Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 108

April 23, 2014 by
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Next Town Hall TOMORROW
  • Playground Cleanup
  • Flag Day Barbecue Thanking The Vets
  • Participatory Budgeting Aftermath
  • A View of Woodhaven Slideshow Encore
  • Beware of Scammers
  • Adopt a Platoon
  • Operation Comfort Warriors
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Raffle
  • Flag Day Barbecue
** Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW – Our next Town Hall meeting will be on Thursday, April 24th at 7 PM. It will be held at the American Legion Post 118 hall at 92nd Street and 89th Avenue (behind PS 60).

** Playground Cleanup – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is working with Forest Park, to keep our park clean. We will be cleaning up Mary Whelan Playground (78th and Park Lane South) on Saturday, May 3rd at 9 AM. The Parks Department will be providing tools and T-Shirts to people who RSVP.  Reply to this email if you want to be part of this fun event – perfect for children and families. Click here for more information.

** Flag Day Barbecue Thanking the Vets – We will be holding a Flag Day Barbecue to thank our Vets on Saturday, June 14th outside of the American Legion. In order to do this we are putting together a small committee of people to work on planning it – interested in planning a party?  Email us and let us know. Also – we are looking to borrow a few tents for that day – if you have a tent and would not mind loaning it to honor our veterans, please email us (info@woodhaven-nyc.org) and let us know!

** Participatory Budgeting Aftermath - Here’s some food for thought on the “participatory” portion of Participatory Budgeting. We expect we’ll do a lot better next year – want to be more involved?  Let us know!

** A View of Woodhaven Free Slide Show – The Woodhaven Historical Society’s presentation entitled “A View of Woodhaven – Part 1″ attracted a big crowd Monday – for those who are interested, there will be an encore presentation on Wednesday April 30th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ.
** Beware of Scammers – At the most recent 102 Precinct Community Council meeting, residents were warned about some popular scams going around in our precinct - click here for more information. And please pass along to any friends and neighbors. These scammers prey on the elderly and the trusting – if you know someone like that, please pass the word!
** Adopt a Platoon - American Legion Post 118  would like some help in sending a box of goods to a platoon in Afghanistan.  They need baby wipes, green tea and chai, tooth paste, razors, soap, fly swatters. If you’d like, drop off the items tomorrow night at the American Legion at the Woodhaven Town Hall meeting..

** Operation Comfort Warriors - The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a raffle to benefit Operation Comfort Warriors.  $20 per ticket- only 150 tickets will be sold!  1st prize $1,000. 2nd Prize $350. 3rd prize $150.  Those are good odds!  Operation Comfort Warriors is a program established by the American Legion to help service personnel returning home by providing “nonessentials” – items that would help wounded warriors in their recovery.  If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Jennifer Farley at jfarley13729@yahoo.com.  For more info on Operation Comfort Warriors, click here.

** School Sisters Raffle - The School Sisters of Notre Dame is holding a raffle, the winning prizes are $100 Metro Cards.  Tickets are only $2 each and can be purchased at the SSND Educational Center (call 718-738-0588). Would you like to help the Sisters sell some tickets?  Contact Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.

Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

WRBA Playground Cleanup Day – May 3rd

April 19, 2014 by

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association – in cooperation with the administration of Forest Park – will hold a playground cleanup day at 9 AM on Saturday, May 3rd at Mary Whelan Playground on 78th Street and Park Lane South.  After a long winter the playground needs a little TLC, some sweeping, bagging leaves, etc. Great activity for families and children – come out and join your neighbors in some positive cleanup work!

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The Parks Department will be supplying tools – and T-shirts to all who RSVP.  Let us know if you are coming by emailing us at info@woodhaven-nyc.org — or, fill out the handy form below:

Woodhaven’s Turn To Help – Call on HPD to “Tear It Down!”

