65-2 #37 May 13, 2005

Union Issues

  • PERB Mediation & Contract
  • Roster Staffing Agreement Rumors Dispelled
  • Preparedness & Safe Response
  • Chief Hayden Attacks Bloomberg's Hazmat Policy"”Risks Career
  • WTC CD-73 Agreement Reached
  • Candidate Nominations
  • UFA Election Ballot Mailing
  • UFA Lobby Day in Albany
  • Medical Leave Lifts Update & Case Summary
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing Issues
  • Heat Index Case
  • Details off the Chart Hearings
  • Tottenville E151/L76 & Bronx E75/L33 Involuntary Lifts
  • State CFR-D Certification Tests Lost
  • New Order Forms for UFA Delegate Manual Info Booklets
  • UFA Contracts & Agreements Booklet
  • Delegates Receive New Delegate Manual/Info Guides
  • Delegate Education Seminar Guides for Your Housewatch

Events, Help, Fundraisers & Benefits

  • FDNY Senior Man 42 Years: Tony Catapano E-202 Retires
  • Annual Widows & Children's Fishing Tournament
  • FDNY vs NYPD Football
  • Lt. John Bellew Memorial Paintball Game
  • The Dennis Devlin Memorial 5K Run/Walk
  • Dennis P. McHugh 5K Run/Walk & Family Fair
  • NYC Marathon
  • Skehill Foundation 10th Annual Softball Tournament
  • Firefighter Meehan's Family Fund
  • College Scholarship Application
  • MetroStars Discount Ticket Days at Giants Stadium
  • Columbia Association Dinner Dance
  • 2005 Tuttlemundo/Dolney Scholarship Fund
  • 5th Annual FDNY Night at Brooklyn Cyclones Stadium
  • Engine 23 Cooling Vest Drive for Our Fighting Troops

PERB Mediation & Contract
The UFA met with PERB mediator Phil Maher and the City on April 18. The City asked if the UFA would consider a 4 year contract, but provided no offer"”while refusing to budge off its original offer of 4% over three years. PERB only has the authority to award a two contract. However, the PBA is back in executive session in PERB to consider the option of agreeing to allow the arbitrator to issue a 4 year award, which requires both parties' consent in advance. Members are advised of the fact that the Bloomberg administration has refused to settle a contract with any uniformed coalition union. They were all made the same take-it or leave-it offer of 4% over three years, which includes a first year zero, with givebacks required for any other increase. Unlike the last round of contract negotiations which included zeros for all city unions, except the PBA and UFA, all uniform coalition unions have agreed not to undermine the current PERB arbitration by settling and establishing a pattern prior to an award is issued.

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Roster Staffing Agreement Rumors Dispelled
The City offered to extend the RSOT agreement"”unchanged"”for two more years. This is unacceptable. It is our objective to increase the number of 5-man engines and remove medical leave provisions that penalize us due to catastrophic events such as the WTC or a blackout. The increased response times and workload resulting from firehouse closings, additional companies OOS per tour for training, and the number of runs doubling due to CFR-D present sufficient evidence, in accordance with the language of the agreement, to substantiate this issue. The following is quoted verbatim from the 1996 RSOT Agreement: "After the expiration of this Agreement, January 31, 2006, the City, in view of factors including, but not limited to changes in technology, structural and non structural fires, and response time, may wish to change staffing levels. In the event the City plans to make such changes, the parties will negotiate to the extent required by the New York City Collective Bargaining Law. Should differences between the parties arise, it is the intent of the parties to work expeditiously to resolve them." Unedited copies of the entire RSOT Agreement are in the 'UFA Contracts & Agreements' Housewatch Booklets, which were distributed to all Delegates at the 5/12 Union Meeting.

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Preparedness & Safe Response
As we all know, due to increased workload issues noted above, more companies are responding from farther away. Please remember to operate as safely as you possibly can"”and never forget"”don't get injured speeding to an alarm. Follow all Department procedures when responding and do not violate any traffic regulations unless ordered by your officer. In addition, if it is suspected that you, your gear or your rig are exposed to any possible contaminants or body fluids, all members must insure you follow decontamination procedures prior to going back in service. Members are also reminded that the warmer months are upon us and heat exhaustion is always a danger to your health and safety. Members who exert themselves while wearing bunker gear can cause a dangerous increase in body core temperature, even on responses that may not involve fire. Members should take necessary recuperation and rehydration time, in accordance with all Dept procedures, so you will be in ready condition for any physical exertion your emergency duties may require.

