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Jamaica Avenue was originally named Jamaica Plank Road.


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The Group Plastic Soul’s Music at our Woodhaven’s Business Improvement District 2013 filled the air, in the Forest Parkway Plaza Area with our Easter Bunny at the WBID’s Spring Promotion

 

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Pictured at Woodhaven’s Business Improvement District Spring Promotion 2013, families enjoy fun with our Easter Bunny.

 

Our WBID guys distribute Free Quarters for Parking at Woodhaven’s BID

Our WBID guys distribute Free Quarters for Parking at Woodhaven’s BID

 



October 27, 2014


“OUR WONDERFUL WOODHAVEN STREET FESTIVAL 2014,
OUR 34th YEAR, THE BEST STREET FAIR IN QUEENS, AGAIN A SAFE,
HAPPY, SUNNY FAMILY DAY!”
Woodhaven Developments
By Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and
Woodhaven Business Improvement District
Website: Woodhavenbid.com
Email: Gwdcbid@hotmail.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/woodhavenbid
Telephone numbers
GWDC: 718 805-0202
WBID: 718 805-0760


All week long prior to our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival, sponsored and run by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, on Sunday, October 19, 2014, as in every year I checked the weather forecasts for our day. This is always a nerve wracking time, for if rain was a possibility in the forecast it means that there will be low attendance and the possibility of the cancellation of our entertainment, but happily it turned out to be a clear chilly windy day and then the sun came out and the day was drenched with sunshine and the weather just right. So, the entertainment Program was on. The acrobatics of the Malaysian Lion Dancers were great and show stopping, with the drums and the Lion Dancers enchanting the crowd. The Franklin K. Lane High School outdid themselves this year with the Drum Corps, the R.O.T.C. Cadets and their great Honor Guard and Ryfle Drill Corps under the leadership of Lt Col Ralph Gracia and Master Sergeant Eddie Carr what a great group of young people; and the Imperial Dragon Hombu Dojo located on Jamaica Avenue under the leadership of Kyoshi Myron were here for their 34th year. Our Musical Groups along our Avenue were just fantastic - our three great groups Solid State Band, Plastic Soul, the Syndicate Musical Groups and Ernie on his guitar playing from our own Neirs bar restaurant really rocked. They had people dancing, even the little children, to the Bands and singing along with Ernie. Our Country Western Group this year again was the Mary Lamont Band, they really got our toes tapping and our feet dancing as at all of our GWDC Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festivals, this year more than ever there was “Dancing in the Streets”. The theme of our Day again this year was “Patriotic Red, White and Blue”, and American Flags were flying proudly along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, from Dexter Court to 100th Street as always (as they have been for the last twenty or more years) and our GWDC Booth distributed over 300 small American Flags, because we have always been a Patriotic Community and Flag lapel pins, red, white and blue flag keychains , “I Love Woodhaven” and Woodhaven Fire Department decals. Also, in keeping with the Country Western Music, Cowboy Hats could be seen worn by young and the young at heart. There was something for everyone. The beginning and the end of the Festival blocks marked by two bright lights strung across our Jamaica Avenue courtesy of Illuminations by Arnold. Also represented were the 102nd Precinct Auxiliary Police, and many more non-for-profit groups.. The NYPD and the N.Y. Fire Department recruiting future Fire Officers amongst the crowd and many N.Y.C. Agencies distributing information, give-a-ways, and offering free Medical Testing. Our Jamaica Avenue Restaurants welcomed in those that wanted seated service and many also participated. Our formal Ceremony for the day was held at 3:00 P.M. Our Elected Officials, with a special guest Honorable Nydia Velazquez our U.S. Congresswoman who presented us with an American Flag and our own Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo, our New York State Senator, Honorable Eric A. Ulrich, our New York City Councilmember and Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of the 102nd Pct were on stage and they were introduced, all being Good Long-time Friends and as I stated Woodhaven has the best Elected Officials in the USA. Each spoke glowingly of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and our Great Woodhaven! The GWDC then honored Lt Col Ralph Gracia and Master Sgt. Eddie Carr by presenting them with plaques by Capo’s Trophies of Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue and a bouquet for Master Sgt Carr’s wife Pamela. This was in recognition of their great work with the youth in the FKLHS ROTC Program. It was a wonderful day, and again as many have stated, the best Street Fair in Queens! To all of our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue Stores and Businesses, all of our Local Organizations, the unique vendors, and the great rides of different types for all different ages by our guy George and most of all the wonderful old and young, new happy homeowners and residents in attendance, a big “Thank You” (and if you don’t live here, consider moving into our little Woodhaven and buying a Woodhaven Flag). Also, to our Sponsors – Nydia Velazquez U.S. Congresswoman, Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., N.Y.S. Senator; Honorable Michael G. Miller, N.Y.S. Assemblyman, Honorable Councilpersons Eric Ulrich and Honorable Elizabeth Crowley, Community Federal Savings Bank, P.C. Richards, New York State Lottery, Woodhaven Business Improvement District, Illuminations by Arnold; Rubie’s Costumes, our long-time Sponsor; Logan Bus Company; Queens County Savings Bank; Walker Funeral Home; Ohlert-Ruggiere; and our Excellent Local Newspapers, (in alphabetical order) The Chronicle, the Forum, The Gazette, The Leader Observer, the Queens Courier, The Times Newsweekly, and The Tribune. Also, the New York Mets, Health First, Resorts World Casino N.Y.C., Scaturros Supermarket, ED Rowand and Son and DII Stores. This year our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival for the 34th year, for more than three decades, was again a safe family day. The GWDC Staff thanks our supportive Board of Directors, our President Stephen Esposito, our hardworking part-time Staff – Maureen, Lisa, and John, who did a great job, coordinating this year and all the fine young people of Woodhaven who helped us that day, it was a labor of love. A big thank you goes to our 102nd Precinct Police, Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, Commanding Officer and our great 102nd Precinct Police Officers who kept us safe that day, a big thank you to our GWDC President Stephen Esposito our GWDC Board and Staff for my beautiful bouquet of stunning flowers from Park Place Florist of Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. It was so thoughtful of you all!!! Most of all, though, we thank you, the residents of Woodhaven , for you made this day the success it was, proving once again that Woodhaven is Strong, Stable and Safe. To you and all of our dignitaries, thank you for you came out for your and our Community. So Shop Woodhaven’s “Everything” Jamaica Avenue. In this our Woodhaven – A Small Town Haven in the City where we were truly Blessed on this Day and every day. Wear your American Flag pins, fly our American Flag Proudly above all others. May God Bless Our Armed Forces, May God Bless our Disabled Veterans and May God Bless America.


