Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 121

September 11, 2014 by
In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – THURSDAY, 9/18, at 7 p.m.
    • WRBA Graffiti Cleanup – Results
    • Woodhaven Celebration – Avenue Diner
    • A Happy Ending
    • Special Announcement
  • Local Events
    • Richmond Hill Park Fair 9/13
    • Cemetery Cleanup 9/13
    • Ambulance Corps Fundraiser 9/20
    • Small Business Seminar 9/24
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 
    • Emanuel’s Pre-Fair Dinner 9/27 
    • Recycling Event at the Bandshell 9/27
    • Jamaica Avenue Trolley 10/4
    • Blessing of the Pets 10/4
    • Forest Park Fall Festival (sponsored by Eric Ulrich) 10/18 
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair 10/19
    • Poetry/Spoken Word Artistry at Neir’s Tavern 10/23
    • Forest Park Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest 10/25
    • Emanuel’s Fall Fair 11/15
    • Defensive Driving Class 11/22
  • News & Announcements

    • Primary Election Results
    • Raccoon Vaccinations
    • Large Sinkhole in Forest Park
    • Crime Tips – Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft
    • Fire on 88th Street
    • Welcome to the Woodhaven Blog
    • Participatory Budgeting Is Here Again
    • WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available
    • WRBA Membership Drive
    • September 11th

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** Our Top Stories:

** Town Hall Meeting - Our next Town Hall will be Thursday, September 18th, 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street – behind PS 60).  We will be joined by the 102 Precinct’s Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner and by representatives of HeartShare, the organization that is opening a new group residence on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 89th Avenue. Click here for our announcement of the meeting.
** WRBA Graffiti Cleanup Results – This past weekend, with the help of volunteers, the Block Association reached its goal of hitting each mailbox in Woodhaven to ensure that it was graffiti-free. While the volunteers were out, the WRBA also hit fire boxes and traffic control boxes. Click here for pictures to see how much cleaner our neighborhood looks when the mailboxes are clean.
** Woodhaven Celebration – Have You Gotten Your Ticket Yet? – The WRBA’s Annual Fundraiser/Celebration is scheduled for Friday, October 10th (that’s 10/10 — easy to remember!) and will be held this year at Roma View Catering.  Click here to read about our Business of the Year, The Avenue Diner – and click here to purchase tickets.
** A Happy Ending – This past week, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association was very happy to have played a part of a multi-community effort to bring a Woodhaven family’s pet back home to them after it had gotten lost. Click here for the full story.
Note: We’re LIVE on Radio Free Woodhaven every Friday at 10 PM EST. Click here at 10 PM this Friday to listen LIVE (or click the same link later to listen on delay).
** Special Announcement – We’re happy to announce that Madeline Lovallo is donating a framed, full-sized print of her Lewis’ of Woodhaven painting to be raffled off at this year’s Woodhaven Celebration/Fundraiser for the WRBA at Roma View on Friday October 10th (click here to buy a ticket: http://bit.ly/wrba2014). Madeline and the Lewis family will be on hand – we’ll bring a Sharpie in case the winner would like this autographed by the whole gang.  What a nice piece of Woodhaven memorabilia that would make!
** Other Events:

** Richmond Hill Park Fair 9/13 – The Richmond Hill Park Fair will take place on Saturday September 13th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The location is the intersection of Park Lane South, Myrtle Avenue, and 108th Street in Richmond Hill.  The WRBA will have a table set up, selling t-Shirts, Dance Tickets, Ambulance Corps Fundraiser Tickets.  Drop by and say hi!
** Cemetery Cleanup 9/13 – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society along with STA’s Woodhaven History Club and All Saints will be holding their 3rd Cemetery Cleanup on Saturday September 13th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Click here to see pics and video from the August Cleanup. Volunteers are welcome and needed.

