Category Archives: Families in the News

“My If/Then Moment”: LaChanze Recounts the Divine Intervention Leading Her to the 9/11 Memorial

LaChanze, courtesy Playbill

By LaChanze as told to Michael Gioia Playbill In 2001 LaChanze lost husband Calvin J. Gooding in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Twelve years later, the Tony Award winner for The Color Purple — newly single following a split from second husband Derek Fordjour — began a new Broadway journey in If/Then, a musical […]

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Wayne teen wins award named for 9/11 victim

By Shawn Boburg The Record WAYNE — Kathleen Hopkins, a Wayne Valley High School graduate, has received the $4,000 Paul Acquaviva Scholar-Athlete Memorial Award. The scholarship, in memory of 9/11 victim Paul Acquaviva, was the 13th given annually to a senior who excels in both academics and athletics. Hopkins, a co-valedictorian at Wayne Valley, played […]

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MTA graduating class of dogs trained to sniff out trouble

In total, nineteen canines are the newest members of the MTA police program. Here they are seen at their graduation ceremony held in Grand Central Terminal on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Credit: Jeremy Bales)

By Maria Alvarez Newsday The largest class of bomb-sniffing anti-terrorist German shepherds trained to work for the MTA graduated Friday. Each of the 19 dogs, who bear the names of New York’s fallen heroes, received a badge with a collar and full color guard honors at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ceremony at Grand Central Terminal. […]

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