October 13, 2014



“LAST WEEK BEFORE SUNDAY OCTOBER 19 COME OUT TO THE BIGGEST AND BEST FAMILY
STREET FESTIVAL IN QUEENS”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and
Woodhaven Business Improvement District
Website: Woodhavenbid.com
Email: Gwdcbid@hotmail.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/woodhavenbid
Telephone numbers
GWDC: 718 805-0202


Don’t miss the best family street festival in Queens because this weekend is the big event. Sunday on October 19, 2014 from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 P.M. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Join us for this Annual gathering of new and old, old and young at the “Best St. Fair in Queens”. We will have pony rides, rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great Woodhaven Stores with Bargains. The entertainment for the Festival will be a great Country Western Music Band Mary Lamont Dancing in the Streets rock and mellow Music by local bands some from Woodhaven, “Solid State Band”, and “Plastic Soul” This year again the Special Feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers” of Chinese New Year’s Celebration fame. These thrilling Musicians and Dancers who were so great in past years will also be part of our Entertainment Program. Come by the Greater Woodhaven Development/Woodhaven Business Improvement District table in front of our 84-01 Jamaica Avenue address. We will be distributing free American Flags, flag pins and other giveaways free of charge. Also purchase an original Woodhaven Flag priced at $12 or the beautiful picture of a Carousel horse, “the Forest Park Beauty” painted by Constance Del Vecchio Maltese for $7. Please have some good thoughts for sun for Sunday, October 19, 2014. I have noted many American Flags being flown throughout our Woodhaven Community, please add your house to one of those that are proudly flying American Flags. See you on Sunday to enjoy. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Coalition Forces, May God Bless Our Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.

October 6, 2014



“COME OUT TO THE BIGGEST AND BEST FAMILY
STREET FESTIVAL IN QUEENS”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and
Woodhaven Business Improvement District
Website: Woodhavenbid.com
Email: Gwdcbid@hotmail.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/woodhavenbid
Telephone numbers
GWDC: 718 805-0202


Come out to the biggest and best family street festival in Queens Sunday on October 19, 2014 from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 P.M. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Join us for this Annual gathering of new and old, old and young at the “Best St. Fair in Queens”. We will have pony rides, rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great Woodhaven Stores with Bargains. The entertainment for the Festival will be a great Country Western Music Band Mary Lamont Dancing in the Streets rock and mellow Music by local bands some from Woodhaven, “Solid State Band”, and “Plastic Soul” This year again the Special Feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers” of Chinese New Year’s Celebration fame. These thrilling Musicians and Dancers who were so great in past years will also be part of our Entertainment Program. Come by the Greater Woodhaven Development/Woodhaven Business Improvement District table in front of our 84-01 Jamaica Avenue address. We will be distributing free American Flags, flag pins and other giveaways free of charge. Also purchase an original Woodhaven Flag priced at $12 or the beautiful picture of a Carousel horse, “the Forest Park Beauty” painted by Constance Del Vecchio Maltese for $7. Please have some good thoughts for sun for Sunday, October 19, 2014. I have noted many American Flags being flown throughout our Woodhaven Community, please add your house to one of those that are proudly flying American Flags. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Coalition Forces, May God Bless Our Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.


September 29, 2014


“OUR GREATER WOODHAVEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SEPTEMBER MEETING, MEMORIES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001,
AND GREATER WOODHAVEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION’S
SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2014 34th ANNUAL
WONDERFUL WOODHAVEN STREET FESTIVAL 2014”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and
Woodhaven Business Improvement District
Website: Woodhavenbid.com
Email: Gwdcbid@hotmail.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/woodhavenbid
Telephone numbers
GWDC: 718 805-0202

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held their monthly meeting on Tuesday September 23, 2014. This Meeting was held in the St. Thomas the Apostle School Café with many in attendance. The agenda for the evening consisted of our Annual September 11, 2001 “Evening of Remembrance”. The first part of our Program began with the great Franklin K. Lane H.S. ROTC Color Guard under the leadership of Master Sergeant Eddie Carr, and their new Lt. Col. Ralph Gracia, and the Pledge of Allegiance. (The FKL ROTC cadets now number at over 150 members). All were invited to speak in regard to their Remembrances of that very sad day. Our Elected Officials speaking of their experiences that day were Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo and Honorable Michael N. Gianaris New York State Senators, NYPD Lieutenant Courtney Niland, NYPD Community Affairs Officer P.O. Eddie Martinez of the 102nd Precinct, our President Stephen R. Esposito and myself. It was stated that in this September 11, 2001 terrorist attack against our America, our New York City with the loss of close to 3,000 innocent lives three from Woodhaven, Khamladai Singh, Roshand Singh beloved brother and sister and Lt. Robert F. Wallace firefighter of the NYFD and the loss of our beautiful twin towers will always be in our thoughts. As stated that evening we should “Never Forget and commit to Never Again”. Then Reverend Frank C. Tumino Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle extended Blessings to those that perished that day and to all in attendance. This segment of our Meeting closed with the dimming of the lights, and the glimmer of red, white and blue glowsticks and the singing by all of God Bless America. It was very poignant and moving. At this time I would encourage everyone homeowner or tenant to fly our American Flag. Let us once again see as many American Flags that flew so prominently after that second day of “Infamy” September 11, 2001. Also, if you have a lapel pin, please wear it. If you want a free pin please call our Office at 718 805-0202. Our speakers were thanked for their sentiments and we proceeded to our regular Open Meeting. The Candidates Night part of our program then commenced. Our first Candidate for the evening was Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo N.Y.S. Senator and Incumbent. Since his opponent Michael Conigliaro was not in attendance (he arrived at the end of the meeting) our Senator made an opening statement and then questions were asked by our GWDC President Stephen Esposito. Then questions were taken from those in attendance. A closing statement was made by our State Senator Addabbo who stayed until the end of the meeting. Also questions from those in attendance were asked of our NYPD Lieutenant Niland and our new Community Affairs Officer Eddie Martinez. The Meeting then concluded. This was an excellent forum and an enlightening Meeting. Now don’t forget to vote Tuesday November 7, 2014. If you need to register to vote, voter’s registration cards can be picked up at our GWDC Office. Please call our Office at 718 805-0202 for more information. Notes: The NYC Sanitation Department N.Y.’s Strongest are now accepting filings for the exam as of October 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. File at www.nyc.gov/examsforjobs or call 212 669-1357 M-F 9:00-5:00 for more information. Recently more than 200 Carousel experts from across the nation converged on our Forest Park Carousel that the GWDC named “The Jewel of Forest Park.” This being one of the two visited in N.Y.C. by the National Carousel Association. Because of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s work dedicated through 30 years to Landmarking our Forest Park Carousel, our’s is protected for posterity, whereas the other NYC carousels they visited future will always by in jeopardy. By the way, they loved our Landmarked “Jewel” Now to our 34th Annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014 Sunday, October 19, 2014 (under our J and Z elevated Line) from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled Family Day!! It is a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and new friends who all look forward to enjoying this day together. One of these friends that enjoyed this day so much, was Josephine Pelligrino. We miss her not being there with us, since her passing. So, join us for this Annual gathering of new and old, old and young at the “Best St. Fair in Queens”. We will have pony rides, rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great Woodhaven Stores with Bargains. The entertainment for the Festival will be a great Country Western Music Band Mary Lamont Dancing in the Streets rock and mellow Music by local bands some from Woodhaven, “Solid State Band”, and “Plastic Soul” This year again the Special Feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers” of Chinese New Year’s Celebration fame. These thrilling Musicians and Dancers who were so great in past years will also be part of our Entertainment Program. Please have some good thoughts for sun for Sunday, October 19, 2014. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Coalition Forces, May God Bless Our Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.


