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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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 124

October 22, 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
    • WRBA Compiles Report on Illegal Signs
    • Woodhaven Celebration – THANK YOU!
    • Speed Limit Being Reduced
    • Fall Harvest Festival Highlights
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Local Events
    • Forest Park Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest SATURDAY 10/25
    • Birds of the Highland Park Ridgewood Reservoir  SUNDAY 10/26
    • American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon SUNDAY 10/26
    • Woodhaven History Research Group 10/28
    • Free Historical Society Lecture on Folk and Popular Music 10/29
    • Halloween at Queens Tabernacle 10/31
    • Spooktacular Fun at the Forest Park Carousel 11/01
    • ArtShare for HeartShare 11/06
    • Cemetery Cleanup 11/08
    • Supermarket Bingo at STA 11/10
    • Emanuel’s Fall Fair 11/15
    • Defensive Driving Class 11/22
    • Senior Shows – 11/26
    • Swingtime Big Band Show 12/06
  • News & Announcements

    • DEP Launches Home Water Assistance Program
    • Eric Ulrich Posts Warning About Scam Letter
    • Woodhaven Bus Rapid Transit
    • Catalytic Converter Scam
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • Woodhaven Links & Resources
    • ICYMI – Reheated News
    • Participatory Budgeting Is Here Again
    • 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).
 
** WRBA Compiles Report on Illegal Signs – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association has put together a comprehensive report on how the Sanitation Department manages the illegal signs that are reported to 311 – and the results are disappointing. Click here for more information.
 
** Woodhaven Celebration - A great many thanks to everyone who came out to last week’s Woodhaven Dinner Dance & Celebration. Click here for pictures and video of the evening’s festivities.  It was a great evening – made extra special by the presence of all our friends and neighbors. Click here to read more about it.
** Speed Limit Being Reduced - Starting November 7th, the speed limit on all New York City streets will be 25 mph unless otherwise posted. This new speed limit will be enforced by the NYPD and with speed enforcement cameras. Click here for an FAQ released by the Department of Transportation in advance of this change.
** Fall Harvest Festival Highlights - Last week, the WRBA attended the Fall Harvest Festival, handing out free bottles of water and pens – and we met about 50 new residents who are interested in learning more about the WRBA! This was a great event, click here for fun pictures and video.
** Radio Free Woodhaven Friday – Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to Woodhaven’s Only LIVE Radio Show.  We’ll be speaking to transit advocate Mike Scala.  Catch up on the latest news in Woodhaven – Call in to speak with the host at  (646) 378-1612.
** Upcoming Events:

** 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.
 
** Birds of the Highland Park Ridgewood Reservoir - Sunday, October 26 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Reservoir entrance located across the street from the Highland Park Vermont Place parking lot. Join the Brooklyn Bird Club on a fall bird migration walk. Have fun looking for winter sparrows, waterfowl, and raptors such as hawks, falcons, and the bald eagle! Binoculars recommended. For more information call (718) 235-4462.
 
** American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon – Come celebrate Past Commander John Lawless and Past President Loretta Phillips with the New Commander and President, Hector Johnson and Jennifer Farley. This will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 1 PM to 5 PM at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). You’ll get a Family Style Dinner (Turkey and Roast Beef, mashed Potato & Gravy and all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert! Plus, dancing with DJ Richie! $30 per person, call Jennifer (718-296-3923or Loretta (718-843-1292) to buy tickets.
** Woodhaven History Research Group – Where was the Manor Theater? How about the Parkway Theater?  The first meeting will of the newly formed Woodhaven History Research Group will take place on Tuesday, October 28th at 7 PM at The Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). This group (part of the Woodhaven Historical Society) will methodically search the archives available to us to build a historical database of names, addresses and other pieces of interesting information about our community. To RSVP, or to contact in case you would like more information, please email projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
** Free Lecture in Woodhaven on NYC in Folk and Popular Music – On Wednesday, October 29th the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society presents a free lecture by Robert L. Cohen entitled “Oh What a Charming City: NYC in Folk and Popular Song.”  Mr. Cohen was a guest last year and was very well received. The lecture begins at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Note: At 1 PM on November 12th the WCHS will host the very popular Trash or Treasure Appraiser Eddie Costello.
 
