Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Our community reflects on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and looks forward to the future.
As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approached, Emmaus Patch asked various members of the local community to talk about how the events of that tragic day impacted them. Patch also asked the community to share their thoughts on what they believe the future will bring. Here's what they had to say at that time:
Monday, September 10, 2012
Emmaus Public Library hosts Community Heroes Day Tuesday, Sept. 11.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, September 10, 2012
Every year, the Emmaus Public Library helps the Emmaus community to put a positive face on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 through a special event at the library called "Community Heroes Day." This year, the library invites people of all ages to head to the library from 6 p.m. until dark on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to meet the people who keep us safe and show our appreciation for what they do. Kids of all ages can climb on a fire truck, look inside an ambulance and sit in a police car. As time permits, there will also be free child identity kits in the library. This is the 11th annual Community Heroes Day hosted by the Emmaus Public Library.
A police officer from the Lehigh Valley has been invited to sing at the Sept. 11 Phillies game
On the wall in the office of Forks Township, police officer Brooks Kranich hangs a cherished piece of memorabilia. It's his ticket stub and a rally towel from Game 3 of the 2008 World Series he attended at Citizens Bank Park watching his beloved Philadelphia Phillies. On Sept. 11, though, the 38-year-old Kranich might be able to top that Phillies memory. The team has invited Kranich to sing a patriotic song at the Phillies Sept. 11 game against the Miami Marlins -- the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against America. For Kranich, a Forks Township native who has been on the force since 2007, it's a dream come true. After all, this isn't someone who has a normal law enforcement background. Kranich holds a bachelor’s degree…
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Be it the death of a classmates’ parent or the details of a school shooting, should parents be given a heads up when these sensitive issues are going to be talked about at school?
Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics. This week’s Moms Talk question relates to whether parents and caregivers should be given a heads up when sensitive issues are going to be brought up at school. When my older child was in kindergarten, the parent of one of his classmates died unexpectedly. We found out about this sad occurrence as we were sitting around the dinner table. He informed us that we needed to “bake a cake or something” for the child’s family. When we asked why, he told us it was because the little boy’s mother had died and his teacher had explained that that’s the kind of …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Patch contributor reflects on that fateful day.
Everyone has a “9/11 Story.” Mine is nothing special. I did not know anyone who died that terrible day in the terrorist attacks. But 10 years later, my life and my perspective have changed. My husband and I married in October 2000. We had plans for children, God willing, but knew we wanted to enjoy our time as a couple before having kids. By the following summer, the “baby bug” had bitten us. We were pretty sure it was time. July and August came and went with no success. And then the unthinkable happened – Sept. 11, 2001. As I drove to work on Interstate 78 toward Fogelsville, I was listening to a morning radio show when it was announced that a plane had flown into one of the Twin Towers in New York. At that time, everyone thought it was …
Monday, September 12, 2011
After marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some of our friends and neighbors share their thoughts on what the next 10 years will look like.
Local emergency personnel honored for their service to the community.
Richard Shoemaker rang the bell at Old Zionsville UCC at precisely 8:46 a.m. on Sept 11—the exact time that Flight # 11 hit the North Tower in New York City 10 years earlier. It was a very patriotic morning at the church. Flags decorated the pews, bell tower and pulpit. Red, white and blue bows greeted parishioners as they entered the church. 9:02 a.m.—Shoemaker rang the bell a second time. This time, marking the moment when Flight # 175 hit the South Tower. Sunday School students sang patriotic songs and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. They learned briefly what occurred—that the United States had been attacked Sept. 11, 2001. The students learned what the emergency responders did, and that some of them never made it out of the towers. …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, area residents of different faiths "Come Together In Hope."
Silence descended upon the auditorium in the Jewish Community Center in Allentown Sunday as Matin Moosa, a Muslim, rose to speak. Those who had gathered there had "Come Together in Hope," the theme of the interfaith community event on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Moosa, who now lives in Allentown, was working on the 78th floor of the North Tower in the World Trade Center when the terrorists attacked. That fateful morning, he said, he went down to a cafeteria on the 44th floor for breakfast with two friends from work, one a Christian and the other Hindu. They heard a loud blast, and the building shook and swayed. Moosa and his friends began going down the stairs. They saw firefighters when they reached the 14th…
Emmaus Public Library hosts 10th annual Community Heroes Day.
"Everybody who takes care of me is dead," said a 4-year-old boy as he and his mother walked toward the first Community Heroes Day at Emmaus Public Library. "It's OK honey, see, not all the firemen are dead," his mom responded. George DeVault, assistant fire chief for Citizens' Fire Co. in Upper Milford, became choked up, even 10 years later, as he recalled hearing these words from the boy who approached the parking lot on the first night of what has become an annual event in Emmaus - "Community Heroes Day." On September 11, 2001, Martha Vines, Emmaus's children's librarian, said she overheard a young boy talking to his mom in the library about his fear of no longer being protected after the Twin Towers fell. Vines knew then that something …
The community reflects on the events of that tragic day and their impact on the past 10 years.