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Chief Hayden Attacks Bloomberg's Hazmat Policy - Risks Career
Chief of Department Pete Hayden put his career on the line when told City Council members on May 9 that the protocol is confusing in its structure and dangerous because it excludes the fire department from the top leadership in incidents involving hazardous materials and lets police take control. "The fire department has to be involved equally at the command level, because people and first responders are going to be at risk," Hayden testified. He also stated that firefighters lives must not be risked based on another agency's decision"”when the FDNY is the most highly qualified agency in this country to make these decisions. As a result of this new structure, the New York City Fire Department will be the only Fire Department in the country that is not in charge of Haz-Mat incidents. We applaud Chief Hayden for speaking out against this flawed command structure"”even though Mayor still refuses to change the protocol. Bloomberg has proven once again that he will always put politics ahead of public and Firefighter safety"”regardless of who challenges him or what convincing and qualified evidence is presented"”even from his highest ranking chiefs.

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WTC CD-73 Agreement Reached
An agreement was reached during recent joint labor management negotiations between the UFA, UFOA and the Dept. regarding CD-73 wording to be automatically entered for all members whose health may have been adversely affected by exposure from the WTC. The below language will automatically be entered for all affected firefighters. Members will have the ability to add to the below language on their individual CD-73s:
"I was present on multiple days during the FDNY's WTC rescue and recovery effort between September 11, 2001 and July 25, 2002. I am submitting this single CD-73 to cover all of my exposure days at the World Trade Center site, at firehouses, the morgues, the Staten Island landfill, and on Fire Department apparatus. I had potential exposures to any or all of the following hazardous substances that have been identified by various specific authorities as being present at Ground Zero. These substances included but were not limited to: World Trade Center particulate matter, smoke from the WTC fires, jet fuel and combustibles, asbestos, silicates, man-made vitreous fibers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), PCBs, dioxins, heavy metals, and human remains from WTC victims. At various times during my WTC-related activities, I feel that my personal protective equipment did not provide me with adequate protection. I believe that the FDNY failed to provide me with proper respiratory protection during all or a portion of the WTC rescue and recovery effort."

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Candidate Nominations
Nominations for UFA General Election were made at the May 12th Membership Meeting. The following candidates who submitted verified signature petitions were nominated from the floor and provided with required documents. Membership address disks were provided to candidates, in accordance with the UFA Constitution.

President
1. Stephen J. Cassidy, Engine 236
2. Thomas DaParma, Retired

Vice President
1. Rudy Sanfilippo, Engine 76
2. James Slevin, Ladder 7

Treasurer
1. Thomas McCarthy, Ladder 127
2. Robert J. Straub, Engine 45

Recording Secretary
1. Joseph A. Miccio, Engine 295 (unopposed)

Health & Safety Officer/Sergeant-at-Arms
1. Philip McArdle, Haz-Mat 1
2. William Romaka, Engine 238

Manhattan Trustee
1. Daniel Murphy, Engine 74
2. Anthony F. Salerno, Engine 24

Brooklyn Trustee
1. John G. Kelly, Engine 201 (unopposed)

Queens Trustee
1. Stephen G. Humenesky, Engine 301 (unopposed)

Bronx Trustee
1. Edward Brown, Ladder 48 (unopposed)

Staten Island Trustee
1. Donald J. Ruland, Engine 157 (unopposed)

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UFA Election Ballot Mailing
Ballots will be mailed to each member's residence by American Arbitration Association (AAA) on Thursday, May 26th, and must be returned to the AAA by 9:00 am on Monday, June 13th. Any member who has not received a ballot by Tuesday, May 31st is directed to call AAA directly at (800) 529-5218, M-F 9am to 5pm, and give their correct residence address (and actual assigned unit - not their detail assignment). A ballot will mail to your home that same day. Ballots will be counted on June 13th commencing at 9:00 am. Military members serving active duty may vote via the internet in accordance with April's approved UFA Constitution Amendment and the above time requirements. Election results will be announced on that same day upon ballot count completion. Winners take office effective August 1st. Any member wishing to vote must insure your home address on record at the UFA is accurate. If not, immediately prepare an 'SBF Change of Address Form' and mail to the UFA, Attn: SBF. Forms can be obtained from your Delegate, or call the UFA SBF at 212-683 4723.

