Jean Caviasco DePalma: One Last
Girls' Night Out
think of that Saturday before the tragedy as, well,
girls' night out at the World Trade Center. Jean Caviasco
DePalma made sure her teenagers, Drew and Jamie, were
O.K., then left home in Newfoundland, N.J., to stay the
night with Michele Caviasco, her baby sister, on the
Upper East Side of Manhattan. "We just hung out
together," Ms. Caviasco said. They even went for a run
along the East River, saying all the sister things.
Then a subway delivered them to the trade center,
where Ms. DePalma, 42, happened to work as a forensic
accountant on the 100th floor of the north tower at
Marsh & McLennan.
But this was Saturday night, so they remained
downstairs on the plaza between the twin towers and
watched a free performance of the Twyla Tharp dance
company. Afterward, they strolled around, past those
buildings that no longer exist, on their way to ice cream
at Ben & Jerry's.
Back in the apartment, they laughed a lot while
watching Ms. Caviasco's tape of Madonna in concert. The
sisters had always been close, even though Jean was the
oldest of five and Michele the youngest, growing up in
Wood Ridge, N.J. Their friendship rekindled after Ms.
DePalma's divorce two years ago.
"I remember the closeness we had that day," Ms.
Caviasco said. "I feel lucky to have had that last bit of