bington - "It was a sea of green,” Rockland
selectman Deborah O’Brien said of the nearly 500 guests
on hand for State Rep. Robert Nyman’s annual St.
Patrick’s Day party on Tuesday night, March 17.
The party, held at the Abington VFW, benefits the
Howie Nyman Memorial Scholarship Fund, which Nyman
established to remember his father.
“The scholarship is in memory of my father (Howie),
and this is the (eighteenth) year we’ve done it,” Nyman said
on Wednesday. “It was geared towards students that show
an interest in the field of computer science. That was (Howie’s)
Howie Nyman worked at the Boston office of Unisys
Corp., a national computer science corporation.
During the party, the Massachusetts Speaker of the
House, Robert DeLeo, passed out scholarships to seven
graduating seniors from Rockland, Norwell and Hanover.
“Eighteen years ago I started a St. Patrick’s Day
party and [my father] passed away that year so I turned
it into a scholarship fundraiser,” Nyman said. “When he
passed away we thought this would be a nice thing to do
for him and it’s just taken a life of its own.”
This year’s party drew people of all ages, from
children to seniors.
“We had a good crowd, well over 400 people,” he
said. “I always do it the night of St. Patrick’s night,
so to get nearly 500 people together on a Tuesday night,
it’s phenomenal. People were there seeing people they
haven’t seen in a while. I think it was a really
enjoyable night out. I’m honored that so many people
An a cappella chorus from Hanover High School and as
well as Irish step dancers from Braintree provided the
“They were unbelievable,” O’Brien said.
There was also guitar music, raffle prizes including
tickets to opening day at Fenway Park, a 50/50 raffle,
and a corn beef dinner that consisted of more than 200
lbs of corned beef.
Nyman said there was hardly any corned beef remaining
when the evening was through.
“Maybe enough for a few sandwiches,’ he said, “but
that’s about it.”
“The place was packed and it was a Bob Nyman
fundraiser at it’s best,” O’Brien added.
“We had some of the food, we sat, socialized and
talked to other towns,” she said. “There was a lot of
residents, it was a good time and the dancers were
Credit/Source: Mickaela Slaney, Hanover Mariner, 3/18/09
Photos: Stephen T. Ryerson / Pam Furguson