• Damascus Community Forum

    Adults and children are invited to attend this event designed to share information about the opioid epidemic and how to prevent opioid misuse and abuse. Learn about the opioid epidemic from the perspectives of medical science, law enforcement, and families affected by this epidemic in our communities.
    TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:
    The effects of opioids on the brain Signs and symptoms of opioid misuse The Good Samaritan Law
    Proper administration of Naloxone (Narcan)

  • Seven Years Ago Feels Like Yesterday What were you doing on December 9th? While many of us were caught up in the hustle of the holiday season, Melissa McNeill was remembering a crash that 7 years ago snuffed out the life of her son, Marky McNeill. December 9, 2018 was the 7-year anniversary of the...

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  • Who was Roberto? Roberto Castillo was known throughout South Florida as a top running competitor. He held age group records for speed and participated in races all over the country. He was a runner, but he took up cycling to cross train and was a winner in local bike races as well. Roberto was known...

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  • Eighteen years ago, as our shattered family faced our first Christmas holiday without our 16-year-old daughter, Helen Marie, I could not have imagined introducing myself to you as MADD’s new National President. I came to MADD in the months after Helen Marie died a sudden, violent death by an alcohol- and marijuana-impaired teen driver. Just...

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  • MADD National President-Elect Helen Witty urges everyone to designate a non-drinking driver this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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  • As you prepare for all of the gifts, parties and dinners headed your way this season, here are some ideas for how to decrease stress during the holidays.

  • Gift Giving Guide

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  • “Ok, I’ll see you in a little bit…” That morning was no different than any other morning. The air was clear and crisp as I returned home from my overnight shift as a tow truck driver. When I got home my wife, Mandy was up getting our children, Ryan (3 ½) and Kaitlyn (11 months)...

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  • Why We Walk: 10th Anniversary of Walk Like MADD The 2018 Walk Like MADD season was a milestone year! We celebrated 10 years of an event that has united people together to say enough is enough and remind them that they are not alone on this journey.  We are immensely grateful to all of those who have...

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  • Thirteen Minutes Changed So Much The crash put her in a coma for a month. When she woke up, her entire life was different. Krystal Williams got off work at the normal time: 10:30 PM. She was happy she didn’t have to stay late like she sometimes did because tonight, her husband Chris had brought...

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  • Today, I’m going to ask you to donate to MADD to help me remember my wife, Mandy. Together, we can end tragedies like this. But first, I want you to get to know her. We met in the eighth grade… after lunch on a Wednesday… I was wearing what I would start to call my...

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  • GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Organize, direct and ensure implementation of all aspects and technical portions of Community Programs, core and supplemental underage drinking and drunk driving prevention programs for targeted populations at the State and/or Local level. Participate in and provide support in all fundraising initiatives and volunteer capacity building. Serve as community liaison for MADD mission...

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  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Nebraska is looking for an energetic, motivated, highly organized candidate to support MADD’s lifesaving mission through the coordination of MADD’s programs, office operations and events.  Previous experience working with youth, coordinating events or community programs a plus.  Strong administrative skills a must.  Comfort with partnership building and working with diverse populations...

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  • She hadn’t trained for this. Sarah Rodriguez had had countless hours of physically exhaustive training during her years in the Texas National Guard. She had trained for combat. She had trained for anything and everything – at least she thought she had. But nothing had prepared her for what happened on the afternoon of December...

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  • Getting spooky during Halloween is a fun time of year but it can also be a dangerous night. If you’re out trick or treating with the kids or dancing and winning costume contests, be careful out there. Don’t take any chances this year and follow this list to stay safe. Never Drink and Drive –...

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  • Her small shoes are here with me. Size one and a half, white with embroidered flowers and small red hearts across the top of the toe. Long gone is the little pink metal flake bicycle with handlebar streamers, the yellow cross-country skis with cartoon characters that barely reached over three feet long. Gone is the...

