Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall

If you have never experienced seeing the moving wall, the time is now. To understand the meaning of this tribute to those who gave this country everything they had, is to see the names of those who died, in a war that divided this country. A must see for anyone who lived through that time period.


August 10th - 15th, 2016  |  Free & Open to the Public 24 Hours a Day
Gore Place, Waltham, MA - Grove Street Entrance

 Thank You for Visiting “The Moving Wall” “The Moving Wall” is the half-sized replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial. John Devitt, a Vietnam veteran from California, possessed the vision and dedication to his fellow Vietnam veterans that made this memorial a reality. When Devitt attended the Opening Ceremonies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in 1982, he vowed to bring the experience he had to all those not able to go to Washington. Together with Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers, he built “The Moving Wall”, and we are grateful. Open to the Public – 24 Hours a Day Please check website for opening time on August 10th as this depends on when The Moving Wall arrives. Information Tent – Locating Names “Making a Rubbing” The names of those who gave their lives and of those who remain missing are inscribed in the order they were taken from us. Volunteers are available to help you find a name on The Wall. We will provide the materials you need to make a “rubbing”. You will also be given a small flag (as long as supply lasts) to place at The Wall. Exhibits Documents from the War in Vietnam, photographs and original art work will be on display. There will also be ground displays. Parking/Shuttle BJ’s & WOW - Seyon Street, Waltham JCDS - 57 Stanley Avenue, Watertown Handicapped Parking – Grove Street THE MOVING WALL GORE PLACE Grove Street Entrance Waltham, MA August 10-15, 2016 CEREMONIES August 11 & 12 at 7:00 PM August 13 & 14 at 2:00 PM Bring a Lawn Chair Open To The Public - 24 Hours a Day WWW.MOVINGWALLWALTHAM.ORG Thursday, August 11, 2016 Dedicated to Vietnam Veterans Killed In Action & Gold Star Families Opening Ceremony – Welcome Joe Giordano, Jr., Master of Ceremonies Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Committee Parade of Colors Led By Irish American Police Officers Pipe and Drums Band Natick Soldier Systems Center Honor Guard Vietnam Veterans of America Honor Guard Waltham Police & Fire Honor Guards State Police Honor Guard Knights of Columbus Honor Guard Veterans Organizations National Anthem – Daniel M. Clark Pledge of Allegiance – Local Youth Invocation – Rev. Michael Nolan Interfaith Blessing of the Wall Remarks Jeannette A. McCarthy, Mayor Gary J. Marchese, City Council President “To The Wall They Came” The Sullivan Family Speaker Brigadier General Anthony Schiavi United States Air Force, Retired Remarks Peggy Griffin, President, Gold Star Wives Karen Lounsbury, President, Gold Star Mothers Nikki Likely, Gold Star Mother Musical Tribute Wreath Ceremony Michael Russo, Director of Veterans Services With Area VSOs and Vietnam Veterans Gold Star Families Rose Ceremony Rifle Salute – Taps God Bless America Benediction & Closing Remarks Friday, August 12, 2016 Dedicated to POWs/MIAs And Their Families Welcome Joe Giordano, Jr., Master of Ceremonies Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Committee Parade of Colors Led By Bagpiper Dan Hart MA Army National Guard Honor Guard Waltham Police & Fire Honor Guards Belmont Police & Fire Honor Guards Lexington Police & Fire Honor Guards Veterans Organizations National Anthem Daniel M. Clark Pledge of Allegiance - Local Youth Invocation – Msgr. William F. Cuddy, Jr. CAPT, CHC, USN, Retired Speaker Colonel Francis B. Magurn II, Commander Massachusetts Army National Guard POW/MIA Missing Man Ceremony Ted Aub, CT State Coordinator National League of POW/MIA Families Adjutant Marine Corps League Musical Tribute POW/MIA Wreath Ceremony Barbara Gyzb, MA State Coordinator National League of POW/MIA Families Rolling Thunder MA1 With POW/MIA Family Members Rifle Salute - Taps God Bless America Benediction & Closing Remarks Saturday, August 13, 2016 In Honor of All Vietnam Veterans Welcome Joe Giordano, Jr., Master of Ceremonies Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Committee Parade of Colors Led By Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums USS Constitution Honor Guard Waltham Police & Fire Honor Guards Middlesex County Sheriffs Honor Guard Waverley VFW Post 1272 Honor Guard Veterans Organizations Ladies Auxiliaries National Anthem Lt. Pauline Wells, Cambridge PD Pledge of Allegiance – Local Youth Invocation Seminarian Andrew Solkshinitz Veteran, US Navy Speaker Captain Andy McCawley, USN, Retired President & CEO New England Center and Home for Veterans Musical Tribute-Waltham Show Choir Speaker Captain Joyce Massello, US Air Force, Ret. Tribute to Those Who Served “The Living Statues” Rose Ceremony & Balloon Release Wreath Ceremony Bruce Dobson, Vice President Vietnam Veterans of America, MA State Council with Vietnam Veterans God Bless America Benediction & Closing Remarks Sunday, August 14, 2016 In Honor of All Active Duty Military Closing Ceremony - Welcome Joe Giordano, Jr., Master of Ceremonies Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Committee Parade of Colors Led By Bagpiper Dan Hart US Coast Guard Honor Guard Waltham Police & Fire Honor Guards State Police Honor Guard Newton Police & Fire Honor Guards Watertown Police & Fire Honor Guards Knights of Columbus Honor Guard Veterans Organizations Ladies Auxiliaries National Anthem - Jamie Stevens Flyover – Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod Pledge of Allegiance – Local Youth Invocation – Rev. James Hawker Remarks Jeannette A. McCarthy, Mayor Diane LeBlanc, City Council Vice President Speaker RADM Stephen Poulin, US Coast Guard First Coast Guard District Patriotic Tribute American Legion Post 156 Band Speaker Franscisco Urena Secretary of Veterans Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts Wreath Ceremony Secretary Urena - RADM Poulin With Active Duty Military God Bless America Benediction & Closing Remarks

