Chapter 2 - Community Perspectives on Heroin/Opioid Use

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John Jay Middle School Theatre

40 North Salem Road

Cross River, NY 10518

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While we see headlines about the national heroin/opioid epidemic in the various media, it can be difficult to see how this epidemic affects us right here in our bucolic Katonah-Lewisboro community.

Please join us for "Chapter 2: Community Perspectives on Heroin/Opioid Use - Educating Ourselves & Protecting Our Children", where a K-L mom, Maureen Birmingham, shares the story of her daughter, Tori's, life, struggle with addiction, and ultimate death by overdose in November 2016. Turning "sorrow into swords", Maureen joins in the evening's panel discussion with local doctors, law enforcement, and prevention professionals to help us understand how misuse of prescription drugs can have a vise-like grip on people of ALL ages, ethnic backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses and how educating ourselves and being vigilant can turn the tide for good.


Maureen Birmingham is a mother of three who lives in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. She has been an advocate for educating families about the opioid epidemic since losing her daughter, Victoria (Tori), on November 10, 2016. A former Vice-President at Dollar Tree Stores and current business consultant, Maureen is a member of GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) and is an Ambassador for Facing Addiction. Please visit Facebook #tellingtorisstory.

Anthony Maddalo M.D. joined Hudson Valley Bone and Joint Surgeons after completing his orthopedic training at Lenox Hill Hospital in 1986. During his time at Lenox Hill he had the opportunity to work with athletes at all levels of play. He was involved in the care of players from the New York Cosmos Soccer Club, the New York Rangers Hockey Club and the New York Jets Football Club. During that time, he gained vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries.

Since 1986, Dr. Maddalo has been an attending physician at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, and has served in many capacities including Director of Surgery, Vice President of the Medical Staff and Member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Maddalo also operates at St. John’s Riverside Hospital and several surgery centers throughout Westchester. He was the Assistant Team Physician of the New York Rangers Hockey Club from 1986 through 2014. Dr. Maddalo has been named Chief Medical Officer and team physician for Manhattan College, College of Mt. St. Vincent and College of New Rochelle.

For over three decades, Dr. Maddalo has worked with his partners to bring to Westchester new and innovative advancements in Sports Medicine such as arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. His endeavors have made it possible for local athletes to obtain the same level of care as the professionals they follow. In addition, Dr. Maddalo has been named “Police Surgeon” for the Westchester County Police Department and the Sleepy Hollow Police Department and is proud to treat many members of law enforcement from Westchester and surrounding areas.

Nicole Solomos D.O., a K-L parent, specializes in Primary Care Sports medicine at Hudson Valley Bone and Joint Surgeons and is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. She completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson. There, she worked with two major Division 1 college athletic programs. Currently, Dr. Solomos is affiliated with Manhattan College, The College of Mt. St. Vincent and College of New Rochelle. At the colleges, she helps to keep athletes on the field safely. This is accomplished by treating the athletes on a weekly basis, for all injuries. She actively monitors sideline game coverage for collegiate athletics as well as medical coverage for mass participation events including marathons and triathlons. She has also covered professional sporting events.

In her quest to continue to give her patients the best and most up-to-date treatments, Dr. Solomos attends conferences that provide cutting edge information, which she brings back to her patients. This includes the use of ultrasound-guided injections and using autologous conditioned plasma injections. In addition Dr. Solomos has also used stem cell injections on her patients with positive results.

Dr. Solomos is dedicated to her patients and seeking the best outcomes and treatments for their sports injuries and other medical issues related to sports and fitness endeavors, including identification of concussion and appropriate treatment and guidance. She enjoys giving lectures on various topics related to Sports Medicine, and is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

Sergeant David Alfano is a JJHS graduate, born and raised in the Town of Lewisboro. He embarked on his Law Enforcement career in 2002 with the United States Coast Guard before getting hired by the Town of Lewisboro in 2012. David began making a difference in the town when it came to drug enforcement. In 2014, he was asked to be part of an elite team and join the Narcotics Unit Task Force led by Westchester County Police Department. This unit took part in battling the heroin epidemic we are facing today. While in the Narcotics Unit, David was deputized by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In September 2016, David advanced to the rank of Sergeant.

Kathryn Ferrara has a Master's Degree in Education and has worked in the field of drug prevention for the past seven years. She has recently taken on the role of Program Coordinator of the Drug Abuse Prevention Council (DAPC) of Bedford, Lewisboro, and Pound Ridge. The DAPC's programs aim to improve the general well being of the community as it relates to raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. For more information, visit


Your children, grades K-6, may enjoy an evening of complimentary basketball or crafts supervised by high school students, in conjunction with your attendance at the Keynote and Panel Discussion. Please select "K-6 Children's recreation ticket" to reserve a spot for your child(ren) and arrive in the Theatre lobby no later than 6:45pm to check your child in for this activity.


May children attend this event?

The keynote presentation and panel discussion are targeted to parents and other adults members of our community and space has been made available as such. Older teens would be welcomed, as well. We are in the process of planning one or more age appropriate presentations geared toward students of all ages.

KLSD children, grades K-6, are invited to attend an evening of basketball or crafts supervised by high school students, in conjunction with their parent/guardian's attendance at the Keynote and Panel Discussion. Due to space limitations and to ensure adequate supervision, parents are strongly encouraged to reserve a spot for their child(ren) in advance.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions regarding the event may be directed to K-L Prevention Coalition member and KES Parent, Jessica Knopke by emailing her at

May I obtain a ticket at the door?

To ensure accommodation of all community members interested in attending this event, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO OBTAIN A TICKET IN ADVANCE. Online ticketing will be available until 4PM, October 25th for the adult presentation and children's recreational activity, provided space is available. WALK-INS for the ADULT PROGRAM ONLY will be allowed on a first come, first served basis, provided space is available.

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John Jay Middle School Theatre

40 North Salem Road

Cross River, NY 10518

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