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Keepin it RealD.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL Elementary Curriculum Alignment with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards were first adopted by the State Board of Education in 1996. The standards are not curriculum, which is decided at the local level. Rather, the standards describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public school education. The standards are also designed to help teachers prepare our students to be college and career-ready. Continue reading….

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Fundraiser Launched for Family of Summit Police Officer Killed in I-78 crash

Posted on Jun 1st, 2017

SOMERVILLE - The communities of Summit and Somerville are grieving the loss of borough resident Matthew Tarentino, a Summit police officer, who was killed on his way to work early Tuesday morning on Route 78, By 4 p.m. Wednesday, more than $140,000 had been donated by more than 1,100 people for Tarentino's wife, Vickie, and their two children. Vickie Tarentino, who serves as director of marketing at Immaculata High School, is pregnant with the couple's third child. A Mass of Christian…

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800 New Brunswick Students Say “No” to Drugs and Alcohol, Yes To D.A.R.E.

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Another class of New Brunswick students have successfully completed the City’s D.A.R.E. program, pledging to live their lives free of the negative influences of drugs and alcohol. D.A.R.E. (Drugs Abuse Resistance Education), a national program that engages elementary-age students in learning how to say no to drugs, alcohol and harmful behavior, has been a staple in the City since 1991. Thousands of students have successfully completed this important program, which promotes positive life…

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Lakehurst Fifth Graders Graduate From D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Nick Santonastasso speaks to Lakehurst Elementary 5th graders before they graduate from the D.A.R.E. program. (Photo by Sara Grillo). LAKEHURST – Two 5th grade classes at Lakehurst Elementary School graduated from the D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education program on a sunny afternoon. Before they received their certificates of completion, they were treated to an assembly led by Nick Santonastasso, an inspiring Central Regional alum who became a wrestler and fitness model – even…

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D.A.R.E. Program Staging Comeback

Posted on May 29th, 2017

Bergenfield Police Officer Kyle Witty, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, Branchburg Policer Officer Kate Proscia, Warren Township Police Officer Joe Grasso and Summit Police Officer Matthew Tarantino realize the value of the D.A.R.E. program in the war against drugs. (Photo by Mike Deak). BRIDGEWATER - The opioid epidemic in New Jersey and the rest of the country has prompted police officers to consider new strategies to fight the war against drugs. Police are also returning…

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Summit Police Department Recognized by New Jersey Attorney General for Outstanding Efforts in Community Policing

Posted on May 26th, 2017

Summit Police Department Robert K. Weck, Chief of Police Steven Zagorski, Captain / Media Relations Officer 512 Springfield Avenue Summit, New Jersey 07901 908-273-0051 The Department’s D.A.R.E. Program was one of the community outreach initiatives highlighted during an awards ceremony, video presentation and panel forum held at Rutgers University. From left to right in the photo at the beginning of the video below: Chief of Police Robert Weck, Sergeant Charlie Daly, Acting Union…

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A Rejuvenated D.A.R.E. Can Combat Opioid Epidemic, Cops Say

Posted on May 1st, 2017

By Dave Hutchinson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. Right: Statewide members of the New Jersey D.A.R.E. Officers Association met on Monday at the Ocean County Police Academy. In the wake of the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, New Jersey's Drug Abuse Resistance Education - also known as D.A.R.E. - program is regaining its footing after years of neglect because of the lack of funding. On Monday, statewide members of the New Jersey D.A.R.E. Officers Association met at the Ocean County…

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LBT Officer Heads Up New Jersey D.A.R.E. Association, Aiming to Help Combat State Drug Epidemic

Posted on Apr 27th, 2017

A Long Beach Township police officer was among the members of the New Jersey D.A.R.E. Officers Association who met for the first time this past Monday, at the Ocean County Police Academy, to discuss the drug abuse epidemic. Right: Members of the New Jersey D.A.R.E. Officers Association met at the Ocean County Police Academy on April 24. “This is a very important association bringing together all the D.A.R.E. officers from the state to help rebuild and strengthen D.A.R.E. in New Jersey…

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Boonton Township Fifth Graders Say No to Drugs

Posted on Feb 24th, 2017

11-year-old fifth grader John Pietranera, from Boonton Township, reads from his essay about staying away from drugs and making the right decisions

11-year-old fifth grader John Pietranera, from Boonton Township, reads from his essay about staying away from drugs and making the right decisions. (Click to enlarge). BOONTON TWP. – Fifth graders at the Rockaway Valley Elementary School spent a portion of Valentine’s Day assembled in the gymnasium to participate in the fifth annual D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation ceremony. About 50 fifth graders, all wearing D.A.R.E. T-shirts, were recognized for their efforts…

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Boonton Township’s D.A.R.E. Program Turns 25

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2017

Boonton Township Patrolman Thomas Cacciabeve became the town's first DARE instructor in 1991. From left to right, former Mayor Doug Cabana, Cacciabeve, and retired Police Chief Anthony Mini. (Photo: Courtesy of Boonton Township Police Department)

Boonton Township's Police Department marked the 25th anniversary of its D.A.R.E. program by praising students for making good choices. Boonton Township Patrolman Thomas Cacciabeve became the town's first DARE instructor in 1991. From left to right, former Mayor Doug Cabana, Cacciabeve, and retired Police Chief Anthony Mini. (Photo: Courtesy of Boonton Township Police Department). Rockaway Valley Elementary School hosted a graduation ceremony this week for this year’s class of fifth…

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Julia Manning, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board New Jersey Representative

Posted on Dec 13th, 2016

My name is Julia Manning and I’m a high school sophomore from New Jersey. I am a hardworking and dedicated student and athlete, and I have received many academic and athletic awards. But more important than personal awards in school and sports is the health and happiness of ourselves and those around us. I have seen first hand the dangers of adolescent drug and alcohol use and abuse. And I am also aware of the powerful pressures that lead kids to engage in unhealthy and dangerous…

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