14 DECEMBER 29, 2016 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM 2016 Year in Review JUNE A smoke shop on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border hid a secret heroin and cocaine operation Police raided the Gates Candy shop located at 1597 Gates Ave., off St. Nicholas Avenue, near Food Bazaar supermarket, to fi nd a narcotics processing center, and seized large quantities of heroin and cocaine. The approximate street value of all the seized drugs was said to be well over $100,000. Offi cers from Brooklyn’s 83rd Precinct arrested one man connected to the illegal operation. Queens Democrats in the thick of the Congressional sit-in on Capitol Hill Members of Congress representing Queens made their voices heard in the sit-in that began on June 22 on the fl oor of the House of Representatives and ended on the aft ernoon of June 23. House Democrats, led by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, began their protest just aft er 11 a.m. on June 22 demanding that the Republican-led chamber take a vote on proposed gun control regulations in the wake of the June 12 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Beloved Middle Village teacher retires Michael McHugh taught the students at Our Lady of Hope school in Middle Village for 47 years before deciding to retire in June. He was known for bringing comedy into the classroom, holding students’ attention with his funny quips and entertaining contests. He also embraced the use of technology in the classroom, praising the school’s use of smartboards to really help the students get an understanding of the subject matter. McHugh was awarded with the Juniper Park Civic Association Lifetime Community Service Award. Borough mourns victims of Orlando nightclub massacre The World’s Borough came together following the June 12 massacre of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Rainbow fl ags are normally fl own across Queens in June as part of National Pride Month, but this time they were also fl own in solidarity with the massacre victims and their families. Hours aft er the massacre, hundreds gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights for a memorial vigil. One Whitestone family also decorated their front lawns with 49 rainbow fl ags. PICK UP NEXT WEEK’S PAPER FOR THE REST OF OUR 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW!
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