** Ambulance Corps Fundraiser - The WRBA along with our elected officials — Mike Miller, Joe Addabbo, Eric Ulrich, Elizabeth Crowley and Nydia Velazquez — are holding a ’50s themed Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for the Ambulance Corps. They are in dire straits and need our help. Click here to purchase tickets and help Save The Ambulance Corps. Saturday, September 20th starting at 5 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ.
** Tongue Threat Tuesday at Neirs - Are you a writer, poet, or spoken word artist? Come out and show your stuff or come eat, drink, and listen to some of Queens’s awesome poets, on Tuesday September 23rd at 7 p.m. at Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street).
** Small Business Seminar - There will be a Small Business Seminar sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:30 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Special guest: the Commissioner of the Dept. of Consumer Affairs.  ALL small business are invited to come and discuss their issues with the commissioner of DCA.  Call Assemblyman Miller’s office if you have questions: 718-805-0950.
** 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 more than 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100.  As of this writing, we have 58 households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.
** Emanuel’s Pre-Fair Dinner - Emanuel United Church of Christ’s annual pre-fair dinner, Saturday, September 27th – a full meal and live music, lots of fun, $20. Dinner starts at 5:30, for more information call 718-849-1153.
** Recycling Event at Forest Park – 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.
** Jamaica Avenue Trolley - There will be a trolley on Jamaica Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th, courtesy of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.
** Blessing of the Pets - Emanuel United Church of Christ will hold their annual Blessing of the Pets on Saturday, October 4, starting at 11 a.m. Bring your dogs, cats, birds, turtles, etc. for a blessing at Emanuel (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here for cute pictures of pets from last year, and previous year’s blessings.

** Forest Park Fall Festival (sponsored by Eric Ulrich) – The Forest Park Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 18, from noon to 3 p.m. Click here to see last year’s event which was very well received.  The fall festival is for families and will include crafts, entertainment, pumpkin patch, face painting, games and recreational activities.Click here for the flyer for this event.   IMPORTANT: Volunteers are needed to help with the kids with crafts, at the pumpkin patch and recreational areas, as well as set up and break down of the event. If you would like to part of the volunteers, please contact us.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair - This year’s Street Fair, brought to you by the WBID/GWDC, will be held on Sunday, October 19, from noon to 6 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street.

** Forest Park Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest – The Annual K-9 Korral Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest for Dogs will be held on October 25th from 1 to 3 p.m. at 85th Street and Park Lane South.  Free refreshments will be served.  Judging begins at 2 p.m. and the WRBA’s Ed Wendell will be serving as one of the judges.  $5 entry fee for non-members, free for members (bring your membership cards).  Bobbing for Hot Dogs contest 2:45 p.m. Fun event to watch, click here for last year’s highlights.  For info call Charlotte: 917 337-7613.
** 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.
** 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

** News & Announcements:
** Primary Election Results – The primary election was held on Tuesday. Locally, Eleanor Errante was re-elected as Democratic District Leader, and Angel Vazquez was elected for the first time as a Democratic District Leader. And State Senator James Sanders, who represents the southeast corner of Woodhaven, also won his primary. Congratulations to all!
 
** Raccoon Vaccinations – During September, wildlife biologists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University will distribute oral rabies vaccine (ORV) along the southern border of Brooklyn and Queens to prevent the spread of rabies virus among raccoons. Click here for more info.
 
** Large Sinkhole in Forest Park – Beware of the 19th Hole, a giant sinkhole in Forest Park that has not been addressed in two years. Click here to learn more about it.
** Crime Tip – Courtesy of the NYPD, click here for a simple crime tip to help you combat credit card fraud and identity theft.  Remember, all the NYPD’s Crime Tips can be found here.
** Fire on 88th Street – There was a fire on 88th Street on Saturday August 30th – no one was hurt. Click here to see pictures of the fire contributed by residents and published in The Forum.
** Woodhaven Blog – Please welcome a new blog to the roster of Woodhaven-related media outlets.  Click here to check out the Woodhaven Blog.
** Participatory Budgeting is Approaching – Last year was our first crack at PB; this year we get a second chance.  To review how we got started last year and for an explanation of Participatory Budgeting, click here.  Interested in being a part of this?  Want to help decide how a million dollars should get spent?  Email us and let us know you’d like to play a bigger role.
 
** WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available – For the past few years, the WRBA has sold the very popular WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts at the Street Fair.  We have a limited supply of leftover stock – if you are interested you can order them here (on a first ordered-first served basis).  Click here to order.
** 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.
** September 11th – As we mark another anniversary of that horrible day, we keep the friends, families and loved ones of all who perished that day in our thoughts and prayers. In this week’s Leader, Maria Thomson writes about this solemn day.


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Crime Tip: Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft

August 29, 2014 by

CA

Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft are growing criminal enterprises and we need to do everything we can to prevent becoming a victim.

The Director of Security for Capital One Bank suggests the following tip to help detect if your credit card(s) are compromised:

When paying with a credit or debit card, never round the final amount up to a round number. For instance, if the bill at the restaurant is $36.75 and you want to leave a $7.00 tip, don’t make the tip $7.25 so that the bill is an even $44.00. Leave the $7.00 tip and let the final amount be $43.75. Do this whenever you pay with a credit card.

