Tips for staying cool this summer
by Maria Thomson
Jul 25, 2012 | 1887 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
And the heat goes on!

The weather continues to be very hot and humid accompanied by the loud sound of thunder and lightning during flash rainstorms. Because of the constant oppressive heat, in my recent articles I have advised for your information that our Forest Parkway Library is a designated cooling center. It is located at 85-41 Forest Parkway, and is open Monday-Friday, closed on Saturday and Sunday. The hours are Monday 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesday 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 1 to 8 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, note that at our library, lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday to all youth under the age of 18. So drop off and cool off at our Woodhaven Library.

Last year at this time, our parking meters on Woodhaven’s Business Improvement District along Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th street were increased from 25 cents for 20 minutes to 25 cents for 15 minutes. The GWDC and WBID fought very hard against this change, but as of last year the increase was initiated.

Our WBID periodically distributes quarters to parking cars on our avenue to thank those who shop our Jamaica Avenue. The WBID appreciates that you shop locally in our stores and businesses that care.

Recently, a newly proposed massive skate park was announced. This 10,350-square-foot park will be located on Atlantic and 95th avenues between 88th and 89th streets in Ozone Park. There will also be basketball courts, adult fitness equipment, walking track, shrubs and a sitting area.

I have always marveled at the physical art and demands of skateboarding. I had at one time, while surfing cable channels, come upon a skateboarding documentary Dogtown and Z Boys. It’s all about skateboarding in California when great young skateboarders skated in emptied pools due to an ongoing drought. Watch it if you see it listed, it is very enlightening. Thank you to Honorable Helen M. Marshall, our Queens borough president, and Honorable Eric Ulrich, city councilman, for jointly funding this excellent project.

Now to another park, our beautiful Forest Park and Forest Park performances at the George Seuffert Bandshell: Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m., Wonderous Stories, music from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s; Sunday, July 29, 5 p.m., Queens Symphony Orchestera and Verdi’s Opera “La Traviata”; and Thursday, August 2, 7:30 p.m., Swing Sabroso with the sounds of salsa.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, get job training for 8 to 12 weeks in excellent occupational skills. There will be a two-day orientation program on Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31, at 10 a.m. in Room C-341, Laguardia College Youth Works. Call Vanessa Jarvis at (718) 482-5171 or (718) 609-2132 for more information.

Night Out Against Crime will be held on Tuesday, August 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Buddy Memorial, Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. For more information, call Community Affairs at the 102nd Precinct at (718) 805-3215.

Also, a safety tip: light up your backyards and leave your porch lights on overnight.

I would like to thank the Queens County American Legion and the Queens Chapter 32 of Vietnam Veterans for defraying the costs of funeral services and internment of indigent military veterans. These, the veterans that have passed and those that have buried them, are true patriots.

Fly your American flag proudly above all others and replace it often. Wear your flag pin too. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces, coalition forces, may God bless us all, and most of all may God bless our America.

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