NEFA's 24th Annual "Brad Friel Memorial Clean Classic" 2019
North East Fabricare Association
“Brad Friel Memorial Clean Classic”
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
NEFA’s Popular Annual Summer Event, “The Brad Friel Memorial Clean Classic” is returning to Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA on Wednesday, July 17. Registration will open at 8:30 and The tournament will begin with a 9:45 shotgun start.
The cost is $165/player which includes greens fees, cart, dinner, skills competitions, and raffle prizes. This is an extremely popular event, so register early!
The event features coffee and donuts prior to the shotgun start and includes a great buffet dinner and prize banquet after the round. Every player will receive a complimentary round of golf from the course for use later in the year.
“This is a great venue for the event,” offered Peter Blake, NEFA Executive Director. “It may be challenging, but it is scenic and in great shape. The restaurant is terrific, and they really do a great job hosting events like this. Last year’s event was great, and we are looking forward to an even better one this year.”
NEFA will again be using the popular 2-score, Bramble format this year. In this format, all players tee off, the group selects the spot of the best drive, and then all players hit their second shot from that spot and play their own ball in through the hole. The team then records the two best scores for the hole using the handicap provided. This enables players to play more of their own shots, and the handicapping systems makes if fair for all players in all skill levels.
“We look forward to this event every year,” offered Larry Fish of Pier Cleaners. “It is great to spend a day in the sun with friends and peers, and then relax over a great dinner and a couple drinks at the clubhouse. Even for the casual hackers, this really is a terrific time, and I really recommend people make the time to just get out of the plant and join in.”
Since opening in 1997, Cyprian Keyes has received numerous national recognition and awards. The dramatic course combines the beauty of nature with stimulating play. The course features a challenging, but fair layout and is frequently rated one of the best maintained courses in central MA.
The Brad Friel Memorial Clean Classic
Several years ago the NEFA Board decided to re-name the tournament after long-time NEFA member, former NEFA President, and all-around fun loving friend to all -- Brad Friel. Those who were fortunate enough to know Brad, and to have enjoyed his friendship, remember how much he loved this event and looked forward to seeing all his NEFA friends on the links.
“Brad had a zest for life that was unmatched.” Observed Blake, “and while he is missed -- his spirit has always lived on with events like this. Everyone who was around when Brad was involved in the industry knew his smile and laughter was infectious. He had a unique ability to bring a smile to your face with one of any number of brad-isms like “get the wallpaper out honey, I am coming home plastered’. He was a true icon in the area.”
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Earlier this month, Connecticut became the first state in the Northeast to pass a retail sales tax on drycleaning and laundry.
Governor Ned Lamont rallied enough Democratic Support to overcome any opposition as he bullied his budget through the legislature. The budget called for an expansion of the current sales tax to a number of personal services which included dry cleaning and laundry.
NEFA worked with numerous CT members and the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) to try and halt the measure, but its efforts were unsuccessful. The Governor, backed by a democratic led house and senate, were able to rally enough support without even talking with the republican opposition. They were able to steam roll the changes through the process.
“This is a travesty,” observed Peter Blake, NEFA Executive Vice President, “and is a clear-cut demonstration of party politics. This back room agreement was made among the democratic leadership and without consultation of the republican lawmakers. We supplied talking points to the membership in CT that outlined the issues with expanding the sales tax. Included in those arguments was the basic unfairness of the tax.”
“Sales tax is a regressive tax,” continued Blake, “that hurts the very people they are trying to help. It is a direct assault on the middle class that needs and uses these services. This is not a ‘luxury’ item, but rather a staple of life. The need to have clean clothes. It is also a redundant tax since you now pay a tax to purchase the items -- and a tax every time you clean it.”
For a complete list of the talking points CLICK HERE
NEFA will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the other States throughout the Northeast in case similar measures are introduced. Many states throughout the country have also expanded their sales tax as well -- so CT is not alone. If you have any questions or concerns -- contact NEFA: email@example.com
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