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Literally Climbing Mountains While Living with MS

Written by Megan Finnegan on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

Many people afflicted with a chronic disease have plenty of obstacles to surmount in their lives without adding more. For Upper West Side resident Alexandra Levin, being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at a young age did nothing to thwart her desire to tackle some of the biggest natural obstacles in the world: mountains. Levin, [&hellip
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An Olympic Love Story

Written by Megan Finnegan on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

For Michael Gostigian and Sharon Monplaisir, the Olympics have always been a beacon of strength, perseverance, competition—and true love. The married Upper West Siders are both former Olympians, and they credit the Games for bringing them together almost 20 years ago. Gostigian competed in the pentathlon, an Olympic event in its 100th year this summer [&hellip
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Crime Watch

Written by Megan Finnegan on . Posted in Crime Watch West Side Spirit, West Side Spirit

crimewatch Dine and Dash and Attack Last Thursday evening, a 24-yearold woman entered a barbecue joint on West 72nd Street and ordered a meal  with drinks, totaling $79.20. When the bill was presented, however, instead of paying up, the customer decided to walk out. A restaurant employee chased the check-skipper and caught up with her at [&hellip
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