Monday, September 10, 2012
Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco delivers keynote address.
Former Gov. Donald DiFrancesco delivered the keynote address Sunday night as Morris County remembered those who died in 9/11. The names of the 64 Morris County victims were read aloud at the county's 9/11 memorial in Parsippany where the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks are engraved in a stone walkway around the memorial.
Monday, September 12, 2011
A community–based project was finally brought to fruition Sunday.
The Morris Plains 9/11 Memorial was officially dedicated on Sunday. Photographer Karen Fucito captured these images.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a few images of patriotism in Morristown, Township, Morris Plains and beyond.
As America marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many in and around Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains have shown their true colors to mark the occasion. And, those colors have often been red, white and blue.
Robert C. Kennedy, 55, died in the attack on the World Trade Center. His survivors' lives, while never the same, go on
Maureen P. Kennedy of Morris Townhip moved away from Toms River about a year after her husband, Robert C. Kennedy, died in the Sept. 11 attack. Memories made it too difficult to stay in the town where the couple had lived for decades. They raised two daughters there and Maureen had been a branch supervisor in the library. Kennedy now lives–happily-four doors away from her oldest daughter, who has two young sons, and about 20 minutes away from her younger daughter and her two sons. Maureen Kennedy keeps alive the memory of the grandfather the boys, ages 2 to 9, never met. “They are everything, I tell you,” Maureen Kennedy said. “The really sad thing is I know their grandfather would get such a kick out of them.” Robert Kennedy, 55, a senior…
Most of us can remember where we were on that day. But for some, things were never the same.
There are moments we all share—nearly unimaginable in their grand impact, and profound in their personal effect. Sept. 11, 2001 was undeniably such a time. Patch—working in collaboration with the Huffington Post and the Action America project—has collected hundreds of stories about the ways the terrorist attacks of 9/11 affected the lives of people in the communities we serve. A small handful of those stories—focusing on residents of Morris, Somerset and Sussex Counties, but including more than two dozen others from throughout New Jersey—are told here through photographs. Starting Sunday morning, hundreds more are at the Huffington Post. If you'd like to share your own story about how 9/11 affected you, e-mail Louis@Patch.com (if you've …
Hearing Impaired Enoc Castro, from Honduras, spent the past year studying to become a U.S. citizen
Meet Enoc Castro, the man who owns the white panel van parked behind the Plaza shops that declares "USA Citizen Finally Me Deaf" in red spray paint. Castro, who was born with a hearing impairment and is unable to speak, left his homeland of Honduras 22 years ago. On Friday, Aug. 5, after a year of studying, Castro realized one of his life's goals when he became a United States citizen. Anthony Pepe, who owns Morris Plains Shoe & Repair where Castro has worked for the past 13 years, said, “Two Fridays ago, he came back to work and he was so happy and so proud. He told my son Michael that he was going to do something to the van.” The craftsman, who specializes in all types of shoe and handbag repair, decided to decorate his van as a way to …
A look at the the things we lost and the things we learned.
Tribute sponsored by Americans for Prosperity.
About 100 people gathered in the center of the Green in Morristown Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11. Americans for Prosperity, a grass-roots organization, sponsored the day's event and invited several speakers to talk about their own experiences from that day. Jeffrey Endean, division commander, Morris County Sheriffs Office, ret., spoke about working at Ground Zero and the health problems he has had since, which have left him permanently disabled. William Gleason also spoke about his health issues since working at Ground Zero. He is VP of the World Trade Center Rescuers Foundation Inc., an organization formed to help first responders with the lingering health issues directly resulting from their time at Ground Zero. The …
Cooperation, sharing has increased.
Local officials say one good thing that emerged after 9/11 was increased cooperation among first-responder agencies and more access to federal funding. "Before 9/11, each town was its own entity," said First Assistant Fire Chief Don Geary of Morris Plains. "We've gotten closer together. It's, 'You specialize in this, we'll specialize in that.'" "We are no longer just individual firehouses," Geary said. "Through the county, we are all part of task forces now. If anything major happens, we'll get a phone call from a MAC (Mutual Aid Coordinator). He's the one that deploys us to different places." "The county, through Homeland Security grants, has bought a lot of equipment," Geary said. "They store it all over the county ... so they can't get …
A decade after the terrorist attacks, Rosenbush sees change.
With the township memorial as a backdrop, Morris Township Mayor H. Scott Rosenbush talked to Patch about the tragedy and the change it wrought not only on Morris but on the region.