Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 118

July 16, 2014 by

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – SATURDAY 07/19 10 AM Start
    • Thursday Night Concert & Night Time Carousel Ride
    • Woodhaven Cemetery Cleanup Recap
    • Universal Pre-K on Radio Free Woodhaven Friday @ 10 PM
    • Help Wanted: Universal Pre-K Teacher
    • Woodhaven Celebration & Fundraiser Tickets Now on Sale
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  • Local Events
    • Free Basketball Camp 7/21 through 7/25
    • No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams 7/24 @ 9 AM
    • Blood Drive at Emanuel United Church of Christ 7/26 @ 9 AM
    • NYFAC Bike Ride to Fight Autism 7/26
    • Defensive Driving Class 8/2 @ 9 AM
    • Night Out Against Crime 8/5 @ 6 PM
    • Sen. Addabbo’s BBQ for Vets 8/16 @ 12 PM
    • Carousel Ride to Fight Alzheimer’s 8/22 @ 6:30
    • International Food Day @ All Saints 8/23
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • Eric Ulrich Discusses Woodhaven, New Graffiti Program & More
    • Mike Miller Discusses Woodhaven, Announces Will Run Unopposed
    • High School Equivalency Program in Woodhaven
    • Two Arrested in Fatal Beating
    • Atlantic Avenue a Concern
    • WRBA Membership Drive

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** Our Top Stories:

** Town Hall Meeting - Our next Town Hall will be Saturday July 19th 10AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Please take note of the early start time – start your day with a Town Hall meeting and have the rest of the day for Summer activities

 

** Thursday Night Concert & Carousel – There is a free concert at 7:30 the bandshell Thursday (July 17th) – a Rod Stewart Tribute (click here for a preview). If you want to go with friends and neighbors, a few of us will be on the left-hand side (facing the stage) towards the back (we’ll get there around 6:45). And then afterwards, we’re going on an evening ride at the Forest Park Carousel (which is open on concert nights until 9:30). Come out and enjoy a concert and the carousel – we’ll see you there!

** Woodhaven Cemetery Cleanup – The clean up of Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is underway – click here for pictures and video. These clean ups are family-friendly, and great educational events for young students. Clean ups will be held on the 2nd Saturday of every month – the next cleanup is 9 AM on Saturday, August 9th. Volunteers are needed and welcome!

 

** Radio Free Woodhaven – You may have seen the news that Universal Pre-K Classes will be offered at our Woodhaven Library. Jen Manley (VP of Community Affairs) and Nick Buron (VP of Community Services) will be speaking about this on Friday’s episode of Radio Free Woodhaven (click here to listen Friday at 10 PM). You can always click the same link to listen in the archives. During the show you can call in to speak with the host – (646) 378-1612.

** Universal Pre-K Teacher Needed – A follow-up on the item above, the Queens Public Library would ideally like to hire a teacher from our community. Here is the link to the job posting for Universal Pre-K Teacher. Please pass along to anyone who may fit the bill.


** Woodhaven Residents Annual Celebration – The WRBA’s Annual Dinner Dance is scheduled for Friday October 10th (that’s 10/10 — easy to remember!) and will be held this year at Roma View Catering. Stay tuned for the big announcements on who will be honored – we know it’s going to create some buzz!  Flash!  Tickets just went on sale – click here to purchase your tickets online – as you might have guessed, prices went up this year, but . . . we’re keeping our dance tickets at $65 per person. Note: Our annual journal is a nice looking booklet that gets high visibility since we publish it on the web (click here to see the 2013 Journal).  We’ve kept ad prices the same, click here to order an ad online).

 

 

** Other Events:

** Free Basketball Camp – Queens Tabernacle on 96th Street is sponsoring a Free 5-Day Basketball Camp the week of Monday July 21st. Click here for details.

** No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams
 – A Mobile Care Clinic will be in front of Queens County Savings Bank (corner of Woodhaven Boulevard & Jamaica Avenue) on Thursday, July 24 from 9 AM to 4 PM. This is sponsored in the memory of Ginny Campione, click here for requirements, call 1-877-628-9090 for an appointment. (Update: Ginny Campione worked at Columbia Savings Bank years ago – click here to hear our interview with her son Billy).

