Do You Recognize These People? ~ Found Wedding Photos

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Black-and-white images from the past were found by victims ofSuperstorm Sandy on Staten Island, in the chaotic days after the destructive storm nearly two years ago.

Now, the finders want to return the photographs to their rightful owners.

One of several wedding photos found in the debris of Superstorm Sandy in New Dorp, Staten Island. Dominick and Patricia Guinta are seeking the photos' rightful owners. (Credit: CBS 2)

As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported, the photos show a wedding dating back decades. A flower girl and a ring bearer who appear in the photos would now be in their 50s, and Dominick and Patricia Guinta hope they see or read this story and help identify the photos’ rightful owners.

“They’re somebody’s memories, and I’m sure somebody would want them back,” Patricia Guinta said.

The Guintas’ home has been rebuilt since the storm in the fall of 2012. But right after Sandy, it was devastated just like many homes in New Dorp.

Dominick Guinta barely escaped as the house filled with 11 feet of water.

“I had to swim out with my dog, and when I came back two days later, there was still, like, 4 feet of water in my basement,” he said.

Friends helping the couple clean up found the album with the wedding photos in the driveway. They had the photos restored and returned the album to the Guintas, thinking it was theirs.

But it was not.

One of several wedding photos found in the debris of Superstorm Sandy in New Dorp, Staten Island. Dominick and Patricia Guinta are seeking the photos' rightful owners. (Credit: CBS 2)

“I started looking at them and I’m like – that’s not my family, I’m like — and that’s not my husbands’ either,” Patricia Guinta said.

The pictures showed a beautiful bride arriving at a church, the first kiss with her groom, and the cutting of a cake at a banquet hall.

One of several wedding photos found in the debris of Superstorm Sandy in New Dorp, Staten Island. Dominick and Patricia Guinta are seeking the photos' rightful owners. (Credit: CBS 2)

Looking at the reception photos, the fashions and hairstyles seem to date the wedding to the 1960s.

The Guintas said so many people helped them after the storm that they would like to return the favor by returning the photos.

“I really want these to get back. Now it’s like a mission now,” Dominick Guinta said.

One of several wedding photos found in the debris of Superstorm Sandy in New Dorp, Staten Island. Dominick and Patricia Guinta are seeking the photos' rightful owners. (Credit: CBS 2)

CBS 2’s Aiello did some Internet sleuthing, and it appears that the wedding was held at St. Francis Xavier Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

If you can help solve the mystery, please leave a comment on the CBS New York Facebook page.

One of several wedding photos found in the debris of Superstorm Sandy in New Dorp, Staten Island. Dominick and Patricia Guinta are seeking the photos' rightful owners. (Credit: CBS 2)

Daylight Saving Time starts Sun, March 9

 The correct term is Daylight Saving (not savingS) Time and it
happens this Sunday for ALMOST ALL of the United States and
other locations in the world…

Time to Spring Ahead

Why Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving Time Around the World 2014

The concept of Daylight Saving Time was introduced in an 1784 essay written by Benjamin Franklin called “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”; Franklin proposed that using less candles to light the day/night would help to save money during the winter season when natural light is at its shortest.

The idea was again presented in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and then in 1905 with William Willet. Willet’s plan was presented to the New Zealand House of Commons in 1908 but was not approved. There is evidence that versions and concepts of Daylight Saving Time had been used by ancient civilizations centuries earlier.

DST was first adopted to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I and other countries including Britain and the United States soon followed.

In the years that followed, in the U.S., there were problems since states and individual localities were able to set their own dates to observe the time change. Congress resolved the confusion with the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October; however, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance. Changes were made in 1976, 1987 and 2007 in response to the Energy Crisis.

Today DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Currently, most of the US observes DST except for Hawaii and most of Arizona, and the US insular areas of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. More than 70 countries worldwide observe DST.

~and~

Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to check smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms

Your next book club discussion: Hyphema

Here is the HYPHEMA Book Club Discussion Pack

Hyphema is a thriller involving murder, suspense, prejudice, love, and emergency medical services. Former New York Paramedic Matt Garratti trains as a flight medic, but when the economy forces a career relocation he moves his immigrant Pakistani-Muslim wife and infant son to North Carolina.

The area of northeast North Carolina the Garratti family moves to is scenic and known for “southern hospitality”, but there are huge pockets of town folk who have never met a Muslim believer and only know of “them” from news reports after 9-11.

Matt’s wife Sudah is looked at with disdain by some of their neighbors. When strange things happen that threaten the small family’s well-being, there are those, including the local police, who erroneously believe that it is reaction to Sudah’s ethnicity – and while no one thinks it is right, they also seem to think it is not all that serious.


Here are some thoughts to ponder and discuss:

1) Muslims have been in America even before we were the United States of America. Christopher Columbus made a celebrated voyage to “the new world” in 1492 and America won its independence in 1776. Did you know that as early as 1178 a Chinese document known as the Sung Document records the voyage of Muslim sailors to America? In 1530 several million African slaves, arrived in America during the slave trade of that time and became part of the backbone of the American economy of that period. The first mosque in the United States was built in Maine in 1915. Until 1952 Islam was not recognized as a legitimate religion until after the American military was sued.

When did you first become aware of the Muslim (Islam) faith in the United States? Are you surprised by the extensive history of Muslims in American long before 2001?

