Back to school, elections, and sadly, September 11, 2001
by Maria Thomson
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Now the important election countdown dates begin. On Thursday, September 13, the Democratic and Republican primaries will be held. If you are a registered Democrat you can vote for incumbent Assemblyman Michael Miller or Etienne David Adorno, and if you are a registered Republican you can vote for the Eric Ulrich or Juan Reyes for State Senate.

We do not care who you vote for, just please vote because voting makes us strong. You should be receiving postcards in the mail regarding your polling location address. This is where you go to vote in this primary and in the November election. The Presidential and statewide elections will be held on Tuesday November 6.

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, fill it out and return to the address noted. The last day to postmark the return of this application is Thursday, September 6.

You will then receive your absentee ballot, which will have to be mailed back and postmarked by Wednesday, September 12. Please do not lose your opportunity to vote. So please 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 elections.

Also, please mark your calendar for our GWDC-sponsored “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2012” on Sunday, October 14, from noon to 6 p.m. So, make sure to have good thoughts for good weather. Please call our GWDC Office for more information.

Last year’s street festival can be viewed on YouTube at Mr. Woodhaven 11421, as well as our Back to School Sales Day 2012.

I hope that you had a very safe enjoyable Labor Day Weekend during which we remember and honor our hardworking men and women of America, these being our neighbors, friends and leaders.

Yes, here we are in September, the end of summer 2012 (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, as we used to say, “bright eyed and bushy tailed,” all decked out in outfits purchased on our Woodhaven’s “Everything” Jamaica Avenue.

Most of the students are happy to return to school to see their friends and teachers. Yes, this is what the month of September has always meant, that is until September of 2001.

As I have stated before, “every year since 2001, the month of September has brought with it a very sad special 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 11 years now and our wounds are still painful and strong.”

In September of 2002, I spoke at an Ecumenical Prayer Mass. The words that I wrote and stated at that time are still poignant now nine 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 enemy, who act in cowardice. Our Woodhaven supports these our good defenders, in this war against these hateful evildoers. 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.”

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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