Arnold Schwarzenegger surprises Howard Beach fitness consulting couple


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Photo courtesy Jack and Corrine Wlody

A fitness consulting couple from Howard Beach were especially pumped up when they were honored at a recent fitness convention in Ohio, as they got a chance to meet the Terminator.

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Star of Queens: Mitch Karpp, program director, Youth and Camp Services at the Queens Central Y


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Mitch Karpp is the program director of Youth and Camp Services at the Queens Central Y at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills. He joined the Y family in 1984 as a camper before becoming the teen director in 1994, and finally moved up to his current post in 2010.

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Star of Queens: Marlene Smith-Sotillo, president and CEO, Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation International


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Marlene Smith-Sotillo is the president and CEO of the Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation International based out of Jamaica. She engages the community with educational outreach workshops, health fairs and support group development to improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.

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Steve Piorkowski, energetic Bayside coach, dies from cancer at 54


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Photo courtesy of Steve Piorkowski's family

Steve Piorkowski, a Bayside High School softball and basketball coach known throughout the athletic league for his winning teams and his determination to fight a life-threatening disease, died at 54 after struggling with cancer for three years.

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George Onorato, former Queens state senator, dies


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Lifelong Queens resident and former state Senator George Onorato, who served the 12th Senate District in western Queens for over two decades, died on Saturday. He was 86.

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Anthony Mazzarella, owner of The Waterfront Crabhouse in LIC, dies


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The owner of Long Island City’s Waterfront Crabhouse, Anthony Mazzarella, a boxing enthusiast and an avid fundraiser for people with cancer, died on Jan. 24. He was 77.

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Star of Queens: John Spagnuolo, president of the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach was founded in 1962 and offers guidance to community youth through projects such as the Key Club and the Builders Club. John Spagnuolo has been a member for three years and was elected president in October.

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Former Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at 82


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo, once a leading and passionate voice for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and one of the most important political figures to come from Queens, died on Thursday. He was 82.

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Star of Queens: Harold Rutgers, contributor, Jewelers For Children


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Harold Rutgers is associated with Jewelers For Children. It is a nonprofit organization that donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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Former Community Board 2 district manager Dolores Rizzotto passes away


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Dolores Rizzotto, former district manager of Community Board 2 for more than 15 years, died Thursday after a battle with cancer, according to CB2 chair Joseph Conley.

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