Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 128

December 12, 2014 by
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Here is our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall TOMORROW – 12 Noon at Emanuel
    • Snow Dust Covers Woodhaven
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Local Events
    • Cemetery Cleanup 12/13
    • St. Thomas Flea Market 12/13
    • Assemblyman Miller & Sen. Addabbo Holiday Party 12/15
    • Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society Christmas Party 12/17
  • News & Announcements

    • Leftovers!
    • 102nd Precinct on Twitter
    • WW1 Woodhaven Christmas Miracle
    • Christmas in Woodhaven Links
    • Home Sales in Woodhaven
    • Basement Apartments Debated at CB9
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive

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** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall Tomorrow – Our last meeting of 2014 is tomorrow, Saturday, December 13th at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ. This will be more of a holiday celebration than a formal meeting – come out and wish your friends and neighbors well!
** Snow Dust Covers Woodhaven – Click here for some pretty pictures taken right after the light dusting of snow this week.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – We’ll be LIVE tonight at 10 PM EST, click here at 10 to listen live. During the show, call (646) 378-1612 in to speak with the host and voice your opinion on any Woodhaven-related matter! If you miss the live broadcast, you can always click the same link to listen archives.
** Upcoming Events:

** Cleanup of Woodhaven’s Historic Cemetery – The next cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is tomorrow Saturday, December 13th at 9 AM (96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church). Click here for a new article on the background of Woodhaven’s historic cemetery.
** St. Thomas Flea Market – St. Thomas the Apostle’s annual giant flea market will be held this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at Monsignor Mulz Hall. The WRBA will be on-site selling the very popular WDHVN-11421 T-Shirts – they make great Christmas gifts – and you’ll be helping out the WRBA – a win-win!
** Assemblyman Miller Holiday Party – Everyone is invited to Mike’s annual holiday party that will take place on Monday, December 15th from 6pm-8pm at his district office located at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven, NY 11421.  It will be hosted by Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joe Addabbo. Refreshments will be served. 
** Historical Society Christmas Party – Everyone is invited to a Christmas party hosted by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, December 17th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be food and music – and we’re having a Kris Kringle – if you want to participate, bring a small gift, costing no more than $10.

** News & Announcements:
** Leftovers! – Did you miss November’s meeting? Click here for highlights.  Eric Ulrich’s year-end newsletter is out, click here to view it. Click here for some safety tips from the NYPD. Click here info on DSNY’s New Recyclable Rules. If you, or anyone you know, does not have enough heat or hot water this winter, it can be reported hereClick here and here for tribute’s to our Miss Judy Graves.
 
** 102nd Precinct Tweeting – The 102nd Precinct is now on Twitter, click here to view/follow.
** WW1 Chistmas Miracle – Click here for a story of a Woodhaven Christmas Miracle. For additional background on our rediscovered WW1 Memorial, including a rendering of the trees with ribbons, click here.
** Christmas in Woodhaven - Here are a bunch of Woodhaven Christmas links for your enjoyment:
** Home Sales in Woodhaven - How many homes were sold in Woodhaven recently? And what are they selling for? Click here for some info.
** Basement Apartments - The proposed legalization of basement apartments was debated and voted upon at the most recent Community Board 9 meeting, click here for info.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.
** 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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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 127

December 5, 2014 by
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Here is our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Miss Judy Graves
    • Woodhaven Town Hall Highlights – Next Town Hall 12/13
    • Holiday Events – Tree Lighting and Parade 12/5
    • Santa Parade CANCELLED 
    • Update – Wreath Vandals Arrested
  • Local Events
    • Swingtime Big Band Show 12/06
    • Woodhaven History Study Group  12/10
    • Cemetery Cleanup 12/13
    • Assemblyman Miller & Sen. Addabbo Holiday Party 12/15
    • Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society Christmas Party 12/18
  • News & Announcements

    • Leftovers!
    • WW1 Memorial Rediscovered
    • Eric Ulrich’s Newsletter
    • Safety Tips
    • New DSNY Rules
    • Heat or Hot Water Issues
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive

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** Our Top Stories:

** Miss Judy Graves – We are very sorry to pass along the news that Miss Judy Graves has passed away. She ran the Mommy & Me class here in Woodhaven for many years, and she was our 2009 Woman of the Year. Click here for more info – click here for a special tribute with pictures and video.
 