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UFA Lobby Day in Albany
On Tuesday over 75 firefighters traveled to Albany to assist UFA Vice President and Legislative Chairman Jim Slevin to lobby for legislation that is important to our members. Members spent the day meeting with their respective legislators discussing the UFA legislative agenda. Most importantly, the members pushed hard for passage of the WTC Disability Bill. Firefighters were on hand as it moved through the Civil Service and Pension Committee in the Senate. The bill is scheduled to be passed on Monday in both the Senate and Assembly. Firefighters also were on hand for meetings with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Governor George Pataki. The importance of passing the WTC Presumption Bill was stressed at these meetings. The day was concluded with a reception where many of the legislators and their staff attended. Firefighters were further able to push our agenda in an informal setting. UFA Vice-President Jim Slevin would like to thank all the members that participated and helped make it a success. We look forward to future Lobby Days and look to double the number of firefighters who attend. New Delegate Manual Chapters regarding Firefighter Legislation and Elected Officials were introduced at the Delegate Seminar last week. These chapters may be ordered for free in booklet format using the easy-fax order form that is in the back of the 'Table of Contents' Booklet, which was distributed to all Delegates at the 5/12 Union Meeting.

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Medical Leave Lifts Update & Case Summary
Initial lifts in 2003 were postponed by the Department due to a UFA demand citing contractual violations and mandating a delay. The UFA then filed a grievance for arbitration on Sept 2nd 2003, which is the day the delayed lift order was reissued. The UFA went to state court that same week to apply for an injunction. All willing members were interviewed that fall and individual cases documented by specialized attorneys the UFA hired to pursue a federal lawsuit, which ultimately was not ruled in our favor. The UFA defeated the Department's two 2 challenges to grievance arbitrability, which delayed the arbitration hearings. However, as a result of these two victories, the UFA was finally permitted to continue forward with the case. A 40 page prehearing brief is being filed today (Thursday) for the arbitration case, which utilizes evidence gathered and prepared for the federal case and the Department's unsuccessful challenges to arbitrability. The UFA will be calling staff chiefs from HQ, company officers and as many officers and members as necessary to testify before the arbitrator in order to document the fact that these lifts are punitive in nature and in violation of the SMLP agreement (which was reached through a prior UFA federal court victory), PA/ID 2-95 (Chronic Absence) and PA/ID 3-96 (SMLP). All affected members with any questions should contact Recording Secretary Joe Miccio, and if the member desires, Joe will put them in direct contact with UFA Labor Counsel Mike Axelrod. The UFA will not back down on this issue, which not only affects current members, but all firefighters in the future.

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Drug and Alcohol Testing Issues

  • AUC 202, Addendum 1 (Random Drug Testing): The UFA filed an Improper Practice case challenging various issues, including drug levels used by the Dept, which are lower then the federal employee threshold; the Department's refusal to permit UFA representation to observe the "random" selection of the companies; and the current protocol for taking members offline that test positive for opiates while waiting for confirming hair follicle tests.

  • AUC 202 (Substance Policy: Drugs/Alcohol): The UFA sent an official objection notice to Commissioner Scoppetta regarding the March 23rd reasonable suspicion provision revisions and the protections which have been removed that guaranteed testing only for cause. The Department did not respond to the UFA objection letter. An Improper Practice has been prepared and is being filed this week. There are also constitutional privacy issues regarding unreasonable searches that may warrant other means of redress.

  • Raid at E53/L43: The UFA brought in the following persons to testify: the 6 BITS officials who conducted the raid, Comm. James Drury (the CO of BITs), Chief James Daley, Chief Peter Hayden, Borough Commander Haring and other ranking personnel. Members of E53/L43 have also participated in the case. UFA labor Counsel Mike Axelrod presented an extremely aggressive and convincing case demonstrating how the Dept violated its own policies and our members' rights. The hearings are concluded, final briefs must be filed by both sides to the arbitrator this month, with a decision expected in the next month or two.

