Friday, September 23, 2011
The fishing tournament scheduled for Sat. Sept. 25 is entering its sixth year.
Hundreds are anticipated to gather later this month for a fishing tournament held in the memory of a fallen Army soldier from Tiverton. Close friends and the widow of Staff Sgt. Christopher Potts met recently for an interview to reflect on his life and the United States since the attacks of Sept. 11. The SSG Christopher Potts Annual Fishing Tournament takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, out of VFW Post 5390 (822 Anthony Road) in Common Fence Point in Portsmouth from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament go toward a memorial fund in Potts’ name, and it is presented by the Aquidneck Island Striper Team. “The ultimate sacrifice was made,” said Terri Potts, talking about her husband and the tournament. “Celebrate and fish with family and …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Three Newport Navy Fire Fighters built a monument to honor and remember those who lost their lives during the attacks on September 11, 2011
In the two months that led up to the tenth anniversary of 9/11, three Newport Navy Fire Fighters, Matthew Brown, Michael McLauglin and Dennis Giegory, worked to design and build a memorial garden and monument located at the public safety building at Naval Station Newport. The structure, which includes steel from the Twin Towers, was constructed to remember and honor the 403 fire fighters and police officers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The audience was quickly reminded of a fire fighter’s constant call to duty; minutes before the ceremony was about to begin, they were called out to investigate a propane leak on base. Left with no choice but to delay the ceremony, attendees took advantage of the time to meet each other and …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Millions of people across the United States were affected by the 9/11 attacks. To help reflect the endless diversity of their experiences, Patch pulled together hundreds of snapshots of everyday people across America whose lives were changed.
The Paranzino Family of Middletown opens their hearts and home as they discuss the loss of their son, Sgt. Michael Paranzino, on Nov. 5 in Afghanistan.
After months of planning, a 5 by 3½-foot polished jet black granite monument had finally arrived at St. Columba's Cemetery on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and was lovingly placed at the gravesite of Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino. It's not far from his childhood home in Middletown that overlooks rolling farm fields and catches glimpses of Narragansett Bay. Images of Jesus embracing a soldier and of supportive angels' hands adorn the monument, as do Michael’s likeness. “He’s in God’s hands,” Melane Paranzino said. “That’s where we’ll be laid to rest one day too,” noted Michael’s father, Francis “Butch” Paranzino. The Paranzino Family—Melane and Butch, and their son Daniel, 26—lost Michael on Nov. 5, 2010 when he was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan by an …
More than $21,000 has been raised to date with boats still registering and pledges and donations to be received through Sunday.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This Sunday, Sept. 11, on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., Sail Newport along with the local sailing community will hold a race to commemorate the tenth anniversary of that fateful moment in history and to raise funds for wounded veterans and Rhode Island servicemen and women’s families. Over $21,000 has been raised to date with boats still registering and pledges and donations to be received through Sunday. Two charities will benefit from the proceeds of the event including the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the R.I. Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Fund. “We want to help those servicemen and women and their families who have suffered or are suffering as a result of fighting for our freedom since 9-11,” …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The war college held a ceremony to remember the 10 fallen students and alumni.
The Naval War College held a ceremony Friday afternoon honoring 10 of its students and alumni who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Three students and seven alumni were killed in the terrorist attack. The ceremony was held at the Patriots Memorial on the campus, which was created in memory and honor of Capt. Gerald F. DeConto, Lcdr. Robert R. Elseth, Capt. Lawrence D. Getzfred, Angela M. Houts, Lcdr. Patrick J. Murphy, Lt. Jonas M. Panik, Capt. Jack D. Punches, Jr., Cdr. Robert A. Schlegel, Cdr. Dan F. Shanower, and Maj. Kip P. Taylor. Hundreds of fellow students, faculty and staff members attended, as well as family members of Capt. DeConto. “Their memories, along with the others who were killed that day…
A look back on 9/11 10 years ago through the eyes of some of our town's newest firefighters.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Don Mosher
Saturday, September 10, 2011
As America looks back 10 years ago to that horrific and appalling morning on Sept. 11, 2001, no one can forget the fallen heroes—the first responders caught in the Twin Towers' collapse at Ground Zero. The firefighters and police officers who gave and risked their lives to save others continue to draw a somber respect from all their brothers and sisters across the nation and around the world, as they continue to answer dangerous calls on a daily basis. Many of the nation's first responders entering the profession today were young or still in school when 9/11 happened. Recently Middletown hired four new firefighter recruits to bring the Fire Department to a fully staffed unit. These recruits are Alex Cavanagh, John Jordan, Matthew Maruska, …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Aquidneck Donor Center in Middletown is taking part in a nationwide blood drive campaign organized by the Muslim community in remembrance of the thousands of lives lost on 9/11.
On Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, the Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC)'s Aquidneck Donor Center will collect pints of blood for the Muslims for Life campaign, as one of 190 donation centers around the country this weekend holding 9/11 remembrance collections. "The campaign is to reiterate the message that Islam values the sanctity of life," Amer Malik, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rhode Island, explained in an email. "We will hold blood drives at several of our mosques and prayer centers across the nation, and in collaboration with other community organizations." The campaign is on track to meet a goal to collect 10,000 pints of blood by 9/11, capable of saving 30,000 lives, according to Malik. Anyone eligible to give …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Police officers from Middletown and Newport have organized a fundraiser motorcycle ride that will start and end at Scotty's Big Dawg's Pub this Sunday, Sept. 11.
As communities across the United States observe the 10th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks this Sunday, one group of local police officers will honor their fallen brothers and sisters in uniform with a special fundraiser motorcycle ride open to all. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the Police Unity Tour Motorcycle Ride Fundraiser will begin and end at Scotty's Big Dawg's Pub & Restaurant, 832 West Main Road, Middletown at 11:15 a.m. The funds raised will be used to help support the families of fallen officers and to maintain the National Law Enforcement Memorial (NLEM). According to the NLEM website, Sept. 11, 2001 marked the deadliest day in U.S. law enforcement history, with 72 peace officers killed in the line of duty during the terrorist …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Share your memories of this tragic day in American history in the comment box below.
The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 is on Sunday, a tragic event that took so many American lives. Where were you that day? Do you remember how you first heard the news? What were you doing? Please send us your comments in the box below, via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.