** Woodhaven Town Hall – Many thanks to everyone who came out to our last Town Hall meeting – it was a great success and the ideas everyone came up with for participatory Budgeting were very interesting! Click here for a detailed report on the meeting – and remember that our last meeting of 2014 is on Saturday, December 13th at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ. This will be more of a holiday celebration than a formal meeting – come out and wish your friends and neighbors well!
** Holiday Weekend Events – Tree Lighting and Parade – The Woodhaven Holidays kick off with the annual tree lighting, sponsored by the WBID/GWDC on Friday December 5th at 6:30 PM.
** Santa Parade Cancelled - Due to the expected downpour, Saturday’s Santa Parade has been cancelled. There is no make up date.
 
** Update – Destruction of Our Wreath – As most of you probably saw, our WW2 memorial Wreath was destroyed by two drunken individuals. We can happily report that, according to the WBID, 2 individuals were arrested. We have no further information at this time.
** Upcoming Events:

** Swingtime Big Band in Woodhaven – The Swingtime Big Band sound is coming to Woodhaven in a show presented by St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy. The show will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 3 PM at Msgr. Mulz Hall,all proceeds go to benefit the school. Click here for more info.
 
** Woodhaven History Study Group – The 3rd meeting of the Woodhaven Study Group will be on Wednesday, December 10th at the Avenue Diner, starting at 7 PM. Last meeting we heard some very interesting reports from our researchers – and we also discussed the discovery of a long-forgotten piece of Woodhaven’s history (details coming soon). Our group is researching 1912, 1916, 1921, 1924, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1941, and 1961. Even if you do not want to research, just want to hear about what we find, you are more than welcome to attend. 
 
** Cleanup of Woodhaven’s Historic Cemetery – The next cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is scheduled for  Saturday, December 13th at 9 AM. Click here for a story about November’s cleanup.  This event is educational and fun for residents of all ages – volunteers are welcome and very much needed. If you have never visited this historic colonial era cemetery, come to 96th Street and 86th Avenue on 12/13 and be a part of history!
** Assemblyman Miller Holiday Party – Everyone is invited to Mike’s annual holiday party that will take place on Monday, December 15th from 6pm-8pm at his district office located at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven, NY 11421.  It will be hosted by Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joe Addabbo. Refreshments will be served. 
** Historical Society Christmas Party – Everyone is invited to a Christmas party hosted by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, December 18th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be food and music – and we’re having a Kris Kringle – if you want to participate, bring a small gift, costing no more than $10.

** News & Announcements:
** Leftovers! – Here are some leftover links from the last Grapevine which you may have missed.  Click here for highlights of the Toys for Tots Classic Car Run. Click here to read about the Food Drive for Vets spearheaded by CM Ulrich. Click here for an update on our battle with DSNY. Click here for beautiful pics of Woodhaven in the 1970s.  Click here for Assemblyman Miller’s latest newsletter. Click here for highlights of the Canine Costume Contest in Forest Park. the School Sisters of Notre Dame were in the news, click here to see them. Click here for an interesting article about New York Cemeteries in which our Man of the Year, Mr. Allan Smith, is interviewed.
** WW1 Memorial RediscoveredClick here for some details about a long-lost WW1 memorial in Woodhaven.
** Eric Ulrich’s Newsletter - Eric’s year-end newsletter is out, click here to view it. Speaking of Eric, here is a brief video feature of District 32.
** Safety TipsClick here for some safety tips from the NYPD – these are very useful.
** New DSNY Recyclable Rules – The Department of Sanitation sent us this reminder that starting in January 2015 it will be illegal for New Yorkers to discard electronics in the trash. But there are many FREE, convenient options to properly recycle your unwanted electronics. Click here for more information from QBP Melinda Katz.
** Heat or Hot Water Issues - If you, or anyone you know, does not have enough heat or hot water this winter, it can be reported here.  If the person making the report does not have a computer, they can call 311.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.

