09/11/19 12:35pm

RICHARD LOMUSCIO PHOTO Shelter Island Fire Department Chief Earl Reiter, ex-chief William Rowland and Secretary Mike Johnson outside the Center Firehouse on Wednesday morning at the time the first World Trade Center tower was hit. Close to 3,000 people lost their lives when both towers were hit by terrorist-commandeered planes 18 years ago.

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09/11/19 10:30am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The 9/11 memorial at the Center firehouse — an iron girder from Ground Zero. Its only adornment is a brass fire department insignia and the number ‘343,’ a reference to the number of firefighters who died that day.

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The 9/11 memorial at the Center firehouse — an iron girder from Ground Zero. Its only adornment is a brass fire department insignia and the number ‘343,’ a reference to the number of firefighters who died that day.

Originally published on September 11, 2016

On a brilliantly clear September day in 2001, a team of volunteer EMTs from Shelter Island climbed into two ambulances fully loaded with emergency medical supplies and drove west. (more…)

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TERRY BROCKBANK PHOTO Tod Engle and Kathy Dyas-Brockbank rehearsing.

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Tod Engle and Kathy Dyas-Brockbank rehearsing.

In the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks, the task of memorializing the many who perished fell in some cases to those grieving multiple losses.

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04/07/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jim Hull creating the recipe for a new porter, as yet unnamed, featuring vanilla bean, bourbon and Island honey at Shelter Island Craft Brewery on North Ferry Road.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jim Hull creating the recipe for a new porter, as yet unnamed, featuring vanilla bean, bourbon and Island honey at Shelter Island Craft Brewery on North Ferry Road.

In the early 1970s, Jim Hull was one of the 3,600 ironworkers who built the World Trade Center.

He lived in Queens but he loved to get to the site early in the morning, sit on a bench with a cup of coffee and listen to the city come to life.

“Total silence, then the fans started up on top of the buildings, then the traffic started and the horns and by 9 o’clock the jack hammers were going and the beast was alive,” Jim said. “It was just beautiful.” (more…)