An ice hockey jersey, a set of Irish bagpipes, a beloved pair of Timberland boots are just some of the personal mementos that once belonged to the 18 active Nassau County firefighters who perished on Sept. 11 and are now part of a new exhibit held in Garden City.
Last week, the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum opened its new 5,000-square-foot exhibition, entitled “Lives of Service; Celebrating the Heroes of September 11.” While many 9/11 exhibits are taking place throughout New York this month, Museum Director Alana Petrocelli explained that the Nassau County Firefighter Museum’s exhibit focuses on the personal lives and stories of the local residents who died on that tragic day. A year in the making, the monumental project was the brainchild of Firefighter Museum President Angelo Catalano.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Hicksville firefighters, families and residents gathered at the department’s memorial site at Station 3 on West John St. to remember the events of a decade ago and honor department members Ex-Captain/PAPD officer George Howard and Ex-Chief Terry Farrell, FDNY/HFD/DHFD and nine victims who lived in Hicksville at that time or resided here or at one time came from here.
The ceremony chairman, Ex-Chief/Water District Commissioner Karl Schweitzer welcomed all who came to honor the memory of those lost. Brenden McLoughlin sang the National Anthem and a brief address was given by Chief of Department Edward Korona Jr. followed by Ex-Chief / Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners William Thunell. Chief Thunell was Chief of Department during 9/11. He spoke briefly about the departments operations at ground zero right after the towers collapsed and for weeks after.
Each year, approximately 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, an average of 36 children each and every day. While tremendous advances in treatments have been made, childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children ages 1 to 14 with approximately 4,000 innocent lives lost each year. This number is so alarming that September is designated as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
To recognize this tragic number and raise awareness of childhood cancer, the Hicksville-based Sarah Grace Foundation for Children With Cancer, Inc. is asking the community to observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Gold Ribbon Days. Gold Ribbons, the official ribbon for childhood cancer worldwide, are worn to honor and remember children with cancer and those who lost their battle.
Ex-Chief Farrell was a member of Citizens Engine Company 3 and elite member of the New York City Fire Department, Rescue 4, and Honorary Chief Howard was an ex-captain of Emergency Company 5 and member of the Port Authority Police Department working out of JFK Airport in the Emergency Services Bureau.
The Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) has officially rejected Nassau County’s mid-year financial plan and ordered some specific actions for County Executive Edward P. Mangano as he prepares a multiyear plan that includes next year’s budget as well. The NIFA Board of Directors met on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola to vote on a resolution regarding the two financial plans, but had already made their wishes clear to the county on these issues.
Director Robert Wild was not in attendance. It was the first meeting for new Director Dermond Thomas, a Valley Stream lawyer who was recently recommended to fill the vacant seat on the board by House Speaker Sheldon Silver and appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, NIFA Chairman Ronald Stack said, as he presided over the meeting.
Hicksville volunteer firefighters responded to over 40 storm-related calls for assistance during Hurricane Irene as numerous trees took down utility poles and wires.
Depending on location and amount of damage, officials estimated it would take a week after the initial outages were reported for power to be fully restored.
The Second Squad reported the arrest of a Hempstead man on Monday, Aug. 29 at 1 a.m. in Oyster Bay.
According to detectives, a Second Precinct police officer observed the defendant, Brandon Pasker, 21, operating a 2010 Chevy Equinox northbound in the southbound lanes of Rte 106/107 in Hicksville. The police officer attempted to stop the vehicle when the defendant’s vehicle struck a 2001 Acura in the vicinity of North Broadway and Jericho Turnpike Jericho, said detectives. The defendant exited his vehicle and aggressively approached the officer while disobeying his commands, police explained.
Hicksville High School senior Cynthia Lau has been selected as the first-place winner in the Nassau Center for Health Initiatives’ (NCHI) logo design contest. The opportunity to design a logo for this newly created not-for-profit organization was offered to all aspiring Nassau County student-artists.
NCHI is aligned with the Nassau County Department of Health and is dedicated to improving the health of Nassau County residents through collaborative programming, pilot initiatives, and innovative planning. NCHI is not a government agency and so hopes to better pilot health initiatives by seeking additional funding and partnering with the community.
The Michael Magro Foundation, a Hicksville-based organization helping children and families face the challenges of pediatric cancer, will be hosting their annual Evening of Tasting and Giving on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Woodlands (1 Southwoods Road in Woodbury).
The evening will feature food from several restaurants throughout Long Island as well as raffles and silent and live auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital and help with scholarship funds.
Lillian Anderson was born on Sept. 10, 1911 (9/10/11) and this year marks her 100th birthday – quite a milestone!
Anderson was born in Brooklyn to Norwegian immigrants and was one of six children, all of whom have passed on. When she was 10, her family moved to Hicksville, where she still resides to this day.
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