Sunday, September 23, 2001
Firms step up site security
Across the Tristate, people continue to respond to the relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Sept. 11, and to adjust to changes in lifestyles.
Increased attention to security in the wake of the terrorist attacks includes utility companies such as Cinergy Corp. and Broadwing Inc.
Cinergy confirms it has increased security around power plants and transmission facilities.
For security reasons, it won't elaborate on what steps are being taken, said spokesman Steve Brash.
Broadwing, parent of Cincinnati Bell, also won't comment on security specifics.
The level of security around all our locations is at a state of military readiness because we think the telecommunications network is that important, said Rick Ellenberger, Broadwing CEO.
Police, firefighters to play benefit game
Hamilton Fire Capt. Curt New will lead a police and fire team in the USA Tragedy Relief Basketball Game at 4 p.m. today in the gymnasium at Miami University's Hamilton Campus, 1601 Peck Blvd. It will meet a Harriers student team coached by Vince Richardson, Miami-Hamilton's athletic director.
Donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going to a fund for the families of the New York police and firefighters who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
After the game, there will be a candlelight vigil in the memory garden. Message boards have been placed in the garden for people to share their thoughts.
Cosmos Cares, the service unit of the Mason Area Girl Scouts, collected donations of surgical masks,work gloves, T-shirts, socks, batteries and bottled water. The new items will be loaded on a truck at the Salvation Army today and driven to New York. Monetary contributions will be donated to the Red Cross.
John Pfaff of Crestview Hills, a retired assistant chief of the Cincinnati Fire Division, collected donations at the Mariemont High School 50th reunion. The total of $905 will be forwarded to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund.
Jack Quinn's Restaurant & Irish Pub, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, will hold a benefit Wednesday. Three bands will perform from 8 p.m. until midnight with an $8donation. There will also be a bid-and-buy and a pie raffle. Volunteer servers and bartenders will donate all tips. The money will be given to Covington Professional Fire Fighters Local 38 to forward to New York fire and rescue workers.
Seminar offers tips on coping with stress
People looking for ways to cope with their grief and stress can learn more at a free seminar Wednesday in Westwood.
Stress Management in Times of Crisis, sponsored by Mercy Health Partners and Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio, will begin at 9 a.m. at Mercy Center for Health and Wellness-Western Hills, Room 7, 3131 Queen City Ave.
Reservations are required. 853-5803.
Compiled by Tim Bonfield, Janinne Thompson and Elaine Trumpey, and contributors Sue Kiesewetter and Angela T. Koenig.
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