshops, senior citizen wellness, coach trainings, and Ropes Course Challenge.