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Network gives presentation

March 19, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

NEW CUMBERLAND - Jason Rine and Rachael Sperlazza of the Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network gave a presentation to the New Cumberland Lions Club during their recent meeting.

The resource network is involved in building community networks partnerships; providing community assessment planning and development through research and interviews; and developing action plans to address issues.

The resource network works with Juvenile Mediation on their awareness fair, with the next fair scheduled for noon March 27 at their facility in the former Edgewood School located at 4215 Wells St., Weirton.

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Jason Rine, left, and Rachael Sperlazza, center, of the Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network were welcomed to a recent New Cumberland Lions Club meeting by President Richard Blackwell, right. -- Contributed

The resource network also hosts a center where they sponsor Concerned Citizens, Special Needs Family Support Group, Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention - formerly the Brooke Hancock Drug Prevention Coalition - and Tobacco Prevention.

The Concerned Citizens are being the Table of Hope, which serves free community dinners from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at First United Methodist Church, 3301 West St., Weirton. The group also makes snack sacks available to children on Fridays. Volunteers are always needed for food preparation, cooking and serving.

The Special Needs Family Support Group works with the Upward Basketball League to provide basketball teams for the disabled and also hosts summer pool parties and Project Life Saver fundraisers. The group is working on providing regular bowling nights.

The substance abuse prevention group promotes awareness of underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. THe group meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at the Weirton Family Resource Center located at 371 New York Boulevard, Weirton.

The Tobacco Prevention Coalition presents smoke-free area restaurants with the Breath of Fresh Air Award as part of educating the public about second-hand and third-hand smoke. The group's next meeting is Wednesday at the Weirton Christian Center.

The resource network meets at noon the second Tuesday of each month at the Weirton Family Resource Center. For information, visit the website at, call (304) 748-7850 or email

The club accepted the secretary and treasurer reports as read. Lion Richard Zumer was awarded a chevron for 15 years of membership. President Richard Blackwell presented new member Lion Missy Anderson with her membership certificate and her sponsor, Lion Barbara Blackwell, with a sponsor certificate. Lion Barbara Blackwell, seconded by Lion Bob McNeil, made a motion to adjourn.

The next regular meeting is March 26 at the New Cumberland City Building.

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