End of 2016 is a time to reflect
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The cold spell didn't last long, and our November has been wet but warm. But here comes December, so we can't tell what's to be.

As we come to the end of the year, we reflect and look back. It seems that every project Woodhaven and the surrounding communities didn't want and voted against are still alive.

There is the Queensway, after the governor gave over $400,000 for a study, supporters still are trying to sell it to everyone, despite that it will cost over $120 million.

Then there is the SBS that will put passengers on the traffic islands to board buses on Woodhaven Boulevard at a cost of $200 million, with some estimates as high as $400 million.

The latest project that no one wants is the homeless drop-in center at a cost of $5 million. These millions come from our tax dollars to pay for projects we don't even want! Oh well, on to more happy activities.

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and shopped the Woodhaven small stores on Jamaica Avenue during Small Business Saturday.

The holiday lights are up with music playing from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Unfortunately, the music was on for too long last week, and we sincerely apologize for this timing error. Please call our office, I welcome your comments.

Mark your calendar for Friday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. for our Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Forest Parkway Plaza with costumed characters and the distribution of Santa hats. And join us on Saturday, December 3, at noon to march with us in our Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade.

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., ride the WBID's free trolley from Dexter Court to 100th Street along Jamaica Avenue.

Fly our American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, and may God bless our NYPD and police officers everywhere, because one officer killed in the line of duty is too many. May God bless our America.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera
December 01, 2016
Like I said: 2017 is the year that Queens will never forget on the issue of mass transit, from Q52 & Q53 SBS, to Queensrail, to Queensway, to NIMBYs, to CBTC for the 7 train, to the Citywide Ferry Service for the Rockaways and the Western Queens Waterfront to Manhattan.
Pedro Valdez Rivera
December 01, 2016
There will plenty of winners and plenty of losers, once it is all set and done.