Mets to honor memory of Welles Crowther, credited with saving dozens on 9/11 before death

By Andy Martino, Michael O’Keeffe, and Gary Myers New York Daily News

In keeping with their tradition of heartfelt ceremonies on September 11 — the aftermath of which Bobby Valentine’s Mets were deeply involved in — the team will recognize a man who lost his son in the terrorist attacks.

When Jeff Crowther takes the mound this September 11, before the Mets’ 7:10 game with Washington, his thoughts will turn to his son Welles, one of the unsung heroes during the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

With his trademark red bandana strapped round his head, Welles was credited for saving at least a dozen lives at the World Trade Center. He lost his own life in the process.

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Roads Closed for Saturday’s Annual Marty and Tom Celic Run in Clove Lakes Park

By Virginia N. Sherry Staten Island Advance

The start of the 37th Marty and Tom Celic 4-Mile Run at Clove Lakes Park, Aug. 31, 2013. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez).

The start of the 37th Marty and Tom Celic 4-Mile Run at Clove Lakes Park, Aug. 31, 2013. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez).

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The 38th annual Celic Run takes place in Clove Lakes Park Saturday morning, with road closures in West Brighton from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Clove Road, between Victory Boulevard and Forest Avenue, and Martling Avenue, from Clove Road to Slosson Avenue, will be closed to traffic.

The Celic Run — the oldest road race on Staten Island — was first organized to commemorate FDNY firefighter Martin Celic, who was killed in the line of duty in a fire in Manhattan in 1977, when he was 25 years old.

On September 11, 2001, Celic’s brother Thomas, 43, who worked for Marsh McLennan, died in Tower 1 at the World Trade Center, and the race was renamed.

The brothers, graduates of Monsignor Farrell High School, were passionate runners. Martin excelled in cross-country, the high jump and intermediate hurdles in high school; Thomas completed seven New York and Boston marathons.

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St. Joseph by-the-Sea’s Emily Aiello wins annual Robert Curatolo scholarship

By Charlie De Biase Jr Staten Island Advance

Emily Aiello could have taken the easy way out in acknowledging her hero. In fact, she gave her opinion on what the general belief of a hero is in a touching essay she recently wrote.

“Most people might describe their hero as someone who flies around in a cape or captures all the villains,” she said, matter-of-factly.

Emily Aiello, however, is not like most people. In that same essay, she poured her heart out referring to her hero, Steven Aiello, who happens to be her brother. The latter has Asperger’s Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, as descibed by Emily Aiello.

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