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How do you give back: What is the importance of volunteering within your communities? In our hectic busy everyday lives, it may be hard to think of how could I possibly give or do anymore than I already am. We may say to ourselves I work really hard, I am passionate about my field, I… Read more »

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My fondest memories begin on the Sunday mornings of my childhood when the rays of the sun passing through my cartoon themed bedsheets made a nickelodeon of my favorite animated television characters on my white long-john jammies.  Make believe would stop for nothing other than the switching on of the harsh light from the ceiling. … Read more »

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Ask a New Yorker: I’m with Luis “Squeegee” Castillo, author of “Club House Confidential”. Squeegee, please explain how you received your nickname. Squeegee: 1998 – first day on the job. Ask a New Yorker: What job? Squeegee: Yankee batboy. Ask a New Yorker: Hence the title, “Club House Confidential”. Squeegee: In 1998, I’m in the… Read more »

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Ask a New Yorker: Where are you going? Rachel: I’m going to Trader Joe’s. Ask a New Yorker: Good to hear. How many Facebook friends do you have? Rachel: About 1000. Well between 900 and 1000. Ask a New Yorker: You are Uberchic. Rachel: I’m O.K. with that. Ask a New Yorker: Where are you… Read more »

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  The rare time I had enough money in my pocket as a kid to cause a dilemma over what to buy, the same three items recurred in my mind. Yesterday, I strolled through Central Park. Resting on a bench in front of the Delacorte Theater, I turned my eyes to the center of the… Read more »

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In the 1960s, Mom stuck to store bought bread. There were three brands that rotated through our Manhattan apartment. “Wonder Bread, again.” Dad threw his hands up. “Will you shut up!” Mom never turned from the stove. “You never bring food home I enjoy.” “You’re a liar. We eat friggin spaghetti six nights a week…. Read more »

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Last Saturday night I went to a get together at my friend’s apartment in Astoria.  The event was a clothing swap, a popular phenomenon of late.  You prepare for a clothing swap by going through your closet and removing all of the items you know you’ll never wear again.  You put your pile of discards… Read more »

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In the era of man vs. machine: There is an imperative need to get back to the basics of using our minds and hands to create In today’s world we are accustomed to the technological advances of common household items such as our televisions, radios, ovens and the likes.  There have been enormous improvements in… Read more »

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On September 11th, 2001, I was seventeen years and four days old. Being six feet tall, a popular class presidential candidate, twirling the keys to my birthday gift in the juniors’ parking lot on my left index finger, I strode, as usual, through the hallways, though with an especially remarkable jaunt, on to my second… Read more »