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Here is a sample of the Full Media Archive.  To read any of these articles, contact the New Jersey Press Association member newspaper nearest you. Click the link to see the members of the NJPA.



Student: Carrera, Catherine - Clifton, NJ  | Subject: Ouida, Herbert - River Edge, NJ

Herbert Ouida of River Edge was lucky to escape from One World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His 25-year-old son Todd was not. He was on the 105th floor when the plane hit and was trapped there. The charity Ouida founded in his son’s name, the Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation, has since raised more than $1 million for children’s causes.

High School Student: Juliana Tobin - Basking Ridge, NJ | Subject: Ouida, Herbert - River Edge, NJ

On Sept. 11, 2001, trapped in his Cantor Fitzgerald office on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, 25-year-old currency broker Todd Ouida made a reassuring phone call to his mother so she wouldn’t worry. That was the kind of young man he was. After a childhood marked by crippling panic attacks, Todd was able to rise above his fear that day. His grieving parents, who live in River Edge, have founded a charity in Todd’s name that raises money for children’s causes.

Student: Copell, Ciara - Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  | Subject: Raub, Becca - Saddle River, NJ

Saddle River’s William Raub contracted food poisoning the weekend before Sept. 11, 2001, and didn’t go into work at the World Trade Center the day before. His daughter Rebecca, then 6, wanted him to feel better so she decided to make him his favorite food. It was the last time Rebecca would ever spend with her dad.

Student: Rich, Krystle - Sicklerville, NJ  | Subject: D’Ambrosi, Jacqueline - Woodcliff Lake, NJ

WTC victim Jack D’Ambrosi of Woodcliff Lake used sports to shape his daughter’s character. Now Jacqueline D’Ambrosi, a newly minted college graduate, is helping others through community service activities, such as Habitat for Humanity.



Student: Diduch, Mary - Wayne, NJ | Subject: DiFazio, Gina – Hampton, NJ

Rider University student Gina DiFazio, a resident of Hampton in Hunterdon County, developed obsessive compulsize behaviors in the wake of the death of her father, Vincent, in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. Ten years later she is almost all healed. When she finds life overwhelming , she says she is able to break down the impediments, one step at a time, to get through the crisis.

Student: Schuster, Megan - Whitehouse Station, NJ | Subject: Hargrave, Corinne, Casey, and Amy - Readington Twp, NJ

Was it fate in wrought iron? While looking through some old pictures of T.J. Hargrave, a former child actor from Readington Township who perished in the Twin Towers, one of his three daughters found a photograph of their father sitting on some porch steps. The address of the home was spelled out in wrought iron: nine eleven.



Student: Belloni, Roxanne - Colonia section of Woodbridge, NJ  | Subject: Jones, Taylor - Livingston, NJ

Livingston teenager Taylor Jones won’t be going to the ceremonies at Ground Zero observing the 10-year anniversary of the Twin Towers collapse. In fact, she and her family do not like to call it an anniversary at all. Anniversaries are associated with happy times, they say, and Sept. 11, 2001 was anything but.

Student: Oxford, Karin - South Orange, NJ.  | Subject: Salamone, Anna, Aidan, and Alex - North Caldwell, NJ

Alex, Aidan, and Anna Salamone from North Caldwell lost their father John on 9/11 and have spent the last decade dealing with their grief, mostly in the classroom. Now they are helping teachers learn how to deal with grieving children through a webinar produced by Scholastic and the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. Their mother, MaryEllen Salamone, was on the National Commission on Children and Disasters.

Student: Prentzel, Olivia - Oakland, NJ  | Subject: Stewart, Franco and Eamon - Montclair, NJ

Two brothers from Montclair play rugby because of their father, Michael James Stewart, a native of Ireland who came to the United States to be a carpenter and brought his love of rugby with him. Stewart, who eventually found a career on Wall Street, died in the World Trade Center. His elder son, Franco, played rugby for Villanova, and his younger son Eamon plays for Fordham. They learned the scrappy game watching old tapes of their father.



Student: Davis, Michael - Old Bridge, NJ  | Subject: Marrero, Jonathan and Jenna - Old Bridge, NJ

Old Bridge teenager Jonathan Marrero feels he grew up a lot faster than he needed to: he had to be there for his mother and younger brother and sister after Jose Marrero, a facilities manager at Euro Brokers, died in the South Tower on 9/11/2001. He’s stayed close to home, too, attending his younger brother’s basketball games and leafing through the memory book his sister has dedicated to their father. It helps the healing, he says.

High School Student: Ciocia, Lee - Hasbrouck Heights, NJ  |  Subject: Marrero, Jonathan - Old Bridge, NJ

Ten years, two wars, 919,967 deaths and $1.18 billion later, the U.S. government managed to kill Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind Sept. 11, 2001. For some of the 3,051 children who lost one or both parents in the attacks, like the children of José Marrero from Old Bridge, the wounds are still not healed.  Nor will they ever be.