** Halloween at Queens Tabernacle – Pastor Bowman of Queens Tabernacle writes to say: “We are planning a night out for kids on October 31. Games, candy, prizes and fun call a safe place to bring kids on Halloween night. No scary costumes please. From 6-8 pm at Queens Tabernacle (86-03 96th Street). For information call 718-846-7575.”
 
** Spooktacular Fun at the Forest Park Carousel - Celebrate Halloween and Cido the Clown’s Birthday on Saturday, November 1st at the Forest Park Carousel from 1 to 5 PM. There’s a Magic Show at 1 and 3 PM, a Costume Contest at 2 PM (prizes for all participants), free birthday cake for everyone at 4 PM and DJ and Music all afternoon. Click here for more information.
 
** ArtShare for HeartShare - HeartShare, which runs a group home in Woodhaven, is proud to announce its sixth gallery exhibit featuring artwork created by children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.  The Opening Reception is on November 6, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, at New Century Artists Gallery (530 W. 25th Street, Suite 406, between 10th and 11th Avenues). It’s free to attend. Click here for the flyer.
 
** Cemetery Cleanup – The next cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is scheduled for Saturday, November 8th at 9 AM.
** Supermarket Bingo – There will be an evening of Supermarket Bingo at St. Thomas the Apostle on monday, November 10th. Click here for more information.
 
** 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
 
** 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 muscal 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:
** DEP Launches Home Water Assistance Program – New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the launch of a new program to provide lower income homeowners in New York City with an automatic credit to their water bills. Click here for details – please share with anyone who needs it.
 
** Eric Ulrich Posts Warning About Scam Letter - CM Eric Ulrich posted a warning about a scam letter from US Airlines – click here for more info.
** Woodhaven Bus Rapid Transit – There was a rally at City Hall in favor of Bus Rapid Transit on Woodhaven Boulevard. Click here for details.
** Catalytic Converter Scam – The NYPD has issued an alert on how to avoid being stung by a catalytic Converter Scam. What is that? Click here to find out!   Note: You can view our entire archive of Crime Tips and Alerts by clicking here.
** 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.
** 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.
 
** ICYMI – In case you missed it, here are some links to highlights from the last Grapevine: the WRBA called on the DSNY to stop issuing unfair middle of the night tickets; Eric Ulrich unveiled a new 25K graffiti initiative; the School Sisters of Notre Dame were featured on NY1; Neir’s Tavern was chosen to kick off Queens Restaurant Month; Emanuel Church held their annual Blessing of the Pets; and Queens struggles to find a catch phrase.
** 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.
** 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.
Until next time, your friends and neighbors at the
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

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Swingtime @ STA on Saturday December 6th

October 22, 2014 by

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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, 88-08 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens.  All proceeds go to benefit the school.

General Admission tickets are $15 per person, $12 for Seniors and $5 for teenagers — for tickets and more information please call 718-847-3904. This is a real treat – a big swing band is not something we see here in Woodhaven every day — here’s a sample of what you’ll hear LIVE:

Supermarket Bingo at STA November 10th

October 22, 2014 by

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There will be an evening of Supermarket Bingo at St. Thomas the Apostle on Monday, November 10th starting at 7 PM.

Similar to regular bingo, winners will instead walk away with bags of groceries – we went to this a few years ago and it was a terrific evening of fun. If you have any questions, please call STA at 718-847-3904.

DEP Launches New Home Water Assistance Program

October 22, 2014 by

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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAUNCHES NEW HOME WATER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

More than 12,500 Low-Income Homeowners to Receive Automatic Credit on their Next Water and Sewer Bill

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd today announced the launch of a new program to provide lower income homeowners in New York City with an automatic credit to their water bills. The Home Water Assistance Program, first introduced in May when the de Blasio Administration announced the lowest water rate increase in nearly a decade, will provide a credit of $115.89 to the water bills of more than 12,500 homeowners. DEP has partnered with the Human Resources Administration (HRA), which administers the Federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), to identify qualified one to four family homeowners that received a HEAP benefit during the 2013-2014 heating season. The credit will appear on the next water and sewer bill for qualified customers. The program follows an initiative to freeze the minimum charge for homeowners who use less than 100 gallons of water each day, which resulted in more than 25 percent of DEP customers, many of them senior citizens, receiving no increase in their water bills this year.

