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The Coalition Herald Volume 1.4


Bringing You the Latest in Coalition News


July 2016

Great Events Happening Near You Paint Night Is Upon Us That’s right folks the first ever Coalition for a Better Wallingford Paint Night, In partnership with Splat Art Studio, is happening this week. The painting festivities will begin on Friday July 29th at 7 pm. The event features a words of inspiration theme. So if your free and looking to express your inner creativity come and join us at Splat Art Studio, located at 106 South Colony, Wallingford. So, if you haven’t signed up yet now is the time to do so. Space is limited so visit our website at http://cbwlfd.org/fundraising-events.html

The Coalition Gets a Space We are pleased to announce that starting August 1st, 2016 the Coalition for a Better Wallingford will be moving into our first physical location. Our new Coalition space is located downtown right next door to the HUBCAP. “We are extremely excited to have a location for people to come and interact with us, it’s a way to complete the communication circle. Right now we can only go out into the community but this new space will allow the community to come to us as well,” commented a coalition member. This week, at this month’s meeting, we are planning on taking member’s on a tour of the new space and putting getting the membership vision for the space. In the upcoming weeks be on the lookout for an invitation to come to a grand opening. Not on our email list and afraid that you are going to miss it, contact our Membership director Jen Short by emailing jshort@cbwlfd.org

Hope and Support Group For people who are affected by their loved one’s substance abuse Where: Yalesville United Methodist Church, 8 New Place Street, Wallingford, CT When: Every Monday night Time: 7pm to 8:30pm


In the Community

The Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club of Wallingford Spear-Heads Community Driven Park Revitalization ciated walking destination. Wanting to give back and to also bring the community together, the Club’s Executive Director, Megan Lenzzo, came up with an idea to uplift the beloved park and involve the community in a potential revitalization project.

Rosemary Hall’s Volunteer Corps. Donations for the supplies in the amount of $750 were made by Danver Outdoor Kitchens.

Craig Turner from Wallingford Youth and Social Services and John Gawlek of Wallingford Parks and Recreation are involved in the project. Both were pleased with the The mural took about two weeks to comoutcome of the mural and are looking forplete and is painted on the back wall of ward to working with the residents of the The Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club and stuDanver Outdoor Kitchens, located at 1 neighborhood to come up with a revitalizadents participating in the Choate Rosemary Grand St. The mural features the national tion plan for the entire park. In the coming Hall’s Volunteer Corps came together this club slogan, “Great Futures Start Here” and weeks, Lenzzo and her partners are planmonth to paint a 30-foot mural at Grand is bookmarked by two trees whose leaves ning on holding a community meeting. One Street Park. When weather permits, Grand are made from the hands of members from of the focuses of this community meeting Street Park gets utilized consistently by up the Club’s summer camp. Much of the work will be an inquiry into the vision the comto 80 Club members. Nestled in the heart of including white washing, stenciling the let- munity has for the park. If you are interestcentral Wallingford, just across the street ters and paining the trees was completed by ed in learning more about the initiative, from Judd Square, its proximity to the Club please contact Megan at 203.269.7535. the talented students participating in Choate has made the park a convenient and appre-

Wallingford Garden Market in Full Swing Its summer and along with the warm weather, and sunny skies comes the highly anticipated Wallingford Garden Market. The Wallingford Garden Market takes place every Saturday during the summer starting July 9th and runs until September 10th. The outdoor market features fresh produce from local farms, smoothies, specialty items and the Coalition Booth. The market also offers the opportunity for members of our community to come together and mingle. So while you can come down to the Wallingford Garden Market located on the Train Station Green every Saturday from 9 to noon. And don’t forget, while you are there to visit the Coalition Booth.


In The News Wallingford Police Department Working Hard to Take Drugs Off Our Streets During the month of July Wallingford Police Officers arrested 28 separate individuals for various drug related charges. These charges may or may not be in addition to other non-drug related charges. · Example: a subject is arrested for a shoplifting (larceny) and during his arrest is found to be in possession of controlled substance

135 North Main Street (203) 294-2800 Fax: (203) 294-2865

Additionally, the Wallingford Police sited 15 individuals for infractions for various drug related charges. The charges may or may not be in addition to other non-drug related charges. · Example: a subject is cited for motor vehicle violations (stop sign) that don’t rise to the status of an arrest, or they would have been listed.

