Reality Check Program DVD

Community policing and how it can work

Reality Check Seminar Larry Lawton Community policing and how it can work. The “Us Against Them” mentality that the citizens in certain communities and the police have can be fixed, Here is how……

While the majority of data shows that community policing works, it is how it is implemented that is so important.

We applaud NYC with its Broken Window’s Program and use of citizens and community leaders. We also applaud Lake Saint Louis, Missouri PD who use the Reality Check Program DVD to help families as a community policing tool. Giving out the RCP DVD shows the citizens the police care BEFORE a major incident happens.

When the community sees the police are willing to work with an ex-con and the #1 program to help their child, the police gain true partners. Most families have a member who made some serious mistakes and has a record, or is an addict, or at least they know of a relative, or friend, who made mistakes, and when the citizens see the police are willing to work with those people, the police gain trust.

“The first reaction people have is, you are standing with the chief of police or the cops”, said Larry Lawton. “That is what makes the community understand that the cops are good people and not just out to get people. They see a man like me who has Street Cred, who didn’t rat, isn’t a cop in uniform, is not an informant, but is out there trying to help the community and is willing to work with the police, it is a powerful statement”, said Lawton.

When police agencies use the Reality Check Program DVD with their logo on the DVD, the community sees a police department that cares. You turn citizens into partners. With the #1 DVD in the country, the DVD might save a young man from making some very bad choices, gives cops another tool besides a gun, tank, etc, and increases an officer’s moral.

98% of all cops join the force to HELP people, we believe that. It is how the leadership in a police department uses their resources. In law enforcement, it is the leadership that sets the tone. A leader who gives awards for helping people like changing a flat, speaking to schools or churches, using the RCP DVD, etc, is a leader who sets the tone as a community minded leader. If a leader only gives out awards for number of arrests, number of DUI’s, etc. they set the tone as a hard-nosed leader who wants arrests. Young officers will follow the lead of the Chief. Be the community minded Chief. Show the media and your community you care.

The Reality Check Program DVD opens up a dialogue between the cops and the community.

The definition of community policing by the department of justice’s COPs (Community Oriented Policing Services) program is:

Community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

Community Partnerships

Collaborative partnerships between the law enforcement agency and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police. Other Government Agencies

Community Members/Groups

Nonprofits/Service Providers

Private Businesses


View Larry Lawton and Chief Force on FOX & FriendsCLICK HERE

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To learn more about community policing, email Larry at or call 321-327-2921

Prison is no joke

Mystic Marriott Team Goes “Over The Edge” for Charity

Associates Rappel off the 22-Story Hilton Hartford to Raise Awareness for Addiction

Photo caption: General Manager Farouk Rajab (top) and Director of Guest Services Elizabeth Barber participate in the Shatterproof Challenge, held on July 29 at the Hilton Hartford.

GROTON, CT (August 19, 2014) – On July 29 two team members from the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton participated in the Shatterproof Challenge by rappelling off of the 22-story Hilton Hartford. General Manager Farouk Rajab and Director of Guest Services Elizabeth Barber raised more than $2,500 for a chance to rappel, adding to the more than $300,000 that was raised at the event making it the most successful Shatterproof Challenge to date. Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease, co-partnered on the Hartford challenge with Waterford Group Charitable Foundation, an extension of one of the nation’s top hotel and convention center management companies, Waterford Hotel Group, which manages the 285-room Mystic Marriott.

“It was an amazing experience for Elizabeth and me and something that our hotel team was very passionate about supporting,” commented Rajab. “The funds raised at this event will help us to support addiction awareness and treatment not just nationally, but here in the Southeastern Connecticut community, something that is very important to our associates.”

A total of 115 individuals rappelled down the Hilton Hartford during the event, raising vital funds to prevent and treat addiction, raise awareness and breakdown stigma about the disease. The Shatterproof Challenge is currently supporting key addiction policy initiatives at the federal and state levels and educating Americans through events, public service announcements and digital and social media.

About Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
The Mystic Marriott & Spa is a beautiful, architecturally stunning property located right on the Connecticut coastline. With a resort feel and personalized customer service, the Mystic Marriott invites all groups, business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel consists of 285 rooms, including five luxurious suites, 25,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space including: two ballrooms, Octagon restaurant, a bar and lounge, a Starbuck’s coffee bar, an incredible fitness center and the region’s only Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa. For more information, visit

About Shatterproof
Shatterproof is a national organization committed to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. In the U.S. alone, addiction to alcohol and other drugs claims more than 135,000 lives every year — 370 people every day, 15 every hour. A well-funded, large-scale movement can alter the course of this disease and save countless lives. It has worked for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. And it can work for addiction by bridging serious gaps in funding and resources. Gary Mendell, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, founded Shatterproof to educate, empower and equip families, educators, health care providers, legislators and others to address addiction on a national scale. His son, Brian, passed away at the age of 25 after struggling with addiction for nearly ten years.

For more information about Shatterproof, please visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ShatterproofHQ.

About Waterford Group Charitable Foundation
In 2006, Waterford Group and its affiliates formed the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation, a registered 501c3 nonprofit, which supports the communities in which their associates live and work. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of others through monetary and gift-in-kind donations, as well as volunteering at various events. Waterford associates donate to the Foundation through voluntary payroll contributions, as well as participate in numerous fundraising events each year. This allows the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation to support many charitable causes, both on a national and regional level.

For more information about Waterford Group Charitable Foundation, please visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WaterfordPR.

Fraud Alert!

Fraud Alert!!

Attention Members

There is a company named Spectrum Demographic Marketing that is soliciting Chamber members to advertise in a UCONN Huskies Men’s or Women’s Basketball Schedule/Calendar.  The sales people are named David Hopkins or Jenna Burgin.


These calendars/posters are not UCONN Husky Calendars and are not affiliated with the team AT ALL.

We have been working with UCONN and Kyle Muncy, UCONN’s Trademark, Licensing and Branding office.

Mr. Muncy has assured us that the official UCONN Husky calendar/poster is NOT this product.  In fact, when these posters are printed and distributed, UCONN will confiscate all of them and destroy them.


We have been working on this for two weeks and are unable to verify the number of copies that will be printed, how they will be distributed and by whom.  UCONN will not distribute them and they will not be available at games or on campus.

We are also unable to verify the “spots” you are supposed to receive on ESPN or Charter.  Neither company can verify that your ad will be played during their programming.


This company has nothing to do with the Chamber.  The Chamber has not cooperated with them in any way.  UCONN has told them to cease and desist and has their legal department investigating.  There is an official complaint registered against them for misleading advertisers and for trademark infringements.

We have received copies of Chamber member’s signed contracts with this company that clearly state that the ad will go in the ” The2014 Women’s UCONN Huskies Basketball Schedule” and that the center of the poster will have the “2014 season schedule for

Women’s UCONN Huskies.”

This is not legal, not approved, and misleading at best.


This company is soliciting ads for the “UCONN Basketball program”, a “championship commemorative edition highlighting the Men’s and Women’s championship wins.”

This is not the official UCONN program.


If you have been contacted by these individuals please contact Diane Nadeau at the Chamber at 860.423.6389 or
 Please note for the future that UCONN does not accept credit cards for any type of advertising of this nature. They will always send you an invoice on their letterhead and give you a local address to send the check to.

Here is an article on their practices:


Company doesn’t deliver on Forecastle advertising package

Posted: Aug 07, 2013 10:53 PM EST Updated: Nov 27, 2013 10:53 PM EDT

By Eric Flack – bio | email

Jeff and Vicki Schaffer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It was an ad package mixing the hottest music festival of the summer with more than a week’s worth of TV commercials. What could go wrong? As it turned out, everything. The Louisville businesses that got involved said they want their money back.

Tucked away on Lexington Road behind Baxter Jack’s, Highland’s Furniture and Decor needed to get their name out there. So when owners Jeff and Vicki Schaffer got a call from a company named Spectrum Demographic Marketing, they decided to take a chance.