September 22, 2014


“OUR WONDERFUL WOODHAVEN STREET FAIR 2014”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director


Autumn is here and the chill can be felt in the air. The weather has been very sunny and bright, for many days now, but the chill is still there. It seems like just yesterday I was counting down the days to Spring and Daylight Savings Time. Then after Spring arrived we then warmed to the hot days of summer. Now Spring is a memory and summer seems to have flown by much too fast. I just hope that on a certain day in October, (the 19 to be exact) is a warm sunny day. This day is important for it is the day of our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014.” So think good thoughts for Sun Sun Sun. Election Information. If you are not registered to vote on November 4, 2014, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation has voter registration forms available for new voters. Please call our Office at 718 805-0202 for more information. If you voted in the Primary Election of Tuesday September 9, 2014 and had to go to a new polling place, this is the location you will again go to vote on Tuesday November 4, 2014, General Election. This is a very important Election, do not lose your opportunity to make your vote count. This Tuesday evening the Greater Woodhaven Development held our September Meeting, with our Annual “Remembrance of September 11, 2001” and “Candidates Night”. I will report on this in my next article. To be noted: If you have a cell phone be advised that you can register your phone with the N.Y.P.D.,please call the 102nd Precinct at 718 805-3217. The registration of these numbers on downloadable applications allow tracking of lost and stolen cell phones. So if your cell phone is stolen, it can be located and hopefully the thieves apprehended. Notes: The saga of our Christmas Tree- Since the demise of our beautiful 27 year old tree at the fury of Sandy in 2012, our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation/Woodhaven Business Improvement District has had two trees planted in our Forest Parkway Plaza Area. At Forest Parkway there was a little Street tree planted in error then that little street tree after the Holidays was transplanted to a location in front of a Woodhaven home and is still thriving. Then a Christmas Blue Spruce was planted in its place, but unfortunately it has died, which is very sad. At this time another Blue Spruce is scheduled to be planted there. Throughout this ordeal, our GWDC and our WBID has been on this project from the day our original tree tearfully came down. We will keep you posted on this our “Christmas Tree Saga ” as of 2014. We nearly lost our ROTC Program at our F.K. Lane H.S. this important Program thankfully is here and will remain with us. They will be appearing at our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival as they have done in previous years. Many of our variety of Woodhaven Jamaica Avenue Stores will be participating. In this way you can shop our stores too. Why should you go to impersonal Malls, with their few salespersons and help yourself attitudes. Shop locally in your Hometown at the Stores and Businesses that support our Community Organizations and contribute towards our Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID). So Shop locally at our stores and keep our money in Woodhaven during our Fair. Don’t forget to come out on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard for our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsored and produced Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014. Now in our 35th Year. Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled Family Day!! We will have pony rides, rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great Woodhaven Stores and Bargains. The entertainment for the Festival will be the great Country Western Music of Mary Lamont Band with Line Dancers and instruction and Dancing in the Streets rock and mellow Music by local bands Plastic Soul, the Solid State Band, Golden Echo all from Queens. This year again our Special Feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers” of Chinese New Year’s Celebration fame. Also appearing our veteran Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with Myron M. Lubitsch, Instructor, who have appeared in our Street Fairs for over 25 years and are located right on our Jamaica Avenue. These thrilling Musicians, Dancers and Demonstrations who were so great in past years will also be part of our Entertainment Program. Please have some good thoughts for sun for Sunday, October 19, 2014. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.



September 15, 2014


“Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Meeting, Remembrance of September 2001 and Candidates Night, Pride in Woodhaven,
and Our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation will hold their September Meeting next week on Tuesday September 23, 2014 7:30 P.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle School Cafe 87-40 88th Street (one block south of Jamaica Avenue at 88th Street Building on right side of 88th Street near the corner of 88th Avenue) with our Annual Special September 11, 2001 Remembrance. Also Candidates Night will be part of the Program. All Candidates have been invited. It should be as always a moving evening of stated Memories of that sad day. Also a good opportunity to hear from our Candidates for the New York State Offices who we have invited. They are Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Governor,Honorable Robert Astorino Republican/Conservative Candidate for Governor Also Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo N.Y.S. Senator, Michael Conigliardo Republican/Conservative Candidates and Honorable Michael Miller New York State Assemblyman, who is running unopposed. Also invited are Elected Officials Honorable Elizabeth Crowley and Honorable Eric Ulrich our New York City Councilmembers, Honorable Eleanor Errante and Angel Vazquez our newly Elected Democratic District Leaders.
Our Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, Commanding Officer of 102nd Precinct has been invited, but as always N.Y.P.D. Police Officers from the 102nd Precinct will be in attendance. Please note important information; our 102nd Precinct, which covers Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens can be called at 718 805-3200, Community Affairs at 718 805-3215. The Commanding Officer is Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner If you want to be a 911 Operator the Department of Citywide Administrative Services offer testing on a “walk in” basis six days a week, including Saturdays, for more information call 311 or 212-recruit or visit their website at nypd911operator@gmail.com Any injured or abused animals, call the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Dept 212 876-7700 X 4452, also be a witness as to the abuse. Last year we stated that our New York City Councilwoman, Honorable Elizabeth Crowley had advised that our “Forest Park Carousel, the “Jewel of Forest Park” Landmarking legislation will be signed soon.” This quest for Landmarking has been championed by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation for 30 years. This is now a reality. A big thank you to N.Y.C. Councilwoman Crowley, it’s been a long time coming. Congratulations to our Queens District Attorney Honorable Richard A. Brown (the best D.A. in New York City) and his Office for Queens having the highest conviction rates for violent felony arrests in the City. Also that Queens County is and continues to be a citywide leader in many criminal justice categories. Thank you Queens D.A. Brown, you keep us safe. To all of our Jewish friends and neighbors we wish you a Happy Rosh Hashanah and a Happy New Year 5574 and a blessed High Holy Days. Update 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, this collapsed building that has had such a negative affect on our lives. They have removed the dumpster, and all work has stopped for the last two weeks. What a disgrace. All the hard work of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Staff and Board of Directors is really gaining speed, for we are again for the 34th year sponsoring and producing our “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014” with great entertainment. So mark your calendar for Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00 noon to 6:00 P.M. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard for more information call 718 805-0202. Vendors are welcome. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Our disabled veterans, May God Bless Us All and Most of All May God Bless Our America.




