Shop local on Small Business Saturday
by Maria Thomson
Nov 22, 2016 | 2186 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week I was remiss in not congratulating our local excellent, considerate and supportive elected officials on their reelection.

Congratulations to Senator Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, state aenator Honorable Joseph Addabbo, as well as Michael Gianaris and James Sanders who both cover small parts of Woodhaven, and Assemblyman Michael Miller.

I've always stated that Woodhaven is so very fortunate at every level of government, from the borough to the city, state and federal government. We have the best elected officials, and we wish them well.

Well, November has started acting like November! No more 60-degree days. In spite of the change in weather, bundle up and go out and shop on Woodhaven's "Everything Avenue," where you can get anything within walking distance.

So everyone should shop the Woodhaven Business Improvement District from Dexter Court to 100th Street for the holidays. Just follow the music and the bright holiday lights.

Especially this Saturday, November 26, which has been designated "Small Business Saturday." with Christmas fast approaching, shop locally and not at the impersonal mall.

Shop in our small stores and businesses with personalized assistance, and don't cook. Jamaica Avenue has a big selection of restaurants with all types of ethnic delights. Eat out or order in.

In my last article, I spoke of the meeting with Councilman Ruben Wills and Assemblyman Miller on the drop-in homeless shelter at 100-32 Atlantic Avenue.

The "Right to Shelter Law" states that shelters should be safe, comfortable and supportive. This drop-in center or a hotel room does not meet this criteria. They give some services, but are not permanent and exposed to unsafe conditions for the homeless and the surrounding community.

It's in the wrong place, and on top of that it will cost $5 million.

The WBID staff is now planning holidays activities. Soon the holiday lights will be lit and holiday music playing from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Forest Parkway Plaza will again have a beautiful artificial tree.

So mark your calendar for Friday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. for our Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony with costumed characters and free Santa hats, and join us on Saturday, December 3, at noon to march with us on in the Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade.

Fly the American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and police officers everywhere, and may God bless America.

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