18 TIMES • DECEMBER 31, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com s year in review STARBUCKS COMES QUEENS MEMORIAL DAY PARADES Residents from all over Queens showed their support for veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces at nearly a dozen Memorial Day parades across the borough. Elected officials joined in on the parades, marching to honor those that have fought for the country’s freedom. TO RIDGEWOOD Starbucks announced in May it would set up shop in Ridgewood for the first time at 329 Wyckoff Ave. below Planet Fitness Gym. “We are committed to being a good neighbor in Ridgewood and to having an open dialogue with the community,” Starbucks said in a statement. “We look forward to acting as a gathering place for citizens and visitors of the community for years to come as well as sharing strong connections with the community both inside and outside our stores.” MAY QUEENS MOURNS SLAIN OFFICER when Brian Moore another brother in blue lost Hospital on May 4, two The NYPD Jamaica died of his injuries in the head. Moore, 25, of the 105th being shot in Queens Village. The days detectives after while on patrol in Precinct, was shot assassination of NYPD was still reeling over the December 2014. Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Rafael Days after Moore’s death, residents gathered outside the 104th Precinct’s Ridgewood stationhouse for a vigil in his memory. CITY MOVES TO IMPROVE MASPETH’S PRINCIPE PARK Efforts to renovate Principe Park in Maspeth also began in earnest in 2015. In May, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley held a visioning session where ideas were exchanged about how to spend $5.7 million in city funding to enhance the park and create a green space that the community could easily utilize. Results from that visioning session were unveiled at a follow-up hearing in the fall, but not all residents were thrilled with the results. The final design is expected to be unveiled in 2016.
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