Nest 519 celebrates 100th anniversary

Nest 519 Middletown, Conn. celebrated their 100th anniversary with a 3-day extravaganza, starting with a Happy Hour on Friday night, September 20, which included traditional Polish cuisine and featured live entertainment.

The next day, September 21, was a Saturday Fun Day. There was a horseshoe tournament and games for the children as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Saturday night was the formal banquet which began with the Nest’s youth Members performing the National Drill. The evening included many distinguished guests, dinner and dancing.

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Nest 519 concluded their weekend-long festivities with a Caribbean Beach Party, lunch and live entertainment, with a band covering Jimmy Buffett.

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Thanks to all of the committee Members for their hard work and dedication to this wonderful event, especially all of the Members who attended during this weekend to make it a wonderful and joyous occasion.

Nest 88 baseball team wins championship

Nest 88 New Britain, Conn. recently hosted a pizza party and awards night at the club’s hall in honor of the Polish Falcons Nest 88 baseball team topping the New Britain Little League to win the 56th Mangan League Championship title. The Polish Falcons has been one of the Mangan League’s best teams over the past four years, being the one to beat as they have won three consecutive championship games and two titles. Parents, family members and friends filled Nest 88’s hall as the proud teammates enjoyed the festive evening.

Mike McCarthy, the Polish Falcons baseball team coach for 22 years, was very proud of his boys. “I’ve always had good young men who are either very good baseball players or are willing to learn,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy himself played for the Polish Falcons from 1971-1976 in the Mangan League. Years later, when asked to coach, he immediately said yes, not knowing how long he’d end up doing it.

“In the Mangan League,” McCarthy explained, “you carry over players year-to-year. This year, I had six players returning from last year plus seven in draft and they mashed together as a good cohesive team. Manny Sandoval, Jr., began at the age of 12; he is now 16,” McCarthy continued.

“His mom brought him to practices when he was 12. I told his mom that he was the finest young man I have ever coached. Now, 4 years later, he became team leader in practices before and during games.”

Mike Riccardi played his second year with McCarthy’s Polish Falcons team, and he loves the game. He became the team’s number one pitcher, pitching the season’s first game that was won.

The Polish Falcon baseball team is an enthusiastic and determined team. An example is 13-year-old Elliot Garcia. Garcia, like his teammates, loves to play and plays hard every game.

“Even though I’ve singled out those 3 players,” McCarthy said, “the kids all contributed to every game throughout the season.”

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The Polish Falcons culminated the Mangan League Championship by playing hard and playing their best. They had the continuous support of their coach, Mike McCarthy, as well as their families. Putting all that together has resulted in this championship team.

Second VP Dan: Active Summer Part 2

The month of August started off with a Rock Cats baseball game in New Britain, Conn. The Rock Cats are a minor league team for the Minnesota Twins. The event was sponsored by the St. Mary’s Club of Meriden. Members of the Falcons attended to get some ideas for our trip there at the end of the month.

The very next day following the game, I was off to Boston for the ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) Convention.

Then, the next weekend I got on a party bus and headed off to New York City for a Yankee game. Members from Nests 36, 68 and 208 attended the game.

On the party bus! From left: Mike Bongoll, Joe Lenart, Pete Lenart.

On the party bus! From left: Mike Bongoll, Joe Lenart, Pete Lenart.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

During this time of the year, many Districts have their conventions, so off I went to Muskegon, Mich. for District VI’s Convention hosted by Nest 276. I had a great time with all the Delegates and I can’t wait to go back for another visit!

Returning to Connecticut, it was time for the District V fundraiser, which took place at another New Britain Rock Cats baseball game. A fun time was had, with Falcon Members from across Connecticut in attendance.

Tailgating before the Rock Cats game.

Tailgating before the Rock Cats game.

At 5 a.m. the morning following the game, I was off to Pittsburgh for our Executive Committee meeting at Headquarters.

While in the Pittsburgh area, I visited the clubs at Nests 8 and 77. Lastly, I ended the month of August celebrating Mallorie’s 25th birthday and Josh and Erica’s 1st wedding anniversary.

From left: Dan Michalak, Josh Michalak, Erica Michalak, Lori Michalak

From left: Dan Michalak, Josh Michalak, Erica Michalak, Lori Michalak