VOLUME 40 Issue #1
Friday, March 14, 2008
“COMPLIMENTARY FREE COPY” Editor: STUART L. GATES, Stony Point, NY 10980 Don’t Forget your NYS $200 Tax Credit Remember to affix Form IT-245 to your NYS income tax when you file your 2007 income. Volunteer firefighters and ambulance responders are now eligible for a $200 tax credit. If you are both an active fire volunteer and EMS that credit is $400. You must have been active for the full 2007 calendar year. This is new. The NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance has finalized the form required on their website. Forms are available free at the Rockland Fire Training Center in Pomona. Also check with your CPA/Tax Preparer. This $200 credit on your personal income tax does not apply to ladies auxiliary members. For only this year you can use the new credit even if you also received a local volunteers real property tax reduction. Yes, for your income tax year 2007 you do bet both (the new $200 credit and your local real property tax exemption!) Your CPA/Tax Preparer can be reminded and knows this too. For future years you must decide which one to take. Starting with 2008 tax year eligible volunteers will not be eligible for the $200 credit if you also receive the property tax exemption. You must make a decision soon and notify in writing your local assessor that you do not want that real property tax exemption. (Some assessors are writing the fire co/dept and ambulance rosters!) But the law says you must notify in writing your assessor. The August 2007 issue of FASNY monthly Volunteer Firefighter all gave information.
If you are filing a joint return and your spouse is also a volunteer you each qualify, so could be $400 credit. The form is easy to complete and explains it all.
R.C Chiefs Awards Dinner is Sat 3/22 Pearl River Hook and Ladder will host the Annual Rockland County Fire Chiefs Old Timers-New Friends Night on Sat. March 22, where coveted honors and awards are announced says Thomas W Bierds, President. Vice-President Bruce Leonard notes advice tickets are $25.00 but “at the door” will be a $50 donation. Full course dinner and an open bar. The social begins at 6:30 PM in the newly expanded firehouse of the “Pearl River Hooks” on East Central Ave. Winners of the Charles M Fales Mmorial and Jerome Trachtenberg Memorial Awards will be revealed, also Rockland County Fire Chief of the year, Instructor of the Year, and the Presidents Award Please write your dinner donation checks payable to the Rockland County Fire Chiefs Assoc. adds Treasurer Jo-Joe Jacaruso, mail reservation with check to Bruce Leonard, 45 Wayne Ave, Tappan NY 10983. Thank you
Miele and Sheridan Head RC Advisory Board James Miele was elected Chairman with Vincent th Sheridan chosen Vice-Chairman at the January 24 meeting of the Rockland County Fire Advisory Board. Ellen Ban continues as Secretary. Gary Wren from Hillcrest retired after 2 productive years as Chairman of the 21-member board of volunteers, noted Board member Michael Kramar.
Chairman Miele is a fire police officer from Nanuet Engine Co. Vice-Chairman Sheridan is a Past Chief from David B Roche VF Co in Thiells. st
The board set Sunday June 1 for their annual public All-Faiths Memorial Service. That will be at 7 PM at Rockland’s Fire Training Center where granite firemen’s memorial statue is located. Open to All.
