On Thursday, May 23, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held its Annual “Small Town” Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony. This annual event, which this year was cold and threatened by light rain, was held and the weather cleared just long enough for the patriotic music by Paul Rudolph Jr., the Presntation of the Colors by Master Sergeant Edward Carr and our award-winning ROTC Color Guard.
The National Anthem was sung by our own David Cronin. Our master of ceremonies was Paul Rudolph, Sr., former commander of the Woodhaven American Legion Post 118, and Two Post 118 Veterans Casey Ramos and Hector Johnson. Also in attendance and participating was Councilman Eric Ulrich reading a remembrance.
I also spoke, recalling losing my brother-in-law, a WWII veteran, four years ago, and two years ago sadly I lost my brother, a decorated WWII veteran. I am fortunate enough to have my brother and my other brother-in-law, both WWII Veterans, still with me.
These, our veterans of WWII, and all of the other wars we have fought and are fighting are heroes and many of them have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice or have come home whole, all are a testimony to the true statement that “Freedom is Not Free” and we live in our beloved America because of them and we thank them.
Now to the Social Event of the Year, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Dinner Dance. This is the reason that every year the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation sponsors our Annual Spring Anniversary Dinner Dance. At these dinner dances we honor great elected officials, store and business owners, and contributors to our community.
This year, the theme of the dinner dance, now in its 34th year, is “Happiness is Spring,” so named because of the warmth of spring that everyone enjoys at the end of winter. Our honorees for 2013, as I stated before, being so important to our Woodhaven have led very interesting lives. So now to our big reveal. Drumroll please.
Our honorees are “Woman of the Year 2013” is Melva Miller, director of Economic Development for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Miller is a consummate professional. She has been so supportive of our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and our Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s stores and businesses and given us good advise and counsel.
Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation “Man of the Year 2013” is Stephen R. Esposito, president of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation. Steve is a Woodhaven boy, having been raised in Woodhaven where his family still resides. He has been devoted to the service of Woodhaven, giving many hours of his time, efforts and guidance to our organization.
Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation “Business Owner of the Year 2013” is John R. Patel, owner of the Haven Card Shop. (Hallmark) John has been on our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue for over 25 years. This store is a real family store with his wife and immediate family, along with his Woodhaven “family” members, extending courteous pleasant service to all that shop in his beautiful store.
Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation “Business of the Year 2013” is Woodhaven’s Scaturro’s Food Market. All of our residents consider Scaturro’s our own. Scaturro’s has been a mainstay on our Jamaica Avenue, being one of the oldest stores in Woodhaven. This family-owned business and their employees (remember George?) have assisted our old, young, longtime and new residents with attentive courtesy through the years.
Our “Special Recognition Award 2013” goes to Dr. Paul D. Fish, veterinarian and owner of the Animal Clinic of Woodhaven. Dr. Fish came to Woodhaven over 25 years ago, making a substantial investment in a large property in Woodhaven. The clinic became an anchor to our avenue and still remains one today. Since Woodhaven loves their pets, a veterinarian was a welcome addition to our community. Dr. Fish has been very benevolent, treating rescue animals and strays from Woodhaven streets. These, our 2013 honorees, because of their ambition and hard work epitomize American success stories right here in our little Woodhaven. So mark your calendar for Friday, June 7, for the social event of the year, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation’s “Happiness is Spring” 34th Anniversary Dinner Dance.
This year it will be held at the beautiful Woodhaven Manor Caterers (formerly Cordon Bleu), newly renovated and under new management at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue. In line with the theme, ladies are encouraged to wear warm spring colors. The music will be by the hot disc jockey “Superior Sound Entertainment.” They will be playing all types of dance music including our favorite doo-wop tunes.
The tickets for the event are priced at only $65 for a wonderful evening of good food, good music and good company. Please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations and ticket purchases. Attend and enjoy!
There are jobs available at the U.S. Open from August 20-September 9. Please call (718) 593-8275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Also summer camp 2013 Tennis Academy takes place from June 17-August 2 for ages 4-10, 12 and up, and 10 to 17. Payments for this camp vary. Call (718) 760-6200 or visit www.nct.usta.com
Port Authority Police Officer applications are being accepted. For more details or to apply visit their website at www.jointheportauthority.com and click on the 2013 Port Authority Police Recruitment link to apply.
The problems and complaints continue on Jamaica Avenue with Sanitation tickets being issued and adjudicated. The Sanitation Enforcement Agents that issue these tickets under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency and these tickets are adjudicated by Environmental Protection Agency judges, not the Sanitation Department.
The complaints and problems with these violations and tickets have been brought to the attention of Councilman Eric Ulrich. He is pursuing the resolution of these problems and complaints through legislation. I will keep you updated as to his progress.
Now let us make sure we continue to fly our American flags above all others and also wear your flag lapel pins. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and our disabled veterans, and may God bless our America.