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New Milford Municipal Alliance Committee

ALCOHOL & DRUG AWARENESS MEMORIAL
11/21/21 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Our third annual Alcohol & Drug Awareness Memorial (A.D.A.M.) takes place next Sunday between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. We will open at 6:00 with the story of former New Milford resident Adam Roth, as told by his mother Michele. Adam was a beloved member of the New Milford community who was taken from us far too soon in 1994 when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver. On Sunday, we remember him and ALL loved ones who have been lost due to the consequences of drugs and/or alcohol.

Even if you are unable to hear Adam's story at 6, we will be down at Hardcastle Pond for two hours with candles. If you've lost someone, please come down and place a candle on the pond. This is where we remember them, and your presence helps keep our memories of them alive.

You do not need to bring anything to this event, and you can stay for however long (or short) you'd like. We hope to see you there.


Mission Statement:  The purpose of the New Milford Municipal Alliance Committee is to encourage the community to practice healthy, drug-free living and to provide education and resources on the prevention of, recognition of, and consequences of substance abuse. We strive through various community drug-free activities, education programs and financial support of community services to assist New Milford residents in their goals to learn about and live substance abuse free lives.

Vision Statement:  The New Milford Municipal Alliance Committee is committed to providing education on the dangers and misuse of alcohol / substance abuse to create a well-informed community and a community which is free of vaping/alcohol/substance abuse.

About the Committee:  The committee operates through members and many other residents who volunteer for specific events and activities that the committee sponsors. These volunteers represent many facets of the community including but not limited to: educators from New Milford Public Schools, employees of the borough, police officers, parents of children in New Milford, high school students, and other concerned citizens of New Milford. The three main components of the Municipal Alliance Committee are fundraising, education, and special events. Fundraising is done for two purposes. Its first purpose is so that the Borough of New Milford can continue receiving grant money from the County and State Drug Alliance fund. The county provides New Milford with a grant each year to assist in achieving the goals of the committee. To receive grant money from the county, the committee must fundraise at least one quarter of the amount of the grant allotted to New Milford. The other purpose for fundraising is to assist the LEAD (police officers entering the schools to educate students on substance abuse) program in New Milford.

The educational aspect of the committee is fulfilled through programs sponsored or supported by the committee.  Past programs have included:

  • Parenting and support classes – offered to residents of New Milford who have children
  • The Black Poster Project – offered to residents of New Milford to raise awareness about the devastation caused by addiction
  • Black Balloon Day – offered to residents of New Milford to raise awareness about how widespread addiction is
  • Elks Peer Leadership Conference – scholarships offered to several New Milford High School students to attend the annual weekend conference located in Long Branch, NJ

The committee also sponsors a number of entertaining substance abuse free activities.  Events have included:

  • National Night Out
  • Annual NMMA Fishing Derby
  • Middle School Halloween Dance
  • A.D.A.M Memorial Event
  • “Movies Under the Stars” in partnership with NM Recreation

The committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room of Borough Hall.

Our liaison is Councilwoman Lisa Sandhusen.  Our contact email is: nmmachair@gmail.com.

NMMA Waiver Form

Committee:

Mel Urena  12/31/22
Stephanie Kauffinger         12/31/22   
Paige Ryan  12/31/22
Marissa Matos  12/31/22
Rafael Ramirez  12/31/22
Jude Ezeh  12/31/22
Luz Valerio  12/31/22
       
Student Reps.            
Gabriella Dominguez 12/31/22
Matthew Alasio 12/31/22
   
Appointed Liaisons      
PO Ed Trinkleback    NMPD  
Doreen Zacher NMPSD  
Councilman Matthew Seymour, Council Liaison