Cumberland Times-News

October 24, 2012

Nonprofit group tries to curb teenage alcohol abuse

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — The newly formed Frostburg Community Coalition is a nonprofit group striving to decrease binge drinking and the percentage of high school seniors who consume alcohol, each by 10 percent.

The success will be measured by way of surveys in 2014 and 2015.

The coalition includes representatives from the Allegany County Board of Education, Allegany County Health Department, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Department of Social Services, Frostburg State University, Mountain Ridge High School, city of Frostburg, University Neighbors, F Bar, Western Maryland Distributing Co., Allegany County liquor board and local landlords.

The coalition is promoting an anonymous police tip hot line that can be used to make authorities aware of potential alcohol violations  at 301-687-STOP.

“But it’s not only for alcohol violations,” said coalition coordinator Lyndsey Baker.

“There have been calls advising of a very loud, large party in Frostburg, one about an assault and one about the sounds of broken glass.”

All have brought law enforcement response, Baker said.

A grant from the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework funds the coalition’s efforts.

Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan said that working together via the coalition “is the best way to address the critical issues facing the community.”

FSU President Jonathan Gibralter praised the effort.

“Collaboration within our community has been a crucial part of Frostburg State University’s success in addressing high-risk drinking, a behavior that often starts long before young people reach college,” he said.

 The coalition meets monthly. To inquire, call Baker at 301-687-4892 or email lkbaker@frostburg.edu.