Where were you 19 years ago today? The memory of 911 is still etched in my brain. I recall the conversations I had with a co-worker as I gave him blow-by-blow reports of what was happening in America. The newsroom at the newspaper did not have televisions and when I first told him that the South Tower had collapsed he didn’t believe me.
Then I told him that the North Tower was “gone.” By then the bosses had begun watching the horror on the internet and every editor stopped whatever they were working on to find a local angle from his or her town to include in a 911 edition of the papers.
For me, Tuesday was deadline day, so I didn’t have enough time to find Orange, Bethany, or Woodbridge residents with a personal connection to the tragedy.
Instead, I wrote a column documenting my day from the time I was awakened by a phone call telling me to “turn on the tv”; to seeing the second plane hit the south tower; to the conversations with my co-worker and his reaction to what I was telling him; and finally the numbness I felt that day.
What I remember most from the 911 attacks is just how kind everyone was for nearly an entire week afterward.
My children and I answered the call when the donation of heavy work gloves, dust filter masks, bottled water, and socks (to help protect the search and rescue and cadaver dogs’ feet).
In 2001, my kids were 14 and 15 years old. They knew what was going on, they witnessed it on TV at school and, I remember they didn’t need a lot of reassurance. They were upset but didn’t dwell on it.
I have not been back to that area of New York since that day.
For all the kids who are now in High School and were too young to remember and for all the children who were born after 2001, here is a timeline of what happened that day 19 years ago:
8:46:26 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11 impacts the north side of the North Tower (1 World Trade Center) of the WTC between the 94th and 98th floors. American Airlines Flight 11 was flying at a speed of 490 miles per hour (MPH).
9:02:54 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 175 impacts the south side of the South Tower of the WTC between the 78th and 84th floors at a speed of over 500 MPH. Parts of the plane including an engine leave the building from its north side, to be found on the ground up to six blocks away.
The Pentagon in Washington, DC gets hit by American Airlines Flight 77 at 9:37 a.m.
9:59:04 a.m.: The south tower of the World Trade Center suddenly collapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of dust and debris quickly fills lower Manhattan. It is later explained (disinformation) that the collapse was not directly caused by the impact, but the intense heat caused by the fire fueled by the jet’s fuel weakening the steel support beams of the concrete floors. The WTC towers were built to withstand a 707 being flown into them. A 767 carries almost the same amount of fuel as a 707.
The Palisades seismic data recorded a 2.1 magnitude earthquake during the 10-second collapse of the South Tower at 9:59:04 and a 2.3 quake during the 9-second collapse of the North Tower at 10:28:31 a.m.
10:06.05 a.m.: According to seismic data, United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, PA, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Here is a breakdown of the victims:
|Deaths by Area of Attack||Deaths|
|World Trade Center||2,606|
|Total number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks||2,996|
|Casualties in the World Trade Center and Surrounding Area||Deaths|
|Residents of New York||1,762|
|Persons in North Tower (Tower 1)||1,402|
|Persons in South Tower (Tower 2)||614|
|Residents of New Jersey||674|
|Employees of Marsh Inc.||355|
|Employees of Aon Corporation||175|
|Port Authority police officers||37|
|1 firefighter was killed by a man who jumped off the top floors|
Talking To Your Kids About 9/11
My granddaughter is 8 (almost 9 years old) and I asked her last week if she knew what 9/11 was all about.
She said she’d heard about it, but “not really.”
I asked if she wanted to know more, and being an inquisitive child, she, of course, said “yes.”
I had found a documentary that I’d DVR’d a few years ago, that I thought would give her a sense of what happened without upsetting her or scaring her too much. It didn’t show the people jumping from the upper floors, or anyone on fire running through the lobby of Tower One. It didn’t dwell on the heartbroken family members pasting photos of their loved ones up on the bulletin boards near the site. Just the basics.
And as she watched it, I shared some thoughts about what she was seeing. I told her that I knew a Paramedic and a Priest from Bethany who helped the people deal with the terrible things they’d seen and the guilt they felt about surviving on that day when so many others died.