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    Heat Index Case
    The hearing is complete regarding the City's challenge to our right to file a scope of bargaining case against the Department's THI index and Code 10-51 provisions. The Dept claims this issue is not negotiable despite the following facts: introduction of heat encapsulating bunker gear, and the federal government replacing the now-defunct THI standard with the more accurately reflective Heat Index. (The Department currently uses THI to determine our safety under high heat conditions.) Final briefs from both sides are due on May 20th. If successful, this will open the door and allow the UFA to present a comprehensive case to change the Department's 10-51 Outside Activities Suspension Policy.

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    Details off the Chart Hearings
    AThe hearing date for Light Duty Details off the Chart grievance is scheduled for May 23rd. The hearing regarding OT due to involuntary details off the chart for training is scheduled for June 23.

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    Tottenville E151/L76 & Bronx E75/L33 Involuntary Lifts
    The Tottenville E151/L76 and Bronx E75/L33 involuntary lifts grievances are pending regarding across-the-board transfers of members who were not involved in alleged incidents.

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    State CFR-D Certification Tests Lost
    The UFA has just discovered that the State lost 300 of our members' CFR-D recertification exams. We are informed that affected members have received letters offering a choice of two re-exam dates in June. This matter is being followed up with the Department with more information to follow.

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    New Order Forms for UFA Delegate Manual Info Booklets
    The new Delegate Manual 'Table of Contents' chapter was published in a booklet form for each company's housewatch. It lists every topic covered in the new Delegate Manual and an easy-to-use fax order form in the back that allows Delegates to order as many booklets as desired of any chapter for their members. Copies were distributed to all Delegates at the 5/12 Union Meeting

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    UFA Contracts & Agreements Booklet
    This new chapter was published in booklet form for your house-watch. This chapter is a compilation of the various collective bargaining agreements, contracts or other agreements that the UFA and City have entered into, either in summary or in their entirety. It also contains some information about or references to certain laws which were negotiated via legislation that apply to the UFA and the City. This includes the RSOT/Manning, CFR-D, Work Chart, Unlimited Medical Leave, VSF, Heart Bill, Lung Bill, Communicable Diseases Bill, NYPD Rollover and more. Copies were distributed to all Delegates at the 5/12 Union Meeting.

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    Delegates Receive New Delegate Manual/Info Guides
    New Delegate Manuals were issued to all Delegates who participated in the Delegate Educational Seminar. Delegates who did not receive a New Manual should contact the UFA recording Secretary's office, which will arrange for delivery to your firehouse or residence.

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    Delegate Education Seminar Book for Your Housewatch
    The Most Intensive Delegate Training of the Year. The Agenda Book will be mailed in its own envelope to your firehouse shortly so you may review the intensive training regimen your Delegate receives. This year's Seminar provided critically important information about wages, investments, job security, benefits and ways to combat negative FDNY policies. It consists each day of a morning general session and afternoon workshops that run concurrently. Delegates choose workshops which will strengthen their knowledge where needed and be most helpful to their members. Additionally, many exhibitors that set up booths from healthcare, financial, and mortgage fields and more"”many of whom sponsor the high costs of the various seminar events. Over $100,000 of our costs are covered by them. Delegates had questions answered and bring back literature to share with you in the firehouses. You may contact any of the benefit and healthcare providers listed in the Guide Book. It also lists this year's honorees and a 6-page bulleted history of the UFA. It is amazing to see all the gains accomplished by each successive board and Delegate body since our inception in 1917.

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    FDNY Senior Man 42 Years: Tony Catapano E-202 Retires
    On Saturday, May 21st, the Senior Firefighter on the job, Tony Catapano, after 42 years is working his last tour straight up and down. Members are invited to stop by and wish him well. Also, Tony's retirement party will take place on Thursday, June 9th from 6pm to 10pm at the Tamaqua Inn, located at 84 Ebony Court in Gerrison Beach. All invited. Tickets at the door. Call 718-625-8353 to RSVP for a head count and if you have any questions.

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    Annual Widows & Children's Fishing Tournament

    Delegates are asked to insure that all LODD family members with children from their companies are contacted to see if they received the registration form reminded to turn in the registration form so T-shirts for the kids can be ordered and the charter boats reserved. Free for family of all FFs lost in LOD. July 6, 2005. Captree State Park. Check-in 9:30am. Boats depart 10:00 am. Return 2:00 pm. Barbeque, raffle and awards to follow. Tournament is sponsored by E295 & L144, E299 & L152. Entry deadline is May 19th. See enclosed flyer and contact your LODD families. The kids have a great time each year. For more info contact Tony Cecco E295(ret) 516-932-3918 or Mark Malenovsky E299 (ret) 631-589-0065.

