RED BANK: REMEMBERING VICTIMS OF ‘MALICE’

red bank september 11 2019 darren mcconnellEighteen years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell led a pledge of allegiance for about two dozen participants in a memorial service held in Riverside Gardens Park Wednesday morning.

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ON THE GREEN: IN MEMORY

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Dozens of residents of the Greater Red Bank Green died in the horrific attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Let’s not forget those who died, and their families.

RED BANK: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 REMEMBERED

rb-911-ceremony-091116-5rb-911-ceremony-091116-1Remembering the dead of the September 11, 2001 attacks on American soil is part of the “vigilance” against future acts of terrorism, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said at a commemoration held in Riverside Gardens Park Sunday morning, 15 years after the tragedy.

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RED BANK: OPEN DOORS AT STEPHY’S PLACE

Stephy's PlaceLeft to right:  Red Bank Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Freeholder John Curley, Stephy’s Place Director Sheila Martello and Congressman Chris Smith cut the ribbon on the new Stephy’s Place meeting space. (Photo by Ken Feldman)

Press release from Stephy’s Place

Stephy’s Place, a Red Bank-based, non-profit organization that offers free support groups for people who are coping with issues of grief and loss, held its ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 9.  Stephy’s Place Director Sheila Martello was joined for the special occasion by U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, State Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley, and Red Bank Councilwoman Linda Schwabenauer.

Believing that anyone who has suffered the loss of a love one should not have to navigate the journey alone, Stephy’s Place currently offers ten peer support groups, facilitated by an experienced moderator and all free of charge. Already welcoming participants are groups that deal with the loss of a spouse, loss of a parent, loss of a child, loss from suicide, loss from addiction, general loss, and a divorce support group. New groups are forming now for families who have experienced miscarriages, and caregivers of a terminally ill loved one. Monthly meditation groups are also offered.

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IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irBelow are details about local memorial services planned to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irRed Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street. will hold a 9/11 memorial event in Riverside Gardens Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served afterward.

RED BANK: REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

rb 9-11 1 091113rb 9-11 3 091113The Red Bank area chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and two other tunes at Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Wednesday evening for a lightly attended twelfth-anniversay memorial to those killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

“Remember all the victims,” Mayor Pasquale Menna asked those in attendance. “Be kind to their families.” (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irBelow are details about local memorial services planned to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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SEA BRIGHT: FUN RUN AIDS A HURTING TOWN

Runners charging through Sea Bright, above, and gathered for an postrace party, below. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Hurricane-ravaged Sea Bright got a breath of life Saturday morning, when the scarcely occupied downtown area played host to hundreds of runners and onlookers taking part in the Keith D. Mcheffey Memorial Fun Run.

Ocean Avenue served as the track, while Woody’s Ocean Grille sponsored an expansive food and beer tent to keep the celebration going long after even the slowest runner crossed the finish line.

It was all in an effort to pick up the pieces in the rebuilding town – and to celebrate one man’s cherished but tragically short life.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

OK, we’re a day late and making it just under the wire, but here’s this week’s Where Have I Seen This.

We just couldn’t bear leaving our Wheregulars brokenhearted, especially after such a trying week. Plus, we had to keep our string intact: not a week missed in six and half years.

Do you know where our photo – snapped on Monday before the storm hit – was taken? Send us an email, please.

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‘AS LONG AS WE’RE ALIVE’

Red Bank and Shrewsbury honored the victims of the 9/11 attacks Tuesday night, particularly four of their own. (Video and photos by Stacie Fanelli.)

In Riverside Gardens Park, the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 hosted a ceremony for the 11th year straight at which at which a rose-laying atop the park’s memorial garden followed Mayor Pat Menna’s words about American courage. The Red Bank area chapter of the Chorus of the Atlantic laid down a memorable version of ‘God Bless America.’

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FIREFIGHTERS DEDICATE 9/11 MEMORIAL

Red Bank volunteer firefighters and officials dedicated a new 9/11 monument outside borough hall Monday. Beginning and ending in prayer, the Memorial Day ceremony included speeches from those who had lost loved ones to war as well as recognition by Mayor Pasquale Menna of the Red Bank volunteer fire department‘s efforts as related to the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives almost 11 years ago.

“This monument is dedicated to every man, woman, and child who gave the ultimate sacrifice on that awful day, September 11,” Menna said. “We remember them, and we remember their heroism.” (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge.)

FIREFIGHTERS TO DEDICATE 9/11 MONUMENT

A twisted piece of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, along with a sculpture reminiscent of the twin towers, was installed next to the firefighter memorial outside Red Bank’s borough hall this week. The new work is slated for dedication at a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday, when deceased volunteer firefighters will also be honored. The borough’s traditional Memorial Day commemoration will be held at 51 Monmouth Street at 11 a.m. (Click to enlarge)

 

MIDDLETOWN HONORS 37

mtown-candlesVotive candles symbolized the lives of Middletown residents who died in the attack, including Louis Minervino. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By MOLLY MULSHINE

minervinoA solemn ceremony Sunday evening marked the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center Memorial Gardens in Middletown, the sprawling township that lost 37 of its residents in the terrorist attacks that day.

