Back to School for Woodhaven
by Maria Thomson
Aug 20, 2014 | 200 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodhaven Business Improvement District hosted a night of music on Saturday at the Forest Parkway Plaza with Plastic Soul. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
The Woodhaven Business Improvement District hosted a night of music on Saturday at the Forest Parkway Plaza with Plastic Soul. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
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Sorry to say, but all our students young and old will be heading back to school. And we know what that means, so in Woodhaven we try to make it as painless as possible with the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored annual “Back to School Sales Days” on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue.

There are great savings available on Saturday, August 30, as well as the great musical group Plastic Soul, face painters and free giveaways, including American flags and “God Bless America” and “September 11, 2001” flyers all along Jamaica Avenue.

This is all courtesy of your store and business owners that through the WBID make these activities possible. So on Saturday, August 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. enjoy the music, the clowns, free face painting and the distribution of free quarters for the first 15 minutes of parking. So, buy, buy, buy and then relax by eating out or ordering in at the many restaurants.

The WBID is comprised of all of Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue and was formed and founded by the GWDC. At this time we are responsible for the Forest Parkway Plaza, Woodhaven Boulevard, and the stabilization of our community.

Over the years, the GWDC has been a leader in saving Engine Co. 293 and Engine Co. 294 (twice), working with the NYPD for more patrols on and off our avenue, the installation of lighting for Forest Parkway, saving the B56 Bus route along Jamaica Avenue and the painting and repair of our Jamaica Avenue elevated train, stanchions and stations.

The GWDC’s crowning accomplishment was landmarking the Forest Park Carousel, the Jewel of Forest Park.

The GWDC also removes graffiti from commercial locations, and is assisting the WBID in securing new luminaires for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue with the help of Borough President Melinda Katz. These luminaires to be installed beginning next year.

Also, the GWDC sponsors, now in its 34th year, the “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival”. The GWDC staff and I run this festival through our office with no outside fair operators. So mark your calendar for 2014’s festival on Sunday, October 19, noon to 6 p.m.

We thought we could bring back our Free Trolley to Jamaica Avenue on August 23, but due to technical problems, it will not be coming. But it will be here on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

On our GWDC/WBID office door and the Mary Whalen Bulletin Board on Forest Parkway we often place flyers. Many are for lost or found pets, so please look at the bulletin boards for thiss and other information.

Weekend service on the J line from eastern Queens to Broad Street in Lower Manhattan will be resumed within the next few weeks.

Don’t forget to water our street trees, and please leave your porch lights on after dark and leave them on overnight.

I am so pleased that Parks Department plans for the Ridgewood Reservoir are being questioned by our elected officials. These changes will be detrimental to the fauna of this natural area. I remember when David Quintana brought this beautiful area to our attention. Hopefully our elected officials will be listened to.

Fly our American flag proudly above all others and wear your American flag lapel pins. The WBID has free lapel pins and American flags. Please call our office for more information. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and disabled veterans, and may God bless our America.
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