November 2015: President Message

It has often been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the picture on this page tells of the culmination of 43 and a half years of determination and dedication by the people who fought for Patrolman Phil Cardillo’s rightful recognition and due respect.
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In 1972 Patrolman Cardillo was ambushed and assassinated in the 116th St. Harlem Mosque. Thanks to the determination of many, Phil was finally honored on Monday, October 19th. I had the privilege to attend the street naming ceremony at the NYPD academy on 28th Ave. Flushing Queens. Isn’t it ironic that the street in front of the academy is 28th Avenue, as Phil was a member of the 28th Pct. when he met his demise. As frustrating as this procedure was I believe the untiring efforts were very much appreciated by Phil’s on, Todd, and the entire Cardillo family. Thanks to to all who worked so long and so hard.

Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Street Renaming Ceremony

Upcoming Events: Next Meeting (12/10) and Holiday Party (12/13)

Our next meeting is Thursday, December 10th at the Coral House in Baldwin.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Also, don’t forget on Sunday, December 13th is the Children’s Holiday Party! Remember to get all your children and grandchildren ready to attend Mike and Noel’s 2015 Shields’ children’s Christmas party. As always it should be a fun party and Bob Forester has promised that Santa will make an appearance.

Not a Prayer!… (?)

The Commencement Exercises for the Jacob Gunther Elementary School were held on June 24, 1992 with this chaplain’s name (mine!) listed after the word, “Invocation.” Anyone going to the files in that school can still find that program and see my name printed in it – and perhaps never realize that I never got to say a word… or even attend! The poor principal, in some embarrassment, phoned me at 2:00 p.m. that June afternoon and shared the news that the school was now expected to follow the Supreme Court’s recent ruling forbidding prayer at a school ceremony and that I should not come to that place at 7:00!

It seems that a certain Daniel and Deborah Weisman of Rhode Island had brought a case against prayer in school to court… and it made it all the way to Washington where the Supreme Court upheld the ban in Lee v. Weisman, making it the law of the land to exclude the prayers.

I recall writing a newsletter article for the congregation I served at the time, explaining that it might be a good thing to spare people from the unwelcome presence of such a thing that sets some of them at odds with others who pray. I shared my experience of prayers attempted at other ceremonies in which the high school graduates made no attempt to hide the beer bottles from which they were drinking (in caps and gowns!) and no disguising their inattention to the words being spoken or to the spirit of respect and consideration. Such deportment troubled, disappointed, and even shocked some standing with dignity while others of the opposite spirit raised a din, while no one in authority ever said or did a thing.

So in this season of the year, when many people of faith remember with thanksgiving the freedoms we enjoy in this nation, where stories of faith can be told without threat of hindrance. There is feasting in the retelling of powerful deliverance from long-term abuse in Egypt (with miraculous establishment of a special people, God’s own people – through the sea and into the Promised Land) and the assurance that the Mighty One displays authority that conquers the very fear and sting of death itself in a surprise Third Day that changed defeated and sorrowing followers into bold and confident celebrants of the power of love and new life. How appropriate to pause… and pray.

I marvel that, in this world of so much coarseness and mockery, every meeting of the Long Island Shields includes some moments… of prayer. How unlike so many other groups we are – that we pause in our busy lives and – as a group of friends – share in reflective moments of attention of a Power greater than ourselves. It makes me feel so honored to be included in such a worthy tradition!

JGAnderson, Chaplain

Police Officer of the Month April 2015

This evening we are honored to present the Police Officer of the Month award to four members of the Suffolk County Police Department’s 1st Precinct.

On January 12th, 2015 at 0511 hrs an unknown subject entered Steve’s Hot Bagels and Bakery at 2142 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park. The subject, described as male white, in his 30’s, 5’8”, 180 pounds, goatee, black hair wearing beige pants and gray hooded sweatshirt held a black object in the direction of the woman behind the counter and threatened to kill her. He then attempted to get into the cash register and when he couldn’t he took the register, containing $500, and fled northbound on foot.

