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6/20/05

Limo Company and Driver and Students Honored for Anti-Drinking Efforts
 
(l-r) Tom Meier, 
head of the county's Stop-DWI Office, Dena Lagonia, Corianne Siegel, 
Lauren Dunn, County Exec Spano, John Khader, Shadi Khader and Anthony 
Gilberti, past president of the state Elks Association,
(l-r) Tom Meier, head of the county's Stop-DWI Office, Dena Lagonia, Corianne Siegel, Lauren Dunn, County Exec Spano, John Khader, Shadi Khader and Anthony Gilberti, past president of the state Elks Association,
What does a limousine company and driver who wouldn�t take a bribe, a high school senior, a second-grader and an eighth-grader have in common?

When it comes to efforts to deter teen drinking, they have all done the right thing.

On Monday, they were thanked d by County Executive Andy Spano.

�The week of June 20 is the most concentrated week of high school proms and graduations and, potentially can be one of the most concentrated weeks of teen drinking and drug use, � Spano said. �We hear so much about teens using alcohol and drugs. It is great to pause and thank those individuals who set an example for everyone.�
The following are the people who were  honored and the circumstances:
  • The Westchester County Taxi and Limousine Commission sent letters to all limousine companies, reminding them of the laws regarding providing alcohol for minors and asking them to do their part to keep teens safe. John Khader, the owner, and Shadi Khader, the manager, of Top Class Limousine Co. of Yonkers, went the extra mile, making parents and teens who hire limousines for proms sign no alcohol/no drugs contracts and instituting surprise inspections of limousines. And recently limo driver, Manuel Dieguez, rejected a $300 bribe from Briarcliff Manor students who wanted him to look the other way and ignore alcohol and drugs. Dieguez instead notified his supervisors immediately.
     
  • Each year, Student Assistance Services(SAS) working on behalf of the county in many high schools, nominates a student to receive the Derek Long Award for leadership in preventing and reducing drinking and drugging. This year�s honoree is Dena Lagonia, a Lakeland High School senior from Yorktown and president of the SADD Club. She is being honored for her work with her peers and the example she has set. She was presented with $1,000 by SAS.
     
  • The Elks sponsored an essay and poster contest dealing with underage drinking. Spano previously honored on the county level the best essays and posters. Two of the local entries, however, won the statewide contests, beating out thousands of others: Lauren Dunn, a second grader from Christ the King School in Yonkers, won the poster contest; and Corianne Siegel, an eighth grader from Sacred Heart School in Yonkers, won the essay contest. Spano and Anthony Gilberti, past president of the state Elks Association, were each presented  with a $500 Savings Bond from the Elks.

     


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