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Friday, September 4, 2015

Monthly Membership Meeting: Thursday, June 4th, 2015 @ 8PM

Posted by David Isberg on June 2, 2015

As the summer approaches, this will be the last full newsletter. Typically in the summer months everyone is busy with vacations and cookouts so we downscale the newsletter to a post card. As previously stated, beginning in September, all newsletter distribution will be done via email (unless individuals make themselves known and specifically request a printed version.)

Please join us for the Boston Police Memorial Sunday on June 7th at 10 AM at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Walk Hill Street, Mattapan. Each year, the Boston Police Relief Association assembles this memorial service to pay tribute to all those BPD Officers who have gone before us. The BPD Gaelic Column, BPD Honor Guard and various other honor guards including the Emerald Society will be present. This is an important ceremony that helps to show the families of the deceased that they have not been forgotten and that their extended family is there to honor their memories. The ceremony kicks off at 10 AM and members are encouraged to attend in uniform. It is a family-friendly event and the BPRA provides coffee and light refreshments afterward.

Sunday, June 7th is also the Corrib road race. The Emerald Society once again donated two $50 gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods as drawing prizes for the "Corrib Kid's Fun Run".

Congratulations to the Gormley family on the dedication of the Brigadier General William J. Gormley Memorial Bridge at the corner of Centre Street and Mount Vernon Street in West Roxbury.
Special thanks to the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department's Honor Guard for their participation in the dedication which drew many local dignitaries including the honorable Governor Baker.

Police Week snapshot

As you know, Past President Sean McCarthy, Vice President Jim O'Loughlin, Treasurer Ned Dervan and I traveled to Washington DC for a couple of days during National Police Week. We attended the TOP COPs awards dinner to show our support for Boston Police Sergeant T. Joseph Teahan and Police Officers Ryan Lenane and Billy Traft as they received the prestigious award. We also attended the Candle Light Vigil where P.O. Dennis Simmonds' name was added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. We represented the ESBPD at the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies spring meeting where we got briefed on NCLEES-Chicago for the fall of 2015. You can read more about the Chicago trip by going to nclees.org and under the "Upcoming Events" on the right side of the page, click on the "more information" tab under "National Convention". The dates are: September 24 through September 26. After the business meeting, we had an informal discussion with some of the National board and other delegates in hopes of improving communication and participation so that our organizations can all thrive individually and collectively. We then attended the Emerald Society and Pipe Band Memorial March where ESBPD assisted in lining up the Honor Guards at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. We received warm welcomes from many of our friends from all over and continued getting compliments, praise and "Thank You" for our hospitality during NCLEES-Boston 2014. We also saw numerous items of Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department merchandise being worn around DC which is a great credit to our merchandise committee and their hard work. The four of us were also fortunate enough to participate in a private tour of the Capitol building along with some of the Commanders and Supervisors of the YVSF. All in all, the trip was a success and a nice balance between somber events and social gatherings.

"Stay Alert, Stay Alive"

Once again, I encourage our sworn membership to stick together and keep your wits about you. We are experiencing some trying times in the Country right now and it seems like everyday we are hearing about another police officer seriously hurt or even killed in some senseless act of violence which appears to be motivated by the suspect's hatred of police officers and authority figures in general. The media and the press are giving these lunatics attention and coverage and perpetuating negative behavior. By sensationalizing the unlawful actions, they seem to be encouraging others to act out also. We all know that public safety personnel do countless positive and good things on a daily basis to help the community and strangers; yet, it seems that only the negative things make the news. As the weather gets better, crimes of violence tend to "heat up" also. I urge our sworn members to wear their body armor, make sure your weapon and equipment are maintained, stay sharp and get enough sleep before reporting for duty. So far in 2015, there have already been 54 line of duty deaths (LODD) of which, 14 have been from gunfire.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
The Irish Social Club
119 Park Street in West Roxbury

has socials each Sunday and a number of other events scheduled in the month of June:
Friday, June 5th: O’Dwyer School of Irish Dance Irish Social Night of fun and family hosted by the O’Dwyer School of Irish Dancing: Great food and music. $20 donation at the door.

Saturday, June 6th: PUB NIGHT with Colm O’Brien: FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, June 7th: Andy Healy

Sunday, June 14th: Denis Curtin

Friday, June 19th: PUB NIGHT with Ireland the Band. FREE ADMISSION. Also, Billy’s Brigade Fundraiser for Dana Farber. For more information, please call Chrissy LaRaia at 857-222-8586.

