October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009


Dear Families and Friends,

This week's newsletter features secondary and university students who participated in projects remembering 9/11. We are honored to work with them and share their heartfelt letters and meaningful programs with our membership.


VOICES October schedule of events includes an expanded number of 9/11 Living Memorial workshops so that all 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors will have an opportunity to share their story. The October Workshop Schedule listed below spans the tri-state area including regularly scheduled workshops at our New Brunswick office.


Now that fall is upon us, seasonal effects combined with the upcoming holidays can contribute to symptoms of depression. October has been designated as National Depression Awareness Month. VOICES is offering free anonymous screenings over the telephone from Tuesday, October 20th through Friday, October 23rd. Contact our office at 203 966-3911 if you are interested in participating.


There are a number of upcoming events listed below including information about a weeklong series of events to celebrate commissioning of the newest U.S. Navy ship, the USS New York (LPD 21) in New York Harbor on November 7, 2009. Please note that the deadline to enter the lottery to attend the ceremony is this Wednesday, October 14th.


We hope you had a wonderful Columbus Day weekend and as always feel free to contact our office if we can be of assistance.


Warm regards, 

Mary and the Voices Staff



VOICES has been working with universities to plan 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance events.
In this newsletter we feature Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 


Bucknell University Remembers 9/11

Brad Fetchet, son of VOICES Founding Director Mary Fetchet, who perished on 9/11 was a 1999 graduate of Bucknell University. Bucknell commemorated Sept. 11, 2001 with several events including a Day of Remembrance Moment of Reflection; a Flag Display; and closing with a Day of Remembrance Ceremony in which Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell and Voices of September 11th summer 2009 intern Nicholas Scilingo, Class of 2010, made remarks.


Rutgers University Bells Ring to Honor 9/11

To commemorate Patriot Day, the eight-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Rutgers students rang the Old Queens Bell six times. Each ring acknowledged significant times during the 9/11 attacks. For the full article Click Here.


Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas Remembers 9/11

VOICES thanks Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas for the beautiful letters sent to our office in honor of those who died on 9/11. Students in 7th through 12th grade wrote the letters as a show of support for those who lost loved ones on 9/11 and also as a way for the young people to remember what happened that day and how victims' families were affected. To view all the letters Click Here. The letters will also be on display as part of the 9/11 Living Memorial Exhibit at VOICES New Brunswick office.




VOICES receives media requests on an ongoing basis from media outlets hoping to interview family members. VOICES was recently contacted by a production company working on a BBC project in the UK about how 9/11 changed the lives of the next generation.  The BBC would like to speak to anyone under 18 on September 11, 2001 who was directly affected by the attacks in some way. If you would like to be part of the BBC Project, please email jess.colmer@prospect-uk.com. For more information Click Here.


Since this request involves children we would suggest you contact our office at 203 966-3911 to speak with our social worker prior to scheduling the interview.



Daffodil Planting at Haverstraw Bay Park Memorial and Patriot Garden

Date: Sunday, October 25th

Time: 12:30pm

Location: 21 Gagan Road Haverstraw, NY

Contact: Fran Sennas 845 358-7720


Event: 9/11 family member Fran Sennas invites you to a daffodil planting at Rockland County’s September 11th Memorial and Patriot Garden at Haverstraw Bay County Park in Haverstraw. A 20-foot beam from Tower Two is the centerpiece of the memorial and granite stones present the names of 75 Rockland County residents lost on that day. Please bring 1-2 dozen standard size daffodil bulbs and planting tools. Rain or Shine!


Annual Doo Wop Fundraiser

Date: Sunday, October 18th
Time: 4pm
Location: Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant
1132 Hempstead Tpke
Franklin Square, NY
Contact: Bud Kiefer 516 485-5021 HFKiefer@aol.com for your reservations


Event: 50's night of food, dancing and DJ music starring the legendary Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge along with acappella greats "Classic Sounds" plus special guest host Don K Reed from CBSFM.

All proceeds to benefit the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation and the NY Firefighters Burn Center Foundation. This fundraiser is being held in memory of FDNY FF Michael Kiefer, Ladder 132 Brooklyn NY who sacrificed his life on 9/11 while trying to save others. Please help to keep his memory alive!


Day of Remembrance for James Marcel Cartier

Date: Sunday, October 18th
Time: Registration begins at 11:30am (Please arrive by 12pm) Shotgun/Scramble start at 1pm
Location: Rock Hill Golf and Country Club
105 Clancy Road
Manorville, NY 11949
Contact: Michael Cartier mjcartier@optonline.net 631 774-1047


Event: Day of Remembrance for James Marcel Cartier, IBEW Local 3 Electrician who lost his life on September 11th, 2001 in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Includes BBQ Lunch, Driving Range & Golf Cart, Sleeve of Golf Balls, Buffet Reception at Completion of Round, Raffle to win a set of golf clubs and 2 Hour Open Bar. Price: $130.00


JD's 7th Annual Football Sunday

Date: Sunday, October 18th
Time: 12pm (goes all day!)
Location: Lava Lounge (old Waterloo)
2286 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
Contact: www.joeydoyle.com/footballsunday


Event: Celebrate Joey Doyle's memory at a party in honor of Joe. Football on the TVs, a DJ all day long, plenty of great food and drinks. It is a day Joey Doyle would be proud of. The last few years we have had approximately 300 people come out. This year we moved to a bigger venue with an indoor and outdoor bar to accommodate the large crowd.

