On March 7, 2014, Annie’s House held its grand opening in Bottineau, ND. Annie’s House is a one-of-a-kind recreational facility for individuals with physical/cognitive disabilities, as well as wounded warriors injured in combat.
Annie’s House is named for Ann Nicole Nelson, who was killed at age 30 in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center while working at Cantor Fitzgerald. After her death, her mother found her “bucket list”. One of the dreams Ann listed there was “buy a house in North Dakota”. She also had great interest in helping people and in winter sports.
Annie’s House combines these dreams, giving disabled children and adults a place to enjoy skiing and other winter activities. The New York Says Thank You Foundation helped to build Annie’s House.
To see a video of the grand opening of Annie’s House, please click here.
By Henry Chu LA Times
Bodies are removed from a train near Madrid’s Atocha station on March 11, 2004, after explosions on four trains in Spain’s capital that left 191 dead. (Christophe Simon / AFP/Getty Images / March 11, 2004)
MADRID — Reminders of her son hang close to Pilar Manjon’s heart.
There’s the necklace she wears with his name, Daniel, and the golden pendant bearing his first initial. A locket holds a tiny snapshot of his handsome face, smiling with the promise of a life that was abruptly cut short, along with scores of others, a decade ago in the deadliest Islamic terrorist attack on European soil.
Daniel, 20, was heading into downtown Madrid the morning of March 11, 2004, when a series of bombs exploded within minutes aboard four packed commuter trains. The coordinated attack killed 191 people and injured nearly 2,000.Many of the survivors and the relatives of those who died are still wrestling with their trauma — as well as their anger over a sense of justice denied, or at best, only partially fulfilled.
Michael Sedon, Staten Island Advance
Angel statues keep watch over the Angels’ Circle memorial in Grasmere. (Staten Island Advance/Bill Lyons)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New parking restrictions at Grasmere’s Angels’ Circle should free up spaces so family members of 9/11 victims memorialized there can have easy access to pay their respects.
The city Department of Transportation confirmed that “1 hour parking” signs will go up as soon as the weather stays above freezing so the concrete bases for the posts could cure properly when poured.
Founder and director of the memorial Wendy Pellegrino often brings flowers, plants and supplies to maintain the site from her home in New Jersey, but in recent months parking near the memorial has become impossible, she said.”We can’t park a block away with supplies to care for the Circle,” she said. “The families went through enough, and they should be able to visit in peace.”