Little League named after slain NYPD Officer Michael J. Buczek and honoring 9/11 cops celebrates ‘special’ 28th season

“It’s the Little League with the huge memory — and enormous heart.” writes Chris Sommerfeldt in the New York Daily News.

The Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League opened its 28th season this week. The league honors both its NYPD namesake and the 23 NYPD officers killed while responding to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Each team in the league is named for one of the police officers killed in the attacks.

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Compromise reached between competing Lower Makefield groups planning 9/11 ceremonies at township’s Garden of Reflection

At the Lower Makefield board of supervisors meeting on April 20, 2016, a compromise was reached about conflicting 9/11 ceremonies this year at the Garden of Reflection, reported D.E. Schlatter in Bucks Local News.

Supervisor Judi Reiss, who lost her son in the terrorist attacks, had received a township permit to reserve the Garden  from 7:00am on Saturday, September 10, 2016 through 9:00pm on Sunday, September 11, 2016, including a candlelight vigil on the 10th and an afternoon ceremony on the anniversary itself. These ceremonies would be quiet.

Another group led by Valerie Mihalek, which includes Ellen Saracini and other September 11th family members, hopes for a more public ceremony on the evening of the 15th anniversary.

The compromise amends Reiss’s permit so that Mihalek and Saracini can set up their evening event at 4:00pm on September 11, as long as they receive a separate permit  and do not interfere with any planned ceremonies.

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Saving the scars of 9/11

The New York Times of April 20, 2016 that the Liberty Street pedestrian bridge, which bears scars from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will be recladded.

Discussions are underway with the FDNY and the National September 11 Memorial Museum to see if either organization is interested in keeping some of the damaged panels.

David W. Dunlap writes, “When the panels are taken down this spring, however, the trade center site will lose one more strand connecting it to the events of 2001.”

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