Sunday, June 21st: Fintan Stanley

Saturday, June 27th: IRISH SOCIAL CLUB 70TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY WITH ANDY COONEY and DEIDRE REILLY. Table and ticket reservations available. Call Mary Maloney at 617-549-9812 or the club at 617-327-7306. Tickets are $20 each.

28 Sunday, June 28th: John Connors and the Irish Express

Boston Irish Festival

Irish Cultural Center

Canton, MA

Saturday, June 13th & Sunday, June 14th

Boston Irish Music Festival is two days of non-stop “rock your socks off” Celtic music at the Irish Cultural Centre Canton. Ticket prices for the 2015 Boston Irish Festivals are $15.00 single day entry, $10.00 for Irish Cultural Center Members (membership card required). Children under 12 are free.

Visit: http://bostonirishfestival.info for more information.

The Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department extends Congratulations to those of you with graduates in the family this year.

Best wishes for a successful future and a relaxing and SAFE summer.

NOTICE RELATIVE TO FUTURE OF NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION:

At the Board of Directors meeting in April, we discussed the current process of newsletter distribution and how it proves to be quite costly and time consuming. Between printing, postage and envelopes it can be upwards of $300 per month to mail a newsletter. It also takes quite a bit of time (and paper cuts) to stuff nearly 400 envelopes. The board voted to suspend the printed version beginning in September 2015. We will distribute the monthly newsletter via email and post it to the website: bpdemeraldsociety.com

By doing this electronically, we can also supplement the newsletter more frequently by sending email blasts if we have pertinent information to disseminate to the membership after the “deadline” of the former printed version. Should you need assistance setting up an email account, we would be happy to help you. If an individual insists on having a printed document, we can print and mail a modified version of the emailed newsletter. We are in the process of updating and building an email address database and when we send emails we will make an effort to use the “BCC”(blind carbon copy) so that your address doesn’t get disseminated to hundreds of other members. We will also NOT release our contacts database/your information to any other organizations. Please assist us in this venture by providing a current/valid and LEGIBLE email address at your earliest convenience.

NOTICE OF INTENDED HALL CLOSURE

As you know, the proceeds of the Patriot's Drawing are earmarked for hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and floor. In order to make these improvements, we will not booking events at the hall in the month of July.

What do you think?

Do you have an idea for a shirt or a specific item of merchandise in mind that you would like to see?
Is there an event that you would like to see the Emerald Society host or attend?
Do you have goals for the Society for the coming year?

Although I can't promise you that we will be able to bring each idea to fruition, I can promise you that we are open to suggestions and willing to listen. The Society all of OURS; where do you see us going this year? Your input and constructive criticism is welcome and could help direct the board's focus for the future.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Compliments & Complaints:
emeraldboston@gmail.com
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MAY MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING: THURSDAY 05/07/2015 8:00PM

Posted by David Isberg on May 3, 2015

I am pleased to report that Boston Police Officer John T. Moynihan continues to make remarkable strides in his long road to recovery after being brutally shot in the line of duty on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury on March 27th. Although we all wish this critical incident did not happen at all, I think we can all agree that the outcome was far better than it could have been; offender neutralized and Officer beating all odds to triumph over evil and live to fight another day. Hats off to John and the other Officers and Massachusetts State Trooper who were involved in the initial encounter and did what needed to be done. Once again, the men and women of Boston Emergency Medical Services and the Boston Medical Center worked miracles and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you to the BPD personnel of all ranks, districts and units as well as the MSP, other law enforcement agencies and first responders who came together at a moment’s notice and were and continue to be on hand to assist John and his family and friends. The BPPA and other BPD Unions, the BPD Peer Support Unit, BPD Family Assistance Unit and countless officers from BPD and surrounding jurisdictions were all on hand to lend support whether it be dropping off a “Box ‘o’ Joe” from Dunkins or driving family members where they needed to be. The Youth Violence Strike Force, more commonly called the Gang Unit (where John is assigned) exemplified unit cohesion and continues to do so. I ask that you continue to keep John and his family in your prayers as he still has a long road ahead of him; but as he has already proven, he is strong as an Ox, very determined and has a positive and upbeat attitude that we could all learn something from.

National Police Week

Past President Sean McCarthy, Vice President Jim O’Loughlin, Treasurer Ned Dervan and I will be representing the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department at National Police Week this year. On Tuesday, May 12, we will be attending the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) Top Cop Awards ceremony where Boston Police Sergeant T. Joseph Teahan, and Police Officers Ryan Lenane and William Traft will be honored by the President of the United States. You may recall the Emerald Society honored these distinguished gentlemen as the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department’s Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin Police Officers of the Year.