** 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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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 126

November 25, 2014 by

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Greetings all – Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and neighbors.  Click here for some handy information on what’s open and what’s not in NYC on the day after Thanksgiving.

Here is our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:

  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall Highlights – Next Town Hall 12/13
    • Holiday Events – Tree Lighting and Parade 12/5 & 12/6
    • Destruction of our Wreath
    • Bring Dasher Home
    • Pool Hall Controversy
    • Snow Alert for Wednesday
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Local Events
    • Thanksgiving  11/27
    • BP Katz to Hold PTA Workshop 12/02
    • Swingtime Big Band Show 12/06
    • Woodhaven History Study Group  12/10
    • Cemetery Cleanup 12/13
    • Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society Christmas Party 12/18
  • News & Announcements

    • Thank You For The Toys
    • Food Donations
    • Avenue Diner Specials
    • WRBA Takes on DSNY – Update
    • Jamaica Avenue in the 1970’s – Pictures
    • Assemblyman Miller Releases Newsletter
    • K9 Korral Canine Costume Contest
    • School Sisters of Notre Dame In The News
    • Snow Plans for Queens
    • New York Cemeteries w/ Allan Smith
    • The Demuth Pipe Factory
    • Roller Derby Girl
    • Collapsed Building Update
    • Heat or Hot Water Issues
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive
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** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall – Many thanks to everyone who came out to our last Town Hall meeting – it was a great success and the ideas everyone came up with for participatory Budgeting were very interesting! Click here for a detailed report on the meeting – and remember that our last meeting of 2014 is on Saturday, December 13th at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ. This will be more of a holiday celebration than a formal meeting – come out and wish your friends and neighbors well!
** Holiday Weekend Events – Tree Lighting and Parade – The Woodhaven Holidays kick off with the annual tree lighting, sponsored by the WBID/GWDC on Friday December 5th at 6:30 PM. The next day is the Santa Parade – and YOU are invited to march. Our marchers gather at 11 AM at 96th St and Jamaica Avenue. Or, you can join the Parade Watching Party at our office 84-20 Jamaica Avenue starting at 11 AM. Click here for more details and keep that date free and join us on Jamaica Avenue!
 
** Destruction of Our Wreath – As most of you probably saw, our WW2 memorial Wreath was destroyed by two drunken individuals (see media coverage herehere and here). Sadly, this is not the first time our war memorials have been vandalized (click here for more details). As of this writing, no arrests have been made. Click here for an update from the WBID’s Maria Thomson – and click here for a reminder that this gross act does not represent our neighborhood – in fact, there’s a lot of good to be thankful for.
** Bring Dasher Home - Have you read this sad story about the dog that was thrown from a car in Queens? There will be a fundraiser at Neir’s Tavern, co-sponsored by the K9-Korral Dog Run at Forest Park on Wednesday, November 26th from 5 to 9 PM. Click here for more details.
** Pool Hall Controversy – A proposed billiards hall on Rockaway Boulevard is asking for a liquor license – residents and Community Board 9 are not sold on the idea – click here for more info. If you have an opinion on this subject, please e-mail us to share it.  Please put “Pool Hall” in the subject line of your e-mail.
 
** Snow Alert – The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a ‘snow alert’ for Wednesday, November 26, starting at 7 am. Click here for more info.
 
** Radio Free Woodhaven Friday – Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to Woodhaven’s Only LIVE Radio Show.  Call in to speak with the host at  (646) 378-1612.

** Upcoming Events:

** Thanksgiving – Queens Tabernacle (86-03 96th St.) is opening their doors to needy families on Thanksgiving, call 718-846-7575 for more info.
 
** BP Katz To Host PTA Workshop – Borough President Melinda Katz will host a workshop for Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) as well as for parents interested in becoming more involved in their schools. December 2nd from 6 PM until 8:30 PM at Queens Boro Hall (click here for info).
 
** Swingtime Big Band in Woodhaven – The Swingtime Big Band sound is coming to Woodhaven in a show presented by St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy. The show will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 3 PM at Msgr. Mulz Hall,all proceeds go to benefit the school. Click here for more info.
 
