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.”
By Tom Wrobleski Staten Island Advance
Street named for Lt. Joseph Gullickson
Nearly half of the honorific street namings in the borough over the last 15 years have been done in memory of Island residents who perished in the September 11, 2001 attack, according to a new database.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Center left its mark on Staten Island in more ways than one.
The number of 9/11 street namings shows how deeply the attack scarred the borough.
There were about 405 street honorific street namings done in the borough since 1998, according to a newly created database found on the “NYC Honorific Streets” website.
By Alex Wigglesworth Philly.com
Two New Jersey men were sentenced Friday for operating a bogus 9/11 charity through which they swindled generous donors out of thousands of dollars.
Mark Niemczyk, 67, of Tinton Falls, and Thomas Scalgione, 42, of Manahawkin, sold t-shirts and collected donations out of a pickup truck emblazoned with 9/11-themed images. They offered assurances the contributions would be used to help families of 9/11 victims.
But the proceeds never reached the coffers of any charity. The cash was instead deposited into Niemczyk’s personal bank accounts and used to pay for routine expenses.