Don’t go out if you don’t have to, but if you are shopping along our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue please enjoy and take your time in our air-conditioned stores, businesses, and restaurants.
If you do not want to leave your homes, order by telephone and have your groceries delivered. Also, restaurants will deliver. So please drink a lot of water. Order out and stay in. And if you don’t want to do your laundry in this heat, call or visit one of our local laundromats to wash, dry and fold your items for you.
There are two designated cooling centers in Woodhaven. Our still-damaged Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center in the Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 78-15 Jamaica Avenue, which is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. And the Woodhaven Library at 85-41 Forest Parkway (under construction, so please use the 85th Drive entrance), which is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Tuesday when it is open from 2 to 7 p.m.
This year is flying by so fast that I forgot some very important young people and children on their very important day - Graduation Day. This day marks the beginning of the next phase of their lives.
The Woodhaven graduates are Martin Liu (Dean’s List Suny Canton), Luz Terazona (Army National Guard graduate at Fort Jackson Columbia, S.C.), Artemio Molina (reenlisted N.Y. Army National Guard), John Bonilla (N.Y. National Guard), Yanbing Xia (Doctor of Philosphy degree from Purdue University), Thomas Huzij (inducted to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society), Zhong Yang (222nd Chemical Company promoted to private first class), Alex Gobright (Marist College Bachelor of Arts degree), Miagun Kuang (Suny Bachelor of Arts degree), and Melissa Campillo (degree from Dominican College).
Congratulations to these and all of our graduates from our local Woodhaven public and parochial schools, you make Woodhaven proud.
Our newly landmarked Forest Park Carousel, our “Jewel of Forest Park,” is open daily from 11 a.m. to sunset and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. And congratulations to Jamaica High School, now also a Landmark. This is great for Queens to have two locations named landmarks in the same week.
Other Forest Park Events are Zumba at the George Seuffert Bandshell on July 18 and 25 and August 1 and 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. Also at the Bandshell on Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. is the Beginnings Tribute to Chicago; on Thursday July 18, is the Lennon-Live tribute to the Beatles, and on Thursday, July 25, is Staying Alive, A Tribute to the Bee Gees.
Finally I want to acknowledge the loss of two fine gentlemen, Michael Young, a leader of many youth groups in Woodhaven and brother of Woodhaven hero Firefighter James “Jimmy” Young, firefighter, and Frank Messina of Maspeth Italian Charities of America and the Republican Party, both taken too young.
Please be careful in this heat wave. Remember, fly our American flags proudly above all others and wear your American flag lapel pins. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and disabled veterans, and may God bless our America.