A Soccer Mom Who Runs a League of 4,000

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WESTY_Dana DiPrima By John Friia Dana DiPrima wears many hats; she is a mother, a wife and the commissioner of the West Side Soccer League since 2005. As the commissioner, she oversees the league, which has over 4,000 neighborhood youths ranging from 5 to 18 years old. There are nearly 400 teams, with 800 coaches and 500 [&hellip
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Following His Family’s Footsteps at Harry’s

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WESTY_RobertGoldberg By David Gibbons A museum-going love for the fine arts, incisive curiosity, intellectual rigor—these are not traits immediately associated with successful shoe salesmanship. Robert Goldberg puts them to good use, however, as the current scion of a family that, for three generations, has brought the Upper West Side one of its favorite retail businesses, Harry’s [&hellip
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Making Each Restaurant Part of the Community

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WESTY_MarcMurphy1   Marc Murphy is the successful owner of Benchmarc Restaurants, with six restaurant and catering locations across the city, a board member of the nonprofit charity City Harvest, and has been a judge and competitor on cooking competition TV shows like Chopped and Iron Chef America. But despite a well-earned place among New York gourmet [&hellip
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A Hospital’s Helping Hand

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WESTY_MissyGibbs By Ellen Keohane Missi Gibbs has volunteered at Roosevelt Hospital for so many years, she’s forgotten when she started. “I don’t even know,” she said. “It’s been over 30 years!” Gibbs, who turns 75 in November, is receiving a Westy award for her volunteer work. “We are so lucky to have her here with us,” [&hellip
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She’s Been Helping Her Elders Since She Was a Teen

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WESTY_MiriamLevi As someone who has “always felt comfortable working with seniors,” it’s no surprise that Washington Heights resident Miriam Levi has made it her life’s work to help and care for seniors. Now 39, Levi has been the director of community life activities at Jewish Home Lifecare, which provides health care services for seniors on the [&hellip
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Nursing the Bottom Line to Take Care of Seniors

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WESTY_Jim Davis By Dan Rosenblum In 1971, James Davis, then about to graduate from City College of New York, was headed to a job on Wall Street when it fell through. When he went to the chair of his economics department, the idea came to study hospital administration, instead. Through the 1970s, Davis worked at Roosevelt Island’s [&hellip
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She Stands Up for Disabled Children

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WESTY_Coco Sellman By Chris Dell Coco Sellman never thought the day would come. On vacation in Costa Rica with her husband, Frank, last summer, she couldn’t help but crack a smile when her Blackberry started vibrating. It was an email from her stepdaughter, Amelia, who wanted to know how the trip was going and when they would [&hellip
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Believing a Classroom Learns on Its Stomach

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Portrait of Bill Telepan & Nancy Easton. A111017 JWM Magazine By David Gibbons The first thing you notice about Nancy Easton is the sparkle in her eyes and then the crinkle in her smile, sure signs of the eternal optimist who won’t take no for an answer and relishes a tough challenge. Easton’s mission, through Wellness in the Schools, a nonprofit she founded in 2005, [&hellip
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He Can Smell a Rat & Help His Block from His Stoop

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WESTY_JosephBolanos By Laura Shin If it’s a nice day in New York City, Joseph Bolanos is probably sitting outside on his Upper West Side brownstone stoop. Situated in the middle of the block on West 76th Street, Bolanos says it’s the perfect spot for neighbors to walk over, meet new people and talk about any issues [&hellip
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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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