Woodhaven is ready for Spring
by Maria Thompson
Mar 20, 2013 | 1603 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I hope that you had a wonderful Happy St. Patrick’s Day in spite of the cold and drizzle, it is always a perfect day for a parade. There is nothing to compare with St. Patrick’s Day in New York City.

The Parade was great (as usual) and the “wearing of green” was prominent throughout Woodhaven. As I have stated before I always remember how much fun we had when I worked in N.Y.C. when we all changed our name plates for the day (mine being O’Thomson). So Erin Go Bragh.

Here we are with daylight savings time. Did you remember to change your clock one hour ahead? And spring is here too, but you would not have known it because we had another couple of snowy days. Last week I thought that snow was the last hurrah, but I was wrong. Our winter this year just doesn’t want to leave.

In spite of this interesting weather, shoppers are out on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street on our award-winning business improvement district. The same WBID that pays for graffiti vandalism removal, WBID sanitation who line and clean our wire baskets, sidewalks and street curbs twice a day, seven days a week, and WBID security, Christmas lights, holiday weekend events and keeps our American flags flying along our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. All paid for by your business and storeowners on our avenue.

So please enjoy this weather for shopping at our many stores, businesses and restaurants listed in our spring advertisements in the local newspapers or on our flyers. Any item you need, from yarn to pizza, chicken-wings to stained glass, ice cream to hats, cellular phones to orthopedic shoes (yes, we have a new orthopedic store on our avenue), you can find it here on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue: our “everything” avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street, where we’re “Taking Care of BIDness!”

The bargains are waiting, so take advantage of your great shopping strip for Easter! To really kick off spring, on Saturday, March 23, between 1 and 4 p.m. the WBID will sponsor our Easter Bunny, taking free pictures in the Forest Parkway Plaza off Jamaica Avenue.

The Easter Bunny also will distribute free goodies and American flags. There will be face painters along the avenue and live music. The little children will enjoy taking their free pictures with the fluffy white Easter Bunny then strolling along the avenue as the hot and mellow foot-tapping music will fill the air. It should be a very happy day.

That day as we the WBID will again distribute free quarters to cars parked on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. The parking car owners were really surprised after they parked their cars and were given free quarters, even with the muni-meters. So show up on Saturday and enjoy these activities.

Some important information: the Juvenile Justice Division of the Community Affairs Bureau is hosting youth summits to educate the community regarding youth in your neighborhoods. All Forums are free and open to parents, teenagers, educators, community leaders and representatives of community-based organizations that work with youth. The meeting for us in Queens South is Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Edward Byrne Center auditorium, 116-25 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

If you are interested in learning to speak Hindi, classes will be offered by the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc. Call 347-566-1422 for more information, a $25.00 donation is recommended.

Summer jobs and employment for teens and adults are available at Rye Playland, Trader Joe’s and Modell's. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation has applications courtesy of Honorable Gregory W. Meeks, our U.S. Congressman, at our office. Call us at (718) 805-0202.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation meeting on Tuesday April 23, at 7:30 P.M. will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle's 88th Street cafeteria with very interesting guests. A Metropolitan Transportation Authority representative will speak in regard to our Jamaica Avenue elevated train, its painting, repair and our Woodhaven train stations. A representative from the N.Y.P.D. will be in attendance to record for the Police Department your Ipads and Iphones.

Also Friday, June 7, will be our Happiness is Spring Dinner Dance. Spring is here! Enjoy!

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and coalition forces, and may God bless America.

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