Our local stores have many nice gifts, such as flowers, perfume and Woodhaven’s Schmidt’s chocolates for Mother’s day. Or you can buy her a stylish blouse and skirt, slacks or a nice bright jacket that she can wear on cool spring evenings.
There are hats, scarves, shoes, stockings and handbags for her, all conveniently found on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. Also, many families will hopefully have lunch or dinner out at one of our local Jamaica Avenue restaurants or order in.
Our award-winning WBID’s Jamaica Avenue has so many great restaurants with many ethnic choices and the best pizzerias and Italian specialties in Queens. All of these great restaurants cater, so you can have the whole family over and not have to cook.
And with all of these choice places, give mom a break from cooking in the future too, even after her special day. Make every day Mother’s Day, for you only have one mother and you should cherish her. Those of us that no longer have our mothers with us cherish her memory and know that she is always watching over you and always with you.
The GWDC-sponsored “Small Town” Memorial Day Observance is on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the plaza at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue. This year our ceremony is very important in light of last year’s wreath being destroyed and our flags desecrated by two despicable individuals.
The WBID is very thankful to our Woodhaven’s American Legion Post 118 for replacing the wreath until our ceremony this year. We will still retain this wreath, but an official one will be laid during the ceremony.
The GWDC-sponsored Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2015 will be on Sunday October 18, from noon to 6 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard.
And the social event of the year, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s “Dance Into Spring,” will be held on Friday, June 12, with our great honorees for 2015 – to be revealed next week - that have been so important to our community for so many years.
It will be held again at the beautiful Woodhaven Manor Caterers at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue. The ladies are encouraged to wear warm spring colors.
As for the MTA/DOT Plan for Select Bus Service, the chosen change for our Woodhaven Boulevard is “Concept 2.” On a “transit-oriented boulevard,” buses travel in designated lanes in the main roadway allowing customers to pay the fare before boarding.
This also will remove an entire lane of traffic and put pedestrians in harm’s way. State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo has called the plan “irresponsible and unacceptable.”
Also, left turns will be banned. This means no turns onto Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, which will hurt our Woodhaven Business Improvement District because the next left turn will not be until Atlantic Avenue.
The designated bus lanes will also send displaced vehicular traffic through our residential streets endangering our residents, especially our children and elderly. This is a $200 million project, so let’s be careful it is done the right way, not hurting the economy of Woodhaven and not losing parking spaces.
A perfect example: a driver from another community was traveling on Woodhaven Boulevard, and to avoid the congestion got off to travel through one of our neighborhood streets.
This driver then complained that this street was too narrow and street parking should be removed to make it wider. It’s begun already! Evidently, this would satisfy him, although we would lose parking spaces. More to come.
Fly our American flag above all others. May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and may God bless our America.