Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Today is Sept. 11, and as a reminder of this day, we wanted to give you some space to share your thoughts with the community. Maybe you were in New York City, Washington D.C. or Pennsylvania on that day or, perhaps, your friends or family were. Maybe you were right here in your Woburn. Wherever you were, we're sure you remember Sept. 11, 2001, and the impact it has had on our country. We want to know. Did Sept. 11 change you? What are your thoughts now, 11 years later? How have you changed since that day? How do you think it changed Reading and North Reading? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Friday, August 17, 2012
The painting made by Camp Pequossette students will be unveiled during the 9/11 ceremony at Victory Field.
The white stars shine brightly and the red and white stripes wave before fading out into a picture of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The image is part of a mural honoring Sept. 11, 2001 being created by students at Camp Pequossette. When completed, the mural will be displayed at the 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Sept. 9 at Victory Field, the same day as the official re-dedicaiton of the field. Watertown Veterans Agent Gina Rada contacted the camp, held at Watertown Middle School, to see if they were interested in creating a mural. "With September 11th coming up, I wanted to see if we could get the community involved," Rada said. She was able to get Coolidge Hardware to donate the paint and brushes, and Sterritt Lumber gave …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The newly renovated field will be the site of the town's ceremony marking the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2010.
On Sunday, Sept. 9, Victory Field will be the site for Watertown's remembrance of Sept. 11, 2010, and the recently renovated field will also be rededicated that day. Director of Recreation Peter Centola announced the ceremony this week. In recent years, the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony has been held in Saltonstall Park, next to Town Hall. This year it will move to the field which reopened last fall for the Thanksgiving Day football game against Belmont. Victory Field received a major facelift, with a new artificial turf installed over last summer, and new baseball stands constructed. The field originally opened in 1922. The rededication and 9/11 remembrace will begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2012 at Victory Field.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
People gathered in a sunny Saltonstall Park to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Local and state politicians joined members of Watertown's Fire and Police departments during the town's observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Sunday afternoon.
After losing his fiancée, Amy Toyen, an Avon native, on Sept. 1, 2001, Gonski has done a myriad of creative projects and more are to come.
After Avon, Conn., native Amy Toyen was killed as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Jeff Gonski, her fiancée at the time, often found cutouts of newspaper articles left on his Watertown doorstep. “I never knew who they were from,” Gonski said. He also received cards from people he had not heard from in years. “People wanted to connect,” Gonski said “They were coming out of the woodwork.” He saved the articles and the cards. His email server crashed, losing all of the emails Amy wrote to him, but Gonski held onto cards she made him and letters she wrote to him over the years. "She was an amazing person," Gonski said. "She was an incredibly caring individual. She was a person who cares about …
Patch sites nationwide took photos that represent how the nation has changed since 9/11.
The events of Sept. 11 took place in the northeast part of the U.S. But the impact of that day resonates throughout the country. Through 911 photos, Patch remembers Sept. 11, and commemorates how it has left its mark on cities and towns across the nation. Here is our photo gallery.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Jessica Locke provided assistance to New York City firefighters soon after Sept. 11, 2001, and since has helped fire departments in Watertown, Newton and beyond.
When the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred, Watertown resident Jessica Locke was inspired to travel to New York City and help firefighters there who work just blocks from Ground Zero. Locke used the Alexander Technique to provide relief of pain and tension in the firefighters. Since then, she has expanded her work, starting the Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund to help the brave men and women in the Big Apple, as well as those working in Newton, Watertown and other local communities. Through her work she fundraises for needed firehouse equipment, while also treating firefighters. She also, each year on Sept. 11, arranges for local restaurants to provide dinners to on-duty firefighters in several towns, including Watertown, Newton and …
Friday, September 9, 2011
There will be several commemorations, observances and other events on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2011.
A number of events have been planned in town for the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, including the town's observance, a ceremony at the central Fire Station and a garden tour. The town's observance of 9/11 begins at sunrise, when the flags will be flown at half-staff. At 10 a.m., the Fire Department will hold a ceremony at Fire Department Headquarters, 99 Main Street, to honor the fire personnel who gave their lives in the line of duty. Town officials, local and state politicians and representatives from the Police and Fire Departments will speak at the Town of Watertown Patriot Day Observance at Saltonstall Park. The event begins at noon, and will be held next to Town Hall where the Summer Concerts are held. The rain location is …
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, thinking back on that time reminds me not to take anything for granted, and breathe in every moment.
Recently I feel surrounded by the news of too many tragedies, people losing children or spouses unexpectedly to accidents or diseases that came without warning. It may be that these events are always happening, but my awareness is heightened around this time of year, as I am reminded of the enormity of the loss suffered on 9/11. A friend conveyed a story of how she had not checked her Facebook page in a while, and when she did, saw in close proximity two messages from an old friend. One message expounded joy and celebration, and just a few posts down a message explained how tragedy had struck her family. My friend commented on how seeing the two messages so close together reminded her how quickly things can change. Like everyone, I …
Operation American Soldier started in the basement of a Wendy and John Rocca's Watertown home and now ships hundreds of care packages, boxed up at the Charle Shutt Detachment.
Every couple weeks, the basement of the Marine Corps League’s Charles Shutt Detachment on Mt. Auburn Street fills with people filling cardboard boxes with snacks, books and toiletries to send to the men and women serving their country as members of the U.S. military. Know as Operation American Soldier, the effort, which is the brainchild of Watertown couple John and Wendy Rocca, has provided more than 53,000 lbs. of care packages to the troops. On a recent evening, Watertown’s Ellen Kiley prepared dozens of boxes to be filled, while volunteers scoured the shelves for items they think the soldier, Marine, sailor or airman who gets the box will enjoy. The bounty is topped off by a greeting card, handwritten by the person who filled the box …