What a difference a year makes.
This year, unfortunately, we experienced Hurricane Sandy, which brought destruction, sadness, and loss of life. It also brought down our beautiful award-winning Christmas Tree. At this time, our four small trees that were somewhat battered are being spruced up, and our Christmas Tree will be replaced for our Holiday Weekend 2012 Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 7, and our Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 8.
After all these 30 years, our organizations, first with the sponsorship of our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and now with the sponsorship of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, will not disappoint this current generation of children. They, as the children before them (in some cases their mothers and fathers) will again make decorations for our Christmas Tree and enjoy our Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend 2012.
In spite of Sandy, this destructive force that hurt so many Queens and New York City residents destroying their homes and causing loss of life, we can not allow her to continue to define our lives. It will be a long and sad heartbreaking time for those that have lost so much, but we by helping these our neighbors, all will recover and persevere.
On Veterans Day the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation did not forget, and commemorated this important day at our Woodhaven's Veterans Monument at our beautifully renovated Forest Parkway Plaza.
The WWII Monument, the focal point of this day, was festooned with our American flags and a new wreath that was placed on Memorial Day earlier this year. In this way our Woodhaven veterans on this Veterans Day are honored. These veterans of WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and the war against the evil of terrorism, preserve our way of life.
This Veterans Day, as on every day, these brave men and women of all wars should be in our thoughts. It is because of them that we have our freedoms and that our great America is strong. Our good thoughts and prayers are with these, our past and present protectors.
Now with the holidays fast approaching, our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven Business Improvement District encourage you to eat out or order in from one of our great Jamaica Avenue restaurants. Also shop locally, with all of our restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Save gas and find anything you need on our “Everything Woodhaven's Jamaica Avenue.”
Remember now that Daylight Savings Time is over until next year (I have always championed it be year round), please leave your porch lights on.
See some great scenes of Woodhaven at www.woodhavenbid.com. Our Woodhaven Business Improvement District email is GWDCBID@hotmail.com, our telephone number is (718) 805 0202.
Thursday, as we observe Thanksgiving Day, we in our America have so much to be thankful for, a blessed country, our families, and all the good people of our America that help each other. Happy Thanksgiving.
Now mark your calendars! Our Woodhaven Business Improvement District sponsored Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend will arrive on Friday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. with the Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Forest Parkway Plaza just off Jamaica Avenue. And the next day the "Welcome Santa to Woodhaven" Parade kicks off at noon at 100th Street, marching down Jamaica Avenue to Dexter Court, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the young children and those young at heart.
Also, after this weekend the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will take free pictures with Santa Claus and friends at our Forest Parkway Plaza on Saturday, December 15, and December 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Again, may God bless our veterans who have preserved our freedom, may God bless our armed forces who perpetuate our freedom. In their honor, fly our American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our America