Staten Island woman inspired by her mother, who died on September 11, opens a dance studio

By Tracey Porpora Staten Island Advance

Krystal Tabeek, owner of Studio 11, and students.Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo

Krystal Tabeek, owner of Studio 11, and students.Staten Island Advance/Anthony DePrimo

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Joann Tabeek always encouraged her daughter, Krystal, to follow her dreams.

She was especially supportive of her daughter’s interest in dance, which eventually led to the young dancer’s participation in competitive dance for 15 years.

But Joann never got to see her teen-age daughter shine on stage. Working as a vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center, she was one of the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

“My mother never made it out (of the World Trade Center) on that horrific day. She always pushed me to follow my dreams, so this is the year I made it happen,” said Ms. Tabeek.

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Winner of Queens Round of the Daily News 5 Alarm Cookoff Serves a Good Cause

By Frank Green New York Daily News

The new king of Queens can not only cook — he’s generous with his winnings, too.

Jing Kong beat the field of firefighters and paramedics at the borough’s round of the Daily News 5 Alarm Cookoff, held Saturday in Long Island City.

Kong competed as a lieutenant in the FDNY’s Ceremonial Unit in Bayside — a squad that handles everything from bugling to serving as pallbearers at department members’ funerals. He’s donating his winnings — a trip for four to Florida and gift cards from P.C. Richard & Son and Key Food — to the John G. Chipura Foundation, which has raised money to help firefighters dealing with illnesses stemming from the 9/11 attacks.

The Staten Island-based charity owes the gifts to Kong’s plate of braised pork belly and unagi donburi (Japanese for eel bowl.)

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Widows accuse Pa. congressman of stalling air-safety law

Jennifer Fitch, Herald Mail Media

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Two widows of airline pilots who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks charge that a simple solution to increase flight safety is hinging on cooperation from Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania.

The husbands of Ellen Saracini and Melodie Homer were flying United Flight 175 and United Flight 93, respectively, when they were hijacked by terrorists.

Now, the women accuse Shuster, R-Pa., of holding up legislation that could potentially deter someone from trying to storm a cockpit.

The nation repeated “never again, never again” after September 11, 2001, Homer said. “In the years since then, it seems the promise we were given has been forgotten,” she said.

Saracini lives in Bucks County, Pa., where her congressman, Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, has introduced H.R. 1775 [to read H.R. 1775, please click here] that would require airlines to install “secondary barriers” in planes.  Read More »

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