When you receive your credit card statement, review the amounts, paying particular attention to any amount that is for an exact dollar figure, $44.00, $50.00, $100.00, etc. These amounts will raise a red flag for you to check further to determine if someone has made unauthorized charge with your credit card.

This is just another way to maintain control of your accounts and identity. Please tell your family and friends and remember to shred all financial documents before throwing them in the trash.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 120

August 28, 2014 by
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – THURSDAY, 9/18, at 7 p.m.
    • Pesticide Spraying Tonight 8/27
    • Graffiti Cleanup Sunday 9/7
    • Participatory Budgeting Around the Corner
    • WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available
    • Woodhaven Celebration – Allan Smith
    • Special Announcement
  • Local Events
    • WORKS Little League Pre-Registration 8/28
    • Face Painting & Music Party (WBID) 8/30
    • Community Board #9 9/9
    • Richmond Hill Park Fair 9/13
    • Cemetery Cleanup 9/13
    • Ambulance Corps Fundraiser 9/20
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
    • Jamaica Avenue Trolley 10/4
    • Forest Park Fall Festival (sponsored by Eric Ulrich) 10/18 
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair 10/19
    • Forest Park Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest 10/25
  • News & Announcements
    • Mary Ann Carey to Retire
    • Ulrich Appoints a New Chief of Staff 
    • Crime Tip – Green Dot Money Pak
    • 102nd Precinct Celebrates 100 Years
    • Night Out Against Crime
    • Disco Night at the Dome
    • Crumbling Eyesore profiled
    • Queens By The Minute
    • WRBA Membership Drive
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** Our Top Stories:

 
** Town Hall Meeting - Our next Town Hall will be Thursday, September 18th, 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street – behind PS 60).  We will be joined by the 102 Precinct’s Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner and by representatives of HeartShare, the organization that is opening a new group residence on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 89th Avenue.
 
** Pesticide Spraying Tonight – To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Queens, including Woodhaven and Forest Park, tonight (Wednesday, August 27) between 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. (Note: We have been advised by Parks Dept that spraying in our area will occur after midnight – so it will not effect tonight’s showing of Disney’s “Frozen” at the Bandshell.)
 
** Woodhaven Graffiti Cleanup – The next graffiti cleanup will be on Sunday, September 7th at 10 a.m. We need volunteers – contact the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message (and a way to contact you).  
 
** Participatory Budgeting Around the Corner - We are going to start discussing this very soon. If you would like to be more involved in the process this year, now is the time to speak up.  Email us or leave a message at 718-296-3735. This is your opportunity to have a say in how money is spent in our community.  Want to learn more?  Click here.
 
** WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available – For the past few years, the WRBA has sold the very popular WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts at the Street Fair.  We have a limited supply of leftover stock – if you are interested you can order them here (on a first ordered-first served basis).  Click here to order.
 
** Woodhaven Celebration – Allan Smith – 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.  Click here to read about our Man of the Year Mr. Allan Smith – and click here to purchase tickets.
 
** Special Announcement – We’re happy to announce that Madeline Lovallo is donating a framed, full-sized print of her Lewis’ of Woodhaven painting to be raffled off at this year’s Woodhaven Celebration/Fundraiser for the WRBA at Roma View on Friday October 10th (click here to buy a ticket: http://bit.ly/wrba2014). Madeline and the Lewis family will be on hand – we’ll bring a Sharpie in case the winner would like this autographed by the whole gang.  What a nice piece of Woodhaven memorabilia that would make!
 
** Other Events:

 
** WORKS Little League Pre-Registration – You will be able to register kids for next season of WORKS Little League at the WORKS Clubhouse at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue from 6 to 9 PM. You can also purchase tickets for the WORKS Little League Awards Dinner which will be on Sunday, October 26th at Antun’s (96-43 Springfield Boulevard) – tickets cost $27 per person. There will be other dates to register; we will pass along as soon as we get them.
 
** Face Painting & Music Party – On Saturday August 30th from 1 to 4 PM there will be face painting, free balloons, and music at Forest Parkway courtesy of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District. The WBID will also be handing out quarters to people coming to shop on Jamaica Avenue.
 
** Community Board #9 – CB9 returns after taking a summer hiatus from meetings. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ 7:45 PM at the Villa Russo IL Palazzo (101-12 Lefferts Blvd in Richmond Hill).
 
** Richmond Hill Park Fair 9/13 – The Richmond Hill Park Fair will take place on Saturday September 13th from 10 AM to 6 PM.  The WRBA will have a table set up, selling t-Shirts, Dance Tickets, Ambulance Corps Fundraiser Tickets.  Drop by and say hi!

