Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 71

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Note:  If you’d like to get this and other important Woodhaven notices delivered directly to your mailbox, please email us as info@woodhaven-nyc.org and use the Subject “Grapevine.”

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Date of our next Town Hall
  • Keeping Woodhaven Whole
  • Our January Town Hall
  • Wanted — help us catch a thief
  • Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Mardi Gras celebration
  • St. Luke’s Open House
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Community Calendar
**  For our February Town Hall, we will be mixing it up a bit by holding it on a weeknight.  It will occur on Wednesday, February 20, at 8 p.m.  The location will be the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave.  This Town Hall will focus on the NYPD and the Block Watchers program we’re launching in our neighborhood.  Here is more information about the Block Watchers program.  It’s not too late to become a Block Watcher; here is the application, which you can complete and bring to the next Town Hall.
**  Keeping Woodhaven Whole.  In our last Grapevine, we acknowledged the many Woodhaven residents who came to the hearing on City Council redistricting last week to make clear that our neighborhood’s representation should be united.  The WRBA’s strong showing was apparent to all in attendance.  “Residents of Woodhaven came out in full force,” The Forum reported.  “Residents fight against redistricting division,” the Queens Courier stated.  You can also read more coverage in the Leader-Observer, the Queens Tribune, and the Queens Chronicle.  Thanks again to all who have joined our fight to unite Woodhaven.
**  At our Town Hall this past Saturday, we had excellent turnout and a lot of energy — a great way to kick off 2013.
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Council Member Eric Ulrich lauded our efforts on redistricting, saying that the WRBA “is the voice of Woodhaven, and when the voice speaks, we listen.”  The Block Association also heard from resident Neil Giannelli, who has started up a group called “No Way QueensWay” to protest the effort — led by those outside Woodhaven — to convert the abandoned railway tracks that run along 98th Street into a much-publicized park.  The Town Hall concluded with a “straw poll” to determine which issues need the most attention.  Here are our results, plus photos and video of the voting.  If you didn’t attend, you missed your chance to vote — but you should still let us know if there’s a problem in your part of the neighborhood that needs attention.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this e-mail.
**  WANTED – The 102nd Precinct is asking for our help and warning us to be careful.  Click here to see a wanted flyer for a young man who has been victimizing women, stealing their pocketbooks and cell phones from the back of his bicycle.  Suspect is described as a male black or possible male black Hispanic.  Possible reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.  Contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or text your tip to TIP577 plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  You can also submit an internet tip by visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.  All information will be kept confidential.  Anyone with information regarding the above subject please notify Det. Ronald Buell at 718-520-9200 or Detective Borough Queens North at 718-520-9200.
**  At Saturday’s Town Hall, Council Member Ulrich described the Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program, a voluntary program designed to protect New York City homeowners from the unexpected costs of service line repairs.  Here is the video of Ulrich discussing the program at the meeting, and here is more information about the program.
**  The School Sisters of Notre Dame do such good, valuable work.  They are hosting a Mardi Gras Party at Roma View on Crossbay Boulevard on February 6th.  Planning an evening out with some friends?  Why not make it this night?  Have a great time and support a very worthy cause!  Click here for more information and for a link to purchase tickets.
**  St. Luke’s Nursery School and pre-K program will host an open house the week of January 28th through February 1st, 2013, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  St. Luke’s is located at 87-34 85th Street.  Visit the school to pre-register for September 2013 classes.  They offer nursery school classes (for children born in 2010); free pre-K classes (for children born in 2009); and Parents and Tots program (for ages 28 months to 3 years old).  Space is limited, so check it out soon!
**  WORKS Little League registration:  Do you have any children in your family who would like to play ball, learn sportsmanship, and make friends?  Registration will be open on Friday nights through February; click here for the flyer.
**  102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting:  The council met a week ago and discussed some issues that matter to Woodhaven.  Click here for a thorough recap of the meeting, courtesy of our president, Ed Wendell.
**  Interested in finding out more about the Boy Scouts of America or how your son can become a scout?  If so, check out beascout.org, the place where parents can find Boy Scouts of America units in their neighborhoods.

**  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.

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
info@woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735
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