** Woodhaven History Study Group – The 3rd meeting of the Woodhaven Study Group will be on Wednesday, December 10th at the Avenue Diner, starting at 7 PM. Last meeting we heard some very interesting reports from our researchers – and we also discussed the discovery of a long-forgotten piece of Woodhaven’s history (details coming soon). Our group is researching 1912, 1916, 1921, 1924, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1941, and 1961. Even if you do not want to research, just want to hear about what we find, you are more than welcome to attend. 
 
** Cleanup of Woodhaven’s Historic Cemetery – The next cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is scheduled for  Saturday, December 13th at 9 AM. Click here for a story about November’s cleanup.  This event is educational and fun for residents of all ages – volunteers are welcome and very much needed. If you have never visited this historic colonial era cemetery, come to 96th Street and 86th Avenue on 12/13 and be a part of history!
** Historical Society Christmas Party – Everyone is invited to a Christmas party hosted by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, December 18th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be food and music – and we’re having a Kris Kringle – if you want to participate, bring a small gift, costing no more than $10.
** News & Announcements:
** Thank You for the Toys – At our WRBA Town Hall, residents donated toys to be carried over to Bayside in the annual East Coast Car Association’s Classic Car Toy Run. WRBA President Martin Colberg and Vice-President Giedra Kregzdys represented Woodhaven and your donations were greatly appreciated.  Click here for beautiful pics and video of the trip to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, Queens.
 
** Food Donations - Also, many thanks to all who donated canned food for homeless veterans. We know it was short notice, but the residents came through, donating enough food to fill a car. Congratulations to CM Eric Ulrich for spearheading this drive, read more about the entire collection drive here
 
** Avenue Diner Specials - WRBA’s 2014 Business of the Year writes to let us know that they will be open for Thanksgiving and have a number of tasty specials on the menu – click here to see what’s cooking!
 
** DSNY Battle Update – NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer has weighed in on our battle with DSNY – click here to see what side he came down on.
 
** Jamaica Avenue in the 1970s Click here for some wonderful color pictures of Jamaica Avenue in the 1970s – it will bring back a lot of memories!
** Assemblyman Miller Releases Newsletter – Mike Miller’s new newsletter is out with updates on what he’s been up to – click here to read it.
** K9 Korral Canine Costume Contest – Be prepared for an overdose of cuteness with these pictures and video of the Canine Costume Contest in Forest Park. The WRBA’s Janet Forte and Ed Wendell joined Neir’s Tavern’s Loy Gordon as judges – but there were so many cute pups it was hard to made a decision!
** Woodhaven’s School Sisters in the News – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center was recently featured on the news - click here to see it.
** Snow Plans – From Mike Miller: “As winter approaches I wanted to share the Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Borough-Based Snow Plans, which are posted to DSNY’s website every year. The Snow Plans detail DSNY’s preparedness and response for possible snow events in the coming 2014-2015 winter season. I hope this help and don’t hesitate to call my office with any questions! Thank you!”
** New York Cemeteries Click here for an interesting article about New York Cemeteries in which our Man of the Year, Mr. Allan Smith, is interviewed
** The Demuth Pipe Factory Click here for an interesting article about the Demuth/Smith Pipe Factory off Park Lane South in Richmond Hill.
** Roller Derby Girl Here’s another story on Woodhaven’s Maureen Macintosh, who has been named to a national roller derby team.
** Collapsed Building Update – Click here for an update on the collapsed building. It is reported that the repairs are nearing completion.
** Heat or Hot Water Issues - If you, or anyone you know, does not have enough heat or hot water this winter, it can be reported here.  If the person making the report does not have a computer, they can call 311.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.
** 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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Snow Alert Issued for Wednesday

November 25, 2014 by

Snow Alert Issued for Wednesday, November 26 at 7 a.m.

The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a ‘snow alert’ for Wednesday, November 26, starting at 7 a.m.

A snow alert indicates the possibility of a snow event. In preparation for a snow event, DSNY personnel begin initial equipment readiness, including loading its salt spreaders, attaching plows when necessary, preparing tire chains and notifying supplementary personnel as needed. DSNY is coordinating with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow clearing protocol in accordance with each agency’s written snow plan. All relevant city agencies have been notified of the snow alert. DSNY will continue to monitor forecasts and will provide updates as the snow event approaches.

