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Spotlight

Spotlight Towns

The N.E.O.A. spotlights certain towns monthly in which we are active. School seminars, health fairs, safety days and special events are standard fare for the N.E.O.A. in local communities.

This month’s towns…

 

Cheshire, Woodbridge, Bethany, Orange, Trumbull, Newtown, Shelton, Wallingford, Hamden, North Haven

CHESHIRE

The Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association has been active in the Cheshire community over the years: passing out our brand new Kids ID DNA Kits at the 2016 Cheshire Community YMCA Healthy Living Expo in May and at the Cheshire Fest held in September, both of which were held at Bartlem Park; making D.A.R.E. workbooks available to the town program; providing child safety information and substance abuse education at different venues in town (including the Cheshire Fest, Cheshire Classic Car Cruise, Sweet Claude’s Bone Marrow Registry Drive); having our N.E.O.A. speakers talk at Cheshire High School about substance abuse and passing out our N.E.O.A. coloring books to kids at Happy Times School.

The N.E.O.A. community service booth was set up at the 2016 Cheshire Fest next to the Cheshire Police booth.  N.E.O.A. volunteers provided free Kids ID DNA Kits to parents and families who stopped by the booth.  Also included in the handouts were N.E.O.A. Drugs in Connecticut pamphlets and N.E.O.A. coloring books.

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N.E.O.A. Community Affairs Director Tom Janette talks about drug paraphernalia to a Cheshire resident at the N.E.O.A. booth at the 2016 Cheshire Community YMCA Healthy Living Expo while N.E.O.A. staff member Elliott Bard and N.E.O.A. member Deputy Marshal Bill Smith (ret.) look on.

WOODBRIDGE / BETHANY / ORANGE

The Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association has provided Regional 5 teachers, parents and students in Woodbridge, Bethany and Orange with important substance abuse education seminars and materials in a variety of venues over the last ten years. Over this same period the N.E.O.A. has also supplied D.A.R.E. workbooks to the Orange and Woodbridge programs. Our Drugs in Connecticut pamphlets have been distributed at different venues in all three towns, including Orange Middle School, Bethany Middle School, Bethany Day Picnic, the Fest and at Amity Regional High School.

N.E.O.A. Directors at a Law Enforcement Memorial Dinner held every year to honor those Connecticut law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty: President Lieutenant Michael Rinaldi (ret.), Police Officer Bruce Lovallo, Sergeant John Krupinsky, Detective Sergeant Ron Goodmaster (ret.), Vice President Sergeant Blake Stine (ret.) and Woodbridge Police Officer John Calabrese.

N.E.O.A. Directors at a Law Enforcement Memorial Dinner held every year to honor those Connecticut law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty: President Lieutenant Michael Rinaldi (ret.), Police Officer Bruce Lovallo, Sergeant John Krupinsky, Detective Sergeant Ron Goodmaster (ret.), Vice President Sergeant Blake Stine (ret.) and Woodbridge Police Officer John Calabrese.

After a substance abuse seminar presented by the N.E.O.A., Amity Regional Office of Curriculum and Staff Development Secretary Beth Moffat thanks N.E.O.A. Speaker Officer Scott Duva and N.E.O.A. Director of Community Affairs and Narcotics Trainer Tom Janette.

After a substance abuse seminar presented by the N.E.O.A., Amity Regional Office of Curriculum and Staff Development Secretary Beth Moffat thanks N.E.O.A. Speaker Officer Scott Duva and N.E.O.A. Director of Community Affairs and Narcotics Trainer Tom Janette.

N.E.O.A. Community Affairs Director Tom Janette presents Woodbridge D.A.R.E. Officer Vincent Lynch with a complimentary copy of the HRM video Pharm Parties: A Lethal Mix. Officer Lynch stopped by the N.E.O.A. office to pick up some drug educational materials to distribute in Woodbridge.

N.E.O.A. Community Affairs Director Tom Janette presents Woodbridge D.A.R.E. Officer Vincent Lynch with a complimentary copy of the HRM video Pharm Parties: A Lethal Mix. Officer Lynch stopped by the N.E.O.A. office to pick up some drug educational materials to distribute in Woodbridge.

