Stand Up 2011
December 13, 2011
The STAND UP 2011 rally hosted by Northeastern University, is a one-day program held in an effort to take a stand against all forms of bullying.
This program was created to educate, motivate and empower young people to actively promote positive social change in their schools and communities.
It was developed in partnership with renowned bullying prevention authorities, District Attorney´s Offices, The Attorney General´s Office, and
was spearheaded by The Rendon Group.
images-courtesy of The Rendon Group
Through a combination of educational information, entertainment and celebrities, students were motivated to stand up to bullying in their communities and schools.
135 schools from across Massachusetts registered for this event and over 4015 people took part in the program held in Matthew´s Arena.
"Congratulations" to the Bridgewater Middle School, who was named as one of the recipients of the STAND UP 2011-SCHOOL AWARDS.
Event Sponsors and Partners
|Ronald McDonald House Charities
||The Rendon Group
|Attorney General Martha Coakley
||Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz
||Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey
|Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley
||Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.
||Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless
|Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe
||Middlesex Sheriff´s Dept.
||Norfolk Sheriff´s Dept.
||The Sports Museum
||Young Broadcasters of America
|American Islamic Congress
||Commission on GBLT Youth
||MA Department of Public Health
|Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
||Northeastern University Center for Sport in Society
||American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
|Todd Patkin Charities
||Boy Scouts of America
||Massachusetts Associations of School Committees
||Children´s Trust Fund
||Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
|Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association
||Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network-GLSEN
||Over My Shoulder Foundation
|One-Way Treatment, Inc.
||Eyes on Bullying
|Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders-GLAD
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield
||Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP
|Kiss 108 FM Radio
||Jam´n 94.5 FM Radio
||Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
|Massachusetts Bankers Association
||Massachusetts Department of Education
|Massachusetts Teachers Association
||Mayor´s Office of New Bostonians
||US Dept. of Health and Human Services-Region 1
|The United Way-North Shore
||The United Way-Central Massachusetts
||Revolution Radio 1510 Boston
Annual Senior Luncheon Series
Issac´s on the Waterfront- Plymouth
Lindsey´s Seafood Restaurant-Wareham
The Conference Center at Massasoit- Brockton
The Hanover Senior Center- Hanover
The Annual Public Safety Luncheon for Seniors is a four part series hosted by District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz in various locations throughout Plymouth County.
District Attorney Tim Cruz
The luncheons are held in an effort to educate senior citizens about the recent scams in our area, mail fraud and how to better protect themselves against identity theft.
from left to right:
District Attorney Tim Cruz, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Inspector Joe Kleinberg
Joseph P. Kleinberg, a retired Postal Inspector with the United States Postal Inspection Service was our guest speaker at all four luncheons. Inspector
Kleinberg is an expert in the field of mail fraud, telemarketing scams and Identity Theft.
At the senior luncheon held in Brockton on November 9, 2011, District Attorney Cruz was also joined by Attorney General Martha Coakley, Mayor Linda Balzotti, State Representative
Geraldine Creedon and Sheriff Joseph D. MacDonald, Jr.
Attorney General Martha Coakley
Attorney General Coakley addressed the seniors in attendance as to the various scams that target seniors, the tools to avoid them, and the resources available for
their protection. She also discussed the work of her Medicaid Fraud Division, which reviews complaints of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, and financial exploitation of
Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham
Seniors also heard from an Assistant District Attorney in our Senior Protection Unit. The Assistant DA informed the seniors about the rampant abuse of over the counter
and prescription drugs with our younger generation. Tips and information were given to safeguard all medications.
Approximately 500 seniors from across Plymouth County attended this annual event.
Massachusetts District Attorneys help lead the way
on State EUDL Efforts
September 22, 2011
District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz was joined by District Attorney David F. Capeless, Berkshire Couty and District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr., Worcester County
on a live webinar panel to discuss the Prevention of Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse.
The webinar, hosted by the EUDL program was held live on Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program supports and enhances efforts by states and local jurisdictions to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to
minors and the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.