** Blood Drive at Emanuel – There will be a Blood Drive at Emanuel United Church of Christ on Saturday, July 26th from 9 AM to 4 PM. Giving blood saves lives!
** NYFAC Bike Ride - On Saturday, July 26, in Howard Beach, there will be a 20-mile bike ride, “The Loop,” to benefit the NYFAC Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The day’s events will include breakfast, a barbecue, DJ and much more! Last week, we spoke with Toni Cimino, Director of Development for NYFAC – click here to hear that interview.
** Defensive Driving Class – Completion of DMV-approved defensive driving classes can provide you with a 10% reduction on your automobile insurance.  There will be a National Safety Council Defensive Driving Class held on Saturday, August 2nd from 9AM to 4PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Reservations are required, please call 718-849-1153 and leave name and phone number.  Cost for this one-day course is $35.  Breakfast, light refreshments, snacks, coffee will be provided, you must bring your own lunch.
** Night Out Against Crime – The Annual Night Out Against Crime will take place on Tuesday, August 5th at the Buddy Memorial Monument (Park Lane South & Myrtle Avenue) from 6 PM to 9 PM.  There will be live music & refreshments (soda & hot dogs). Come down and meet the members of the 102nd Precinct in a friendly environment.  Call the 102nd precinct Community Affairs for more info (718) 805-3215 or call 102nd precinct Community Council President Latchman Budhai at (917) 660-0434.
** BBQ for Vets - Sen. Joe Addabbo will be hosting his 6th Annual barbecue for veterans at his Howard beach Office (159-53 102nd Street) on Saturday August 16th from Noon until 2 PM. Everyone is welcome.
** Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s - NY Carousel Entertainment, LLC, operator of the recently landmarked, Forest Park Carousel, is proud to host the third annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, donating 100% of all proceeds from carousel rides to the Alzheimer’s NYC Chapter Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Click here for more information.
** International Food Day - All Saints Church (Facebook link) will be hosting an International Food Day on Saturday August 23rd. This is an all-day event that will take place in the street outside of All Saints (formerly St. Matt’s) at 85-45 96th Street. Details to follow!
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 – Back by popular demand the WRBA will be sponsoring The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale again in 2014.  Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 — this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9AM to 4PM (rain date Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.

** News & Announcements:
** Eric Ulrich Discusses Woodhaven - Last week on Radio Free Woodhaven we spoke with Councilman Eric Ulrich who discussed the many good changes coming our way. Of note, Eric discusses the change to the graffiti program, something we will be discussing at this Saturday’s Town Hall meeting. We also discuss the lighting on Jamaica Avenue, the new garbage cans and more. Click here to listen.
** Mike Miller Discusses Woodhaven – Last week on Radio Free Woodhaven our Assemblyman mike Miller discussed a number of things concerning our community, including the partially collapsed building, but the breaking news here was that he will be running unopposed in this next election – so congratulations, Mike! Click here to listen.
** High School Equivalency (HSE) Classes – Obtaining your High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma opens up many more job opportunities for you. Statistically, those with a high school diploma or an HSE earn twice as much as those without over the course of a lifetime. The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center (SSNDEC) in Woodhaven, Queens has been providing that help via High School Equivalency Diploma classes for the last 10 years. After a $30 registration fee, there is no additional cost to participate in the program.  Click here for more information.
** Two Arrested in Fatal Beating – There was a horrific incident right on the border of Woodhaven and Ozone Park. 55-year old Nazmul Islam of Richmond Hill was found laying at 76th and Atlantic and was pronounced dead at the scene. Recent news reports suggest the incident stemmed from a confrontation that took place at a strip club on 78th and Atlantic.  Two young men were subsequently arrested and charged with murder and robbery. Click herehere and here for more details.

** Atlantic Avenue a Concern - Following up on the story above, there have been a lot of concerns lately about response to conditions on Atlantic Avenue. Click here for more details. Clickhere for more details. It is likely that this will be one topic discussed at our Town Hall meeting this Saturday morning at 10 AM.

** WRBA Membership Drive – Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues – if you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.

 

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An Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s

July 16, 2014 by

New Yorkers of all ages can enjoy “An Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s” on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM.

Carousels evoke positive memories of everyone’s childhood.  The whirling lights, flashing colors, piping organ music, giggling children, and galloping horses remind everyone of a simpler time.  Bring back those magical days of the past while fundraising for the future.  On August 22nd, create new memories while raising money for programs and services for those who have Alzheimer’s, a disease that robs people of their memories.

