I hope that you had a blessed and warm Thanksgiving with your loving family and guests. It was a cold day, but traveling was easy, and the air was filled with warmth when we gave thanks for all we have. Also, we celebrated Hanukah on the same day with Thanksgiving this year. So mixed with this thankful day; we had the “Festival of Lights” and the joy and miracle of the candles.
Now we enter the Christmas and New Year time of the year, and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored Woodhaven’s Holiday Weekend. Even though Hanukah came early this year, the lighted Menorah and the acknowledgement of this important holiday will again be part of our program.
I hope that you are shopping locally, as on this past Small Business Saturday. It is so important that you buy your gifts, gift certificates and party clothes in our Woodhaven stores and that you use our businesses all year long.
If it wasn’t for our small businesses on our Woodhaven’s “Everything Avenue” from Dexter Court to 100th Street, we would not have a strong tax base, employers for our residents and all of the amenities that our WBID affords us. Please keep your money in our community and shop Woodhaven.
The GWDC also has gifts for your consideration. We have an original miniature Woodhaven flag, suitable for window display. Also, a gift of the recognition of the GWDC’s accomplishment in the landmarking of our Forest Park Carousel, “The Jewel of Forest Park,” given to us by the noted and accomplished artist Constance Del Vecchio Maltese are replicas of her painting of a beautiful carousel horse called “The Forest Park Beauty.”
These two unique Woodhaven gifts are fundraisers that you can give to relatives or friends and are priced at $12 for the Woodhaven flag and $5 for the replica of the painting. Please call (718) 805-0202 to order either of this perfect gifts, which are a part of Woodhaven memories.
Now our WBID is completing the holiday lights on our Forest Parkway Plaza area and on our beautiful Christmas Tree. Our holiday lights along our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue are lighted and festive. The holiday music fills the air. Again, please shop locally and give support to those small stores that are so generous and support us by contributing to our WBID for your family’s enjoyment.
Our WBID-sponsored Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend will begin this Friday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. with the Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony in Forest Parkway Plaza.
And the next day on Saturday, December 7, the "Welcome Santa to Woodhaven" parade kicks off at noon from 100th Street marching down Jamaica Avenue to Dexter Court (please join us in marching), 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 area on Saturday, December 14. On December 15 we will have a free trolley ride traveling along our avenue for your shopping convenience from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. and on December 21, from 1 to 4 p.m., the WBID will again take free pictures with Santa and friends (weather permitting).
May God bless our veterans who have preserved our freedom, and may God bless our armed forces who perpetuate our freedom. Also, in their honor fly our American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our America.