Thursday, September 29, 2011
“Fordson” opened to big crowds on the weekend of 9/11's 10th anniversary.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Director Rashid Ghazi doesn’t expect Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football to make any money. The Glenview resident just thinks the documentary about the post-Sept. 11, 2001 Muslim-American experience needed to be made. Read more: A Review of Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football Set in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Fordson tells the story of the football team at a predominantly Muslim-American high school. The high school students go through grueling practices leading up to a big rivalry game during Ramadan, a holy month where Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. Through interviews with …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Israeli, Palestinian and American teens call the 10-year-old program "life-changing."
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Like many after the World Trade Towers fell on 9/11, along with her sorrow and anguish, Glenview mom Gretchen Grad felt a call to action. This month, as the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks is solemnly commemorated, she and others can celebrate a decade of Hands of Peace, the non-profit she founded to foster mutual understanding among teens from Israel, the Palestinian territories and the U.S. “In the aftermath of 9/11, I was seeing such fear and hostility emerging,” Grad said. “I found that very frustrating and had this compulsion to do something.” WATCH: To see what Hands of Peace …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
'Fordson' examines life and football in a predominantly Muslim city.
Many of the stories told in the documentary Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football could come from any number of small towns across America. The film is set in a blue collar community with a passion for high school football. Caring coaches motivate their students. Teens dream of playing college ball and talk about the family members that inspired them to join the team. Small children play with footballs during potluck dinners on the patio, while their dads watch the game on TV. It’s a profoundly American story. It just happens to be one set in a town predominantly populated by Muslims of Arab descent. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, many writers and filmmakers tried to address how the country was coming to terms with the…
Monday, September 12, 2011
Day-long event begins with a memorial service.
A memorial service for first responders to the 9/11 assault on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon kicked off a day of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary, and focus on our communities and our future at Maine East Sunday. Related: Reclaiming 9/11 as day of hope.
Community organizations come together for a day of service to honor heroes and victims of tragedy.
Hundreds of people attended HopeFest 2011 Sunday to honor the heroes of 9/11, remember the victims of the devastating attacks and pay tribute by serving their communities. HopeFest, an event sponsored by three area United Methodist Church congregations, started at 7:30 a.m. with the arrival of a 200-pound steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center in New York at Maine East High School in Park Ridge. The beam, which has been donated to the Village of Park Ridge, will be put on permanent display at an as yet undetermined location. Related: Photo gallery of HopeFest. Throughout the day volunteers helped with blood drives and donated blood at two sites, participated in family-friendly CPR and disaster response/relief classes, …