Police Commissioner Attends Local Council Meeting

By Editor | April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s all about neighborhood policing. On Monday, April 16, Police Commissioner James O’Neill was the special guest for the 113th Precinct community council board meeting.  To a packed house of residents, civic leaders and NYPD personnel, the Commissioner shared his thoughts on neighborhood policing, responded to resident concerns, enjoyed the festivities, and stayed after the […]

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Black Panther Shatters Hollywood Myths While Validating Blackness

By Editor | March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements editor@communitiesofcolornyc.com On what would normally be a quiet morning, people were making their way to area movie theaters. By bus, car and foot, they assembled in the early morning hours to see the movie everyone was talking about, Black Panther. The Black Panther hype went beyond a blockbuster Hollywood movie, beyond a […]

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NYPD Top Brass Hold Human Justice Summit

By Editor | February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I want to thank Commissioner O’Neil for changing the culture of the NYPD from us versus them,” said Public Advocate Letitia ‘Tish’ James.  No question was off limits at the NYPD’s ‘Still We Rise NYC: Human Justice Summit, Part IV’.  The Summit, held at New Jerusalem Worship Center in Southeast Queens, included a panel of […]

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Hero Cops Acknowledged at Community Council Board Meeting

By Editor | January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Karen Clements It was thanks to the quick thinking of two officers from the 113th Precinct that a one year old’s life was saved.  Officers John Simicich and Tim Molinet intercepted a call going to 911 and responded.  They were able to transport the baby to Jamaica Hospital ahead of EMS while performing chest […]

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Rikers Island Detention Center Closing Summer 2018

By Editor | January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

George Motchan Detention Center is set to close this summer. The jail on the Rikers Island complex currently houses approximately 600 men.  The Mayor’s administration says the closure is possible due to the decrease in the city’s jail population which dropped below 9,000. There have been numerous reports of abuse and violence at the facility.  […]

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Free Projects Available to Help Residents Clear past Convictions

By Editor | November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Legal Aid Society and the Legal Action Center are two groups that have new projects to help individuals get their records sealed. In October, Governor Cuomo signed into law that New Yorkers who have not been convicted of a crime in the past 10 years can have up to two prior convictions sealed.  This […]

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Police, Community and Clergy Gather for Healing

By Editor | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

“What can we do in the face of senseless acts of violence…in times of unrest and natural disasters,” asked Father Francis Colamaria from Saint Helen’s Church. This question was put in the form of a prayer at NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South’s Interfaith Prayer Service.  The service, held on Tuesday October 10 at the Sikh […]

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Cops and Kids have Convo

By Editor | October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Where do cops go to eat food? Why do cops need bullet proof vests? These were the questions fielded by Officers Rivera and Whilchez during their visit to the  Scholars Learning Academy & Afterschool located at 111-10 Merrick Boulevard.  They were invited to speak and participate by Director Craig Whitaker on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The […]

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NYPD Neighborhood Coordinating Officer Training Continues

By Editor | August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The NYPD continues to roll out its Neighborhood Policing Plan across New York City. Neighborhood Coordination Officers work closely with the community to identify concerns and establish relationships. Karen Clements, President 113th Precinct Community Council Board, has presented the important role council boards and the community play in this partnership to new classes of officers […]

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Young Democrats Protest Incident in Charlottesville

By Editor | August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday, August 15 the Queens County Young Democrats’ (QCYD) Caucus of Color hosted a rally against hate and bigotry.   The rally was in response to the recent events in Charlottesville VA at which one person was killed.  The Charlottesville rally was organized by White Nationalist.  The rally was the brainchild of one of QCYD’s […]

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