These efforts have shown significant improvement of retail compliance in not selling alcohol to minors; reduction in alcohol-involved traffic deaths;
and increased awareness by law enforcement, parents, and judicial interests in the collateral dangers of underage drinking to youth and communities.
National Night Out
August 2, 2011
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and his office participated in National Night Out. Hosted locally by the Partnership for Safer
Communities, this is the 14th consecutive year that the event has taken place.
National Night Out is a year-long community building campaign designed to:
Brockton and adjoining communities celebrated with an event at Campanelli stadium which included a resource fair, law enforcement parade, youth activities and
free tickets to the 6:05 pm Brockton Rox baseball game. It is estimated that over 2,000 participants attended the event.
- heighten crime prevention awareness;
- generate support for, and participation in, local anti crime programs;
- strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
- send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Wareham and adjoining communities celebrated their 2nd annual Night Out Against Crime with an event at Lopes Field. The event kicked off with a public safety parade
followed by the Stephen J. Brown Courageous Youth Award Presentation. A resource fair as well as a series of demonstrations from public safety agencies
While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the
kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year.
The Mock Trial Program
May 4, 2011
The mock trial program has reached thousands of students throughout Plymouth County.
been praised by administrators and teachers for its no nonsense approach, its factual and thought provoking material,
and for the reality it brings to children faced with hard decisions during their most formative years.
The decisions and choices our children make will shape their lives for years to come.
This program places an emphasis on the legal consequences that can be expected if the wrong decisions are made.
The program has shown to be an effective drug prevention tool, and an effective anti-bullying tool. Education about drugs,
alcohol, and bullying, provide the knowledge children need to make wise decisions and healthy choices.
Knowledge is essential in making the students aware of the consequences of drug and alcohol use, and of bullying.
The Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office conducted its annual mock trial for the fifth grade class at the Indian Head School on the subject of bullying.
Before the program began, the students were informed as to what the District Attorney´s Office does, and how an actual trial works.
Six students were selected by their teachers to be participants in the program. The students assumed the roles of: the bully, the follower,
a witness, the jury foreman, the court officer and the probation officer.
The auditorium at the school was transformed into a courtroom. The students in the fifth grade had a chance to see
firsthand, the consequences of bullying others.
District Attorney Timothy Cruz represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Assistant District Attorney Julia Holliday represented the defendant.
Director of Social Services, Michelle Mawn served as the Judge. Officer Rick Nawazelski of the Hanson Police Department served as the
police officer, and Principal Elaine White served as the principal.
"Reshaping the Future,Honoring the Past"
2011 National Crime Victims Rights Week
Community Assistance Expos and Workshops
April 10, 2011 marked the beginning of National Crime Victims´ Rights Week, a time to honor
victims and the advocates of victim´s rights. This year´s theme – "Reshaping the Future,
Honoring the Past" – evokes victims past struggles and our nation´s duty to help them rebuild
For victims and their families, reshaping the future means confronting many
challenges. After a crime, victims need to know what rights and resources are available.
For victim advocates, reshaping the future means finding ways to do more with less. Reshaping the
future requires meeting present and emerging challenges. Honoring the past also means recalling a time,
not too many years ago, when victims had no voice in the criminal justice system.
On Monday April 11, 2011 the first of two Community Assistance Expo and Workshops were held
at the Shaw´s Center in Brockton. The second Community Assistance Expo and Workshops took place on
Thursday April 14, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel on the Plymouth Waterfront.
Both of these events were free to attend and open to the public.
The workshops focused on dealing with the aftermath of homicide, understanding the dynamics
of sexual assault, identifying and understanding cyber-bullying and fostering healthy
The expo hosted approximately fifty vendors who offered information about: housing assistance
options, fuel & utilities assistance, food assistance programs, employment programs, financial
assistance, assistance with household and clothing needs, services for elders, disabled persons
services, multi-services/mental health programs, domestic violence services, sexual assault services, services for children,
substance abuse programs, legal services, and public safety programs.
The event was sponsored by V.E.T.O. (Violence-free Education, Training, & Outreach) which is a
collaborative effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault.