The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) has provided educational programming and prevention outreach to the citizens of Verona since 1989. Our funding comes from a grant through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse with matching funds from the Township of Verona.
Helping Children Manage Anxiety Webinar
VMAC is sponsoring a webinar entitled, “Helping Children Manage Anxiety” on the topic of managing childhood anxiety for middle school parents. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 26th at 8 p.m. Please click here for more information about the program. You may also register for the webinar directly using the link below:
Please note that registration is limited to the first 100 families. The session is targeted for middle school families, but will open to other Verona families if space allows.
Aware Awake Alive
VMAC is proud to work with the VHS Guidance Counselors and the Verona Police Department to Aware Awake Alive presentation to the Verona High School students in advance of what is one of the biggest party seasons of the year and before seniors go off to college. Presentations will take place during school hours in early May. Aware Awake Alive seeks to prevent loss of life to alcohol poisoning by educating teens, young adults and parents on the dangers and symptoms of alcohol overdose. Visit www.AwareAwakeAlive.org for more information.
Laws vary from state to state, but NJ’s 911 Lifeline Law provides immunity to those who call for help, stay with the person in need, and speak to authorities. Remind your children that the 911 Law protects them from prosecution, but no fear of getting in trouble is worth a friend’s life.
Make the call and save a life!
BINGO Winners: VMAC’s Family Fun Week
VMAC would like to congratulate all of the families that won a prize in our Family Week Bingo contest that ran during Family Fun Week – March 8th thru 14th!
The winning families were the Desai, Mahmood, Wynne and Danzuso families! Prizes included gift certificates to Verona Opticians, The Pizza Terminal (care of Chrill Care Inc), Avenue Bistro and The Guac Spot, as well as a Family Training session at Hardbodyz Fitness and a Custom Family Gift Box from The Mercantile.
The families had a great time performing activities on their Bingo cards, most of them going above and beyond and completing way more than the 5 needed to enter the contest. The Desai Family enjoyed hiking and walking, while the Mahmood Family enjoyed taking a break and watching a movie as a family. The Wynne family liked ordering takeout and trying new recipes, while the Danzuso family dined outside at the Verona Inn!
We hope all Verona families had a chance to de-stress a bit during Family Week and were able to reconnect. The volunteers of VMAC would like to thank the Township of Verona and Board of Education for their support, as well as all of the local restaurants and businesses that participated in any way that they could.
Special thanks go out to all of our Family Night sponsors. Eight Hills Caterers and The Towne Scoop provided prizes for the winners of our Family Night Poster contest, while the Bingo prizes were provided by The Mercantile + The Compound, Hardbodyz Fitness, Chrill Care Inc, Verona Opticians, Avenue Bistro, and The Guac Spot.
The purpose of Family Night is to emphasize the importance of parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners which is an effective tool to help keep Verona youth substance free.
We also congratulate our talented student artists, Maya Mahmoud and Ryley Capra, on their thoughtful and effective designs for VMAC Family Week.
The VMAC SAFE HOMES Pledge
SAFE HOMES is a program that empowers parents and guardians to create a community of like-minded people who pledge to not allow underage alcohol and drug use in their homes and on their property.
Already taken the pledge, but have an update? Email SafeHomes.email@example.com.
Parents Who Host, Lose the Most
VMAC wants to remind parents that 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, 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.
Click here to learn more about the Parents Who Host program, sponsored by the Drug Free Action Alliance.
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.
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.