“The Home Water Assistance Program is another example of how DEP is following through on Mayor de Blasio’s promise to help low-income customers, while still keeping water and sewer rates affordable for all New Yorkers,” said DEP Commissioner Lloyd.

“The Human Resources Administration is committed to providing services that fight poverty and prevent homelessness. Partnering with DEP to launch the Home Water Assistance Program is one of the many ways that we are working to achieve these goals,” said HRA Commissioner Banks.

As part of DEP’s commitment to providing the highest quality service while ensuring effective and fair revenue collection, a number of initiatives have been implemented since 2011. These programs include the completion of a network of Automated Meter Reading devices that ensure water bills are based on actual consumption and that allow customers to access data about their water use in near real time, a leak detection system that has already saved customers more than $55 million, the Water Debt Assistance program which helps property owners at risk of foreclosure manage their water and sewer debt, and the replacement of thousands of large meters on industry-recommended cycles.

Earlier this year, DEP also adopted a number of customer service improvements that were approved by the New York City Water Board in May. They include:

  • Freezing the minimum charge – DEP set the minimum charge for customers who use less than 100 gallons of water each day at last year’s rate. As a result, roughly 25 percent of single family homes—many of them owned by seniors—saw no water rate increase this year.
  • Expanding the leak forgiveness program – Through the Leak Notification Program DEP has saved customers more than $55 million in leak-related charges since 2011. Until recently, leaks on maintainable fixtures, such as toilets and faucets, were not included in DEP’s leak forgiveness program. To encourage a quick response to those leaks, DEP has extended partial forgiveness of leak-related charges to any customer who fixes a leak that resulted in a high bill within 120 days.
  • Extending the deadline for customers to file an appeal with the Water Board – Until recently, customers had 30 days to file an appeal with the Water Board. DEP has extended that deadline to 60 days.
  • Halting the lien sale process for customers with a pending appeal – DEP will exclude any customer from the lien sale list who has a pending appeal on the date the 90-day list is published. The change will ensure customers have a fair shot to appeal a bill they believe is unwarranted.
  • Suspending interest for customers with a “catch-up” bill after Automated Meter Reader (AMR) installation – DEP now grants customers who are issued a “catch-up” bill after the installation of AMR 90 days to pay their bill, interest free. The change will reduce unanticipated charges on customers’ bills.

Providing the highest quality service to its customers is one of the goals outlined in Strategy 2011-2014, a far-reaching strategic plan that lays out 100 distinct initiatives to make DEP the safest, most efficient, cost-effective, and transparent water utility in the nation.

For more information, customers should visit nyc.gov/dep.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the upstate watershed. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with nearly $14 billion in investments planned over the next 10 years that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year. This capital program is responsible for critical projects like City Water Tunnel No. 3; the Staten Island Bluebelt program, an ecologically sound and cost-effective stormwater management system; the city’s Watershed Protection Program, which protects sensitive lands upstate near the city’s reservoirs in order to maintain their high water quality; and the installation of more than 820,000 Automated Meter Reading devices, which will allow customers to track their daily water use, more easily manage their accounts and be alerted to potential leaks on their properties. For more information, visit nyc.gov/dep, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycwater, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nycwater.

NYPD Alert: Catalytic Converter Scam

October 21, 2014 by

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Protect Your Business from Catalytic Converter Thieves

Since 1975, all vehicles produced in the United States must have a catalytic converter as part of the exhaust system. The catalytic converter is an emissions-control device that contains precious metals that act as catalysts. When hot exhaust enters the converter, a chemical reaction occurs that renders toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, into less harmful emissions.