** Cemetery Cleanup 9/13 – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society along with STA’s Woodhaven History Club and All Saints will be holding their 3rd Cemetery Cleanup on Saturday September 13th from 9 AM to 12 Noon.  Click here to see pics and video from the August Cleanup.

** Ambulance Corps Fundraiser - The WRBA along with our elected officials – Mike Miller, Joe Addabbo, Eric Ulrich, Elizabeth Crowley and Nydia Velazquez – are holding a ’50s themed Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for the Ambulance Corps. They are in dire straits and need our help. Click here to purchase tickets and help Save The Ambulance Corps. Saturday, September 20th starting at 5 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ.
 
** 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.
 
** Jamaica Avenue Trolley - There will be a trolley on Jamaica Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 4th courtesy of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

** Forest Park Fall Festival (sponsored by Eric Ulrich) – The Forest Park Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 18th from Noon to 3 PM. Click here to see last year’s event which was very well received.  Important: The fall festival is for families and will include crafts, entertainment, pumpkin patch, face painting, games and recreational activities. Volunteers are needed to help with the kids with crafts, at the pumpkin patch and recreational areas as well as set up and break down of the event. If you would like to part of the volunteers, please contact us.

 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair - This year’s Street Fair brought to you by the WBID/GWDC will held on Sunday October 19th from 12 noon to 6 PM on Jamaica Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street.

** Forest Park Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest  – The Annual K-9 Korral Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest for Dogs will be held on October 25th from 1 to 3 PM at 85th Street and Park Lane South.  Free refreshments will be served.  Judging begins at 2PM and the WRBA’s Ed Wendell will be serving as one of the judges.  $5 entry fee for non-members/ Free for members (bring your membership cards).   Bobbing for Hot Dogs contest 2:45pm. Fun event to watch, click here for last year’s highlights.  For info call Charlotte 917 337-7613
 

** News & Announcements:
 
 
** Mary Ann Carey to Retire – Ms. Carey has been involved with the community and has served as District Manager of CB9 for over three decades. We thank her for all her hard work and wish her well in the future! Click here for the story.
 
** Ulrich Appoints New Chief of Staff - As noted at our last meeting, Eric’s Chief of Staff, Rudy Giuliani, has moved on to another post helping recovery operations in the Rockaways. Effective immediately, his new Chief of Staff is Sal Simonetti. Click here to read more. Good luck, Rudy!  And good luck to Sal!  
 
** Crime Tip – Green Dot Money Pak - Click here for an update on a fast-growing scam. Click here to view our collection of Crime Tips and Hints.
 
** 102 Celebrates 100 Years – The 102nd Precinct recently celebrated their 100th year in their current building – click here for coverage.
 
** Night Out Against CrimeClick here for pictures from this year’s Night Out Against Crime Event.
 
** Disco Night at the Dome - A lot of residents (and many WRBA members) came together at the bandshell for a night of disco music. Click here for fun pictures and video.
 
** Crumbling Eyesore Profiled – Click here to read more about the tragic Ambulance Corps situation by clicking here.
 
** Queens By The Minute - A new online news resource has started up called Queens by The Minute, managed by Nick Biondo, a familiar face at many local meetings and events. Click here to have a look.
 
** 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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Crime Tip: Another Green Dot Money Pak Card Scam

August 27, 2014 by

CA
The latest criminal scams involving Green Dot Money Pak Cards has focused on people looking to buy cars off of Craig’s List. Interested buyers are told to send payment using the GREEN DOT MONEY PAK CARD to purchase the advertised vehicle. Buyers and Sellers email back and forth until the buyer sends payment using the GREEN DOT CARD. The buyer never gets the vehicle and never hears from the seller again. Their money is lost.

TIP

If you are asked to make a payment of any kind using a Green Dot Money Pak Card:

  • Disconnect from the person calling, texting or emailing you
    Green Dot Money Pak Cards are being used by criminals to steal your money.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 119

July 31, 2014 by
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – SATURDAY 08/16 10 AM Start
    • Billy Joel Tribute Tonight at the Bandshell
    • Graffiti Cleanup Sunday 8/10
    • Woodhaven Slashing Story Incorrect
    • WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available
    • Woodhaven Celebration – Lewis of Woodhaven Honored
  • Local Events
    • St. Thomas Giant Rummage Sale
    • Defensive Driving Class 8/2 @ 9 AM
    • Voter Registration Drive 8/2 9 AM
    • Night Out Against Crime 8/5 @ 6 PM
    • Cemetery Cleanup 8/9 @ 9 AM
    • 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

