This statement being so apropos in regard to our recent consecutive snow falls. Our winter weather continues to be cold and very white. Although, you have to admit that the snow is very pretty as it laces our trees and roofs with sparkling white flakes.
Our new little Christmas tree is especially picturesque, being so symmetrical and beautifully trimmed in shimmering white. Thanks again to our Department of Parks and Recreation and our Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski for giving us this, our little Blue Atlas Cedar. But in spite of the frigid weather, snow and ice, our Woodhaven's Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street was busy "Taking Care of BIDness."
There were shoppers shopping and eating out on our "Everything Avenue." Even though it was slippery if you were walking, and difficult to park if you were driving, it was worth it just to get out. I think that we needed this break for our psychological well being. We were getting stir crazy.
This burst of shoppers really helped our store and business owners, who are suffering because of the bad economy and bad weather. So now think positively, only 20 days to daylight savings time, when it stays lighter later, and only 31 days until spring, with sun and warmth.
Now get your tax papers together and have your taxes prepared locally. Make sure that you use a reputable long standing company, one that will be here at the same location next year.
The WBID still has decorative benches available to be placed in front of our Jamaica Avenue stores and businesses. So next time you are shopping or doing business, suggest to the owner that they get one of these free benches in front of their location. Please have them call (718) 805-0760 or (718) 805-0202 for information.
The negligent owner of the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, with thousands of dollars of violations, is now being sued. With all of the heavy snow, we are thankful that this property has not collapsed further. Before it does, it should be demolished.
A big thank you to Assemblyman Michael Miller and State Senator Joseph Addabbo for our Forest Park surveillance cameras. The tentative locations are on Forest Parkway by the tennis courts, Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard and by Victory Field. Also, a big thank you from the WBID to Councilman Eric Ulrich for the Jamaica Avenue surveillance camera to be installed at 75th Street. These cameras will further secure our Jamaica Avenue and our beautiful Forest Park. These cameras should be installed in the next few weeks (weather permitting).
Don’t accept being battered. Call the Queens District Attorney Domestic Violence Unit (718-286-6550), NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence (800-942-6909 for English, 800-942-6907 for Spanish), Domestic Violence Hotline (800-621-HOPE), or Safe Horizons (718-725-6578).
New York’s restaurant week has started. More on this next week.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans and may God bless our America.