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WOODHAVEN DEVELOPMENTS Woodhaven’s big snow and little tree

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:05 am, Fri Jan 31, 2014.

The snow is back, this time with a vengeance.

The timing of our first snowstorm of the year was right after our Mayor Bill de Blasio, was sworn into office. But, as I stated in my last article, he is fortunate for Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty and “New York’s Strongest” have his back.

This has turned out to be a very cold, snowy winter. Although the sun has been shining, it is so cold that it is not warming. But take heart, spring is just 53 days away. Also, in 42 days it will be Daylight Savings Time. So brighter warmer weather is coming. Did you know that Mayor de Blasio was in Richmond Hill? When we were rallying against the closing of Engine Co. 294 yes, de Blasio, then public advocate, he was there, speaking out strongly against the closing of any of our firehouses. At this firehouse rally, I had the opportunity to speak to him briefly. I had also spoken to him and his wife at the inauguration, where he was sworn in as our public advocate. Little did we know at the time that he would become the 109th mayor of the city of New York.

Now I state with “mixed emotions” that our real little street tree that was planted in error in place of a real Christmas tree has been transplanted.

As you probably remember, our over 100-foot award-winning real Christmas tree was lost to Hurricane Sandy. Then we were scheduled to get a new Christmas tree planted in its place, but a little street tree was planted in its place instead. It was transplanted a few days ago when a real Christmas tree was planted in its place. I state that it is with “mixed emotions” for our little street tree is no longer there, for it really endeared itself to us. This was so evident that is stood proudly as a little street tree in a placed reserved only for our traditional Christmas trees. Also, it looked so bright and glowing during the holiday season next to our artificial Christmas tree. So now it has been moved during the small window of opportunity between the holiday weekend and before this snowstorm. So now we have a real Christmas tree and our little street tree has been planted on a lucky block in Woodhaven. This little tree was truly a Cinderella story, I hope that you have stocked up on all the groceries you need before this snowstorm.

If you haven’t as long as you can get to our WBID’s “Everything” Jamaica Avenue, I’m sure that you can find some of our stores open. So stay safe and stay warm. If you have any heat complaints, call 311 for assistance. The telephone number of our 102nd Precinct is 718 805-3200, in an emergency dial 911.

Gong Hee Fot Choy Happy Lunar New Year 4712, Year of the Horse

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

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