Community outraged at proposed homeless drop-in
by Maria Thomson
Sep 20, 2016 | 2740 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
he Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation met on September 20 in the St. Thomas the Apostle School Cafe.

The agenda for the evening included of the annual September 11, 2001 "Evening of Remembrance," beginning with the great Franklin K. Lane H.S. ROTC Color Guard under the leadership of Master Sergeant Eddie Carr and Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Gracia.

The major part of the agenda was spent discussing the proposed homeless drop-in center at 100-32 Atlantic Avenue. This center will become a magnet for every homeless person in Queens.

The proposed center was also discussed at the recent Community Board 9 meeting, with over 200 residents from Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven in attendance and incensed. They do not want this in their communities.

The former Dallis Coffee building is very historic, and it is a shame what they intend to do with it. The plan is to convert it into a dormitory for at least 70 homeless people.

There is no curfew, so once they come in, they can shower, eat and leave and return whenever they want. They will be free to roam our communities at will.

There will be another meeting with CB9 members, and rest assured that the community made their feelings known to all that evening.

Also discussed was the proposed Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard. Thankfully, the left turn onto Jamaica Avenue originally eliminated from this proposal was reinstated, due to the coalition formed by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District/Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation with the Woodhaven Residents Block Association and the Task Force for a Better Woodhaven.

Now the problem is boarding buses from the traffic islands, which is dangerous, instead of boarding from the curb. This is still a bone of contention. The SBS proposal will be voted on by CB9 at its next meeting. I will advise the date, time and location.

Our 36th Annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival will take place on Sunday, October 16, from noon to 6 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled day!

It is a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and meet new friends. So join us for this Annual gathering of new and old, old and young at the "Best Street Fair in Queens."

We will have pony rides, games, antique cars, a variety of vendors with unique products and our great Woodhaven stores with bargains. The entertainment will be a the great Mary Lamont Band, Solid State Band, Plastic Soul, and Minefield Playground.

This year again the special feature will be The Malaysian Lion Dancers of Chinese New Year celebration fame. These thrilling musicians and dancers were so great in past years.

Please have some good thoughts for sun for Sunday, October 16.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and all of our police officers everywhere, and may God bless our America.
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