by Maria A. Thomson
Executive Director GWDC
Recently, two little boys went into one of our stores on Jamaica Avenue. They told the cashier they were being harassed by some older boys. They were asking them if they had “phones.” The cashier promptly called 911 to assist them. The Woodhaven Business Improvement District has distributed flyers telling people to go into one of our businesses if you are in need of assistance. This is your community and your storeowners and businessowners care about you, so go to them if you are in need of help.
The collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. has disrupted our community and our quality of life. Not only is our great Woodhaven Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps in jeopardy, but now so is our Woodhaven Senior Center. It has been so adversely affected that it is also being threatened with closure.
I have written to Mayor Bill de Blasio in regard to our plight. I have stated that this building must be demolished. Hopefully, he will assist our elected officials and our community in advocating the demolition of this building, in assisting our ambulance corps and our senior center and removing this danger on our Avenue.
A proposal has been made for a charter school in Woodhaven. The Circle Academy Charter School is to be located at 85-27 91 St. at the site of a former church, this church property being of concern since its parishioners left and it was placed up for sale.
I remember how difficult it was for us to have PS 306 built on the old St. Anthony’s property. This school was needed to accommodate the homeowners in the Woodhaven Park Estates development that replaced the hospital and the increase in students in that area of Woodhaven. I personally think that it will be good for the community — the conversion and investment in this former church property, the jobs and giving parents another choice for their children’s education. You will hear more on this school as the project progresses.
Now back to spring. Hopefully our Easter Bunny will be welcomed in spring weather. Mark you calendar for his arrival, Saturday April 12, our WBID “Spring Promotion,” with music and clowns. The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. along Jamaica Avenue and will feature free pictures with the Easter Bunny in the Forest Parkway Plaza area. Also, look for our WBID staff members with their WBID hats distributing free quarters on Jamaica Avenue for shoppers to use in parking meters. We thank them for shopping here by paying for their first 15 minutes on the parking meters.
Remember, shop Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, “The Everything Avenue.”
May God bless our Armed Forces, our disabled veterans and may God bless America.