Student: Douglas, Shannel - Sicklerville, NJ  | Subject: Van Auken, Sarah - East Brunswick, NJ

A young actress from East Brunswick, Sarah Van Auken, has found that theater and music have helped her cope with death of her father, Kenneth Van Auken, in the World Trade Center tragedy. She also learned about the political side of the terror attacks from her mother, Lorie, one of the original “Jersey Girls,” who were very vocal in their fight to get the U.S. government to create the 9/11 Commission.

Student: Kuchie, Joseph - Woodbridge, NJ  | Subject: Larson, Kelly - originally from Colonia section of Woodbridge Twp, she now resides in Northfield

Helped by counseling following the 9/11 death of her father, John Larson, an Aon Corp. executive, college sophomore Kelly Larson from Colonia is studying psychology to prepare for a career in counseling. She admits she was in bad shape after 9/11 and pays tribute to her grief counselors for lifting her out of doldrums. Now she wants to do the same for other kids.

Student: Seamon, David - New Brunswick, NJ  | Subject: Allegretto, Marisa and Eddie - Colonia section of Woodbridge Twp, NJ

For a brother and sister from Colonia, loss of their supportive father led to dancer Marisa Allegretto giving up her art and athlete Eddie Jr. turning away from sports. They couldn’t imagine pursuing the interests their father had nurtured.



Student: Berman, Michelle - La Mirada, CA / New Brunswick, NJ  | Subject: Bauer, Stephen - Red Bank, NJ

A young law student from Red Bank Bauer hasn’t forgotten about his father, a Cantor Fitzgerald bond trader, but he has stopped cringing at the memory of losing his dad in front of millions of people. Most of those who lose loved ones do so privately – not true in the case of the 9/11 children, he says.

Student: Gaglioti, Danielle - Hopewell Jct., NY  | Subject: Picerno, Matthew – Holmdel, NJ

On Sept. 11, 2001, Matthew Picerno lost his father, also named Matthew, who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the North Tower. Matthew, from Holmdel, remembers his father as a loving, funny guy always willing to play with his children. Now, Matthew and his brother Anthony are the comedians in the family.  A recent college graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Matthew plans on focusing on his band, the Jolly Rotten Skeletons, which began soon after 9/11 and has helped him cope with his loss.

Student: Herrera, Yorbelid - Middlesex, NJ  | Subject: Wotton, Dorothea and Rodney - Middletown Twp., NJ

Middletown Township lost 37 residents in the attack on the World Trade Center, many of them parents of young children. One was Rod Wotton, who worked at Fiduciary Trust Company International. He left a 2-year-old daughter, Dorothea. A son, Rodney, was born days after his father’s death. Now 11, Dorothea says her memories of her father are beginning to fade. Rodney, now 9, says he misses his father he never knew. They think about him most on Sept. 11 and on his birthday, when they have special meals in his honor.

Student: Lilonsky, Jennifer - Marlboro, NJ  | Subject: Mayo, Corbin - Marlboro, NJ

Until the body of his father Robert was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center a month or two after his death, Corbin Mayo of Marlboro could not accept the loss. For weeks he kept calling Mayo’s cell phone. Being around family helped Corbin cope with his grief, but he started doing poorly in school and had to spend a lot of time playing catch-up. Now he’s a successful senior at Towson University in Maryland.




Student: Haddaji, Alissa - Meaux, Seine-et Marne, France  | Subject: Rathkey, Emma - Mountain Lakes, NJ

A new graduate of Connecticut College in New London, CT, Emma Rathkey of Mountain Lakes wishes people would stop seeing her as victim, just because her father, David Rathkey, died in the Twin Towers. She says she and the other children of 9/11 she knows have become very strong because of the experiences they have been through. In the fall she heads off to graduate school to study psychology.




Student: Morrison, Sarah - Edison, NJ  | Subject: DePalma, Drew - West Milford, NJ

Drew Depalma of West Milford keeps in a box an iron cross in memory of his mother, Jean, who died in the Twin Towers collapse. A friend’s father, a contractor at the clean-up site, tore it from one of the twisted steel beams. Depalma is not religious, but the cross reminds him of his mother, a partner at Marsh & McLennan and a faithful churchgoer.




Student: Fedschun, Travis - Cedar Knolls, NJ  | Subject: Starita, Kaila - Westfield, NJ

In September, as she has done every year on the anniversary of 9/11, Westfield teenager Kaila Starita will force herself to accompany her family into the pit in Lower Manhattan where the Twin Towers once stood. That is where, she says, she feels closest to her father, Anthony Starita, who died in the attacks. This year Kaila wants to see the new Memorial Plaza and perhaps get a glimpse of the new museum built underneath. She says she is also hoping to read the some of the names of those who died along with her dad.

Student: Santucci, Nancy - Toms River, NJ  | Subject: Nelson, Caitlin and Anne - Clark, NJ

The Nelson sisters of Clark, daughters of a Port Authority policeman who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, have found solace at America’s Camp in Massachusetts. The camp is held one week annually for children of victims of the terrorism tragedy.



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