Mepham HS unveils plaque honoring 9/11 first responders

On November 3, 2017, Wellington C. Mepham High School in Merrick, NY held a ceremony to unveil a plaque in honor of the firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Local officials attended the event, as did Mary Ann Rand, mother of FDNY Firefighter Adam Rand, who was killed responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Students in the school’s Key Club raised the money for the plaque, reports staff of the Merrick Patch.

The plaque can be found on the flagpole near the school’s Camp Avenue entrance.

The school was given a piece of steel from the former World Trade Center to display.

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Two Stonington students charged with damaging field named for 9/11 victim Josh Piver

Two students from Stonington High School have been charged with vandalizing the Josh Piver Memorial Field at the school, reports Joe Wojtas in The Day.

The boys, both 17, caused $3,000 worth of damage to the field by driving an SUV repeatedly over it. The SUV driver was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespass; the passenger with conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespass. Because they are under age 18, their names have not been released.

The field will be repaired and ready for next year’s soccer season.

Josh Piver graduated from Stonington in 1996. During his time at the school, Josh kept goal for the school’s soccer team. Piver was murdered by terrorists at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2001 at the age of 23. The school hosted the first Piver Cup soccer tournament at the school last year.

The memorial plaque to Josh Piver was undamaged in the incident.

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Help build a smart home for Afghanistan veteran Scott Nokes

Kathy Cunningham, who lost her brother, Donald Robertson, in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, met U.S. Marine Corporal Scott Nokes during the annual 1WTC stair climb sponsored by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Corporal Nokes, 26, served two tours in Afghanistan with the Marines and picked up an infection that cost him most of his eyesight and his legs. He climbed 104 flights during the event on his prosthetics.

Cunningham is now raising funds so that the Siller Foundation can build Nokes a “smart” home, reports Austin Bogues for the Asbury Park Press. These homes are custom-built to meet the needs of each veteran who receives one. Stoves and counters can be raised and lowered with a tablet, doors are automatic, and other conveniences are installed to make daily tasks easier for the veteran.

So far, Cunningham has raised $200,000 towards Nokes’ “smart” house and hopes to break ground on it next year.

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