GWDC remembers 9/11 at meeting
by Maria Thomson
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Pictured at the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Meeting (left to right) are Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Garcia, Sergeant Eddie Carr, Lieutenant Courtney Niland, Officer Eddie Martinez, State Senator Michael Gianaris, GWDC President Stephen Esposito, GWDC Executive Director Maria Thomson and GWDC board member Paul Rudolph, Jr. More from the meeting on page 16.
Pictured at the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Meeting (left to right) are Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Garcia, Sergeant Eddie Carr, Lieutenant Courtney Niland, Officer Eddie Martinez, State Senator Michael Gianaris, GWDC President Stephen Esposito, GWDC Executive Director Maria Thomson and GWDC board member Paul Rudolph, Jr. More from the meeting on page 16.
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The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held its monthly meeting on Tuesday September 23, at St. Thomas the Apostle School and its annual September 11 “Evening of Remembrance.”

The program began with the great Franklin K. Lane High School ROTC Color Guard, under the leadership of Master Sergeant Eddie Carr and their new Lt. Col. Ralph Gracia, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Then, all were invited to speak of their memories of that very sad day. Some notable speakers were state senators Joseph Addabbo and Michael Gianaris, NYPD Lieutenant Courtney Niland, Community Affairs Officer Eddie Martinez of the 102nd Precinct, GWDC President Stephen Esposito and myself.

Close to 3,000 innocent lives were lost that day, including three from Woodhaven, Khamladai Singh and Roshand Singh, beloved brother and sister, and Lt. Robert F. Wallace of the NYFD. The loss of our beautiful twin towers will always be in our thoughts.

Reverend Frank Tumino, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle, extended blessings to those that perished that day and to all in attendance. The ceremony closed with the dimming of the lights, the glimmer of red, white and blue glowsticks and the singing of “God Bless America.” It was very poignant and moving.

At this time I would encourage everyone homeowner or tenant to fly our American flag. Let us once again see as many American flags that flew so prominently after that second day of infamy. Also, if you have a flag lapel pin, please wear it. If you want a free pin, please call our office at (718) 805-0202.

Our speakers were thanked for their sentiments and we proceeded to our regular open meeting, including hearing from local candidates for office.

Our first candidate for the evening was State Senator Addabbo. Since his opponent Michael Conigliaro was not in attendance - he arrived at the end of the meeting - Addabbo made an opening statement and then questions were asked by Esposito. Then questions were taken from those in attendance.

A closing statement was made by our State Senator Addabbo who stayed until the end of the meeting. This was an excellent forum and an enlightening meeting.

Now don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 7. If you need to register to vote, registration cards can be picked up at our GWDC Office.

The Sanitation Department is now accepting filings for the exam from October 1 to October 30. File at www.nyc.gov or call (212) 669-1357 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.

Recently more than 200 carousel experts from across the nation converged on our Forest Park Carousel. Because of the GWDC’s dedication over 30 years to landmarking our Forest Park Carousel, it is protected for posterity, whereas the other carousels the group visited will always by in jeopardy.

The 34th Annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014 will take place on Sunday, October 19, from noon to 6 p.m. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled family day!

It is a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and new friends who all look forward to enjoying this day together. One of these friends that enjoyed this day so much was Josephine Pelligrino. We miss her not being there with us, since her passing.

So, join us for this annual gathering of new and old, old and young at the “Best Street Fair in Queens.” We will have ponies, rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and bargains. Entertainment will be music by the Mary Lamont Band with line dancers and instruction, Plastic Soul, Solid State Band, and Golden Echo.

This year again our special feature will be The Malaysian Lion Dancers and Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with Myron Lubitsch, who have appeared in our street fairs for over 25 years and are located right on our Jamaica Avenue.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and coalition forces, may God bless our disabled veterans and may God bless our America.

Ride the Trolley

On Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will sponsor a free trolley along Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Please come by and shop Woodhaven's Jamaica Avenue and travel on our free trolley.

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