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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, August 29, 2013 3:08 pm

NYC street to be renamed for Newtown, Conn., boy

The Associated Press

A New York City street will be renamed in honor of a 6-year-old boy who died in the elementary school massacre in Connecticut in December.

The Daily News ( ) reports that the family of the boy, Benjamin Wheeler, moved from Queens to Newtown, Conn., when he was a baby.

But his parents, Francine and David Wheeler, frequently brought their son back to a Queens park to play with neighborhood children. Ben's mother had started a networking group for families.

The renaming ceremony is planned for Sept. 7 at the intersection of 41st Street and Queens Boulevard.

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (BRAY'-mur) says the community feels "a lot of love for the Wheelers."

He and U.S. Rep Joseph Crowley (KROW'-lee) are joining local residents in planning the event.


Information from: Daily News,