June is the month for celebrations
by Maria Thomson
Jun 19, 2013 | 714 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Maria Thomson, Woman of the Year Melva Miller, director of Economic Development for the Borough President's office, and Man of the Year Stephen Esposito, president of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation.
Maria Thomson, Woman of the Year Melva Miller, director of Economic Development for the Borough President's office, and Man of the Year Stephen Esposito, president of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation.
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Business Owner of the Year honoree John Patel receives a commendation State Senator Joseph  Addabbo.
Business Owner of the Year honoree John Patel receives a commendation State Senator Joseph Addabbo.
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I hope that you had a great Father’s Day and bought all your gifts for dad on our Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s Jamaica Avenue, your “Everything Avenue,” from Dexter Court to 100th Street.

The weather was beautiful for his day to enjoy. So to all of our loving fathers that provide for us, protect us and support us throughout our lives; to those fortunate enough to still have their fathers, and to those of us whose fathers have passed, we love you, and every day is Father’s Day.

Can you believe this weather? You don’t know what you’ll wake up to. Maybe a summer day, a hurricane with driving rain, a wind storm, or maybe all of the above in one day. Hopefully our weather will stop being a daily surprise and even out for the remaining days in June.

This especially for our June brides and outdoor graduation ceremonies. As to our June brides and for graduation and birthday parties, please consider our new catering hall, Woodhaven Manor. This catering hall being located right here in our Woodhaven Business Improvement District on Jamaica Avenue.

This is a beautiful venue for bridal receptions and parties of any occasion. Woodhaven Manor with their attentive accommodating staff and good food and gracious hosts, Mandeep and his lovely wife Sandy, is truly a welcome addition to our avenue. As I stated regarding our party, it was really a nice enjoyable evening at our local catering hall.

I know you have noticed the new stores opening in our WBID and that we have a very low vacancy rate. This is because, even in this economy, small businesses are coming to our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. Be proud Woodhaven of our shopping strip.

Notes

This Friday evening June 21, 2013 from 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. in the Forest Parkway Plaza Area, off Jamaica Avenue, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will sponsor the live music of Gold Echoes, featuring music through the years. This performance is part of the citywide Make Music New York and there will be no rain date.

St. Nick's Alliance workforce is offering 8-12 week daytime training for Class B Commercial driving test with hazmat endorsement. Other valuable skill training available, Orientation is on any Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 10 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., all at no cost to you. Please call (718) 302-2057 ext 231 or go to www.stnickalliance.org for qualifications and more information.

The Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center is now is open, and hopefully there will be no more problems there.

The United States Tennis Association will be holding tryouts for ball persons. Registration will begin on Thursday, June 20, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at 3 p.m., tryouts at 4 p.m. You must be 14 years or older. For more information, visit usopen.org/ballperson.

My friend Jaimie has advised that there is a pet food stamps program, call (845) 499-2198 for more information.

Testimony was heard by the Landmarks Preservation Commission regarding the landmarking of the Forest Park Carousel. The testimony was positive and supportive of landmarking. On June 25, a vote will be taken on whether or not to grant landmark status. Please have some good thoughts for this vote for Landmarking to protect and preserve our carousel for our children and theirs for posterity.

Finally, very sad news. Frank Ranieri the lead singer of the Four Pops has passed away. I can remember his beautiful voice at our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festivals through the years, singing doo-wop music. Frank, you will be missed.

So let’s see Woodhaven fly our American flags every day above all others and wear your lapel flag pins proudly. May God bless our armed forces and our disabled veterans, and may God bless America.

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