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911 From page 9 the fire station across from City Hall and find our amazing person- al connection to what happened almost 3,000 miles away 11 years ago. There is a small piece of a- beam from one of the World Trade Center towers with an inscription in a brass plaque below that reads, "In honor of the 343 New York city firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001" This happened as a' result of a man bythe name of Mr. Lee Liepi who was a retired 26-year veteran with the NYFD and Rescue Com- pany #2 inBrooklyn. At the time of his retirement he was one of the most decorated fire- fighters in the history on the New York Fire Department. Tragically, he decided to cut his retirement short. On the morning of 9/11, Lee "un-retired" himself and went back to work for the NYFD. He was an integral part of the rescue and recovery at "Ground Zero." He was on scene every day until he was able to recover the body of his son, Jonathan Leipi, who was with FDNY Squad 288. We are al- ready blessed by our local first re- sponders and without the passion of Avalon Firefighters Union Lo- cal #2295 we would not have the honor and privilege to be part of such history and sacrifice. They, together with Mr. Lie- pi, who had access to the beam, brought the beam to us. Thank them and their brothers and sisters who make the ultimate sacrifice on a daily basis without hesita- tion. We should be honored to be in their audience. That little beam will serve as our connection to that day and a means for you to personally reconnect to that sense Of community and pride I spoke of earlier. Goup to the fire station. Place your hand on the beam and spend time in reflection staring at it. It will talk to you. Let it talk to you for a good while. See what I mean? Can you feel it com- ing back? Pretty cool, huh? Never forget. Michael Fields is a resident of Avalon. Watson From page 1 shine and, yes, friendly people. Our closest "Catalina Island" neighbor is Isla de Santa Catalina, Mexico, a dry but pictur- .i; esque Island in the Sea of Cortez off the eastern coast of the Baja penin- sula. Though officially uninhabited, this Cata- lina is a popular desti- nation for sea kayakers and scientific research- is home to crota- lus catlalinensis, one of the world's only species. of rattleless rattlesnakes and also boasts an unusual species of barrel cactus that can grow to a height of 10 feet. Isla de Santa Catalina, Mexico, is about 800 miles from our Ctalina. Our next stop, at a distance from our Catalina Island of more than 3,000 miles, is Isla Catalina off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Like our Catalina, this island is a popular dive destination as well as the odd cruise ship or two. Less than four square miles in size, this Catalina was named by none other than Christopher Columbus, who visited the Island in 1494. The topography of the Island consists mainly of sand dunes and mangrove swamps, but the real attraction here is the submarine reefs surrounding the Island and the sea life associated with them. For maritime historians, the most fascinating aspect of this Island Jim Watson Columnist is the recent discovery of a 17th century shipwreck believed to be the Quedah Merchant, the Indian merchant vessel that was captured and commandeered by none other than Captain William Kidd. It was the seizure of the Que- dah Merchant, in fact, that sent Kidd to the gallows. From the Dominican Republic we now traipse back south to the Carib- bean coast of Colombia to a Santa Catalina Is- land in the Archipelago of San Andres. Despite belonging to Colombia, this chain of islands is actually located far to the north- west of the country proper and is geographically closer to Panama and even Costa Rica than it is to Colombia. A tiny Island linked by bridge to nearby Isla de Providencia, this Catalina nevertheless boasts a pop- ulation of a few hundred people, mostly a Protestant Afro-Carib- bean people known as the Raizal who have showed varying .levels of interest over the years in achieving independence from Colombia. As you can imagine, the natu- ral beauty of the place is stunning, with coconut palm-lined beaches and aquamarine coves--and not many people there to enjoy them. Our last, and furthest, stop in our global tour of Catalina islands is the tiny Isla de Santa Catalina in the Strait of Gibralter. It is so tiny it barely made my list of "Catalina islands," but seeing that it's the Staying connected witll Catalina ust got a ot easier. only Catalina Island in the birth- place of the Spanish language, I thought it deserved a place. Although geopolitcally part of Spain, the island is geologically part of North Africa and is found in the Spanish exclave of Cueta at the tip of northern Tangier. Like the rest of our Catalinas, this Is- land relies heavily on tourism. At 6,000 miles away from our Catalina, Isla de Santa Catalina, Spain, is the furthest of Our "sis- ter" islands. The memorial above, commemorating the attacks on the Wodd Trade Center in New York City, Sept 11, 2001, contains an actual piece of steel from the World Trade Center. ISI, fi[II)EB .COM TRENCH REPAVING - SEWER PROJECT The sewer renovation project is nearly complete. The final step is to remove the temporary asphalt trench cover and prepare and fill in the trench with 'Hot Mix' brought over on the barge. The hot mix needs to be put down and finished within five hours after it arrives. The schedule for this work is as follows: Street Close & Prepare Pave Early Start Finish Sumner - (Metropole side) Fri., Sept. 21 . Wed., Sept 26 Thur., Sept 27 Whittley - (East Whittley side) Fri., Sept. 21 Wed., Sept 26 Thur., Sept 27 Hiawatha between Marilla and Las Lomas Fri., Sept. 21 Wed., Sept 26 Thur., Sept 27 Vieudelou (Away from ocean side) Fri., Sept. 21 Wed., Sept 26 Thur., Sept 27 Marilla between Crescent and Hiawatha Metropole from Beacon up hill Hiawatha at Marilla (dirt lot) Beacon at Metropole Wed.,Sept26 Thun, Sept27 Fri.,Sept28 Wed., Sept26 Thun, Sept27 Fri., Sept28 Wed.,Sept26 Thu,Sept27 Fri.,Sept28 .Wed., Sept26 Thu, Sept27 Fri., Sept28