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Officials break ground on South Jamaica court overhaul

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Councilman Ruben Wills (c.) watches as U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (l.) and Councilman Leroy Comrie bring down their shovels to mark the ceremonial start of the construction. Photo by Christina Santucci
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U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (l.) and Councilman Ruben Wills battle for the ball. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Me-chell Vivian Minor records the event. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Anthony Woods, 16, dribbles past Rev. Richard Hogan. Photo by Christina Santucci
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(l.-r.) AU Hogan, Erica Ford and Sondra Peeden watch the proceedings. Photo by Christina Santucci
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(l.-r.) Anthony Andrews Jr., U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, Councilman Ruben Wills, Harold Johnson and Councilman Leroy Comrie stand together after the ceremony. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Councilman Ruben Wills puts on his construction hardhat for the groundbreaking. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Jason Hilliard, a staff member for U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, shoots over AU Hogan. Photo by Christina Santucci
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AU Hogan (c.) shoots as Councilman Ruben Wills plays defense. Photo by Christina Santucci

Elected officials and community leaders broke ground recently on renovations at the basketball courts within the South Jamaica Houses. In total, $350,000 was secured by Councilman Ruben Wills and the New York City Housing Authority for basketball courts with new fiber glass back boards, bleachers and lighting, The renovation is expected to be completed in summer 2013. The event also featured a pickup game between politicians, community activists and 16-year-old Anthony Woods, who was selected by U.S. Rep. Congressman Gregory Meeks as a substitute.

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