‘World Trade Center Ship’ to Travel to Permanent Berth in Albany

David W. Dunlap, New York Times

After a short, hard life on the water — a brutal one, perhaps, transporting slaves or fighting off pirates — the shallow, broad-beamed, 45-foot sloop docked in Lower Manhattan one day in the late 1700s. And stayed there for two more centuries.

Now, the remnants of what is called the “World Trade Center Ship,” because that is where it was excavated five years ago, are destined for a permanent new berth: Albany.

Archaeologists excavating the remnants of an 18th-century ship that were found in 2010 during construction work at the World Trade Center site. Fred R. Conrad, The New York Times

Archaeologists excavating the remnants of an 18th-century ship that were found in 2010 during construction work at the World Trade Center site. Fred R. Conrad, The New York Times

“Albany was a central part of the entire maritime culture of colonial and post-colonial America,” said David Emil, the president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is financing the conservation, transportation, documentation and eventual installation of the ship, at the New York State Museum.

“It is totally appropriate to have the ship in a museum in Albany,” Mr. Emil said this week. The Hudson River was a central commercial artery and Albany was a key way station between New York City and the interior United States, especially after the Erie Canal was built. Read More »

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Heritage Foundation: We Must Work Harder to Stop Terrorism on US Soil

Cathy Burke, Newsmax

There have been 64 plots to attack Americans on U.S. soil in the 13½ years since 9/11, most of them thwarted, analysts at the Heritage Foundation report.

But the number will keep climbing — along with the chance that more will succeed — unless there are aggressive countermeasures taken, experts at the foundation warn, Fox News reports.

“The [United States] cannot afford complacency, but must instead work to stop terrorists before they strike through the use of intelligence, community outreach, and efforts to defeat ISIS abroad,” David Inserra, research associate in the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, and Peter Brookes, senior fellow for National Security Affairs at the foundation, tell Fox News. Read More »

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Ouida family helps children with anxiety in the name of their son Todd

Kara Yorio The Record

Anxiety is the most prevalent psychiatric illness among children and teens. As many as 1 in 4 are affected by an anxiety disorder at one or more times in their lives, according to mental health experts. Even when the symptoms are similar, every situation is unique; every child and family have their own challenges and ways of handling them.

Andrea Ouida knew something was seriously wrong when her 9-year-old son Todd was clutching the dining room table, desperate not to leave their River Edge house for school. This was not the typical attempt to get out of a day of fourth grade.

Todd Ouida at age 11, when he was struggling with anxiety.Photo Courtesy of the Ouida family

Todd Ouida at age 11, when he was struggling with anxiety.Photo Courtesy of the Ouida family

Her husband, Herb, though, thought if he forced Todd to go to school, his son would get over whatever was bothering him. Just make him go. At the time, Herb admits, he didn’t understand the issue or its severity.

“We learned the hard way, because even I, with Todd, at first denied that there was a real problem,” Herb said. “I tried to carry him into school and the custodian came up and said, ‘Your son is suffering.’ The custodian told me. Read More »

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