Thursday, September 15, 2011

RD Weis Companies Welcomes Mark Arbogast and Joe Pedalino to Sales Team

Please join RD Weis Companies in welcoming two new members to our sales team: Mark Arbogast and Joe Pedalino.

Mark Arbogast joins RD Weis Companies as Vice President of Strategic Services, reporting out of our Port Chester office; he will also be the company’s Mondo representative for the New England area. Mark began his flooring career with Mannington as a Strategic Account Manager and then moved on to Bentley Prince Street where he was the US VP of Sales. After Bentley, Mark moved on to Mondo where he headed up their US introduction of commercial rubber flooring.

Joe Pedalino joins RD Weis Companies as Manager, Business Development for the New Jersey area. Joe is a 20-year veteran of floor covering, working with Milliken and Patcraft/Shaw. During his time with both of these mills, Joe and RD Weis Companies worked together on several large projects, including Verizon World Headquarters, Toys R Us, and ETS.

Please join us in welcoming Mark and Joe to RD Weis Companies and wishing them a long and successful future.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pratt / Tri-State League of Facilities Professionals GREEN EXPO

Come visit with RD Weis Companies and friends at the

Pratt / Tri-State League of Facilities Professionals


Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

From 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pratt institute

144 West 14th Street, New York, NY

For registration information, please visit

Attendance is free!

Food and drink will be served

Pratt Institute has partnered with the Tri-State League of Facility Professionals to host a GREEN EXPO on Thursday September 22, 2011 from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Exhibitors in the Facilities and Construction industries have been screened to make sure that they use and promote products and services meeting the highest standards of sustainability. Attendees will be Students, Faculty, and Facilities and Construction Professionals from across the Tri-State area. Attendance to the event is free.

The special Guest Speaker will be Jack D. Zencheck, Chief Procurement Officer for Yeshiva University. His topic will be: “Yeshiva University's Sustainability Initiatives, how to implement a sustainability program and maintain a green procurement policy in the age of budget cutbacks.”

In addition, tickets to the Tri-State League of Facility Professionals' spectacular Casino/Boat Ride aboard the beautiful World Yacht Princess will be raffled off to both exhibitors and attendees.

Four tickets to the tri-state league casino boat cruise will be raffled off!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 11, 2001, Worcester, MA, from Christine Lee

The following remembrance is from our own Christine Lee, Business Development, Sales, Rochester NY:

I was driving back from an errand to my school, Abby Kelly Foster Charter School, where I was the media specialist, when my older son, Michael called and told me what was happening in New York City. I ran into the school and found administrators and teachers who were also receiving phone calls from their family members. While we were talking, word came of the second crash- we knew then that we were under attack.Then followed the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash.

We cobbled up a television in my library and the adults watched in horror. At that point, we had no idea what tomorrow would bring. The decision was made not to tell the students - to give them what might be the last "normal" school day they might ever have.

Alarmed parents called, but by and large they let their children stay in school. The teachers spent the day in trepidation and despair.

The school day was normal on the surface. However, every transition time between classes became for the adults, a time of hurried whispers. Asking what happened to people, "Have you found?" "Have you heard?" I would run to a quiet place and place urgent calls to Michael to hear the latest news. When the word came that Boston was the origin city of the flights, another wave of fear and great sadness hit.

My youngest son, Connor, was a 9 year old student in my school. When this overwhelming tragedy was unfolding, I walked down to his classroom and stood outside the door and watched him at work. He looked so young and vulnerable. All I could think was- is this our Pearl Harbor? What will happen to him and the children surrounding me. Will New York ever be the same? (We are a "theatre family" so New York is our favorite city, and we were just back from a family vacation there.) That horrific day, watching the death and devastation I didn't think it was possible for New York City to recover.

Well, it is ten years later, and Connor is now sophomore at Fordham University and not only is he living in NYC, (with our blessing) he is singing at a 9/11 Memorial. This is something that on September 11, 2001 that I never could have envisioned, happening in a city I didn't believe would ever recover...

As Winston Churchill said, "if you are going through Hell, keep going." Or maybe it is better to remember Emerson's words, "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

Christine Lee
Thank you, Christine.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

An email sent on Wednesday, September 12, 2001

We got the following stunning, heartbreaking email about 9/11 from a NYC designer friend, Ginger Gilden, who is now an Associate at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects on Lafayette Street, and here post it in its entirety:

Maybe someone would be interested in reading my email from the perspective where I was standing, under the Towers, on 9/11. This is the email I sent out the next day…..feel free to share it.

Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 9:40 AM
Subject: September 11, 2001 email

Hey. I'm trying to update everyone on what happened. I don't like to send mass e-mails, but I think this is a unique situation. I don't have all my e-mail addresses at home. They blew up in the WTC explosion. You guys are the only ones I have. So pass on any information you want along with my e-mail address.

It is all a horrible tragedy. I just started my new job at Mancini Duffy in Tower 2 on Aug. 6. I loved it! I was so excited to be in that building. Now I look out my window as I'm typing this, and there's nothing but smoke there. It's so frustrating! I've talked to some people from work, and it seems that everyone got out.

We were on the 21st floor. I had stayed at work until 9 the night before, so I took the late train in on Tuesday morning (which is 30 minutes later than my usual train). I got off the subway right under Tower 1 as it got hit. We heard something, and people started running through the subway corridor.

Everyone got settled down, and then we exited through a different way to get out into the street.

When I got out, debris was falling everywhere and smoke was all over the place. Policemen were directing us away from the building. I ran across the street from Tower 1 and looked up to see a big hole on the north and east side. Fire was coming out the east side. I ran across another street to get away from the panicking crowd, and I started trying to call my husband on my cell phone. I couldn't get through to anyone. I got to an inside corner of a building facade and looked up at Tower 1.

People were jumping from the building and landing on the roof of the building below. That was a difficult moment. Then I saw the other plane heading for Tower 2. I thought maybe it would miss, but I saw it hit and I saw the explosion. It was like watching a movie. I couldn't believe I was in the middle of all this. People started panicking more and trying to get inside the building I was in front of so they could get out of the way of the falling debris. I just covered my head and got as close to the building as I could. A minute or so later, the crowd started running. I stayed put long enough to let the crowd get past me so I wouldn't get trampled.

I saw people lying everywhere, but I didn't look close enough to see what was wrong with them. I did notice one guy on the ground, and the policeman next to him was yelling at him not to move. His legs were bent the wrong way. I didn't look very long. I just kept moving and tried to call anyone to tell them I was OK. The cell phone was useless. There were shoes and watches everywhere, along with people's bags and briefcases. I just kept trying to call home and started walking north to get away from the falling debris. I didn't know if I was hurt or cut or anything. I just wanted to get away from that area.

I finally got through to my parents' answering machine and told them to call Flynn to let him know I was OK. Later they told me that they never could get through to him. He was scared to death for an hour until I was able to get through to him. He could see what was happening from our apartment balcony, and he didn't know that I wasn't in the building. I walked and walked to try to get to a train station that was working, but all the public transportation was suspended, so I couldn't get to my apartment in Queens.

Midtown was being evacuated in case the Empire State Building was struck.

When I got to the Flatiron Building, I could look back and see Tower 1, but Tower 2 was blocked from smoke. At Times Square, I watched the big screen and saw that both towers had collapsed. That was a moment of finality for me. I had to stop and regroup.

Flynn's uncle lives on 61st Street, so I walked there. It was four miles from the WTC to his apartment, so I was exhausted. I was able to make some phone calls from there. I stayed there and watched the news to see when the trains would start running.

So I made it home at 6:30 p.m. I slept fitfully. I was exhausted. I am getting lots of calls from the people in my office and the people I used to work with at Gensler. The principals of my new firm are getting together today to discuss what the next step is. We have offices in Parsippany, N.J., as well as a few other places, so I'm hoping all the computer files are safe. I'm still waiting to see where to report to work.

If I would've been on schedule, I would've been at my desk in Tower 2 when the first plane hit. It was really bad watching it all happen, but I'm OK now that I'm at home. The footage on TV is hard to watch.

Hope all is well with all of my friends.

Ginger DeForest Gilden, New York City

Our deepest thanks for sharing this.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

IAQ for schools, help from the EPA

Great info resource on indoor air quality (IAQ) for schools here, from the EPA:

The IAQ Tools for Schools Program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing IAQ problems. Poor indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of students and staff, which, in turn, can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance. In addition, if schools fail to respond promptly to poor IAQ, students and staff are at an increased risk of short-term health problems, such as fatigue and nausea, as well as long-term problems like asthma.

Also, specifically for facilities staff, a FAQ here on school IAQ.