Woodhaven loses three community leaders
by Maria Thomson
Feb 16, 2016 | 5544 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here in our little Woodhaven the weather was frigid to the point of being dangerous. Thankfully the deep freeze is warming up and it seems like spring, which is just five weeks away Daylight Savings Time just four weeks away. Let's hope that this was the last of the Alaska-type weather we experience this winter.

I know the glow of Valentine's Day is still with us, for many didn't go out to dinner or buy their gifts because of the cold weather. But you can still head "down to the Avenue" and take advantage of lingering President's Day sales.

It is tax time, so gather your papers together and have your taxes prepared locally. Make sure that you use a reputable company, one that has been here in Woodhaven for many years and will be here at the same location next year.

Also, make certain you mention to your tax preparer the Earned Income Tax Credit. This is a tax credit for working people with or without children who have low to moderate income.

The tax forms for this state and federal credit are available on the state Department of Taxation and Internal Revenue Service websites.

Now for a clarification of my statement in my past article regarding the sale of St Luke's Church. I have been informed that the church was not sold. However, the St Luke's Nursery School will close in June 2016. I hope this school can find another location here in Woodhaven.

The 102nd Precinct will be receiving six more police officers in March 2016. Thank you, Commissioner Bill Bratton.

With the below-zero temperatures, a heartless individual left two dogs out in the frigid elements. The 106th Precinct and Assemblyman Mike Miller's office was notified by neighbors before the dogs were taken inside after several hours. We hope the dogs survived.

If you see this or any type of animal cruelty in Woodhaven, report it to your local precinct, as these reports are no longer taken by the ASPCA.

There will be two walk-in job fairs sponsored by Borough President Melinda Katz at Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, and Wednesday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Finally, we have some very sad news. Woodhaven recently lost two good Men of God in Reverend Felice J. DeLaura and Reverend Edwin J. Waldvogel

DeLauara retired from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, and I remember how kind he was to our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven Business Improvement District for many years at our Christmas/Hanukah ceremonies. He was very much loved by parishioners and will be missed by us all.

Waldvogel served at the Ridgewood Pentecostal Church as a senior pastor, and was spiritually dedicated to the international mission of his church and faith. When I came to Woodhaven, I got to know the Waldvogel family, who were neighbors to the Thomson family for many years. I know these two men went directly to Heaven.

Additionally, Patricia Sexton, matriarch of the founding family of the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps, also passed away. More about this great lady in my next article.

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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