Slapping on a new coat of paint
by Maria Thomson
May 24, 2016 | 2558 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Franklin K. Lane ROTC students and Maria Thompson sprucing up the mural at the 100th street underpass.
Franklin K. Lane ROTC students and Maria Thompson sprucing up the mural at the 100th street underpass.
Where did you spend last Saturday, a warm day with a little rain, but a day off from work and school?

Well, eight Franklin K. Lane ROTC students were with me on 100th Street sprucing up the great mural in the underpass. The last time this mural was spruced up was nine years ago, also by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Lane ROTC members.

They did a great job, spending their whole day painting it. A big thank you to Amina Ali, Carlos Lemus, Brandon Soriana, Jack Morreio, Klemy Espinal, Ashley Pena, Richard Pardey and Johan Orellana, and the leadership of Lt. Col. Ralph Gracia and Sergeant Eddie Carr.

These ROTC students volunteer their time for many community events, such as the Color Guard that will take part in the Memorial Day ceremony on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.

Mark your calendar for the GWDC 37th annual Dinner Dance. This year the theme is “Spring Into Woodhaven” to celebrate the end of the winter.

Our honorees for 2016 are Borough President Melinda Katz (Woman of the Year), Councilman Eric Ulrich's chief of staff Sal Simonetti (Man of the Year), Victor Hui of Dexter Wine and Liquors (Businessman of the Year), Woodhaven Manor owners Mandeep Singh and Sangita M. Patel (Business of the Year), and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (Special Recognition Award).

For the commitment these people have shown on behalf of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven community, we are proud and privileged to recognize our honorees.

It will take place on Friday June 10, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Woodhaven Manor located, 96-01 Jamaica Avenue. Tickets are $65 for a wonderful evening of good food, good music and good company. Call (718) 805-0202 for reservations.

Last week, I mentioned the new LED lighting on our Jamaica Avenue. These LED lights are also being installed on our residential streets, which will really keep our residents and shoppers safer.

Our 102nd Precinct just received 12 more police officers, bringing the total to 26 assigned to our 102nd Precinct in the last two months. Finally, we are getting the number of officers that we need.

As of now, the 102nd Precinct is the second safest precinct in the city. Be proud Woodhaven.

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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