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Artist recalls her brief marriage with crusty rebel

BY GERARD FLYNN  |  For close to three and a half years, Amy Sanchez, 25, a soft-spoken artist from North Carolina, was married to Joel Pakela, a.k.a. “L.E.S. Jewels.” Jewels was a regular on “Crusty Row” and godfather to the street kids and punk travelers from across the country who frequent that section of Tompkins read more here »

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Estelle Johnson, 89, leading leather clothes maker

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Estelle Johnson, a designer and maker of leather clothes and accessories who had her workshop in the basement of Native Leather on Bleecker St. for the past 38 years, died in Albany Memorial Hospital on Sept. 4, a week before her 90th birthday. In declining health for the past several months, read more here »

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Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, 89, L.E.S. activist nun

BY ALBERT AMATEAU | Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement and a pioneer community organizer on the Lower East Side for more than 40 years, and for 13 years more recently in Vancouver, British Columbia, died Aug. 16 at the Lurana Health Care Residence of the St. Francis Convent read more here »

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David Devine, 84; Artist and captain of his own ship

BY ADELE GOTLIB  |  David Dusoul Devine, a resident of the Lower East Side on and off for nearly 70 years, died of cancer on May 28. He was 84. He was born in Los Angeles on April 7, 1929, to David and Courtney Hooper Devine, and raised primarily by his mother in and around Los Angeles and San read more here »

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BY LAEL HINES  |   On Sun., July 21, a funeral service was held for Eric Adorno at the Ortiz Funeral Home, at 22 First Ave. Adorno, of Puerto Rican descent, passed away at age 50 on July 12 due to lung cancer. He was a general worker for the City Water Meter Repair Company, at read more here »

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Gandolfini helped community fight against mega-garage

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  James Gandolfini, the actor who achieved celebrity as Tony Soprano, and a community advocate who had joined his Tribeca and Hudson Square neighbors in a vain effort to stop a Department of Sanitation mega-garage, was mourned last week by friends and admirers. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral on Thurs., read more here »

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Rabbi Pesach Ackerman of Anshe Meseritz dies at 84

BY LESLEY SUSSMAN  | Rabbi Paul (Pesach) Ackerman, the popular longtime rabbi of the Anshe Meseritz synagogue, 415 E. Sixth St., died on Fri., June 14, at Beth Israel Hospital of complications from pneumonia. The much-loved rabbi, 84, worked for 44 years as spiritual leader of his Orthodox congregation, without salary. In his final days, Ackerman was read more here »

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BY JULIO MORA   |  Gloria Harris, who worked as a community assistant at Community Board 2 for 17 years, passed away suddenly on Thurs., May 9. Harris’s responsibilities at the community board included scheduling meetings, arranging the monthly calendar and administering for several committees, as well as dealing directly with inquiries from the public. read more here »

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Paul Caruso, 65, musician who played with Hendrix

BY T. SCHOEN | Paul Caruso, a well-known East Village musician who played with Jimi Hendrix and worked to help the neighborhood’s homeless, died of a stroke on April 20. He was 65 years old. Caruso grew up in the Bronx. After dropping out of school in the ninth grade, he later took studies through read more here »

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Francine Morin, 62, artist  and longtime East Villager

Longtime East Villager Francine Morin passed away at Beth Israel Hospital on April 27. She was 62. Raised in California and Ohio, Francine moved to New York City in the mid-1970s to pursue a career as a painter and printmaker. After living briefly in Chelsea, she moved to an apartment on E. Seventh St., and read more here »

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