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Opening Older Minds to New Alternatives

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WESTY_KarenFuller By Tom DiChristopher When most people think about activities for senior citizens, they think shuffleboard, bingo—maybe mahjong. Karen Fuller’s mind goes elsewhere: gong therapy, laughter yoga, massage tai chi. For the past 20 years, Karen Fuller has been enriching the lives of seniors through a wellness program at Dorot, an organization that alleviates social isolation [&hellip
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Her Group Sends Helpers to Seniors at No Charge

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WESTY_IreneZola By Susan Armitage Irene Zola wants the world to know about people like Dolores Saborido. In her nineties, Saborido had outlived nearly all of her relatives. Her hired caregiver did not speak enough English, Zola says, and Saborido was socially isolated. Eventually, Saborido phoned Zola’s organization, Lifeforce in Later Years (LiLY), which matched her with [&hellip
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Billions and a Lot More Than ‘Law & Order’ for City Streets

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WESTY_Katherine Oliver By Laura Shin Katherine Oliver never thought she would work in government. But in 2002, the former journalist saw a unique opportunity to help rebuild a post-9/11 New York City by bringing Hollywood to the five boroughs. “I thought it would be a great way to help the city, and I was curious about an [&hellip
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Conducting the Finances so the Symphony Plays On

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WESTY_CynthiElliot By David Gibbons Beethoven and Bernstein—as in Ludwig van and Leonard—aren’t a bad place to start for an aspiring young classical musician who wants to study conducting. Those two musical giants were Cynthia Elliott’s idols as a Stanford freshman and prospective music major. There was also Seiji Ozawa, who headed the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra [&hellip
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A ‘Mother’s Milk Love’ for the City’s History

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WESTY_LouiseMirrer By David Gibbons So what’s a medievalist with Ph.D. expertise in a mid-14th century civil war that brought the first bastard king to the throne of Spain by dint of propaganda doing running the New-York Historical Society? The answer is she has a prodigious talent and infectious enthusiasm for drawing her audience in by weaving [&hellip
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Westy Awards 2012

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With apologies to James Brown, Council Member Gale Brewer might be the hardest-working woman in politics. This year’s Westsider of the Year is known for her ability to spend lots of time at many community events night after night, but not many people are aware that she has done this while also helping to raise [&hellip
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Now Take Them Out, Devils: How Soon is Then? Band PAWS Get Nostalgic For Two Years Ago

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NTTOD.PAWS By Simon Lazarus Vasta   Cokefloat! [Fatcat; 2012]   The twenty-year nostalgia cycle is a hell of a thing. Since the dawn of modern popular culture, each decade has been accompanied by, and some would say aesthetically grounded in, the pastiche and re-interpretation of the previous generation’s music, fashion, movies, comics, etc. But as we [&hellip
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Mind-Body Training for Positive Thinking

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Nika Dearing   By Nika Dearing When we think of training, we might envision world-class athletes dedicating hours to perfecting their craft. We could look at it as a form of learning and re-learning until every aspect is understood and mastered. This is very much like the mind-body training we do during self-reflection and development. We must [&hellip
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Column: Self-Defense Classes, Only a Start in Tackling Assaults

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Photo by heraldpost, courtesy of Flickr Commons. By Rebecca Hoffman It was almost two weeks ago that Speaker Christine Quinn held her first free self-defense class in Central Park. This event was in response to an increased number of sexual assaults on women in the city, most notably an incident involving the rape of a 73-year-old woman in Central Park. While free [&hellip
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