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‘The Wall’ continues to grow in Caz

Chris Reynolds of BRiDGES and Caz Action, right, presents Cazenovia College Director of Campus Security Tom Engelman with an ID Scanner to better facilitate “Being The Wall” on the college campus. Also present to pledge to “Be The Wall,” were Idonas Hughes, Associate Dean for Student Development and Coordinator for Judicial Affairs; Mathew Avery, Residential Life; RAs Jamel Brantley, Alex Hazard, Francisco Hinestroza, and Elizabeth Sydork; and Rebecca Bossin, of Caz Action.

Chris Reynolds of BRiDGES and Caz Action, right, presents Cazenovia College Director of Campus Security Tom Engelman with an ID Scanner to better facilitate “Being The Wall” on the college campus. Also present to pledge to “Be The Wall,” were Idonas Hughes, Associate Dean for Student Development and Coordinator for Judicial Affairs; Mathew Avery, Residential Life; RAs Jamel Brantley, Alex Hazard, Francisco Hinestroza, and Elizabeth Sydork; and Rebecca Bossin, of Caz Action.

— Members from multiple sectors of the Cazenovia community are sharing the message that they want to “Be The Wall” between alcohol and youth. They aspire to be supportive of building healthy social patterns.

Numerous businesses have chosen to be part of the initiative’s “Front Window Campaign” by clearly displaying “Be The Wall” posters at their locations.

Posters can currently be found in the front windows of: Angel’s Deli, Buyea’s True Value, Cazenovia Candy Shoppe, Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce, Caz Pizza, CAVAC, Circa, Dave’s Diner; Caza Del Sol Tanning Salon & Day Spa, Fallon Fallon & Bigsby, Hunt Real Estate, Isabella, Lavendar Blue, Lillie Bean, Public Library and Wishlist.

Those businesses, clubs or organizations which would like to join in the campaign are encouraged to call 481-0115 to get a poster or pledge cards. Together with Caz Action, the community can strengthen this wall of protection for youth.

Law Enforcement On Board

Chief Michael Hayes recently shared his views on the “Be The Wall” campaign. “I support the message, and believe that what BRiDGES and Caz Action are doing is important,” he said. “I am 100 percent behind it.”

At Cazenovia College, several resident assistants were on hand along with Thomas J. Engelmann, director of campus security, for a presentation of an ID scanner given to the school by BRiDGES and Caz Action.

The scanner is a tool to help make it easier to identify fake identification cards from every state across America. Caz Action thanked local law enforcement officers and the RAs for pledging to “Be The Wall” for underage drinking.

Promoting Healthy Decisions

Making healthy decisions is key to making healthier choices. The “Parent to Parent” series sponsored by Caz Action is a sharing conversation about how important the parent’s role is in their child’s development of good decision making.

Parents of children of all ages, toddler through college, and caring adults are invited to “Conversations at Common Grounds” at 7:30 p.m. on April 19.

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