Retired Military Recruiter Adjusts to Student Life

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By Samantha Stark For the first time in over two decades, retired Air Force Sergeant Elky Jackson didn’t attend the Veterans Day Parade. She couldn’t. She had biology class. After 24 years of active military duty as a health professions supervisor and recruiter, Jackson has a new gig. At 48, she’s a first semester student […]

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Nursing Home Struggles to Stay Open

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By Emily Lavin A $7.5 million dollar budget deficit will soon force the Longwood St. Vincent De Paul nursing home to close its doors, something that would leave many elderly residents without access to local nursing home care. The South Bronx facility has had trouble covering its operating costs since it opened on Intervale Avenue […]

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NYC Running a Breeze for Filipina

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by Roman Espejo Blocks after the finish line at the New York City Marathon, Bernadette “Bards” Bathan flashed her unofficial time on her running watch: 4 hours, 39 minutes and 32 seconds. Sixteen minutes under her personal best. “Do you want to take a picture of it?” she asked me. Bathan, 36, and four others […]

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Vietnam Veteran Tells Students – War Is Real

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by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh Mike Palo spent years thinking he would kill himself or someone else. Now he hopes that his experience as a soldier and Vietnam veteran can save lives. Palo is the vice president of the New York City chapter of Rolling Thunder, the Vietnam veterans group that is known for its leather-clad […]

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Navy, Old and New, on the USS New York

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by Erin McCarthy

Frank DeCicco, 80, climbed aboard the U.S.S. New York 56 years after he served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Helena during the Korean War. He sniffed the below-decks air, tinged with metal and oil.

“A navy ship’s a navy ship. To me they all smell the same,” he said.

DeCicco, of Bethpage, N.Y., was one of many Navy veterans to visit the U.S.S. New York during its 10-day stay in New York City over the Veterans Day holiday. For some veterans, it was an opportunity to remember their service and to see how the Navy has changed.

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The Elephant Woman on the Long Run

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The worst a typical runner might face while training for the New York City Marathon is an injury or a mugging in a seedy part of town.

“Elephant Kate” Evans had to worry about being attacked by a lion.

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Botanicas refocus from love to money

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By Almudena Toral Botanicas may be some of the few businesses in East Harlem that are thriving during the economic recession while other stores around the neighborhood face financial concerns. But those who run the shops, which sell religious items to Catholics and Santeria practitioners, say the downturn has shifted their costumers’ focus from romance […]

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When Pain is Your Running Partner

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By Peggy Truong
At home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark Wallace wasn’t able to walk without limping or grinding his teeth. But he was determined to run the New York City Marathon on Sunday. It’s one of the items on his to-do list, along with skydiving in Switzerland, running with the bulls in Spain and traveling to every continent.

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Cranberries Not Just for Turkey Day Anymore

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Curry and cranberries. Cranberries and bacon. Cranberry cream cheese.  Cranberry energy booster. Cranberry and onion. A cranberry a day keeps the doctor away? Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving anymore.  On a recent sunny afternoon in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, a group of farmers imported by Ocean Spray offered a range of recipes using the […]

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A Green Treat for Everyone

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By Peggy Truong
A reading garden. Non-toxic cleaners and microfiber cloths. A Big Green Halloween festival and fundraiser that included carrier-bag decorating and composting lessons. These are a few of the ways that Public School 166 is embracing environmental education in and out of the classroom.

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