September is an important month
by Maria Thomson
Sep 04, 2013 | 1263 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Here we are in September, the month with so many important dates as the election countdown begins. Tuesday, September 10, will be the Democratic and Republican primaries.

If you are a registered Democrat or Republican you can vote for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, and City Council members. Also, Queens borough president. We do not care who you vote for, just please vote because voting makes Woodhaven strong.

You should have received postcards in the mail regarding your polling location address. This is where you go to vote in this primary and in the November general election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

If you can not get to the polls to vote, due to a handicap or the possibility of bad or snowy weather, then plan on securing an absentee ballot now, just in case. Please call (866) 868-3692 to have an absentee ballot application mailed to you, then fill it out and return it to the address noted. The last day to postmark the return of this application is Thursday September 5.

You will then receive your absentee ballot, which will have to be mailed back and postmarked by Wednesday September 11. Please do not lose your opportunity to vote. So mark your calendar for these important dates. Remember every vote counts.

If you need any additional information, please call our office at (718) 805-0202. The GWDC is assisting the Campaign Finance Board with disseminating this information on the primary and general elections.

Also, mark your calendar for our GWDC-sponsored “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2013” on Sunday, October 20, from noon to 6 p.m. So, make sure to have good thoughts for good weather. Call our GWDC Office for more information. Vendors are welcome.

Prior years' street festival – and Back to School events - can be viewed on our website.

I hope that you had a very safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend during which we remember and honor the hardworking men and women of America. These being our neighbors, friends and leaders and the backbone of our country. There is nothing like the satisfaction of being a proud working man or woman.

Yes here we are in September, ostensibly the end of summer, unless we have some intermittent lingering warm sunny days (I hope). The children and young people are all heading back to their respective elementary and high schools.

They are all decked out in outfits and with their school supplies purchased on our Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s “Everything” Jamaica Avenue. Most of the students are happy to return to school to see their friends and teachers and eager to learn. Yes, this is what the month of September has always meant, that is until the September of 2001.

As I have stated before, every year since 2001, the month of September has brought with it a very sad feeling. It is a feeling that filled our very being and souls, because of the sad events of that day on September 11, 2001. It has been 12 years now, and our wounds are still painful and strong.

In September of 2002, I spoke at an Ecumenical Prayer Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. The words that I wrote and stated at that time are still poignant now 11 years later. I would like to share them again with you, so that we may reflect and pray.

Since last year, the sadness of September 11th, 2001, has been constant, as we in Woodhaven cope with the life stories of all those heroes lost and their families that are suffering from their loss. The dirge of bagpipes and the flow of tears have been with us every day, and we grieve.

We grieve for all of the innocent men, women, and children that were so brutally taken from us that fateful day. We grieve for our majestic Twin Towers, forever taken from our skyline. These innocents were taken because they were Americans, and our towers for they were symbols of America.

Our eyes may be filled with tears, but our vision is clear. Our America is at war and we view the enemy, terrorism, through eyes of strength and with resolve. The men and women of our armed forces are fighting this war against terrorism with bravery, not as our enemies, who act in cowardice.

Our Woodhaven supports these, our good defenders, in this war against these hateful evil doers. And because of our good, we will be victorious against this evil. In this time of war, may our leaders, our country and our little Woodhaven be protected. May we be resolute in stating, “Never Forget, Never Again.”

On Tuesday September 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Thomas the Apostle café entrance on 88th Street, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation will hold a September 11 Remembrance Ceremony. All are invited to speak as to where they were at or any memories of that infamous day.

Also, that evening we will have a Candidates Night with nominees for all offices to be voted on during the general election. All are invited to attend. Please mark your calendar.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and coalition forces, may God bless us all, and most of all may God bless our America.

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