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As King Manor Museum caretaker Roy Fox wrapped up his dissertation on the history of the museum’s namesake, former U.S. Senator and Constitutional framer Rufus King, on the day before Citizenship Day, he pondered.

“What does one do as we celebrate Citizenship Day 2022?” he asked the crowd of 50 citizens-to-be, plus some of their families, assembled in King’s backyard. “You create new citizens!”

“Little Amal,” the 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, started her trip to New York City with a stop in Downtown Jamaica last Wednesday.

Operated by the Handspring Puppet Company, Amal posed for photos along the Parsons-Archer corridor before making her way down to King Manor. She also visited Astoria Park later that night.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. will host the inaugural Jamaica Q 5.5K Walk/Run on Saturday.

The route will cover the area on and around Jamaica Avenue, starting in the parking lot of the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College and ending at Rufus King Park.

An alleged Jamaica triple killer was indicted on Monday.

Following his extradition from Maine last Friday, 42-year-old Travis Blake was brought up on a six-count complaint, including charges of murder in the first degree and three counts of murder in the second degree, in connection to the June killings of 55-year-old Karlene Barnett, her 36-year-old son Dervon Brightly and her 22-year-old niece Vashawnna Malcolm.

Nearly two and a half centuries ago, Rufus King descended upon Philadelphia to help draw up what would become the law of the land. Last Friday, a group of Americans-to-be lined his backyard, ready to receive the rights he and his colleagues had reserved for all in our nation. 

Fifty citizen hopefuls, representing 24 nations of origin, gathered at the house of the noted constitutional framer in Jamaica last Friday to take the oath of allegiance and be granted citizenship in the United States. The ceremony took place as part of the celebration of Constitution Week at the King Manor Museum, leading up to Citizenship Day last Saturday, the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.