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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:41 am, Thu Aug 28, 2014.

Sorry to say, but all our students will be heading back to school!

In Woodhaven, we try to make it as painless as possible by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored annual “Back to School Sales Day” on Jamaica Avenue on Saturday. Aug. 30. The WBID will bring music, face painters and free giveaways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the strip.

The WBID is comprised of all of Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven and was formed and founded by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation. 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.

Ssince being founded 36 years ago, the GWDC has been a leader in saving FDNY Engine Co. 293 and twice saving Engine 294, working with the NYPD for more patrols on and off Jamaica Avenue, the improvement of the Wyckoff Apartments, the installation of lighting for Forest Parkway and side streets, saving the B56 bus along Jamaica Avenue, painting and repairing of the elevated train, stanchions and stations. The group has also been instrumental in the securing of funding — twice — for the renovation of the Forest Parkway Plaza area, which we maintain. The GWDC also removes graffiti 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 the avenue from Borough President Melinda Katz. These luminaires are to be installed beginning next year.

Also the GWDC sponsors, soley through our office, the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival. The GWDC Staff and I run this festival through our office with no outside fair operators. So mark your calendar for 2014’s festival, our 34th annual, on Oct. 19 from 12 to 6 p.m.

On our 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.

Also note that weekend service on the J Line from Jamaica Center to Broad Street in Lower Manhattan will resume within the next few weeks.

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, visit our website at www.woodhavenbid.com, or on our Facebook page, facebook.com/woodhavenbid.

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

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