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Activities set for 10th anniversary

Queens events include prayer services, memorials and lots more

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Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:07 pm, Thu Sep 15, 2011.

On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Queens communities are remembering those who died there, be it office workers, police, fire or emergency responders.

Events begin today, Thursday, and continue through October. They range from prayer services to a mural dedication. See a separate listing in Qboro for the many art exhibits geared to 9/11.

Prayer services

A 9/11 remembrance service will be held at the Reformation Presbyterian Church, meeting at PS 173 at 174-10 67 Ave. in Fresh Meadows. It will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Saint Matthias Church, 58-15 Catalpa Ave. in Ridgewood will hold a mass of remembrance at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The church choir will perform music from Gregorian chants to contemporary composers. Saint Matthias lost three parishioners in the attack.

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 90-04 175 St. in Jamaica will host a non-denominational memorial service at 4 p.m. on Sunday. “We gather not only to remember, but to continue to heal,” said its senior pastor, the Rev. Bob Fritch.


The Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, 4th floor in Long Island City will hold a conversation about 9/11 at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The mental effects of the event will be discussed by William James and guests are invited to participate in the discussion.

The Queens College Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding will hold a dialogue on what the day means from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the main dining hall’s patio room on the Kissena Boulevard campus in Flushing. Musical selections will be presented by Salman Ahmad of Junoon, Haim Avitsur and Sean Jeremy Palmer. A kosher lunch will be served. Call Steven Appel at (718) 997-5293.

St. John’s University will sponsor a panel discussion on “Ten Years Later: Are We More Prepared?” on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the D’Angelo Center, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica.

On Oct. 4, St. John’s will offer an interfaith dialogue with Amir Hussain at 4 p.m. at Marillac Auditorium.


The Flushing Suburban Civic Organization will hold a candlelight vigil at the flagpole at PS 154, 75-02 162 St. at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

A candlelight vigil sponsored by the Hillcrest Estates Civic Association will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Union Turnpike Veterans Memorial at the turnpike and 164th Street.

Parkway Village will also hold a candelight vigil at its flagpole, 81-26 150 St., in Jamaica at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The United Community Civic Association will hold its annual candlelight ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in McManus Memorial Park at 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway in Astoria Heights.

Another candlelight vigil will be held at the Village Mall, 150-38 Union Turnpike in Flushing at 8 p.m. Thursday. It’s sponsored by the homeowners association.

A memorial program will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Maspeth Memorial Park at 69th Street and Grand Avenue. A piece of steel from the WTC will be unveiled that will become part of the 9/11 Maspeth memorial. There will be a laying of a wreath by the Fire Department and patriotic songs.

The Korean American Senior Citizens Society of Greater New York will hold a ceremony on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Kissena Corridor Park, between Juniper Avenue and Colden Street in Flushing. This year, members planted flowers to depict an American flag. Area elected officials are expected to participate.

Woodside on the Move will unveil a mural to commemorate the 10th anniversary on Saturday at 11 a.m. at 61st Street and Roosevelt Avenue.

York College will sponsor a wreath-laying ceremony at the college plaza, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Marcia Keizs, York president, will lead the program.

The Richmond Hill Block Association will hold a memorial ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Forest Park by Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue.

The Broadway Flushing Civic and the Bowne Park Civic associations will hold a candlelight vigil at Bowne Park at 156th Street and 32nd Avenue at 6 p.m. Saturday.

New York Hospital Queens in Flushing will hold a memorial ceremony with an honor guard at the NYHQ Emergency Services memorial site on Booth Memorial Avenue at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The Briarwood Community Association is sponsoring a memorial program on Sunday at 11 a.m. on the Queens Boulevard promenade at 84th Drive.

The Briarwood Action Network will sponsor a 9/11 Day of Service at Hoover Park, Manton Street between 83rd Avenue, 134th Street and Main Street at noon Saturday. Participants will beautify the park by repainting benches and lampposts.

A memorial program honoring the 42 victims from Glendale, Ridgewood, Middle Village and Woodhaven will be held Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Dry Harbor Playground, Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street in Glendale.

Glen Oaks Village co-op has just completed building its Tribute Triangle Park and will hold a 9/11 memorial dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The location is Little Neck Parkway and 75th Avenue.

The Station Road Civic Association of Auburndale and Assemblyman Rory Lancman are sponsoring a memorial at 1 p.m. Sunday at Plaut Triangle, 169th Street and Northern Boulevard. They will read the names of the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.

A program titled “To Bigotry No Sanction” will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. It will feature members of various religious communitites, including Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh and Jewish in a family-friendly event. For reservations, call (718) 263-7000 Ext. 203.

A candlelight ceremony will be held at Doughboy Park at the corner of 56th Street and Woodside Avenue in Woodside at 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is sponsored by the Woodside Civic Association.

The Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps will honor its fallen member, Richard Pearlman, at a service Sunday at 5 p.m. at its headquarters at 92-29 Metropolitan Ave.

St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, in Jamaica will hold a vigil in remembrance and hope on the Great Lawn at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bayside Hills Civic Association will sponsor its annual ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bell Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway service road. Representatives from the city, fire and police and elected officials are expected to participate. Participants are asked to bring candles. American flags will be supplied and placed on a memorial at the site.

A candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at Juniper Valley Park, between 77th and 78th streets in Middle Village. The program will include video tributes, a live chorus, recitations and dedication of a new memorial garden. Participants are asked to bring a chair, candle, flag and flashlight.

A neighborhood walk and special assembly will be held at PS 222, the Firefighter Christopher Santora School, located at 86-15 37 Ave. in Jackson Heights. The assembly will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday; the walk will be right before it. RSVP to Janette by Friday at (718) 429-2563. Santora, 23, was a lifelong resident of the area, who died at Ground Zero.

St. Michael’s Cemetery at 72-02 Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst will dedicate a monument honoring the 343 FDNY firefighters who died at the WTC on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. The memorial service will also honor the NYPD and Port Authority police.


The Mendelssohn Glee Club, the country’s oldest men’s chorus, will present an American tribute concert with the 608th Battalion Army Band at the Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park in Woodhaven on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The concert will feature patriotic and American favorites.

A concert in tribute of 9/11 will be offered on Sunday at 5 p.m.at 78th Street and Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights.

The Little Theatre of NY will present a concert of songs and scenes dedicated to the works of Jerome Kern, in remembrance of 9/11 on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City.

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