Woodhaven the first to remember
by Maria Thomson
May 26, 2015 | 3042 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodhaven Business Improvement District, with the support of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, sponsored the Woodhaven Memorial Day Observance on Thursday, May 21.

This is, as always, the first Memorial Day ceremony held in the area. Attending were American Legion Post 118 veterans and Ladies Auxiliary members and the Franklin K. Lane High School ROTC Color Guard under the leadership of Sgt. Edward Carr.

Also in attendance were Assemblyman Michael Miller, Neil Gianelli pepresenting State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Kate Mooney representing Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Paul Rudolph acting as master of ceremonies, and Paul Rudolph, Jr. supplying the patriotic music.

A new wreath was laid at the Forest Parkway Plaza WWII Memorial in a very moving ceremony. Now on to the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Annual Spring Anniversary Dinner Dance.

At the dinner dance we honor our great elected officials, store and business owners and contributors to our community that makes it great. 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.

The theme of the GWDC's 36th Anniversary Dinner Dance is “Dance Into Spring” because of the warmth of Spring is here and everyone should dance to celebrate the end of the cold snowy winter.

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 Deputy Chief Keith Maisel, formerly of Queens Borough 9, who 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. Attend and enjoy!

Continue to fly our American flags, especially for Memorial Day, above all others and also wear your lapel pins (call our office for a free one).

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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