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Ridgewood parents reminded to know laws before hosting parties

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JUNE 2, 2015    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015, 9:59 AM

Like clockwork, placards marking the homes of new Ridgewood High School graduates are popping up on front lawns throughout the village. It’s a spring tradition embraced by the community, one signifying proud parents and reasons to celebrate.

The end-of-school rituals, namely proms and graduations, are always joyous events. In recent years, however, it’s become custom that those occasions are preceded with sobering advice and warnings about the dangers of over-celebrating, particularly if alcohol and drugs enter the equation.

Members of the Ridgewood Municipal Alliance Committee have taken the lead locally in spreading the word of those dangers, and they’ve initiated a campaign this season that delivers a message supplementing the drunken driving cautions that typically come at this time of year.

The “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most” program is directed primarily to adults who are hoping celebrate a child’s prom and graduation. Its tagline, “Don’t be a party to teenage drinking,” speaks directly to parents and guardians.

“Over the years, we know there have been parents who have hosted parties for their kids. This is a particularly good time to do it – it’s spring and you have graduations and proms,” explained committee chairwoman Sheila Brogan. “What we want to do through this campaign is enlighten parents about the liability and risks that are involved in serving alcohol to underage drinkers, kids in high school and college.”

5 thoughts on “Ridgewood parents reminded to know laws before hosting parties

  1. Parents are the biggest offenders when it comes to alcohol at parties.

  2. This is ridiculous nanny state stuff and needs to be jettisonned. Our children are entitled to consume alcoholic beverages in our homes at any age. The drinking age needs to be reduced to 18. We need more time while our children are dependent on us and are young enough to consider taking their cues from us (much older and wiser) in terms of how to handle themselves while drinking. Do we really want them learning everything they need to know from their friends who enjoy nothing more than seeing how ridiculous they can get them to behave on their 21st birthday at a college bar?

  3. So I guess you sit down and drink with your kids 10:14.

  4. 10:14 am relax have a drink or two you will feel better.

  5. Right 10:14 and they should bring his kids along

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