Jamaica of the future imagined by residents


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Imagine Jamaica with more affordable housing, better transportation and more, higher-paying localized jobs. That was the vision put forward for the neighborhood when more than 100 residents and community advocates attended the city-run Jamaica Planning Initiative meeting this past weekend.

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Pair accused of holding Queens teen prisoner, forcing to work as prostitute


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Two men have been indicted after they held a 15-year-old Queens girl against her will and forced her to work as a prostitute, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

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Queens basketball coach charged after lewd video chats with teen


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A Queens basketball coach has been charged with child pornography possession after a 15-year-old he coached claimed they had lewd video chats, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

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F. Carlisle Towery retires after leading Jamaica revitalization


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F. Carlisle Towery, who oversaw the economic revitalization of Jamaica as the president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for more than 40 years, announced his retirement Monday.

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Queens man gets 45 years for murdering wife, young daughters in their bed


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A Jamaica man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for stabbing to death his wife and their two- and one-year-old daughters after he flew into a jealous rage, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

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Cambria Heights author releases second book for kids


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THE COURIER/Photo by Asha Mahadevan

Roslyn C. Thorpe, the Cambria Heights-based author of “RayRay’s Amazing Dream” (2012), is ready with her second book, called “Danny the New Kid in School.” As the title reveals, it tells the story of Danny as he faces setbacks and stares from other students in fifth grade. He then befriends Timmy and, together, they overcome the challenges of school.

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