Celebrate spring on Jamaica Avenue
by Maria Thomson
Mar 15, 2016 | 2975 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
You can hear the cheers, spring will be here this weekend. Now we will look back on the winter months, and except for the monster snowstorm and frigid temperatures one weekend it wasn't too bad.

Last week I sadly acknowledged the passing of Joseph Schmidt, Esq., a great gentleman, a great lawyer, a great member of the great Schmidt family, and a great contributor to the Woodhaven community.

In 2007, he was honored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation at the group's 30th anniversary gala as a founding member. It was a memorable evening, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended and socialized with Schmidt and his loving family. Woodhaven has truly lost a shining son.

I am so happy to see Forest Hills Stadium used once more as a performance venue, soon to host shows by Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. And to think they wanted to tear this beautiful stadium down. A big thank you to the advocates that fought and won this battle.

Woodhaven continues to oppose the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard. This plan that will destroy our Jamaica Avenue shopping strip and send traffic through our residential streets, endangering our children and elderly. Likewise, a bus boarding area on traffic islands is placing bus riders in harm's way, and we will lose parking spaces.

There is nothing good in SBS for Woodhaven. Now we have been told this plan, which was supposed to cost $200 million, will now cost $400 million. I say save city, state and federal tax money, because we don't want it. This proposal may work elsewhere, but not here.

Sadly, we had an incident in the WBID the other evening when a male was stabbed by a group of teenagers. The victim's life was saved by an officer from the 102nd Precinct who happened to be on patrol and stopped the bleeding until EMT responded.

This was not a random stabbing, and there has been one arrest made. Here again, our often unappreciated NYPD officers save a life. To New York's Finest, we appreciate you and thank you.

In next week's article I will address Pop's Restaurant.

Saturday, March 19, is the WBID Spring Promotion with music and clowns from 1 to 4 p.m. along the avenue and free pictures with the Easter Bunny in Forest Parkway Plaza. Also look for WBID staff in WBID hats distributing free quarters to shoppers for the first 15 minutes on the parking meters. Remember, shop Woodhaven's Jamaica Avenue.

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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