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    FDNY vs NYPD Football
    Friday, May 20th, 7:30 pm. Monsignor Farrell High School, Staten Island. Tickets available, call Steve Orr (E276) at 646-210-4470.

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    Lt. John Bellew Memorial Paintball Game
    Friday May 20th 10am-5pm at Cousins Paintball Newburgh NY. All Members of the FDNY Family and Friends invited. Cost is $50 which includes all of the paintball rental gear and paint you can shoot, BBQ lunch and beverages. All proceeds to go to the Family of Lt. John Bellew. What to Bring: Sweat shirt, a old pair of jeans and sneakers or boots. Special thanks to Great American Paintball, PMI, Cousins Paintball and Pevs Paintball for there generous donations. Please post sign up sheets at fire house for approximate head count. Contact Info: Pete Utschig E16/L7, Marc Bore E46/L27, Rob Brenzel 50 Pct (914)557-3911. Directions? Cousins Paintball 1-800-FLAG-007 or visit www.cousinspaintball.com.

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    The Dennis Devlin Memorial 5K Run/Walk
    On Saturday, May 21, 2005, at 11:00 am, the Dennis Devlin Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held at the Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY. Pre-registration for adults is $25, kids 10 and under, $12. Day of race, adults - $30, kids 10 and under, $15. Food and beverages provided to all participants. All proceeds go to the Washingtonville Scholarship Fund & the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation. Applications are available through a link on the FDNY Intranet. For additional info contact Lt. Bill Donlon, E-45, 718-430-0245, or via e-mail at devlinrun@yahoo.com.

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    Dennis P. McHugh 5K Run/Walk & Family Fair
    On Sunday, May 22, 2005, at 10:00am, the 2nd Annual Dennis P. McHugh 5K Run/Walk & Family Fair will be held at Fly Wheel Park in Piermont, NY. Pre-registration is $15 for adults, $8 for kids under 12. Race day registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids. All proceeds will fund the construction of The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library. Bring the whole family and enjoy food, drink, games, rides, a DJ, Irish dancers and more. Directions to Fly Wheel Park and applications are available online at www.dennispmchugh.org. or more info, contact Captain John Hemsley, L-13, at 212-570-4220.

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    NYC Marathon
    Members interested in running in the NYC Marathon are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for application is May 30, 2005. Members can apply online at www.nyrrc.org. The FDNY Fitness Unit will not be able to assist members with marathon acceptance if they do not apply.

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    Skehill Foundation 10th Annual Softball Tournament
    Saturday, June 4th at Van Cortlandt Park Parade grounds (softball fields at West 250th St & B'way). Beginning at 9am. Reception to be held at Gaelic Park (West 240th St & B'way) from 3pm - 11pm rain or shine! DJ Kev. Team Entry deadline 5/29/05. Entry fee $250 per team. For entry and further info call 718-543-8854. Rain date for softball tournament is 6/18/05.

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    Firefighter Meehan's Family Fund
    Sponsored by the members of Engine 222. Hosted at Eleanor Rigby's Restaurant & Tavern. Little Christopher Charles Meehan joined firefighter Meehan's family on December 18th 2004 at 11:29 p.m. weighing in at 4 lbs, a little earlier then expected. FF Meehan and his new family have left for Minnesota to the Shriners Children's Hospital for a few months along with our thoughts and prayers. Please help make the finances one less thing for the family to worry about. Benefit Fundraiser for the Meehan Family Fund Sunday, June 5, 2005, 2pm-6pm. Eleanor Rigby's Restaurant & Tavern, 133 Mineola Blvd, Mineola, NY (516) 739-6622 (www.eleanorigbys.com). Join us on June 5, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Eleanor Rigby's. for the Meehan Family Fund, an afternoon of raffles, a 50/50 and the drawing of the "BIG" raffle. Contact FF Guy D'Alessio E222 (917) 774-7397 or by email at E222support@aol.com for donation pickup, additional raffle tickets or for more info/tickets and directions.