All winter weather information and information about the City’s response to the storm can be found by visiting the City’s Severe Weather website atwww.nyc.gov/severeweather or by calling 311. New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for the Notify NYC, the City’s free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can sign up for receive phone calls, text messages, and emails alerts about severe weather events and emergencies.

To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit www.nyc.gov or follow @ NotifyNYC on Twitter.

The DSNY Snow 101 FAQ is available online.

Holiday Weekend Festivities – Tree Lighting & Parade – Come March With Us!

November 25, 2014 by

The holiday season will kick off on the weekend of Friday December 5th and Saturday December 6th with the annual tree lighting / Santa parade down Jamaica Avenue in 2 traditional events sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation / Woodhaven Business Improvement District.  .

The tree lighting ceremony starts on Friday, December 5th at 6:30 PM.

The parade is the next day and here’s the best part – YOU are invited to march in the parade!  Bring your kids, march down Jamaica Avenue and show your Santa spirit! Are you a dog owner? The K9 Korral is marching, bring your pup and walk down Jamaica Avenue. No kids, no pets? March with us! Or with your group. Just come out and march!

The marchers will start assembling around 11 AM at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue — the GWDC and WBID will hand out Santa hats for the kids – and the parade will kick off at 12 Noon and go down Jamaica Avenue to Dexter Court and Franklin K. Lane where pizza will be served.

Want to Watch the Parade?? The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be holding their annual Parade Watching Party at their office at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue. Residents will gather as a group and cheer on the marchers – if they like, they can join the parade at that point.

To review – the Tree Lighting is on Friday, December 5th at 6:30 PM at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.

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As for the parade there are 2 options — join us at 11 AM at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue to march in the parade — or join us at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue to watch the parade.

Come out and meet your friends and neighbors – and have some fun!

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Above: last year’s Parade Watching Party – Sat. Dec. 6th at 11 AM at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue

parade-02Above: Last year’s parade – come join us!

BP KATZ TO HOST PTA WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS TO ENHANCE INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLS

November 24, 2014 by

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz will host a workshop for Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) as well as for parents interested in becoming more involved in their schools.

“Without a doubt, the stronger the PTA, the stronger the school,” Queens Borough President Katz said. “As a mom of two young boys, I can attest firsthand to the impact that parental involvement has on our education system. Queens parents are some of the most active, vocal and effective in the city, and the difference is clear. The nexus of collaboration between families, educators and surrounding community is the key to the success of our schools. I urge Queens parents – if you’re able – to be engaged.”

WHAT: PTA Workshop Hosted by Borough President Melinda Katz

WHEN: Tuesday, December 2nd from 6:00 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Queens Borough Hall (Borough President’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor) 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Queens.

WHO: Parents, including current and former PTA members and officers and District Family Advocates.

The workshop is free and open to the public. It will feature presentations from former PTA officers and District Family Advocates on how to improve outreach and engage more school parents, run more efficient meetings, governance tips about bylaws and officers, and raising money for schools. Borough President Katz will also deliver welcoming remarks.

As space may be limited, participants are asked to RSVP in advance by calling 718.286.3000.

Canned Food Drive for Homeless Vets – Donate in Woodhaven

November 17, 2014 by

If you want to help homeless veterans, you can stop by one of our local supermarkets, pick up a few extra canned goods or nonperishable food items, and drop them off at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue) from 3 PM to 9 PM on Wednesday, November 19th.canned-food

Councilman Eric Ulrich – the chairman of the New York City Council’s Veterans Committee – is spearheading a city-wide effort to collect canned food items for homeless veterans.

From the Queens Chronicle:

“It’s a heartbreaking reality that veterans around the city struggle each day to get a hot meal,” Ulrich said at a press conference.

“Veterans’ homelessness and hunger are two serious issues in our city. Our veterans deserve better and this drive will help ensure that local food pantries and soup kitchens are equipped to assist those less fortunate with hot meals during the holiday season.”