On Wednesday, May 13, we will be attending the 27th annual Candle Light Vigil where numerous members of the BPD will accompany the family and friends of Boston Police Officer Dennis O. “DJ” Simmonds, Jr. as his name is added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. As you already know, Dennis was a member of the BPD and the Youth Violence Strike Force and sadly passed away April 14th, 2014 after collapsing during training at the Boston Police Academy. DJ’s untimely death was a result of a brain aneurism which was directly related to line of duty injuries received on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts while participating in the massive manhunt of the marathon bombers. On Saturday, May 2, Ned, Jim and I had the pleasure of sharing dinner with DJ’s aunt and uncle, cousins, grandfather and close friend as the Irish American Police Officer’s Association of Massachusetts (IAPOA) honored DJ posthumously with their Medal of Honor. Thank you to IAPOA President Mark O’Toole and his distinguished board for bestowing that honor on DJ. The IAPOA also honored fallen Plymouth, Massachusetts police officer Gregg Maloney with the Medal of Honor. Our thoughts are with the Simmonds and Maloney families as they cope with the first anniversary of the loss of their loved ones and prepare to trek to DC to have their loved ones names added to the wall.

On Thursday, May 14, we will attend the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) spring meeting where we will be updated on the national happenings and briefed on the plans for the fall meeting which will be hosted by Chicago from September 24th to the 26th. In the evening, we will attend the 21st Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service. For those of you who are unable to travel to DC but wish to participate in honoring our fallen, you can visit: www.nleomf.org/canle-light-vigil-wall/ where you will be able to watch the vigil and even light a virtual candle. There were 117 Police Officers lost in 2014.

STICK TOGETHER

This year more than ever, National Police Week is an important time to honor and remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who swear an oath and pin on a badge. Whether it be the ultimate sacrifice, giving one’s life, or the daily sacrifices that the average professional can’t fathom: missing kid’s sports games, working on Christmas, being ordered to work extra hours when already exhausted, the majority of people out there ARE good, DO care and DO appreciate what we do. I always explain to people that Police Officers are simply a cross-section of society and with that comes different upbringings, different backgrounds, different beliefs and, yes, human error. I would never profess that there are no “bad cops”, but there are bad letter carriers, sanitation workers, teachers, doctors and nurses also. A lot of the recent incidents in this Country have painted ALL law enforcement with a broad brush and portrayed the finest profession in the worst light. Certainly there have been some law enforcement officers who have made mistakes, some far more serious that others and even some that MAY amount to criminal offenses. Remember, the officers involved have the right to due process and NONE of us are in the position to judge them. The media will sensationalize these isolated cases and crucify the men and women involved regardless of FACTS. Now more than ever, stick together, back each other up, wear your body armor, make sure all of your gear is clean and in good working order and keep your head on a swivel. Remain professional and keep a cool head…don’t fall into the traps that a few rabble rousers will bait for you.

NOTICE RELATIVE TO FUTURE OF NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION:

At the Board of Directors meeting in April, we discussed the current process of newsletter distribution and how it proves to be quite costly and time consuming. Between printing, postage and envelopes it can be upwards of $300 per month to mail a newsletter. It also takes quite a bit of time (an paper cuts) to stuff nearly 400 envelopes. The board voted to suspend the printed version beginning in September 2015. We will distribute the monthly newsletter via email and post it to the website: bpdemeraldsociety.com

By doing this electronically, we can also supplement the newsletter more frequently by sending email blasts if we have pertinent information to disseminate to the membership after the “deadline” of the former printed version. Should you need assistance setting up an email account, we would be happy to help you. If an individual insists on having a printed document, we can print and mail a modified version of the emailed newsletter. We are in the process of updating and building an email address database and when we send emails we will make an effort to use the “BCC”(blind carbon copy) so that your address doesn’t get disseminated to hundreds of other members. We will also NOT release our contacts database/your information to any other organizations. Please assist us in this venture by providing a current/valid and LEGIBLE email address at your earliest convenience.

NOTICE OF INTENDED HALL CLOSURE
As you know, the proceeds of the Patriot's Drawing are earmarked for hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and floor. In order to make these improvements, we will not booking events at the hall in the month of July.

What do you think?

Do you have an idea for a shirt or a specific item of merchandise in mind that you would like to see?
Is there an event that you would like to see the Emerald Society host or attend?
Do you have goals for the Society for the coming year?

