Woodhaven gearing up for street festival
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Woodhaven organizations, including the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, are fed up with the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, which still has barricades around it. The WBID has painted these barricades constantly, and also made sure that the lights under the sidewalk covering have been in working condition. It has been more than four years, how long will this repair take? Tear it down and build a senior housing for our elderly that do not want to leave Woodhaven. We were advised that the city is busing in homeless from other neighborhoods to the drop-in homeless center in the old Dallis Coffee building because we do not have enough homeless people of our own. The biggest and best family street festival in Queens will take place on Sunday, October 1, from noon to 6 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. There will be pony rides, games, antique cars, vendors with unique products, and bargains in Woodhaven's great stores. The entertainment will be country-and-western music from Mary Lamont and rock and roll from Solid State Band, Plastic Soul and Blu Sykyee. The special feature again this year will be The Malaysian Lion Dancers of Lunar New Year fame and exotic dancers from India. Come by the GWDC/WBID table in front of 84-01 Jamaica Avenue, where we will be distributing free American flags, flag pins and other giveaways. Or purchase an original Woodhaven Flag for $12 or a beautiful picture of a Forest Park Carousel horse painted by Constance Del Vecchio Maltese for $7. Please have some good thoughts for sun on October 1. This day is a great showcase for a great community. I have noted many American flags being flown throughout our Woodhaven community, please add your house to one of those that is proudly flying the flag. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless the NYPD and police officers everywhere, and may God bless our America.
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See all hate
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Dear Editor, I wonder if all those talking about what they perceive as "hate" in Charlottesville are willing to see other forms as well. Since that event, there have been three attacks on police officers, a Missouri State politician advocated the assassination of Donald Trump, and police officers support Colin Kaepernick, who has no great love for this country. In 2016, my car was keyed, lawn sign removed, and I was attacked for showing support for Donald Trump, as were many others. The media barely covered it. And in October, when Columbus Day celebrations take place, there will be the usual cadre of haters with their actions toward Italian-Americans and the man who discovered America. Three things seem apparent to me. Hate comes from all sides, those who claim to oppose it only see the forms they wish, and anyone who they disagree with has no right to expression. Sincerely, Edward Riecks Howard Beach
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Bridge fail
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Dear Editor: The photo op of Governor Andrew Cuomo driving across the new TappanZee Bridge spoke volumes concerning his commitment to the MTA and mass transit.   The new TappanZee Bridge provides no rail connections to Metro North with communities west of Westchester, including Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Sullivan counties, to Grand Central Terminal.   This could have provided a new option for thousands of NYC-bound commuters west of the Hudson River. Queens and Brooklyn residents who are reverse commuters looking for access to jobs would also have benefited.   This omission reduced the total project cost by over $1 billion, but Governor Cuomo never acknowledges the real reason the project came in on budget. Sincerely, Larry Penner Great Neck
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Climate change
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Dear Editor, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia - all in the last few weeks. There are more and more severe hurricanes every year. What fuels the strength of these hurricanes? Warmer ocean temperatures. Why? Global warming. Yet, Republicans are outraged that Democrats want to address climate change at a time when millions are being affected by climate change. Sincerely, Robert LaRosa Whitestone
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On London
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Dear Editor, The London bombing on a packed underground train is appalling. These egregious and nefarious acts against innocent people are by cowards who have chosen hate over love. These evildoers can run, but they cannot hide. Sincerely, Frederick R. Bedell, Jr. Glen Oaks Village
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