October 22, 2017

D.A.R.E. Graduation Held at Norwalk Concert Hall

Posted on June 28, 2017 by in Connecticut, Hometown, News

D.A.R.E. Graduation at Norwalk Concert Hall

More than 1,000 fifth-grade students from Norwalk’s 11 elementary schools filled the Norwalk Concert Hall Wednesday morning to celebrate their D.A.R.E. graduation. D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a curriculum that has been sponsored by the Norwalk Police Department since 1987. It is a nationwide program that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other […]

Kelly Middle Students Rally Against Drugs

Posted on November 1, 2016 by in Connecticut, Hometown, News, School Safety

Macots Hunter, Chester and Daren

NORWICH — Eighth-graders at Kelly Middle School got a kick-start to their Monday morning by joining three large, furry friends at a loud anti-drug rally in the school’s auditorium. The special guests at the Red Ribbon Week rally included Chester, the Young Marines puppy bulldog mascot, D.A.R.E. mascot Daren the Lion, and Hunter, the mascot […]

D.A.R.E. Program Returns

Posted on October 5, 2016 by in Connecticut, Hometown, News

North Haven Public Schools

A revamped D.A.R.E. program will return to North Haven public schools, but this program will go beyond teaching to just say no. Previously, the program targeted fifth-grade students, but this one will be presented at North Haven Middle School, to a population that has been determined to be most vulnerable, officials said. The revamped program […]

Oxford Resident Trooper Rescues Four-Legged Victim

Posted on February 1, 2016 by in Connecticut, Hometown

Vicki Donohoe

OXFORD, CT (January 27, 2016) – On Friday, January 22, 2016 at approximately 2:36 p.m., Trooper Donohoe #1073 was dispatched to 288 Governors Hill Road in the town of Oxford for an anonymous phone call regarding a German shepherd dog being neglected. Upon arriving on scene Trooper Donohoe spoke to the complainant who stated that […]

Scott Custer Named South Windsor’s Deputy Police Chief

Posted on September 11, 2015 by in Connecticut, Hometown

Scott Custer

From Hartford Courant. SOUTH WINDSOR — Lt. Scott P. Custer will serve as the police department’s new deputy chief of police, the department announced Thursday. Custer’s promotion will be effective Sunday. “I am really honored to have been selected to serve this community as deputy chief,” Custer said in a statement. “We see the strained […]

Denali Johns, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Connecticut Representative

Posted on February 19, 2015 by in Connecticut, Hometown, Youth Advocacy Board

Denali Johns, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Connecticut Representative

Hi! My name is Denali Johns and I am Connecticut’s D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board representative. Activities I take part in at school are Student Council, Model Untied Nations Club, and F.R.E.S.H. (Family Related Effective Solutions for Humanity), along with playing in the volleyball and lacrosse teams. I am also involved with the Unified basketball team. […]

D.A.R.E. students rally against drugs, violence

Posted on November 1, 2014 by in Connecticut, Hometown

Norwich fifth grade students

Norwich fifth grade students make noise during the annual Red Ribbon Rally at NFA Thursday morning. Aaron Flaum/ NorwichBulletin.com From The Bulletin. A Norwich police officer wounded in the line of duty urged students not to give up and make the right choices when life gets difficult. “You have an opportunity to do the right […]

University to promote online safety

Posted on October 16, 2014 by in Connecticut, Hometown, Internet Safety


From The Quinnipiac Chronicle. Before freshman Nikime Headley was hacked on Facebook, she rarely thought about changing passwords on her social media accounts. “[My account] started sending spam messages to other people,” Headley said. “Now I change my password about every other month.” Headley’s experience is not uncommon; a 2011 survey from the New York Daily News […]

DOJ To Award Connecticut Money For School Safety

Posted on October 2, 2014 by in Connecticut, Hometown, School Safety

School Safety Grant

From Fox CT. The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) announced it has awarded nearly $63 million to school districts and research organizations through the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI).  CSSI is a large-scale, multi-agency research effort to build knowledge about effective approaches to increasing school safety nationwide. Of the $63 million, […]

D.A.R.E. Comes of Age: Teaching Good Decision-making as a Lifelong Skill

Posted on September 7, 2014 by in Connecticut, Hometown, Spotlight

DARE Officers

From The Easton Courier. Photos by Nancy Doniger. Campers at the Easton Community Center got to meet and interact with six newly minted DARE officers this summer, all trained by Officer Mark Pastor, Easton schools resource officer and DARE trainer. Joel Silkoff, ECC director, divided the kids into mixed-age groups, each assigned to an officer […]