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Over 180 turkeys were distributed in Woodhaven last Friday thanks to Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, above right, and the Zara Charitable Foundation, Zara Reality’s philanthropic arm.

The Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol and the Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park Lions Club also volunteered for the event.


Mayor Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks last week announced support for state legislation that would make Diwali a school holiday throughout New York.

They joined Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Woodhaven) at Department of Education headquarters last Thursday in support of her bill, which seeks to replace Anniversary Day, also known as Brooklyn-Queens Day, on the school calendar with the Hindu holiday of Diwali.

WORKS Little League held its annual awards luncheon last Saturday at the Deshi Center in Ozone Park and was in turn awarded with a check to the tune of $22,500. Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar presented the group with a check representing state funding she secured for them.

The group serves children with special needs ages 4 through 18 and has been operating since 1958. Rajkumar also presented proclamations to volunteer coaches Jash Boodrham and Laura Latham.

Jam out all day at the fourth annual Queens Rockfest at the Forest Park Bandshell this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Eight different rock bands are set to take the stage for the free event. The whole family is welcome and all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Woodhaven, originally named Woodville, celebrates its 187th anniversary in July. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, formed in 1972, met last Saturday for its monthly meeting and celebrations were in order.

Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, center in red, honored the occasion by bringing a cake and balloons as well as presenting a resolution passed in the Assembly recognizing Woodhaven’s founding and history.

Alleged corruption by two detectives and the illegal prosecution of a minor has led to murder charges being dropped for Prakash Churaman, a Guyanese immigrant from South Jamaica with a learning disability, who maintained for over seven years that he made a false confession to killing his best friend, Taquane Clark, in his youth.

On Monday, Churaman, 22, learned that he was a free man once prosecutors from Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz’s Office agreed to drop felony murder charges, resulting in a sixth charge for gun possession also being dropped.