It's back to school in Woodhaven
by Maria Thomson
Aug 27, 2014 | 253 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pictured from left to right are Murray Berger, chair of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, Chief Michael Blake and Maria Thomson. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
Pictured from left to right are Murray Berger, chair of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, Chief Michael Blake and Maria Thomson. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
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All of our youngsters and children are thinking of one trip this week, and it’s back to school. And for our Woodhaven Business Improvement District, it means our annual sales have begun.

There are many bargains to be had on your award-winning Jamaica Avenue. This is especially true on Saturday, August 30, when your WBID will sponsor “Back to School Sales Days” with music from Plastic Soul, face painters and free giveaways, including American flags, “God Bless America” flyers, September 11, 2001 remembrance flyers, American flag keychains and more, all courtesy of your store and business owners that make these activities possible.

So this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., shop while you enjoy the music, the clowns and free face painting. Shop, shop, shop and eat out in one of our great unique restaurants or order in with free delivery. There will be good food, great sales, and fun events only in Woodhaven.

Last week, we had the privilege of attending a once-in-a-lifetime event: the 102nd Precinct Station House 100th Year Anniversary. It was a very warm sunny day for the invocation, the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and statements from Borough President Melinda Katz, assemblymen Michael Miller and Mark Weprin, PBA president Patrick Lynch.

Then Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner spoke of the history of our station house. After the ceremony was concluded, the 102nd Precinct officers dignitaries, community representatives and mounted police took a picture with the 100th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque.

It was a wonderful inspiring day, especially since former commanding officer Chief Michael Blake (retired) was in attendance. It was good to see him. Officer Jeffrey Fisher, who I met as a rookie and saw him retire as a Woodhaven beat cop, was also in attendance.

It was quite a great day. It was also bittersweet seeing the beautiful police horses that we had in Troop G at the 102nd Precinct until 2000. The GWDC has been trying to bring them back to the 102nd Precinct since then.

Civil Service Exams are offered at the Computer Testing and Applications Center (CTAC) on a walk-in-basis. The CTAC is open six days a week. There is an application fee. These will end on August 30.

• Police Officer Exam #5305. Testing days: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday 1:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m.

• School Safety Agent Test #5303. Testing days: Thursday 5 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m., and Saturday 1:30 p.m.

• Traffic Enforcement Agent Test #5304. Testing Days: Friday 9:30 a.m., Saturday 1:30 p.m.

Finally, I have two very generous ladies in our GWDC/WBID office, secretary Lisa and office aide/photographer Megan, who both after cutting their flowing beautiful hair donated it to Locks of Love. The hair will be used in wigs for children and adults recovering from chemotherapy. What a great gift!

Remember, fly your American flags proudly above all others and replace them often. Wear your flag pin, too. May God bless our armed forces, our disabled veterans and may God bless our America.

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