Congers Installation Packs Fire hall 1/27 The Alert Hook, Ladder and Engine Co #1 of Congers held their first public installation of officers Sunday th afternoon Jan 27 with their Harrison Ave firehouse jammed full with applauding families and guests. Past Chief Joseph Britney was the jovial master of ceremonies for Dept 3’s inaugural ceremony. (Joe was Fire Chief 1988-90, noted Co President Frank Voce.) Retiring Chief Thomas Shields was also honored that afternoon. Opening Ceremonies included Congers uniformed color guard proceeding in with their axes. After posting the colors their Chaplain the Rev Arthur Mastrolia gave an Invocation and had a moment of silence to honor their deceased. Gordon W Wren Jr, Rockland’s Fire Coordinator was the Keynote Speaker. Then re-elected Robert A Kraft was given the oath as Chairman of the Fire District Commissioner Oat was administered by Counsel Thomas Newman, Esq. The following were “duly installed” for 2008: st nd Chief Check Brodil, 1 Asst Frank Heinemann, 2 Asst Michael Shields, with Jason DiSalvo, Captain. st nd Phil Leto is Lt, with 1 Asst Lt Chris Frank and 2 Asst Lt Damian Lennon. Patrick Murphy is Chief Engineer with Rich VonRonn and Vinny Moreno Asst Engineer. Business Officers include Frank Voce President, Scot Orser Vice President, Laurie Santulli Recording Secy, with Marc Bader Financial Secy and Robert Miller Treasurer. Fire Police Capt is James Kunz, with Frank Parrino Lt and officers Dave Elg and Tom Guarino. During the Praises, Plaudits and Presentations saluting out-going Chief Tom Shields it was noted in 2006 and 2007 he handled 538 calls for the Congers volunteers, with hours of meetings, much time away from home, loads of paperwork, training, regulations, all done with professionalism and dedication that was appreciated by many in the community. Among the guests were RCVFA President Nick Gatti, Rockland County Fire Chiefs President Thomas W Bierds, Trumpet Editor Stuart L Gates, Safety Officer President Bud Conjura, Fire Police Assoc Pres John Stuerke, West Nyack FD Chief George Drescher,
Clarkstown Chief Fire Inspector Mark Papenmeyer, “44-2” Deputy Coordinator Al Magnetta, Town Supervisor Alex Gromack, Police Chief Peter Noonan, Haverstraw FD Asst Chief Al Lynch and reps from mutual aid friends Valley Cottage FD The Alert Hook, Ladder and Engine Co#1 was organized Sept 8, 1895, when 35 gentleman met at the Grand Hotel in Congers. The original minutes, roll of names and historic items were on display during this first-ever public installation. A delicious buffet, hot and cold, was there as a “Thank You for Coming!” concluded Past Chief Joe Britney,
Rockland FTC Graduates 95 New Vols Congratulations to the 95 proud and happy volunteer firefighters that received certificates and applause at st their graduation! Their ceremony Thursday Jan 31 was held at the Rockland Fire Training Center auditorium in Pomona. The building was tightly packed with their families, friends and uniformed officers from their home fire units, reported NYS Fire Instructor, Nyack FD Past Chief Frank Jewett who greeted the over 300 jubilant parents and audience. Also 26 competed the new Youth Academy 20 hour program for teens conducted by Bud Conjura and Thomas W Bierds. RCVFA praises each for their completing the basic safety classes and improving their fire skills to better protect their neighbors. Thanks to the many instructors noted Peter Byrne, R,C Fire Services Coordinator of Training. After praises from Rockland’s Fire Coordinator “44-1” Gordon W Wren Jr, the graduation address was voiced by Fred ILL III, an instructor from the Pearl River FD. Both the West Haverstraw and Pearl River FD’s presented 9 graduates, Hillcrest has 7 new volunteers, while cheering for 6 grads were Congers, Haverstraw, Sloatsburg and Sparkill. Suffern, Tappan and New City each gained 5 newly trained “vamps”. Only 2 Rockland FD’s had no graduates in this January class noted Congers Chaplain the Rev Arthur Mastrolia, who prayed that all Stay Safe. The instructor for this group included Joe Tisbe, Mike Healy, Frank Jewett and Chris Whitby for FF I. Dan Dennehy and Joe Tisbe handled FF II courses. Sheryl Rose “did the diplomas” while Thomas W Bierds was the ever-resent photographer.
Haverstaw Ladies Honor Alice Ferracane The Haverstraw Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary have honored their late Past President Alice Ferracane with naming their meeting room in her memory. The
Page 3 auxiliary room is on the second floof of the Municipal Building on Fairmount Ave. Alice served multiple years as ladies president and helped lead the revival of the organization before her death. Her husband is Frank Ferracane, Past Chief of HFD volunteers. Alice’s daughter Lisa Gordon was Vice-Chairman of the RCVFA Board of Directors before marrying Bart. Alice’s room is a lovely lavender color with plush couches and curtains. Besides a refrigerator the rooms holds many of the ladies trophies, pictures and festooned with flowers. Current officers of the auxiliary are Suzanne McNamee, President; Angela Horan Vice-President and Secretary, with Martiza Batista Treasurer and Sylvia Adames Estrella their Financial Secretary. The Cosgriff Hose Co #4 Ladies Auxiliary was formed on March 4, 1927.
