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Woodhaven Development

Street fair and collapsed building update

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:30 am

The month of October is always an unpredictable month weather-wise. It can be warm, sunny, and springlike or it can be cool with falling leaves of many colors which shimmer with shades of autumn.

But it can also be a month for hurricanes and coastal storms that can bring heavy rain or be as destructive as last year’s Hurricane Sandy. This is the reason every year we ask you to have good thoughts for the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival. This year the date is Sunday Oct. 20, held along Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation staff and I are working very hard on our Woodhaven Day. This festival is sponsored and run solely by the GWDC, with no promoter involved. We do it all, the Woodhaven Way! So, come out and shop locally at our stores and bring your family on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 12 to 6 p.m.

The fair will feature pony rides, games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great stores and bargains. The entertainment for the Festival will be the great country western sounds of the 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, Heartbreak Station, who all hail from Woodhaven.

This year again our Special Feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers” of Chinese New Year’s celebration fame. Also appearing is our veteran Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with instructor Myron Lubitsch, who has appeared in our street fairs for over 25 years. These thrilling musicians, dancers and demonstrations who were so great in past years will also be part of our entertainment program.

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District and the GWDC are calling for the building located at 78-19 Jamaica Ave., next to the Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center to be condemned and demolished.

This building owner has accumulated 42 violations over the years, which they have never been cleared. The owner has proved not to be interested in our safety or the well-being of our community.

The collapse of this building could have been deadly. We know that we will be joined by our elected officials and other organizations to support its demolition.

Again, please have some good thoughts for sun for Oct. 20.

Reminder: The last day to register to vote is Friday, Oct. 11. Call our office at (718) 805-0202 and pick up a registration form today.

May God bless our Armed Forces, our disabled veterans and may God bless America.

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