12 THE COURIER SUN • DECEMBER 29, 2016 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW JUNE Jamaica Hills bar Infamous for serving underage college kids gets shut down New Traditions Bar (colloquially referred to as “Trads”), located at 84-28 164th St., was shut down by the 107th Precinct after the pub had its license suspended by the State Liquor Authority (SLA). The bar had a reputation of serving alcohol to underage drinkers. It was closed previously by the NYPD three times in March 2016 due to unsafe conditions and written up for having blocked windows, fire exit violations and overcrowding. 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 floor of the House of Representatives and ended on the afternoon of June 23. House Democrats, led by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, began their protest just after 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. 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 flags are normally flown across Queens in June as part of National Pride Month, but this time they were also flown in solidarity with the massacre victims and their families. Hours after 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 flags.Special Education, QSFSC; Jennifer Dull, borough instructional lead, Special Education, QSFSC; Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman; Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, president, Queens College; Edwina Branch-Smith, professor, Fieldwork and Student Teaching Experiences, Queens College. Two men charged in slashing of a girl in Whitestone After a lengthy investigation by the 109th Precincts Detective Squad, Oakland Gardens’ Wilson Lai, 25, were arrested and accused of hiring Pennsylvania resident Devon Berkley, 36, to attack a 16-year-old girl with whom he had a sexual relationship two years earlier; but Berkley attacked a 16-year-old Chinese foreign exchange student, who bore a resemblance to the intended target instead, prosecutors said. Pick up next week’s paper for the rest of our 2016 Year in Review!
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