April 11, 2014 by

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Here is the latest on the partially collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue.  The owner did not show up in court yesterday. The judge refused his lawyer’s request for an extension.  It has been referred to Housing Preservation & Development. Sen. Addabbo said that he spoke to the Commissioner of HPD asking them to take the building down or to make repairs ASAP. We know our other elected officials will do the same.  They have the power to make repairs or tear it down – it is now in their hands.

That is GREAT NEWS because that means it is also IN YOUR HANDS.

We are asking you to take 3 or 4 minutes to go to the HPD Contact Page and enter a polite, respectful message asking them — on behalf of the residents of Woodhaven, the volunteer members of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp, the seniors of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center that have been displaced — ask the HPD to take action ASAP.  Ask them to tear this neglected danger down.

You can do this by going to this page by clicking this link.

You will get a screen where you can enter your contact info, or choose to remain anonymous.  It takes seconds to fill out – please do this for the residents of Woodhaven, for your friends and neighbors, for the good people of the ambulance corps, and for the seniors that have been displaced.

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Thank you very much for your support.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 107

April 11, 2014 by
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • WORKS Little League Parade Party – Saturday
  • Next Town Hall / Graffiti Cleanup
  • Participatory Budgeting Voting Results
  • Historical Society Slideshow – A View of Woodhaven
  • Adopt a Platoon
  • Woodhaven Blvd. DOT Select Bus Service Meeting
  • Operation Comfort Warriors
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Raffle
  • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 19th
  • Save the Date — 10/10/14!
** WORKS Little League Parade Party – WORKS Little League will hold their annual parade this year – and the WRBA is hosting a small parade watching party. Come to the WRBA Office (84-20 Jamaica Avenue) for 10 AM Saturday and cheer on our young boys and girls of WORKS Little League.  Click here for more info.
** Next Town Hall / Graffiti Cleanup – Our next Town Hall meeting will be on Thursday, April 24th at 7 PM. It will be held at the American Legion Post 118 hall at 92nd Street and 89th Avenue (behind PS 60).  The WRBA is planning some Spring Graffiti Cleanups – email us if interested, or you can sign up at our next Town Hall meeting. Click here for the rest of the 2014 schedule of Town Hall meetings.

** Participatory Budgeting Voting Results - Thanks to every one who came out and voted. Click here for the results.  Next year, we’ll be starting the process earlier. Contact us if you’d like to be more involved in the process.

** Historical Society – The Woodhaven Historical Society will be hosting a FREE slideshow entitled “A View of Woodhaven” on Monday, April 21st at 7 PM at Neir’s Tavern and Steakhouse.

** Adopt a Platoon - American Legion Post 118  would like some help in sending a box of goods to a platoon in Afghanistan.  They need baby wipes, green tea and chai, tooth paste, razors, soap, fly swatters. If you’d like, drop off the items when you come to vote next week for budget items.

** Woodhaven Blvd – Select Bus Service – The DOT and the MTA are hosting a public workshop to improve bus service, traffic flow, and safety along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. You will have the opportunity to share your transportation experiences and needs, to learn about transit improvements taking place this year along Woodhaven Boulevard, and to discuss plans to implement Select Bus Service.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:00 to 8:30 PM at JHS 210 Elizabeth Blackwell, 93-11 101st Avenue.  This event is free and open to the public of all ages, with a special children’s table featuring kid-friendly activities to get them thinking about ways to improve their community.

** Operation Comfort Warriors - The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a raffle to benefit Operation Comfort Warriors.  $20 per ticket- only 150 tickets will be sold!  1st prize $1,000. 2nd Prize $350. 3rd prize $150.  Those are good odds!  Operation Comfort Warriors is a program established by the American Legion to help service personnel returning home by providing “nonessentials” – items that would help wounded warriors in their recovery.  If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Jennifer Farley at jfarley13729@yahoo.com.  For more info on Operation Comfort Warriors, click here.

** School Sisters Raffle - The School Sisters of Notre Dame is holding a raffle, the winning prizes are $100 Metro Cards.  Tickets are only $2 each and can be purchased at the SSND Educational Center (call 718-738-0588). Would you like to help the Sisters sell some tickets?  Contact Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** Easter Egg Hunt - Queens Tabernacle will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th at 11 AM at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue.  There will be story telling, free gifts for the children, and candy giveaways.

** Save the Date – 10/10/14 – You’ll be hearing more about this in the upcoming weeks and months, but the annual Woodhaven Residents’ Celebration / Fundraiser has been set for Friday, October 10th.  More exciting details coming soon.
Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

 

2014 Participatory Budgeting Voting Results

April 8, 2014 by

This news just in from Councilman Eric Ulrich’s Office – the residents of District 32, Community Board 9 have weighed in on a ballot of proposals.  The top 5 projects will be funded to the tune of just over a million dollars:

The winning projects are:

  1. School Upgrades $376,000 (137 votes)

New fencing around school yard at JHS210, technology upgrades at PS273 and PS60 and A/V upgrades in auditorium of PS64

  1. Installation of Real Time Bus Clocks $80,000 (112 votes)

Installation of real time bus count down clocks at 4 bus stops in Community Board 9.

  1. Paving along Woodhaven Boulevard $300,000 (106 votes)

Money to be allocated for milling and paving of 2 miles of road.

  1. Repave paths in Forest Park $150,000 (96 votes)

Repave pathways in Forest Park adjacent to the Schaffer Memorial

  1. Upgrades at Richmond Hill Library $100,000 (93 votes)

Money to go to full interior renovation of Richmond Hill Library.

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The following projects fell short

  1. Upgrades at 102 Precinct $450,000 (81 votes)

Repair flooding issues and repave parking lot at 102nd Precinct

  1. New Signage for Hiking Trails in Forest Park $50,000 (73 votes)

Installation of new signage at the three hiking trails in Forest Park

  1. New Fencing and Signage for Dog Park in Forest Park $100,000 (57 votes)

Replacement and fencing and new signage at the dog park in Forest Park

  1. Renovation of Giovenelli Playground $300,000 (55 votes)

Money to fully fund a complete renovation of Giovenelli playground. (BP has allocated $1 million. Total cost is $1.3 million)

 All projects that did not win this round of voting will be eligible to be placed on the ballot next year.  The 2015 Participatory Budgeting process will begin much earlier, in September of this year.  If you live in Woodhaven and would like to play a bigger role in this process next year, please contact the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 106

April 3, 2014 by

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Participatory Budgeting Voting Underway
  • Next Town Hall / Graffiti Cleanup
  • Flea Market at Emanuel on Saturday
  • Recycling Event at Forest Park Bandshell on Sunday
  • Forest Park Carousel is Now Open for 2014
  • Historical Society Slideshow – A View of Woodhaven
  • Adopt a Platoon
  • Queens Mama Expo / Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Woodhaven Blvd. DOT Select Bus Service Meeting
  • Operation Comfort Warriors
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Raffle
  • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 19th
  • Queens Library Savings
  • Jimmy Young – 20 Years Later
** Participatory Budgeting Voting Underway - The WRBA Office has been open this week for voting and the turnout has not been very good so far.  We’ll be open today (Thursday) until 8 PM and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM.  After that, the polls will be closed.  Click here for more info.
** Next Town Hall / Graffiti Cleanup – Our next Town Hall meeting will be on Thursday, April 24th at 7 PM. It will be held at the American Legion Post 118 hall at 92nd Street and 89th Avenue (behind PS 60).  The WRBA is planning some Spring Graffiti Cleanups – email us if interested, or you can sign up at our next Town Hall meeting.
** Flea Market at Emanuel – On Saturday, there will be a Flea Market at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Blvd) from 10 AM until 3 PM.  There will be a veriety of vendors, used books, used jewelry, crafts — and refreshments are available all day on site!
** Recycling Event at Forest Park – Sunday, April 6th from 10 AM to 2 PM, rain or shine.  Sponsored by Sen. Joe Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller.  Forest Park Bandshell.  What can you bring for recycling? Clothing: bedding, linen, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags (all items must be clean and dry). Electronics: Computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TVs, PDAs, scanners, copiers, printers, air conditioners, etc. Paper: including paper fiber and confidential papers which will be shredded as you watch.  Carpeting: Accepting residential type carpeting and foam padding only. Household Goods: including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes. Also accepting books and eyeglasses for donation. For more info, call Sen. Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

