Introducing our 2013 honorees
by Maria Thomson
May 22, 2013 | 2167 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Our Woodhaven is so blessed, for we have beautiful homes including stately Victorians. These Victorian homes, now due to our accomplishing the rezoning of Woodhaven, are now safe from being demolished and replaced by small apartment buildings.

We have access to transportation with our local busses and express busses and our Jamaica Avenue Elevated J Line train - newly painted and with our tracks being renovated. Also our Woodhaven train stations being scheduled for complete renovation in late 2013 or into 2014.

We have our beautiful Forest Park, with running tracks and horse trails, Victory Field and the “Jewel of Forest Park,” our Forest Park Carousel, which is now on the way to being landmarked.

Woodhaven truly has it all and with all of this most of all we have our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, our “Everything Avenue,” where our Woodhaven Business Improvement District (WBID) is “Taking Care of BIDness.” On our thriving shopping strip with mom-and-pop and larger stores contributing to our vibrant Woodhaven community.

This is the reason that every year the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsors our Annual Spring Anniversary Dinner Dance. At these dinner dances we honor great elected officials, store and business owners, and contributors to our community.

This year, the theme of the dinner dance, now in its 34th year, is “Happiness is Spring,” so named because of the warmth of spring that everyone enjoys at the end of winter. Our honorees for 2013, as I stated before, being so important to our Woodhaven have led very interesting lives. So now to our big reveal. Drumroll please.

Our honorees are “Woman of the Year 2013” is Melva Miller, director of Economic Development for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Miller is a consummate professional. She has been so supportive of our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and our Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s stores and businesses and given us good advise and counsel.

Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation “Man of the Year 2013” is Stephen R. Esposito, president of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation. Steve is a Woodhaven boy, having been raised in Woodhaven where his family still resides. He has been devoted to the service of Woodhaven, giving many hours of his time, efforts and guidance to our organization.

Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation “Business Owner of the Year 2013” is John R. Patel, owner of the Haven Card Shop. (Hallmark) John has been on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue for over 25 years. This store is a real family store with his wife and immediate family, along with his Woodhaven “family” members, extending courteous pleasant service to all that shop in his beautiful store.

Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation “Business of the Year 2013” is Woodhaven’s Scaturro’s Food Market. All of our residents consider Scaturro’s our own. Scaturro’s has been a mainstay on our Jamaica Avenue, being one of the oldest stores in Woodhaven. This family-owned business and their employees (remember George?) have assisted our old, young, longtime and new residents with attentive courtesy through the years.

Our “Special Recognition Award 2013” goes to Dr. Paul D. Fish, veterinarian and owner of the Animal Clinic of Woodhaven. Dr. Fish came to Woodhaven over 25 years ago, making a substantial investment in a large property in Woodhaven. The clinic became an anchor to our avenue and still remains one today. Since Woodhaven loves their pets, a veterinarian was a welcome addition to our community. Dr. Fish has been very benevolent, treating rescue animals and strays from Woodhaven streets.

These, our 2013 honorees, because of their ambition and hard work epitomize American success stories right here in our little Woodhaven. So mark your calendar for Friday, June 7, for the social event of the year, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s “Happiness is Spring” 34th Anniversary Dinner Dance.

This year it will be held at the beautiful Woodhaven Manor Caterers (formerly Cordon Bleu), newly renovated and under new management at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue. In line with the theme, ladies are encouraged to wear warm spring colors. The music will be by the hot disc jockey “Superior Sound Entertainment.” They will be playing all types of dance music including our favorite doo-wop tunes.

The tickets for the event are priced at only $65 for a wonderful evening of good food, good music and good company. Please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations and ticket purchases. Attend and enjoy!

Notes: Our Woodhaven Senior Citizens Center in the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps opened, but then had to close because of water damage. Engine Co. 294 - we are watching very carefully the budget process that will affect this firehouse. Don’t accept being battered, call the Queens District Attorney’s Office (718) 286-6550 hotline number 1 800 621-HOPE (4673). GWDC-Thursday May 23, at 7 p.m. we will hold our Memorial Day Observance in Forest Parkway Plaza at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.

Now let us make sure we continue to fly our American flags above all others, especially for Memorial Day and also wear your flag lapel pins. Finally, our prayers go out to Moore, Oklahoma, for their great losses. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and our disabled veterans and may God bless our America.

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