9/11 Memorial at Doughboy Park
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Woodside remembers the attacks on September 11
by Andrew Shilling
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9/11 Memorial at Doughboy Park
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It has been 13 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This past Thursday, the Doughboy Park Patriots and Woodside on the Move hosted a candlelight vigil for those lost in the community at Doughboy Park, located at 56th Street and Woodside Avenue. Captain Brian Hennessey of the 108th Precinct looked back over the last 13 years and explained why it has been so important for the city to come together, not just to remember those who were lost, but for those who are still here mourning. “With the devastation came strength and resolve and really brought us together as communities and families and as a country,” Hennessey said. “It showed us that we are here to support each other for those of us that mourn and had family members that passed and for those who care about the communities we live in.”
Although there was no scheduled speaker from the local fire department at the event, Duncan, a member of FDNY Engine 325/Ladder 163 in Woodside, delivered an impromptu speech thanking the community for remembering those who were lost. “It’s an honor to have served in Woodside for so many years as a firefighter,” he said. “This has a lot of meaning for some of us firefighters. We are always trying to keep the community safe, and we’re always out there doing our best.” Along with rescue workers and family members, the group was also joined by dozens of elected officials as well. Congressman Joseph Crowley asked people that were not at Ground Zero to imagine what it was like to decide whether to stand by and watch, or to risk their lives to save others. “The heroic acts that we know of are from the firefighters and police officers,” Crowley said. “But I also have to thank the people who were suffering in those moments, and were terrified or scared that fellow human beings put their arms around them and let them know they were going to be okay.”
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Pastor Phil Hardt, Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church
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Phil Hardt was raised Methodist in Connecticut, but when he hit high school, the pressures of playing for the varsity hockey team in a hockey town got in the way of his faith for a while. He found that the elevated status he had become so accustomed to in high school was taken out from under him, and in college he found that he was out of his league on the ice. After that realization, Hardt turned his attention to writing and moved to the Lower East Side with a friend where he pursued his newfound passion for a while before feeling again that he was out of his depth. He remembers going home for a holiday meal with his family and telling his father that he felt like a failure, but his father told him, “Don't be silly, you're too young to be a failure.” Still that didn't stop the feelings of despair, and Hardt soon found himself on a prescription of tranquilizers. At that point, he said, he hit rock bottom. “I got down on my knees and said, 'Whoever you are and wherever you are come and help me,'” he recalls. “It was the first time I ever prayed in my own words.” From there, Hardt began the long journey of realigning his life, pursuing the ministry and seeking a flock to lead. It was after a wedding in his hometown in 1970 that he began in ernest on his pilgrim's journey, and shortly after joined a seminary where he took four years to complete a three-year degree. “I wanted to be sure it was God's calling for me to join the ministry,” Hardt said. He followed that degree with a PhD in Theology from Fordham University, and found his flock in the Glendale United Methodist Church. In 2006, his church grew unexpectedly to become the Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church when a tragic fire nearly burned the Maspeth Methodist Church to the ground. Now, along with his wife Vineeta, Hardt continues to nurture the local Methodist community through regularly scheduled sermons, as well as through events such as the upcoming screening of the film God is Not Dead on Saturday, September 20.
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Next Top Makers hosts Queens pop-up event in LIC
by Jess Berry
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On Thursday, Sept. 18, Queens’ makers and manufacturers are invited out for a “Next Top Makers” pop up event at the Coalition for Queens HQ in Long Island City. The event is part of a larger New York’s Next Top Makers pop-up tour, hosted by New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which aims to “celebrate your community’s makers, manufacturers and innovators.” New York’s Next Top Makers is a hardware incubation program that supports local makers and manufacturers, and the Queens pop-up event is a way for the general public to see what “making” is all about. Local makers and manufacturers will be at the event to share their knowledge and experience, including Mikey Chen of UpStanding, Stickbulb, Susan Taing of 3D printed design company Bhold, and Jamie Clawson of Valentine Goods. Greg Spielberg, a representative from Next Top Makers, said that the goal of the pop-up is to help makers move their careers forward, as well as to give Next Top Makers an idea of where all of the best makers in the borough are located. “The goal of these pop-ups is similar,” Spielberg said. “We’re saying, okay, we know that there are really talented makers in every borough, but not every borough retail landscape is created equally, so it’s not easy for makers to showcase their work.” The pop-up will allow for the public to meet makers in Queens and see their products, all in a laid back and fun atmosphere. Food and drink will be available, and the event is open to all ages. The event will run from 7 to 10 p.m. at 31-00 47th Ave.
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