The agenda for the evening consisted of our annual September 11, 2001 Evening of Remembrance. The first part of our program began with the great Franklin K. Lane HS ROTC Color Guard under the leadership of Master Sergeant Eddie Carr and their new Lt. Col. Ralph Gracia, and the Pledge of Allegiance. The ROTC cadets now number over 150 members.
All were invited to share their remembrances of that very sad day. Among those speaking were Assemblyman Michael Miller, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Melinda Katz, Lew Simon, GWDC President Stephen Esposito and myself.
This terrorist attack against our America, our New York City, with the loss of close to 3,000 innocent lives, including three from Woodhaven, Khamladai Singh, Roshand Singh, beloved brother and sister, and FDNY Lt. Robert F. Wallace and our beautiful Twin Towers will always be in our thoughts.
Reverend Frank C. Tumino, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle, extended blessings to those that perished that day and to all in attendance. This segment of our meeting closed with the dimming of the lights, and the glimmer of red, white and blue glowsticks. It was very poignant and moving.
At this time, I would encourage everyone homeowner or tenant to fly our American flag. Let us once again see as many American flags that flew so prominently after that second “day of infamy” on September 11, 2001. Also, if you have a lapel pin, please wear it.
The Candidates Night part of our program then commenced. Our first candidate for the evening was Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Since her opponent, Craig Caruana, was not in attendance, our councilwoman made an opening statement and then questions were asked by Esposito. Then questions were taken from those in attendance. Then a closing statement was made.
Then the very first debate between Councilman Eric Ulrich and challenger Lew Simon was held. Opening statements were made by each candidate and then questions were asked by those in attendance. When the question-and-answer period concluded, final statements were made by the Candidates.
Then they were all presented with the GWDC's “Wish List for 2013” of the most important projects for our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation. They are:
• Brighter street lighting along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street.
• More police officers for our 102nd Precinct.
• The further restoration of the Forest Park Carousel, including enclosing the carousel for year-round use and a restaurant.
The meeting then concluded. This was an excellent forum and an enlightening meeting.
Now don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 5. If you need to register to vote, voter registration cards can be picked up at our GWDC Office. Please call (718) 805-0202 for more information. This registration form will have to be received by the Board of Elections by October 11, 2013.
Now to our 33rd Annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2013 on Sunday, October 20, under our J and Z elevated Line from noon to 6 p.m. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled family day!
It is a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and new friends who all look forward to enjoying this day together. One of those friends that enjoyed this day so much was Josephine Pelligrino. We miss her not being there with us, since her passing.
So join us for this annual gathering of new and old, old and young at the “Best Street Fair in Queens.” We will have rides and games, antique cars, and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great Woodhaven stores and bargains. The entertainment for the festival will be the great country-western music of the Mary Lamont Band, with line-dancing instruction and dancing in the streets rock. Local bands Plastic Soul, Solid State Band, and Heartbreak Station will also perform. Please have some good thoughts for sun.
May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and coalition forces, may God bless our disabled veterans and may God bless our America.