Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Children's Easter Party

Dear Supporter,

The Police Center Mailing List consists of 1,000-1,200 addresses. Our mailings have served as a way to keep you informed of the various programs offered at the Police Center. Over the years a small percentage of you have become actively involved with the Police Center and have been crucial to the success of our events. In addition, some of you have been a source of encouragement by your phone calls or notes praising our efforts. There are a much larger percentage of people who receive our mailings but we have not heard from them. This allows us to wonder if our letters are being read and enjoyed or being discarded as junk mail.

With the cost of each mailing almost .50 we are not being good stewards of our funds or to our environment if the mailings are being discarded rather than read. Therefore, we will be making an effort to cut back our mailing list. If you are on our list and we have heard from you in the past year, don’t worry, you will remain on our list. If we have not heard from you and you would like to remain on our list, simply call or email us with your name and address and we will keep you on our list.

Updates on our programs are also available via our website http://www.northsidepolice.com/ & blog seen from the north side. If you sign up on our blog, you will receive an email notification every time we make a new post to our blog. You may also view, download and print photos from our events by clicking on the Flickr link.

Our next big event is the Easter Party on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 5:30pm. We will be offering an earlier Pre-Party Event at 4:30pm for the families of our supporters. Please, feel free to bring your family in to participate (please call in advance with the number attending).
We are anticipating over 300 children to color Easter Eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a free Easter Basket. We also, provide food and drinks so, families don’t have to prepare a meal at home. If you are interested in helping out, we could use the following items:

  • Hotdogs, hamburgers, rolls, chips, ketchup, mustard and drinks

  • Eggs (lots and lots of eggs) and coloring kits (deluxe kits, make their own designs)

  • Easter Candy (we need lots of candy) and Easter Baskets or buckets

  • Paper plates, cups, napkins and paper towels

  • Monetary donations (enable us to purchase needed items)

  • Volunteers to assist with cooking, serving, egg coloring, set-up and clean-up

We are always looking for ways to help families. I was recently approached by an individual from MassMutual Financial Group. I was informed of a free Life Insurance program called LifeBridge. It’s a $50,000 Life policy to be used for the educational expenses of children who suffer the loss of the insured parent. Some requirements for eligibility are:

  • Between the ages of 19 and 42;

  • Currently employed (either full or part time) with a total family income between $10,000 (minimum) and $40,000 (maximum);

  • The parent or legal guardian of one or more dependant children under the age of 18;

  • A permanent, legal resident of the US;

  • The only family member who has applied for the LifeBridge Program; and
    In good health as determined by MassMutual’s underwriting guidelines.

A MassMutual Representative will be at the Easter Party to assist anyone who is interested in completing an eligibility form. If you know someone who meets the eligibility requirements encourage them to come to the Easter Party and apply.

Another event we will be holding in April / May is our Annual Bullhead Fishing Trip. We take area children to my camp on Black Lake for a fun-filled weekend of fishing. The children have a great time and we always catch plenty of fish. If you would like to help we could use the following items:

  • Food for the weekend (eggs, bacon, bread, milk, cereal, juice, meats, potatoes, vegetables, snacks, soft drinks, paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, etc.

  • Fishing poles, line, hooks, sinkers, worms, minnows, etc.
  • Lantern fuel, mantels, propane, etc.

  • Monetary donations for transportation and any other needed items.

If you have any questions on our events please call our office at 471-3257.

I have received many visits, calls and emails concerning my Mom’s health. Thank you, for all the support and prayers. Mom went through her 2nd chemo treatment for her liver cancer. She is in good spirits and talking about bullhead fishing. I am looking forward to taking her fishing.

Officer Clarke

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Syracuse Police in 2009 St. Patrick's Parade

Syracuse Police march along the parade route.

Syracuse Police march near Clinton Square.
(With apologies for the video quality.)

Be sure to check our Flickr site for more photos from the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade 2009!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday, 14th March, is the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Parade begins at noon with the route starting at S. Salina St. and Erie Blvd West, ending on S. Salina St. and W. Onondaga St.

Looks like tomorrow will be a nice day (sunny 43-46 degrees), not bad when compared to some of the past years. So, get your families out for a fun time and enjoy the parade.

The Syracuse Police Department will be towards the very front of the parade. I plan to march in the parade tomorrow. If you are on the west side of S. Salina St. be sure to give a shout out if you see me pass. 

More importantly, give a loud shout out to all the police and fire fighters as they march past. We are fortunate to live in a community with some truly dedicated public servants. Be sure to let them all know you appreciate them by giving a loud shout out as they pass. 

Hope to see you there.

Officer Clarke