Sunday, March 24, 2013
People can pay respects in both of the Afghanistan veteran's hometowns, Parsippany and North Caldwell.
The final journey for U.S. Army Spc. Derek McConnell is set. McConnell, who lived in Parsippany, died Monday of causes yet to be announced. A viewing for the soldier will be held Monday, April 1, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 92 Parsippany Road in Parsippany, according to his mother, Siobhan Fuller-McConnell. A funeral mass will be held in North Caldwell Tuesday, April 2 at 11 a.m., where he lived as a youth, at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 359 Central Ave. McConnell, 23, was wounded in Afghanistan in July 2011, after being hit by an improvised explosive device while patrolling in the Zahri District in Kandahar. He lost his legs and suffered other serious injuries that kept him in recovery in Maryland for months. …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Death of U.S. Army Spc. Derek McConnell announced on "Team Derek" Facebook page by family. Residents Austin Balarin and his mother Maria dedicated the Tunnel to Tower Run last year to McConnell.
Army Spc. Derek McConnell died Monday, according to posts by his mother and fiance on the Facebook page “Team Derek.” McConnell, 23, was wounded in Afghanistan in July 2011, while patrolling in the Zahri District in Kandahar. The cause of his death is not immediately known. Some of the proceeds from the second annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run in 2012 in Wayne were given to McConnell and his family. McConnell lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan in July 2011. "Everything changed in an instant after those two blasts," McConnell said in 2012 in Wayne, choking back tears as he spoke. "I have a very different life now, but if I had to do it all over again, I …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Here are a few things we're working on this week at Wayne Patch.
Here’s a few of the stories we’re working on this week at Wayne Patch. The storm has had a lasting effect on Wayne. We’ll tell you and show you some of the lasting ways the storm has changed the community. — Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Daniel Hubbard at Daniel.Hubbard@patch.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Residents, first responders run for and remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Michael Wainick showed his 5-year-old daughter Rebecca one of the plaques at the township’s 9/11 Memorial Sunday morning. “I just explained to her why this day is so important so she understands that it was a very bad day,” Wainick said. “She knows something bad happened that day, but she needs to understand the importance of it.” People walked around the memorial, looking at the images of the seven residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Others talked with each other about that day 10 years ago when nearly 3,000 people died after three fuel-filled hijacked aircraft stuck the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and a fourth crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, Pa. “We can’t just focus on the despair of that day, we have to remember the good…