NY Carousel Entertainment, LLC, operator of the recently landmarked, Forest Park Carousel, is proud to host the third annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, donating one hundred percent of all proceeds from carousel rides to the Alzheimer’s NYC Chapter.

Visitors can have unlimited carousel rides with face painting for $10 or enjoy individual rides for $3 to benefit the Alzheimer’s NYC Chapter (within the two-hour time span). There will be lots more fun as well, with a RAFFLE that includes some great prizes! Cido the Clown will be there to entertain everyone with his magic tricks and silly jokes. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit New York City’s oldest carousel, a rare and beautiful piece of art designed and carved by Master Wood-Carver Daniel Carl Muller in 1903.

Snacks and refreshments will be available at the Carousel concession.

The Forest Park Carousel is located in Forest Park at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in Woodhaven (Queens), NY.  Free parking is available adjacent to the carousel. RAIN OR SHINE.

Website: www.forestparkcarousel.com

Email: info@nycarousel.com

Phone: (718) 788-2676.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 117

July 4, 2014 by
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Happy Fourth of July – Thank a Vet BBQ Highlights
    • Happy Fourth of July – STA Flag Day Highlights
    • Next Town Hall – SATURDAY 07/19 10 AM Start
    • Thank You From The WRBA Royals
    • Radio Free Woodhaven Fridays @ 10 PM
    • WRBA Membership Drive
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  • Local Events
    • Woodhaven Historic Family Cemetery Cleanup 7/12 @ 9AM
    • Free Basketball Camp 7/21 through 7/25
    • No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams 7/24 @ 9 AM
    • Blood Drive at Emanuel United Church of Christ 7/26 @ 9 AM
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
    • Save the Date – WRBA Dinner Dance 10/10
  • News & Announcements

    • Woodhaven Feature Article
    • Woodhaven Student Goes to City Council
    • Partially Collapsed Building Update
    • SBS on Woodhaven Boulevard
    • STA History Club Showcase
    • Dark Clouds Over Woodhaven
    • Muni Meter Warning
    • Bus Countdown Clocks
    • Woodhaven Teen Remembered

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** Our Top Stories:

** HappFourtoJuly – It might be raining outside, but here’s a nice patriotic update — pictures and video from the WRBA and Woodhaven’s Thank A Vet BBQ – click here to see it!
 
** Grand OlFlag – And here’s another little blast of patriotism for the 4th – St. Thomas the Apostle’s Annual Flag Day Celebration.
 
** Town Hall Meeting - Our next Town Hall will be Saturday July 19th 10AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Please take note of the early start time – start your day with a Town Hall meeting and have the rest of the day for Summer activities
 
** Thank You From The Royals – Each year, the WRBA (through your donations) sponsors a team in WORKS Little League, the “WRBA Royals” a group of 4 & 5 year-olds. At our last Town Hall meeting, we collected donations to take them on a ride at the Forest Park Carousel. Click here to see the big smiles your investment generated!
 
** Radio Free Woodhaven – The WRBA’s online radio show is LIVE every Friday at 10 PM. Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE. You can always click the same link to listen in the archives. During the show you can call in to speak with the host – (646) 378-1612.

** WRBA Membership Drive – 
Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues – if you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.
** Other Events:

** Woodhaven Cemetery Cleanup – The Woodhaven Historical Society and STA’s Woodhaven History Club are inviting everyone to take part in a cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery on Saturday, July 12th starting at 9 AM. This is a unique opportunity to visit a historic location and take part in its well being. Click here for details on how to sign up.
** Free Basketball Camp – Queens Tabernacle on 96th Street is sponsoring a Free 5-Day Basketball Camp the week of Monday July 21st. Click here for details.

** No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams
 – A Mobile Care Clinic will be in front of Queens County Savings Bank (corner of Woodhaven Boulevard & Jamaica Avenue) on Thursday, July 24 from 9 AM to 4 PM. This is sponsored in the memory of Ginny Campione, click here for requirements, call 1-877-628-9090 for an appointment. (Update: Ginny Campione worked at Columbia Savings Bank years ago – click here to hear our interview with her son Billy).

** Blood Drive at Emanuel – There will be a Blood Drive at Emanuel United Church of Christ on Saturday, July 26th from 9 AM to 4 PM. Giving blood saves lives!
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 – Back by popular demand the WRBA will be sponsoring The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale again in 2014.  Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 — this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9AM to 4PM (rain date Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.
** Save the Date! Woodhaven Residents Celebration & Fundraiser – The WRBA’s Annual Dinner Dance is scheduled for Friday October 10th (that’s 10/10 — easy to remember!) and will be held this year at Roma View Catering. Who will be honored this year? Stay tuned – big announcements are coming soon!

