“It was a beautiful day, just like this.” These words and similar ones passed among the village residents last Saturday as they streamed toward the Firefighter Richard T. Muldowney Jr. Memorial Lighthouse for the annual 9/11 ceremony.
This article is a compilation of first-person remembrances spoken by Kathleen Monestere at the annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony and in a later interview. On Sept. 18, 2001, Phyllis Held placed a flyer in the mailboxes of our neighborhood. She wanted us to gather at the traffic circle at Bayview Avenue and Ray Street. We came. There was nothing really planned. It was only a week after 9/11, so there was lots of confusion.
No one recalls the fall of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, more keenly than the families of those who died at Ground Zero. Among the lost was FDNY FirefighterTimothy Brian Higgins, who died at age 43 when the South Tower (Tower 2) collapsed. His brother, retired FDNY FF Joe Higgins, told of the search to find Tim in the rubble.
Richard T. Muldowney, Jr., came from a Freeport family with a tradition of public service. His father was a Freeport police detective. His brother, Kevin, is a retired New York City Police Department detective. In his own words, Kevin recalled the loss of his brother on September 11, 2001.
On Thursday, Sept. 9, Nassau County Legislators Steve Rhoads (L.D. 18) and Laura Schaefer (L.D. 14) announced a donation drive for victims of Hurricane Ida, not only in Louisiana, but also in Pennsylvania and the tri-state area.
Being a Director of Nursing during the COVID pandemic has truly been a challenge.
It wasn’t the busiest Cardboard Boat Race ever, but it was surely the most unusual.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Freeport Memorial Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. During the month, the ALA and libraries work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card, as they have since 1987.
Remembering 9/11 is painful, yet part of healing is remembering. But how accurately do we recall a momentous event? To what source can we turn? One place to go is the Freeport Memorial Library’s website, freeportlibrary.info.
On Sept. 1, the streets of Freeport were lined with students eagerly waiting to board their school buses for the start of a new school year.
We’re steadily getting there — herd immunity, when a minimum of 60 to 70 percent of Americans will be vaccinated against Covid-19. As of press time this week . . .
Last year, the guidance we received from the government was straightforward: Wear a mask, keep your distance from others and stay at home if you’re able. Now, with millions of people being vaccinated . . .
As poet Mary Oliver asks, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” In our (almost) post-pandemic lives, the question presses us for an answer.