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A mural inside the main entrance greeted visitors to the Sean Elijah Bell Center on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica. Members of the Bell family and staff members at the center were unable to garner enough community support to keep its doors open past Friday.
The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center, established in the memory of the Jamaica man killed in an infamous police shooting in 2006, closed on Friday after struggling to get funding for its daycare, afterschool and other program.
Today, Nov. 25, is the seventh anniversary of Bell’s death.
Last month, the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. trumpeted its long-awaited deal with a developer to build a hotel on property it owns across from the Long Island Rail Road’s transit hub on Sutphin Boulevard.
But when Justin Rodgers, director of economic development for the GJDC, made a presentation to Community Board 12 on Oct. 16, it also brought long-established tensions between the two bodies to the surface.
The man serving life without parole for the 2007 murder of NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko has been convicted of shooting and robbing a man in Jamaica the day before he killed the 23-year-old officer.
Dexter Bostic, 40, formerly of Far Rockaway, was convicted on July 31 of shooting an unarmed man on Sutphin Boulevard on July 8, 2007, and robbing the wounded man of $1,800 and his car keys as he lay bleeding on he sidewalk.
Gov. Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have announced that an increase in state funding will make the expansion or restoration of subway and bus service in Queens possible within the next 12 months.
The service improvements were announced Monday in connection with the release of the MTA’s updated financial plan.
Officials at Resorts World, the casino located at Aqueduct Racetrack, last week confirmed last week that they are preparing to construct a bus stop and waiting area for casino patrons on Sutphin Boulevard at the Long Island Rail Road complex.
“Resorts World New York has received the necessary permits and is finalizing agreements with the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. and LIRR to begin construction immediately and open the space by late summer/early fall,” Resorts World spokesman Stefan Friedman said in a statement issued last week.
The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center on Sutphin Boulevard.Photo by michael gannon
They may be on summer vacation from school, but children at the Sean Elijah Bell Community Center still have expectations put in them by the staff, including sitting and standing straight, and dressing with a sense of self-respect.
“And how can we help if you don’t do your homework?” a volunteer asked her young charges on Tuesday.
Carla Lalanne, center, owner of Best Beauty Salon in Jamaica, is honored as Merchant of the year by the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District. She is seen with Shepherd Baum, interim chairman of the BID, and Executive Director Simone Price.
Talk in recent years about economic development in and around Jamaica’s business corridors has focused a lot on the year 2014, with discussions of new hotels, restaurants and businesses, all with the aim of making the area a shopping, cultural and nightlife destination.
And Shepherd Baum, interim chairman of the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District, is not at all nervous about seeing the group’s ideas through.
An off-duty NYPD officer received a gunshot wound to his hand and his alleged attacker was shot in the abdomen on Sunday night when the officer responded to a domestic violence incident in Jamaica.
Kevin McClinton of Rosedale was arraigned on June 5 on a charge of second-degree murder for the May 18 shooting death of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson.
McClinton, 21, who appeared before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ernest Hart after being returned from South Carolina on a fugitive warrant, also was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The suspect in the May 18 shooting death of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson is on his way back to New York City after being arrested in South Carolina Tuesday morning on a fugitive warrant.
Thestate.com, a news website in South Carolina, reported on Tuesday afternoon that Kevin McClinton, 21, was arrested at about 6:30 a.m. in Lexington County, SC, near the state capital of Columbia, by a team that included U.S. Marshals and officers from the NYPD.
A suspect on the May 18 shooting of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson is in custody in South Carolina.
An NYPD spokesman said a suspect, believed to be 21-year-old Kevin McClinton, is being held while New York officials await extradition proceedings.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the man wanted for murder in the May 18 shooting of 14-year-old D’aja Robinson on a city bus.
Kevin McClinton, 21, is described as a black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.