It was overcast with light rain, but our hearty marchers young and old lined up for our parade. The beautiful, sparkling antique cars, courtesy of Empire Cars, along with our costumed characters, our 102nd Precinct Auxiliary Police and our 102nd Precinct Police Officers kicked off the parade with the ROTC Franklin K. Lane High School Marching Band.
In the parade, the ROTC young men and women with military bearing marched proudly down Jamaica Avenue with their precision national award-winning Rifle Team. I would like to thank Sgt. Carr for his assistance as their ROTC leader. They were the highlight of the parade. Also, the little ones of P.S. 97 The Forest School and St. Luke’s Nursery School were true troopers and marched from 98th Street to Dexter Court. We thank them for being there for the WBID.
All of these great parade participants were cheered on by store and business owners that came out of their businesses, especially the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, to wave and applaud our hearty Woodhaven wonderful marchers. At the end of parade, the festivities with Santa, Mrs. Claus and our costumed characters were time limited because of the weather.
The next Saturday, December 15, before Santa sat on his throne for the free pictures, we took a little ride along our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Santa Claus rode in the antique sleigh circa 1877. As we rode along the avenue ringing the sleigh bells and wishing all Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah, the response was very warm and positive.
We at the WBID hope that those gifts and toys found their way to Santa from our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue Stores from 100th Street to Dexter Court - our Everything Avenue - where the Christmas lights are strung across the length of the avenue and music fills the air. Where WBID security ride and walk and the lighted Menorah is visible from our WBID/GWDC window on Forest Parkway, it being near our brightly lit and decorated Christmas tree with decorations from our Woodhaven school children of the Forest Park School, St. Luke’s Nursery School, St. Thomas the Apostle, and St. Elizabeth’s (also look for these decorations at Pop’s Restaurant and the Avenue Diner).
Our new Christmas Tree and our little trees with red, white, and blue lights in honor of armed forces sparkling in the night in our Forest Parkway Plaza area. Our new tree and four little trees are very popular. As soon as darkness falls, there are adults and children lined up to take pictures in front of our tree and of the plaza area.
With our small trees lit, the Menorah brightly shining from our office window, and our beautiful new Christmas Tree, it is a real Christmas card scene. Rockefeller Center has nothing on us.
We hope that you do your last-minute shopping from 100th Street to Dexter Court on Woodhaven’s Everything Jamaica Avenue. Also, with free pictures with Santa distributing goodies on Saturday, December 22, (no $5 or $10 charges - free!) from 1 to 4 p.m. at Forest Parkway Plaza.
All of these Christmas and Hanukkah events are a gift to Woodhaven from the WBID, so thank them by shopping Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue for the holidays. This Saturday look for Santa again riding along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue.
As I have stated before, don’t travel to the malls, with their lack of salespersons, impersonal indifferent service, long lines, higher prices, and finding your merchandise on your own! So shop locally, and save precious gas, eat locally and keep your money in our community, your neighborhood, especially now when economically it is so important to our small store and business owners who depend on you for their livelihood.
So spend your gift money at your Everything Avenue stores and businesses that care. So now as you shop locally, listen to our holiday music that fills the air, with our bright lights along our avenue, our beautiful tree and little trees in our Forest Parkway Plaza with Santa, Rudolph and Frosty taking pictures with the young and young at heart and pets! The WBID hopes that you enjoy.
Please view these and other WBID/GWDC events on our website at www.Woodhavenbid.com, also on Youtube at Mr. Woodhaven 11421. Our email address is Gwdcbid@hotmail.com, our telephone number is (718) 805-0202.
May we, at this time, our WBID President Mathew Xenakis, our GWDC/WBID Staff Maureen Bermingham, Lisa Komninos, Santa’s helpers and me, as Executive Director, Maria Thomson, wish you as the song goes, with additions “We Wish You a Merry Christmas, We Wish You a Happy Hanukah, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Safe New Year.”
May God bless our men and women of our armed forces who are bravely protecting our America so far from home so that we may be safe this holiday season. May God bless our leaders and may God bless our America.
Once a resident of Woodhaven, always a resident of Woodhaven. Thank you to all, God bless, Happy Holidays from the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association.