** News & Announcements:
** Woodhaven Feature – In case you missed it, there was a really nice profile of Woodhaven in last week’s Queens Chronicle. Click here to read it.  Bonus: The author of that piece, Domenick Rafter, was our guest caller on last week’s Radio Free Woodhaven. Click here to hear what he had to say about his article and our community.
** Woodhaven Student Goes to City Council – Ingrid Karmazinas of Woodhaven served as City Councilmember for a Day and went to City Hall with Councilman Eric Ulrich. Click here to learn more about Ingrid and hear about how her day went.
** Partially Collapsed Building Update Click here to get the latest on the partially collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue. The judge has imposed an aggressive repair schedule and any failure to meet those weekly milestones will result in the building being demolished. Click here for more.
 
** SBS on Woodhaven Boulevard - The Department of transportation recently had an open meeting at PS 306 regarding Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard. Click here to read an article about how it went. And click here to hear an interview with Domenick Rafter of the Queens Chronicle on this subject.
 
** STA History Club – The STA Woodhaven History Club held a showcase of their projects at Oak Ridge in Forest Park. Click here for some pictures and video.
** Dark Clouds Over Woodhaven - There was a nice little storm Thursday Night (July 3rd) – click here to see how it looked on Forest Parkway.
** Muni Meter Warning – The NYPD has issued a warning about thieves who use skimming devices at muni meters. Those who use debit or credit cards to pay for their parking should be on alert. Find out more here.
** Bus Countdown Clocks - During the Participatory Budgeting process, residents voted to bring 8 new bus countdown clocks to Woodhaven. Read more about them here.
** Woodhaven Teen Remembered - Teachers at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture teachers raised funds for a scholarship in the name of Roman Pirozek and have announced the first recipient, click here for details.


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Partially Collapsed Building Update

June 29, 2014 by

The building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue has been in the news again with reports that the city and the courts are finally getting tough with George Kochabe, the owner of the structure which has not been repaired or torn down since it collapsed on April 12th of last year. Since that collapse, the building has been causing ongoing damage to the home of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The ongoing damage, which includes massive flooding and mold damage (in addition to threatening the structural stability of the WRHVAC’s building) has been the reason the WRHVAC’s insurance company won’t fix their building. It has kept the Ambulance Corps from entering their building, and has forced their tenant – The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center – to move to the American Legion Hall on the other side of Woodhaven. The result of this has been a tremendous financial burden on the Ambulance Corps which threatens their existence.

At the most recent meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Department of Buildings community liaison Ken Lazar stated that time had run out for the owner and that the courts were putting in place a schedule that the owner had to make. Read more details about this meeting in Phil Corso’s coverage for The Forum (click here).

The WRBA has recently spoke with both State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and State Assemblyman Mike Miller and they have confirmed that this court-set schedule exists and that missing any of the deadlines would result in the demolition of the building by HPD (Department of Housing Preservation and Development). 

Here is that schedule set by the court:

June 27 – owner to present and file plans
July 3 –  contractor to file permits
July 14 – start work at the site
July 18 (and each week afterwards) – engineer to file report on work done
October 14 – completion of work

We hope that this schedule is adhered to by the courts and by the city and this isn’t just another chapter in the long game that’s been going on. We’ve been promised that time has run out and that this schedule is a strict one – we hope for the sake of the Volunteer Ambulance Corps and our Seniors that this is, indeed, the case.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 116

June 19, 2014 by

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – THIS SATURDAY 06/21 10 AM Start
    • Thank Our Vets BBQ
    • Adopt-A-Platoon-Results
    • WRBA Membership Drive
    • Graffiti Cleanup Update
  • Local Events
    • Free Health & Safety Event 6/21 @ 10 AM
    • Woodhaven Historical’s Penny Social 6/25 @ 1 PM
    • Small Business Seminar 6/25 @ 7:30 PM
    • DOT/MTA’s Select Bus Service6/25
    • 102 Precinct Blood Drive 6/26 @ 1 PM
    • Richmond Hill Walking Tour 6/28 12 Noon
    • Woodhaven Historic Family Cemetery Cleanup 7/12 @ 9AM
    • Free Basketball Camp 7/21 through 7/25
    • No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams 7/24 @ 9 AM
    • Blood Drive at Emanuel united Church of Christ 7/26 @ 9 AM
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • Reporting a Natural Gas Leak
    • Reporting Potholes to 311 Via Facebook
    • Woodhaven Gardening Club
    • Poll Worker Opportunities
    • Free Summer Sports Clinics
    • Upcoming Events at the Woodhaven Library
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
    • The WRBA Royals - Season’s Almost Over

