A busy month of May in Woodhaven
by Maria Thomson
May 31, 2016 | 2636 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The month of May was a busy one for the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

First, Assemblyman Michael Miller held a Small Business Forum that was very informative, and then it was time to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of P.S. 97, The Forest School. What an enjoyable evening with all of the employees and teachers, especially retired teacher Christine Ward, our GWDC Woman of the Year 2015.

It was also a pleasure to meet new principal Marilyn Custobio and visit State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Councilman Eric Ulrich. It was a very nice party.

Then there was the Select Bus Service meeting last Wednesday evening. Thank you Woodhaven for showing up again.

Now that we have our Jamaica Avenue left turn reinstated, the next objective for Woodhaven is to move all those passengers boarding busses from the traffic islands back to the sidewalk. We hope that DOT takes our ideas into consideration.

This brings us to our Memorial Day ceremony, which was again a very poignant observance.

It was really wonderful to see these same cadets from the Franklin K. Lane ROTC that recently spent their whole Saturday repainting the 100th Street mural now in their dress blues serving as Color Guard.

In attendance were State Senator Addabbo, Assemblyman Miller, 102nd Precinct Commanding Officer Deodat Urprasad, Community Affairs Officer Jose Severino, Master Sergeant Edward Carr, and Kate Mooney from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley's office.

I also happily welcomed two new 102nd Precinct officers that were in attendance with the deputy inspector. A big thank you to Paul Ruldolph, Sr. and Paul Rudolph, Jr. of Walker Funeral Home and American Legion Post 118.

Mark your calendar for the GWDC 37th annual Dinner Dance. This year the theme is “Spring Into Woodhaven” to celebrate the end of the winter.

Our honorees for 2016 are Borough President Melinda Katz (Woman of the Year), Councilman Eric Ulrich's chief of staff Sal Simonetti (Man of the Year), Victor Hui of Dexter Wine and Liquors (Businessman of the Year), Woodhaven Manor owners Mandeep Singh and Sangita M. Patel (Business of the Year), and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (Special Recognition Award).

For the commitment these people have shown on behalf of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven community, we are proud and privileged to recognize our honorees.

It will take place on Friday June 10, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Woodhaven Manor located, 96-01 Jamaica Avenue. Tickets are $65 for a wonderful evening of good food, good music and good company. Call (718) 805-0202 for reservations.

The Woodhaven BID Jamaica Avenue welcomed its sixth supermarket this week, a new Bravo.

Fly your American flag proudly above all others in memory of those we have lost. 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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