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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Paints Faces (and Bellies)

Six-year-old Abby wants to be a catterfly, a creature of her imagination that is at once cat and butterfly, and her less articulate 3-year-old brother, Andy, can’t wait to turn himself into a snake monster.

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Lenore drew from her childhood to create her career.

That’s why they’re visiting Lenore…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 25, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy at the Uke Hut

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Masafumi, a musician, works at the Uke Hut.

It’s really easy to play the ukulele.

To show you, Masafumi Sakai starts strumming…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 18, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments

11/4/16 First Friday of the Month Latin Mass & Social for Catholic/Christian Professionals 20s, 30s & 40s

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholic/Christian professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s to join us for a Latin Mass follow by a Social.

Let's give our devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus by attending the First Friday of the Month Latin Mass. The Mass is held at The Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan, and starts at 6pm on Friday November 4, 2016.



After mass (around 7pm),…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on October 14, 2016 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Upstaging Actor

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Kevin's been on Broadway.

It doesn’t take much persuading to get Kevin David Thomas to do some goofy poses.

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

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 11, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Immigrants' Advocate

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Antonio runs two nonprofits.

There are two things you notice when you walk into Antonio Meloni’s office: American Bald Eagle statues and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 4, 2016 at 6:12am — No Comments

Sat Oct 1, 2016 "Following the Pathway to Love" talk for Catholics/Christians both single & married

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholics / Christians 21 both single and married to join us for a special talk by our guest speaker Bryan Mercier on “Following the Pathway to Love” on Saturday October 1, 2016 starting at 6:30pm.  

The talk will focus on the 4 levels of love: Attraction, Desire, Goodwill,…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on September 28, 2016 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The 86-Year-Old Boy with the Skateboard

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Ralph has invented a new set of wheels for skateboards.

Just to be clear, Ralph Charell did not…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 27, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Painter Who Puts Time in its Place

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Sharon paints the city's iconic buildings.

As Sharon Florin climbs the wide staircase to her top-floor studio, an act that she has done going on 40 years, it reminds her of how much things have…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 20, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Saturday October 1, 2016 "Following the Pathway to Love" talk for Catholics/Christians

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites you to join us for a special talk by our guest speaker Bryan Mercier on “Following the Pathway to Love” on Saturday October 1, 2016 starting at 6:30pm.  The talk (open to Catholics\Christians 21+, both single and married) will focus on the 4 levels of love: Attraction, Desire, Goodwill, and Marital Love…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on September 16, 2016 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Widow Who Can't Wear Her Wedding Ring

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She lost her husband, Ugo, two years ago.

Anna Conti is not wearing her wedding ring. It’s not that she doesn’t want to put it on.



She’s a widow, and the ring makes her…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 14, 2016 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Does It All for the Kids

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Ayisha is a school crossing guard and a children's advocate.

“Would…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 6, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Stand-Up Mom

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Christine's the founder of UP-STAND.

It’s a warm, sunny day, so 2-year-old Ani is dancing around the apartment in anticipation of playing…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 30, 2016 at 6:24am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Bug Buster

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Gil’s the president of Standard Pest Management.

There’s a fly buzzing around the office. Instead of trying to swat…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 23, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Power Couple

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Nick and Noel and Max.

Saturday night. Love at first sight. (Well, almost.)

The time: December 2007

The place: a club in…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 16, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Face Behind the Mural





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Ron created the Astoria: We Are All Family mural.

Every day, Ron Hall walks three and a half…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 9, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Iron Men

 

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Harvey has been working for Empire City Iron Works since 1961.



 

 Belmont. JFK Airport. The Metropolitan Museum…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 2, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Guy Who Never Left Home

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Tony has been living in the same house since birth.

Tony De Pace, tanned as a pancake, has just come back from Disney World.

 If you didn’t know that, the Mickey Mouse mugs on the cluttered coffee table and large framed photos of the celebrated Florida…
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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 26, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Friday August 12, 2016 Catholic/Christian Professionals Cheers for Charity

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholic/Christian professionals age 21 and over to a Cheers for Charity event on Friday August 12, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Sweetwater…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on July 23, 2016 at 9:48am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

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Mark started piano lessons when he was 8.

The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas’ apartment is the Roland digital piano.

It’s big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van Dyke did with that pesky…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 19, 2016 at 6:27am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Devoted Daughter

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Antri donates money to people so they can pay their medical bills.

What Antri Papanikolaou remembers most about her 16th birthday is that it was the last one she ever got to spend with her mother.

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

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 12, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments

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