With the price of precious metals skyrocketing, thieves are helping themselves to catalytic converters that contain enough platinum, palladium or rhodium to make it worth the risk to cut it from the underbelly of your vehicle. You might become aware that your catalytic converter has been stolen when your vehicle starts with a gravelly roar.

The Cost of Catalytic Converter Theft

Stolen catalytic converters are sold to scrap yards for around $100 to $150, but the cost to your business could be much bigger. There’s the hassle of a vehicle that can’t be safely driven, as well as the expense of having it towed to a local repair shop and getting the part replaced.

What Do Thieves Look For?

Catalytic converter thefts typically happen to vehicles that are parked for prolonged periods in large lots, such as shopping centers, mass transit commuter lots or company parking lots.

Vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as trucks, pick-ups and SUVs, are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can slide underneath without having to jack up the vehicle to gain access to the converter. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, the catalytic converter can be stolen in less than a minute.

Preventing Catalytic Converter Theft

To combat catalytic converter thefts, a number of states have passed laws tightening the restrictions on metal scrap dealers. In many cases, dealers are required to verify the seller’s identity with a photo ID and maintain complete records of sellers for 5 years.

To prevent catalytic converter theft, use common sense and follow these tips:

  • Always park in well-lighted areas
  • At shopping centers and other similar parking lots, park close to the entrance of the building or near the access road where there’s a lot of traffic
  • If you own or work at a business or factory, park within a fenced area that’s busy during the day and secured at night
  • Engrave your license plate number on the converter to make it traceable
  • Purchase a vehicle security system and make sure it’s set to trigger with just the slightest motion
  • Visit a local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame with a hardened steel welded to the frame
  • Examine the different types of catalytic converter theft deterrent systems at your local auto parts store or online

CM Eric Ulrich Warns About Deceptive Letter

October 21, 2014 by

Councilman Eric Ulrich has posted a warning on Facebook about a letter he received in the mail yesterday stating that he won 2 free round trip tickets aboard US Airlines. “Don’t be fooled! US Airlines doesn’t exist,” he says.

At best, this is a promotional campaign in which they try to get you to join a travel club costing thousands of dollars. It is very deceptive – and if you get this you need to be aware that you didn’t win anything.  The smart move is to send the letter straight to the shredder.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 123

October 17, 2014 by
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  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – TOMORROW SATURDAY AT NOON
    • Woodhaven Celebration – THANK YOU!
    • Radio Free Woodhaven Friday 
    • WRBA Dance Journal
  • Local Events
    • Forest Park Fall Festival (sponsored by Eric Ulrich) TOMORROW 10/18 
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair SUNDAY 10/19
    • Forest Park Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest 10/25
    • American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon 10/26
    • Woodhaven History Research Group 10/28
    • Free Historical Society Lecture on Folk and Popular Music 10/29
    • Emanuel’s Fall Fair 11/15
    • Defensive Driving Class 11/22
    • Senior Shows – 11/26
  • News & Announcements

    • WRBA Calls Out Sanitation on Unfair Tickets
    • Eric Ulrich’s Graffiti Initiative (Video)
    • SSNDEC Woodhaven Featured on NY1
    • Queens Restaurant Month – Congrats to Neir’s Tavern
    • Emanuel’s Blessing of the Pets (Video)
    • Queens Struggles for a Catch Phrase
    • Participatory Budgeting Is Here Again
    • WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available
    • WRBA Membership Drive

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** Our Top Stories:

** Next Town Hall Meeting - TOMORROW – SATURDAY – Our next Town hall meeting is Saturday, October 18th at 12 Noon at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). Click here for a story about last meeting, at which the latest attack in Forest Park was discussed.
 