September 8,2014


“REMEMBERING 911/01 LOCALLY AND NOTES

Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director

The collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue as I stated in my last article work began on this building on Friday. This was the same day that I had arranged to remove the graffiti vandalism on the fencing. We will watch their progress. I still feel they should demolish it completely, not piece meal. Again I say, “Tear It Down”. There are high level security positions available. Please call our office and I will mail you the listing of these positions and the states they are located in. We are now at the time of the year that our thoughts are of that sad day when we lost so many that fateful day of 9/11/01. This was when cowardly terrorists killed our fellow Americans and destroyed our twin towers. This past Sunday again as every year since its inception I attended the small but poignant Ceremony which was held at Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park at the 9/11 Memorial Garden and Memorial Stone, in honor of local residents lost that day. This Memorial was made a reality by the “American Day Committee”. The driving force behind this Committee and this 911 Memorial Ed Walter passed and never saw this beautiful completed Memorial Garden that he had strove so hard to establish which is dedicated to 43 surrounding community residents that were lost on that fateful day. This September 11, 2001 Ceremony since 2007 has been continued by Dorie Capace, Harold McCabe, Vincent Arcuri and others every year to commemorate this day. We were honored also to have in attendance Rose Marti through the years who’s only son Michael was lost that day. Unfortunately this lovely lady could not attend this year. It was so inspirational to hear from the religious leaders Rev. Dr. David H. Benke, Rabbi Joel Zdanowitz, Fr. John Fullum and Bhupinder Singh who all offered prayers for those lost that day and for our America. Also the many Elected Officials in attendance, Honorable Joseph P. Addabbo, our NYS Senator, Honorable Michael G. Miller and Honorable Grace Meng NYS Assemblymembers, Honorable Elizabeth Crowley our NYC Councilperson and Honorable Melinda Katz, our Queens Borough President who all spoke so poignantly of that day. The singing of the National Anthem by our Queens Borough President was very stirring. Through these past years since September 11, 2001, I have attended so many 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies, this one being very special to me. Each one being a sad tearful experience for me as well as all that were in attendance. It is so heart wrenching to hear the grieving families speak of their loved ones that were lost, those lost being of all ages, all professions and all different ethnicities. These Ceremonies are very sad and very heartbreaking, but also uplifting for every year we remember each and every one we lost that infamous day and recommit to Never Forget and Never Again. They were somber Ceremonies with many Dignitaries and residents in attendance. Also representatives from the Vietnam Veterans, the Fire Department and Police Department. This past Sunday was a good way to spend this day, which was beautiful and sunny so much like that sad day thirteen years ago. Our GWDC Meeting is on Tuesday evening, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Café entrance on 88th Street. At this meeting, as at all of our Annual September Meetings, there will be a “Special September 11, 2001 Remembrance”. Please attend and share with us all your September 11, 2001 experiences, poems and your thoughts on this evening. Since there will be no October GWDC Meeting, this evening will also host a “Candidates Night” for the November 7, 2014 Election, many Candidates and Elected Officials will be in attendance. . Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important meeting.
Finally, I would like to thank my husband Bob and the Avenue Diner’s owner Paul. Also those that were so concerned for my well being. All is well. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces, May God Bless Our Disabled Veterans and most of all May God Bless Our America.



August 29, 2014




“September, the Month of Back To School and Election
Woodhaven Developments
By: Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director


This past Saturday August 30 the WBID sponsored our “Back to School Promotion”, more on this next week. It is amazing that we are now in September already. Did this Summer fly by for you too? The hot weather was so great, but now again before you know it, winter will be here. So have good thoughts for an “Indian Summer”. This month always brings important dates when the Election countdown begins. On Tuesday September 9, 2014 will be the Democratic and Republican Primary Election. If you are a registered Democrat or Republican you can vote for the NYS Governor, Lt. Governor, NYS Senator, NYS Assembly and District Leaders. We do not care who you vote for, just please vote because voting makes Woodhaven strong. You should have received postcards in the mail regarding your polling location address. This is where you go to vote in this Primary and in the November General Elections. The general Governor, Lt. Governor, State Senator, NYS Assembly, and District Leader elections will be held on Tuesday November 4, 2014. If you can not get to the polls to vote, due to a handicap or the possibility of bad or snowy weather, then plan on securing an absentee ballot now, just in case. Please call 1-866-868-3692 to have an absentee ballot application mailed to you then fill it out and return to the address noted. You will then receive your absentee ballot, which will have to be mailed back to the Board of Elections. Please do not lose your opportunity to vote. So mark your calendar for these important dates. Remember every vote counts. The GWDC is assisting the N.Y.C. Campaign Finance Board with disseminating this information on the Primary and General Elections. If you need any additional information, please call our Office at 718 805-0202. Mark your calendar for Saturday October 4 for our WBID Free Trolley 11:00AM to 4:00PM and then for our GWDC sponsored “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014” Sunday October 19, 2014 12:00 noon to 6:00 P.M. Make sure to have good thoughts for good weather. Call our GWDC Office for more information. Vendors are welcome. Our previous years GWDC October “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival” 2011, 2012, and 2013 can be viewed on our website www.Woodhavenbid.com, and on YouTube Mr. Woodhaven 11421. Also “Back to School Sales Day 2012 and 2013.” I hope that you had a very safe enjoyable Labor Day Weekend during which we remember and honor our hard working men and women of our America. These being our neighbors, friends and leaders and the backbone of our Country. There is nothing like the satisfaction of being a Proud working man or woman. So remember the Primary Elections September 9, 2014, Please vote. Saturday October 4, 2014 the WBID sponsored Free Trolley will be on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. Also our “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014” Sunday October 19, 2014. News next week regarding our new little Christmas Tree.
Flash- The collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue – Workers have been observed working on the building dumping debris from the inside into a dumpster. I will keep you posted on their progress. I had hoped that this building would be demolished and a Senior Citizens Housing Building be built in its place, but we will see. May God Bless Our Leaders May God Bless Our Armed Forces, May God Bless Our Disabled Veterans, May God Bless Us All and Most of all May God Bless Our America.