U.S. Navy Commissioning Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, November 3rd through Wednesday, November 11th***
Time: Certain hours are reserved exclusively for members of the 9/11 community. If you would like to visit during these hours, print this e-mail and present it for admission.
Location: Pier 88
48th Street and 12th Avenue
Manhattan, NY
Contact: One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10006
(212) 312-8800 www.national911memorial.org/ussnewyork

Event: This November the newest U.S. Navy ship, the USS New York (LPD 21), will come to New York Harbor for a week of events celebrating her commissioning ceremony on the morning of November 7, 2009. This ship proudly carries seven and a half tons of original World Trade Center steel in her bow. There are multiple opportunities for 9/11 victims’ families, survivors, and first responders to visit the ship throughout the commissioning week.


The Commissioning Committee has reserved a number of seats on November 7th, for the 9/11 community at Pier 88, where you’ll be able to view the commissioning ceremony on JumboTron screens. Pier 88—located at 48th Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan—is a covered, heated space, while the ceremony itself takes place outdoors nearby. Pier 88 is also where the USS New York will be docked and upon conclusion of the ceremony, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the ship. Tickets to view the commissioning ceremony at Pier 88 will be distributed by random lottery. The Commissioning Committee has asked the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to assist in this process by gathering information from lottery registrants. If you are interested in requesting tickets please register by visiting www.national911memorial.org/ussnewyork.

Registration is open until 5pm Wednesday, October 14, 2009.


***Specific hours of availability will be posted on the official USS New York website, http://www.ussny.org/, in mid-October. Please visit this site before planning your visit to the ship.

Tuesday, November 3 - Certain hours are reserved exclusively for members of the 9/11 community. If you would like to visit during these hours, print this e-mail and present it for admission. Please note that there is limited tour capacity on this day as the ship crew will be preparing for the commissioning ceremony.
Wednesday, November 4 - Open to the public.
Thursday, November 5 - Open to the public.
Sunday, November 8 - Certain hours are reserved exclusively for members of the 9/11 community. If you would like to visit during these hours, print this e-mail and present it for admission.
Monday, November 9 - Open to the public
Tuesday, November 10 - Open to the public
Wednesday, November 11 - Open to the public




October 2009 Calendar

For an up-to-date list of events for the 9/11 community, please visit our website at www.voicesofsept11.org.


9/11 Living Memorial Workshops - By appointment only

VOICES is hosting a number of 9/11 Living Memorial workshops in the tri-state area. In addition to the workshops listed below we would be happy to arrange a workshop in your community. To learn more, or to register for a workshop, please contact Monica Rosado at 203 966-3911 or mrosado@voicesofsept11.org. You can also visit www.911livingmemorial.org.


VOICES New Canaan Headquarters
Friday, October 16th
Friday, November 13th


VOICES New Brunswick Office
Tuesday, October 13th, 20th, 27th
Thursday, October 15th, 22nd, 29th


Hoboken, New Jersey
Thursday, October 22nd


Baldwin, New York
Monday, October 26th


Offices of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
For KBW families only
Wednesday, October 28th


Manhasset, New York
Wednesday, November 4th


Click Here for more details about the time of the workshops


Teleconference Schedule:

Voices of September 11th offers teleconference groups that are facilitated by our mental health professionals. The teleconference groups provide an opportunity for those impacted by 9/11 to speak with others that share their same experience. Please contact our office at 203 966-3911 if you are interested in participating.

Tuesday, October 13th: Wives Group 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Wednesday, October 14th: Siblings Group 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Tuesday, October 20th: Parents Support Group 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, October 27th: Witness/Survivors Group 3:45pm to 5:00pm



VOICES invites you to visit the 9/11 Living Memorial Exhibit currently on display at our New Brunswick office located at 84 Albany Street Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. The exhibit features a collection of photographs, written tributes and personal keepsakes that chronicle the nearly 3,000 lives lost and documents stories of rescue workers, survivors and corporations. A Memorial Quilt designed by the 9/11 families is also on display along with children’s artwork and memorials that were created in response to September 11th. For more information contact Gina Reilly at 732 543-2300 or e-mail greilly@voicesofsept11.org.



Terror Case is Called One of the Most Serious in Years

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, senior government officials have announced dozens of foiled terrorism plots that, on closer examination, seemed to diminish as legitimate threats. The accumulating evidence against a former Denver-area shuttle bus driver has some investigators calling this case the most serious in years. Investigators in the terrorism case against Najibullah Zazi claim to have amassed stacks of evidence against the accused terrorist. More.


NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Thomas L. Friedman warns Americans not to be too complacent: Though we may be tired of this "war on terrorism," the bad guys are not. They are getting even more creative. More.


U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas

Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country. New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. More.