MOUNT KISCO, N.Y—With one month left until the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Paul Felice doesn’t have time to waste.
As Co-Chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Monument project in Mt. Kisco, Felice spends most of his time at the site of the structure on the north side of the library, making sure everything is completed on deadline.
Being the owner of Mt. Kisco Pool Service Inc. and the co-chair of the 9/11 monument has left Felice wishing for more hours in the day.
“You make the time,” Felice said. “There is no time to do this kind of thing but you find it.”
This project is especially close to Felice and his fellow Co-chairman Rich Alexander, who is also the designer of the monument. The duo met nearly 30 years ago when they were both firefighters in Mt. Kisco.
When Felice decided to spearhead a memorial project in 2009, he knew who to turn to.
Because the monument is being created with100 percent donations, Felice and Alexander have relied on the generosity of the community. More than $100,000 has been donated to the project and Felice is confident they will soon reach the $120,000 needed for completion.
Besides monetary donations, many members of the community have donated their time and skill to the memorial, including Joe Scopelliti, who is the monument’s builder.
At the dedication ceremony that will be held on Sept. 11, a helicopter will fly over the site during a moment of silence. Felice also said during the reception former New York Yankee Bernie Williams will perform with his band. Mark Rivera, a saxophone player who has performed in Billy Joel’s band, will also take the stage at the ceremony.
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