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Hundreds attend Queens candlelight vigil for slain officers


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Hundreds of people gathered outside the 107th precinct on Tuesday night during a candlelight vigil for slain police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Standing beside pictures of the two murdered officers and bracing themselves against the cold evening air, several elected officials addressed the crowd and urged them to commemorate the fallen cops through love and not use the incident as a political tool.

“We’re here to remember the lives of two brave police officers,” said Carolann Foley, president of the 107th Precinct’s Community Council and one of the organizers of the vigil. “We must come together during this time and comfort each other.”

The candlelight vigil in Fresh Meadows was one of the largest in the borough and it served as a call for an end to the disharmony that has rattled the city. The event was attended by officers forand community councils from the 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 106th, 107th and 113th precincts.

Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, the organization that coordinated the event, thanked people for coming out in the cold to show their support for the police. 

Across Queens, similar events have taken place.

In Hamilton Beach, residents, elected officials and police from the 106th Precinct got together on Tuesday to hang 200 blue ribbons on utility poles around the neighborhood, showing their support for the NYPD.

“I’m the daughter of a retired police officer,” said Charlene O’Dea, a Hamilton Beach resident. “I want to show my support for the NYPD.”

Over the weekend, Ramos’ wake and funeral were held in Glendale, with thousands of police and others in attendance and lining the streets.

Foley originally expected the candlelight vigil to only be attended by 200 people, but she soon realized that many more would be attending.

“This is the community doing this, not the police,” Foley said. “And all of these people are coming to simply pray. What could be better than that right now for the city?”

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Elmhurst vigil marks one month since Typhoon Haiyan


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Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Daniel Dromm's Office

A month after what is expected to be one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded hit the Philippines, the local Filipino community is coming together to remember those lost.

Local elected officials gathered Sunday with members of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) at St. James Episcopal Church in Elmhurst to mark the one month anniversary since Typhoon Haiyan hit, during a candlelight vigil, followed by an interfaith mass.

“My heart goes out to those individuals impacted,” said Councilmember Daniel Dromm. “In the face of disaster it is encouraging to see communities pull together to lend support. Groups such as Taskforce Haiyan, which gives 100 percent of donations to the cause, are an integral step towards recovery.”

Haiyan affected many areas of Southeast Asia after making landfall on November 8 in the Samara province of the Philippines, then traveling through the central part of the country, according to reports. It then made its way into the South China Sea, striking Vietnam, but as a much weaker storm.

It is reported to be the deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippine region, affecting more than 12 million people and leaving many in need of water, food, and medical supplies. To date there are  5,924 victims who lost their lives to the storm, according to published reports.

“In light of such great tragedy, it is heartwarming to see people come together, even from halfway around the world, to dedicate their time and energy to helping those who have lost everything,” said Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. “I would like to congratulate NAFCON on their tremendous fundraising to support the relief work in the Philippines and would like to offer my continued support for the rebuilding effort.”

NAFCON is working together with grassroots organizations, consisting of church groups and students, in the Philippines to ensure the money raised will go directly to those who need it the most. Donations can be made here through the NAFCON PayPal account.

 

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