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Astoria Characters: The Woman With 101 Candles on Her Cake

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.08.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Pull open the drapes! Betty Gelb wants to see the sunshine. She's as excited as a kid going to the circus because she's opened her eyes to another day. She's pushing 102, and, hey, you never know.

Astoria Characters: The Church Lady

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 01.08.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Eileen Cuhaj, a plain, serious soul with a wisp of white hair and wire-rim spectacles that make her brown eyes sparkle, was raised a good Catholic girl. All these years, she has called upon her faith to sustain her.