Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00
“We knew it was live and we clearly understood it was an act of terrorism and an act of evil,” said the senator. Shortly after, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon people died. “There were many victims,” he said. “But many who died, were not victims, they were heroes.”
Senator Marcellino explained, “If you are a professional firefighter or police officer, you know your life is at risk every day. They (the rescuers) knew the fires weren’t going to be extinguished. They were going in to save people, as the buildings came down around them.”
He said at that one moment in history, “We saw the worst behavior and some of the best behavior which people can do.”
One of the tragedies of 9/11, he said, is that the people in the twin towers were going to work, being as good citizens, putting food on the table, making a better life for their families. That is why he said, “I still can’t understand why someone wants to destroy other people. People of whom they have no knowledge. We are still suffering today. Terrorism goes on. My faith tells me I have to turn the other check when someone does something wrong but I simply can’t do that. When I see the destruction I get angry. I can’t help myself. When I eventually meet my maker we’ll have to figure that out.”
Pastor John Yenchko of the North Shore Community Church had a biblical answer to the senator’s quandary. He said the Bible tells us to turn the other cheek when given an insult. He quoted scripture that says in Romans, that God has given the sword to the state to protect the defenseless. He said, “It never suggests that a nation shouldn’t defend itself from attack.” But he added, the Bible says to pray for those who govern and protect us. He said, “We are grateful to live in this great nation.”
Pastor Yenchko added the thought that “although we have the largest army, we do not use our might to take over other lands.”
Senator Marcellino said the NYS Senate has established a Veteran’s Hall of Fame and he recommended First Lieutenant James Byler for the award in the 5th District. Mr. Byler, a former marine, could not make it to the ceremony because he was attending class at NYU. His father Philip Byler accepted the award. (See separate article on page 3.)
Attending the 9/11 ceremony were Bill Walsh and Sean and Chris Byrne, brothers of Timothy Byrne who died in the World Trade Center attack. Timothy G. Byrne, 35, of East Norwich was with Sandler O’Neill Partners in the South Tower.
Also attending was Michael Crowley, a friend of the Byrne family and a friend of Thomas A. Mahon, who died in the fall of the Twin Towers. Thomas A. Mahon, 37, of East Norwich worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower.
Mr. Crowley organized a fundraiser for another friend, James Ceglia, when he served for the second time in Iraq. Mike walked to Montauk Point in 2005 in his Mission Montauk Point - Walk for the Ceglias. The walk expressed the message of the financial sacrifices made by the families left behind as their loved ones serve in the military. Mr. Crowley carried with him an American flag signed by members of Cpl. Ceglia’s buddies in the U.S. Army National Guard - Fighting 69th, fighting the War on Terror in Iraq. Mr. Crowley biked to the ceremony with another friend Bernie DelBello of Jack Halyards restaurant.
The senator also offered condolences for the families who have never had the opportunity to bury those who died — to complete the mourning process — since their bodies have never been recovered.
Senator Marcellino and Assemblyman Michael Montesano read the list of those remembered on the memorial, including one new one: Lester Vincent Marino. The names on the wall were randomly spaced to allow more names to be added when needed. The names include:
Joshua Todd Aron
Peter Victor Genco
Brooke Alexandra Jackman
Joseph A. Kelly
Thomas A. Mahon
Lester Vincent Marino
Edward J. Papa
Bernard E. Patterson
Bart J. Ruggiere
Jonathan S. Ryan
Francis John Sadocha
John “Pepe” Salerno
Adriane V. Scibetta
Christopher Paul Slattery
Daniel P. Trant
Joshua S. Vitale
Andrew Steven Zucker
The closing prayer was given by Pastor Raymond Melograne of the North Shore Assembly of God. He gave thanks for the sacrifice of the firemen and policemen and said, “Let their act of service be an inspiration to us.” He asked that God heal the bodies of all the rescuers who worked at the World Trade Center and that God care for their needs.
Pastor Jeffrey Prey of the First Presbyterian Church had given the opening prayer. Pastor Diane Melograne of the North Shore Assembly of God said during the ceremony, “We have painfully learned that our nation is vulnerable.” She remembered the rescuers, the firemen and policemen and private citizens who met the worst of humanity with the best of humanity. At the time, no one knew about the attacks on the American embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
The Atlantic Steamer Fire Department members carried the American flag entering and leaving the ceremony and stood by the memorial wall in remembrance of their comrades who lost their lives in their rescue attempts. Attending the 9/11 memorial ceremony were Atlantic Steamer Fire Company members: 2nd Assistant Chief Tim Barnett, ex-chief Frank Ozol, Ex-chief Richard Niznik, Bob Waller, Frank Maiorana, Sr., Jay Valdez and NYFD representative Joe Siciliano.
They invited everyone to their marine facility for refreshments. In doing so everyone passed by the Atlantic Steamer Memorial Garden with a piece of steel from the World Trade Towers, and a memorial wreath in place.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The streets of Oyster Bay were full with enthusiastic supporters of the Oyster Bay High School PTSA, coming out in force to enjoy a Taste of the Town. This was the first annual Taste of the Town — Restaurant Stroll, and, judging by the crowds and the happy smiles in evidence all evening, it will be the first of many successful events.
This event, previously known as the Taste of the Gold Coast, had been held in catering facilities. This year, the committee felt strongly that they wanted to support the local restaurants and businesses that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The local restaurants and businesses are very generous to the community, whether to the PTSA, sports clubs or local nonprofits. The Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically supported the idea, and a wonderful concept came to life.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
“There won’t be any fireworks on July 4,” said Caroline DuBois. She said letters have gone out to residents of Cove Neck from the Dolans telling everyone the news. Charles and Helen Dolan have celebrated their wedding anniversary with fireworks on the Fourth of July for many years. Having attended one of them was a great boon. It was a massive production and needed the cooperation of their neighbors, who were all invited to the party. We parked in an area along the road and with our invitation to show, we were picked up by a van and driven to the estate.
The entire beachfront was filled with tables and chairs. Food stations dotted the area. There was a carousel in the section where you first arrived. The food was served on china with real silverware: no paper plates and plastic forks. We sat with a basketball pro and his lovely family. When the party ended there were teddy bears for the children and stationery for the ladies. You knew you had been to a great party.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club held their Annual Golf Tournament, named for the late World Golf Hall of Famer Joseph C. Dey Jr., on Monday, May 6, at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho. Hugh R. O’Kane, President of Hugh O’Kane Electric Company, chaired this year’s event.
“This year’s outing was an overwhelming success due to the tremendous support from both our corporate and personal friends. We attracted a sold-out crowd across a broad spectrum from both the Long Island and New York City communities,” said O’Kane. “We are thankful to all those that both attended and supported our outing this year.”
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, more than five million Americans are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Troubled by these statistics and personally affected, Long Islander and NBA draftee Gordon Thomas founded the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic Committee, a group of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.