Among those present was Carmen Devaux, whose family lost a friend and co-worker, Louis J. Minervino.

“I always come [to the memorial service] because of Lou,” she said. “We just think of Lou all the time.”

The memorial ceremony provided Devaux and hundreds of Middletown residents with “a source of comfort,” she said.

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A DECADE LATER, A TOWN GATHERS AGAIN

Ten years to the day after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Red Bankers and others gathered where many were drawn that night: to the esplanade of Riverside Gardens Park, overlooking our beautiful Navesink River, to remember two townsmen who were among the 2,819 killed.

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A MOTHER, A SISTER & RED BANK REMEMBER

tattooCarol Bossio, with her mother, Muriel Hemschoot below, displayed the tattoo she had inked as a tribute to her brother, Mark. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

muriel-carol1The solemn formalities – the presentation of the colors, the patriotic songs, the speeches and prayer – had ended. Red Bank’s volunteer firefighters, in crisp dress blues, had marched out of Riverside Gardens Park, preceded by the police department and Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch, a bagpipe band, to the sound of a single, snapping drum.

On the promontory overlooking a placid Navesink River in gray twilight, Muriel Hemschoot and her daughter, Carol Hemschoot Bossio, mingled with borough officials who’d known them all their lives, laughing and sharing thoughts about Mark Hemschoot, Muriel’s son and Carol’s brother, a borough fireman who died at the World Trade Center in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

As signified by the large tattoo inked on Bossio’s shoulder, the “permanent tribute” she’ll take to her own grave, there remained a gulf between those who lost loved ones and those whose experience of it was more remote, Bossio said. Still, the hourlong event had a salutary effect, she and her mother agreed.

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911 DISPATCH STILL AN ISSUE IN FAIR HAVEN

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s been close to two years since Fair Haven jobbed out its emergency dispatching services to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s 911 Communication Center, and so far, not so good. Still.

“We’re no more satisfied than we were last year,” said former fire chief Jim Cerruti.

Councilman Rowland Wilhelm said Monday that it comes down to clarity of the calls and delays in the calls being relayed to fire and first aiders.

Wilhelm, along with police and fire representatives, is scheduled to meet with county officials today (Thursday) “to try and allay these issues or straighten them out the best we can.”

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LOCALS MOURN BIN LADEN’S VICTIMS

11-memorialToms River resident and Jersey City firefighter Mark Lee visited the memorial stone of his lifelong friend Paul Nimbley at Middletown’s September 11 memorial garden Monday, fresh off the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. armed forces. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Paul Nimbley and Mark Lee were like brothers. They grew up together, went to school together in Jersey City. Lee was Nimbley’s best man at his wedding.

Nearly 10 years ago, Nimbley was one of nearly 3,000 killed at the World Trade Center and two other locations in attacks orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, the elusive-yet-ubiquitous face of 21st century terror who finally met his demise at the hands of U.S. special forces Sunday.

On the heels of that bittersweet news, Lee, a Jersey City firefighter, made a reflective, heart-wrenching trip to pay respects at his friend’s memorial stone at Middletown’s September 11 memorial garden Monday morning.

While there is no true closure in knowing that bin Laden’s reign as a mastermind of terror is over, it lifts a weight of uncertainty that bin Laden would ever face retribution for his horrors against humanity, Lee said.

“It still hurts. I lost my best friend,” Lee, of Toms River, said. “The world’s been changed by this, and now I think it’s better off.”

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BASIE DOC A ‘CLEAR’ TRIBUTE TO RBC GRAD

severclearscottiVideo footage, shot in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by former Marine lieutenant (and Red Bank Catholic graduate) Mike Scotti, forms the core of SEVERE CLEAR, the documentary feature screening on September 11 at the Count Basie Theatre. It’s a fundraiser for the Reserve Aid organization, as well as a tribute to Scotti’s RBC classmate Beth Quigley, who was killed in the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

By TOM CHESEK

Even though it falls this year on an event-packed late summer Saturday, the approach of September 11 can’t help but spur some moments of reflection for anyone who made their home in and around the Red Bank green on that day in 2001.

It’s impossible not to flash back to where you were on 9/11 — whether it was the newly opened Riverside Gardens, whose walls and walkways became the area’s unofficial town square for makeshift memorials and candlelit vigils. Or the commuter ferry docks of the Bayshore, where scores of dazed and dust-covered escapees from Ground Zero were hosed down and given a chance to get their bearings. Or particularly hard-hit Middletown, where a walk-through monument garden would sprout up adjacent to the township’s train station.

As a First Lieutenant on active duty with the 1st Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, Mike Scotti remembers quite well where he was as the planes hit the towers — and the fact that, as he explains, he was playing craps in a casino in Darwin, Australia, illustrates both the real element of surprise involved and the speed with which the military response was effected.

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