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Plans For 9-11 Memorial At Vista Firehouse Move Forward

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Fund-raising is officially under way to help construct a 9-11 memorial behind the Vista firehouse.

Members of the Memorial Committee met with the Lewisboro Town Board on Monday night, along with the committee's architect, to show their plans for the project and update town officials on its progress.

Last year, the Vista Fire Department received a steel-beam artifact from the twin towers, which will be used as a focal point for the memorial.

“We are now collecting donations and we would like to break ground by Sept. 11,” said committee member Adam Ochs.

One of the fund-raising methods the committee is using is selling brick pavers that can be inscribed with the donors’ names. The group will have a booth at the town’s fireworks day on Saturday to kick off the fund-raising campaign and raise awareness of the project. To donate, or buy a brick, residents can go to .

The plan calls for an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant walkway that will lead from the back of the firehouse to a pond. Bluestone pavers will be used initially, but will be replaced by the inscribed bricks as they are sold and become available.

Jim Hackett, a member of the Memorial Committee, said that he’s met with the wetlands inspectors who have given their approval for the memorial’s proposed location.

Estimated cost of the project is $50,000 to $55,000.

Hackett said the committee has already mailed out forms to everyone in town with the brick fundraising information, which explains how donors can inscribe names. Donations can also be sent to: 9-11 Memorial at Vista, 377 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY, 10590.

The Town Board passed a resolution to show its support of the project.

“I went over there and visited the site,” said board member Dan Welsh. “I was surprised how quiet and contemplative that place really is.”

In other Lewisboro Town Board business:

After a brief public hearing, the Town Board approved a proposed local law amendment that board members said would improve safety on Boutonville Road South in Cross River. The law will prohibit parking along the road and a “No Thru Traffic” sign will be added. Town Supervisor Peter Parsons said residents had become concerned about increased traffic, speed, and parking on Boutonville Road South and felt it had created a safety issue.

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