“I’m yelling to Jeff from the front, go for it!” Vicki said. “And it was all downhill.”

The Schaffer’s bought into what Spectrum called the “Forecastle Music Festival Schedule.”

“Which is part of our philosophy,” Vicki said.

“We want to be able to do things and work with the community,” Jeff added.

In what Spectrum described as an “e-contract” the Schaffer’s paid $380 to be guaranteed ad space in Spectrum’s 2013 “Forecastle Music Festival Schedule.” Spectrum told the Schaffer’s it would be displayed and distributed in local businesses.

The contract also said the store would be featured in 60 television spots aired over 10 days on WAVE 3 TV. Spectrum called it a free gift for sponsoring the schedules.

Jeff told their friends and Vicki posted it on their website, the store was going to be on TV.

“We were so jazzed about it,” Vicki said.

But then, the commercials didn’t air. The WAVE 3 sales department said Spectrum called about air time, but never actually booked any.

And as for those Forecastle schedules?

Those didn’t work out too well either.

Forecastle organizers hit Spectrum with two separate cease and desist orders for using their name without permission. So the posters turned into just a random listing of summer events in Louisville. The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau eventually put out a warning to local businesses calling Spectrum’s “Forecastle Schedule” a scam. But not before a half dozen Louisville small businesses bought the marketing packages from them at a cost between $200 and $380 a piece.

So just how much marketing did those businesses get? Of the four “key distribution points” Spectrum listed in this invoice sent to the Schaffer’s, the poster was only displayed in one of them. In fact, managers at Kroger and Walgreens, two of the businesses mentioned, said they hadn’t even seen the poster before.

“They’ve hurt the community,” Jeff Schaffer said. “They’ve hurt the business owners.”

A Spectrum employee refused an extended interview when reached by phone.

But soon after that phone call, every business that paid for the ad package got the following email from Spectrum, promising refunds.

Please be informed that we are issuing a refund for the Forecastle Festival schedule promotion due to the fact that we are unable to air the media spots. We have been given cease and desist orders by Forecastle. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please be advised that the refund will be issued within the next 2 to 3 weeks to give billing the time to process.

“I’m not holding my breath at all,” Vicki said of the pledge to refund the couple’s money. “Because everything they’ve said up till this point has been a lie.”

One of these businesses, Imperial Tattoo’s and Piercing on Baxter Avenue, actually got a refund early on in this process because, according to the owner, they just complained so often.

Forecastle officials said that Spectrum Demographic Marketing should not be confused with it’s actual vending and concessions partner, Spectrum East Services.


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Willimantic, Connecticut 06226

Keep Your Eyes on Ramiro Zavala

story & photos by Jim Loomis


Ramiro Zavala is playing baseball now on a diamond near you! In a Matt Harvey like performance August 3, he was close to perfect as he pitched the Mystic Summer Little League team to the league championships, besting perennial powerhouse, Waterford. Displaying pinpoint control, he pitched five 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing no walks, while striking out twelve. He was reluctantly pulled from the mound with one out remaining in the final inning as he reached his mandatory pitch count under Little League rules, a welcome set of standards designed to protect kids from future arm problems, such as those which have befallen Matt Harvey and others.
Before reaching the championship game, the Mystic nine had to get by a tenacious Colchester team last Thursday in a tense match that ended under the lights. Behind 7-4 in the fifth inning, Bob Henderson, Mystic Coach, who calls Ramiro, “a good kid and a great competitor,” brought him in to slow the Colchester offense. Slow it he did, stopping them in their tracks with no runs, no hits, and no walks over the final two frames. Mystic went on to rally for five runs in their final at bat to overtake Colchester, giving Zavala the win. An impromptu post game victory celebration was soon to follow at Colchester’s landmark eatery, Harry’s Place.
Over the two games, Zavala was dominating, pitching seven 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, while earning both decisions. If this writer seems a tad biased, it might just possibly be because Ramiro Zavala is my grandson. When Ramiro was eight years old, a bullpen was constructed in my backyard, replete with a pitching rubber, a home plate, and a strike zone painted on an air mattress suspended behind home plate. Ramiro spent hours working on his pitching and I’ve proudly watched his control improve in leaps and bounds. While I might take a tiny bit of credit, along with some dedicated coaches, for sharing in Ramiro’s development, particularly in the mechanical aspects of pitching, his parents deserve all the credit for his mental approach. They have raised a mature, confident, and poised young man.
Next stop for Ramiro is the Mystic Clippers AAU team, and with two more seasons of Little League ball to follow, his future indeed looks bright.