You can donate canned food and other non-perishable food items at either his office (93-06 101st Avenue) or at the office of Elizabeth Crowley (71-19 80th Street, Suite 8-30, Atlas Park Mall) up until Thursday, November 20th.

Or – if it’s easier – you can donate on Wednesday, November 19th from 3 PM to 9 PM at the office of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue).  So, if you want to help the homeless vets, you can stop by one of our local supermarkets, pick up a few extra canned goods or nonperishable food items, and drop them off right there on Jamaica Avenue. It’s as easy as that!

For more information, email the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 125

November 6, 2014 by
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Greetings all – and welcome aboard to everyone who recently signed up for the Grapevine – you can learn more about the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association here.  And you can catch up on what we’ve been up to by browsing our WRBA in the News page. Also, you can catch up on past editions of the Grapevine by clicking here.
And now, on to our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – 11/15 Toy Drive! Participatory Budgeting!
    • Local Food Drives
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • Woodhaven Teens Claim Beating By 102
    • Heat or Hot Water Issues
    • Congratulations Loy Gordon!
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Local Events
    • Cemetery Cleanup 11/08
    • Church Service for Veterans 11/09
    • Supermarket Bingo at STA 11/10
    • Woodhaven’s Antique Roadshow 11/12
    • Emanuel’s Fall Fair 11/15
    • Toys for Tots Car Run  11/16
    • Woodhaven History Study Group  11/18
    • Charity Basketball  11/22
    • Defensive Driving Class 11/22
    • Senior Shows 11/26
    • Thanksgiving  11/27
    • Swingtime Big Band Show 12/06
  • News & Announcements

    • WRBA Takes on DSNY
    • Star of Queens – Mike Brothers
    • Woodhaven’s Teen Queen of Roller Derby
    • STA Students Featured on NET-TV
    • Forest Park Dog Run Costume Contest
    • RIP Benny the Garbologist
    • NYFAC Food Drive
    • Woodhaven News Briefs
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • Queens Free Press
    • WRBA Membership Drive
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** Our Top Stories:

** Next Town Hall – Our next Town Hall meeting is Saturday, November 15th at 12 Noon at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). We will be accepting new, unwrapped toys on this date to go to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside as part of the annual Toy Run (click here for pics from last year). Also, this meeting will be your best opportunity to chime in with ideas for this year’s round of Participatory Budgeting (click here for last year’s brainstorming session).   
 
** Local Food Drives - Between November 10th and 20th, you can drop off canned food and other supplies at Councilman Eric Ulrich’s Office (93-06 101st Avenue) that will go to needy veterans. And between November 3rd and 22nd you can drop off canned foods and supplies at Assemblyman Mike Miller’s Office (83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard) that will go to local food pantries.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
** Woodhaven Teens Claim Beating By 102 Pct – An unsettling story in this week’s NY Daily News about two Woodhaven teens who say they were picked up by officers from our precinct and beaten (click here for details). There is a lawsuit and a complaint with the Civilian Review Board.
 
** Heat or Hot Water Issues - If you, or anyone you know, does not have enough heat or hot water this winter, it can be reported here.  If the person making the report does not have a computer, they can call 311.
 
** Congratulations Loy Gordon – The WRBA offers congratulations to Loycent Gordon of the FDNY, and owner of historic Neir’s Tavern, on his promotion to Lieutenant. Click here for more info.
** Radio Free Woodhaven Friday – Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to Woodhaven’s Only LIVE Radio Show.  Call in to speak with the host at  (646) 378-1612.

** Upcoming Events:

** Cemetery Cleanup – The next cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is scheduled for this Saturday, November 8th at 9 AM. Click here for highlights of a previous cleanup.  This event is educational and fun for residents of all ages – volunteers are welcome and very much needed. If you have never visited this historic colonial era cemetery, come to 96th Street and 86th Avenue on Saturday and be a part of history!
** Church Service for Veterans – Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard) will hold a special service to honor our veterans on Sunday Nov. 9. Service begins at 10:45, all are invited to attend.
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** Supermarket Bingo – There will be an evening of Supermarket Bingo at St. Thomas the Apostle on Monday, November 10th. Click here for more information.
 