Officers responded to canvass the area to look for a pedestrian matching such description. While checking the area P.O. Aue and P.O. Fuentes in RMP 102A observed an Oldsmobile go through 2 stop signs east on Claremont Ave. Due to the proximity to the robbery the officers deduced that this could possibly be the suspect trying to flee the area. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle for the traffic infractions on Route 231. The operator of the vehicle refused to pull over and sped off at a high rate of speed at which time a lengthy pursuit commenced.

After some time the Officers lost the vehicle. Shortly after P.O. Wildeman and P.O. LoRusso in RMP 114A picked up the vehicle on 5th Ave and Michigan Ave in Brentwood and attempted to stop the car once again. The officers followed the vehicle until the operator crashed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Montauk Highway just west of Union Blvd in Great River. The subject, who matched the description of the robbery suspect who was believed to be armed with a gun, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The subject was caught by the officers after a foot pursuit and was taken into custody P. O. Wildeman for numerous traffic infractions. Soon after a show up was conducted. At 0647 hrs a witness to the robbery positively identified the subject as the perpetrator.

Then at 0650 hrs the victim positively identified the subject as the perpetrator. The subject was then arrested and charged with Robbery in the first degree. The cash register and a rubber black object which the defendant is believed to have used to simulate a gun were located behind hedges at 25 Clinton Ave, Deer Park. The Officers being honored this evening are a great example of how the use of an officer’s intelligence, courage and skills can effectively combat violent crimes. These actions are the reason the Shields of Long Island are proud to honor as our Police Officers of the Month Police Officer Thomas Wildeman, Police Officer Nicola LoRusso, Police Officer Russell Aue (oww-e) and Police Officer David Fuentes.

President’s Message – April 2015

As I start my message it’s 2 weeks before our next general meeting. The calendar says it is spring but no one told this to Mother Nature. Hopefully, this will change by our April 23 meeting date.

Enough about the weather! Let’s review some of The Shields upcoming scheduled activities for your enjoyment and participation. What may possibly be the last Ptl. Phil Cardillo motorcycle ride is scheduled for Sunday April 19th. If and when they honor Phil the run will cease.

On Saturday May 23rd we will once again pay tribute to the men and women who served our country, by placing flags on their graves at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale. I hope we see you there.

Thursday to Saturday, May 28th-30th, we will be doing crowd control and security for the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Field complex in Uniondale. The smiles on the kids’ faces make this effort well worthwhile.

Lastly, Luke Johnson is busy working on the final arrangements for another picnic and LI Ducks baseball game at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip on Tuesday July 21st. Details in this edition of the Call Box.

I have recently been made aware of a NYS Thruway EZ pass “phishing” scam. People receive bogus emails allegedly from EZ pass claiming unpaid bills and containing a link to pay this bill. Any Questions, call EZ pass for clarification at 1-800-833-8655.

Hopefully we will see you at the Coral House on April 23rd. As always feel free to bring a potential new member. BE SAFE! Wear your vest.

President’s Message: February 2015

Welcome to 2015, let’s hope it is better than the end of 2014.

In December the unprovoked, cowardly, vicious ASSASINATIONS of Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos shocked the police community, as well as the country. Let us always remember their sacrifice and keep these two fine officers and all police officers in our prayers.

On a much more positive note let us thank both Noele and Mike Villa for the wonderful Children’s Christmas Party at The Coral House in Baldwin. The party was well attended and the parents as well as the children had a great time. Thanks go to Bob Forrester for bringing Santa to entertain the kids. Also, our thanks go to Dave Fischer for providing many fun gifts.

Our December meeting was well attended and a great success thanks to our guest speaker Mary Murphy, PIX-11 reporter. Mary spoke of the fight to properly recognize the sacrifice of Ptl. Phil Cardillo. Mary has promised to follow the process until a decision is reached.

I have recently been made aware that what may possibly be the last memorial motorcycle ride to honor to Ptl. Phil Cardillo will be held on Sunday, April 19th.

Hopefully, a street will be named in his honor at the new NYPD academy.

I hope to see you at the February 19 meeting. Bring a potential new member.