She has an appreciation for the first responders who risked their lives to help save others, and the many who gave their lives during that effort.
She liked that her mommy and uncle were willing to help donate things that the rescuers needed in the days after the attacks. And she understands so much more than most kids her age without having night terrors about what she’d learned. Just the knowledge and appreciation for those who were willing to help.
Last night she said a prayer for the people who died and their family members who are missing them on this day.
The answer is simple — fairly.
I will post information about candidates, issues, and events as they are submitted as long as it is not an attack piece on an opponent.
If there happens to be more information about one party than another, it is simply that one side has a better publicity person than the other.
Note: In a past state election, I got some grief from a reader who believed I was taking sides by running one candidate’s press releases and nothing from another candidate. This was because HER camp sent me press releases and HIS didn’t. I do not go out looking for political commentary.
I will not be endorsing local candidates on Orange Live but I will do profiles of the key candidates. I do not attend political fundraisers, simply because if I can make it to one, but am busy during the other party’s event I will be accused of choosing sides. I will though, accept a well-composed photo from these events and publish them.
If I request a candidate’s profile information or photograph, please send it to me as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, I will not run anything that resembles negative campaigning on Orange Live. Some may call that censorship — but I believe that candidates need to run on their own merits, and I plan to allow my readers to learn about the candidates without the mudslinging that will be found on many other news media outlets.
Orange Live readers know that I don’t allow comments on the website, but comments may be posted on our Facebook page. BUT If I notice people attacking or insulting others I will remove the negative comments, so, it’s simple, be kind. We DO have many young people who follow Orange Live and we will not be a party to exposing them to political negativity. Be civil. Praise your own candidate, but do not post anything ugly about their opponent on any Orange Live related pages.
Just as I do not step up to the voting table with you and help you fill in the circles on your ballot, I will let YOU decide who the best candidate is for YOU and your family.
I will go to the polls, take photos of Democrats, Republicans, and Independent candidates and try to have an equal amount of photographs from both sides (After 20 years of covering Orange, I know that some people actually count images and judge) and finally, I will get the results up online ASAP.
… and that is my political coverage policy.
This policy has been in place for 6 years and will never change.
A resident sent this message tonight: “Is the town picking up debris from the storm? My neighbors told me if we pile it up near the road the town will take it away.”
The answer is, “No.” According to the Highway Department, there are no plans for the town to remove any of the mess left by the storm.
But, if you have a truck, trailer or a neighbor with either who is willing to help, the Transfer Station is open on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for your convenience.
I hope this clears up any confusion.
It’s that time of year again, people have already begun lighting up fireworks across the state, as the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks vendors are beginning to sell their wares.
We all look forward to the summer weather and celebrating the opportunity to be outdoors at picnics, barbecues, and other events. At many of these smaller than usual gatherings, the use of fireworks, both legal and illegal, is on the rise. When used legally and safely by professionals, fireworks can be enjoyed. Unfortunately, numerous incidents of injuries, fatalities, or accidental fires caused by the private use of fireworks are reported each year across the United States.
Several years ago, the State of Connecticut made it legal for any person sixteen (16) years of age or older to possess, sell, or use any sparkling device. The use of any type of sparkling device by a person under the age of 16 is illegal.
NO OTHER TYPES OF FIREWORKS ARE LEGAL UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC ACT 00-198! This includes, but is not limited to, devices known as “M-80’s,” “Cherry Bombs,” “Bottle Rockets,” and any device that is explosive or aerial such as ground displays or roman candles. While the use of sparkling devices is legal in Connecticut, they can be dangerous if not used properly.
The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember the following safety guidelines.
• When handling a sparkling device, wear protective goggles and gloves. Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit once they are lit and many burns and eye injuries have been reported as a result of improper use.
• Do not use ANY open flame devices when dry ground conditions are present. The Fire Danger Level is available at their website, www.orangefiremarshal.com or by calling the Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-891-4711.