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  • This time of year brings the beginning of the holidays and all the traditions that children love the most —  Halloween and its sweet treats, families gathered around the table for a Thanksgiving feast and presents stacked neatly under a decorated tree. It’s a time for family and a time to remember the wonderment we...

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  • The Collaboration Council announces the availability of mini-grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that will help prevent their illegal use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, over-the-counter, prescription and/or other drugs. Grants can range from $500 to $1,000; applicants must provide a local match (cash, in-kind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due November 2, 2018. This is part of the Collaboration Council led Many Voices for Smart Choices—Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse. Funding comes from the Montgomery County government. Click on title to download the complete details.

  • It’s that time of year again and we need your support! To change law and save lives, we need our lawmakers to champion and stand behind MADD to stop drunk and drugged driving each and every day. Legislative champions have played a major role in MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving®, which was launched in...

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  • Technology has given us amazing capabilities. Our lives are improved and innovation changes how we work, live, play, and interact with each other. One day in the future, cars will be capable of driving unassisted by humans and ending drunk driving completely. But until then we must work together to reduce and eliminate the death...

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  • Why We Walk:  Nicole Hutchinson My little sister, Darcie, was killed by a drunk driver. I can still vividly recall the night 22 years ago that my life was forever changed. It was Friday the 13th, and I was working the evening shift. I answered a call that changed my world and that of my...

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  • I want to share a very hard story with you in the hope of doing some good. In 2004 I lost my son. He wasn’t sick. He wasn’t involved in anything that society would deem troublesome. My son, Kris, was a Sr. Airman in the United States Air Force. He served his country proudly and...

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  • After working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving® and supporters, Rhode Island has enhanced its child endangerment law so that driving while impaired with a child passenger is now a felony on the second offense. It’s about time. In 2016, 1,233 children died in car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of those, 214...

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  • Summertime, more than other times presents a unique challenge to parents — keeping our kids safe on the roads despite an uptick in teen driving deaths. That’s what earned the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the nickname “100 Deadly Days.” And it’s one of the reasons we focus on prevention during the summer. Far...

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  • Your gift at work Missouri Victim Advocate Laura Askew is currently helping a family involved in a case that began 18 years ago! That’s when a drunk driver killed a young mother on her son’s first birthday. The judge sentenced the offender to just 120 days in prison, saying, “I know this woman will never...

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  • Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 350,000 lives, reduce drunk...

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  • Facts A car crashed into a gas station Thursday, hitting a fuel pump, sparking a fire and killing a woman who became trapped inside the burning service station, according to WTAE.com. State police believe the driver may have been intoxicated at the time. The coroner identified the victim as 52-Year-old Melissa Ann Myers of Commodore....

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  • Like with any crash, the unexpectedness of the event adds to the tragedy. That’s what Lourdes Salgado sadly discovered with the death of her father. In Houston in 2012, Arnold, a hard-working family man, was returning home from work, a journey he had taken countless time. He took his job as provider seriously. As a...

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  • It’s that time again! Let’s vote! Even while the 2018 Walk Like MADD season is in full swing, we’ve started looking forward to the 2019 season. Our Walks are about hope … about healing … and about finding a way forward to a future of No More Victims®. But we can look good while moving...

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  • At DMV.com, we have empowered tens of thousands of drivers to get their licenses, renew their car registrations, enroll in traffic school, study for their driving tests and more. With our help, these drivers have taken the necessary steps for getting behind the wheel of a car. However, we know that having the freedom to...

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  • Velodyne & MADD San Francisco Bay Area Joins Forces at 2018 Annual Northern California Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon One of MADD’s priorities is providing on-going support to law enforcement communities. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate drunk and drugged driving, but we know our mission cannot be accomplished without our heroes – the men and women who have taken an oath to...