Monday, August 8, 2016

FPD sells command center

So the Chief is still cleaning up his house. Years after the killing of Eurie Stamps by the SWAT team, more scrubbing is in order. The one remnant from the failed drug war is the mobile command center. It was purchased with civil forfeiture funds a few years back for 287,000.00 dollars. They just sold it to another law enforcement group for 200,000.00. The truck was hardly used, except for the Marathon and the trip to Watertown to help the other wackos with guns, shoot up Watertown residents homes. The justice department has revised there rules for civil forfeiture and how the proceeds are split. We won't see the end of civil forfeiture any time soon, but the lengths that law enforcement takes to take down civilians slowly dying.
I am proposing that FPD use the money they have gotten for the command center to buy body cameras. While the cameras alone will not stop the killing of innocent people, they may provide critical information of what really happens with an encounter with FPD.

Dylan... it's time to retire

We went to see Bob at Tanglewood a few weeks back. The place is just fantasic. Nothing nicer to see a performer in the summer there. And we were pleasantley surprised with the opening act, Mavis Maples, from the Maples singers. If you recall, Bob asked her to marry some 50 years ago... she said no, but what a combination that would have been. She is the same age as Bob and still has her voice.
But when Bob took the stage, he started talking (instead of singing) songs from his newest album. You could see the people start to leave and by mid show, 30% of the crowd had left. He only did 2 old songs and the crowd went crazy. I get he's 75 and has done so many of these shows in the past 30 years, but his singing voice is gone. The people next to us paid over 800.00 to see him, we only paid 120.00.
Boomers want (and pay for) older pefromers to do the songs they rember as kids. Bob knows that I'm sure, but just can't get his voice back. I will never pay to see Bob again.

We saw Huey Lewis and the News at the Melody Tent in Hyannis a few weeks back. He did all of his old songs and a few new ones, and even he said during the concert, "I would have never guessed I'd be doing this song 37 years later, every night we perform". They were fantastic. He still has his voice and the band is tighter than ever.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ever wonder what angers people about the police?

