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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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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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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RUMSON: WORKOUT IN MEMORY OF HENNE

robert henne 032014In honor of Robert Henne, right, a 23-year-old Fair Haven special police officer who died in March, the borough PBA plans a heavy-duty Crossfit “hero workout” challenge on Saturday, July 18.

The daylong outdoor event featuring a 1,000-meter row, sled pull and more – is to be held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High, where Henne played football and was a member of the track team.

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RED BANK: HUNDREDS PEDAL OFF IN UNITY

rb unity 050915 1rb unity 050915 2Hundreds of cyclists from police departments across New Jersey headed down a misty Broad Street in Red Bank on the first leg of the annual Police Unity Tour Saturday morning. The contingent included 10 current and retired Red Bank police officers.

The ride, to Washington, D.C., honors law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

While his fellow riders got a royal sendoff from the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department, one rider, at right above, pulled over to fix a flat tire just minutes into the ride. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)rb unity 050915 3

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 COPS BIKE DOWNPOUR FOR CHIEF

mccarthy ride 050814 2mccarthy ride 050814 1Despite teeming rain and slick roads, dozens of cyclists, including numerous police officers, headed out on a 26-mile ride in memory of late Red Bank Police Chief Steve McCarthy Thursday morning. McCarthy died last September of anaplastic thyroid cancer. He was 50 years old.

The ride followed a brief ceremony at borough hall, and was accompanied by numerous emergency vehicles flashing their lights as the riders took Tower Hill in Red Bank and headed to Brielle.

The event was held  one day before the the annual Police Unity Tour, in which cops bike to Washington, D.C. in honor of law enforcement officials who have died in the line of duty. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

RED BANK COPS TO RIDE FOR LATE CHIEF

s-mccarthyPolice Chief Steve McCarthy in 2010. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)

donegoodlogoMembers of the Red Bank Police Benevolent Association plan a memorial bike ride this week for the late Chief Steve McCarthy, who died last September.

Thursday’s 25-mile ride to Brielle, expected to include between 50 and 70 officers and civilians, falls one day before the annual Police Unity Tour, in which cops bike to Washington, D.C. in honor of law enforcement officials who have died in the line of duty.

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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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RBR SENIORS HONOR TWO WHO DIED YOUNG

RBR students at the memorial event, above, and others with the redwood tree planted in memory of RBR’s Albert Martin, below. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Red Bank Regional’s graduating class gathered in front of the Little Silver school Wednesday to hear classmates and teachers speak in memory of Riyadh’na Farrow and Albert Martin, seniors who both died suddenly last year.

The Class of 2013 planted two trees in honor of their deceased cohorts: a magnolia for Riyadh’na, and a redwood for Albert.

“They’ll always be here. Whether they knew them or not, students, parents, and teachers will know what they stood for: peace, love, understanding, wisdom, and growth,” said senior Zakiyah Godsey, addressing the class.

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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)

 

SEEKING SOLACE A DECADE LATER

In Fair Haven, Shrewsbury and Middletown on Sunday, they honored residents and all who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Photographer Peter Lindner visited each for redbankgreen. Here’s some of what he saw.

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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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LITTLE SILVER GARDEN NEARING COMPLETION

ls-memorialOrganizers expect Little Silver’s Memorial Garden to be completed by December. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For the first couple of weeks of October, members of Little Silver’s Shade Tree Commission would gather daily to watch the yellow bucket trucks and fork lifts turn dirt and move materials around the tract opposite Prospect Avenue from the fire department.

“We’d meet there for coffee every morning,” said Linda Goff, the commission’s chairwoman, “just to make sure everything was done right and going smoothly.”

So far so good, Goff reports. And by the beginning of December, she expects the long-awaited Memorial Garden to be unveiled to the public.

“Probably in time for the first snowstorm,” she joked.

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WALK FOR SLAIN TEACHER PLANNED

melton-2010-1A vigil on the one-year anniversary of Jonelle Melton’s murder attracted about 80 students, teachers and parents to Riverside Gardens Park ank Tuesday night. A memorial walk is planned for Saturday. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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Friends and colleagues of slain Red Bank Middle School teacher Jonelle Melton plan a memorial fundraising walk at the school Saturday.

An opening ceremony is scheduled for 9:30a with music, a butterfly release and a dedication of a small butterfly garden. A walk around Red Bank will follow. The rain date for the walk is Sunday.

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