Woodahven's Memorial Day Observance
by Maria Thomson
May 11, 2015 | 2103 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I hope that you enjoyed the beautiful weather on Mother’s Day and I hope that if you had an opportunity that you walked Woodhaven Business Improvement District's Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street.

We in Woodhaven have “walkability” with our neighborhood amenities within walking distance. For our older shoppers this keeps them independent, and for our families they can always “run down to the avenue” to pick up something. Our diverse shopping strip contributes to our WBID, which supports our vibrant community.

With these contributions, the WBID cleans our streets, bags the garbage, cleans the graffiti and sponsor many events along Jamaica Avenue. Our free trolley will be here on Saturday, June 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., so mark your calendar.

With the support of the GWDC, our “Small Town” Memorial Day Observance will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Parkway Plaza at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.

At the observance, we will place our new wreath at the World War II Memorial and hold a remembrance to those lost in defense of our country from Woodhaven.

It is time to demolish 78-19 Jamaica Avenue. Enough graffiti, enough garbage, enough of the problems. Enough is enough, tear it down! Universal All Day Per-K-

If your school or church is interested in a Universal Pre-K program, there are forms available at the GWDC/WBID office. Please call 718 805-0202 for more information.The

The proposed plan for Select Bus Service is not good for Woodhaven. The proposal will send traffic off of Woodhaven Boulevard and though our residential streets, endangering our children, elderly and pets.

Also, it will not allow turns onto Jamaica Avenue, hurting our Woodhaven Business Improvement District. Our commercial Jamaica Avenue supports our WBID, which is very important to Woodhaven overall.

The theme of the GWDC's 36th Anniversary Dinner Dance is “Dance Into Spring,” and we are happy to have it back after the snowstorms and rough winter. It is so wonderful to see the burst of greenery on our trees and the many colors of the flowers.

At the event, we honor our elected officials, store and business owners and contributors to our community. These very special people will be honored on Friday, June 12, at the “social event of the year” at the beautiful Woodhaven Manor Caterers at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue.

Our honorees for 2015 are “Woman of the Year” Chris Ward, a recently retired teacher after 28 years at the Forest School (P.S. 97) and 12 years as a parochial school teacher, in appreciation of her encouraging our students to assist our GWDC and WBID in all of our projects and events.

Our “Man of the Year” is Frank Castelli, owner of Beat the Clock Printing on Jamaica Avenue, for his support of the GWDC and WBID as a small business owner. Our “Community Activist Award” goes to Eleanor Errante, a perennial activist and supporter of our good causes.

“Special Recognition Awards” go to NYPD Sergeant Frank DeMarco of the 102nd Precinct, a local boy who has patrolled our Woodhaven for over 15 years, and DSNY Superintendant Keith Maisel, formerly of Queens Borough 9, who has supported our Woodhaven through the years before his promotion.

Because of their dedication to our commercial strip and the commitment they have shown on behalf of our Woodhaven community, we are proud and privileged to honor them.

Tickets for this great party are priced at only $65 for a wonderful evening of good food, good music and good company. Please call (718) 805-0202 to purchase tickets.

Continue to fly our American flags, especially for Memorial Day, above all others and also wear your lapel pins. 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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