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Child Abuse Awareness Month 2019 Flag Raising

April 5, 2019

This morning, the Northwestern District Attorney's Office & Western Massachusetts Children's Advocacy Centers held a flag raising ceremony in order to bring attention to this important issue.

Collaborations

This week, we're pleased to be able to tell you about two projects we're working on in partnership with several area organizations.  The first, in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, is the brainchild of independent producer David Sherman.  We'll be helping him, and the great staff at Falls Cable, film one of the traditional Irish music sessions that are currently taking place at McCusker's Market in Shelburne Falls every other Sunday morning.

Free Community Shred Event

Adapted from a Northwestern District Attorney’s (NWDA) Office press release:

Put a dent in identity theft by bringing your old documents, paperwork, bills, and more to the Guiding Star Grange Hall on Saturday, September 24th, from 10AM to 2PM.  This is a terrific opportunity to protect your personal information because there's no limit on the amount of material you can have shredded and computer hard drives and unwanted cell phones will also be welcome.

Conversations That Matter

Adapted from a Communities That Care Coalition press release:

On Monday, November 30th, from 3PM to 5PM, at the Olver Transit Center in Greenfield, the Parent Education Workgroup of the Communities That Care Coalition will present a workshop, entitled "Fun and Conversations that Matter: Family Dinners to Improve Youth Health and Well-Being", with Dr. Anne Fishel.  Dr. Fishel is the co-founder of the Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families create and maintain meaningful connections.

Family Day is Monday!

Adapted from a Communities That Care Coalition press release:

Monday, September 28th, has been designated Family Day and the Communities That Care Coalition is encouraging people to celebrate by spending quality time together as a family.  Family Day is a national movement, launched by Columbia University’s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), celebrating parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep kids substance-free, healthy, and happy.

Reminders from the Northwestern District Attorney

Adapted from a Northwestern District Attorney’s (NWDA) Office press release:

This Saturday, September 26th, the NWDA's office will help you get rid of unwanted medications and secure yourself against identity theft.  From 10AM to 2PM, at the Greenfield Police Station (321 High Street), members of the public can participate in both National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and a Community Shred Event.

Elder Economic Empowerment Seminar Next Week

Adapted from a Northwestern District Attorney’s (NWDA) Office press release:

There are still seats left, as long as you register by September 8th, for the "Elder Economic Empowerment Seminar: Protecting Your Future, Knowledge is Power!" event on September 11th.  It’s free and open to all; the presentation is geared not just toward seniors but toward anyone who works with seniors and is concerned about financial crimes, the latest scams, and why they work.  The seminar will take place at the Northampton Senior Center from 8:30AM to 1PM.

News from the Opioid Task Force

Adapted from an Opioid Task Force of Franklin County & N. Quabbin press release:

In addition to helping organize tomorrow's candlelight vigil in Energy Park, the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County & the North Quabbin Region will hold a community conversation about the opioid epidemic on August 4th and a Tools for Families event on August 18th.  The group is also participating in the "Talk. They Hear You." campaign.

Shred Event & Drug Take Back Saturday

Adapted from two Northwestern District Attorney’s Office press releases:

Protect yourself, your family, friends, and the larger community by participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and a Community Shred Event this Saturday, September 27th.  Consumers can help prevent their identities from being stolen by shredding their sensitive documents from 9AM to noon in the Guiding Star Grange Parking Lot (401 Chapman Street) and drop off unwanted medications, no questions asked, at the Greenfield Police Department from 10AM to 2PM.

Columbia Gas Donates $5K to NoFIRES Program

Adapted from a Northwestern District Attorney’s Office press release:

National and Massachusetts statistics show that arson is the number one crime committed by juveniles, who set approximately 250,000 fires per year.  In 2012, the Northwestern District Attorney’s (NWDA) Office worked with fire and law enforcement officials, mental healthcare providers, and social service agencies to develop the Northwestern Juvenile Fire Intervention Response, Education, and Safety Partnership (NoFIRES), a non-profit organization that offers education and intervention to youth fire setters aged 5-17 years old.

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