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** Our Top Stories:

** Town Hall Meeting - Our next Town Hall will be THIS SATURDAY, June 21st, 10 AM at the American Legion Hall 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Please take note of the early start time – start your day with a Town Hall meeting and have the rest of the day for Summer activities

** Thank Our Vets BBQ – The WRBA’s Thank Our Vets BBQ was a big success, many thanks to all who came out to thank our veterans. You can read about it in the Leader-Observer, the Forum – and you can see video of it by clicking here.

** Adopt A Platoon – Many thanks to everyone who contributed to American Legion Post 118’s Adopt A Platoon. A large shipment of items send with love from the residents of Woodhaven is now on it’s way to Afghanistan.

** WRBA Membership Drive –
Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues – if you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.

** WRBA Graffiti Cleanup – As previously reported, the WRBA went out on a mailbox graffiti cleanup, cleaning all mailboxes in Zone A (from Woodhaven Boulevard to the Richmond Hill border) – happy to report that as of this writing all are still clean and graffiti-free.  We’ll be planning to tackle the next Zone soon – contact us if interested!

** Other Events:

** Free Health & Safety Event – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Senator Joseph Addabbo will present a free safety and health event on June 21, 2014 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot.  NYPD (VIN & Bike etching), Cell phone, laptop, ipad registration, FDNY (Smoke House) and much more. Click here for details.

** Woodhaven Historical’s Penny Social – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will hold their annual Penny Social Fundraiser on Wednesday June 25th at 1 PM at Emanuel United. There are always a lot of interesting items up for grabs at this event – click here for details.

** Small Business Seminar – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Senator Joe Addabbo will present a Small Business Seminar Wednesday June 25th 7:30 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ.  A great opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns from agencies such as Department of Buildings, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and many more. Click here for details.

** DOT/MTA’s Select Bus Service - There was a meeting in Woodhaven hosted by the Riders Alliance the other night, you can read about the reaction here. There may be some significant changes to Woodhaven Boulevard in the works. We will talk about them this Saturday at our Town Hall – and the DOT will be hosting a meeting Wednesday June 25th at 7 PM at PS 306. Don’t wait until it’s too late to voice your opinion!
** 102nd Precinct Blood Drive - There will be a blood drive at the 102nd Precinct on Thursday, June 26th from 1 PM to 7 PM.  Click here for more information.
** Walking Tour of Richmond Hill – Author Kevin Walsh, webmaster of Forgotten New York will be hosting a walking tour of Richmond Hill on Saturday June 28th starting at 12 Noon. We will meet at 121st and Jamaica Avenue and it will end at Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South approximately 3:30 PM. The tour costs $20 per person ($15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members).  Update:  Click here to hear our interview with Kevin Walsh.
** Woodhaven Cemetery Cleanup – The Woodhaven Historical Society and STA’s Woodhaven History Club are inviting everyone to take part in a cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery on Saturday, July 12th starting at 9 AM. This is a unique opportunity to visit a historic location and take part in its well being. Click here for details on how to sign up.
** Free Basketball Camp – Queens Tabernacle on 96th Street is sponsoring a Free 5-Day Basketball Camp the week of Monday July 21st. Click here for details.

** No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams
– A Mobile Care Clinic will be in front of Queens County Savings Bank (corner of Woodhaven Boulevard & Jamaica Avenue) on Thursday, July 24 from 9 AM to 4 PM. This is sponsored in the memory of Ginny Campione, click here for requirements, call 1-877-628-9090 for an appointment. (Update: Ginny Campione worked at Columbia Savings Bank years ago – click here to hear our interview with her son Billy).
** Blood Drive at Emanuel – There will be a Blood Drive at Emanuel United Church of Christ on Saturday, July 26th from 9 AM to 4 PM. Giving blood saves lives!
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 – Back by popular demand the WRBA will be sponsoring The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale again in 2014.  Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 — this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9AM to 4PM (rain date Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.

** News & Announcements:
** Reporting a Natural Gas Leak – The City of New York has begun a public awareness campaign to urge residents to call 911 -and not just their utility – if they smell gas. Click here for more info.

** Reporting Potholes to 311 Via Facebook –
For those of you on Facebook, you can now enter 311 complaints for potholes via Facebook. Click here for more info.

** Woodhaven Gardening Club –
The Woodhaven gardening Club has announced their summer schedule – click here for more info.

** Poll Workers Needed – Registered Democrats living in the Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park areas wishing to work the polls on election day can contact Angel Vazquez at 212-380-8926.
 
** Free Summer Sports Clinics – Registration for Forest & Highland Park Free Summer Sports Clinics has been extended – spaces are still available for kids ages 7-14. Click here for more info.

** Upcoming Events at the Woodhaven Library – The Woodhaven Library has sent us a long list of upcoming events and programs suitable for children, adults – the entire family. http://wrba.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/upcoming-events-at-the-woodhaven-library/Click here to see what’s happening in our library.
 
** Radio Free Woodhaven – The WRBA’s online radio show, LIVE Friday’s at 10 PM. Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE. You can always click the same link to listen in the archives. During the show you can call in to speak with the host – (646) 378-1612.
** The WRBA Royals – As noted previously, the WORKS Little League T-Ball team that the WRBA sponsors found themselves without a manager – so the WRBA has stepped in. Want to come and root for our team? They are 4 and 5 year-olds and fun to watch! The next game is Sunday 6/22 at 1:00 PM at the track at Victory Field.  After the game, we will be taking the players over to the Forest Park Carousel for a spin and a team picture. Note: After Sunday there is only 1 more game so if you haven’t seen Woodhaven’s Team yet, time is running out!
Until next time,

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Reporting a Natural Gas Leak

June 19, 2014 by

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The City of New York has begun a public awareness campaign to urge residents to call 911 -and not just their utility – if they smell gas.  Previously, residents who smelled gas were often told to call their gas utility or dial 311, the city’s information hotline.  Now, any calls to 311 reporting gas will be transferred to the 911 emergency line, automatically triggering a fire department response.

If you suspect a natural gas leak:

  • Leave the area immediately and go to a safe location
  • Do not try to locate the source of the leak
  • Do not do anything that could cause a spark and ignite the gas:
  • Do not use electrical devices, such as light switches, telephones, or garage door openers
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters
  • Do not start vehicles parked in the area
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves
  • From a safe location, call 911 to report a gas leak.  Do not call your gas provider.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until fire department or law enforcement personnel deem the area safe for re-entry

Signs of Natural Gas Leak

  • “Rotten egg” smell
  • Dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area
  • Dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground
  • Bubbling in wet or flooded areas
  • Blowing or hissing sound
  • Flames, if a leak has ignited
  • Gas in transmission pipelines does not have odorant added, so signs of a pipeline leak may include all of the above except the rotten egg odor

 

2014 Forest and Highland Park Free Summer Sports Clinics

June 19, 2014 by

2014 Forest and Highland Park Free Summer Sports Clinics

Registration has been extended! Space is still available for the listed sports!

Participants ages 7-14 will learn sportsmanship, social skills and the basics of their chosen sport in this intense six-week program.

Registration for the program will take place through an online lottery system. Winners will be selected by a computerized random draw within each sports clinic.

For questions or to register, please visit the Forest and Highland Park Sports Clinics webpage or call (718) 235-4100 x307.

Sports Clinics
Soccer at Highland Park Ages 7-9
Mondays, Wednesdays,and Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Ages 10-14
Mondays, Wednesdays,and Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Karate at Forest Park
Mondays and Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Skateboarding at Forest Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Woodhaven Gardening Club

June 19, 2014 by

Summer Dates from the Woodhaven Gardening Club:

June
Friday June 20th, 2:00-4:00

July
Thursday July 10th        3:00-5:00

Thursday July 17th        3:00-5:00

Thursday July 24th         3:00-5:00

Thursday July 31st        3:00-5:00

What we will be doing:

Vegetable Garden

Check in on our vegetable garden and help care for our tomatoes, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, kale and more. We will be watering and weeding the garden on this day.

Planting Flowers

Help beautify the neighborhood by planting flowers in our side garden.

Potting Seedlings

The seedlings that we started at the last meeting are sprouting, but very slowly. Let’s get these safely into pots and help them grow!

All adults and families with children welcome.

We have something for everyone to do!

Woodhaven Community Library

85-41 Forest Parkway

Woodhaven, NY 11421

(718) 849-1010

Reporting Potholes to 311 Via Facebook

June 19, 2014 by

For those of you on Facebook, NYC311 is now accepting Street Pothole Service Requests via Facebook Private Message. If you send NYC311 a Private Message with a street pothole location (an intersection of two City streets and the Borough), they will confirm your request by replying with your Service Request number. You then can track the status of your request online or by adding the SR number to the “My Complaints” section of the 311 App.

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Upcoming Events at the Woodhaven Library

June 12, 2014 by

New and Exciting at the Woodhaven Library:

The Woodhaven Library will be providing UPK starting this Fall. We will have 18 full day pre-k seats available. For more information see See http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreKCome in to the library to pick up an application. 

Summer Meals for kids will be provided for free weekdays starting June 27th. Lunch will be served from 1:00-2:00. Programs and events for kids will be scheduled all summer around the free lunch time, please come in to pick up a calendar of Summer Reading events for kids. 

The Vic Vincent Band will be presenting a “Musical History Tour of Rock and Roll, Do Wop and Pop” at the Library on June 19th at 2:00 PM. Refreshments will be served and a good time will be had by all!

Woodhaven Library Flea Market Fun Day- We have two Young Entrepreneurs Workshops scheduled in June which will culminate in a Woodhaven Library Flea Market Fun Day in which young people will be selling their wares at tables set up on the library grounds on June 27th from 2:00-4:00. Come support our neighborhood’s youngest entrepreneurs! Also we’ll have face painting, games and more. Call or stop in to talk to Ken Gordon about participating. 

Shape Up NY Zumba- Free Zumba Exercise classes will be provided at the Woodhaven Library on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 starting July 8th and running through January 6th. Think getting in shape in NYC has to be expensive? Think again! 

Get out and Dance this summer! Learn Salsa and Mambo this summer for free at the Woodhaven Library at our Salsa and Mambo Workshops on Thursdays July 17, 24 and 31 at 2:00 PM. Presented by Guy Ferrara, one of the last great dancers from New York City’s golden age of Latin Dance! 

Ebooks Workshop: get the latest eBooks using the Queens Library website. Bring your reader, tablet or smartphone or just come in to learn more. Thursday July 10th at 11:00 am and Thursday July 24th at 5:00 pm.
Summer Dates for the Breastfeeding Support Group (English and Spanish) The Breastfeeding support group will meet Wednesdays July 9th, 24th and August 13th at 12:00 after Toddler Time. Speak with a certified Lactation Consultant and participate in our support group. Pregnant women welcome as well as all nursing moms!

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UPDATE: More Events

Jr. Friends of the Library Volunteers. Sign-up starts Monday June 16. Ages 10 – 14.
Pre-registration required.
 
Reading and Writing Through Literature. Sign-up starts Tuesday June 17. Grades 3 – 5.
Pre-registration required.
Flea Market Fun Day: Friday June 27 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. All Ages.
Movie Night: The Lego Movie Friday, July 11 from 4:00 – 6:00. PM All Ages
Free Lunches: Every day (EXCEPT Tuesday) begin Friday June 27 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. All Ages.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Club: Mondays, starting July 7 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Ages 8 – 12
Movie Making: Mondays, starting July 7 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Ages 8 -15
Chess Club: Tuesdays, starting July 8 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Ages 6 and up.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays, starting July 9 from 11:15 – 12:00 PM. Ages 18 mos – 3 yrs.
K – 2 Grade Book Club: Wednesdays, starting July 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
Gardening Club: Thursdays starting July 10 3:00 – 5:00. All Ages.
Reading and Writing Through Literature: Fridays, starting July 11 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Grades 3 – 5.
Pre-registration Required.
3 – 6 Grade Book Club: Fridays, starting July 18 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
Game Day: Fridays 7/18, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. All Ages
For more details see attached flyers.
For Adults:
Vic Vincent Music Group: Thursday June 19 from 2:00 – 3:000 PM
Zumba: Tuesdays, starting July 8 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Breastfeeding Class and Support Group: Wednesday, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
E Book Workshop: Thursday July 10 at 11:00 AM and Thursday July 24 at 5:00 PM 
Salsa and Mambo Workshop: Thursday 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

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