Shop locally this holiday season
by Maria Thomson
Nov 20, 2013 | 1240 views | 0 0 comments | 537 537 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I hope that you are enjoying this sunny, temperate weather. This last week has been cold and some days windy but clear and bright, this with only 12 days until the end of November.

Maybe we will have a mild winter; we can only hope. This weather is perfect for shopping on our Woodhaven’s “Everything” Jamaica Avenue. As you know, it has been a very difficult economy, especially for our small shopping strips in the last few years. This difficulty is also being felt by the big stores.

It has been stated that the sale of Christmas decorations and cards is too early. This acceleration, although early, is a result of all of the bigger box stores setting the pace for our little commercial strips. It is becoming increasingly difficult for our stores and businesses to compete.

Although our little Woodhaven offers good prices, two-hour parking, and personalized assistance in our small hometown atmosphere, we still have to compete for every sale. This is why your WBID, comprised of your store and business owners, do so much to keep your money here shopping locally.

Your WBID for the holidays will have holiday lights from Dexter Court to 100th Street with holiday music. Our WBID streets will be clean as always and 99 percent graffiti vandalism free, with our WBID Security all along our avenue. To give our local shopping a boost, Saturday, November 30, has been designated “Small Business Saturday,” and we are encouraging you to “shop small.”

So shop locally next Saturday and every day, with all of our restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Remember we have “walkability”; save gas and find anything you need on your Everything Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue.

Now that we have our newly elected officials and our re-elected council members, the GWDC and the WBID have a wish list for their consideration, including the request of LED street lights for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue.

The carriage horses, an NYC tradition, should continue to be allowed but not in Manhattan traffic, only within Central Park. If they are discontinued these horses will face uncertain futures.

You can sign up for free for the city’s Official Notification System at or call 311 to register.

Now we are working very hard planning our Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored holiday activities. Soon the holiday lights will be lit on our WBID, and soon Forest Parkway Plaza will again have the beautiful artificial tree that we had last year.

As for our special live Blue Atlas Cedar, we were not sure due to weather delays it would arrive on time to take out the other tree and replant it. We also had to reserve the artificial tree, or we possibly would end up with no tree at all. So the decision was made to get our special tree, which will be here and nurture it and plant it for next year. It was more then 27 years ago that we planted our Award Winning Tree, so let us take care and plant our special Woodhaven tree next year so that it will also last 27 years or more.

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. for the Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony, and Saturday, December 7, at noon for our Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade.

This past week our venerable pharmacy and the very loved pharmacist Joe Testa closed the doors of his store, Woodhaven Pharmacy. This was such a shock to everyone for through the years we depended on Joe Testa for our prescriptions and caring advice. Many tears were shed. Joe, we love you, we will miss you and we wish you well.

Fly our American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our leaders, may God bless our disabled veterans, and may God bless America.

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