It was so good to see our hardworking residents walking home from our Z and J (newly painted elevated) line to their homes at 8 p.m. and in the light of day instead of in darkness.
Hopefully, our cold winter weather had its last hurrah with the recent snowstorm. Although the snow on our trees covering our cars and streets was picturesque, it was good to see it quickly disappear. So now onto the beginning of spring on March 20. So get ready for its arrival and the warmth it brings.
Last year at this time, the proposal for Woodhaven’s rezoning began its journey to becoming law. This proposal would rezone our large Victorian homes so that they would not be prey to developers who could tear them down and replace them with small apartment housing.
It would also allow Jamaica Avenue's commercial area to build additional levels on their properties. This is important, for it will preserve the character of the homes of our small-town community.
This rezoning became law and now our Woodhaven has its protection and increased property values. So here we are, a year later with our little Woodhaven’s character preserved for posterity.
Important notes: If your child was born in 2009, they are eligible for pre-kindergarten programs at elementary schools and community-based organizations. The Department of Education (DOE) has advised to apply March 4-April 5 online or in person at an enrollment office.
The pre-kindergarten directory is available online at enrollment offices and at public elementary schools with pre-kindergarten programs. Please view the directory online or call (718) 935-2009 for more information.
The Law Enforcement Explorers program educates youth ages 14-20 about the law enforcement profession, promotes careers in law enforcement and benefits participants in life skills. For more information visit online www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org or www.nycexploring.org , or call 102nd Precinct Community Affairs at (718) 805-3215.
Remember last year I wrote of Senior Citizen housing in Richmond Hill at 127-03 Jamaica Avenue? At this time there are only 56 apartments available, please call (516) 277-9329 for more information.
The converted Bernard Fineson Center at 155-55 156th Avenue off Crossbay Boulevard is now senior housing. The application process consists of writing a letter and enclosing a self addressed envelope to Howard Beach Apartments, LLC, C/O POP Management, 191 Joralemon Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, New York, 11201. Or you can download an application from www.ccbq.org/howardbeachapts. All applications will be placed in a lottery process and have to be received by April 22.
Remember to shop locally on your Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, your “Everything Avenue.” Please mark your calendars, our Woodhaven Business Improvement District Easter Bunny will be visiting on Saturday, March 23, with free pictures and distributing goodies between 1 and 4 p.m. in our Forest Parkway Plaza area off Jamaica Avenue (weather permitting).
The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation meeting on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle's 88th Street Cafeteria will feature very interesting guests. Also, Friday, June 7, will be our “Happiness is Spring” Dinner Dance.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of our Irish neighbors and friends and those Irish for the Day, Erin Go Bragh!
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and coaltion forces, and may God bless America.