This year’s 9/11 candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park will go virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The 911 Candlelight Vigil Committee of Queens, a group of volunteers whose mission is to ensure the memories of those killed on that tragic day are kept alive, announced that they will take the annual event online.
Vincent Charles Maltese, a neighborhood activist who was a prominent member of the Conservative Party and the brother of former Republican State Senate Serf Maltese, died on Sunday. He was 86 years old.
Born on the Lower East Side in June 1934, Maltese was accepted to Stuyvesant High School, and later completed his high school education at Seward Park High School.
Maltese worked as a self-taught car mechanic, a salesman and a truck driver before working as a sales agent for Prudential Insurance for 14 years.
He then entered a career in law enforcement. At the age of 38, Maltese took the test to become a court officer, and passed with a 99. He was quickly promoted from captain to lieutenant, and eventually to sergeant.
While working, Maltese continued his college education at Adelphi, Hofstra and St. John’s University.
Maltese ran for president of the Queens chapter of Parents & Taxpayers and won. He was elected district leader of the Conservative Party, which he helped co-found in 1962.
The LES native served on the Ridgewood Community Board of Directors, which operated the Peter Cardella Senior Center. He was a member of the Italian Charities of America, serving as vice president for 30 years.
He was also on the board of the Italo-American Federal Credit Union, and a member of First Avenue Boys, the Scafidi Belmonte Mezzagno Benevolent Society, and the Bella Italia Mia.
Maltese was notably a founding member of the Triangle Fire Memorial Association and served as chairman of the board. He lost a grandmother and two aunts to the 1911 fire.
Mass cards and notes of condolences may be sent to his family address at 199-05 33rd Avenue Bayside, NY 11358.
Last week, Spectrum and HISTORY co-hosted Take a Veteran to School Day at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village.
The outreach initiative connected veterans to fourth-grade students to hear their stories of service.
State Senator Joe Addabbo joined the activities for a Q&A session as well. Addabbo is a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.
“It gives the students a chance to speak directly with a veteran and learn about what it takes to be in the military, the different roles someone can have while serving the country, and to hear some incredible stories,” he said.
Adam Falk, senior vice president of State Government Affairs at Spectrum, said more than 10,000 veterans work at Charter.
“By sharing their remarkable stories of service with students, we ensure tomorrow’s leaders understand and appreciate their devotion to our nation,” Falk said.