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September 12th

Walking the home stretch for Sept. 11

September 12, 2011

Hundreds of miles and five weeks later Joe “Tiger” Patrick is reaching the place, where his life changed forever on Sept. 11, Ground Zero, New York City.

On Aug. 7, Patrick began a journey taking a train to Washington D.C. and then walking from the Pentagon  to Shanksville Pa, and on to New York City in one month just in time to reach Ground Zero on Sept. 11. Along his trip, he travelled to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to Shankesville, Penn., to Ground Zero in New York to honor the fallen victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 11th

Tell Me Your Story: Facing trauma starts healing process

September 11, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – When he was 10 or 11, Kevin Brady found his diabetic uncle unconscious, threw him over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry, and rushed miles down Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown to South County Hospital.
He remembers no details of that trip, only how it started and how it ended.
“I’ve blotted it out,” he says.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A beautiful blue sky that rained lives

September 11, 2011

They stood for 30 years, twin symbols of America’s lofty standing and influence in the world, almost 1,400 feet of steel and glass stretching toward Heaven in a marvel of modern engineering. And then in the aftermath of two twin ten-second pulses of released energy, World Trade Center’s Twin Towers were no longer standing. There, and also at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, 2,976 innocent people were murdered for the simple act of showing up for life that morning.
We can never forget – nor should we – the scenes of how they died that day: Those who were on the planes that had been turned into bombs and were careening toward their horrific destinies. Those on the upper floors of the Twin Towers who were awaiting help that would never come and making heartbreakingly sad last calls on the phones to loved ones. Those who were vaporized in the initial explosions that burned as high as 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit. And those that died in the acts of trying to save those trapped in that living Hell. If the sounds of the grief we felt as a nation that day were compressed into one burst of noise, we’d all fall deaf.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 10th

NKFD recruits never doubts decision

September 10, 2011


NORTH KINGSTOWN – While hundreds of New York City firefighters risked their lives and died helping others on Sept. 11, a group of six men were in the middle of a 16-week academy for the North Kingstown Fire Department and, reflecting on that day 10 years later, they all remember being in awe of what was happening just a few hundred miles away.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

September 9th

Wizards open with a bang

September 9, 2011


CRANSTON – All the West Warwick football team needed Friday night was four good quarters; the result on the scoreboard meant less than how the team played in their season-opening, non-league game against Division I’s Cranston East.
The Wizards got both.
After going 3-7 last season, West Warwick was out to prove it is a much improved team; Friday against Cranston East, the Wizards were clearly the better team as their defense took the Thunderbolts’ running game completely out of the books and the offense played smart football in a 33-14 win.

A decade later, pilot's memories fresh

September 9, 2011

Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Mike Pignataro, a Vietnam vet, thought his war efforts were over until Sept. 11, 2001, when he was thrust onto the front lines of what is now called the War on Terror.
The Purple Heart recipient, who lost part of his left leg flying in combat, recalls the shocking events with the introspection of someone who had already experienced hell only to face the same sort of devastation decades later.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho gridders put a charge into Mariners

September 9, 2011

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The Chariho football team got off to a strong start to the season by earning a 37-21 win over Narragansett in a non-league contest under the lights at Chariho High School on Friday night.

Colton Place led the offensive attack for the Chargers in scoring two touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards on eight carries in the first half. Jordan Cassidy added in 51 yards on the ground of his own and also found pay dirt twice. Jansen Williamson had the biggest rush of the game, scampering 65 yards on the first play in the third quarter for a touchdown.


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