August 25, 2014




“THE WBID SPONSORS “BACK TO SCHOOL SALES”
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014”
Woodhaven Developments
By: Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director


All of our youngsters and children are thinking of one trip this week, and it’s back to school. And for our Woodhaven Business Improvement District here on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue it means our Annual “Back to School Sales Days” have begun. Many bargains to be had located only on your Award Winning (yes your WBID was honored with the only “Barbara Wolff Award of Excellence in June 2000) At the time we were only in place 7 years and were chosen over Times Square, Bryant Park and many million dollar BIDS.) Woodhaven Business Improvement District located only on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Our “Everything Avenue”. Yes, you can find everything you need right here on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue where we’re Taking Care of BIDness. There are great purchases with great savings, especially on Saturday, August 30, 2014. When your WBID will sponsor “Back to School” Sales Days with the great Musical Group Plastic Soul, Face Painters and free giveaways as always including American Flags, God Bless America Flyers, September 11, 2001 Remembrance Flyers, American Flag Keychains and more all along our Jamaica Avenue. All courtesy of your Storeowners and Businessowners that through the WBID make these activities possible. So this Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., shop while you enjoy the music, the clowns and free face painting. Shop, shop, shop and eat out in one of our great unique Restaurants or order in, with free delivery from our local Restaurants. There will be good food, great sales, and fun events only in Woodhaven. Last week we had the privilege of attending a once in a lifetime event, the 102nd Precinct Station House 100th Year Anniversary. It was a very warm sunny day with the invocation, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and the statements from our elected officials Honorable Melinda R. Kats, our Queens Borough President; Honorable Michael Miller, NYS Assemblyman; Honorable Mark Weprin, NYS Assemblyman and Patrick L. Lynch, President of the PBA. Then our Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner spoke of the history of our stationhouse. After the Ceremony was concluded, the 102nd Precinct Police Officers of all levels, Auxiliary Police Officers, Dignitaries, Community Representatives and our Mounted Police took a picture with the 100th anniversary Commemorative Plaque. It was a wonderful inspiring day, especially in that former Commanding Officer of the 102nd Precinct Chief Michael Blake (Retired) was in attendance. It was good to see him. P.O. Jeffrey Fisher (who I met as a rookie and saw him retire as a Woodhaven “Beat Cop”) was also in attendance. It was quite a great day with our great 102nd Precinct Officers and our 100 year old Station House. It was also bittersweet seeing the beautiful Mounted horses that we had (Troop G) at the 102nd Precinct until 2000. The GWDC has been trying to bring them back to the 102nd Precinct since then (14 years).
Now for notes: Civil Service Exams, these exams are offered at the Computer Testing and Applications Center (CTAC’s) on a walk-in-basis. The CTAC’s are open 6 days a week. There is an application fee. These will end on 8/30/14. Police Officer, Exam #5305, 8/1/14 – 8/30/14 Testing days Thursday, 9:30AM – 1:30PM, Friday 1:30PM, Saturday 9:30AM. School Safety Agent, Test #5303, 8/1/14 – 8/30/14 Thursday 5:00PM, Friday 9:30AM, Saturday 1:30PM. Traffic Enforcement Agent, Test # 5304, 8/1/14 – 8/30/14 Friday 9:30AM, Saturday 1:30PM. Dates 2/5/14 – until further notice. Marine Engineer (Prom) (DOT – Ferry) Test #4504. Marine Engineer (Prom) (Uniformed Fire Dept.) Test #4505. For more information and details of the next Sanitation Worker Exam, which will be posted in the near future, please visit this website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/exam_monthly.shtml#oc. Finally I have two very generous ladies in our GWDC/WBID office. Our office Secretary Lisa and our Office Aide/Official Photographer Megan. They both after cutting their flowing beautiful hair (1 foot or more long) donated to “Locks of Love” to be used in wigs for children and adults recovering from chemotherapy. What a great gift!
Remember, Fly your American Flags Proudly above all others and replace them often. Wear your flag pin too. May God Bless Our Armed Forces, Our Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.



August 18, 2014




“THE WBID SPONSORS “BACK TO SCHOOL SALES”
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2014”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director



Sorry to say, but all our students young and old will be heading back to school ! And we know what that means so in Woodhaven we try to make it as painless as possible by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District sponsored Annual “Back to School Sales Days” on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. Many bargains to be had located only on your Award Winning (yes your WBID was honored with the only “Barbara Wolff Award of Excellence in June 2000) At the time we were only in place 7 years and were choosen over Times Square, Bryant Park and many million dollar BIDS throughout NYC, our little Woodhaven received the Award.) The Woodhaven Business Improvement District located only on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Our “Everything Avenue”. Because you can find everything you need right here on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue where we’re Taking Care of BIDness. There are great purchases available with great savings, especially on Saturday, August 30, 2014. When your WBID will sponsor “Back to School” Sales Days with the great Musical Group Plastic Soul, Face Painters and free giveaways as always including American Flags, God Bless America and September 11, 2001 Flyers all along our Jamaica Avenue. All courtesy of your Storeowners and Businessowners that through the WBID make these activities possible. So on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. while you enjoy the music, the clowns and free face painting and the distribution of free quarters for the first 15 minutes of Parking So, buy, buy, buy and then relax by eating out or ordering in at the many restaurants with good food, great sales, fun events only in Woodhaven. Now back to information as to the history of our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven Business Improvement District. As I have stated before, the WBID is comprised of all of Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue and was formed and founded by the GWDC. The GWDC prior to the creation of the WBID was responsible for all of Jamaica Avenue and at this time we are now responsible for the Forest Parkway Area, Woodhaven Boulevard, all Stores, Businesses, and Apartment Buildings within Woodhaven and the stabilization of our Community. Over the years the GWDC since being founded 36 years ago has been a leader in Saving NYFD Engine Co. 293 and NYFD Engine Co. 294 (twice) working with the NYPD for more Patrols on and off of our Avenue the complete improvement of the Wykoff Apartments, the installation of lighting for Forest Parkway and side streets, saving the B56 Bus route along Jamaica Avenue the Painting and repair of our Jamaica Avenue Elevated train, stanchions and stations. The securing of funding twice, for the renovation of our Forest Parkway Plaza area, which we maintain. The GWDC also removes graffiti vandalism from Commercial locations off Jamaica Avenue. Also now for the second time after the installation of our new lighting many years ago, the GWDC is assisting the WBID in securing new luminaires for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from our Honorable Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President. These luminaires to be installed beginning next year. Our WBID being unique in our Street lights facing the sidewalk and not the street. . The GWDC has administered the WBID since its inception 22 years ago. And the GWDC’s crowning accomplishment was the Landmarking of the Forest Park Carousel, the Jewel of Forest Park. Also the GWDC sponsors soley through our office, now in our 34th year, our “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival”. The GWDC Staff and I run this festival through our Office with no outside fair operators. This “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival” was voted “Best St. Fair in Queens” So mark your calendar for 2014’s Festival, Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
On Saturday, August 23 2014 we thought we could bring back our Free Trolley on Jamaica Avenue but due to technical problems, it will not be coming, but it will be here on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
The WBID Sponsored “Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend” on Friday December 5, 2014 and Saturday, December 6, 2014.
On our GWDC/WBID office Door and the Mary Whalen Bulletin Board on Forest Parkway we often place flyers. Many are for lost or found pets. So please look at our Office door and bulletin board for these pets and other information.
Our Elevated Jand Z line- Rated 4th in the City of New York as being worth the cost of the ride. Also, weekend service on the J Line from Eastern Queens to Broad Street in Lower Manhattan will be resumed within the next few weeks.
Important Notes:
Don’t forget to water our street trees, and please leave your porch lights on after dark and leave them on over night. You can call our Office at 718 805-0202, our website is www.woodhavenbid.com, or on our Facebook page, facebook.com/woodhavenbid