Stonington Bicentennial Celebration

photos by Alexis Ann


The Stonington Historical Society sponsored the sale of commemorative philatelic covers on Saturday, August 9 at the Dime Bank on Cannon Square in the Borough of Stonington. A cover, along with three other cachets, were available, including a pastel painting of the battle, the Centennial medal, and an image of the battle on a ceramic jug. Cover sales benefited the Stonington Historical Society. The cost was $5 apiece with regular postage; $5.50 with the special stamp depicted on the cover.
A card insert gave a brief history of the Battle. The attack was made by Commodore Hardy (ADM Nelsons Captain), and the attacking vessels included the bomb ship Terror, which proceeded from Stonington to Baltimore to fire on Ft. McHenry a month later. There, it fired the rockets that inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Ironically, impressment was one of the causes of the War of 1812, and the accurate fire from the two 18-pounders was directed by cannoneer Jeremiah Holmes, who had been trained by the British while impressed in the British Navy for three years.

Lian Obrey Receives CSA Award

photos by Josie Kapral & Roger Riley



Lian Obrey is the recipient of the 2014 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award for her many years of “Giving Back to the Community.” The award was presented to Lian at the annual City of Groton Day celebration on August 1st.
Lian was presented a check for $1,000 for her designated non-profit organization, The Light House.  The charitable donation is the new symbol of the award.  For the first ten years of the award, the recipient was presented a Hitchcock arm chair.
Groton Utilities named the award “The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award” to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years.  She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families.  Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.  Groton Utilities created the award in 2004 during its 100th anniversary year.
Lian has distinguished herself in many areas of community service, from fund raising for non-profit organizations, to contributing her time for the community and non-profit contributions, and serving on city and town committees and agencies. In nominating Lian for the award, Tricia Cunningham said, “In her time in Groton, Lian has truly made an impact and gives back to the community every opportunity she gets and has collaborated with others to make our community a better place to live and work.”
These activities include annual Realtors to the Rescue at her real estate office where she organizes a coat drive which results in some 200 coats designated for local social service agencies.  She also holds an annual Charity Car Wash, whose tips go to the Children’s Miracle Network.  The Light House, a local organization that assists the education and programming for individuals with disabilities, benefits from her occasional stints at Groton’s Ninety Nine Restaurant where she serves as a celebrity bar tender to raise funds.
Lian was one of the original founders of the Groton Business Association (GBA) for the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.  She was the inspiration for what we now know as Groton’s Annual Fall Festival, a town wide community event bringing the community together and 8,000 people to Poquonnock Plains Park to celebrate Groton. “These key Groton events would not exist without Lian’s ideas, passion, and ability to get others on board,” Tricia emphasizes.  In addition, she had a strong influence in originating and maintaining Groton’s Annual Holiday Lights Parade.
Obrey is in the local economic environment by serving on the Town of Groton Economic Development Commission and the City of Groton Community and Economic Development Committee.
Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award.  Other winners of the award are: Robert “Bob” Leeney, Mimi Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance, Archie C. Swindell and Mildred “Milly” Carlson.

