Posted by David Isberg on June 2, 2012
Greetings, I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, now bring on those summer vacations!
Payroll Deductions: For those ESBPD members who are City of Boston employees and opted to take advantage of the automatic payroll deduction, you may have noticed that it was reflected on your pay stub a couple of weeks ago. Next year it will be taken out in March at the time the dues are up. Remember, you don’t have to refill out any forms or write a check again! If you did not get in on this - be sure to do it next year.
Merchandise: Official Emerald Society Challenge coins, Barney McGinniskin coins & our newly designed ESBPD T-shirts will be available at the June 7th Meeting, get yours - they are going fast!
NCLEES Police Week Meeting: The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies met for their annual Police Week events. V.P. Doc Welby, member Rory O’Connor and I attended the festivities and meeting. At the Candle Light Vigil, we stood with friends President Andy Hale and NCLEES Financial Secretary Mike Roe from the Greater St. Louis Emerald Society as the names of 362 fallen Officers were read. The NLEOM reminds us that over 1/3 of the names on the Memorial are of Irish descent. The next day had us very busy with the National Meeting, Pipe Band Parade & March and the NCLEES Social at the Irish Channel.
At the meeting, it was announced that San Francisco will host the 2013 NCLEES fall meeting, Boston will host the 2014 and Chicago has put in a bid for 2015. A committee is being formed to make the Boston 2014 event one of the best!
Craig Floyd of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial spoke at the meeting, thanking the Emeralds for all they have done since the founding of Police Week and he gave us an update to the Law Enforcement Museum. At an estimated $88 million, with $56 million raised, its opening is slated for late 2014.
Another guest speaker was John McInerney, Co-Chairman of the Commodore John Barry Memorial Project for the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He spoke of efforts to erect the Barry Gate and Memorial at Barry Plaza at the pedestrian entrance to the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Commodore John Barry was an Irish Immigrant from County Wexford and is known as the “Father of the American Navy”. NCLEES supports this effort.
Eastern Shore Emerald Society, based out of Ocean City, Maryland was voted in as the newest addition to the NCLEES. One of our members, Tracey Geary came away with a $500. scholarship, the first winner pulled.
Post Parade, we moved over to the Social and enjoyed a night with Emerald members from across the nation. All are looking forward to coming to Boston in 2014 and some are stopping in to the city for a visit even before that.
Emerald Trip to Irish Night at the PawSox: Sunday June 24th Pawtucket Red Sox vs Louisville Bats 1:05 p.m. The Paw Sox are having an “Irish Night” with entertainment, raffles and a give away trip to Ireland. Group Box Seats, bus ride, refreshments and fun, all for $25 per person. Bus pickup & drop off will be at the Emerald Society. Fliers will be available at the meeting on June 7th or call Sean @ 617-529-1946. Only 55 spots are available on the bus, so this event is sure to fill up fast!
June 1 - Golf Tournament
June 3rd - Police Memorial Sunday at Mt Hope Cemetery
June 7th - Free ESBPD Koozies at the Membership Meeting!
June 8-10 - Irish Festival at the ICC in Canton. Show your pride & promote your heritage!
June 14 - Flag Day
June 17th - Happy Father's Day!
June 21st - Breithlá sona duit - your Emerald Society turns 39!
June 24th - Trip to Irish Night at the PawSox
July 16th - 5th Annual Maureen DeCoste Memorial Golf Tournament
September 16th - Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race
Remember, the next Monthly Membership Meeting & Free Emerald Society Koozie night will be on Thursday June 7th @ 8 p.m.
BPD Squads 1 & 2 are off!
Sean M. McCarthy
Posted by David Isberg on May 9, 2012
I hope everyone and their families had a Happy Easter. Hopefully the nice weather continues. Secretary Dick Forrester has been hard at work getting the Membership cards and stickers out and finishing up on the second batch of BPD payroll deduction forms. April 30th will be the cut off date for this year for those who are taking advantage of this benefit. This will be offered to City employees again next year if you already paid your dues this year or did not fill out the form in time.