Sat March 29 Wallkill Hosts Hybrid Vehicle Safety for FASNY/Ulster Cty Starting at 9 AM at the Wallkill Middle School there will be a Hybrid Vehicle Satety Training program. This is sponsored cooperatively by the Ulster County VFA and FASNY says Delbe Spath. This is open to all EMS, fire and police personnel on Saturday, March th 29 . The school is on Route 208 in Wallkill. Daniel R Wimer form Rochester is the presenter. Pre-registration required at $10 (Walik-Ins that day are $15). Coffee, pastry and light lunch will be provided. Note: While check and vouchers are payable to Ulster County Volunteer Firemen’s Assoc your applicationreservation and payment must be mailed to FASNY at 107 Washington Ave, Albany 12210-2269. Thank You. Registration applications are available thru www.FASNY.com (utilizing Training Link associated with Ulster County). Pre-registered participants will be receiving their training certificates that day (March th 29 ).
Frank Knower Director NYS Fire Chaplains Frank Knower, an RCVFA Past President from Tappan was re-elected to a 3 years term (ending 2010) as a Director of the NYS Assoc of Fire Chaplains. This election was at the state fire st chaplains 41 annual conference and training seminar held at the N.Y.S Frederick L Warder Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls.
THE TRUMPET The NYS Fire Chaplains Assoc has over 480 members. The Spring 2008 conference will be hosted by Huntington Manor FD April 20-23, 2008. Frank as Director coordinates activities of the 13 counties of NYS in Region 2-East. Other Rockland County Fire Chaplains that are members like Chaplain Knower include Richard Silverberg, the Rev Warren R Brandt, the Rev Richard Bower, Gerald Fenton, Craig Russell, William Cassidy, Robert J Huslinger, Stuart L Gates, Charles DeGroat, John Kapral, Tim Tyree, and Philip Marino. Fire Chaplains interested in joining can contact Frank at 845-359-3517. Thanks
Tallman Aux Vendor Showcase is Sun Apr 6 The Tallman Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a Vendor th Showcase on Sunday, April 6 at the Tallman Rt. 59 Firehouse. Admission is FREE reports Mary Ellen Doremus, Publicity Chairman for the Tallman Auxiliary. They will be featuring Gold Canyon Candle, Tastefully Simple, Lia Sohia, Pampered Chef, Demarle at Home, TupperWare, Mary Kay, Toys, Jewelery, Jeans, Purses and much more! This fund-raiser will be open to the public from 10 AM to 3 PM. For more information contact Mary Ellen at home: 845-357-8901. Thank you
Page 5 Wayne Hose Honors Leaders and Veterans Applause, Accolades and Laughter were among the th th joys at the January 26 , 114 Annual Dinner of the Wayne Hose Co #1 Inc in the Patriot Hills Clubhouse. Retiring Chief Christopher Huslinger was saluted. ExChief Bruce L MacRae and Captain Kevin M Huslinger were awared Life Membership for their 25 years active service, and 13 veteran volunteers received certificates for their years of active duty. George W Thompson as Chairman of the Co Board of Directors, and Craig Robinson the company President presented certificates for their dedication to service to: Mark Cronin, Stephen Fischer and Frank LoPresti for 10 years. Jeffrey W Gizzi, Anthony Hardin & Joseph Robinson at 15 years. Tim Phillips and Thomas Crapanzano both 20 years. Kevin M Huslinger and Bruce L MacRaie 25 years each. Gary Duda and Gary Manglass with 30 years. Thomas Sullivan Sr for 40 years. Stuart L Gates now 45 years. Millard Springstead 50 years. Past Chief Stephen Maroffino Jr moved the evening agenda along with humor and history tid-bits. Sharing prayers were Chaplains Rev Paul C Zorn, Deacon Rev Philip Marino