As our nation commemorates the tragic events of that, Woodhaven residents also remember in a special way the members of our community who perished that day.
They are brother and sister Khamladai Singh and Roshand Singh FDNY Lieutenant Robert Wallace. Our prayers and thoughts are for these Woodhaven victims and their families on this 17th anniversary of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. God bless America.
The end of summer also means it's time for the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival, which this year will be on Sunday, September 30. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation will not change much; why change a good thing when it works?
And speaking of work, I never knew how much work was involved in running a street fair until I became part of the production. Many years ago when my children where young, I took them to the fair, which back then was just a few blocks.
It wasn't until I started working for Maria Thomson and the GWDC 18 years ago that I actually realized what goes into the running the fair. For example, the little white markings you see on the curb noting which vendor goes where, well they do not appear magically overnight.
Our staff, in the wee hours of the morning when most are asleep, paint these all along the perimeter of the fair a few weeks prior. It is a very time-consuming, tedious task that takes hours. (Big thanks to John and Krys for this!)
The pony rides, games, stage, bands, karate demos and, lest we forget, the vendors all put a lot of effort into the fair. The GWDC starts way back in December to make sure a successful fair will be held.
Another big thanks to the Sanitation, Police and Fire departments, who keep our streets clean and safe before and after the fair. And last but certainly not least, let's thank the GWDC Board President Stephen Esposito and staff members Maureen, Debbie, Lina, Krys and our seasonal help that make this street fair possible.
So come on out on Sunday, September 30, from noon to 6 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard and enjoy all the festivities rain or shine, but of course we pray for sun! Hope to see you there.
Woodhaven native to perform at street fair
Woodhaven native Jack Hanley has performed music at the Woodhaven street fair for over a decade now.
He will return to the main stage at Forest Parkway Plaza on September 30 with members of his band, Saint Patrick, doing some of his favorite blues songs. Joining him will be Woodhaven native - and Hanley's first guitar teacher - Al Craig.
Rounding out the band are Bryan Leon and drummer Richard Graziano.
Hanley has performed in many successful acts, first hitting the radio in 2011 with The Deadlyz single "Fabulous Disaster." His latest band, Saint Patrick, was recently signed to a multi-year contract with Pangea Records and will soon release its first record for the label.
Hanley also plays bass in the band Pist.On, which just returned from the Sweden Rock Festival and Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, sharing a bill with Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Guns 'n Roses and many many more.