Two organizations, one common goal
by Lisa Komninos
Jan 09, 2019 | 130 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here we are in the month of January already, and as such I would like to share an interesting bit of information.

Janus, the ancient Roman god, believed that January was sacred. The four-headed Janus preceded over the four seasons, and was known as the god of all beginnings.

A very knowledgeable man happened to mention this to me, and I thought what a great way to start my January article.

January is the start of the new year, but I must include some information from 2018 before starting 2019.

We lost a dear friend in Maria Thomson on January 10 just one year ago now. She ran the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, definitely not an easy task.

After her passing we needed to continue the good work, and in 2018 two new executive directors were hired, myself at GWDC and Raquel Olivares to head the WBID.

The reason I mention this is that there are some people who are confused as to who took over Maria’s position, and also the difference between the GWDC and WBID.

Maria Thomson ran both these groups for many years, almost as one, but in fact they are two separate organizations.

The GWDC is in charge of community activities for Woodhaven. We organize and run the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival every year, and we also sponsor a Memorial Day Observance in Forest Parkway Plaza, a Spring Promotion, and participate in the Night Out Against Crime.

We hold an annual dinner dance, where we honor fine men and women from the community. Last year we had our first charitable fundraiser, which was very successful, and we plan on doing it again this year.

We do our best to help with any community problems and work closely with the elected officials in handling any important issues that arise throughout the year.

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District represents the stores, businesses and property owners on Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to100th Street.

Raquel Olivares now oversees the daily operations of the WBID, including marketing promotions for small business owners and sanitation services.

The WBID organizes the annual tree-lighting ceremony, holiday lights, Make Music Promotion, Small Business Saturday and several other events that take place during the year.

It is Olivares' role as executive director of the WBID to help the stores and businesses with any problems they may have.

I would like to add that even though we are two entirely different organizations, we all are working together as one for the community of Woodhaven.

I hope that this helps in clarifying some of the confusion, and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call our office any time or stop by for a visit.

Now on to our Annual Meeting. The GWDC will hold its annual meeting on January 29, when we will discuss our ideas and goals for 2019. This meeting will be held at Woodhaven Manor at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue at 7 p.m..

All are invited, so come and see what the GWDC has in store for the coming year, or just stop by to say hello. We hope to see you there.

Until we meet again in February, have a great month.

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