Administration: (203) 294-2828 Youth Division: (203) 294-2825

Connecticut Pharmaceutical Company Perdue Pharma Lets 1.1 Million OxyContin Fall into The Hands of Criminals According to a Los Angeles Times Article dated July, 10th 2016, the pharmaceutical company Perdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin a highly addictive opioid pain medication had been aware since 2009 that Lake Medical was operating a potentially illegal prescription drug ring. According to the article one of Lake Medical’s aging doctors had in a single week in September prescribed 1,500 pills. By December she had written prescriptions for more than 73,000 pills worth more than 6 million dollars. Michele Ringler, a sales manager in 2009 stated in a document to her superiors, “I feel very certain this is an organized drug ring...” She also stated in a separate correspondence, “Shouldn’t the DEA be contacted about this?” Perdue Pharma did not contact the authorities until years later when the medical center was out of business and its leaders indicted; nor did it stop supplying the medication. By the time the authorities had gotten involved over 1.1 million pills had made their way into the hands of mobsters and gangsters. This is only one example of one medical office in which Perdue Pharma has had information about potential criminal activity in

pharmacies for criminal activity, acknowledged that even when the company had evidence pharmacies were colluding with drug dealers, it did not stop supplying distributors selling to those stores.” This article brings up a very important question. In light of this country’s growing opioid epidemic, is or should pharmaceutical companies be held responsible for the illegal distribution and sale of their product? If they are not legally responsible do they have a moral obligation to report suspicions of such activities? If you have an opinion or comment, please visit our facebook page, https:// www.facebook.com/cbwlfd/ , and join the conversation. A summary of the discussion will be featured in next month’s newspaper.

First Responder NARCAN Report July relation to the sale and distribution of its pills. According to the article one of Perdue Pharma’s former executives, “who monitored Central Fire Headquarters

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Coalition Corner Hello, I’m Ana M. Gopoian, and I thought it would be a good thing to put a face to the name for the “Ask Ana” section for The Coalition Herald. My hope is that you find comfort in this new resource so you can ask some of the tough questions about the vulnerable realities that might come up for you or someone you care about. I am committed to bringing light to the subject of addiction and cooccurring disorders that are plaguing our societies. I am confident in saying that the isolation and stigmas caused by the disease of addiction or the co-occurring dis-

orders are just as detrimental as the disease and disorders themselves. As stated in the last edition I openly identify myself as a woman in long term recovery, est. July 13th, 1995. I am one of millions of people that have stayed in the process of long term recovery over the last 20 years. The key for me is that I stay engaged, I don’t settle, I ask questions, I’ve learned how to respond verses react to life on life’s terms, and I no longer see things as happening to me, but for me. I made it onto my path of recovery at the age of 31 after countless times, and many years repeatedly saying, “I would never do that again.” I remain teachable, I’ve learned to read better and started college at the age of 42 and haven’t stopped since. The disease of addiction does not discriminate,

no matter age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion, it has no mercy or boundaries on who it will affect. There have been many senseless tragedies I have been powerless to stop over the years. The only thing I feel a sense of control over is where I put my energies toward change. Staying in the process of educating myself, sharing solutions, and sharing the message that there is help and there is hope is what gives me a great sense of purpose and fuels my passion. Feel free to “Ask Ana” at anag@cbwlfd.org or mail your questions to “Ask Ana” 21 Pleasant St. Wallingford, CT 06492 and I’ll do my best to supply an answer. Be well, Ana

Coalition Meetings

Bereavement Group For people who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to substance abuse. Where:187 North Main Street, Wallingford, CT When: The first Monday of the Month Time: 7pm to 8:30 Next Meeting: August 1st, 2016 *Meetings are not open for walk ins. If you are interested in participating, please contact Phyllis Gordon* Email: bereavement@cbwlfd.org Phone: 203-606-3611

Coalition Meetings are open to the public and held on the last Thursday of every month at 7pm at the Hubcap in Wallingford Our next meeting is on July, 28th 2016

Coalition T-Shirts Coalition for a Better Wallingford T-Shirts Now available for sale. Proceeds to help our mission. Shirts are available for purchase at We Are Micro located at 216 Center St, Wallingford or on our website at www.cbwlfd.org/donate.html

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President: Ken Welch, Vice President: Marion Gracey (Former Moran Middle School Guidance Counselor), Secretary: Carol Renna, Treasurer: Jim McLaughlin (Controller, TILCON), Agent of Record: Lars Edeen, Esq. Town Councilor: John Letourneau, Pharmacist : Ernie Mrazik, (Wallingford Elks Drug Education Coordinator) 4

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