Honor and Remember

story & photos
by Robert O’Shaughnessy

On August 2 the grey skies and occasional rain showers did not deter the runners and walkers who came to Bluff Point State Park to support America’s Warriors in a Spartyka 5K.
The event was put together by Robert Hecker of Connecticut’s Honor and Remember with help from JB of radio station 94.9 News Now in Ledyard. Honor and Remember was created to promote a nationally recognized flag that’s a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. All Military lives lost, not only in action, but also in service, from our Nation’s inception.
The Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K is one of the ways to honor and thank the brave men and women in the United States Military, while also raising funds to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a national nonprofit organization supporting wounded veterans.
The over 100 runners and walkers had a great time despite the weather and welcomed runners and walkers (competitive and leisure) of all ages to come to the next event. Schedules of upcoming evens can be found at the Honor and Remember website

Nonprofit FLASH Reminds Residents to Turn Around, Don’t Drown When Encountering Flooded Roadways

With severe flooding affecting the area, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® reminds residents to Turn Around, Don’t Drown!®.  Eighteen to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off of the road.  More deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane-related hazard.  Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads.  FLASH and the National Weather Service warns anyone who comes to a flooded roadway, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”

Follow these safety rules when flooding occurs in your area:

  1. Get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys, ditches, washes, etc.
  2. Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
  3. Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
  4. Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads.
  5. Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
  6. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  7. Monitor NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather-related information.

To learn more about how much flooding can cost you, check out this cost of flooding tool provided by FloodSmart. For more home and family safety tips visit the Protect Your Home in a FLASH blog or FLASH.

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 120 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disasterresilient nation including: BASF, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, International Code Council, Kohler® Generators, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, RenaissanceRe, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm™, USAA® and WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. In 2008, FLASH opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting or calling (877) 221- SAFE (7233). Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.

Chuck Norris’ Top Ten Reasons to Register to Vote

Second Ad of Trigger the Vote Campaign Features the Effort’s Honorary Chairman

Today the National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) released the second video of its 2014 “Trigger the Vote” voter registration campaign, featuring the effort’s honorary chairman Chuck Norris. The video can be viewed here

The video addresses a cause close to Chuck Norris’s heart — protecting our Second Amendment rights — and counts down his top ten reasons to register to vote in both humorous and serious tones.  The individual reasons have been broken down into fifteen-second ads and will run online as part of a 7-digit paid media buy by NRA-FAF.

The first ad of the 2014 campaign, “Father and Son,” has already been viewed by nearly 700,000 people online and has been running on nationwide television since July 23.  That ad can be viewed on the official Trigger the Vote website:

To learn more about Trigger the Vote and how you can be a part of it, please visit .


Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at and on Twitter @NRA.

Stand-Up Comedian with Muscular Dystrophy Fights Back with Humor

Jonah Bascle was born with Muscular Dystrophy, and has spent much of his life in a wheelchair.  At age nineteen, he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, a life threatening heart complication.

Many people with Jonah’s challenges would be overwhelmed with grief, anger and resentment.  But Jonah chooses to play the cards he has been dealt with a Biggie-Size dose of humor.

Jonah is a stand-up comedian, visual artist, advocate and former mayoral candidate of New Orleans.  He sees himself as neither a victim nor an inspirational force.  Rather, Jonah uses humor, art and grand gestures to communicate his life situation while challenging stereotypes associated with Muscular Dystrophy.

Jonah’s humor and activism attracted the attention of documentary storyteller Hannah Engelson.  “Jonah’s story is really remarkable and aches to be shared with a wider audience” says Engelsen

“Jonah is a developing artist, comedian and activist who is both inspired and constrained by his Muscular Dystrophy and related heart complication.  His attitudes and insights can help so many people with similar life struggles, so I’ve made it my mission to do everything possible to share his heartwarming story.” continues Engelsen.

Jonah and Hannah have recently launched a Kickstarter program to raise $8,000 which will be used to help cover the costs associated with the documentary.  The Kickstarter program has already raised half of their goal so far, and will close on August 28th.  Donors receive a range of rewards for assisting, ranging from original artwork by Jonah to documentary photo sessions.

To view the kickstarter campaign and/or contribute, visit and search for “Jonah Stands Up” or go to