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Holiday Party on December 14th in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Holiday Party Photo
The holidays is a wonderful time to gather together! We were glad to see old friends and new ones at our annual holiday party in our NJ office. The party was hosted by our NJ staff and it gave us the opportunity to introduce our newest staff member, Sheri Burkat. A few family members brought additional photographs to include in the Living Memorial. We also celebrated the news that Jamie Hakim's daughter was born on December 13th! More.

John D Solomon Emergency Preparedness Award

Preparedness Award
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Office of Community Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph R. Bruno announced the creation of a new emergency preparedness award to honor the late John D. Solomon at the graduation ceremony for 122 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers on January 13, 2011. John Solomon was an active member of his team on Manhattan's Upper East Side. More.

Keep Us Up to Date!

Rockland Memorial
Have you moved, changed your phone number, or your email address recently? If you have, you may have been missing some of our communications. In the next year, having your contact information will be more important than ever. To update your information, please fill out your contact information on our survey or on our website. If you prefer, you could also call our office in New Canaan, 203-966-7959 or New Brunswick, 732-543-2299.

Rockland County 9/11 Memorial

Rockland Memorial
The County of Rockland is reaching out to family members to invite them to see if they would like to change their loved one's photo currently displayed on the Memorial Panels in the Kiosk located by the September 11th Memorial. Black and white photos are preferred; however color photos may be used. They are asking that photos be sent to them by February 25th. Those families who have submitted photos for their Living Memorial can select one of those photos for the kiosk. If you have questions, you can call Michelle at VOICES at 203-966-3911 or the County of Rockland Environmental Resources office at 845-364-2670.

Living Memorial Workshop in Rockville Center

Workshop Photo
VOICES staff hosted workshops in the tri-state area including some new communities. On November 30th, VOICES conducted its first Living Memorial workshop held at the Rockville Centre Public Library. Staff members from both the CT and NJ offices, as well as family member volunteers, participated in the workshops. A family member from the Rockville Centre community helped to organize the workshop for eighteen family members and friends in the area.

Sheri Burkat Joins VOICES New Brunswick Office

Sheri Burkat Photo
Sheri joins us as the Program Director at VOICES' NJ office. In addition to her party planning skills, she is a licensed social worker. Although Sheri has only been with us a few weeks, she has already participated in Living Memorial workshops on Long Island and in NJ. Sheri will manage the NJ office and will provide direct services to families, survivors and first responders through support groups, Living Memorial workshops, case management and community outreach.

VOICES Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit in New Brunswick, NJ

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VOICES co-hosted an Opening Reception of the Always Remember 9/11 Exhibit on September 16th at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. The exhibit event was a collaboration between the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, DEVCO, the Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center and VOICES. Special guests included the Honorable Thomas Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey. More.

Volunteers Presented with VOICES 2010 Building Bridges Awards at the September 10th Forum

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Each year VOICES recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to those impacted by 9/11 with a Building Bridges Award. This year three dedicated VOICES volunteers, Duane Orloske, Kate O'Brien and Alessandra Benedetti, who lost loved ones on 9/11, were presented with the 2010 Building Bridges Awards.
 
For several years they have traveled long distances to volunteer in a number of capacities at our office in New Canaan, CT. Their unique perspectives as family members and their special skills have helped guide the organization. Over the years they have become an extension of our staff and we are grateful for their dedication. Please join us in thanking Duane, Kate and Alessandra for their important contributions. Their commitment of time and talents is an inspiration to us all.

VOICES Rings the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange on September 10, 2010

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On the eve of the 9th anniversary VOICES rang the Closing Bell at the NYSE to commemorate the upcoming anniversary. Founding Director Mary Fetchet rang the closing bell and Thomas H. Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission hit the gavel. Joining them at the podium was Duncan L. Niederauer, President and Co-Chief Operating of the NYSE; Andrew M. Sanchek, Vice Chairman and President of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc; 9/11 Family Members - Frank Fetchet, Alessandra Benedetti, Michael Murray, Bonnie McEneaney, Debbie McEneaney and Duane Orloske; VOICES Board Members Jeff Blumenfeld, John Gannon and Marvin Kabatznick; VOICES Staff Madeline Pace and Debbie Westfal. More.

9/11 Day of Remembrance Information Forum

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On September 10th VOICES hosted our 9th Annual Always Remember Information Forum at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in New York City. The forum included an annual update from Alice Greenwald on the progress of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, panel discussions, roundtables for families and service providers and exhibits of many of the 9/11 Living Memorial sites. Several family members spoke including: Jay Winuk of My Good Deed, Bonnie McEneaney author of Messages and Janice Hazelcorn from Camp Haze. Jeff Harness from "New York Says Thank You" displayed a 30 foot American Flag which survived the attacks on the World Trade Center. More.

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VOICES Provides Support Services

VOICES Staff Provides Support Services Including: Assessments, Support Groups, Referrals, Commemorative Events, Workshops.

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