and Lay Deacon Stuart L Gates. Capt Kevin Huslinger led the pledge of Allegiance with Vice-President Todd Blauvelt offering the welcome toast. Stony Point Fire Chief Adam Feuer introduced his line officers and President Craig Robinson pointed out the House Officers after which Chairman Bruce L MacRae named the Fire District Commissioners and Counsel Frank Simeone, Esq. Among the quests were fire officers Chris Kear, Greg Martin, Peter Rugg, Tito Crespo, George O Zayas, Paul D O’Brien, Michael Johnson, Brian Armida, Seth Armstrong, Robert H Sullivan, Ray Redmond, Gordon W Wren Jr, and New Oxford PA Chief BJ Felix, plus Honorary Member Charles VanDunk along with former members Dennis H Byrnes and Wm Vaughn McDonnell. Ladies Auxiliary President Libby Mains was greeted too, as well as Police Chief Patrick Brophy, the Minisceongo Yacht Club Commodore, the Stony Point Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain. Out going Fire Chief Chris Huslinger was applauded for 14 years as a “white hat” the last 2 as “18-1”. He also received a ring, gold badge, travel certificate. Toast master Maraffino reminded all that there are 3 generations of the Huslinger family committed to community service – as active members of the Wayne Hose Co, including father Robert J Huslinger with 60 years in October. One of Chris’ brothers Robert W Huslinger was Chief of the Silver Lake FD in Orange County.
Besides gifts from his family Chris was “plaqued” by Haverstraw, Hillcrest, West Haverstraw, Spring Valley, and Thiells Fire Depts Rep. Many thanks to the dinner committee of Mark J Clavelli, Paul B Rooney, Michael L Bidemeier, Michael J Martucci, Stephen Fischer and Jeffrey W Gizzi. New Life Members Kevin M Huslinger and Bruce L MacRae also received small mantle grandfather’s clocks, with their fire district plaques, and family gifts. Each honoree presented a dozen red roses to their wives amid cheers.
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The 145 Annual Dinner of the Empire Hook and Ladder Co #1 recognized loyal members Joseph Miragleano, Everett “Smokey” Wanmaker and James Weck. Company President David Gottlieb made the presentations during his duties at Toastmaster for the Upper Nyack volunteers. Joseph Miragleano received “the company’s highest honor” Life Membership for his 30 years service getting both a badge and Maltese-shaped plaque. th James Weck, “again” (for the 5 time as Captain) was applauded for his 20 years service, and got an “Ex-Captain” badge. The “Tillerman of the Year” award went to NFD ExChief Everett “ Smokey” Wanamaker who joined in May 1944. Smokey was one of the teenagers during WWII that first joined “The Diaper Brigade”. It was noted he tillered the ladder truck before he had his driver’s license! Co Vice-President Tom Wanamaker commented that even today Smokey is an inspiration to all the Nyack Fire Dept volunteers. Among those present and applauding were James Scully NFD Chief and Robert Booth NFD Deputy Chief, and Kevin Fagan Asst Chief of Empire Hose Co in Piermont, along with Jay Malone an Ex-Chief of NFD from Empire H&L plus 2 Past Presidents of the RC Fire Chiefs Assoc Kenneth T Wanamaker and Douglas Babock. Also James Feeley, Chief of Valley Cottage FD attended. NFD Chaplain William Cassidy and Co. Chaplain Jeff Crowther offered the appropriate prayers. President Gottlieb and Vice-President Wanamaker made sure the ladies all received flowers, thanks to the Chairman of the Entertainment Committee James Johnson. The festive evening was documented by Marion Wanamaker and her ever-flashing camera. “Goosetown Against the World” was formed February 22, 1863.