** Woodhaven Celebration - A great many thanks to everyone who came out to last week’s Woodhaven Dinner Dance & Celebration. Click here for pictures and video of the evening’s festivities.  It’s was a great evening – made extra special by the presence of all our friends and neighbors. Click here to read more about it.
** Radio Free Woodhaven Friday – Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to Woodhaven’s Only LIVE Radio Show.  Catch up on the latest news in Woodhaven – Call in to speak with the host at  (646) 378-1612.
** 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.
** Upcoming Events:

** Forest Park Fall Festival (sponsored by Eric Ulrich) – The Forest Park Fall Festival will be held TOMORROW – SATURDAY 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: The WRBA will have a table at  the Fall Festival – make sure you stop by and say hello, you might get a surprise.
** 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. The WRBA will be out in front of the office (84-20 Jamaica Avenue) selling WDHVN-11421 T-Shirts. The Woodhaven Historical Society will also be at the same spot selling Woodhaven History books, the Woodhaven Ambulance Corps will be there giving away free blood pressure checks and representatives from the Woodhaven Senior Center and the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women will also be with us. Please stop by and say hello!

** 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.
 
** American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon – Come celebrate Past Commander John Lawless and Past President Loretta Phillips with the New Commander and President, Hector Johnson and Jennifer Farley. This will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 1 PM to 5 PM at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). You’ll get a Family Style Dinner (Turkey and Roast Beef, mashed Potato & Gravy and all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert! Plus, dancing with DJ Richie! $30 per person, call Jennifer (718-296-3923or Loretta (718-843-1292) to buy tickets.
** Woodhaven History Research Group – The first meeting will of the newly formed Woodhaven History Research Group will take place on Tuesday, October 28th at 7 PM at The Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). This group (part of the Woodhaven Historical Society) will methodically search the archives available to us to build a historical database of names, addresses and other pieces of interesting information about our community. Who knows where this research will take us? What hidden and long-forgotten tales of Woodhaven’s past will we uncover? To RSVP, or to contact in case you would like more information, please email projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
** Free Lecture on NYC in Folk and Popular Music – On Wednesday, October 29th the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society presents a free lecture by Robert L. Cohen entitled “Oh What a Charming City: NYC in Folk and Popular Song.”  Mr. Cohen was a guest last year and was very well received. The lecture begins at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Note: At 1 PM on November 12th the WCHS will host the very popular Trash or Treasure Appraiser Eddie Costello.
** 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
 
** 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 muscal 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

** News & Announcements:
** WRBA Calls Sanitation Out On Unfair Tickets – The WRBA recently issued a call for the DSNY to stop issuing unfair tickets in the middle of the night when home and store owners are not even aware garbage has been dumped there. The story made several papers (see here and here for examples). And you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for more coverage – it would be a “shame” if you missed it!
** Eric Ulrich’s Graffiti Initiative – For the past few years, Councilman Eric Ulrich has had a program to remove graffiti from buildings – and this past week there was a press conference to bring attention to a new push of the 25K program. Click here for some pictures and a really neat video showing graffiti being washed away. Bonus coverage in the Leader here and you can read more about it in the Times Newsweekly.
 
** SSNDEC Featured on NY1 – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center was recently featured on NY1, click here to see it (Time Warner subscribers only). And they were also featured on the Spanish language version of NY1 (click here).
 
** Congratulations to Neir’s Tavern - This is Queens Restaurant Month and we’re very happy and proud that Queens Boro President Melinda Katz chose to kick it off here in Woodhaven at Neir’s Tavern & Steakhouse. Follow Neir’s on Facebook here.
** Emanuel’s Blessing of the Pets - It was a dark and stormy morning – so the annual blessing of the pets at Emanuel United Church of Christ was moved indoors – we were there and took pictures and video.
** Queens Struggles for a Catch PhraseClick here for a fun article looking for a catch phrase for the new Welcome to Queens signs.  Anyone have any good ideas out there?
** 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.


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WRBA 2014 Dinner Dance Journal

October 14, 2014 by

Each year, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association 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 — 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.

To all of our sponsors – THANK YOU!

