A sad goodbye to some old friends
by Maria Thomson
Mar 16, 2015 | 2570 views | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The sun is bright and warm and sundown is later due to daylight savings time. There is still a chill in the air, but spring has arrived!

During that frigid cold spell, Woodhaven lost three longtime friends. The first to leave us was Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Pascucci. Nick was a decorated Vietnam veteran with a doctorate degree, and he and his wife Bea were longtime Woodhaven residents active in St. Thomas the Apostle Church and our community.

They had been away for some years living in Nesconset, but had recently moved back to Woodhaven.

Then the lovely Beverly Ruggiere passed away, the wife of Joseph A. Ruggiere, another grandmother and great-grandmother of the Ruggiere family, and owners of Ohlert-Ruggiere, the oldest existing family business in Woodhaven.

She was truly the First Lady of Woodhaven.

The last wake of the three I attended was that of Marie Carbo, another longtime resident of Woodhaven and a good and supportive friend for over 40 years. Marie’s two daughters were raised with my daughter, and she was a lovely lady active in the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Senior Citizen’s Center.

With the passing of these three unique individuals, our little Woodhaven is diminished. They will be missed.

I hope that you had an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day. The parade was, as always, great in spite of the weather. I remember when I worked in a Manhattan office and we changed every name plate, placing an “O” in front of our names for the day.

I’ve heard that many were taking the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s advice and eating out in Woodhaven when the weather broke, the snow had melted, and the rain washed it all away. It was so great to see our Jamaica Avenue so crowded.

Again, the WBID would like to remind you this is the last call for the free benches available to any of our Jamaica Avenue stores or businesses. Give us a call if you want one.

When you are shopping, encourage storeowners to call us regarding getting one of these durable attractive benches. They have separators, so no one can lie on them; they are for sitting and resting only.

During this hard winter, many elected officials stated that when alternate-side parking is suspended, the parking meters should be suspended as well. This is a very good suggestion, especially in light of muni-meters, that require walking from your car to a meter and walking back to place the ticket in your car.

Also, I want to know if you have any suggestions as to additional muni-meters you would like installed in our WBID. These locations would be suggested where meters are spaced too far apart.

Pre-K registration will take place on Thursday, March 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Flushing High School, 35-01 Union Street, and Monday, March 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at John Adams High School, 101-01 Rockaway Blvd.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation still has 2 ½ and 5 percent home improvement loans available. Please call for more information.

The building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue that collapsed is still in bad shape, with rain pooling and tarp shredding. The WBID had requested of the owner that he paint over the graffiti on the barricades and make sure the lights under the scaffolding be on in the evening and the early morning hours.

They have painted over the graffiti, but the lighting has not been fixed. We will keep you informed. We still say tear it down!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 28, for our WBID “Spring Promotion” with music and clowns from 1 to 4 p.m. along our avenue,as well as free pictures with the Easter Bunny in Forest Parkway Plaza.

Also look for WBID staff members distributing free quarters on Jamaica Avenue to motorists thanking them for shopping here by paying for their first 15 minutes on the meter.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD, and may God bless our America.

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