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Entries by Nancy Ruhling from 03/2011

Astoria Characters: The Ageless Storyteller

| Posted 03.02.2011 | New York

Betty Deudon was only a schoolgirl standing by Long Island City High with a classmate when the handsome French sailors strode by. "Let's pick them up," Betty told her girlfriend.

Astoria Characters: The Steady Shoe-Shine Man

| Posted 03.09.2011 | New York

"Shoe Repair & Shine." That's what the sign says in big, snow-white letters. But it's probably been there since Kennedy was president; no doubt the owner never bothered to update it.

Astoria Characters: The Big Guy With the Cute Beagle

| Posted 03.16.2011 | New York

When Bob Koch walks in, Caesar, a benevolent Beagle with big eyes, is lounging in it. Up until Caesar's arrival 2½ years ago, it was Bob's chair. "Now, it's our chair," he says.

Astoria Characters: The Sewing-Machine Savior

| Posted 03.22.2011 | New York

Eleven. That's the number that forever altered Sakis Karagiannakis' life. That's how old he was when his father died, paving the way for his becoming the prime provider for his mother and two sisters.

Astoria Characters: The Pet Protector

| Posted 03.29.2011 | New York

Flushing-based Second Chance Rescue finds foster parents for pets who are sentenced to Animal Care & Control shelters in Staten Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn.