‘Bikers for Bini’ charity event draws thousands to Staten Island Mall

By Ryan Lavis Staten Island Advance

Over 5,000 people attend the 2nd annual Bikers for Bini charity event at the Staten Island Mall Sunday. (Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis)

Over 5,000 people attend the 2nd annual Bikers for Bini charity event at the Staten Island Mall Sunday. (Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis)

There was something for everyone to enjoy.

The annual Bikers for Bini charity event drew over 5,000 guests to the Staten Island Mall on Sunday, and featured a charity motorcycle run, a classic car show, monster truck rides, food, rides and games for the kids.

Live music on two stages featured such established musicians as “Rock of Ages” singer Constantine Maroulis, while youngster rock ‘n’ roll band, Giffords Lane,shredded through classic rock tunes for an appreciative crowd.

“It’s a unique event because of the fact that you can bring together the motorcycle community, the classic car show community, the families, the rock ‘n’ roll and live music — we’re able to bring them all together for charity and put them in one place and make one successful event,” said Massimo DiDonna, president of The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, a 501(c) not-for-profit organization founded in honor of the namesake fireman who died during the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s all about the fact that 13 years later people still remember what happened on that tragic day and the fact that they still come out and respect the heroism that not only my father-in-law showed that morning but all the victims of 9-11,” DiDonna said.

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Steve Skipton, EMS task force at site, dies

By Stacy Jacobson ABC News Charleston

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) – Steve Skipton, a Goose Creek firefighter and 9/11 first responder battling Stage 4 cancer, died Saturday evening surrounded by friends and family. He was 41. Cancer had spread to his kidneys, lungs, and pelvis, friends said.

Skipton was the co-owner of SconFire.com. The social media company sent a last alarm alert moments before midnight Saturday.

“It is with great sadness that we announce that our brother Stephen Skipton Sr. passed away peacefully and with family and friends at his side Saturday evening,” the message read.

On Monday, black drapes cast a shadow over the Goose Creek Fire Department. Firefighters tied black bunting on all the department’s trucks.

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Middletown Pays Silent Tribute to September 11 Victims

Middletown Public Information Office

 Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens.  Photo by Lee Beaumont

Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens.  Photo by Lee Beaumont

MIDDLETOWN – A silent tribute will be paid to Middletown’s residents who died in the World Trade Center tragedy with a wreath-laying at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens on Thursday, September 11th at 8:46 a.m. The time marks the start of the terrorist attacks 13 years ago when the first plane hit the towers.

Township Committee members as well as representatives of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179, American Legion Post 338 and American Legion Post 515 are scheduled to participate.

“At times, silence speaks volumes,” said Mayor Stephanie C. Murray of the commemoration which remains devoid of any words. “Middletown’s 9/11 Tribute enables each of us to have a private moment while still coming together to reflect on the tragedy and loss of the day,”

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