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More than 450 families were served the day before Thanksgiving at the Ozone Park Pantry with an event hosted by the Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol, which has been organizing the site for the past year and a half.

Turkeys, produce, stuffing, canned goods and more were distributed at Digby Place between Rockaway Boulevard and 97th Avenue. Donations came from the community, the Food Bank for NYC and The Campaign Against Hunger.

The holiday season kicks off in Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Howard Beach this weekend with Christmas tree lightings that will be sure to spread cheer all month long and decorate street corners from Cross Bay Boulevard to Jamaica Avenue.

On Friday at 6 p.m., the Woodhaven Business Improvement District is holding its annual Christmas tree lighting on the corner of Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.

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A recently retired New York City police officer has been charged with scamming nearly a dozen people who sought to rent his basement apartment in Ozone Park.

Burbran Pierre, 42, was arrested in Minnesota and extradited to New York, according to a statement from the Office of Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. He has been charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and two counts of first-degree scheme to defraud.

A suspect charged with committing a rape in Central Park last Thursday was arrested in Howard Beach early Saturday.

Paulie Velez, 25, was arrested in Old Howard Beach just before 1 a.m. after fleeing his mother’s Ozone Park home when police came knocking, according to reports.