All eyes were on our Emerald Society Honor Guard as they presented the colors during the National Anthem at the Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays on April 14th at Fenway Park. They did us proud and the Sox got the win.
NCLEES Scholarships were mailed in after the April meeting, we had only a few responses back. Hopefully we will have a winning member once again.
Congrats to Emerald bartender Tim West & his wife on the birth of their daughter Olivia!
A productive Eboard meeting was just held, with discussions on work to the Ceiling, Kitchen and the upstairs bathroom. Building and Audit Committees are now in place and ready to get to work.
A new idea on a T-shirt was presented and adjustments are being made before production, thanks to Bernie Hicks (Special Ops)for his design!
Final adjustments to the Emerald Society Challenge Coins were made and submitted. These will be available at upcoming meetings along with the “Barney McGinniskin” coins for a cost of $10. Contact Tricia @ 617-327-5481 to place an order.
Koozies featuring our logo and motto were ordered and will be dispensed in June to all members who attend the June 7th monthly meeting. Just in time for the summer, come down and get yours!
- Thursday, May 3, 2012 May Monthly Membership Meeting @ 8:00 p.m. BPD Squads 1&2 are off.
- Thursday, May 10th @ 7:00 p.m. Road Race Committee open meeting - looking for volunteers to serve on the committee and help pull this event together
- Sunday May 13 - The 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the 400 block of E Street, NW. The event is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome.
- The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies meeting will held on Monday the 14th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Capitol Hill.
- Also on Monday the 14th, The 28th Annual Emerald Society Pipe Band March & Service Sponsored by the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies. Assemble at 4:30 p.m. at New Jersey Avenue & F Street, NW. Step-off promptly at 6:00 p.m. *Emerald Societies Social is at the Irish Channel after the march.*
- The Annual “Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament” to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be held onSaturday May 19th at the Boston Athletic Club 9:00 a.m. start. A day of fun for everyone, all are welcome.
- Emerald Society Golf Classic will be held on Friday June 1st at Ponkapoag Golf Course this year. Hole sponsors are still needed.
Emerald Society Trip to Pawtucket Red Sox
- Emerald Society trip to Minor League baseball game: Sunday June 24th Pawtucket Red Sox vs Louisville Bats 1:05 p.m. The Paw Sox are having an “Irish Night” with entertainment, raffles and a give away trip to Ireland. Bus pickup & drop off at the Emerald Society. Price and more info at the May meeting, website & the June newsletter - sure to fill up fast!
Remember the next Membership Meeting will be Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. BPD Squads 1&2 are off!
Slan, Sean M. McCarthy
Posted by David Isberg on April 23, 2012
Posted by David Isberg on April 12, 2012
Cáisc Shona Daoidh - Happy Easter to all,
I hope everyone had an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day. I would like to start off by thanking those who had served on the executive board this past year and wish them well in any upcoming endeavors. Last years President Mike McDonagh did an admirable job as our leader locally and represented us well on the national stage. Mike will be working on the “Cops for Kids with Cancer” Eboard now, joining a few other Past Presidents and members of our Society in our favorite charity.
The March 8th meeting had a special election for the office of Vice President, with Robert “Doc” Welby beating out P.P. Billy Kelley for the spot. I look forward to working with Doc and this years Eboard. Our focus for the upcoming year will be how we can better serve the membership and keep you aware of the benefits of being part of an Emerald Society and work on strengthening the brotherhood, locally and nationally.
March 10th was the our Annual Banquet. Lt. John Tevnan from the Gaelic Column played the bagpipes to start us off and Officer Steve McNulty (a past award recipient) followed up by singing the National Anthem. Society Chaplain Fr. Peter Nolan of Most Precious Blood in Hyde Park gave the blessing and of course told an Irish joke, sounding even better with his native Dublin accent. A special congratulations to Fr. Nolan who was recently named a Chief of the Nimo tribe for his work during the Nigerian Civil War.