Although I can't promise you that we will be able to bring each idea to fruition, I can promise you that we are open to suggestions and willing to listen. The Society all of OURS; where do you see us going this year? Your input and constructive criticism is welcome and could help direct the board's focus for the future.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Compliments & Complaints:

emeraldboston@gmail.com

APRIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & PATRIOT’S ALL-PRO DRAWING THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015 @ 8 PM

Posted by David Isberg on April 1, 2015

The business portion of the membership meeting will be abbreviated so that we can get right into the Patriot's All-Pro package drawing that you all have been waiting for. There will be light food refreshments on hand. We could use a few volunteers to assist with the food and the drawing, as we anticipate increased attendance due to the drawing. The drawing will take a considerable amount of time as it is a reverse drawing with 300 tickets to be drawn.

Changing of the Guard
As you know, Ned Dervan was sworn in as our new Treasurer at the banquet. Ned has some very big shoes to fill. Sergeant Detective Thomas Creavin (BPD, Retired) has been active in The Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department for more than 27 years as Treasurer and a Past President. We thank Tom for his dedication over the years and wish him well. Thankfully, Tom has agreed to stick around and help out during the transition and he will still be around the hall as an active member and past-president.

THANK YOU

My thanks to those who joined us for the annual banquet.

I would also like to extend my thanks to the board of directors and members who came out for the events on Saturday, March 14 and Monday, March 16 as we opened the hall to old friends, new members, brothers and sisters from various fraternal organizations and unions and to visiting guests from NYPD, Port Authority Police of NY/NJ and An Garda Siochana.
I was in Florida for some long overdue rest and relaxation and a little fun in the sun, so I missed both of these events. By all accounts, both events were successful and I thank those who participated for helping to make them successful.
April is Autism Awareness month.

The 8th annual World Autism Awareness Day is Thursday, April 2, 2015.
"LIGHT IT UP BLUE"
is a global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month to help raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores as well as hundreds of thousands of homes and communities take part in "Light It Up Blue”. Boston Police Headquarters will be going blue for the third year in a row. Commissioner Evans is encouraging Department members to wear the color blue and to join him outside (weather permitting) for a group photograph to show BPD’s support for Autism Awareness, on Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Boston Police Memorial.

THE EMERALD SOCIETY REMINDS IT'S MEMBERS TO WEAR BLUE ON THURSDAY APRIL 2nd
in a show of support for Autism Awareness.
(Shouldn't be too hard for the sworn members to find a blue shirt!!!)

9th Annual Commissioner's Cup Hockey Tournament

March 30-April 4
Jim Roche Arena, VFW Parkway, West Roxbury

There will be games at:
6PM, 7PM and 8PM on Monday 3/30, Tuesday 3/31 and Wednesday 4/1
6PM & 7PM on Thursday 4/2 & Friday 4/3
FINAL 10AM Saturday 4/4

Monday 3/30
6PM Area A v. Area C
7PM Area B v. HQ
8PM Area D v. YVSF

ADDITIONAL MATCHUPS TO BE DETERMINED BASED ON WINS & LOSSES

The Emerald Society Hall will be open
after the Commissioner's Cup games on Tuesday, 3/31/15
8th Annual Shamrock Shootout
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mother Nature has delayed the Shamrock Shootout by nearly an entire month this year. Now that the igloos are melting, the community will come together for the 8th annual Shamrock Shootout. The Emerald Society is one of the original sponsors of the Shamrock Shootout. Come out and enjoy the day as Temple Street in West Roxbury as it is transformed into numerous street hockey rinks. This event has grown so much over the years that it now covers a 1/3 mile stretch of Temple Street and has over 650 tournament players. In addition to the hockey, there is music and food.

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

Our heartfelt condolences to the family of long-time Emerald Society member Frederick W. MacDonald on his passing February 12th. In addition to being a US Army veteran with service in the Korean War, Fred served as a Constable in Boston and Cambridge for over 50 years.

Our heartfelt condolences to the family of retired Boston Police Officer James P. Lawless who passed away on March 17th. Jimmy was last assigned to the Hackney Unit and retired in 2006. Jimmy's son Tim is a Boston Police Officer assigned to C-11 and my Academy classmate. I will miss running into Jimmy at the Dunkin Donuts at Spring & Baker in West Roxbury.

As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our members and their families as they cope with a loss or battle an illness or injury.
NOTICE OF INTENDED HALL CLOSURE
As you know, the proceeds of the Patriot's Drawing are earmarked for hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and floor. In order to make these improvements, we will not booking events at the hall in the month of July.

What do you think?

Do you have an idea for a shirt or a specific item of merchandise in mind that you would like to see?
Is there an event that you would like to see the Emerald Society host or attend?
Do you have goals for the Society for the coming year?

