Wednesday, September 12, 2012
At Belleville and Nutley memorial sites and in school lessons, people remember lost loved ones and keep the memory of Sept. 11 alive for younger residents.
Residents and elected officials in Belleville and Nutley remembered 9/11 with two separate ceremonies on Tuesday. At the Belleville 9/11 Memorial site at Franklin Avenue and Chestnut Street, a wreath was placed by a small group of residents, who also planted small flags around the site. At the 9/11 Memorial located in front of Nutley Town Hall on Chestnut Street, residents wept and held each other. Victims were remembered, including three Nutley residents who lost their lives that day. Belleville schools also talked about the events of 11 years ago in classroom lessons especially designed for today. Joseph Fornarotto, chairman of the township’s veterans council, was joined by other veterans joined students at a 9/11 Memorial at the edge of…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Many gather at Eagle Rock Reservation Tuesday morning to recall the terror attacks that changed America forever.
One of the many who looked out from the September 11 Memorial at Eagle Rock Reservation early Tuesday morning was Richard Harris, a flight attendant for United Airlines. “I have never been to a memorial service,” said Harris. “It was emotional because I knew all the people on that flight, Flight 93." Harris was scheduled to work on Flight 93 that day eleven years ago, which crashed in Shanksville, Pa., but he changed his schedule to work on another plane. This year, however, he said he wanted to attend a ceremony. “I have to move forward,” he said. Eleven years ago, crowds watched from Eagle Rock Reservation as the New York City skyline was blackened by smoke after planes hit the World Trade Center buildings. On Tuesday, many returned…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Families in Belleville and Nutley share their first days of school experiences, both towns schedules 911 anniversary observances, and Belleville firefighters quickly contain a house blaze.
Nutley and Belleville students began the 2012-13 school year on Thursday with excitement. School officials in both towns said the first day went smoothly, with several new principals beginning assignments in Nutley. Belleville children returned to schools that had fresh paint, repaired ceilings and improved electrical systems. The communities of Belleville and Nutley scheduled remembrance ceremonies to honor those who died in the 9/11 attacks. Both events will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Joining township officials will be clergy, friends and families of those who died. In addition, local churches are holding special observances. Belleville will have a remembrance at 9 a.m. at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Chestnut Street, officials …
A ceremony will mark the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks at the September 11 Memorial in West Orange.
Essex County will hold a memorial service at Eagle Rock Reservation Tuesday morning in West Orange to remember those who died 11 years ago in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Overlooking the New York City skyline, Essex County Remembers will mark the eleventh anniversary of the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. The program will include family members who lost a loved one, elected officials, and clergy members from various faiths. The observance will be held at the reservation's September 11 Memorial, where there stands statues and the names of all 3,000 victims who died that day. In addition, the county unveiled at the memorial a 7,400-pound piece of steel from the …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
We looked out across our sites to pull together 911 photos of everyday Americans whose lives were changed by the events of that day.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
NJ Transit has had to take a new to approach to commuter safety since 9/11.
It was time for a change. After terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and slammed two into the World Trade Center buildings, one into the Pentagon, and another into a field in Pennsylvania, the way professionals approach security for mass transportation needed an overhaul. For NJ Transit, which operates 2,027 buses, 771 trains and 45 light rail vehicles over a service area of 5,325 square miles that meant a change in mindset. “In the past we only focused on crime and great service to customers, but now, here at NJ Transit, what we try to drive home to all our officers is that their main response is counterterrorism,” said Christopher Trucillo, chief of the NJ Transit Police Department. “I think the dynamic now is that pre-9/11, if an …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Most of us can remember where we were on that day, but for some, things were never the same.
We asked residents from Patch towns throughout New Jersey how the events of Sept. 11 had changed their lives. Here are their stories, as well as those of more than two dozen others from across the state - including Essex, Union, Morris and Somerset Counties.
Friday, July 15, 2011
A new curriculum guide explores how to teach more than just the day, from elementary to high school.
Teachers typically light up when talking about the lessons that hit home, the ones that elicit energy and curiosity. But there are lessons that elicit even deeper responses, such as those about September 11, 2001 -- both the day itself and its profound influence. Yesterday, a coalition of educators, advocates, and survivors' families known as the 4 Action Initiative gathered at Liberty Science Center to release a 236-page guide to teaching September 11. Three years in development, Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom contains 58 lesson plans for every grade and subject, ones developed and tested by teachers. It's not just history. One lesson employs a Bruce Springsteen song; …