Residents prepare for street festival
by Maria Thomson
Sep 12, 2012 | 2286 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Yes, it is that time of the year again! Our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Board Staff and I are working very hard burning the late night oil on the October 14 Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival.

All of our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue stores and restaurants are getting prepared for this, our 32nd Annual Street Festival. (Would you believe 32 years!)

I remember the first Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair, a small arts-and-crafts fair, with only arts-and-crafts vendors, no stores or businesses participating. The area covered five block.

What a difference now. Our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival is now on 10 blocks, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street, with most of our own Jamaica Avenue stores and restaurants involved.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation board and staff are working very hard to sponsor and produce this festival, which is no easy feat for our organization.

Remember, the GWDC sponsors this street festival on our own, no professional producer is involved, it’s all us, my staff and I - all part-timers. In this way our GWDC Board and small Staff who care about Woodhaven control this New York City renowned, safe Woodhaven festival, (Which has been chosen as the “Best Street Fair” in Queens now six years in a row!)

So come out on Sunday, October 14, noon to 6 p.m. on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard. Bring the family for a safe, fun-filled day!

We will have pony rides, rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great Woodhaven stores and bargains. The entertainment for the festival will be a country western band featuring line dancers and instruction and Heartbreak Station with 50’s and 60’s songs.

Last Sunday I attended the small but poignant ceremony at Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park at the 9/11 Memorial Garden and Memorial Stone, in honor of local residents lost that day. This memorial was a dream of the late Ed Walter, and with the help of Rose Marti and the American Day Committee was made a reality in 2007.

Sadly Ed Walter passed and never saw this beautiful completed Memorial Garden. This ceremony since 2007 has been continued by Dorie Capace, Harold McCabe, Vincent Arcuri and others every year to commemorate this day. We were honored also to have in attendance Rose (who spoke lovingly of her only son) and Roger Marti, who’s only son Michael was lost that day.

Then I attended later on Sunday another ceremony of prayer and grief by the Geeta Mandir and Cultural Center and President Indra Seet, where many were invited to speak of that sad day. In attendance were the grieving family of another young man, Nazam Nazim, another only son. During the ceremony his sister Debbie spoke tearfully on behalf of her mother and father.

Then survivors of that day also spoke of their experiences in being rescued from the Twin Towers. These ceremonies were very sad and very heartbreaking, but also uplifting for every year we remember each and every one we lost that infamous day and recommit to Never Forget and Never Again.

Our GWDC Meeting will be on Tuesday evening, September 25, at 7:30 p.m at our new meeting location at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 87-40 88th Street. At this meeting as at all of our annual September meetings, there will be a Special September 11, 2001 Remembrance. Please attend and share with us all your September 11, 2001 experiences, poems and your thoughts on this evening.

Since there will be no October GWDC Meeting, this evening will also host a Candidates Night for the November 6th Election.

May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and coalition forces, and may God bless America.

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