Be sure to hit Jamaica Avenue on Oct. 19
by Maria Thomson
Sep 23, 2014 | 2472 views | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Autumn is here. The weather has been very sunny and bright for many days now, but the chill is still there. It seems like just yesterday I was counting down the days to spring and Daylight Savings Time.

Then we then warmed to the hot days of summer. Now spring is a memory and summer seems to have flown by much too fast. I just hope that October 19 is a warm sunny day for the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014. So think good thoughts for sun.

If you are not registered to vote on November 4, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation has voter registration forms. Please call our office at (718) 805-0202 for more information.

If you voted in the primary on September 9 and had to go to a new polling place, this is the location you will again go to vote in the general election. This is a very important election, do not lose your opportunity to make your vote count.

On Tuesday evening, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held our September meeting with our annual Remembrance of September 11, 2001 and candidates night. I will report on this in my next article.

If you have a cell phone, be advised that you can register your phone with the NYPD. Please call the 102nd Precinct at (718) 805-3217. The registration of these numbers allows tracking of lost and stolen cell phones. So if your cell phone is stolen, it can be located and hopefully the thieves apprehended.

Since the demise of our beautiful 27-year-old Christmas tree in the fury of Sandy in 2012, our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven Business Improvement District have had two trees planted in Forest Parkway Plaza.

There was a street tree planted in error, which after the Holidays was transplanted to a location in front of a Woodhaven home and is still thriving. Then a Blue Spruce was planted in its place, but unfortunately it has died, which is very sad. At this time another Blue Spruce is scheduled to be planted there.

Throughout this ordeal, the GWDC and WBID has been on this project from the day our original tree came down. We will keep you posted on our “Christmas Tree Saga.”

We nearly lost our ROTC Program at Franklin K. Lane High School. This important program thankfully is here and will remain with us. They will be appearing at our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival, as they have done in previous years.

Many of our Jamaica Avenue stores will also be participating. In this way you can shop our stores. Why should you go to impersonal malls with their few salespersons and help-yourself attitudes? Shop locally in your hometown at the stores and businesses that support our community organizations and contribute towards our Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID).

Don’t forget to come out on Sunday, October 19, from noon to 6 p.m. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard for our street festival 2014, now in its 35th year.

We will have ponies, rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and bargains. Entertainment will be music by the Mary Lamont Band with line dancers and instruction, Plastic Soul, Solid State Band, and Golden Echo.

This year again our special feature will be The Malaysian Lion Dancers and Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with Myron Lubitsch, who have appeared in our Street Fairs for over 25 years and are located right on our Jamaica Avenue.

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