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●Hudson-Mohawk VFA Legislative Conference at Athens FD in Greene County begins 1 PM ●HV Blue Vest Club meeting at Brewster 2 PM ●Ulster County VFA meets 8 PM at Stone Ridge with President Brian Martin ●RCVFA Ladies Auxiliary meets 8 PM with Pres Linda Wanamaker at Hillcrest 300 No Main St ●R.C Safety Officers Assoc meeting 7:30 PM at Spring Valley Hook & Lad der Co with “ Bud” Conjura President ●R.C Fire Chiefs Assoc meets 7:30 PM with Pres Thomas W Bierds Annual elections at Hillcrest 6100 Main Street firehouse. ●R.C Fire Chiefs Annual Old-Timers/New Friends Awards dinner at Pearl River H&L, East Central Ave firehouse. Bruce Leonard, Chairman. Cocktails 6:30 PM Donation $25 (at door $50!) ●Easter, Holy Day for Christians ●Orange County VFA Meeting 8 PM at Salisbury Mills firehouse with Presid ent Tim Rich ●RCVFA Board of Directors meet 7:30 PM with Bd Chairman Bruce McClinto ck at Hillcrest Main Street station ●R.C Fire Advisory Board meets 8 PM with Chairman James Miele at Fire Training Center Pomona. ●Tallman ho sts NJ & NY VFA meeting at 8 PM in Rt. 59 firehouse with President Robert Kirsch. All Welcome ●Wings Nite at Haverstraw Elks Club, 7 PM till ? by the Cosgriff Hose Co #4. Donation $15.00 Open to all! See Joe Chapman ●Annual Installation Dinner of the R.C Fire Districts Commissioners Assoc at Platzl Brahaus with President Jude Watson. Cocktails start at 7 PM ●Southern NYVFA meeting at Glen Cove firehouse. President Anthony Rypka Jr. Dinner before meetint at 7 PM ●Hillsdale, NJ Comedy Night. Show at 8 PM at fireho use 380 Hillsdale Ave. Donation $ 30.00 includes Beer-Wine-Soda-Snacks-Door Prizes. Reservations: 1-201-838-8103 ●Putnam County VFA meeting 8 PM with Pres Dale Smith at Putnam Lake firehouse. ●Westchester County VFA meets 1:30 PM at Riverside Hose Co Tarrytown with Pres Bo b Moon ●Tallman Ladies Auxiliary Vend or Showcase 10 AM to 3 PM at Rt. 59 firehouse, Op en to Public FREE more details call Mary Ellen Doremus 845-357-8901 ●Annual Joint Orange & Rockland Counties Fire Police meeting 8 PM at Montgomery firehouse, Route 17K with John Stuercke President. Bus leaves Wayne Hose Rt. 9W station at 6:30 PM says Tom Brown. Welcome! ●Next RCVFA meeting 8 PM at Blauvelt VF Co., Western Highway with President Nick Gatti.
FUTURE EVENTS TO ENJOY Sun. Apr 20, 2008 Sat. Apr. 26, 2008 Sat. May 17, 2008 Sat. Oct. 11, 2008
●HV Red Vest Club next meeting 1 PM in Winona Lake firehall. ●Hudson Valley VFA Fire Police Seminar is at Loch Sheldrake fire hall. ●Haverstaw Fire Dept Parade honoring Chief Efran “ Junior”Castro. Line up 2 PM, Step-off 3 PM ●RCVFA Past Presidents Dinner honoring Nicholas Gatti at Casa Mia says 2VP Frank Voce
FROM THE FIRE COORDINATORâ€™S OFFICE
The Presidents Council meet at the Fire Training Center on January 29, 2008. The meeting was well attended by the leaders of our various associations and took place in Classroom 2. We asked the leaders in attendance to share with us their thoughts on the major challenges & problems facing the Rockland Fire Service today. Peter Byrne stood in front of a very large, empty chalk board and started writing the various ideas. The ideas came forth rapidly and within an hour, every square inch of empty space was filled with items of concern. The 2nd hour or so was spent deciding which projects should be addressed and which association should take on the most important projects. Those in attendance should be commended for their commitment and dedication to the future of the volunteer fire service in Rockland County.