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 122

October 3, 2014 by
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  • Our Top Stories
    • Last Chance – Woodhaven Celebration Dinner
    • Thank You – Pasta Dinner Results
    • Next Town Hall
    • Radio Free Woodhaven Friday 
  • Local Events
    • Jamaica Avenue Trolley 10/4
    • Blessing of the Pets 10/4
    • Classic Car Show Forest Park 10/5
    • Cemetery Cleanup 10/11
    • Veterans Town Hall 10/15
    • 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

    • Visitors to the Carousel
    • Large Sinkhole in Forest Park
    • Caution – Grand Larceny
    • Suspect Sought in Groping
    • LaLance Grosjean Factory – A History Lesson
    • Community Board 9 PSA
    • Lewis’ – Where Everything Was Sold
    • Participatory Budgeting Is Here Again
    • WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available
    • WRBA Membership Drive
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** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Celebration – Last Chance to Get Tickets – The WRBA’s Annual Fundraiser/Celebration is scheduled for NEXT Friday, October 10th (that’s 10/10 — easy to remember!) and will be held this year at Roma View Catering. Dinner is a full salad station and homemade rolls and focaccia with a buffet including Baked Ziti, Occhetta Bolognese (meat sauce), Stuffed Mushrooms, Eggplant Rollatini, Chicken Francese, Veal Marsala, Beef Teriyaki, Rice Pilaf (Wild Rice with Peas & Prosciutto) and Shrimp Oreganata. Afterwards there will be fresh brewed coffee and tea, cake with strawberry shortcake filling and free beer, wine and soda at your table. Tickets are $65 each – click here to purchase tickets. No tickets will be sold after Monday (or if we reach capacity, whichever comes first).
 
** Thank You - A big thank you to all of the residents that bought tickets and made donations for the fundraiser for the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The evening was a fun success (pics and video coming soon) and together we all raised over 3K for the Corps. Well done!
** Next Town Hall Meeting - Our next Town hall meeting is Saturday, October 18th at 12 Noon at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). Click here for a story about last meeting, at which the latest attack in Forest Park was discussed.
** Radio Free Woodhaven FridayClick here Friday at 10 PM to listen to Woodhaven’s Only LIVE Radio Show.  Catch up on the latest news in Woodhaven – Call in to speak with the host at  (646) 378-1612.

** Upcoming Events:

** 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.
** Classic Car Show in Forest Park – East Coast Car Association – Sunday, October 5th from 9AM to 3 PM.  Classic Cars, Trucks, Tow Truck & Motorcycles, The FDNY Fire and Safety Unit, Free Children’s Face painting by Brittany Fernandez, Free Balloons for the Children – all donations go directly to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside Queens. The Toy Run is on 11-16-2014 from Forest Park (see www.eccatoysfortots.org for more information).
** Cemetery Cleanup 10/11 – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society along with STA’s Woodhaven History Club and All Saints will be holding their 4th Cemetery Cleanup on Saturday October 11th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Click here to see pics and video from the August Cleanup. Volunteers are welcome and needed.
** Veterans Town Hall – All local Veterans in the area are invited to a Veterans Town Hall hosted by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Councilman Eric Ulrich on Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at American Legion Post 118 89-02 91st Street in Woodhaven. Among those in attendance will be Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton, Representatives from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and various Veterans Services Organizations.
** 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:
** Visitors to the Carousel - Over 200 members of the National Carousel Association visited the Forest Park Carousel last week, click here to read about it.
 
** Large Sinkhole in Forest Park – Remember the giant sinkhole in Forest Park (Click here and here)? Well, the sidewalk is now completely closed and plans to have this dangerous eyesore fixed are underway (click here and here).
** Caution: Grand Larceny – Read and Share – An 89-year old woman was the victim of an ancient scam in the 102nd Precinct – click here to read what happened.
** Suspect Sought in Groping – As we go to press with this, we see news that a woman was groped in Woodhaven – as of this writing, we do not know where. Click here for more information.
** LaLance-Grosjean FactoryHere’s a nice little history lesson about the Clocktower Factory on Atlantic Avenue.
** Community Board 9 PSA – CB9 has a PSA running on Queens Public Access Television starring CB9 Board member (and WRBA Director of Communications) Alexander Blenkinsopp. Click here to see it.
** Lewis’ – Where Everything Was SoldClick here to read about the Woodhaven hall of Fame entry this year, Lewis’ of Woodhaven.
** 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.

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