    • Woodhaven SBS Meeting Summary
    • Neir’s Tavern Commercial
    • Dead Body in Woodhaven Backyard
    • Woodhaven Poet Featured
    • Woodhaven born Playwright’s Play Premieres
    • Carousel Plugged in USA Today
    • Heartshare Building Completed
    • Queens By The Minute
    • WRBA Membership Drive

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** Our Top Stories:

** Town Hall Meeting - Our next Town Hall will be Saturday August 16th 10AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Catch up on our last meeting here. 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.
** Billy Joel Tribute - It’s late notice, but there is a Billy Joel Tribute at the bandshell this evening starting at 7:30 PM.  Please note that the Carousel will remain open after the concert until 9:30 PM. We hope to see you there!
** Woodhaven Graffiti Cleanup – Last week, 2 residents went around painting mailboxes, click here to see some results. The next graffiti cleanup will be on Sunday, August 10th at 10 AM. We need volunteers – contact the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message (and a way to contact you).  (Read more about our efforts to fight graffitihere – more info coming soon).
 
** Woodhaven Slashing Story – You may have seen a story in the paper about a woman who was slashed at the J/Z Station. The WRBA questioned the story and, sure enough, it turned out that the slashing actually took place in Elmhurst (click here). The victim, however, is a Woodhaven resident – we have tried unsuccessfully to reach her. If anyone knows her, please let her know we are here to help in any way we can.
** WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available – For the past few years, the WRBA has sold the very popular WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts at the Street Fair.  We have a limited supply of leftover stock – if you are interested you can order them here (on a first ordered-first severed basis).  Click here to order.
** 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.  Flash!  A formal announcement on our honorees will be made soon – but we can tell you that Lewis’ of Woodhaven will be inducted into our Hall of Fame. Click here for more info or purchase tickets.
** Other Events:

** St. Thomas Giant Rummage Sale – This weekend, Saturday (10-5) and Sunday (10-4).  All sorts of items, books, clothing, games, knick-knacks. Msgr. Mulz Hall, 88-08 Jamaica Avenue.
 
** 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.
** Voter Registration Drive - All unregistered American citizens, 18 years and older, whether Democrat, Independent, Republican, etc. are welcome to drop by and register to vote on Saturday August 2nd from 9AM to 4PM at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway, outside the Chase Bank.
** 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.
** 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 behind All Saint’s Church on 96th Street – the next cleanup is 9 AM on Saturday, August 9th. Volunteers are needed and welcome!
** 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:
** Woodhaven SBS Meeting Summary - The Department of Transportation has sent us a summary of the meeting that was held at PS 306 on June 25th.  Click here to view it – and let us know what you think!  Reaction to this plan has been varied – click here and here.
** Neir’s Tavern Commercial - Neir’s Tavern & Steakhouse has produced a commercial starring owner-residents Loy and Aisha Gordon. Click here to view it and click here to learn more about Neir’s.
** Dead Body In Woodhaven Backyard – Speaking of the cemetery, did you ever wonder if anyone was ever buried in your backyard? Click here for a story from 2002 about a homeowner in Woodhaven who discovered a gravestone in his backyard. We spoke to the homeowner this week – the tombstone is still there!
** Woodhaven Poet Featured – Rose Kavanaugh, poet and Secretary of the Woodhaven Historical Society for over 2 decades, was recently profiled in the Leader-Observer, click here to read about her.  Know a resident that would make for an interesting profile? Drop a line to Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** Woodhaven Born Playwright’s Play Premieres – Woodhaven-born Daniel McCabe’s play entitled “The Flood” will premiere at the NYC International Fringe Festival (in fact, it has sold out).Click here to learn more about Daniel.
** Carousel Plugged in USA Today - The Forest Park Carousel received a nice plug in an article in USA Today. Click here.  (Side note: isn’t it nice to know we live in one of NYC’s lesser-known boroughs?)
** Heartshare Building - The new Heartshare building is complete on Woodhaven Boulevard and 89th Avenue – have you seen it?  Click here for a quick look.
** Queens By The Minute - A new online news resource has started up called Queens by The Minute, managed by Nick Biondo, a familiar face at many local meetings and events. Click here to have a look.
** 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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Graffiti Cleanup – Sunday August 10th at 10 AM

July 31, 2014 by

Recently, a few residents of Woodhaven (two of them, in fact) spent a few hours going round painting over mailboxes, light poles, etc. It’s fun work, very rewarding, and leaves the neighborhood cleaner than when we started. We need a few volunteers for our next cleanup – Sunday, August 10th at 10 AM.  You’ll be working for about 3 hours with neighbors (and new friends).  We need volunteers – contact the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message (and a way to contact you).

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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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