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Top Ten of 2011: Rye Remembers

RYE, N.Y. - As we turn the page on 2011, the Daily Rye is looking back, in no particular order, at the top ten stories of the past year. Be on the lookout as we recap and update the top stories in Rye in 2011 in the coming days.

Rye Remembers 9/11

Residents gathered outside a half-mast flag to remember the ten year anniversary of 9/11. Fifteen of the 3,000 people who lost their lives were from Rye.

Rye Building Inspector Dies

The City of Rye's building inspector Vincenzo Tamburro died suddenly on Wednesday, August 31st at the age of 48. As building inspector, Tamburro was heavily involved in helping residents to deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

Tamburro died suddenly on Wednesday, August 31st of a heart attack while inspecting a site on Purchase Street.

Tamburro had served as Rye's Building Inspector since 1997, and worked in the City Engineer's office prior to that. He is survived by his wife Karen, and four children, sons Kyle and Jake, and daughters Morgan and Taylor. The void left by Tamburro in City Hall has been filled by Maureen Eckman, but the void left in the community has yet to be filled and may never be.

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 marked both a day of sadness and reverence as members of the Rye community gathered at the City's 9/11 Memorial Gazebo to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in 2001.

A touching poem was delivered by widow Holly O'Neill-Melville's nine-year-old daughter, Sean. Sean, unborn at the time of the attacks, was named after her father who perished on that day.

"As long as we live, they too shall live here," read Sean. "For they are now a part of us as we remember them."

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