Ridgewood Reservoir- I am so pleased that Department of Parks and Recreation plans for the Reservoir are being questioned by our Elected Officials U.S. Congresswoman Velazquez, State Senator Addabbo, State Senator Gianaris, Assemblyman Miller and Councilwoman Crowley. These changes will be detrimental to the faun and fauna of this natural area. I remember when David Quintana brought this beautiful area to our attention. Hopefully our Elected Officials will be listened to.
Ongoing-August 28, Wed-Fri, noon Whale/Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruise:Hop aboard the American Princess for a four-hour, adventurous-yet-relaxing cruise $45. Departs from Riis Landing, Boardwalk at State Rd and Heinzelman Rd, Rockaway.
Woodhaven WBID- The WBID sponsored Evening of music on Saturday August 16, 2014 from 6-8PM at the Forest Park Plaza Area with Live Music of Plastic Soul with all types of music through the years to dance to was a great success with great music. It was enjoyed by all.
Fly our American Flags proudly above all others and wear your American Flag lapel pins. The WBID has free lapel pins and American Flags. Please call our Office for more information. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.




August 11, 2014



“PARTY TIME THIS WEEKEND”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director

The hot weather continues in this the second week in August and I love it. But as I have stated before I hope that you have air conditioners and if you have to go out stop periodically in our air conditioned stores on your Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, WBID. Or go into one of our restaurants, and sit and have a cold drink. If you need to buy groceries, there are stores that you can call and they will deliver what you need. In this heat, please water our street trees. If you are fortunate enough to have a tree in front of your home (did you know that having a tree in front of your home increases your property value, yes it does, by thousands of dollars), or in front of your store please water them. (you can use the water from your air conditioners.) Now mark your calendars for a Partying Weekend. On Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 6 PM to 8PM the WBID will sponsor an “Evening of Music” at the Forest Parkway Plaza area. This event will feature live music, by the “Plastic Soul” Musical group, playing all types of music. Then after enjoying this performance, eat out at one of our WBID restaurants or order in. This being part of Restaurant Week would be a good time to go to one of our great local restaurants. Then this Sunday August 17, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 4:00PM at Crazy Willy’s at 117-10 Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill there will be Doo Wop music also with “Dino and the Boys” So, stay locally and enjoy some good entertainment. Now for notes:Civil Service Exams, these exams are offered at Computer Testing and Applications Center (CTAC’s) on a walk-in-basis. CTAC’s are open 6 days a week. There is an application fee.

Title of Exam Exam Number Filing Period Testing Days Testing Times
Police Officer 5305 8/1/2014 through 8/30/2014 Monday


Tuesday


Wednesday


Thursday


Friday

Saturday 5:00PM


9:30AM and 5:00PM

1:30PM


9:30AM and 1:30PM

1:30PM

9:30AM
School Safety Agent 5303 8/1/14 through 8/30/2014
Monday


Tuesday


Wednesday


Thursday


Friday

Saturday
9:30AM


1:30PM


9:30AM


5:00PM


9:30AM

1:30PM
Traffic Enforcement Agent 5304 8/1/14 through 8/30/2014
Monday


Tuesday


Wednesday


Friday


Saturday
1:30PM


1:30PM


9:30AM and 5:00PM

9:30AM


1:30PM
Marine Engineer (Prom) (DOT-Ferry) 4504 2/5/2014 Until Further Notice
Marine Engineer (Prom) (Uniformed- Fire Dept 4505 2/5/2014 Until Further Notice

For More information and details of the next Sanitation Worker Exam, which will be posted in the near future, please visit this website http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/exam_monthly.shtml#oc

Small Business Public Programs at the New York Public Library Science Industry and Public Library 188 Madison Avenue at 34th Street.

Social Media 102- August 21, 2014 12:00PM, Petia A. Bradshaw and Kendra Webb-Scott discuss Strategies for monetizing all of the time and effort you spend on social media. Preregistration required at http://conta.cc/1zGPkZ2

Facebook for Business- August 21, 2014 6:00PM, Charlie Conard discusses best practices for building your business’ presence on Facebook

Remember, the best District Attorney in NYC, Queens District Attorney Brown has a Domestic Violence Unit available to you. Please Call 718-296-6550.

