Podcast: The Substances Available to Local Kids

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to New Canaan CARES Executive Director Judy Phillips and New Canaan Police School Resource Officer Jeff Deak about substances now accessible to local kids and their effect on youth. Please note that Deak and Yale School of Medicine Research Assistant Tricia Dahl are speaking during a program to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Saxe Middle School auditorium. “Kids Menu: The Substances Available To Our Kids These Days And The Effects On Their Lives” is designed for middle and high school families. Students are invited and encouraged to attend (register here).

‘We Were Able To Sleep a Lot Better’: Letters of Appreciation for NCPD

Police Chief Leon Krolikowski submitted the following letters of appreciation for New Canaan Police at the Dec. 19 Police Commission meeting. ***

Officer Jeff Deak

“Hey Jeff, Just wanted to formally thank you for your support this season at the NCHS Football games. We are fortunate to have a great deal of community interest in our football team and with that interest comes a thousand fans and 400-500 students for each game. Your leadership of the officers covering our games helped create a much safer and more orderly environment than we have had in past years.

Podcast: Stacey Walker of New Canaan CARES and NCPD Officer Jeff Deak on Vaping

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Officer Jeff Deak of the New Canaan Police Department and Stacey Walker of New Canaan CARES about vaping, a substance abuse issue that remains a major local health concern, especially as it relates to New Canaan youth. 

Walker since the fall has been leading the New Canaan Coalition, a volunteer group that seeks to educate the community about the dangers of vaping. This Super Bowl weekend, a number of local pizzerias—Dante’s, Joe’s Pizza, Pinocchio Pizza, and Vicolo Pizza & Trattoria—will be using pizza boxes with vaping education messages designed by New Canaan High School students. Other local businesses that will feature NCHS students’ anti-vaping stickers on their cups and takeout bags include Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee, Club Sandwich, New Canaan Chicken, Tony’s Deli and Connecticut Sandwich Co. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

School Resource Officer: ‘Nonstop’ Social Media Use Ranks with Drugs and Alcohol As Major Dangers Facing Saxe Middle School Students

Use of social media is nonstop among Saxe Middle School students and, with drugs and alcohol, represents a major danger facing New Canaan youth, safety officials said Monday night. No matter how much trusted adults warn middle school students about the pitfalls of social media, “it doesn’t matter,” New Canaan Police Officer Jeff Deak, the school resource officer at Saxe, told members of the Board of Education at their regular meeting. “And I throw into the mix the dangers of social media and you participating in illegal activities like vaping under 18, or drinking or doing drugs, and posting them,” he told the school board at the meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. “Those issues, in my opinion—the alcohol, the drugs and the social media—are the big issues. I know some of you are looking saying, ‘What else is there?’ There are other parts.