TRUMBULL

The Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association has been active in Trumbull for many years.  We have provided the Kids ID program for families at the Trumbull Mall, Trumbull Safety Day and at WinterFest.  Our community service booth – which has drug display boards, N.E.O.A. Drugs in Connecticut pamphlets and other drug educational materials for the public to view – has been set up at the Trumbull Police Department Open House, Trumbull Car Show and at health fairs at Hillcrest and Madison Middle Schools and St. Joseph’s High School.  Every year our speakers give a PowerPoint lecture on substance abuse issues to students at Madison and Hillcrest Middle Schools and we’ve also spoken to students at St. Joseph’s High School.  N.E.O.A. speakers have also given presentations in town for the Trumbull Emergency Medical Service Personnel, Fairfield County Detectives Conference and at our Narcotics, Dangerous Drugs and Patrol School held at the Trumbull Marriott.

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The N.E.O.A. set up a booth at the Trumbull Police Department Open House to provide parents and kids with valuable information about substance abuse and distribute Kids ID DNA Kits.

 

Community Affairs Director Tom Janette speaks to students at Hillcrest Middle School on the dangers of substance abuse - including discussing the dangers of prescription pill abuse.

Community Affairs Director Tom Janette speaks to students at Hillcrest Middle School on the dangers of substance abuse – including discussing the dangers of prescription pill abuse.

 

Over the years the N.E.O.A. has provided the Kids ID program and Kids ID DNA Kits to parents and families at community service events like this one at Westfield Trumbull Mall.

Over the years the N.E.O.A. has provided the Kids ID program and Kids ID DNA Kits to parents and families at community service events like this one at Westfield Trumbull Mall.

NEWTOWN

The N.E.O.A. has had a strong presence in the Newtown community for many years.  Our speakers have presented substance abuse seminars at Parent Connection’s Parent University for over 5 years and as recently as last year we’ve spoken a number of times to parents and teachers at the Middle School.  We’ve set a booth up at the high school health fair and talked to the kids about drug abuse.

N.E.O.A Community Affairs and Designer Drug speaker Tom Janette speaks with a Newtown parent as former Newtown Chief of Police Michael Kehoe listens in.

N.E.O.A Community Affairs and Designer Drug speaker Tom Janette speaks with a Newtown parent as former Newtown Chief of Police Michael Kehoe listens in.

 

N.E.O.A. President Lt. Michael Rinaldi (ret.) presents a drug educational video that the NEOA participated in to Newtown Officers Gladys Pisani and Leonard Penna.

N.E.O.A. President Lt. Michael Rinaldi (ret.) presents a drug educational video that the NEOA participated in to Newtown Officers Gladys Pisani and Leonard Penna.

 

Our Kids ID program, which now includes the brand new Kids ID DNA Kit, helps parents keep valuable information close at hand about their child in case the child becomes lost or is missing.

Our Kids ID program, which now includes the brand new Kids ID DNA Kit, helps parents keep valuable information close at hand about their child in case the child becomes lost or is missing.

SHELTON

Over the years the N.E.O.A. has provided up-to-date and vital substance abuse education information to Shelton High School students and faculty as well as donating D.A.R.E. workbooks to the town’s program and taking Kids ID photos in town at Sikorsky Safe Kids Fair and at Adams IGA.

N.E.O.A. President Lt. Michael Rinaldi (ret.) speaks with Shelton Officer and N.E.O.A. Director Brian McPadden.

N.E.O.A. President Lt. Michael Rinaldi (ret.) speaks with Shelton Officer and N.E.O.A. Director Brian McPadden.

N.E.O.A. Community Affairs Director and Narcotics Trainer Tom Janette speaks to Shelton High School students about the dangers of Designer Drugs and Pharmaceuticals during a PowerPoint presentation.

N.E.O.A. Community Affairs Director and Narcotics Trainer Tom Janette speaks to Shelton High School students about the dangers of Designer Drugs and Pharmaceuticals during a PowerPoint presentation.