Fly our American Flags proudly above all others and wear your American Flag lapel pins. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America



August 4, 2014


“OUR FLEETING SUMMER IN WOODHAVEN”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director


Here we are, after looking forward during the cold winter to the summer, it is so difficult for the warmth of summer ends too soon. As I stated the history of our WBID last week. I will continue with this additional information about your Avenue and its evolvement from the bad old days, since the inception of the WBID. Your WBID, from Dexter Court to 100th Street only on Jamaica Avenue pays for all of these services. They are Sanitation Graffiti Removal. Your Woodhaven Business Improvement District cleans the sidewalks and streets 7 days a week, removes the graffiti-vandalism (98% vandalism free) Also our newly added service of pigeon poo removal. We also engage security for our promotions, marketing and promotion, also Christmas promotions and decorations all along our 25 block length of our Avenue. The only Commercial Strip that lights the complete WBID. So we encourage you to shop locally on our “Everything” Jamaica Avenue WBID where we are “Taking Care of Bidness”. Our Businesses need you as their customer, the economy is not good as you know, so please shop locally. The prices are right, and the Store and Businesses care about Woodhaven, for they are willing to pay for all of the Services on our WBID for you and your families. The WBID is the only BID in Community Board # 9 and the only BID outside of the three in Jamaica in Southwest Queens. Next week some of the history of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, which offers graffiti vandalism removal and assistance to all Businesses, Stores and Apartment Buildings off Jamaica Avenue. Also our Forest Parkway Plaza Area.
The WBID also has a very low vacancy rate.
Notes Don’t forget to water our street trees, and please leave your porch lights on. You can call our Office at 718 805-0202, our website is www.woodhavenbid.com, or on our Facebook page, facebook.com/woodhavenbid..
Ridgewood Reservoir- I am so pleased that Department of Parks and Recreation plans for the Reservoir are being questioned by our Elected Officials U.S. Congresswoman Velazquez, State Senator Addabbo, State Senator Gianaris, Assemblyman Miller and Councilwoman Crowley. These changes will be detrimental to the faun and fauna of this natural area. I remember when David Quintana brought this beautiful area to our attention. Hopefully our Elected Officials will be listened to.
The GWDC contributes a Collage of Pictures- The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation contributed a collage of pictures of the NYPD Officers killed on 911 to the Office of Queens Borough South at the 107th Precinct. This picture will be placed on display with the other important NYPD pictures and memorabilia on display there. This picture was made by GWDC Director Gene McCauley photographer, one of two, one being on display at the Woodhaven’s 102nd Precinct and this picture which was presented to Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Patrol Borough South Queens Galen Frierson by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director of the GWDC/WBID. This historic NYPD memorabilia display of artifacts and pictures was originated by P.O. Joseph Marino a 4th generation NYPD, and Sgt John Schroeder, SOP a 2nd generation NYPD. This is truly a historic display of the NYPD uniforms, pictures and even badges through the years. Also sadly the poignant pictures of every Police Officer killed in the line of duty.Our Elevated J and Z line- Rated 4th in the City of New York as being worth the cost of the ride. Also, weekend service on the J Line from Eastern Queens to Broad Street in lower Manhattan will be resumed within the next few weeks.
Events to Attend
Aug 9-10 9am-5pm. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival: Over 170 teams and 2,000 participants from around the world compete. This multicultural event includes sports drama, music, dance, colors, and a food court. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Aug 10, 7pm. Full Moon Drumming Workshop: An outdoor drum circle with master drummers. Begin with workshops on Indian tablas and other percussive instruments, then jam with the entire group. $25, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
August 6 and 13, 7pm Italian Nights: Two nights of popular Italian favorites and live performances Free Athens Square Park, 30th Ave and 30th Street Astoria
Aug 9, 6:30p.m. Modest Mouse/Brand New Concert: The Forest Hills Stadium, where the Beatles and the Rolling Stones once played, is revamped. It hosts this pop rock concert. $49.50-$59.50. Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Pl, Forest Hills Gardens
Social Media 101 August 14, 12 noon Petia A. Bradshaw and Kendra Webb-Scott discuss social media basics for your business or non-profit. Pre-registration required at http://conta.cc/1zGPkZ2
NY Public Library Science Industry and Business Library 188 Madison Ave and 34th Street
Ongoing-August 28, Wed-Fri, noon Whale/Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruise:Hop aboard the American Princess for a four-hour, adventurous-yet-relaxing cruise $45. Departs from Riis Landing, Boardwalk at State Rd and Heinzelman Rd, Rockaway. D-Wop Music Dino and the Boys Review, Sunday August 17, 2014 12:30-4:00P.M. at Crazy Willy’s 117-10 Jamaica Avenue Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Woodhaven WBID- Since the Make Music New York was such a success, the WBID will sponsor an Evening of music on Saturday August 16, 2014 form 6-8PM at the Forest Park Plaza Area. So come out and enjoy the Live Music of Plastic Soul with all types of music through the years to dance to.
Sadly a member of the GWDC Board many years ago at its beginning Peter DiAgostino has passed away. Our prayers go out to his family. Fly our American Flags proudly above all others and wear your American Flag lapel pins. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.



July 29, 2014

“WOODHAVEN IS BLESSED”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director

