Gail Wetzel and other history enthusiasts are forming a Howard Beach Historical Society. Among their goals is to compile all the photos she ha…
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Since 2020, Gail Wetzel has been sharing rare historical photos to the nearly 4,500 members of the the Facebook group Ozone Park / Howard Beach & Beyond ... Now & Then. Now, she and other area history enthusiasts are launching an official society.
Wetzel has been printing and preserving hundreds of photos and the group plans to put them on display at the Howard Beach Motor Boat club. The group, which includes Frank Martin, Howard Sarter and Roger Gendron, is also raising money through a GoFundMe called the Howard Beach Historical Society.
Assault victim Cecille Martinez Lai speaks at a rally against hate attended by activists and elected officials including state Sen. John Liu, left.
The alleged perpetrators of a hate crime are caught on video.
A street co-naming event for Little Bangladesh Way was held in Ozone Park last week at the corner of Drew Street and 101st Avenue.
Ahead of Holi, the Ozone Park community gathered at the Liberty Avenue plaza to enjoy traditional dishes and sweets from area restaurants. Last Tuesday’s event, hosted by the Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol, also featured music and the colored-powder throwing.
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, marks the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil.
The Ozone Park Howard Beach Woodhaven Lions Club has grown by over 100 new members, many of whom attended an induction ceremony last week at Villa Russo. The group is dedicated to senior, handicap and veteran community service.
The additions make the club the biggest in the district and the second biggest in the state, according to a press release.
Two out of three alleged perpetrators of a hate-driven assault against an Asian mother and son in Corona earlier this month have been arrested and arraigned, the authorities said last week.
Elijah Fernandez, 21, of Ozone Park, and Natalie Plaza, 18, of Richmond Hill are each charged with assault in the third degree as a hate crime and aggravated harassment in the second degree, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced last Wednesday.
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