Sunday, September 18, 2011
A week after the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, a plea to remember police and fire fighters
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, have been discussed and detailed over and over again. Millions of Americans have been impacted both directly and indirectly in ways that will continue for years. Ten years later, 9/11 has become etched into our national consciousness. In many ways, we are still trying to figure out what it all means. Are we better off for all the adjustments made to address terrorism? Were the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan worth it? Did we overreact? Have we done enough? It will probably take ten more years to get a few more answers. It will probably be a hundred years before we have a balanced understanding. With this said, I will offer nothing new here - just a few reflections. Time passes and perspectives change. While this…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
For these teenagers - age 7 when planes hit - deadly terrorism and a country at war are the backdrop of their lives
Four seniors from East Greenwich High School met with EG Patch on Friday and talked about both what they remembered of Sept. 11, 2001 - they were 7 years old then - and how they feel today about Islam and the U.S. The seniors were Alexandra Leveille, Amy Tornquist, Kyle Carosotto and Nate Bautista.
Ken Burd worked in the World Trade Towers, Claire Burd watched the planes hit from across the river and Dan Speca walked miles to pick up his son, then get home to Queens.
In September 2001, Ken and Claire Burd were young and in love and worked right across the Hudson River from each other, he at the World Trade Center and her in New Jersey. Dan and Camille Speca were living in Queens. They had two children. Today, both couples live in East Greenwich, but their memories of their experiences on Sept. 11, 2001, offer a picture of the fear and chaos of that day. On that day, Ken was at work at Oppenheimer Investments when the first plane hit the North Tower (1 WTC). “We heard it. We heard something and our building shook a little bit and the lights went on and off,” said Ken. But his view of the other building was blocked and after a minute or two, people went back to work. Claire, in her office, saw the first …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Susan Brannigan's father died in the North Tower of the World Trade Center
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jerry Meyer
Friday, September 9, 2011
On September 11, 2001, Susan Brannigan, a reading specialist in the Warwick school system, was a permanent sub in the East Greenwich system working at Frenchtown School. Her husband, Matt, now working in Chicago, was in his office at Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Providence. Their 10-year-old daughter Amanda was in school at Eldredge and 7-year-old Ryan was at Frenchtown school. Susan’s father, 62-year-old Edward Mazzella, Jr., a senior vice president at Cantor Fitzgerald, was at work in his office on the 101st floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Fifty miles away, in the bedroom of his home in Monroe, New York, suitcases were packed for the first retirement trip he and his wife would be starting that coming Friday. Leading …
Sunday, August 14, 2011
It's one of only three in New England being held to commemorate those who died on Sept. 11 as well as those who've died in combat since.
As the country approaches the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, one of the most prominent memorial events will be coming to the Ocean State. North Kingstown has been chosen as one of 55 sites for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K run/walk race, an event dedicated to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attack and in the ensuing conflicts. For the first time since its inception, the run is expanding to outside of New York City to commemorate the tenth anniversary. The North Kingstown race, one of only three in New England, including races in Connecticut and Maine, will be hosted by the North Kingstown Fire Fighters Association (NKFFA) Local 1651, the Rhode Island Blue Star Moms and the North Kingstown …
Sunday, August 7, 2011
To mark the tenth anniversary since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C., EG Patch needs your help.
September 11, 2001, was, all along the Northeast coast, a beautiful, crystal-clear late-summer day. News that the World Trade Towers in New York City had been hit by commercial airplanes and then collapsed seemed impossible on such a perfect day. Of course, T.V. soon made it all too real for everyone across the country and around the world. And then there was the attack on the Pentagon, and the one plane - United 93 - that did not reach its target, crashing instead into a field in Pennsylvania. Ten years later, we live in the same world, but it is different. EG Patch is looking to chart those differences on a local level as well as to reach out to those who experienced that awful day more closely than most of us did. Perhaps you had a …