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Friday, November 28, 2014

November Newsletter and Monthly Membership Meeting 11/6/14 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on November 3, 2014


THURSDAY, 11/06/2014 @ 8PM



It is hard to believe that summer is over and fall is already giving way to the dreaded winter. The membership will be happy to know that we continue to receive compliments and thanks from our brothers and sisters from across the country and London, England for our hospitality during the NCLEES Boston 2014 endeavor.  I am very pleased with the overall outcome of the conference, but, admittedly relieved that it is over!!! The conference wrapped up on a Sunday afternoon but many of our visitors chose to stay and explore the City on their own for a few days longer. I chose to get out of Boston the next night and my girlfriend Jenna and I began our 3,500 mile road trip through 14 states in 11 days. We drove through some beautiful parts of our wonderful Country. The foliage was already turning in Pennsylvania and we thoroughly enjoyed spending five days with my sister and her family on their 63 acre cattle farm in Missouri before heading down to listen to some live blues in Memphis, TN and visiting Elvis’ home, Graceland.  Then we headed North with brief stops in Nashville and Knoxville, TN, lunch in Blacksburg, VA, continuing North through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley towards College Park, MD for dinner and then the last leg back home.


I hope you all enjoyed a safe and festive Halloween and that the little ones had fun dressing the part and gathering bountiful treats. Did you know that Halloween was born from Ireland’s Celtic past?  We look to the Festival of Samhain: an important fire festival celebrated over the evening of 31 October and throughout the following day.  The flames of old fires had to be extinguished and ceremonially re-lit by the Druids.  It was also a festival not unlike the modern New Year’s Day in that it carried the notion of casting out the old and moving into the new.  To our Pagan ancestors it marked the end of the pastoral cycle – a time when all the crops would have been gathered and placed in storage for the winter ahead and when livestock would be brought in from the fields and selected for slaughter or breeding. But it was also, as the last day of the year, the time when the souls of the departed would return to their former homes and when potentially malevolent spirits were released from the Otherworld and were visible to mankind.


As November greets us with a light SNOW already, it makes me wonder what Mother Nature has in store for us this year…Hopefully we can all enjoy safe travels and family gatherings for Thanksgiving before we have to do any shoveling.

The Boston Police Department Will Never Forget Our Heroes

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th 2014 @ 10:30AM

Boston Police Headquarters

One Schroeder Plaza

Boston, MA 02120

Commissioner William Evans and the men and women of the BPD will be adding the names of eight officers (discovered over the last seven years) to the Boston Police Memorial Wall. Special thanks to PO Bob Anthony, the BPD Chronologist, for his dedication and hard work in making sure that the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women of the BPD does not go unnoticed. Each of these names have already been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington DC and to the Massachusetts State Law Enforcement Memorial. Please join me in representing the Emerald Society of the Boston Police at this important event as we show the families of the fallen that they have not been forgotten.

Watchman Jonathan Houghton 1825

Watchman David Estes 1848

Patrolman Cornelius F. Regan 1898

Patrolman Walter E. Harris 1906

Patrolman Michael Brennan 1918

Captain Hugh J. Lee 1919

Patrolman John Condon 1927

Patrolman John Lynch 1944



“A By-Law may be adopted, suspended, amended, or repealed only by a favorable two-thirds vote of the ACTIVE members present and voting of the Corporation whose dues have been paid for the year in which the proposal is submitted to the membership for action. Any such proposal shall be made in writing and shall be filed with the Secretary at the December meeting, debated and discussed at the January meeting and shall be voted upon at the February meeting. The Secretary shall make a diligent effort to notify the membership at least seven days prior to the meeting at which a vote is to be taken.” (Article Ten-Amendments)

So, if you have any proposed changes or additions, make sure you follow the procedures outlined in Article Ten quoted above.

Elections of Officers:

The officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and a Secretary. They shall be elected for one year or until their successors are elected by the members, nominated in January and elected in the month of February.

Thoughts and Prayers


The Society extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Patrick W. Whelan. We were all shocked and saddened to lose our buddy Pat on October 1 at the age of just 47. Pat was a gentle giant and a true pleasure to be around. His soft smile and quick wit will be sorely missed. Pat served as a Constable and was the Parliamentarian for the ESBPD.


The Society extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of

The Honorable Thomas M. Menino

on his passing, October 30. Mayor Menino served the citizens of Boston for 20 years and helped to make Boston the World-Class City it is today.






Quote of the month:

“Here’s what I see all across this great city – people working together to make Boston a better place to live and to raise children, to grow and pursue dreams.”

-Thomas M. Menino-

October Newsletter and Monthly Membership Meeting 10/9/14 @ 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on October 2, 2014

*****DATE CHANGE*****
THURSDAY 10/09/14 @ 8PM

(Pushed back a week from the first Thursday of the month to the second Thursday of the month due to the fact that everyone needed a break from the 4 days of hard work put forth to have a successful Fall Meeting of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies. I will be out of the state on vacation on the 9th. Vice President Jim O’Loughlin will run the meeting.)

