Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Teacher brings high school students to Islamic Community Center.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Twice a year, about 25 students from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview visit the Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines with their World Religions West class. The students attend a Friday afternoon prayer service followed by a question and answer session with representatives from the center, oftentimes the imam for the day or the center’s president, Ghulam Farooqie. Islam is one of many religions covered in the high school class, which has been developed and taught by department head Terrance Jozwik for almost 30 years. He said bringing his students to churches, synagogues and mosques …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
School functions as a world hub.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. When Ayah Allam walks through the busy hallways of Maine East High School wearing an Islamic headscarf, she doesn't stand out from the crowd. The school, which draws students from Niles, Glenview, Morton Grove and Park Ridge, functions as a world hub, with students from 50 nationalities. Many arrive every year from foreign countries, and more than 70 percent speak a language other than English at home, according to teacher Barbara Englebert. As the United States commemorates the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, this tremendous diversity tends to create tolerance towards all groups, including Muslims, …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Day-long event begins with a memorial service.
A memorial service for first responders to the 9/11 assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon kicked off a day of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary, and focus on our communities and our future at Maine East Sunday. Related: Reclaiming 9/11 as day of hope.
Community organizations come together for a day of service to honor heroes and victims of tragedy.
Hundreds of people attended HopeFest 2011 Sunday to honor the heroes of 9/11, remember the victims of the devastating attacks and pay tribute by serving their communities. HopeFest, an event sponsored by three area United Methodist Church congregations, started at 7:30 a.m. with the arrival of a 200-pound steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center in New York at Maine East High School in Park Ridge. The beam, which has been donated to the Village of Park Ridge, will be put on permanent display at an as yet undetermined location. Related: Photo gallery of HopeFest. Throughout the day volunteers helped with blood drives and donated blood at two sites, participated in family-friendly CPR and disaster response/relief classes, …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Members of Religious Leaders Acting Together for Equality (RELATE) issue a joint public statement in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Religious communities and leaders in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago joined all in the U.S. and people of good will across the world in grieving the terrible acts of September 11, 2001. We found these crimes against humanity to be horrendous and contrary to the core teachings of our faith traditions. RELATE (Religious Leaders Acting Together for Equality) is 52 religious leaders of Baha'i, Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant denominations from 12 northern suburbs. As a collective body of religious leaders, we originally penned this statement as a response to vicious hate crimes, including the murder of Ricky Byrdsong, on the North Shore in July 1999. Our goal in publishing this Joint Public Statement was to declare our common commitment to …
Friday, September 9, 2011
A longtime funeral director is on call to identify victims in disasters around the country. By far, his biggest job was 9/11, and a series of cemetery monuments will never let him forget.
When Rick Lohrstorfer says a few words Sunday at the dedication of a 9/11 memorial in Ridgewood Cemetery, he’ll only allow himself a couple of seconds’ flashback to the horrors he experienced in New York in the terrorist attack aftermath. At the 3 p.m. dedication, which will include fire department officials from Niles and a Northbrook Boy Scout troop at the cemetery, near the Des Plaines/Glenview border, Lohrstorfer can’t dwell in the past. Nor can he go through life emotionally dragged down by the grisly job he performed along with thousands of other public safety workers and other public and private-sector people who helped a wounded nation recover from the horror. After all, Lohrstorfer, of Palatine, has been a lifelong funeral …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Local Muslims discuss experiences since the September 11 attacks.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Ten years after 9/11, Mohammed Saiduzzaman is still getting used to the looks some non-Muslims give him -- the raised eyebrows, the suspicious stares. "[It's] like we have done something wrong," he explained. Saiduzzaman and Mir Shamsuddin, two prominent local Muslims, sat down recently at a roundtable with Patch to discuss their experiences since the September 11 attacks. Read more: Acclaimed Muslim Playright Returns to Hometown for Debut Skokie resident Mir Shamsuddin, a retired professor of medicine at Northwestern University, was accompanied by Saiduzzaman, president of the Dar-us-Sunnah …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Local businesses, organizations donate time, money, goods.
Several local businesses and organizations are to thank for the construction of the new 9/11 memorial that will stand outside City Hall in Des Plaines soon. Earlier: Fragments of 9/11 Wreckage Coming To Two Fire Departments The base of the memorial is a 114-pound steel beam that was left behind in the debris after the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center. The Des Plaines Fire Department were one of 1,200 groups that applied to receive a piece of the wreckage. Lurvey's Landscape & Design donated the stone that the memorial is mounted on, Peter Troost Monument Co. donated a piece of granite, Rebel's Trophies donated a plaque for engraving, Public Works will pour the granite for the footing, Renew Autobody provided the clear coat seal, …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Des Plaines just received its steel beam; North Maine expecting its relic this week.
A week ago, the Des Plaines Fire Department received a "piece of the tower"--a 33-inch high, 114-pound steel beam found in the World Trade Center wreckage. The department plans to use it in a 9/11 memorial. This week, the North Maine Fire Protection District, which borders Niles, Glenview, Des Plaines and Park Ridge, will get its own fragment of steel from the 9/11 debris. The timing of the two events, punctuated as it was by Sunday's assassination of Al Queda leader Osama bin Laden, reinforced the solemnity of the relics to firefighters. "This isn't just a piece of steel. It's so much more than that. This represents the 3,000 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11th attacks," said Des Plaines Deputy Fire Chief Ron Eilken. "And not …
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A peaceful tone surrounds Islamic holy month in the Des Plaines community.
For Muslims living in Des Plaines and around the world, Ramadan is a time to fast, cleanse the spirit and reflect. But with this year's holy month ending on Sept. 11, national tensions have begun to surface. Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations, recently told the Associated Press: "The issue I can sense brewing on hate sites on the Internet is, 'These Muslims are celebrating on September 11.' " "For 30 days we start fasting by following the lunar system, but it seems this year the festival will come on 9/11," said Ghulam Farooqui, president of the Islamic Community Center in Des Plaines. "We cannot help it," he added. "This is the lunar system, and we follow it." But the issue isn't just brewing on…