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In Jamaica, the Brinkerhoff Action Association will hold its fifth annual block party on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. The party...

Southeast Queens is celebrating community spirit Saturday with a pair of block parties hosted by neighborhood civic groups.

In Jamaica, the Brinkerhoff Action Association will hold its fifth annual block party on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. The party will be held at 175th Street between 110th and 111th avenues.

The civic group is expecting to get rid of a total of 1,400 free hot dogs and hamburgers, said Manuel Caughman, president of the Brinkerhoff Action Association. Area elected officials are scheduled to attend, and there will be entertainment for everyone, Caughman said.

Elsewhere in southeast Queens, the 224th-225th Civic Association will host its own party in Laurelton. The festival will also be held on Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m. at 224th Street between 130th and 131st avenues.

The block party is sponsored by local merchants and everything is free, said Vernell Bennett, president of the 224th-225th Civic Association. And the “attitude police” will be out in force to ensure all the party-goers are wearing a smile, Bennett said.

– Courtney Dentch

Posted 7:08 pm, October 10, 2011
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