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** Forest Park Carousel - The NYC landmarked Forest Park Carousel has opened the 2014 Season!  We were honored to take the first ride last Saturday (click here for some nostalgic home movies of the Carousel from 1973!)  Right now, it is currently open on weekends – for the entire 2014 schedule and more info, visit: http://www.forestparkcarousel.com/
** Historical Society – The Woodhaven Historical Society will be hosting a slideshow entitled “A View of Woodhaven” on Monday, April 21st at 7 PM at Neir’s Tavern and Steakhouse.

** Adopt a Platoon - American Legion Post 118  would like some help in sending a box of goods to a platoon in Afghanistan.  They need baby wipes, green tea and chai, tooth paste, razors, soap, fly swatters. If you’d like, drop off the items when you come to vote next week for budget items.

** Queens Mamas ExpoQueens Mamas is a website / organization which promotes activities you can do with your children. They are hosting a Mamas Expo on May 4th — a one day family friendly gathering that celebrates parenting culture in New York City and beyond.  Leni Calas of Queens Mamas will be joining us this Friday at 10 PM on Radio Free Woodhaven – click here to listen.
** Woodhaven Blvd – Select Bus Service – The DOT and the MTA are hosting a public workshop to improve bus service, traffic flow, and safety along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. You will have the opportunity to share your transportation experiences and needs, to learn about transit improvements taking place this year along Woodhaven Boulevard, and to discuss plans to implement Select Bus Service.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:00 to 8:30 PM at JHS 210 Elizabeth Blackwell, 93-11 101st Avenue.  This event is free and open to the public of all ages, with a special children’s table featuring kid-friendly activities to get them thinking about ways to improve their community.

** Operation Comfort Warriors - The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a raffle to benefit Operation Comfort Warriors.  $20 per ticket- only 150 tickets will be sold!  1st prize $1,000. 2nd Prize $350. 3rd prize $150.  Those are good odds!  Operation Comfort Warriors is a program established by the American Legion to help service personnel returning home by providing “nonessentials” – items that would help wounded warriors in their recovery.  If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Jennifer Farley at jfarley13729@yahoo.com.  For more info on Operation Comfort Warriors, click here.

** School Sisters Raffle - The School Sisters of Notre Dame is holding a raffle, the winning prizes are $100 Metro Cards.  Tickets are only $2 each and can be purchased at the SSND Educational Center (call 718-738-0588). Would you like to help the Sisters sell some tickets?  Contact Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** Easter Egg Hunt - Queens Tabernacle will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th at 11 AM at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue.  There will be story telling, free gifts for the children, and candy giveaways.

** Queens Library Savings - Now you can enjoy special savings on books, videos and gifts! QL’s e-commerce site gives you the opportunity to purchase books, e-books, music, videos and gift items at great prices and receive free shipping if your order is $25 or more. This special offer is valid right now through Saturday, April 19. Go to: www.queenslibrary.org/shop. Enter promo code books2014 at check out.  Everything you buy helps to support Queens Library’s programs and services. And if you qualify for free shipping, it just gets better.

