An alternative to the after-prom bacchanal

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Fran Licausi, the Wellness Council’s current executive director; Emilio Manzo, its president; and Calhoun PTA leader Phyllis Guttilla have kept the partying going. This year the council teamed up with the Rock Underground, a Bellmore music school, to hold a battle of the bands at the Brookside School in North Merrick that raised more than $5,000 for this year’s post-prom party, which will be held at Zachary’s in East Meadow. Local businesses and donors will provide the rest.

If your school district is fortunate enough to have a post-prom party, please consider donating funds, goods or services to it. If not, think about why there isn’t one. A substance-free post-prom party sends a powerful message to teens: The adults in your life care deeply about your well-being. You matter.

Scott Brinton is senior editor of the Bellmore and Merrick Heralds and an adjunct professor at the Hofstra University Graduate Journalism Program. Comments? or (516) 569-4000 ext. 203. Brinton’s profile and posts can be found at

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