Sunday, September 16, 2012
As usual, there was plenty of news in Fenton this week
Here is a look at what you might have missed. We provided you with the news about a proposed millage renewal for the Genesee Health Plan, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Fenton Patch shared the sad news about Fenton resident, and West Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O'Rourke, 39, who was killed Sunday night in the line of duty. More information about the shooting became available throughout the day. Also on Monday, we had the news on plans for the 40th annual Applefest, which began Thursday. Fenton Patch had the story on City Council's decision to allow residents to keep up to three chickens, with restrictions. Also on Tuesday, we had the Police Blotter, which let you know about three arrests for shoplifting, a possession of …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Chasing the Dragon will be filmed live at The Freedom Center on Sept. 22; tickets for the performance and a hip-hop concert are available online.
The Fenton area's anti-drug presentation, Chasing the Dragon, will be roaring into town on Sept. 22 for a filmed, live performance to bring it to a national audience. Area high school students and local residents have watched it, and organizers want to spread the message further by providing DVDs to schools around the country, said Tony Brown, of Community Parent, Fenton Township's drug prevention and awareness group. The performance is to help students overcome negative influences of drugs in their communities, a Sept. 6 press release states. Chasing the Dragon focuses on opening lines of communication between students, parents and teachers. "We need to break down the barriers," Brown said. The performance and DVD are being spearheaded by…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Expert says ban in other counties could result in synthetic drugs being more widely distributed around Fenton, Genesee County.
While other counties in Michigan have banned sales of K2 and Spice, it is still legal in Genesee County and that has local officials worried. Fenton Township drug prevention group Community Parent member and Brighton addiction outreach specialist Scott Masi warned that since Livingston, Macomb and Oakland Counties have passed or plan to pass ordinances to ban the synthetic drugs, it could lead to wider distribution in Genesee County. “These guys are drugs dealers,” Masi said. “I’ve went into these places and bought it after negotiating the price.” State Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Township) recently wrote a letter asking the Genesee County Board of Commissioners to ban the drug like other counties have done. Genesee County Health Officer …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Department participating in national Rx Drug take back day.
The Fenton Police Department will be participating in a national Rx Drug take back from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday. At that time they will be accepting unused or expired prescription drugs in the lobby. The drugs will be turned over to the DEA. Any questions please call 810-629-5311. State Rep. Joseph Grave, R-Argentine Township, recently testified before the House Health Policy Committee with Ken Smith and Lori Piotraczk of Fenton Township’s Community Parent organization in support of legislation to reduce prescription drug abuse by turning in unused prescriptions.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Hartland Middle School is in first year of implementing Sprigeo for reporting bullying concerns at school.
Fenton has fought bullying through the Trust Theater Ensemble performance of the Bullycide Project and Community Parent's 'Chasing Bullying And Depression' Program. Fenton's Gabe Ford has toured the country speaking of bullying prevention. Hartland Middle School has taken that anti-bullying message and installed it in the classroom. Teaching kids to speak out and speak up against bullying tactics is an issue for most parents and school staff. Now, with the help of a new online reporting system, students are encouraged to voice their concerns from the safety of their own computers. Sprigeo, an online website designed for students to send their bullying concerns through messages to school officials, is in its first year at Hartland Middle …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Event to take place Saturday at Bendle High School.
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Community Parent, sponsor of Chasing the Dragon, a drug awareness program, will be sponsoring Chasing Bullying And Depression, an anti-bullying and depression awareness program. The program will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2012 beginning at 7 p.m. at Bendle High School, 2288 E. Scottwood in Burton. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature: For more information contact Bob Krug at 810-629-8614, or go to the website of Community Parent at www.communityparent.org. *Information obtained from Community Parent.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Community Parent hosts Remembrance Ceremony in Fenton Township for Briona Jawhari and Erika Schlosser.
Instead of tears, there were smiles and warm stories Wednesday as Community Parent along with friends and family remembered two teenage girls who died of heroin overdoses one year ago. Friends Briona Jawhari and Erika Schlosser died within days of each other in February of 2011. During a Remembrance Ceremony at Fenton Township Hall Wednesday, residents shared their fondest memories of the two girls instead of talking about the horror that has haunted the families since their deaths. Genesee County Undersheriff Chris Swanson led the ceremony, noting the lives the girls have changed through their death with the start of Community Parent, and Chasing the Dragon. The girls' fathers, Sam Jawhari and Ron Schlosser, both talked about the girls …
Friday, February 10, 2012
One year later, Ron Schlosser trying to move forward after his daughter's death.
It might not ever be back to business as usual for Ron Schlosser, but he is certainly trying. After losing his 19-year-old daughter, Erika, to a heroin overdose Feb. 16, 2011, Schlosser couldn’t complete a day of work at his construction business for months. “A thought would come across my mind, and I couldn’t get rid of it,” he said. “It was dangerous. One time, I nearly cut my hand off. My brother stopped me, he said, ‘You were a half-inch from cutting off your entire hand. You’re not paying attention.’ ” These days, Schlosser is working on building his business back up and has even started a new one, installing windows. He said he rarely breaks down in tears like he used to. He is planting trees that Erika picked out and is trying to …
One year later, Sam Jawhari said his daughter's death "still feels like yesterday."
Life has continued for Sam Jawhari, but it many ways, it ended Feb. 14, 2011. The Fenton Township resident still runs Beirut Restaurant & Grocery in Flint, but he says his heart is not in it. He’s still there for his wife, Enaya, and sons Raied, 14, and Ameer, 11, but he always feels like something is missing. One year after his daughter, Briona, died of a heroin overdose at age 17, Jawhari stills feels very much like it was yesterday. “I still think she is going to call,” Jawhari said in tears. “Her room is closed off. It’s still the same way. I can’t go in there.” “It’s not about good days, you just learn to deal with it,” said Enaya, Briona's stepmother. “It never gets easier.” After her mother died of a heroin overdose in 2007, Briona…
Monday, January 23, 2012
Presentation performed for the public for the first time.
For the first time Saturday Community Parent performed the shock and awe Chasing the Dragon presentation for the public. It made quite an impact. Residents and students packed the Lake Fenton High School auditorium for the performance. Sam Jawhari, who lost a daughter to a heroin overdose nearly a year ago, let his emotions flow during his speech, saying "what went wrong!?" The Chasing the Dragon presentation has reached more than 14,000 students. Community Parent was formed in conjunction with the Chasing the Dragon presentation in March of 2011 after two teenage girls died two days apart of heroin overdoses. Community Parent was formed to provide resources to educate and ensure the safety of all children one community at a time. For more…