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.
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
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:
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