Saturday, May 4, 2013
The events following the Boston Marathon bombing reminded Americans that we are still vulnerable.
Following 9/11, Americans had a heightened sense of alertness. At that point, the style of news coverage shifted, dramatically. Updates scrolled across screens as the main stories were relayed by reporters. What we, as citizens, were supposed to do in response to those danger alerts was unclear. Wear a bullet proof vest on the days that the alert was orange or red? Look closer at other travelers on the train? Prepare a will? Still, we were on alert, even if that simply meant ... aware, and nervous that "something could happen." As time distanced us from the 9/11 attacks, the sense of concern that another attack like that could happen seemed to dissipate. With the Boston Marathon bombing, subsequent death of one suspect and capture of …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Today marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11/01.
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Here’s a look at today’s events.
Editor's Note: Today marks the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001. Medfield Patch joins the Medfield Public School system in starting the day with a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives that day and those who continue to struggle with the after-effects. We will never forget. Five Things You Should Know Today: 1. Forecast for Tuesday: The National Weather Service based in Taunton calls for a sunny day. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. 2. Government Meetings: 3. Library Events: 4. Community Events: 5. Other Interesting Things:
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The 117-bag display was approximately nine feet tall and 13 feet wide and was composed of red, white and blue luminary bags.
A patriotic luminary display appeared on the lawn of the police and fire departments on Sept. 11 as a result of the efforts of Medfield’s American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Beckwith Post 110. “Our chaplain, Michelle Doucette, thought of the idea,” said Auxiliary President Lisa Marie Donovan. “We wanted to do something to commemorate the 10th anniversary [of 9/11], and wanted to do something for the police and fire departments to show them how much we appreciate everything they do on a daily basis to keep our community safe and secure. ... We thought the lawn of the police and fire stations would be a very appropriate place to do so.” The 117-bag display was approximately nine feet tall and 13 feet wide and was composed of red, white and …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
In 2002, a granite park bench outside of the Medfield Public Library was dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
Kathy Brennan, Friends of the Medfield Library president, recalls a board meeting shortly after Sept. 11, 2001 as the origin of the granite park bench outside the library's entrance that serves as a solemn reminder of the tragic events that day. "We were all very distraught, of course," said Brennan. "One of the board members suggested we donate the proceeds of our recent books sale to the 9/11 recovery effort." Brennan said "much discussion ensued" regarding the town's bylaws, restricting the "use of funds raised to materials and programs that benefit the library." The granite park bench was the result of those discussions, according to Brennan. "The Friends were hoping to offer the community a quiet place to rest and reflect after 9/11…
Saturday, September 10, 2011
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 arrives, many parents struggle with how to discuss those tragic events with their children.
We all remember where we were when the news reached us on Sept. 11, 2001. For those of us old enough to recall the events of that day and the decade that followed, what happened has become ingrained in our souls. On that day, our lives changed, as did the way in which we live them. Many of us even divide our time here on earth into two parts: ‘pre-9/11’ and ‘post-9/11.’ But for an entire generation of kids and counting, the only experience they have with 9/11 are the stories as they are told to them. Today’s fifth-graders were tiny babies when America was attacked, not old enough even to comprehend what was happening, let alone to remember it. And so it is now our responsibility to make sure that the next generation will understand what …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Medfield High School and Blake Middle School students participated in a joint assembly Friday to remember 9/11 and learn of the strength of community.
At 9:02 a.m. Friday, with an overcast sky – unlike the clear blue sky in 2001, over 1,500 students, teachers and administrators from both Medfield High School and Blake Middle School joined together on the Calvin George Fischer Memorial Football field to remember the events of 9/11, to honor those who served and died and to learn about the importance of community since that tragic day, 10 years ago. Medfield High School principal Robert Parga opened the program. He spoke about how today's senior students were in second grade in 2001 and some of the sixth graders were only a year old. He spoke of how the world has changed since that day and the fact that most of these children have experienced 9/11 through documentaries. "Almost …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Annual fair, 9/11 ceremonies and the great outdoors on the calendar this weekend.
The weekend is just around the corner. If the only plans you have are not to stay home because lounging on the couch and watching TV just don’t cut it anymore, then don't worry, Medfield Patch is here to assist you! Check out our list of suggestions of events to attend, places to go, sites to see – all within driving distance of home. 1. Annual Dover Fair Where/When: Dover Town House, 5 Springdale Ave, Dover; Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Why Go: The Dover Parks & Recreation Department will once again host the annual Dover Days Fair Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. on the Dover Town Common. This 32-year-old-plus tradition promises a full day of fun for families of all ages. There will also be a 5K Pumpkin Ride Race, planned activities …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Medfield High School and Blake Middle School students will come together for a joint assembly on Friday, Sept. 9 to learn and discuss the impact 9/11 had on American life and remember those who tragically lost their lives a decade ago.
Principals at Medfield High and Blake Middle Schools are using the solemn 10th Anniversary of 9/11 as an opportunity to teach students about the impact and significance that day had on America. “For the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, [Medfield High School principal] Robert [Parga] and I have been [planning] to work together at the secondary schools to have a joint assembly, hopefully on the football field and really focus on the community aspect of the tragedy of 9/11,” Blake Middle School principal Nathaniel Vaughn said. “We want to make sure we recognize [9/11] in an appropriate manner.” The joint assembly will be held on Friday, Sept. 9 on the Medfield High School turf field at 9 a.m., weather permitting and will focus on the …
Monday, September 5, 2011
In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Patch is putting together a special issue featuring your stories and memories as we remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
Nearly 10 years ago, life in the U.S. was permanently altered. The Sept. 11 attacks—four coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda on American soil—took nearly 3,000 lives in total and forever changed our lives. The reach of the incident was widespread and all-encompassing, leaving an indelible mark on our collective conscience. A decade later, the wounds are still healing. In an effort to show the impact of those events that now seem so far away, Medfield Patch is asking the community to come together and share thoughts and memories of that day. Did you lose a loved one that day? Did someone you know enlist in the military after the attacks? Maybe you decided to get involved in anti-war efforts? Perhaps a family member was one of many …