Saving a Day for Halloween
Adriane Scibetta was supposed to be on vacation on Sept. 11, the last day of a weeklong break from her job in the accounting department at Cantor Fitzgerald. But she decided to return to work ahead of schedule and save the day to spend Halloween with her children.
She told her older brother, Salvatore Venuto, of her plan in a telephone conversation on Monday night. That his sister was in her office in the World Trade Center that fateful Tuesday was typical of her, Mr. Venuto said, because she had chosen to do something special with her children, 4-year-old Gabriella and 15-month-old Vincent.
Mrs. Scibetta, 31, and her husband, Charles, 35, a mason for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, settled in Staten Island once they could afford to buy a house. But their ties were still in the old neighborhood - Bensonhurst, Brooklyn - where they were raised and where they met on the playground of Seth Low Junior High School.
Each morning, on the way to work in Astoria, Queens, Mr. Scibetta left the children at his mother-in-law's house, where Italian remains the first language 35 years after Caterina and Petro Venuto emigrated from Calabria. The day before the attack, Gabriella started prekindergarten, with her mother in attendance for the first day of school.
That was Mrs. Scibetta's last earthly pleasure, which she recounted with joy to her brother. "'She's getting used to it already,'" he said she told him that Monday night. "'She's such a big girl.'"
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 6, 2001.