WALLINGFORD

The Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association has been active in Wallingford for many years, especially since our office has been located here since 1991.  Our organization has provided drug awareness education to students, parents and teachers in venues at both high schools and both middle schools.  The N.E.O.A. presented to the public a two-hour seminar on the latest in substance abuse in Wallingford and Connecticut at the Senior Center, working with Youth and Social Services and Coalition for a Better Wallingford. We have provided D.A.R.E. workbooks for the town program for over 12 years while it was running and have worked closely with Wallingford Youth and Social Services for a wide variety of programs for the public.  Our Kids ID program has been provided yearly at the T.W.I.S.T. (The Wallingford Invitational Soccer Tournament) and over the years we have done the program at Barberino’s Auto, Pumpkin Patch Child Care and the Choate Rosemary Health Fair.  For 20 years the Milton S. Camilleri scholarship program has been awarding graduating high school seniors at ceremonies held here in Wallingford.

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N.E.O.A. President Lt. Michael Rinaldi (ret.), Narcotics Trainer Tom Janette and Secretary Lt. Duane Tompkins (ret.) discuss topics to be covered in the N.E.O.A. seminar on current substance abuse problems at the Wallingford Senior Center

The N.E.O.A. community service booth at The Wallingford Invitational Soccer Tournament.  Officer Carol Zesut and N.E.O.A. Vice President Sergeant Richard Montefusco helped staff the booth and distribute N.E.O.A. drug pamphlets, coloring books, crayons, balloons and other information to families that stopped by.  The N.E.O.A. has been participating at the T.W.I.S.T. for the past sixteen years!

The N.E.O.A. community service booth at The Wallingford Invitational Soccer Tournament.  Officer Carol Zesut and N.E.O.A. Vice President Sergeant Richard Montefusco helped staff the booth and distribute N.E.O.A. drug pamphlets, coloring books, crayons, balloons and other information to families that stopped by.  The N.E.O.A. has been participating at the T.W.I.S.T. for the past sixteen years!

HAMDEN

Our organization has participated in many events in Hamden over the years.  We’ve had our community service booth set up at the Hamden National Night Out at Rochford Field passing out our new Kids ID DNA Kits as well as other important drug educational materials. Over the years we’ve also had our community service booth set up at the Classic Car Show as well as at the Hamden Carnival, McDonald’s and Walking for Drug-Free Hamden.  Our speakers have presented drug educational seminars at Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart Academy and Hamden High School.  We’ve also supplied handouts for N.E.O.A. members in the Hamden P.D. for school presentations.  We have worked with Hamden Youth Services to educate the public about substance abuse at the Town-Wide Drug Awareness Fair and at Thornton Wilder Library.

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Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra and Hamden Lieutenant and N.E.O.A. Vice President Gabe Lupo at the N.E.O.A.’s community service booth at the Hamden National Night Out.

N.E.O.A. President Lt. Michael Rinaldi (ret.), while at the N.E.O.A. Community Service Booth, speaks with Hamden residents at the National Night Out at Rochford Field.

Hamden Sergeant and N.E.O.A. Director John Testa and former N.E.O.A. Director Sergeant Steve Crowley pass out drug educational materials to some young visitors to the N.E.O.A.’s community service booth at the Hamden Carnival.

N.E.O.A. Community Affairs Director Tom Janette speaks about substance abuse at the Hamden Citizens Police Academy.

NORTH HAVEN

The Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association has a strong commitment to substance abuse education and community service.  Our D.A.R.E. workbook distribution program has benefited many police departments across Connecticut over the years, including North Haven’s.   Our community service booth—where we distribute thousands of N.E.O.A. Drugs in Connecticut pamphlets and N.E.O.A. coloring books free of charge! — has also appeared at the North Haven Fair and at North Haven Safety Day.

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Our volunteers have worked at the N.E.O.A. booth at the North Haven Fair where N.E.O.A. volunteers talked to residents and visitors about substance abuse issues and provided Drugs in Connecticut pamphlets as well as our children activity coloring books, The ABC of Drugs and Let’s Talk Drugs!

N.E.O.A. Director Sergeant John Testa discusses the various illegal drugs and pharmaceuticals that are on view in the drug display cases that are shown at every community service event that the N.E.O.A. attends.

N.E.O.A. Director Sergeant John Testa discusses the various illegal drugs and pharmaceuticals that are on view in the drug display cases that are shown at every community service event that the N.E.O.A. attends.