** Woodhaven’s Antique Roadshow - Veteran appraiser Eddie Costello will return to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, November 12th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ, at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue (click here for guidelines & more info). Please note that we will also be accepting toys for the children of St. Mary’s Hospital in Bayside at this meeting.
 
** Emanuel’s Fall Fair – Vendors galore, books, nick-nacks, raffles and prizes — Saturday, November 15th, all day long, Emanuel United Church of Christ, corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
** Toys for Tots Toy Run – The East Coast Car Association will hold their annual Toy Run to St. Mary’s Hospital on Sunday, November 16th. Almost a hundred classic cars will begin lining up at 9 AM at the Forest Park Bandshell and the Toy Run will start around 12:30 PM.  Click here for more info.
** Woodhaven History Study Group – The 2nd meeting of the Woodhaven Study Group will meet on Tuesday November 18th (a week early because of Thanksgiving) at the Avenue Diner, starting at 7 PM. Our group is researching 1912, 1916, 1921, 1924, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1941, and 1961. Even if you do not want to research, just want to hear about what we find, you are more than welcome to attend. Click here for a brief report on the first meeting, plus an exciting look at the old Loew’s Willard Theater, which has made a brief reappearance, of sorts.
** Charity Basketball - On November 22nd at 7pm there will be a charity basketball game between the Woodhaven’s Angel Vasquez and the Young Democrats and Queens Elected Officials at Resurrection Ascension School (85-25 61st Rd, Rego Park) and the half-time show will be performed by “The Honeymooners”. All the proceeds go to the food pantry for the church – tickets are $10 each, doors open at 6:30 pm.
** 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, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
 
** Thanksgiving – Queens Tabernacle (86-03 96th St.) is opening their doors to needy families on Thanksgiving, call 718-846-7575 for more info.
 
** Senior Shows – Astoria Bank is supporting the tenth season of shows for senior citizens at Once Upon A Time Inc., 87-61 111th Street, Richmond Hill with two holiday specials to kickoff the season. The first will be Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Wednesday, November 26, at 10 AM. The second will be a musical version of “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, December 11 at 10 AM. All tickets are only $5 and may be reserved by calling Mark at 718-846-9182
** Swingtime Big Band in Woodhaven – The Swingtime Big Band sound is coming to Woodhaven in a show presented by St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy. The show will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 3 PM at Msgr. Mulz Hall,all proceeds go to benefit the school. Click here for more info.
** News & Announcements:
** WRBA Takes on DSNY – Click here for a news story on WPIX about the WRBA’s report on the tickets given in the middle of the night by Sanitation.  And click here for the WRBA’s report on illegal signs.
 
** Star of Queens – Congratulations to Mike Brothers, of Woodhaven’s Ohlert-Ruggiere, for being named this week’s Star of Queens for his work as Chairman of the Board of NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children). Click here for more info on Mike.
** Woodhaven’s Teen Queen of Roller Derby – Congratulations to Woodhaven’s Maureen MacIntosh for being named to a national roller derby team. Click here to read more about this young woman with a bright future!
** STA Students Featured on NET-TV - The STA Woodhaven History Club was featured on NET-TV - click here for the story.
** Forest Park Dog Run Costume Contest – Video – Ed Wendell and Janet Forte joined Loy Gordon of Neir’s Tavern as judged for the annual Halloween Costume Contest for pups at the K9 Korral Dog Run at Forest Park – click here to see video of all the contestants and the winners!
** RIP Benny the Garbologist – We were sad to hear that Benny Villanova (aka Benny the Garbologist) passed away last week at the age of 62.  If you’ve ever noticed the Peace sign on Park Lane South & 87th, or visited his ad-hoc garage sale, you probably knew Benny. Click here for a feature we did on Benny in 2009, click here to read Benny as featured in the NY Times.
** NYFAC Canned Food Drive – NYFAC is partnering up with Raymour & Flanigan to collect canned goods for local needy families. Donating 10 or more cans of food at Raymour & Flanigan’s Elmhurst, Jamaica or Middle Village locations will get you a 10% discount that day.
** Woodhaven Library News – Some news briefs from Kendra at our Woodhaven library: “We are having a Holiday Flea Market Fun Day in December and we are looking for people who would like to rent a table to sell crafts, etc. at $25.00 per table to benefit the Friends group. The will be a Friends group meeting this Monday November 10th at 5:30 to discuss the details, decide on the date. For more information contact Kendra at 718-849-1010.Also we have several FREE exercise classes going on. An Introduction to Tai Chi with Kevin M. Sullivan will be offered for free on three Thursdays in November. November 6th, 13th and 20th at 6:00 PM. “Participants will learn about this gentle form of martial arts oftentimes referred to as ‘meditation in motion.’ Kevin M. Sullivan has taught martial arts for 30 years.” Zumba provided by ShapeupNYC and NYC Parks continues every Tuesday at 6:00 until January 6th. Dress to work out, bring a bottle of water and just show up to the library’s side entrance.”
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.
 
