Family of Jamaica murder victim demand end to gun violence at vigil
THE COURIER/Photos by Brooke Smith

BY BROOKE SMITH Jamaica residents are taking their community back from the gun violence that has taken too many of their youth. The death of Jihad Jackson, a 16-year-old boy who was fatally shot on New Year’s Eve, has pushed the community to the point of demanding a change. Jackson’s friends and family joined City Councilman I. […]

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PHOTOS: Fallen officer saluted with street renaming in Queens Village
Photos by Robert Stridiron

Family members and former colleagues of a police officer fatally shot earlier this year in the line of duty in Queens Village offered one more tribute to him on Friday morning. The intersection of 222nd Street and 92nd Road, adjacent to the 105th Precinct’s Queens Village stationhouse, was renamed Det. Brian Moore Way, honoring the […]

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At a Jamaica mosque, de Blasio calls for unity with city’s Muslim community
Photo courtesy of Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office

An overflow crowd at the Jamaica Muslim Center greeted Mayor Bill de Blasio for a visit during evening prayers on Friday and applauded his vow that the city would work to strengthen its ties with Muslims across the five boroughs. “For the whole city, we know we have to do more, but we also have […]

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‘Freedom Ticket’ would allow free transfers between rail, subway and bus
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Billie Grace Ward

Many southeast Queens residents know all too well that they have some of the longest work commutes in the city. The New York City Transit Riders Council (NYCTRC) is proposing a new fare they say would slash costs and time spent traveling to and from work. The council proposed last week creating a “Freedom Ticket” allowing unlimited subway, bus and Long […]

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Thanksgiving drive delivers more than 500 turkeys to Jamaica families in need
Photo courtesy of  state Senator Leroy Comrie's office

BY BROOKE SMITH More than 500 turkeys were given out to families in need this Thanksgiving season in a drive sponsored by state Senator Leroy Comrie earlier this week. The two-day drive was made possible through donations from local food providers and community-minded organizations. Comrie enlisted the help of community partners in distributing the 500 turkeys to help alleviate […]

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