2) In 1790, Congress established a formal process enabling the foreign born to become U.S. citizens; Policies established in 1965 are still largely in place. The policies have been changed many times since as immigration to this country has grown at often record rates. Today NON-immigrants are permitted lawful entry to the U.S. for reasons like tourism, diplomatic missions, study, and temporary work; temporary admission does not permit citizenship by naturalization. Non-immigrants wishing to remain in the United States on a permanent basis must apply for permanent admission. A real marriage to a U.S. citizen will, depending on circumstances, allow an immigrant to apply for naturalization sooner than an immigrant having no relatives in the U.S.

When did your family come to the United States? If they immigrated here, what do you know of the challenges they faced and any prejudices they had to deal with? Depending on how many generations your family has been in the U.S. do you feel strong ties to the country if your heritage? Have you ever visited the place(s) your ancestors came from?

3) Matt Garratti is a skilled paramedic with many years of experience answering 911 medial and trauma emergencies. He makes the move to becoming a fight medic and working in an aeromedical environment (an airborne “ambulance”). There are some increased risks associated with being a flight medic including hearing loss, exposure to heat and fumes, back injuries and air crashes. Why do you think someone would become a flight medic?

4) How does your local 9-1-1 system work? Are the first responders who work in your area paid or volunteer? Have you ever been a patient in a ground or air ambulance? If your local department is volunteer, how could you get involved? Did you know that a “paramedic” is sometimes also called “hands of the doctor”? What do you think it would be like to administer crucial life-saving skills during transport of a patient to the hospital?

5) If you were to move to another location such as Matt did from New York to North Carolina, what information would you need to know in order to find a place to settle (ie: schools, etc)? Is there a dream place that you would like to move to? Describe it.

6) Have you ever eaten Pakistani/Indian/South Asian foods? Some of the common spices used in Pakistani cooking are cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, curry, ginger, and cumin; dishes are often highly spiced and fragrant. Observant Muslins are forbidden to eat pork or consume alcohol and must follow the halal dietary guidelines.

What are some ethnic foods or dietary customs from your heritage? Do you often prepare foods native to your heritage? How do these dishes differ from the “usual cuisine” of the area where you live?

7) Sudah is a practicing Muslim. Matt is Christian. What problems do you think a mixed religion marriage might face? What are ways to blend both cultures so that each individual retains their own identity while sharing a life and customs with their partner? What about children, how should they be told why mommy and daddy are different faiths?

Hyphema is also available in print through
Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

Additional Reading:

Final Sin by Chelle Cordero

The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali

A Paramedic’s Diary: Life and Death on the Streets by Stuart Gray

The Complete Asian Cookbook by Nina Solomon and Charmaine Solomon

Coming to America (Second Edition): A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life by Roger Daniels

A Changing World

As I listened to news reports about Bin Laden’s death, tears formed in my eyes as I remembered the horror of a September day nearly ten years ago. Many Americans and others throughout the world felt the emotions once again surface…

I never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” – Mark Twain. That’s quite a quote and several of us posted such lines on Facebook and other social media sites to help explain the myriad of feelings.

I woke the next morning in a world where the man on the FBI’s Most Wanted List was marked deceased. The lives lost because of Bin Laden and his followers are gone forever leaving only tears behind, but the world is changed once again.

I recently wrote a novel involving a very contemporary issue, the heroine is a Pakistani Muslim immigrant. She is a peaceful, gentle woman. I did a lot of research in writing about this potentially volatile subject. I believe that there is good and bad in every people. I also know there are some who refuse to see past a few and blame an entire group.

In Hyphema, Sudah encounters prejudice because of who she is and where she comes from. There is one scene where she is accused of being “the same”… I’ve thought about how ironic these words seem now.
“Wouldn’t you be used to that?” Donna directed her question at Sudah.

“Donna?” Both Laurie and Trisha were shocked by Donna’s question.

Sudah shrugged. “Why am I used to violence?”

Clucking her tongue, Donna waved off her friends. “Well I figure where you come from…”

“I come from Pakistan. We are not near the Afghanistan border where there are skirmishes. My home is in a little town, it is very nice there.”

“Well you Arabs are always fighting.” Trisha tried to stop Donna, Donna ignored her.

“But I am not Arabic, I am Pakistani.”

Donna snorted. “Same thing.”

Trisha broke in. “Donna I don’t understand why you are being so rude. I am so sorry Sudah.”

“Why are you apologizing?” Donna faced Sudah menacingly. “My older cousin’s fiancé was killed on 9/11…”

“Oh goodness Donna, that was almost ten years ago. Sudah was only a little girl back then.”

“I am very sorry for your loss, but we are very much alike then. My father’s dear friend Jamaal also died on that terrible day.”

“Hmmph. On one of the planes I bet.”

Laurie gasped.

“He was working in a restaurant in New York City. He was very proud and working to bring his family to America. He loved this country and was studying to become a citizen.”

Donna rolled her eyes. “So what happened?”

“He ran to the two buildings after the first plane crashed. The restaurant was across the street. He was trying to help when the second plane came. He was lost in the debris and fire.” Sudah had to pause. “We were very sad that day. I remember when Jamaal’s wife was told her husband was dead. I felt very bad for her.”

“And yet you cover your head like those Arab women who cheered.”

“I cover my head because I am Muslim. It is a sign of respect for my beliefs.”

“Muslim? That’s who attacked us.” Donna snorted. “And they say that Bin Laden lives like a hero in Pakistan.”

“I have not seen him. I do not know where he lives. I would tell authorities where if I knew.” Sudah smiled sweetly and shook her head. “The Islamic people are people of peace. The few who murdered so many and the people who were happy about it are not true believers. They are cowards who hide behind a sign that says ‘I am a Muslim’. They do not speak for most of us.”