Although I can't promise you that we will be able to bring each idea to fruition, I can promise you that we are open to suggestions and willing to listen. The Society all of OURS; where do you see us going this year? Your input and constructive criticism is welcome and could help direct the board's focus for the future.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Compliments & Complaints:
emeraldboston@gmail.com

Emerald Society Membership Party: Saturday March 14th

Posted by David Isberg on March 11, 2015

Emerald Society membership party

February Membership Meeting: Thursday, February 5th at 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on January 28, 2015

This year, the February meeting is of great importance and it is my hope that we will have a record attendance. With the holidays and some other factors, numerous members, officers and potential nominees were unable to attend the January meeting.  As such, it was decided that the by-law change vote, nominations, and election (if necessary) will ALL be conducted at the February meeting. For the last several months, we have been discussing the proposed by-law change.  Article 7, Section 1 currently reads: “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”. The proposed change would replace “one year” with “two years”.  

Per Article 10: “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”.

Per Article 5: ACTIVE membership shall be open to active or retired Boston Police Officers or to permanent Boston Police Officers who leave their position under honorable conditions for a full-time position as a Federal, State, County, City or Municipal law enforcement officer who establish Irish ancestry through either parent, whose sound character is proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors hereinafter established, and whose patriotism and pride encourage the welfare and security of the United States and those who profess to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. All members of the Corporation shall be eligible to vote on any and all matters pertaining to the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department of the City of Boston Incorporated. This shall include the election of all officers.  ACTIVE members only can propose the adoption, amendment, suspension or repeal of any By-Law and vote on same.

BREAKDOWN:

To vote for By-Law change: You MUST fall under the definition of the ACTIVE membership which is quoted above. Regardless of the outcome of the By-Law change vote, I am hopeful for a good showing of ACTIVE members and participation in this important meeting.

To nominate a candidate and/or vote in an election (if necessary):  

ALL members may participate and are encouraged to do so!!!

***Also, regardless of the By-Law change vote, there are openings on the Board of Directors for the following: 1 ACTIVE one year, 1 ACTIVE two year, 1 ACTIVE three year, 2 Associate one year, 2 Honorary one year***

 

Annual Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers and Board of Directors

Saturday, March 7th 2015

The evening will be complete with a traditional Irish meal and live Irish music. Individual tickets will remain $40 and tables of 10 will fetch $400.

In addition to swearing in any new officers or board members and re-affirming any existing officers or board members, we will have three award presentations.

The Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin Police Officer of the Year Award

McGinniskin was the first Irish-born Police Officer in the United States and the first of many to serve with the Boston Police Department.

This year, the Emerald Society is pleased to honor Sergeant T. Joseph Teahan and Police Officers Ryan Lenane and William Traft of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit) as Officers of the Year.  In December of 2013, these officers were involved in a violent encounter with an armed gang member during which Officer Lenane was shot. By the grace of God and a few inches Officer Lenane’s injuries were not life-threatening. The three professional law men worked as a team to neutralize the threat and once again good prevailed over evil.

Man of the Year Award

This year, the Emerald Society is pleased to honor columnist Joseph Fitzgerald of the Boston Herald as Man of the Year. Joe has emceed the Boston Police Relief Association’s annual ball for a number of years.  Fitzgerald is also known for his no-nonsense columns such as “Cops just can’t win-unless they’re killed” which was printed in the Herald on November 26th, 2014 and can be read at: http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/joe_fitzgerald/2014/11/fitzgerald_cops_just_can_t_win_unless_they_re_killed

Humanitarian of the Year

This year, the Emerald Society is pleased to posthumously honor Jack Sheridan as the Humanitarian of the Year.  “Humanitarian” as defined by Merriam-Webster: “A person who works to make other people’s lives better” Jack was quite fond of the Emerald Society and served with pride with the Society’s Honor Guard. Jack represented the Society with great distinction and brought our good name to everything he did.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:

The ESBPD is offering just 300 drawing tickets for the Patriot’s All-Pro drawing to be held at the April membership meeting. $100 per chance, first come, first served. There will be cash prizes and TV’s in addition to the grand prize of the Patriot’s package. All proceeds to benefit hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and a new floor.

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES $25:

Checks payable to: Emerald Society BPD

Name:____________________________ Membership level:________________________

Email:____________________________________________________________________

Address:____________________________________________________________________

ESBPD’s year is from March 17 to March 17. Any dues paid after January 1st, 2015 go to the full year covering you until March 17, 2016. BPD employees who have not already successfully registered with payroll deduction (check your deductions for THE EMERALD) can fill out a payroll deduction form available on the website: www.bpdemeraldsociety.com

I challenge each of you to bring new members of all levels for this coming year!!!