The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011


Spirit of 9/11: transforming grief into action


Ten years ago marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. At first glance it was all about terrorism when those two planes went into the World Trade Center, but that was only part of it. It was about how we view our world, our community and the people around us. It was about preserving memories of what might have been and protecting ourselves from a fate that is beyond comprehension.

While ground zero is more than 40 miles south of us, the tragedy struck at our heart. Bedford, Pound Ridge, Katonah and Bedford Hills all mourned the loss of loved ones and neighbors. Virtually no one who lived here at the time was untouched: we all knew a husband, a wife, a child, a friend who perished when the two buildings fell.

As reporters we recall watching the faces of those returning from the first trains on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the blankness, the fear and the sense of disbelief that immediately followed. Then we remember the tears, the shock, the rage of men and women on the street, spawning a massive campaign of action to do whatever we could to right our ship and set our moral compass. Thousands of volunteers headed to Manhattan, helped families search for those missing, aided in the rescue efforts, provided food and supplies to rescue workers, donated money to those in need, while those who grieved never stopped grieving.

In the years since, local families have honored their lost loved ones in the form of charitable works, philanthropy, land and school gifts. The Peter C. Alderman Foundation, formed in honor of the son of Liz and Stephen Alderman, trains indigenous health workers — more than 1,000 from 22 countries — and establishes trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe. Since its founding in 2003, the foundation has treated more than 100,000 people.

A land gift in Bedford Hills memorializes another 9/11 victim through the maintenance and preservation of a 7.5-acre parcel at the corner of McLain Street and Broad Brook Road. At the suggestion of the property’s neighbors, the Westchester Land Trust named the property the Tom Burke Memorial Preserve, after Thomas Burke, who died on 9/11. Mr. Burke lived on McLain Street, across from the field.

Fox Lane High School helped commemorate the memory of George Morell in the building of a stadium in his memory. “The stadium will serve as an example of what a community can do in the face of adversity,” stated the foundation that organized its construction. “This project will provide a multifaceted platform, which will instill faith, restore pride, and be a safe gathering place coveted by all members of the community,”

These are only the most tangible imprints of the 9/11 memorial legacy. Those of all ages have transformed the tragedy on an emotional, spiritual and artistic level. Former Fox Laner John MacDonald shared his feelings as a member of the “9/11” generation in a new play presented in New York City this week. In fact, artists, musicians, dancers — performers in all walks — have been able to draw cathartic benefit from reflection and remembrance.

Even had these tangible memorials never been presented, the names of the lost would never be forgotten.

Bedford and Pound Ridge offer a multitude of opportunities for us to share our grief, our reminiscences and our faith this weekend, starting with events on Friday in the Bedford Central School District.

A 9/11 remembrance will also follow the Katonah 5K Run on Saturday morning, Sept. 10. On Sept. 11, in Pound Ridge, the town will hold a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Sachs Park, opposite the Highway Department facility on Route 137 near Old Stone Hill Road. An event open to the community at Fox Lane High School will be presented by the interfaith organization Unity Made Visible at 4 p.m. In Bedford Village, the volunteer fire department will lead a candlelight vigil for the community at 7:30 p.m. That ceremony will be held at the 9/11 Memorial in Bedford Village Memorial Park.

This year’s 9/11 remembrance is meaningful in terms of numbers: a decade has passed. Seems like a long time. But then, not such a long time after all.


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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Perks – 197 Katonah Avenue    

  4. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  5. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  6. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

  2. Connie’s at Northern Westchester Hospital
    400 E. Main Street    


South Salem/Vista

  1. JNR Pharmacy – 222 Oakridge Commons;
    Route 123   


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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