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nfd2004

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At this point everybody pretty much agrees that Saturday, May 11th, is the best date.

Myself, along with Retired B/C Jack Kleehaas, "68jk09", Retired Capt John Bendick, "jbendick", and Joe Materia, "mack" (who by the way is a Retired U.S. Army Colonel), all agree on Maggie Mays in Queens.

Recently, myself and Frank D., "fdce54", attended an event there, along with Jack K. There was about 20 guys or so and we all had a MMs, home cooked meal. The meal was GREAT !!! BUT - I got on the scale the next morning and the reading wasn't very good. Needless to say: "It was on the PLUS side". 

  Chief Kleehaas told me that in order to reserve the rear room at MMs, he would need a commitment of who plans to attend earlier than one week in advance. My guess is that there may be a few more guys as well. I was told by Doug M., "AuxWarYearsCapt", that he plans to attend too.

I have everybody's email address here so far that has mentioned about attending, including Philip D, "Lebby", that I needed. Once things get going, I'll use that to contact you. I will include my phone numbers as well if you have any questions. I hope to get the first email out in a few days.

Thanks Guys,
Bill Dennis, aka Willy

 

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nfd2004 said:
At this point everybody pretty much agrees that Saturday, May 11th, is the best date.

Myself, along with Retired B/C Jack Kleehaas, "68jk09", Retired Capt John Bendick, "jbendick", and Joe Materia, "mack" (who by the way is a Retired U.S. Army Colonel), all agree on Maggie Mays in Queens.

Recently, myself and Frank D., "fdce54", attended an event there, along with Jack K. There was about 20 guys or so and we all had a MMs, home cooked meal. The meal was GREAT !!! BUT - I got on the scale the next morning and the reading wasn't very good. Needless to say: "It was on the PLUS side". 

  Chief Kleehaas told me that in order to reserve the rear room at MMs, he would need a commitment of who plans to attend earlier than one week in advance. My guess is that there may be a few more guys as well. I was told by Doug M., "AuxWarYearsCapt", that he plans to attend too.

I have everybody's email address here so far that has mentioned about attending, including Philip D, "Lebby", that I needed. Once things get going, I'll use that to contact you. I will include my phone numbers as well if you have any questions. I hope to get the first email out in a few days.

Thanks Guys,
Bill Dennis, aka Willy

This was Willy D's last Member Get Together:

   

As he always says, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."
 

nfd2004

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Just received word that member Elwood E., aka "CFDMarshall", is coming all the way up from Tennessee to join us. He plans on staying at the Anchor Inn on Northern Blvd. A place that many of us have stayed before and not too far from Maggie Mays in Bayside.

I hope we can get that rear dinning room at Maggie Mays for our use on Saturday May 11th. Therefore very soon, I will be contacting those who have reported interest in this, as well as a few others, to get a head count.

I'm told so far besides Elwood, we have "mack", "fdce54", "jbendick", and myself. Once I get more confirmations I will post the list on this thread and add to it as it goes along.

IF we don't get enough guys for MMs, there's a nearby "White Castle" at Northern and Bell Blvd where we can probably meet up. I know that some of the guys have gone out there for a late midnight snack to get what I think is called: "A bag of White Castle SLIDERS".

But let's try to get MMs first.
 

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Posted by: nfd2004
  "But let's try to get MMs first."
  Oh, Please, Yes, Let's do That. I'm Not Comin' Down to Bayside for'Sliders'.  ???    ;)
 

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Thank you gentlemen for making your commitment so that we can get a head count early enough to reserve the back dinning room at Maggie Mays.

Maggie Mays is located in Bayside Queens at 214-22 41st Ave off Bell Blvd. They have a web site listing menus etc. That site is www.maggiemaysbayside.com .

Located not far is a hotel where many of us have stayed in the past. It is the Anchor Inn located at 215-34 Northern Blvd. Their web site is www.anchorinn.com

I will be sending out an email to members here who I have email addresses of. Telling them, in case they have not seen this, of the upcoming get together.
I also plan to send invitations to other firefighters, etc who have meet some of our members during various fire dept tours they offered us. They treated us great and we want to include them as well.

It was also suggested that any member who might be interested in bringing any related fire dept items for display or sale would be welcomed to do so. We have guys here who have written books, have patches, built custom made models, etc. 

The entire cost of the dinner, plus tip is usually divided up equally among us. Maggie Mays is CASH ONLY, no credit or debit cards. We would also ask that you would consider making a donation to a fire dept charity that will be announced later.

For guys that plan to stay a couple of days, there is a lot to do. Sometimes visit a firehouse, go to a ball game, visit the Bronx Zoo, tour the Statue of Liberty, or take a boat/bus tour around Manhattan etc., etc., etc. You won't run out of things to do. There's a nearby dinner called "The Jackson Hole" that a few of us have enjoyed a home style country breakfast at.

