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Jamaica Avenue for your summer shopping

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 am

As you probably know, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District periodically distributes quarters for parking cars on Jamaica Avenue paying for the first 15 minutes. Also, we give out fliers from the WBID to thank those who shop our Jamaica Avenue. The WBID appreciates that you shop locally in our stores and businesses that care.

More shoppers are on our Jamaica Avenue, even in the heat of the summer. There are so many stores to shop in and many respected professional services available all on our “Everything Avenue.”

Sorry to state that Woodhaven’s 102nd Precinct received “0” new police officers from the recent graduating class. This is unfortunate, for the precinct could use additional police officers. Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner is doing a great job with the numbers he has, but he could always use more.

It is so heartening to see so many sitting on the benches in our Forest Parkway Plaza area. It is a great place to sit and rest while shopping. Also, just to sit and watch bustling Jamaica Avenue. This seating is especially enjoyed by apartment dwellers who do not have backyards. These benches were built with funding secured by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation from our elected officials with the World War II Memorial as its focal point.

Our Woodhaven Library, as you probably know, was chosen as a pre-K school site. This will require many changes to the building to accommodate these little ones. I know that it has been stated that this construction will not affect the library programs and operation. I will advise as I am made aware of more information on this project.

Recently, I read that one of the few Port Authority officers, Lt. David Lim, who had survived the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001 was retiring. Lim lost his K-9 Officer Sirius, a Labrador retriever, on that fateful day. Sometime after 9/11, I was at LaGuardia Airport for a meeting, and I saw Lim on patrol there with his new canine officer. I spoke to him and I thanked him and extended my heartfelt sadness for his losing his partner who died in the line of duty. They are both heroes. I wish him and his new partner a long healthy retirement.

If you’re a veteran looking for work, please contact America Works Veterans Team, Craig Caruana, director of veterans programs,ccaruana@americaworks.com for more information on job opportunities.

As I travel around our Woodhaven, I have noticed our American flags flying proudly, on some blocks more than others. If you need a free flag, contact our office (718) 805-0202.

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

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