Week in Pictures: Ash Wednesday and beyond

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At All Saints Episcopal Church, the landmark church in Bayside, the Rev. Laurence Byrne dispenses ashes at noontime Ash Wednesday services, the beginning of six weeks of Lent before Easter.
On their way to a Lunar New Year parade, these community officials — dressed in full, traditional Chinese holiday garb —turned heads on Main Street.
There's a new hot hand in town. Shamorie Ponds (c.) has helped save St. John's men's basketball team's season, leading the squad to two straight victories over nationally ranked teams. He also scored 44 points, a school record, in a win over Marquette last week.
Milo gets off to a quick start at the reading comprehension section of the Braille Challenge, a national competition that tests academic skills of or blind and visually impaired students. The New York qualification round was held last week in Elmhurst.
At Flushing Town Hall, the week-long run-up to Lunar New Year started with variety show of Chinese performing arts — including a juggler who miraculouly balances an ostrich feather on his nose.
Christ the King High School in Middle Village tried to "clear the air" about its controvesial decision to deny permission for senior Malcolm Xavier Combs (second from l.) to put "Malcolm X" on his graduation sweatshirt, after Rev. Al Sharpton (far r.) got involved.
It's a class in break dancing for the women in blue — including the boss of the Queens North Borough Command, Chief Juanita Holmes (far r.) — at a dance contest last week at the Lost Battalion Hall in Forest Hills sponsored by the 110th Precinct.
The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, visits Queens this week to deliver a speech on domestic violence at the Muslim Center of New York in Flushing.

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the six-week period of sacrifice and reflection that leads up to Easter. But you don’t have to give up anything to get a good look at the week in pictures.

Updated 10:28 am, February 16, 2018
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