Everyday in Woodhaven, our residents board our MTA elevated J line train. They take this train either into Jamaica for train connections or directly into Manhattan.This J train is so much a part of our landscape that we are oblivious to its sounds and the elevated structure, for it is part of our daily life. This is our link to as we call it "the city."
Our Woodhaven Business Improvement District Jamaica Avenue Shopping Strip from Dexter Court to 100th Street is located under our elevated train. Our MTA trains are an integral part or our lives, this is why the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation has been trying for over 12 years to get our elevated train structure and "el" stations repaired and painted. The MTA trains have to be safe for our residents.
This repair and painting of our elevated train was scheduled for later this year, hopefully in spite of all of the MTA problems, including the increase in fares and the saving of the Q56 Bus and the Z train of the J line. This project is still in place, and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation will continue to pursue the implementation of this project.
Last week at the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association meeting the guest speaker was David Quintana speaking to the topic of the Ridgewood Reservoir, which I have touted as being Nature's Silent Gift. This reservoir has been left to revert to a natural forest. Quintana has been a strong advocate of leaving this area as it is without development and we agree with him.
As I stated at a meeting recently, "It's a shame that it was discovered." For more information on the Ridgewood Reservoir, email David at D.Quintana1@nyc.rr.com.
Now mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 4, as that is the day the 102nd Precinct Community Council will hold their Annual 102nd Precinct National Night Out Against Crime at the Maurice A. Fitzgerald Playground located at 106th Street on Atlantic Avenue from 7 to 9 p.m. Try to attend. There will be free food, entertainment, giveaways, and Police Department representatives. You are invited.
Don't forget the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsored "Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2009" the "Best Street Fair in Queens" will be held on Sunday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Woodhaven's Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. It is a great family day. Potential vendors can call our office at (718) 805-0202.
Important information: there are employment opportunities for the 2009 U.S. Open Tennis Championships in Flushing. If you are interested, register online at Amerivents.com (go to "Talent Registration" and submit a profile).
Pre-school kindergarten registration is still available through July 31. For more information go to nyc.gov/schools; to apply online visit nyc.gov/schools/prek. Congratulations to Michael Mei for earning a Master of Arts graduate degree from State University of N.Y. at New Paltz, and Bik Tom for earning a Bachelor of Science. Also, Edward Ovadek graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Bridget Sowulski graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Albany. All from Woodhaven, you make us proud!
Now please fly your American flag. If you don't have a flag, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will give you one free of charge. Please call 718-805-0760. Lest we forget, our America is at war fighting terrorism, so continue to fly our American flag above all others. Show your pride and your support for our troops and our coalition forces. Remember, Never Forget, Never Again. May God bless our America.