So long to the holiday season for 2012
by Maria Thompson
Jan 03, 2013 | 1565 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Saturday, December 15 and December 22, Santa in his beautiful sleigh circa 1877, owned and driven by Joe Trippi (with his 94-year-old mom ringing the bells and saying “Shop Woodhaven!”), rode along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue, and then Santa took free pictures with the young and the young at heart.

On December 15, this WBID-sponsored picture-taking took place in the Forest Park Plaza area off Jamaica Avenue. The next Saturday the weather was very cold and extremely windy. Because of this, we took our Santa, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman into the vestibule of our building to take the pictures. In spite of this, we took 200 pictures and gave out goodies and made everyone happy.

This free Santa promotion is only on our Jamaica Avenue, only in Woodhaven! Then Santa and all his helpers sang out together “We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Happy Hanukah, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”!

So we hope that you spent your last days of shopping on our WBID’s Jamaica Avenue at our stores and businesses that care. This year we experienced a mix of mild weather shopping and some rainy and windy days for all your Christmas and Hanukkah presents. Fortunately, Christmas Day was sunny, which made traveling to “Grandma’s house” an easy ride.

As you know, unfortunately our beautiful planted tree (which was chosen by the Daily News as the fourth Best Tree in all of New York City) was taken down by the terrible storm of Sandy. Our new tree brightly lit up our Forest Plaza area with the handmade decorations from the students of the Forest School P.S. 97, St. Luke’s Nursery School, St. Thomas the Apostle School and St. Elizabeth’s School. These decorations if not placed on the fence near the tree are on display at New Pops Restaurant and the Avenue Restaurant, drop by and see them there.

With these Christmas activities we conclude the 2012 Holiday Season. Next week I will review our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and Woodhaven Business Improvement District accomplishments of 2012 and our Wish List for 2013.

To all of you, our neighbors, storeowners, business owners and residents, we hope that you had a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy Hanukkah. And we wish a very happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year to you and yours.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our leaders, and may God bless our America

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