The Bug Buster

There’s a fly buzzing around the office. Instead of trying to swat it, Gil Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management, watches in wonder as it wings its way his way. Although Gil makes his living ridding the world of the creepy crawlers that give us the creeps and the shrieks, he’s in awe of them.   Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGil’s the president of Standard Pest Management.   “The insects and rodents that we consider pests are industrious, efficient and creative because they have the ability and tenacity to evolve and survive,” he …

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The Face Behind the Mural

Every day, Ron Hall walks three and a half miles. He’s a heavy smoker, has been for 42 years, and he figures that the exercise cancels out the tobacco.   Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingRon started drawing when he was 10. Now, his strolls have an added purpose: They give him the opportunity to pass by his mural. With support from the community, he painted Astoria: We Are All …

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The Iron Men

Belmont. JFK Airport. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The World Financial Center. Con Ed. Lincoln Center. Yankee Stadium. The Metropolitan Opera House. The World Trade Center. Aqueduct.   Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingHarvey has been working for Empire City Iron Works since 1961.    As Harvey A. Heffner is reciting this auspicious list, his younger brother, Edward D. Heffner, interrupts: Don’t forget the 1964 World’s Fair. Oh, yes, Harvey says, we did 16 pavilions there. Sixteen! It was a rush job, they say simultaneously.   Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingEdward joined the family business in 1968.   There are …

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