Joey Rizzolo appears in the following:
Friday, September 02, 2011
Joey Rizzolo was six years old when he watched the events of September 11th 2001 on the news, while folding laundry with his grandma in his living room. At the time, Joey didn't understand the larger meaning of what was happening, other than planes hitting buildings. Even though he had no personal connection to 9/11, at the age of 11 Joey decided to initiate a Freedom Walk to help residents of his town, Paramus, NJ, remember and honor the victims of 9/11. Joey organizes the event with a committee of teenagers, who carry out all the fundraising, organizing, and publicity. Last year's Freedom Walk drew almost 1,000 people.
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Thursday, September 01, 2011
Today is the first of the Radio Rookies series Our 9/11: Growing Up In the Aftermath. Jillian Suarez’s story is one she says she doesn't want to tell with tears. Jillian’s father, a New York City police officer, didn't come home on September 11th and for three months her mother held out hope he would be found alive -- until she received a call that his remains had been found. Now 18 years old, Jillian rarely speaks about the loss she feels. For this piece, she decided to push through her silence to sit down with some of the closest people in her life, including her mom, to talk about her father’s death and what his absence has meant in her life.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A conversation about how communities in New Jersey have changed since 9/11.
- Joey Rizzolo, Radio Rookie
- Bill Howard, Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark
- Melissa Walker, Musician and Director of Jazz House Kids in Montclair
- Mohamed El Filali, Executive Director of The Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson
- Cris Thorne, Young Filmmaker, recent college graduate from Maplewood
- Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken
- Ravinder Bhalla, Hoboken City Councilman
- Nancy Gagnier, Executive Director of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race