** Jimmy Young – 20 Years – Last week marked the 20th Anniversary of the death of Jimmy Young.  He was remembered here in the Leader-Observer.  Click here for a look at a memorial service we held for Jimmy Young a few years ago.
Until next time,

Your friends and Neighbors at the

Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 104

February 6, 2014 by
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Next Woodhaven Town Hall Meeting – 2/22 @ 1 PM
  • Do You Know this Woman?
  • Woodhaven Blvd. Named NYC’s 2nd Deadliest
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Visits St. Thomas the Apostle
  • 102 Pct. Announces Woodhaven Drug Bust
  • Queens: Then & Now – FREE Slideshow Monday Feb. 24th at 7 PM
  • Valentines for Vets – Deadline, February 12th
  • WRBA Bylaws
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Friday @ 10 PM
  • Wienermobile Sightings in Woodhaven
  • Parks Job Opening
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • Valentines at Neir’s Tavern
  • Lewis of Woodhaven – 10 Years Later
  • CB9 Meeting – 02/11
  • 102 Precinct CC Meeting – 02/18
** Our February Meeting – Mark it on your calendars!  The WRBA will hold its next meeting on Saturday, February 22nd, at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Katha Cato, of the Queens World Film Festival, will be giving a short presentation on their upcoming event in March (click here for details).  Also, each year the WRBA sponsors a baseball team for WORKS Little League – click here to see our 2013 team, The Royals! – we will be accepting donations at this meeting so that we can sponsor a team in 2014.  We hope to see you there!

** Do You Know This Woman? – The NYPD has found a woman who may have dementia or Alzheimer’s – she says she is from Woodhaven and that her name is Giselle Sajous – click here to see her – please share wherever you can so we can reunite her with her family!
** Woodhaven Boulevard Named NYC’s 2nd Most Deadliest Street – Woodhaven Boulevard came just behind Broadway as New York’s most dangerous street, netting 8 deaths in the last 3 years.  Click here for more details.
** Velázquez Visits St. Thomas - Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez paid a visit to St. Thomas the Apostle School last week to present them with a special gift – an American flag which has flown over the U.S. Capitol. While she was there, she delivered an inspirational speech to the young students in attendance. Click here to read about it – more pictures and video coming soon.
** 102nd Pct. Announces Drug Bust - The 102nd Precinct has announced a drug bust in Woodhaven  (click here for details).  Remember, for drug related issues call the Mayor’s Drug Hotline at 1-888-374-DRUG (3784).  And if you have any information about crimes, call 1-800-577-TIPS.
** Queens: Then & Now - Do you like old pictures of Queens? The Woodhaven Historical Society is holding an evening meeting, Monday, February 24th at 7 PM at Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th St.)  The presentation, which is free to members of the public, consists of slides from the earliest days of Queens’ development, paired with photos from the exact same location today. Click here for more information.
** Valentines for Vets - Mike Miller is collecting cards, candy (sugar free snacks a plus), toiletries and new clothing items for the men and women veterans hospitalized at St. Albans VA Hospital and the NYS Veterans Nursing Home. You can drop off donations at Mike’s Office (83- 91 Woodhaven Blvd.) until Tuesday, February 12th.  Click here for more info.
** WRBA Bylaws - The WRBA has adopted a new set of bylaws which you can review by clicking here.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Sister Catherine Feeney, Executive Director of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center, will be our guest of Friday Night’s Radio Free Woodhaven.  Click here to listen to the show – you can either listen to it live at 10 PM Friday night, or any time afterwards on demand.  SSNDEC is holding their annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Roma View on Crossbay Boulevard on Wednesday, February 26th from 6 to 10 PM. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, an open bar and more. For reservations contact the Sisters at ssndec@aol.com or call 718-738-0588 (click here for more info).

** Wienermobile Sightings in Woodhaven – Have you seen the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile in Woodhaven?  There’s good reason for it – Woodhaven resident Amanda Vazquez is driving it around the country – click here to find out why! 
 
** Parks Job Opening – Sen. Joe Addabbo brings a job opening in the Parks Department to our attention, click here for more info.  Know someone looking for work? Please forward to them.