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  • Facts Vince Vaughn was arrested early Sunday morning for drunk driving allegedly. He was stopped at a DUI checkpoint outside Los Angeles, California between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach around 12:30 a.m. as reported by CNN. Thanks to the checkpoint, Vaughn was arrested before he could hurt himself, his passenger or someone else on the...

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  • When a drunk driver hit Virginia resident Susan Cleveland — just a block from her house and with three kids in her car — a feeling of distress overwhelmed her immediately.  And that was just the start of it. A Commonwealth attorney told Susan the three-time DWI offender who hit her would “serve serious time.”...

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  • Tragedy often feels personal and unique, especially something as random as a drunk driving crash, like we are being singled out by the universe. Yet, four women recently discovered just how similar their losses were after drunk driving upended each of their lives. Each woman lost a father to an impaired driver. Each felt alone...

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  • This year, as we continue to celebrate 10 years of healing, hope and the Walk Like MADD program, we’ve invited members who have participated in these touching and heartwarming events to share their reflections. This is the story of Christy Staruk, who lost her sister Lisa Foster. Lisa Foster was an elementary school teacher. She...

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  • As the temperatures rise and schools let out, more and more people head to the closest body of water to rest and relax. Tragically, some people make the decision to drink while operating a water vehicle, a deadly decision for many. While many people understand the importance of not mixing alcohol and other drugs with...

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  • Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help...

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  • Since 2008, the Dream Giveaway® brand has been licensed by a variety of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations for the purpose of conducting sponsored fundraising promotions. Since that time donations received from millions of individual donors to these sponsored Dream Giveaway promotions have delivered millions of dollars in unrestricted funds to the individual sponsor charities and a...

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  • Louis Bianco, a drunk driving victim whom I met at PowerTalk 21 conference in Los Angeles Saturday, April 21 will be in my heart forever. Despite his severe injuries from an underage drunk driving crash, Louis spoke at the conference with an impeccable smile and optimism while telling his story about the day an underage...

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  • Patty’s Legacy Celebrations of life like anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays haven’t been commemorated with joy in my family for over 30 years. Some people call it our “new normal” but there is nothing normal about it. On March 29th the 40th birthday of my daughter Patty was celebrated; there was no cake, no presents, and...

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  • Lisa Foster was an elementary school teacher. She loved playing softball, teaching, the Orioles and Cal Ripken. Lis was the fun one and so full of life. She had accomplished so much in her short 23 years.  You always knew the things Lisa was passionate for as she was someone who would go big for the...

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  • The specific mission of the national Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year is to Expand the Circle, and reach all victims. A victim of drunk driving is someone whose life is cut short because of it: someone who is killed by a drunk or drugged driver someone who is left to mourn that loss someone...

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  • Power of Parents: Being All-Star Parents for Your MVP’s Spring is in the air and sports in full swing.  Whether your child plays sports or not, we know that every parent wants their kid to hit one out of the park when it comes to making good choices.  That’s why for April is Alcohol Awareness...

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  • Twin siblings have an inexplicable bond that is special in many ways. From sharing birth to life milestones their unique relationship forms as they grow up. For Ryan and Brandon Lucero, identical 16-month-old twins, this bond was cut short when a drugged driver decided to get behind the wheel and kill Brandon in a crash...

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  • In the spring of 1983, my sister Josie, and I both watched the original MADD movie, which told the story of Candy Lightner. I remember saying, “If we ever volunteer for an organization, let’s make it MADD and do it together.” Six months later, on October 29, 1983, my sister Josie DiStefano Palomino was killed...

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  • In our nearly 4 decades, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has stood for numerous laws aimed at fighting to end drunk driving. Because of those laws, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since 1980. But while there have been great strides in ending drunk driving, it remains the leading killer on...

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  • At Velodyne LiDAR, we imagine this: A future of pristine roadways and safely driven cars, in which no lives are ever lost or families shattered, due to the threat posed by human error, especially that of drunk driving. Today, Velodyne LiDAR and MADD have taken the critical step of partnering together to fight the threat...

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