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Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Wants To Help You Succeed



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                                   Andre’s the organizing director of Zone 126.



  Please, whatever you do, don’t say “project.”

Andre T. Stith (that’s Smith with a T instead…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 20, 2017 at 6:11am — No Comments

Saturday June 24, 2017 Catholic Young Adult Mass for 20s, 30s & 40s follow by Biergarten Social

The Catholic Fellowship of Long Island invites Catholic young adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s for Mass follow by a Social.



***Mass at 5pm at:***

St. Catherine of Sienna Church

St. Catherine Chapel, Sienna Center

33 New Hyde Park Road

Franklin Square, NY 11010

http://www.stcatherineofsienna.org/public/default.aspx



Our group will sit in the back of the church.…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on June 17, 2017 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Motorcycle Men



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SL NYC is at 18-22 26th Road.



A biker-black Dodge RAM pickup pulls up outside SL NYC and motorcycle man Sasha Alexander Lerner steps out onto the sidewalk.

Sasha, a tall and lean man in black, has three bikes at home – two SL…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 13, 2017 at 5:59am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Medium

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Alex's spiritual guide is Kazoo.

I’m just a regular guy who talks to this other guy,” says Alex Altomonte.

The other guy, who is…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 6, 2017 at 5:55am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Shoe Repairman



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Manuel learned shoemaking at his father’s feet.

Manuel Nunez is wearing wingtips. They are the color of caramel and polished to you-can-see-your-face-in-them perfection.

I know this because I look down when he…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 30, 2017 at 5:55am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Zen Rocker



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Mike’s a lifelong Astoria resident.

What do a statue of Ganesha, an electric-red Kramer guitar, a 20-year-old ZZ plant, ticket stubs from Bad Brains and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 23, 2017 at 5:58am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Wallpaper Designer

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Sarah is the owner of Merenda Wallpaper.

Sitting in her bright white-walled design studio, Sarah Merenda flips through her book of wallpaper samples.

The owner of Merenda Wallpaper, she’s not looking for any…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 16, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Friday June 16, 2017 6:30pm-9:30pm Catholic/Christian Professionals Mix & Mingle Charity Event at the Bryant Park Lounge in Manhattan

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC  invites Catholic/Christian professionals to this special Mix & Mingle Charity Event benefiting Catholic Charities.

Come out to Bryant Park Lounge on Friday June 16th, 2017 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM.  Meet other Catholics/Christians. 



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*Private area exclusively for our group…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on May 15, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Fun Family

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Kazuki is a fashion designer.

When Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska opens the blinds to bring in the morning sun, her daughter, Kharin, protests.

Read all about her in Nancy Ruhling's HuffPost blog Astoria Characters: The Fun…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 9, 2017 at 6:07am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Proactive Actor



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Did you see Joshua in Les Mis?



It’s been a month since Joshua Morgan has set eyes on Barnaby.

That’s why the maroon…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on May 2, 2017 at 6:04am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Saved the Bocce Court



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Danny grew up in Astoria Houses.

White canvas ball bag in hand, Danny Berrios heads toward the bocce court in Astoria Park.

It’s along the waterfront next to the children’s playground. Even if you’re a regular park-goer, you might not know of its existence.

Read all about Danny in Nancy…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 25, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Music Maker





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Guillermo is a flutist.

The flute was not Guillermo Laporta’s first choice.

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 18, 2017 at 5:59am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Tiffany Curator



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Lindsy's the director/curator of The Neustadt.




From the more than 250,000 pieces of Tiffany art glass at The Neustadt, Lindsy Parrott pulls out a rippled cream-colored sheet and holds it up to… Continue

Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 11, 2017 at 6:07am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Words Worker



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Tracy is the founder of Writers Work.

In a corner of her living room, in the shelter of a makeshift cubicle, Tracy Sayre sits typing on her 5-year-old black Toshiba laptop.

Read all about Tracy in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on April 4, 2017 at 6:04am — 1 Comment

Astoria Characters: The Voice Teacher

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Oliver is the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music.

Ah, where to begin? Oliver Söhngen has much to say so he starts strumming a guitar.

Read all about Oliver in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 28, 2017 at 5:53am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Kid Entrepreneurs

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Izzy, 11, started his first business when he was 3.

Izzy Weitzman is sitting at the kitchen table putting Magic, The Gathering cards into packets…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 21, 2017 at 6:08am — No Comments

Saturday April 22, 2017 6pm - 9:30pm Catholic Professionals Maronite Catholic Mass & Social

Special note: This Saturday Maronite Catholic mass satisfies Sunday Mass obligation under the Latin\Roman Catholic rite as the Maronite Catholic rite is in communion with the Pope.



Join us for a Maronite Catholic Mass on Saturday April 22nd at the Chapel at Regis High School on…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on March 19, 2017 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Daddy Blogger

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Jason writes One Good Dad.

A coffee cup and pacifier in hand, Jason Greene, who has a quartet of kids, plops himself down on the living room floor, where his 18-month-old…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 14, 2017 at 6:07am — No Comments

Thursday April 27, 2017 Catholic/Christian Professionals "Friendly Feud" Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities

***SPECIAL NOTE***: To attend this event, you must register and prepay as space is limited. Register and prepay via this link: http://www.socialevents123.com/friendlyfeudctf.shtml  



The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites you to this special Friendly Feud Fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities on Thursday April 27, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Playwright…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on March 12, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Enchanted Goddess

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Joan transformed herself into The Enchanted Goddess.

Surrounded by magic wands, angel statues and spiritual tomes, Joan Becht Willette, aka The Enchanted Goddess, is…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on March 7, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments

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