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Dinner dance and the QueensWay plan

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:58 am, Thu May 22, 2014.

I hope that you enjoyed the beautiful weather on Mother’s Day, and I hope that you had an opportunity to shop on Woodhaven’s “Everything” Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street.

This, our thriving shopping strip, with mom-and-pop stores and larger stores, contribute to the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, which supports our vibrant community. With these contributions, our WBID cleans our streets, bags the garbage, clean the graffiti vandalism off of our walls, storefronts and all along Jamaica Avenue. We also use the contributions for our trolley cars and to sponsor many community events.

One of these events supported by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is our “Small Town” Annual Memorial Day Observance, which will be held on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Parkway Plaza at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue. We will place our new wreath at the World War II Memorial and remember those lost in defense of our country from our community.

Notes: The LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch- QueensWay? Or Reactivation? It has been twenty years or more since the discussion on the use of this railway and since then a new proposed use has been presented. We talked about this railway and the best alternative use years ago and to my thinking, now is the time to make this area part of Forest Park. This property, especially the portion on 98th Street, should be made parkland, and the rails removed. In this way Woodhaven would be out of the equation and the two remaining parts of this railway can be used in the way that is determined by their abutting communities. Think about it. It can be done

If your school or church is interested in placing the city’s new pre-K program, I have forms available at our office. Please call (718) 805-0202 for more information.

This year again, the GWDC sponsors our annual spring anniversary dinner dance. The theme of this, our 35th Anniversary Dinner Dance “Spring is Here,” and we are happy to have it back, after our rough winter.

The event will take place on June 6 at Woodhaven Manor, 96-01 Jamaica Ave.

As in all previous years, we honor our great elected officials, storeowners, business owners, and contributors to our community.

Our 2014 Honorees include Rep. Nydia Velazquez, “Woman of the Year 2014, in recognition and sincere appreciation for her concerned efforts in supporting with your friendship and leadership, as our congresswoman on behalf of our Woodhaven’s small business and store owners.

Mathew Xenakis President of the WBID will be honored as “Man of the Year 2014,” This being in recognition and sincere appreciation of his concerned effort, support and friendship to the GWDC.

Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, will receive the “Award of Distinction 2014” in recognition of his dedication and commitment to our community. His continued support of our GWDC organization and activities has contributed to making Woodhaven, “A Haven in the City.”

George Smith will be given the “Honorary Woodhavenite Award 2014” in recognition and sincere appreciation for his many years as our dedicated businessman in assisting our GWDC sponsorship and presentation of our annual street festival through the past 22 years. He has demonstrated his dedication and commitment to our community.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Mike Miller will be given Awards of Appreciation” in sincere appreciation of their concerned effort, support and friendship to the GWDC as our state representatives and dedication to Jamaica Avenue and to Woodhaven.

Tickets for the dinner dance are $65 per person. Call (718) 805-0202 for reservations.

Now make sure we continue to fly our American Flags, especially for Memorial Day above all others and also wear your lapel pins.

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

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