I nearly forgot to write this month's article because of the busy September
we had and because the weather is still so pleasant and warm.
Which brings me to the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival which took place this past Sunday. The weather was just perfect, not too hot, but not too cold. The crowds were there for sure, and I got positive feedback from many, so I hope if you did make it this year you truly enjoyed it.
As usual, we had our vendors selling all kinds of food, the kind you should not eat too much of, but always do. This year we had a few new food vendors, including rolled ice cream and Peking duck just to name a few.
George Smith of Lifetime Vending always brings the rides and games to our street festival, which all of Woodhaven comes out to enjoy. And yes, the ponies were there again this year and the line was long.
And we can't forget our stores that come out. There were too many to list, but they were there, so please support them throughout the year, small businesses work hard and need Woodhavenites to shop locally.
Our bands played on the stage and at various locations on Jamaica Avenue. The ROTC performed for us near the stage, and a new attraction, the Indian Chutney dancers, danced on the street.
Elected officials came to our fair and greeted all of Woodhaven. In attendance were Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblyman Mike Miller and Councilman Eric Ulrich.
We did a brief presentation on stage, and GWDC president Stephen Esposito and myself spoke. Councilman Eric Ulrich and his daughter Lily helped us recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Thanks again to Stephen Esposito and the Board of Directors, as well as the staff: Maureen, Debbie, Krys, Lina, our intern Tyronne, and all our seasonal help. It was a great fair and that is not just because we run it, I truly enjoyed it myself.
Now on to a very important event happening in October. The renaming of Forest Parkway in honor of the late Maria A. Thomson will happen on October 10, at 10 a.m. This is a special tribute to the "Unofficial Mayor of Woodhaven" as everyone called her. She did so much and loved Woodhaven more than anyone I know.
Please come and show your support for her and watch the corner of Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue become "Maria Thomson Way." A much deserved honor, thanks for all you have done Maria, we miss you. Hope to see you all there.