This years Humanitarian Award went to Officer Ryan Mason for his tireless efforts and work on a multitude of charities both in & outside the Department. Treasurer and Past President Tommy Creavin (Ret.) was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime dedication to the Eboard and the Society. The “Barney McGinniskin” Police Officer of the Year award went to Officers Daniel Griffin, Bruce Higgins, Dennis Medina and Brian Ball, all are members of the Youth Violence Strike Force. They were recognized for their roles in a violent encounter with members of a Cape Verdean street gang, the subsequent arrests and the removal of two handguns and assault rifle off the streets of Boston during the incident. Lastly, Officer Robert Anthony was given our Man of the Year award for his role as the Department’s chronologist and his fundraising for the BMC Breast Cancer Research Center. All awardees were given Emerald Society plaques and Certificates from Governor Patrick, Senator Mike Rush, City Councilor John Connolly and State Representative Ed Coppinger. Nice to see members Connolly and Coppinger taking time out of their busy schedules to stop by to congratulate the recipients.
Besides having a Nigerian Chief in attendance, the newly elected “Lord Mayor of West Roxbury” and former Emerald Society Man of the Year - Richie Gormley was also present. This special night was made even better with my talented cousin Catherine Joyce and friends providing the lively traditional Irish music. Thanks to the Forresters, Richie Gormley, Jack Sheridan and P.P. Steve DaCorta for the door prizes!
On March 16th, the second “Shamrock Social” 7th & 8th grader dance took place. Thanks to Dan Adams and his volunteers for pulling this off.
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, brought the 5th Annual Shamrock Shootout street hockey tournament. This event was started by Emerald Society members Mike O’Brien and Marc Sanders with 75 kids. This year over 500 neighborhood kids played hockey in 16 “rinks” throughout the day. Teams are given Irish titles, there is even one called “Emerald Society”. Each kid takes home a street hockey stick, a t-shirt, a belly full of pizza & ice cream and a memory they’ll never forget. We are proud to be an original sponsor of this event!
During the week of St. Patrick’s Day -March 11-18, our facebook page was hit 742 times!
This month marks the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, but did you know that Fenway Park was built by Charles E. Logue an Immigrant from Derry, Ireland? Fenway opened on April 20, 1912 with the Red Sox defeating the New York Highlanders (later known as the Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings. Our Emerald Society Honor Guard will be presenting the colors during the National Anthem at the Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays on April 14th at 4 p.m. - tune in!
On March 16th, we lost longtime member Robert Tierney Sr. (retired Peabody P.D.). He was a great guy and proud of this organization and all things Irish. “Ar dheis De go raibh a anam”.
Congratulations to Lt. Bernie Hicks on his retirement from the Dept. of Corrections!
- March 30th, the Inauguration of the 1st “Mayor of West Roxbury" 7-11 pm at the Irish Social Club, 119 Park St. West Roxbury. Admission $10., proceeds to benefit Boston charities.
Music by Erin Og.
- Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Roslindale Village Main Street’s annual Free Easter Egg Hunt at Adams Park.
- The 1st “Big Billy Greene” Tournament for Hope will take place on Friday, April 20, 2012 at the George Wright Golf Course. Named after member Marylou Greene’s son who passed away from Leukemia last year, proceeds will go to help others fight this deadly disease.
- The April meeting will be on Thursday, April 12th @ 8 p.m. Squads 4 & 5 are off! Make plans and come on down. “Barney McGinniskin” Challenge coins will be available at this meeting.
If you have a child attending or about to attend a College or University, NCLEES Scholarship forms will be available at the April meeting or call Sean @ 617-529-1956 for one. They will be mailed in after the meeting. Board member Jack Cronin’s son won $500. at last years drawing.
Posted by David Isberg on March 1, 2012