Have a look-see at this piece from Jim Haddadin at the MWDN. While it leaves many questions to be asked, one thing is for sure... the police department went to far... all this over a small bag of weed.. which it appears she was not ticketed for possessing under an ounce. But was beaten, taszed and stripped naked in a holding cell because she was loud and uncooperative and yelled obscenities at 1AM.  I wonder if she is already suing the Town for excessive force.

By Jim Haddadin
Daily News Staff 
Posted Mar. 17, 2016 at 7:24 PM
Updated Mar 18, 2016 at 10:33 AM
FRAMINGHAM — A Framingham District Court judge on Thursday dismissed charges against a woman accused of assaulting two Framingham police officers.
Police arrested Eunika Hardy on April 26, 2015 on a warrant, but later added six charges after an incident in one of the police station's cells. Police accused Hardy of biting two officers and throwing urine at a hospital security guard while she was in custody.
With the case still pending Thursday, Judge David Cunis allowed a motion to dismiss the charges filed by Hardy’s court-appointed lawyer, who argued the state failed to provide video recordings and police reports describing the incident, despite a court order.
On the night Hardy was arrested, police encountered her walking on Arlington Street after they were dispatched to the area around 12:15 a.m. for a report of a fight, according to a police report. She was then arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Boston District Court and booked at the police station.
Lt. Stephen Cronin, a police department spokesman, said previously that Hardy became loud and uncooperative when she was placed in a holding cell, at one point taking off her shirt and wrapping it around her throat, then later ripping her jeans and again trying to choke herself.
"She was yelling, calling us (the police) obscenities," Cronin said when he was interviewed about the incident last year.
Police say Hardy was taken to MetroWest Medical Center, then eventually returned to the station, where a female officer asked Hardy to take off her clothing. Police allege Hardy immediately began fighting with the officer, then bit two other officers who entered the cell. In a police report, Officer Shannon Burns wrote that she issued “two closed fist strikes” to the right side of Hardy’s head while the officers had Hardy pinned against the door frame due to Hardy's "prolonged assaultive behavior.”
Police then brought Hardy to ground, subdued her with a stun gun and used scissors to cut off her clothes, according to Burns’ report. Officers later allegedly retrieved a baggie from Hardy's clothing that appeared to contain marijuana, according to Burns' report.
Hardy, of Framingham, was charged with threatening to commit a crime, assault, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.
Hardy’s lawyer subsequently filed a motion asking Cunis to either drop the charges, exclude testimony from police or impose a deadline of 48 hours for the state to provide discovery material requested by the defense. According to the motion, the state failed to provide Hardy with a copy of video shot inside the police department’s booking area and holding cell. Hardy's lawyer had also requested recordings of Hardy’s entrance and exit from the police station, as well as a use of force report, supplemental police report and photos of Hardy's injuries.
Page 2 of 2 - Roubil wrote that police were “overly aggressive” when they entered Hardy’s cell last year and used surgical shears to remove the blanket and clothing she was wearing.
“Upon her refusal to strip naked, she was punched in the head by one officer, punched in the face by another, brought to the ground, then tazed, then handcuffed, and then stripped of her clothing with surgical shears and made to sit naked in the holding cell as she waited to be transported to the hospital for medical attention due to the injuries the officers inflicted on her," Roubil wrote.
Hardy wept outside the courtroom after the judge rendered his decision. Both Roubil and a prosecutor from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the outcome.
In an email, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Marian Ryan wrote that prosecutors provided "numerous documents" to the defense while the case was still pending, including the booking report, police reports and a paramedic's report. Ryan's office also furnished a letter from the town regarding "the absence of surveillance video in the ambulance," according to the spokeswoman, Meghan Kelly.
"Prior to today’s hearing the Commonwealth had requested the two additional documents (a security report from the hospital and a use of force report) and a photograph which had been sought by the defense," Kelly wrote. "However, we had not yet received them. Our request for additional time to obtain these items was not granted by the Court."
Daily News staff writer Norman Miller contributed to this report. Jim Haddadin can be reached at 617-863-7144 or Follow him on Twitter: @JimHaddadin.