** Queens Free Press – One of our members, Joel Kuszai, has started a news site, focusing on Queens with some Woodhaven News, click here to check it out.
** 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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2 Years Later: Woodhaven Steps Up After Sandy

October 29, 2014 by

Two years ago today, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, costing many lives – inflicting billions and billions of dollars worth of damage – people were left homeless, some homes washed away — other destroyed by trees or fire.  It was devastation on an epic scale.

Locally, here in Woodhaven, there was considerable damage (though we got off very easy compared to our neighbors in Howard Beach and the Rockaways).  We spend the first day licking our own wounds (click here for the list of damage along with pictures).

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The biggest blow we suffered was the loss of our tree at Forest Parkway — it was a shocking sight.

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Click here for more pictures of the hurricane’s damage here in Woodhaven.

The following day, after numerous residents asked whether or not we’d be accepting donations, we opened the doors of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, and the donations flowed.  Clothing, bottled water, diapers, medicine, cleaning materials — it was an amazing outpouring of generosity and caring by the residents of Woodhaven.

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And we didn’t just accept clothing — the many volunteers that came in sorted it, folded it, organized it.  We didn’t want to just go down to the Rockaways and drop 50 bags of random clothes on their doorsteps — they had enough to contend with — it was an exhausting first day, but we accomplished a lot.

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Here’s some video from that first day –

Click here for more pictures from that first day.

Many trips to Breezy Point, Howard Beach and the Rockaways followed.  Gasoline was scarce — but many residents volunteered to drive down to the collection points anyway.  And when you drove down there, you walked away realizing how very lucky we were here in Woodhaven.

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The weekend saw some cold weather come in – but our residents kept bringing in the donations — and we brought them to several different donation points throughout the area, destines for points all over New York.  The residents of Woodhaven donated over 1,000 bags of clothing — all of which was sorted and labeled.  There was tons of food, water, baby supplies — and cash money, which was used to buy even more food and supplies.

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Click here for more pictures from the weekend’s relief efforts.

Even after the initial rush, there was work to be done.  There was a flashlight vigil held at the site of our fallen tree on Forest Parkway where we asked residents to come and pray for the victims — and bring flashlights!

And finally a toy drive for the children of Hurricane Sandy

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Never have I ever been more proud to be a resident of this community.  There were so many people that came in and out of the offices of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, proving that we can do fantastic things when we work together.  And although we haven’t seen many of these volunteers since then, we know they are out there, and that should another disaster occur, they will be there to lend their fellow neighbors a helping hand.  God Bless each and every person who took part in the relief efforts – it is deeply appreciated.

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Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards Select Bus Service Open House – Nov. 5th

October 23, 2014 by

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Please join the NYC Department of Transportation and the MTA for an open house to review the first round of design options for the Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards Select Bus Service. Participants will have the opportunity to view and comment on three different design concepts and help shape the future of Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

6:00 to 8:00 PM (rolling start)

Living Word Christian Fellowship

132-05 Cross Bay Blvd.

Ozone Park, NY 11417

This event will take place on a rolling start so please feel free to join us anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. A member of the project team will guide small groups of participants through the design concepts, providing detailed insight into each concept.

For more information, please contact Krystin Hence, Community Outreach Coordinator at khence@dot.nyc.gov or at (212) 839-6684.

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