Well, here we are heading into August. Every year, the best months of the year when we are enjoying sunny summer temperatures with low humidity. Summer seems to slip away, all too soon. As I have stated before, even though I love the summer, with the warm sun so good on your skin, even healing but, be warned, and be careful for the sun can damage and harm your skin as well .So do your sunning in moderation and for short lengths of time with a good sunscreen lotion. Even if you are shopping on our WBID’s Jamaica Avenue, be careful for even with our elevated train, the sun still streams through and reflects off of the sidewalks asphalt. So very often I am asked about the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID) and the mechanism of this Program. The WBID was formed 22 years ago, an outgrowth of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation because of deteriorating appearance of our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Our Avenue was dirty, with graffiti vandalized gates and storefronts appearing dark and dangerous. (remember those bad old days?) The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation prior to the inception of the WBID had proposed new lighting for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. This Project was funded and our new unique lighting was installed, facing the sidewalk instead of the street. With this new lighting it lifted our residents sense of security. Then a small group of property owners, Community leaders, explored a new concept to improve our Avenue. It was the formation of a Business Improvement District. This BID consisted of Propertyowners all along our Jamaica Avenue 25 blocks voluntarily paying into a fund which would be returned to improve the Avenue. It took this small group of volunteers seven years to gain approvals and to progress to the point that it was signed into Law by our Mayor at that time, Honorable David N. Dinkins at N.Y.’s City Hall. One of our founding Members Howard Strauss, (owner remember Ebees?) on that day had all in attendance sign the picture of our Mayor signing the Law and guess where the picture was from? Our own Leader Observer. (this picture can be viewed on our facebook page). More history of our WBID, and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and what they do for Woodhaven in my future articles. Note, when you sit on a bench in Forest Parkway Plaza area, know it was the GWDC that placed it there. So Shop our Woodhaven’s WBID all along the 25 blocks of Jamaica Avenue, our Everything Avenue, where we are taking care of BIDness, and rest on the GWDC benches in our Forest Parkway Plaza area. Woodhaven also has the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps. Our Ambulance Corps is now in jeopardy, because of the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue. Since it collapsed and it is located on our WBID, we have stated “Tear It Down” This building was on its way to being torn down, but now the owner is playing “games”; stating he will pay all fines and rebuild. Now the demolition has been placed on hold. I hope that we can get this done before school starts. Our Woodhaven is also blessed with strong dedicated Elected Officials, the best and most supportive in Queens New York City and New York State.
Notes
This Tuesday Aug 5, 2014 is “Night Out Against Crime” so come out to Buddy Memorial Monument Corner of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue from 6pm-9pm (Or it you can’t come out then sit on your porch, or in front of your home.) Also, please leave your porch lights on overnight, it just cost pennies but these lights will help a neighbor or family member get home safely. Since the Make Music NY was such a success, the WBID will sponsor another Night of music on Saturday August 16 from 6PM-8PM in the Forest Parkway Plaza. Come out and enjoy the music and “Dance in the Streets”.
Ongoing-August 28, Wed-Fri, noon Whale/Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruise:Hop aboard the American Princess for a four-hour, adventurous-yet-relaxing cruise $45. Departs from Riis Landing, Boardwalk at State Rd and Heinzelman Rd, Rockaway.
Do-Wop Music Dino and the Boys Review, Sunday August 17, 2014 12:30-4:00 P.M. at Crazy Willy’s 117-10 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, NY 11418
At the George Seuffert Bandshell
Thursday, July 31, 7:30 P.M.
Mike Delguidice and Big Shot
Featuring current members of Billy Joel’s Band. This premiere Billy Joel Show is returning.
Thursday August 7, 7:30 P.M.
Disco Unlimited
Boogie down to the sounds of the hottest disco show and dance band on the East Coast
Hyland Park
Wednesday, August 6, 6:00 P.M.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Presented by Patty Cake Theatre
Jack is looking for adventure, but what he gets is more than he bargained
May God Bless Our Armed Forces and Disabled Veterans and May God Bless Our America.


July 15, 2014


“GREAT NEWS FOR A BRIGHTER BEAUTIFIED WOODHAVEN”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director

The one prediction that is made that you can’t take as fact, is a weather forecast. The weathermen/women try, but sometimes it doesn’t compute. This week’s weather is a perfect example of them getting it right. Who would think in the middle of July, we’d have a deluge of rain, wind and again flooding. Usually this happens as part of a hurricane or summer storm later in the year, but here it is as predicted. I hope that you all are ok and the only effect that the storm had on you were cancelled plans. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District received great news. It was from Honorable Melinda Katz, our Queens Borough President, announcement that she had made Capital Grants to groups in Queens and our groups were included. This funding is for new LED high velocity lighting on our WBID on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. This lighting will have a very positive psychological effect on residents coming home on the J Line from work. Also those that want to do some after work shopping. This new bright lighting will afford all additional security. Another part of this amount will be dedicated to adding trees or planting on Woodhaven Boulevard, Forest Parkway and along Jamaica Avenue. This will enhance and beautify our Woodhaven. Our GWDC and our WBID thank our Queens Borough President Katz for this generous Grant that will benefit our Woodhaven’s Shopping Strip and our Woodhaven Community.

Notes:
Monthly Veterans Business Forum “How to Start Your Business” and “Marketing Strategies” Non-Veterans Welcome! Thurs July 24, 2014 from 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
Federal Plaza Conference Center (26 Federal Plaza, 6th floor, NY,NY 10278)
In the New York University Furman Center Study- Woodahven was named along with three other Communities as being the 2nd most diverse in Queens
Since our Make Music New York-was such an enjoyable event, our WBID will be planning another Music evening soon. I will let you know when. Also look for the WBID sponsored Trolley return for “Back to School Sales” Promotion.
At the Suffert Bandshell at Forest Park- Thursday July 24 7:30 P.M. Pasofino, Thursday July 31, 7:30 P.M. Mike Delguidice and Big Shot. At Highland Park July 23, 6:00 P.M. Sister Rain and Brother Sun. Wednesday July 30, 6:00 P.M. Little Red Riding Hood, Sadly again we have lost a great Leader and a Hero. The dedicated and Vietnam decorated Pat Toro passed away. Pat was an advocate for Vietnam Veterans and other Veterans their causes and their needs. Our condolences to his family and to the Veterans that he was so devoted to. Taken too young, he will be missed. Remember, fly our American Flags proudly above all others and wear your American Flag lapel pins. If you want a free lapel pin, call our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation office at 718 805-0202. May God Bless Our Leaders, May God Bless Our Armed Forces that preserve our Freedom, and Disabled Veterans that have sacrificed so much for our Freedom and May God Bless Our America



July 8, 2014




“HAVING A HEAT WAVE”
Woodhaven Developments
By:Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director


Did you enjoy your long Holiday Weekend, I hope that you did. Although our July 4, 2014 was overcast, but then it cleared and then began our “Having a Heatwave” weather. Remember, please check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly. If you don’t have to go out,don’t go. If you have to “go down to the Avenue” please linger in our air conditioned stores, businesses and restaurants. As always you can conveniently order by phone and have your groceries or restaurant orders delivered to your door. If you don’t want to do your laundry in this heat many of our local laundries’ will pick up, wash, dry, and fold your laundry and return it to your homes. Many of the cleaners offer these same services. In Woodhaven, all of your needs are only a telephone call away. Now to the “pomp and circumstance” of our Woodhaven graduates. These special graduates and promotions are NY Army National Guard promotions of members in recognition of their capacity for additional responsibility and leadership; Augustin Villalobos, named to the Dean’s List for the 2014 Farmingdale State College; Natalie Young, graduate from the University of Hartford; Josh Cepeda, Rochester Institute of Technology Dean’s List; Hanije Tan, Fairfield University in Connecticut; Rosalind Kumar, SUNY New Paltz Dean’s List; Alexa Criollo, Marfry, Hernandez and Paola Vargas, Clarkson University in Potsdam; Rebecca Burgos, SUNY Geneseo Dean’s List; Gabrielle Rosato, NY Army National Guard; Anthony Delacruzcortes promoted to private first class; Patryk Jaskowski promoted to private first class and Fiona Lau graduate who will be attending Clarkson University of Potsdam. Congratulations to our Woodhaven Graduates and those promoted by our U.S. Army you make us proud. Notes: The New York Public Library Science Industry and Business Library at 188 Madison Avenue and 34th Street is offe