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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Friday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and a chance of rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 68. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express

Manuel Valera and his New Cuban Express are incredibly popular in the NYC jazz scene. This free event at Flushing Town Hall Friday night is part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Woman killed in Capitol shooting had ties to CT, NYC: sources

The unarmed woman who was shot and killed following a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol has been identified as a Stamford, Conn., resident originally from New York City, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD slapped with $3M lawsuit for illegal search in Queens gun bust

Sure, they took a gun off the street — but the three NYPD cops allegedly did it illegally, then lied to make a criminal case, says a federal lawsuit. Read more: New York Daily News

Obama pins shutdown on Boehner; tri-state businesses start to feel pinch

On the third day of the shutdown, President Barack Obama said House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the federal government. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Report: biker in road rage attack to turn himself in

The man wanted to for bashing the window of an SUV in a road rage incident in Manhattan reportedly plans to turn himself in to the NYPD as early as Friday. Read more: Fox New York

New York City Marathon balances security worries post-Boston

The New York City Marathon’s finish area will again fill with spectators, some carrying bags. Read more: NBC New York

Essay question about Mayor Bloomberg on test for 7th graders raises eyebrows

Some parents and teachers are upset that New York City public school students are being asked to answer an essay question about Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 48. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Clear. Low of 36. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the West after midnight.

EVENT of the DAY

Monday nights at Rapture Lounge in Astoria, musicians, poets, writers, singers-songwriters, comedians and performance artists are invited to the bar’s open mic night. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

28 polls sites changed in Queens due to Sandy

Due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, 28 poll sites were forced to be moved for Election Day on Tuesday, November 6. Read more: Queens Courier

65 Queens schools to remain closed Monday

While a majority of city students will return to school after a week off due to Hurricane Sandy, some buildings sustained significant damage in the storm and are still not ready to hold classes. Read more: Queens Courier

Raw in the Rockaways: Hurricane Sandy victims huddle in cold with no lights, little food

Breezy Point could have been mistaken for a Soweto shanty town Sunday as residents picked through the ruins of their homes and used blankets to ward off the cold. Read more: New York Daily News

While fuel is promised, drivers wait hours for gas

As long lines persisted at pumps across the region, government officials and gas station owners in New York and New Jersey said Sunday that the fuel shortage could last for several more days as stations struggled to maintain supplies or reopen after losing power. Read more: New York Times

Most subway service back, but slow go expected monday morning

In the midst of the destruction and rebuilding, reality began to set in Sunday night for New Yorkers who must return to work. Read more: CBS New York

Even with race canceled, marathoners run in Central Park

Never mind the cancellation. Here comes the marathon. Thousands of runners poured into New York City’s Central Park on Sunday morning to do what they had prepared so long to do – put in 26.2 miles. AP/ABC New York

With crane secure, nearly all of west 57th Street reopens

Almost all of West 57th Street is back open now that the boom of a dangling crane in Midtown has been secured. Read more: NY1

On final lap, Romney, Obama focus on key states

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney storm into the final day of their long presidential contest, mounting one last effort to protect their flanks while engaging in the toughest battleground of all – Ohio. Read more: AP

 

Woman keeps running, inspiring . . . despite all odds


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Photo Courtesy Tessa Wehrman

Queens resident Tessa Wehrman has always had a good reason to run. It was a way to improve her performance on her high school track, tennis and basketball teams in Urbana, Ohio. When she moved to New York, she described it as a “cheap way to see the city.” The marathon runner said she has always found the exercise to be therapeutic.

Now she can add another reason to the list: helping her overcome cancer.

When asked about her history with marathons, the 28-year-old explained with a laugh, “I’ve run 2 ¾.”

One was in Columbus, Ohio and another was the Marine Corps Marathon, which goes through Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia. She was unable to finish the marathon in Nashville, Tennessee, not due to any fault of her own, but because a tornado was posing a threat in the area, forcing her to stop with just six miles left to go.

Shortly after settling in New York, she began using running to volunteer with Achilles International, a nonprofit organization that helps disabled people participate in athletics. Throughout her time with Achilles, Wehrman has assisted runners with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, prosthetic limbs and who are visually impaired, by running along with them as a guide.

In May of 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 26.

“I was completely blindsided,” she said, adding that her family had no history of the disease. “I had just run my best marathon a month before, so I was very surprised to be considered sick.”

Eight days later, she underwent a double mastectomy followed by four months of chemotherapy. Instructed not to run for six weeks after the mastectomy, she continued her service with Achilles International by walking along with the athletes. After receiving the go-ahead to start running again, she did so, even through chemotherapy.

“I ran not as far, not as fast and I’d have to walk more, it depended on the week for sure, but I continued to run through treatment. It was my way of being able to control something and saying cancer couldn’t take that away from me.”

In November of last year, she watched the New York City Marathon on television while recovering from her final reconstructive surgery.

“I’m going to run that race next year,” she told herself.

Since then, she has competed in three half marathons, two Olympic triathlons and a half Ironman triathlon. Her current training regimen for the upcoming New York City Marathon consists of at least three runs a week: one made up of shorter intervals, a 10K and a 15-to-20 mile run on weekends. She engages in cross training – usually biking or swimming – two days a week as well.

Wehrman credits a lot of the motivation for her comeback as coming from her family, friends, neighbors and organizations that she’s volunteered with.

“There are a lot of tough cookies in the Achilles Track Club,” she said. “I’ve seen so many people overcome challenges so far beyond, so it was no question for me to get back out there.”

In September 2011, over 40 athletes and guides from Achilles International came out to run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in her name, something she said she was very honored by.

Ultimately it was this triumph that led Foot Locker to ask Wehrman to represent Queens on its Five Borough Challenge Team, made up of a runner from each borough that has used running to overcome challenges. The team will run together for the first 13 miles of the New York City Marathon before going off on their own, the winner receiving a trophy and “city-wide bragging rights,” according to its website.

Gabriella Citrin, director of publicity and events at Foot Locker, said she felt Wehrman’s story made a perfect fit within this year’s theme of using running to overcome challenges.

“Being that a year ago she was in a totally different place in her life, overcame breast cancer and is now running a marathon, we felt it was a strong story to tell,” Citrin said. “I think she’s a great inspiration to anybody, but especially for young women to show that you can beat this horrible disease and continue to live life to its fullest.”

With the New York City Marathon scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 4, Wehrman is very close to realizing a goal she set for herself one year ago.

“It’s been a crazy rollercoaster of a year,” she said. “I’m very excited to represent Queens.”