Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 68

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In this issue of the Grapevine:

•    Happy New Year from the WRBA!
•   First Town Hall of 2013
•    Christmas Tree Curbside Collection
•    CPR Class at the Ambulance Corps
•    Woodhaven Block Watchers
•    Keeping Woodhaven Whole
•    The Latest on the Abandoned Tracks Along 98th Street
•    Woodhaven Under Moonlight
•    Woodhaven Gets Dusted!
•    Community Calendar
•    Grapevine Schedule
** Happy New Year from the WRBA!  We wish you much health and happiness in 2013!  Click here for a look back at an action-packed 2012 for the WRBA.
** Our first Town Hall of 2013 will be on Saturday, January19, 1 p.m., at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Avenue).  Come and join us!  Our town halls are a great way to learn what’s going on in your community, meet your neighbors and representatives, and solve problems.  If you don’t regularly attend the WRBA’s town halls, make it your new year’s resolution to do so in 2013.  You won’t regret it!** The Department of Sanitation will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013.  The program will run through Saturday, January 12th.  Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before they are put out at curbside for removal.  Trees must not be placed into plastic bags.  Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees that are left on the curb between Wednesday, January 2nd and Saturday, January 12th will be collected, chipped, and made into compost.  The compost will be processed and subsequently spread upon parks, ball fields, and community gardens throughout the city.
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** Would you like to learn how to perform CPR?  There will be a CPR Class given at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Sunday, January 13th from 2 to 5 PM.    The cost is $40 (cash, no checks).  If interested or have any questions, call John Bennett at 516-643-6746, or email at bennettcpr@aol.com.  What you learn at this class could save someone’s life.** Reminder:  The NYPD is rolling out a Block Watcher program that the residents of Woodhaven would benefit greatly from — read about it here.  We’ve signed up 40 Block Watchers so far — we need more!  If you have not filled out a form yet, you must do so ASAP (click here for the form).  Even if you are already a Block Captain, we need you to fill out this application. We believe this will be an effective program and will be a positive impact in our community.  We are extending the registration period — please do not hestitate if you have not signed up already.  Fun Fact About Block Watching — You are not limited to reporting situations on your block — you can report anything you see in your travels throughout the entire precinct. 

** Keeping Woodhaven Whole.  Here is a nice recap of our last meeting at which the residents made it clear that we do not favor any redistricting plan that leaves Woodhaven divided.  Click here to find out why redistricting is important and what we’ve been doing about it.  There will be a hearing in Queens about redistrictingat 6 p.m. on Monday, January 14th at LaGuardia Community College.  Click here for meeting infoWe would like to get a decent-sized group to go to the hearing; just because you attend does not mean you have to speak.  If you do plan to speak, you must pre-register (click here, and list the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association as the organization you represent).  Please let us know if you will be attending and either (a) can drive and take a passenger or two, or (b) want to go but need a ride.  We will try to accommodate as many people as we can.

** The abandoned railroad tracks along 98th Street are still making news.  In 2012, we held a forum for residents to discuss the fate of the tracks, and then we took a position that reflected our neighbors’ opinions.  Click here to see our work on this issue.  Some who don’t care about Woodhaven residents’ views are trying to push ahead with their own plans for the tracks, but we’re working hard to ensure that our community isn’t shoved to the side.  Click here and here to read the latest.** As 2012 drew to a close, we were treated to the 13th Full Moon of the year, and it was a beauty.  Click here to see some images of the moon from various vantage points around Woodhaven.** As the year ended we received a nice dusting of snow.  Nothing disruptive, nothing that needed shoveling — just enough to make for some real pretty scenes around town.  Click here for some of our favorite Woodhaven views

** Community Calendar – Remember that we are maintaining a calendar of events happening in our community.  Please e-mail us if you’d like relevant events to be added to it.  The calendar is embedded in the homepage of our website and it is also available here.  And here’s a short, easy-to-remember link to the calendar: bit.ly/WoodhavenCalendar.

 

** Grapevine Schedule.  We are striving to make the Grapevine a weekly missive, getting launched once a week, on Tuesday afternoon.  We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you health and happiness during this Holiday Season

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

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