** WORKS Little League Registration – Do you know of any children who want to play ball?  Now is the chance to sign them up for WORKS Little League’s 2014 Season – click here for more information.
** Valentines @ Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern is offering a special 3-course dinner on Valentine’s Day, click here for more information.
** Lewis of Woodhaven 10 Years Later – Can you believe that it’s been 10 years since Lewis of Woodhaven closed its doors?  Click here for an article from 2004 about the end of Lewis of Woodhaven.
** CB9 Meeting – Community Board 9′s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at The Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd. Rm. 202 at 7:45 PM.
** 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting - The 102 CC meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18th at 7 PM in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library 118-14 Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill.
Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

102 Makes Major Drug Bust in Woodhaven

February 6, 2014 by

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On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 the New York City Police Department’s Major Case Unit of Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North executed a search warrant at a mechanic auto shop located at 80-09 Atlantic Avenue.

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An employee of the mechanic shop was selling cocaine out of the location. This individual was responsible for illegal drug activity which
adversely affects the quality of life for the members of the community. The Police need your help in keeping your neighborhood safe in drug free environment.

For drug related issues call the Mayor’s Drug Hotline at 1-888-374- DRUG(3784)
If you have information about past crimes call 1-800-577-TIPS
For crimes in progress please call 911
* All calls will be kept confidential

Parks Job Opening – Deadline to apply: February 18, 2014

February 6, 2014 by

City of New York/Parks & Recreation
Seasonal Job Vacancy Notice
Civil Service Title: City Seasonal Aide
Office Title: Corps Member/ Jamaica Bay Restoration Corps
Salary: $11.11 per hour
Duration: 6 Months
Work Location: Queens

The Jamaica Bay Restoration Corps (JBRC) is designed to provide work experience, employment skills counseling and leadership skills while participants restore and develop the landscape in and around Jamaica Bay/ Rockaway Parks. This 6 month program will consist of 5 days per week of work on a crew or at a worksite. Staff will attend classes, seminars and job counseling sessions.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

• Work as a member of a crew in Jamaica Bay/ Rockaway Parks performing manual labor.

• Gain experience in beach operations, restoring wetlands, erosion prevention; grounds keeping and trail restoration.

• Plant new trees, care for them and remove downed tree limbs and debris.

• Remove debris (including wood, metals, docks, concrete, housing, boats, and other inorganic floatables) from the sand areas in Jamaica Bay parks.

• Work with community residents and develop local connections through surveys and needs assessments.

• Some classes and job counseling will be offered to participants.

PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

• There are no formal education or experience requirements for this position.

• Ability to read and understand and obey orders.

• Ability to perform physical tasks such as lifting heavy debris, standing, sweeping, raking and shoveling for extended periods of time.

• High school diploma or GED

• Good work ethic and an interest in working outdoors.

• Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn/ travel throughout Jamaica Bay/ Rockaway Parks area.

Send resume and cover letter by mail, fax or email to: JamaicaBayJob@parks.nyc.gov

Deadline to apply: February 18, 2014

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 103

January 28, 2014 by

grapevine

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Town Hall Meeting Recap
  • WRBA Next Meeting – 2/22 @ 1 PM
  • Ambulance Corps Files $13M Suit
  • Valentines for Vets
  • Queens Star of the Week – Martin Colberg
  • Miller to Tackle Out of State Parking
  • Eric Ulrich’s Inauguration
  • No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Mardi Gras Celebration
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • A Tree Grows in Woodhaven
  • Woodhaven Resident Badly Injured
  • Historical Society Meetings
  • Valentines at Neir’s Tavern
  • Homework Help Heroes
  • Radio Free Woodhaven
** Town Hall Meeting – Recap – The WRBA held their first Town Hall of 2014 earlier this month and if you missed this meeting, you missed a very interesting presentation on Participatory Budgeting, as well as visits from most of our elected representatives. Click here for comprehensive coverage of the meeting, including the results of how residents of Woodhaven would spend a million dollars.
 
