Holidays in Woodhaven and honoring our own
by Maria Thomson
Apr 06, 2010 | 1765 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All along our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue the weekend before Easter, our Woodhaven Business Improvement District Spring Promotion was in full swing from Dexter Court to 100th Street. There were face painters, balloon makers, and a live musical entertainer. Also at our Forest Parkway Plaza area the Easter Bunny took free pictures of the young and those young at heart (even a friendly little doggie) and distributed free American flags, Woodhaven fire decals, and other goodies.

Dropping by to say hello was our Assemblyman Michael Miller, who wished all a Happy Easter. We took over 80 pictures, and it was a very enjoyable WBID Spring Promotion, in spite of not being a spring-like day.

That same Saturday, we also remembered “Woodhaven’s Hero” Jimmy Young at the corner of the Woodhaven block named in his honor. The ceremony was led by Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, and began with a blessing by St. Thomas the Apostle Pastor Father Tumino.

As this blessing was concluding, as if pre-planned, the church bells rang, which was a very warm lead-in to Jimmy’s family being acknowledged and his sister speaking on their behalf. There was an atmosphere of reverence during this memorial, but most of all the feeling was one of being happy to have known this fine, handsome, intelligent young man from our Woodhaven who is a true model to the youth of our community.

I spoke of when we were at City Hall to witness the signing of the “Jimmy Young Street Naming.” This is a bill-signing ceremony by the mayor and an honored occasion. At that time we could speak about Jimmy and many did, including family, friends, and community members that requested of our then Councilman Al Stabile that he sponsor this bill. I repeated what I had stated at that time at this ceremony.

Then family members, Ed Wendell, and the many in attendance observed a moment of silent prayer and a wreath was placed. After that, many just stayed to talk about Jimmy and remember our “Woodhaven’s Hero” fireman, truly one of New York’s Bravest.

Now for the big announcement: the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s Honorees for our 2010 “Hello Spring” 31st Anniversary Dinner Dance to be held on Friday, May 14, at the beautiful Cordon Bleu Caterers. They are our “Man of the Year 2010” Eric Ulrich, our councilman; our “Woman of the Year” Elizabeth Crowley, our councilwoman; our “Business owner of the Year 2010” Peter Labella Sr. of Walsh Labella and Son Funeral Home; our “Businessman of the Year 2010” Mark Klimm of Allstate Insurance Woodhaven; and our “Special Recognition Award 2010” winner Michael Miller, our assemblyman.

Tickets for this fundraiser are priced at $65 each, so call (718) 805-0202 for more information and mark your calendar today!

May you have enjoyed a blessed and joyous Passover and a blessed and happy Easter. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed and coalition forces, and may God bless our America.

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