Hewitt native to compete for the 343 in Supercross

Kara Yorio The Record

There will be a special homecoming and meaningful tribute for Supercross rookie Luke Renzland this weekend.

“I’m very excited to come home,” the 20-year-old Hewitt native said. “I’m going to be able to see my family, all of my cousins, aunts and uncles. Besides from that, growing up in that local community, there’s going to be hundreds of people from my school and from my local area that I grew up racing. I’m going to get to see all these faces I haven’t seen in years. I’m definitely looking forward to going to the hometown and seeing all my old friends.”

Hewitt's Luke Renzland wears No. 343 to honor 9/11's fallen firefighters. Photo Ryne Swanberg

Hewitt’s Luke Renzland wears No. 343 to honor 9/11’s fallen firefighters. Photo Ryne Swanberg

He is also looking forward to competing in North Jersey wearing his chosen race number.

“A special part of the race for me is that I’m running No. 343 to represent the 343 fallen firefighters in the 9/11 tragedy,” said Renzland, who was in elementary school in 2001. “So it’s going to be pretty special to run that number up there and be able to support the family and friends that suffered from those events on 9/11.”

It is the number he has worn since turning pro last year. In Supercross, riders earn the single and double digit numbers based on points earned the season before. As a rookie, Renzland had to pick a three-digit number to begin his career. Read More »

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Obituary for Phillip A. Elia, Army National Guard (ret.)

Buffalo News

OBITUARY/ARRANGEMENTS: Phillip A. Elia, a retired Army National Guard master sergeant who responded to ground zero after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and served in Iraq, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, in his Kenmore home after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 60.

After his Guard unit was mobilized, Mr. Elia arrived in Lower Manhattan the day after the attacks and remained there for about six weeks, working in various capacities including logistics and security, said his wife, Barbara.

His son, Max, enlisted in the Navy after September 11 and both men were deployed to Iraq in 2004. Mr. Elia postponed his retirement and served a one-year tour with the 1st Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment in Tikrit. Read More »

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World Trade Center column sits hidden in Amsterdam, NY park

Rachel Yonkunas News 10

Amsterdam, NY — Four years ago, the city of Amsterdam purchased [sic – none of the World Trade Center was sold] a column from the fallen World Trade Center. But now it sits far away in a corner of Riverlink Park.

It was placed there because the city intended to build a memorial around the column.

“I think those plans were quite ambitious and needed quite a bit of funding,” Amsterdam Parks and Recreation Director Rob Spagnola said.

As a result, that project was never completed, and the city never expected a new plan would take so long. Read More »

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