East Windsor’s 9/11 memorial ceremony planned


East Windsor Township will hold its annual ceremony to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, including six East Windsor Township residents, on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

The event, which includes a wreath-laying ceremony, will be held at the Sept. 11 memorial on the grounds of the East Windsor Township municipal building at 16 Lanning Blvd., according to Mayor Janice S. Mironov.

Elected officials, clergy, police, fire company members, rescue squad members, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the East Windsor Regional School District, and community groups are expected to take part in the ceremony.

The public is encouraged to attend the memorial ceremony, Mayor Mironov said.

Six East Windsor Township residents were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that took place in New York City, in Arlington County, Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and in rural Pennsylvania.

Among the East Windsor victims were Colleen Barkow and Debbie Bellows, who both worked at the financial services firm of Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Barkow, 26, was a project manager at Cantor Fitzgerald. She and her husband were planning to move to a new home in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania less than one month before she died.

Bellows, 30, was an account executive at Cantor Fitzgerald.

Anil Bharvaney, 41, was senior vice president of equities trading for the Instinet Corporation. He was attending a conference at the Windows of the World restaurant on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center when a hijacked jet struck the building.

Ruth Lapin, 53, was a senior business analyst at Baseline Financial Services. She was at work on the 77th floor at the World Trade Center when it was struck and collapsed. She was active in the Girl Scouts of America, having been a leader in Girl Scout Troop 209.

Neil Lai, 59, worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance when he died at the World Trade Center.

Lorraine Bay, 58, was the only one of the six local victims who was not at the World Trade Center.

Bay was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania after the passengers tried to wrest control of the jet from the men who hijacked it.

Officials later said the target for Flight 93 may have been the White House or the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.