• Be aware of your surroundings. Be sure others are a safe distance away before igniting any sparkling device.
• DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO HANDLE ANY TYPE OF SPARKLING DEVICE.
• Always have a source of extinguishment. A garden hose or fire extinguisher can quickly put out a small fire before it gets out of control, only if it is close by. Anytime there is a fire or other emergency, do not hesitate to call 911. A delay in a call can make a tragic difference in the outcome.
The local and state fire officials want everyone to enjoy the summer season. Please keep these tips in mind to ensure that it is a safe one. If you would like more information, call the Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 203-891-4711.
Here are the details of the event which we will update when it is rescheduled:
The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.
There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.
Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.
Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.
Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.
Last year, he participated in his First Super Plunge to benefit the CT Special Olympics and with the help of family and friends, he was able to exceed his goal of raising $2,400 and brought in $2,800.
On Saturday, March 14, Officer Peterson wrote: “With regards to my SUPER PLUNGE Fundraiser… Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Special Olympics Connecticut have cancelled all Penguin Plunges to include the 24th and final plunge on March 29th. The SUPER PLUNGE, however, is still scheduled as of this time. It will just be us with no spectators.”
He added, “I know with these uncertain economic times, it may be difficult for some to donate to a fundraiser. I will continue to try and raise funds for this cause. https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/2508900”
In two weeks, on Saturday, March 28th through Sunday, March 29th, Officer Peterson will be joining the Super Plungers for another 24 hours of fun. His fundraising goal, once again, is $2,400, though he is hoping to exceed last year’s $2,800. But he needs your help.
The SUPER PLUNGE is a Penguin Plunge Event to Benefit Special Olympics Connecticut and is an effort to increase both awareness and fundraising for the Torch Run Plunge.
The SUPER PLUNGE is exactly like your typical Penguin Plunge, with only one small difference. Instead of plunging into the near-freezing water a single time, “SUPER PLUNGERS” must plunge once per hour for a 24-hour period.
Peterson said the water feels like a million needles, and as the day goes on the pain increases, yet it’s worth it for the cause.
Want to help?
Support by making a donation to his page. The process is fast, easy, and secure… and you can be sure that it will benefit a great cause. As of today, Saturday, March 14, he is $837 shy of his goal, so why not help him out now while it’s fresh on your mind?
MAKING A DONATION IS EASY
Donate Online: Just click the donate button and answer a few questions to use your credit card online.
Donate by Check: Make a check out to Special Olympics CT and send it to Officer Peterson. Make a note on the check that your contribution is for his plunge.
“Thank you all so much for your donations,” he said. “Together we can reveal the champion in all of us.”
Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.
A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.
Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8.
Don’t know what you’re supposed to do? Remember this simple rule — Spring Forward; Fall Behind — So before you go to bed set your clocks ahead by 1 hour, (DVD players, Microwaves, cars, etc.) which means you get 1 hour less sleep in the morning if you are on a schedule.
This is one of two times of the year that the Fire Marshal’s office reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
A Little Background
It was 54 years ago that Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.
In 1973 DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.
The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years.
The current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month where DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5-minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?
Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?
A group of 20 pre-registered students will get the answers to these questions and so much more when they take part in the Orange Citizens Police Academy, beginning in April.
The Orange Police Department is offering an opportunity for citizens to see the inner-workings of a municipal police department.
Classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:30p-9:00p, beginning April 22, 2020. Classes are held at Orange Police Department Headquarters, 314 Lambert Road in Orange.
The Citizen’s Academy will include subjects such as the history of the Orange Police Department, traffic accident investigation, firearms, court system overview, police patrol procedures, and crime scene processing.
Students also will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer. Each session will be conducted by members of the department deemed knowledgeable in specific areas of the curriculum.
Class size is limited to twenty; all attendees must be eighteen years of age or older. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Orange residents.
For further information, or to register, contact Detective Carolyn Bailey at 203-891-2138, ext. 8246. Registration will be available until April 15, 2020, or until the class is filled, whichever comes first.
This is a great chance for you to learn about the police department that serves you and your community.