By R.J. Liberatore, Jr. Shore News Today
An Absecon 9/11 Memorial Committee memorial sticker is displayed at St. Paul’s Chapel about a block away from the original site of the World Trade Center.
The Absecon 9/11 Memorial Committee has announced the sale of Absecon 9-11 Memorial decals as a way to raise money for a 9/11 memorial to be located inside the city.
The Absecon 9/11 Memorial Committee has been hard at work since June to coordinate a fitting Memorial to the 9/11 victims and showcasing Absecon’s 16-foot steel beam from the 39th floor of the former World Trade Center South Tower, according to committee member Lynn Caterson, a former Absecon City Councilwoman.Building this Memorial will be a note-worthy undertaking bringing recognition, pride and honor to not only Absecon residents, but also all of Atlantic County and South Jersey.
No site has yet been approved by City Council, nor has any design for the Memorial been approved.
Wilson Conde, CentralJersey.com
The Somerset Medical Center’s Blood Donation Program will provide community members in and around the Somerville area with two opportunities to serve the community during this holiday season.
The medical center will operate a Giving Tuesday blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the De Sapio building on 92 E. Main St. in Somerville, said Nicole Greco, the medical center’s blood donor recruiter.
The Giving Tuesday blood drive is a way to provide an alternative to the consumerism that often prevails during the rest of the holiday season, especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the RaritanTownship resident added. “This is a way to share without spending,” she said.
Those who are unable to give blood for health reasons can still contribute in the spirit of Giving Tuesday throughout the holiday season by donating to the Somerset Medical Center Foundation in honor of someone they know, said Kathleen Roberts, the public relations and marketing director for the medical center. Read More
By Joan Gralla New York Newsday
Marcos Segura worked for three days after the attacks helping with asbestos removal.
Photo credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa
A few days after the Twin Towers fell, Marcos Segura was at Ground Zero — one of more than 2,300 asbestos workers called in to remove the toxic dust blown into surrounding buildings.
The Queens man put on a protective suit and breathed through a special mask, but it wasn’t enough.
Despite their safety gear and training, Segura and other asbestos workers wound up getting exposed to a host of poisons after 9/11. Many have developed health problems, just like less-protected firefighters, police and ironworkers, according to medical surveys.
And while Ground Zero asbestos-removal crews are now at risk of developing mesothelioma and other cancers, there’s no guarantee they’ll have their future medical bills covered. Read More