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Stop & Shop celebrates 100 years

BY Michael Johnsen

QUINCY, Mass. — On Saturday, Sept. 6, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company celebrated its 100th birthday commemoration at stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 
 
In honor of the anniversary, all stores welcomed customers, served cake and gave out 100th anniversary balloons.
 
Stop & Shop New England president Joe Kelley visited the Somerville store on McGrath Highway to join in the celebration with customers and associates. Founded in Somerville in 1914, Stop & Shop is now one of the most successful grocery retailers today.
 
“We were thrilled to see our customers turn out for the 100th anniversary celebrations,” said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop New England. “For the past 100 years and today, our company is dedicated to serving the community, and we will continue this commitment for years to come.”
 
At the Somerville store, the company awarded a surprise $1,000 donation to William Murphy, the Executive Director for the Somerville YMCA. It was part of the company’s 100 Days of Giving program to support the Y’s commitment to strengthening the lives of individuals and families in the community.
 
“It was a wonderful surprise to hear that the Somerville YMCA was chosen to be a part of Stop & Shop’s 100 Days of Giving program,” said William Murphy, executive director, Somerville YMCA. “It’s an inspiration to our staff and board to be chosen by a community business, such as Stop & Shop, for such a generous donation. We will be utilizing this grant to provide scholarships to underprivileged boys and girls from Somerville and Medford, so they will be able to participate in our youth programming.”
 
Many of the stores hosted other activities — including food samplings, balloon artists and face painting for kids — and five stores had special appearances by New England Patriots alumni and cheerleaders. In addition, all customers who shopped on Sept. 6 and purchased products with their Stop & Shop card automatically were entered into the Stop & Shop 100th Anniversary Patriots Sweepstakes. More than 80 winners will be chosen for Patriots game tickets, signed merchandise and more.
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DEA: Pharmacies can serve as drop-off points for unused prescription drugs

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Calling prescription drug addiction an “urgent and growing threat” to our nation’s public health, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a new Drug Enforcement Administration regulation that would allow pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other authorized collectors to serve as authorized drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs. Under the new policy, long-term care facilities also will be able to collect controlled substances turned in by residents of those facilities, and prescription drug users everywhere will have permission to directly mail in their unused medications to authorized collectors.
 
“[P]rescription drug addiction and abuse represent nothing less than a public health crisis,” the Attorney General said in a video message posted on the Justice Department’s website. “Every day, this crisis touches — and devastates — the lives of Americans from every state, in every region and from every background and walk of life,” he said. 
 
“The Department of Justice has taken aggressive steps to fight back — by targeting the illegal supply chain; by disrupting so-called 'pill mills'; and by expanding public health, education and law enforcement efforts," Holder continued. "But we also recognize that much of this work must start at home. Nearly 4-in-10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug have obtained it from their parents’ medicine cabinet."
 
The new policy builds on existing take-back programs launched by the DEA. A recent take-back event coordinated by the DEA last April resulted in the safe return of 390 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites. Over the last four years, the DEA and other partnering organizations have taken in more than 4.1 million pounds — or more than 2,100 tons — of prescription pills.  
 
The DEA’s next take-back event will be on Sept. 27, 2014.
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Colgate, actress Danica McKellar partner to promote healthy oral care habits this school year

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Colgate has partnered with actress, author and education advocate Danica McKellar for the “Smile for Picture Day” annual back-to-school campaign to better equip families with the resources they need to help their kids achieve a healthy smile.

During Smile for Picture Day, beginning now and lasting through October, Colgate's fleet of mobile dental vans will travel to more than 150 elementary schools, providing free dental screenings to children in need. In addition, Colgate's oral health curriculum reaches approximately 3.5 million children in all 50 states throughout the year, and more than 750,000 kids through Colgate's longstanding partnership with the Head Start program of the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to a recent Colgate study, a majority of parents believe a healthy smile can contribute to academic success — 83% recognize that maintaining good oral health can keep a child from missing school, while 43% report that a dental related illness has kept their child home from school.

Several studies have demonstrated a connection between poor dental health and low grade-point averages and, in some cases, children with poor oral health are nearly three times more likely to miss days at school than their peers due to dental pain. In addition to encouraging proper brushing and regular dental check-ups, parents can download the "Colgate Tooth Defenders" app. This educational app is available for free via iTunes or Google Play and is specially designed for children in Kindergarten through third grade to help make fighting cavities fun through a series of games.

For more than 20 years, Colgate has been reaching children in classrooms across the United States with free dental screenings and education through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program.

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