A Tribute to Jack Sheridan

Friday, October 3rd 8:00PM @ the Corrib Pub
2030 Centre Street, West Roxbury MA 02132

Jack was a familiar face at the Corrib and the staff and his friends have arranged a toast in his honor. Members who wish to attend are encouraged to wear their favorite Emerald Society attire as Jack would get a kick out of that.

Sunday, October 5th @ 1:00 PM
The 39th annual Roslindale Day Parade
Steps off from Washington Street and South Street in Rosi Square
Parade theme: “Honoring Our Fallen Local Heroes:
Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh, Jr & Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy”
The ESBPD Honor Guard will be marching in honor of these men and in memory of Jack Sheridan


Contact Past President Joe Sullivan @ 617-872-6976 for more

A reminder as we settle in to the Fall season:

The $10,000 Christmas Cash Giveaway is right around the corner in December.
As always, there will be ONLY 150 tickets sold at $100 each. Numerous drawing prizes totaling $10,000 will be distributed to lucky participants.
NCLEES BOSTON 2014 re-cap

As I write this newsletter, the Fall Meeting and activities are winding down and coming to a close. By all accounts our visitors enjoyed their stay and taking in the many attractions that the City of Boston has to offer. Numerous Societies were in attendance with many of the early arrivals attending the POW MIA Silent Chair dedication at BPD Headquarters on Thursday. Friday afternoon we transported close to 200 guests to Doyles and the Sam Adams brewery and the Garda Pub was the place to be for our open house. The business meeting Saturday went very well with a great ceremony by the BPD Honor Guard and the BPD Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums. Cambridge Police Lieutenant Pauline Wells sang the Gaelic version of the Irish National Anthem as well as a beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. The Harney School of Dance put on quite a show with traditional Irish Step, Former Mayor of Boston and Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn and Former Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linsky wowed the delegates with their speeches. While the meeting was in session, the ladies enjoyed shopping and makeovers in Quincy Market. Saturday evening the IAPOA Pipes and Drums led a pub crawl through Faneuil Hall. Sunday morning was the Annual Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day 5K and we drew quite the crowd down to the hall again. 100 of our out-of-town guests were able to get into the Champions Club at Fenway for 2 hours prior to the start of the Sox-Yankees game. Through my initial assessment, it seems that the majority of our guests had a blast . THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS THAT HELPED IN ANY WAY BIG OR SMALL. “Many hands lighten the load”.


Merchandise continues to fly off the shelves. As the seasons change, we have supplemented the short sleeve T-shirt supply with a couple different styles of hooded sweatshirts and long sleeved t-shirts. We also just got a shipment of pint glasses with the ESBPD logo. Merchandise is now available at all meetings and most ESBPD events. You can also contact me by email at or cell phone617-592-5889 and we can coordinate merchandise transactions if you can’t make it to the Hall.

The Honor Guard of the ESBPD is recruiting. Interested? Step forward!!!

Scholarship Drawing

Open ONLY to members who are up-to-date on the current year’s dues. The beneficiary of the scholarship MUST be the child or grandchild of the member.
(Scholarship eligibility and selection shall be determined by current ESBPD bylaws)

Name of Student:______________________________________________________________

Name of School:_______________________________________________________________

Current grade;_________________________________________________________________

Name of MEMBER:_____________________________________________________________

The Emerald Society regrets to announce the passing of longtime member, past Secretary, past Sgt at Arms, and E-board member John F. Sheridan

Posted by David Isberg on August 20, 2014

Jack has been a fixture at 10 Birch St and a promoter of the Society for a number of years and was one of the original members of the ESBPD Honor Guard.

Those wishing to pay their respects:
Wake: Gormley’s Funeral Home: Thursday August 21, 2014 4:00pm-8:00pm
Funeral: St Theresa’s Church, Friday August 22, 2014, 10:00am
Collation: BPD Emerald Society Hall, Friday, August 22, 2014, 11:30am

Liam P. Hawkins
President, ESBPD

Jack Sheridan

New Merchandise! Check out the Store/Merchandise Tab

Posted by David Isberg on August 19, 2014

We have just received some new merchandise for sale.  Check out the Store/Merchandise Tab at the top of the page.

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August Newsletter and Monthly Meeting 8/7/14 @ 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on August 5, 2014


Greetings. Hopefully everyone is enjoying a safe and relaxing summer.
August Membership meeting: Thursday, 8/7/14 @ 8PM

Available for sale ($15) at the meeting: 
White, short -sleeved T-shirts with large NCLEES 2014 logo on back
and choice of “Boston Strong” logo OR “Sign Post” logo on left chest

We will also be debuting some NEW merchandise in the form of collared “Polo” style shirts and moisture-wicking T-shirts.


Thursday September 25th thru Sunday September 28th 2014
Fall Meeting of NCLEES. See: for more

Sunday September 28th 2014:
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5k Road race
See: for more
(BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF)
Friday, October 10, 2014 (BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF) 
Emerald Society Golf Tournament 
Contact Past President Joe Sullivan @ 617-872-6976 for more
The membership extends heartfelt condolences to the Gannon family on the July 4th loss of Emerald Society member Thomas E. Gannon, Jr.
As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our members and their families who may have suffered a loss or are recovering from illness.