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    College Scholarship Application
    Applications for the NYS Honorary Fire Chiefs and NYS Professional Fire Fighters 2005 College Scholarship are now available. Postmark deadline to submit application is June 11, 2005. All information must be submitted to: NYS Professional Fire Fighter's Association, Inc. 111 Washington Avenue, Suite 207, Albany, NY 12210. Eligibility: The scholarship competition is open to high school seniors and recent high school graduates who will not have completed more than one year of college by September 2005. An applicant must not have graduated from high school before 2004 and must be a child of a uniformed member of the NYS Professional Firefighters Association. Scholarship winners will be announced at the 67th Annual Convention of the NYSPFFA held from July 13th through July 16th, 2005. Awards are made when the recipient has registered at an accredited undergraduate college as a full time student or any school furthering education beyond high school. An award of $1000 is given to those students who are selected. Applicants will be required to take the SAT or ACT test. Students must have taken this examination no later than January of 2005. Scholarship Essay: Approximately 400-500 words indicating why you should be the recipient of the award. For an application and/or additional information, visit the NYSPFFA website, www.nyspffa.org, or by calling Jacqueline Merveil, FDNY Registrar, 718-281-8465.

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    MetroStars Discount Ticket Days at Giants Stadium
    Sunday, June 12th, 6pm vs. D.C. United. Saturday, July 9th, 7pm vs Galaxy. Sunday, August 21, 6pm vs Chivas USA. Platinum discount $30 (face value $38). Gold discount $24 (face value $32). Silver discount $18 (face value $26). Call Ben Parry or send/fax order form to receive the discount. Call 201-583-7000 x7119 to order your discounted tickets.

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    Columbia Association Dinner Dance
    The Columbia Association FDNY will hold its 71st Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance on Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Russo's on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, Queens. This year the Columbia Association will honor the 2005 "Man of the Year", Deputy Chief Arthur J. Parrinello, Uniform Fire Officers Association Executive Board and Humanitarian Award to Mr. Aldo Rosso, President, Il Vero Cuore Di Venezia. Donation is $80 per person. For reservations contact Craig Silvino, 718-448-1170.

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    2005 Tuttlemundo/Dolney Scholarship Fund
    The Tuttlemundo/Dolney Fund will award two $500 academic scholarships towards the college tuition of qualified dependent children. To be eligible for consideration, a child must be: A dependent of a current or former member of Division 15; and currently attending a college that imposes a charge for tuition; or entering a college in September that imposes a charge for tuition. Each dependent child must be entered separately. The winners will be published on a future Department Order. Applications must be received by June 20, 2005. For applications and/or information, contact Firefighters Charles Vanrossem, or James O'Brien, both of B-44, at 718-965-8344.

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    5th Annual FDNY Night at Brooklyn Cyclones Stadium
    Friday, July 15th 2005 at Keyspan Park - 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn (Coney Island). The night includes: Smoke House, FD children on the field, Bagpipers, etc. Pre-game ceremony at 6:30 pm. Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Crosscutters at 7 pm. Post-game fireworks display. Pre/Post game party in Peggy O'Neills (located in front of stadium). Tickets are $15 each for grandstand and $10 each for bleacher. Proceeds will go to the UFA Scholarship Fund. Fire Marshal Bob Cashman is the event organizer. For further information call 718-999-0740.

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    Engine 23 Cooling Vest Drive for Our Fighting Troops
    The members of E23, in conjunction with the Trevor Win'E Fund are sponsoring a drive to equip our fighting troops with cooling vests. Summers in Iraq can produce temperatures above 120 degrees. Troops conduct operations in this heat wearing full combat gear including body armor. Each $125 donated buys one cooling vest to be worn under body armor. All monies will equip NY area based units serving in Iraq. Please give the name or unit you would like the vest to go to. Checks should be made out to the Trevor WinE Memorial Fund. Be sure to write FDNY or your department on bottom of check. Send all checks to E23, Att: Captain John Bendick. A letter is sent with the vest along with a company patch if you include on with your check. For more info contact Captain John Bendick 914-523-6276, 22 Homecresr Ave, Yonkers, NY 10703 or visit the Trevor Win'E Memorial Fund Website at http://www.trevorwine.com.

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    Fraternally.

    Stephen J. Cassidy
    President

    Joseph A. Miccio
    Recording Secretary