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Letter from the President

Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2013


We’re three full months into 2013 and it has been eventful to this point and there’s more to come!

Our first United Civil Servants Association meeting of the year was well attended and gave us the opportunity to relay some very important information.

In addition to dealing with issues on a state, and periodically, federal level concerning our profession, the U.C.S.A. remains active within the fire department and the community we serve.
For members who were unable to attend and as a reminder for those who did attend, the following items were discussed:
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, we will be holding what hopefully will be an annual event as a fundraiser for the U.C.S.A.  Our first annual, “Comedy Night” will be at Iberia’s Restaurant on Ferry St from 7pm-11pm. It will feature the comedy acts of two highly successful comedians, John Mulrooney and Vic Dibitetto. Tickets are $75 each and includes buffet dinner, beer, wine and sangria, dessert table and show. We are also including a “cocktail hour” complete open bar from 7pm-8pm with dinner and dessert served from 8pm-9pm followed by the comedy show. It should be a great night for not only our organization, but for our family and friends as well. Hope all members make an effort to attend.
This years “Blaze on the Beach” will be held in a new location since Hurricane Sandy claimed Donovan’s Reef along with the rest of its damage on the Jersey Shore. This years Blaze will be at Bar Anticipation (Bar A to most) on Friday, July 12, 2013 and starts at NOON with open bar on BBQ till 5:00. This is always one of the most anticipated fire department events of the year and this year should keep that streak going. 100% of the proceeds from the day go DIRECTLY to one of our brothers whose child is in need.T-shirts and 50/50s will be available by mid-April.
We also hope to support the Hispanic Firefighters Association’s “Casino Night” being held the on May 11, 2013 at the Hot Spot Diner in the Ironbound on Wright St and Avenue A.
Congratulations to our Director Fateen A. Ziyad on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Project Re-Direct for his work within the community!
The annual Newark Firefighters Federal Credit Union Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Chandelier Restaurant in Belleville. Always a staple event of the Newark Fire Department and hope our members continue to support this event.
It is with great regret that this association announces the death of past Member, Brother and Friend Captain Jerry Inman.  On behalf of the USCA Board,  we offer our deepest condolences to Jerry’s family. 
He will be greatly missed.
The Board of the U.C.S.A. proudly announces the winners of our Scholarship for their essays on an influential African-American during Black History Month.
Emily Gibbons on her thoughtful words on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr as well as several other prominent men and women in Black History, and Nikki L. Holcombe with her insightful views of Oprah Winfrey.
Congratulations to both young women on their excellent work and best of luck to them in their academic futures!
We hope to see our members at not only our Comedy Night but most any fire department function that we support.
Look for our next newsletter in June and our next meeting in September!
Yours in Brotherhood,
Danny J. Farrell, President, U.C.S.A.