This list will be updated as others join in. Let's plan on April 1st for the final commitment as long as that's okay with Jack K, "68jk09", who is making the plans to reserve the dining area. So far members who are planning on attending are:

1) Jack K., "68jk09"
2) John B., "jbendick" - arriving late due to FDNY/EMS Family Day
3) Joe M., "mack"
4) Doug M., "AuxWarYearsCapt"
5) Bill J., "Parkave32"
6) Iggy K., "fdhistorian"
7) Elwood E., "CFDMarshall"
8) Joe W., "STAjo" - - - Joe, you get a free smiley face when I type in the number "8" with a ")".
9) Frank D., "fdce54"
10) John D., "johnd248"
11) Dan P., "JohnnyGage"
12) Tommy B., "tbendick" - arriving late due to FDNY/EMS Family Day
13) Eugene D., "efd274"
14) Frank M., "manhattan"
15) Tom E., ?guitarman314?
16) Ken F., "Atlas"
17) Steve E., "fltpara16"
18) Tom Keufner
19) Ed Kearon
20)

PLUS - A very special invited guest that I think you ALL will be quite impressed with. His name, Gracian Bendick.

Of course, "His Honor", Mr Willy D, "NFD2004" will attend as long as everybody promises to be nice to me.

As time goes on, I will add the names of those who plan to attend.   
 

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  Hmmm... Bayside ?    ???

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/nyregion/bayside-queens-police-shooting.html

mebe He didn't like the 'Sliders' ?
 

nfd2004

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68jk09 said:
^^^^^ Willy's Anchor Inn in the background.
STAjo said:
  Hmmm... Bayside ?    ???

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/nyregion/bayside-queens-police-shooting.html

mebe He didn't like the 'Sliders' ?

Joe, "STAjo", Everybody loves those White Castle Sliders. The place is right down the street. Maybe they were closed when he went there and that's why he got so mad. Who can blame him ?

To the guys planning on attending this Get Together, "don't let some guy wearing no pants and carrying a 12 inch kitchen knife" or "maybe a couple of cops firing about a half dozen shots or so scare you away".

Yes, Chief JK "68jk09" is right. You could look right out the window of the Anchor Inn from the 215th St side and get a ringside seat.

Now for some additional info: 
  I understand that one of the members attending will be receiving a very Special Gift. Something that will have very special meaning to him and I'm sure he will proudly display.

 

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I would like to join you that day if my schedule permits - so please add me to the list.  I believe Mothers Day is the 12th - hopefully it all works out.  Funny, I ate at Donovans today which is next door to Maggy Mays
 

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Perfect opportunity to get mom a bag of belly bombs (sliders) for her special day!...you can't go wrong. Add a bow for that extra touch...

 

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efd274 said:
I would like to join you that day if my schedule permits - so please add me to the list.  I believe Mothers Day is the 12th - hopefully it all works out.  Funny, I ate at Donovans today which is next door to Maggy Mays

Eugene D., "efd274", you are added to the list. Your brother Kevin "kfd274", should join us too.

If I remember correctly, weren't both of you guys teachers or principals in some school in Queens ? Do you guys know how much I feared and tried to hide from guys like you during my school days. What was worse was that I had to do some extra time in the summer months going to summer school. WOW, I sure am glad those days are over......

JohnnyGage said:
Perfect opportunity to get mom a bag of belly bombs (sliders) for her special day!...you can't go wrong. Add a bow for that extra touch...

What better gift than a "bag of bellie bombers" with a pretty bow attached. A great gift idea for just about any occasion.

How about telling everybody that you want a "bag of bellie bombers" for your next birthday party - instead of a cake. How great is that ?

 

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So the current list so far is:

1) Jack K., "68jk09"
2) John B., "jbendick" - arriving late due to FDNY/EMS Family Day
3) Joe M., "mack"
4) Doug M., "AuxWarYearsCapt"
5) Bill J., "Parkave32"
6) Iggy K., "fdhistorian"
7) Elwood E., "CFDMarshall"
8) Joe W., "STAjo" - - - Joe, you get a free smiley face when I type in the number "8" with a ")".
9) Frank D., "fdce54"
10) John D., "johnd248"
11) Dan P., "JohnnyGage"
12) Tommy B., "tbendick" - arriving late due to FDNY/EMS Family Day
13) Eugene D., "efd274"
14) Willy D., "NFD2004"
15) Gracian B.

Good so far - all are welcome!
 

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mack said:
So the current list so far is:

1) Jack K., "68jk09"
2) John B., "jbendick" - arriving late due to FDNY/EMS Family Day
3) Joe M., "mack"
4) Doug M., "AuxWarYearsCapt"
5) Bill J., "Parkave32"
6) Iggy K., "fdhistorian"
7) Elwood E., "CFDMarshall"
8) Joe W., "STAjo" - - - Joe, you get a free smiley face when I type in the number "8" with a ")".
9) Frank D., "fdce54"
10) John D., "johnd248"
11) Dan P., "JohnnyGage"
12) Tommy B., "tbendick" - arriving late due to FDNY/EMS Family Day
13) Eugene D., "efd274"
14) Willy D., "NFD2004"
15) Gracian B.

Good so far - all are welcome!

Looks like Gman and Lebby are probably in, too.
 
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