** Our Next Meeting – Mark it on your calendars!  The WRBA will hold its next meeting on Saturday, February 22nd, at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).
 
** Ambulance Corps Files Suit - The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps has filed a 13 Million Dollar lawsuit against the owner of the collapsed building next door, the conditions of which have forced the Senior Center to move – and caused tremendous financial stress to the volunteers of the ambulance corps. Click here to hear Assemblyman Mike Miller speak about this on Radio Free Woodhaven.
 
** Valentines for Vets - Mike Miller is collecting cards, candy (sugar free snacks a plus), toiletries and new clothing items for the men and women veterans hospitalized at St.Albans VA Hospital and the NYS Veterans Nursing Home. You can drop off donations at Mike’s Office (83- 91 Woodhaven Blvd.) until Tuesday, February 12th.  Click here for more info.
 
** Queens Star of the Week - WRBA President Martin Colberg has been named this week’s Star of Queens by the Queens Courier.  Congratulations, Martin!
 
** Miller To Tackle Out of State Parking - Assemblyman Mike Miller is introducing a bill that targets people who live here, but insure their car in other states (and register them there). Not only does this cheat the State out of money, it puts those who follow the law at risk. If you are in an accident with someone who has obtained insurance illegally, the insurer may refuse to pay on the claim due to fraud.  Click here to hear Mike comment about this. 
 
** Eric Ulrich’s Innauguration - Councilman Ulrich’s Inaugural Ceremony will commence at 7 PM on Thursday, January 30th at PS 63 Elementary School (90-15 Sutter Ave in Ozone Park).  This event is open to the public. For directions or more information, please call (718) 738-1251.

** No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening - The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s (AICF) mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program which provides mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically underserved New York City women is scheduled to conduct screenings at New York Community Bank at 156-02 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414 on Thursday, January 30th. Click here for flyers in English and Spanish.

** Mardi Gras with The Sisters – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center is holding their annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Roma View on Crossbay Boulevard on Wednesday, February 26th from 6 to 10 PM. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, an open bar and more. For reservations contact the Sisters at ssndec@aol.com or call 718-738-0588 (click here for more info).

** WORKS Little League Registration – Do you know of any children who want to play ball?  Now is the chance to sign them up for WORKS Little League’s 2014 Season – click here for more information.

** A Tree Grows in Woodhaven
- It took a while, but Woodhaven finally has a Holiday Tree again – click here to see it.
 
** Woodhaven Resident Badly Injured - 84-year old Gertrude Schnabel was struck by a bus in Forest Hills and suffered serious injuries that resulted in the loss of part of one leg. We hope she recovers soon (if you know Ms. Schnabel, please pass along her contact info so we can send her our best wishes).
 
** Woodhaven History - The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will hold the first meeting of 2014 tomorrow (Wed., January 29th) at 1 PM at Emanuel United (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). Author Jason Antos will give a presentation on the history of Jackson Heights.  Note: The WCHS will hold their first evening meeting Monday, February 24th at 7 PM at Neir’s Tavern – he will give a slideshow presentation of Queens: Then and Now.
 
** Valentines @ Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern is offering a special 3-course dinner on Valentine’s Day, click here for more information.
 
** Homework Help Heroes – Some residents in Woodhaven are starting an organization to help bring students in need and volunteer teachers together. They will be having an introductory presentation on Thursday, January 30th at 6:30 PM at the Avenue Diner. Light refreshments will be served.  Click here for more information

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Councilman Eric Ulrich will be the guest caller this Friday (January 31) on Radio Free Woodhaven (click here at 10 PM EST to listen LIVE).  And on February 7th, we’ll be joined by Sr. Catherine Feeney of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center which is celebrating their 10th Anniversary.

 
 
Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the  
 

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

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