Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 133

July 7, 2015 by

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  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall Saturday July 18th 10 AM at Emanuel
    • Community Calendar
    • Save the Date! WRBA 2015 Fundraiser / Dinner Dance 
  • Local Events
    • Historical Society Research Group  7/7
    • The Beatles at the Bandshell  7/9
    • Cemetery Cleanup 7/11
    • No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening 7/23
    • Graffiti Cleanup for NYFAC  7/25
    • Blood Drive at Emanuel  7/25
    • National Night Out Against Crime  8/4  
    • Woodhaven 50s Drive-In Party  8/22
  • News & Announcements

    • Litter Issues Plague Woodhaven
    • Woodhaven BID Comes Out Against SBS
    • Woodhaven WW2 Vet Returns to Neir’s Tavern
    • WRBA Website
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
    • Miss Woodhaven Update
    • School Sisters Update
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive
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** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall Saturday July 18 – As mentioned above, our next meeting is Saturday July 18th at 10 AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here for highlights of our last Town Hall (June 2015).
** Community Calendar – Just above – and again at the bottom of every Grapevine – are links to the community calendar that the WRBA maintains. Please take a few moments to peruse the schedule of events, including all the Forest Park concerts, for 2015. And if you see that we’re missing something — let us know!
** Save the Date! The 2015 Dinner Dance / Fundraiser – The WRBA’s annual celebration of Woodhaven will take place at Roma View Catering Hall on Friday, October 2nd starting at 7:30. Tickets will go on sale soon – and an exciting group of honorees will be announced very soon.

** Upcoming Events:

** Woodhaven Research Group – This month marks the 120th Anniversary of the cyclone that struck Woodhaven (click here to read all about it). Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 7th), the Woodhaven History Research Group will meet at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue) and a very interesting historical fact will be revealed. Also, learn what life in Woodhaven 1916 was like – and get a sneak preview of the WCHS’ presentation “Woodhaven & Ozone Park: Life on the Border.”
** Beatles at the Bandshell – Beatlemania hits the Forest Park Bandshell Thursday (July 9th) at 7:30 – and remember to ride our historic landmarked Forest Park Carousel after the show!.
** Cemetery Cleanup – The Cemetery Crew has been working hard to restore the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery – click here to see last month’s effort – and they’ll be back at it this Saturday (July 11th) from 9 AM to 12 PM. There is plenty of light work available (rock collecting, leaf raking) – and volunteers are needed and most welcome! 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church.
** No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening – The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s (AICF) mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program which provides mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically underserved New York City women is scheduled to conduct screenings in Woodhaven on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in front of Queens County Savings Bank (NYCB) at  93-22 Jamaica Avenue. You must schedule an appointment.  For more information, please call 1-877-628-9090.
** Graffiti Cleanup to Fight Autism –  On Saturday, July 25, the Block Association will lead a group of volunteers in painting every mailbox in the neighborhood.  Many of Woodhaven’s more than 100 mailboxes have been vandalized with graffiti.  The WRBA will solicit pledges from residents to support the clean-up effort.  All proceeds will be donated to New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC). Residents may pledge donations (for example, 25 cents per mailbox painted) and may cap their pledges (for example, 50 cents per mailbox, up to a maximum of $25).
** Blood Drive at Emanuel – Emanuel United Church of Christ, (93-12 91st Avenue) will be hosting their 8th Annual Warren Ackermann Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday, July 25th 9 AM to 2:45 PM.  Their goal this year is 40 pints of blood and your donation will help to save up to three lives. This blood drive is always a fun day with good people, good refreshments and a good raffle.  Walk-ins welcome or you may call 718-849-1153 for an appointment. For questions concerning medical eligibility, please call 1-800-688-0900. Note: New York Blood Center is also offering a Donor Advantage Program, so each time you donate blood you will earn points.  Once you accumulate 800 points, you can then redeem your points for a wide variety of gifts, gift cards or donate your points to selected charitable organizations.
** National Night Out Against Crime – The 2015 Night Out Against Crime will take place Tuesday, August 4th at the Buddy Monument in Richmond Hill. This is always a fun time – and a great opportunity to get to know your local police officers. Click here for highlights from last year’s event.
** 50s Woodhaven Drive-In Party – On Saturday August 22nd, the Woodhaven Historical Society will bring back the excitement of the Drive-In Movies — Coming Attractions and Short Films — the great music on the speakers — running to the Snack Bar to get Popcorn or Hot Dogs. Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for children – click here for more details.
** News & Announcements:
** Litter Issues Plague Woodhaven – Click here to read about the ongoing litter problems in Woodhaven. “The Sanitation Department has spent enough time in the middle of the night ticketing the victims of illegal dumping to lead me to believe that they’re not using their resources as intelligently as possible to combat the root cause of the problem,” says WRBA Director Alexander Blenkinsopp. “People who dump illegally don’t seem to be afraid of getting tickets and they know the victims will get the tickets.”
** Woodhaven BID Comes Out Against SBS – Maria Thomson, executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, announced on Tuesday her group’s opposition to the Department of Transportation’s $200 million Select Bus Service plan due to its proposal to ban left turns from Woodhaven Boulevard onto Jamaica Avenue. Click here to read more.
** Woodhaven WW2 Vet Returns to Neir’s – 90-year old WW2 Vet William Burlingame was married to his wife Peggy in 1946. They held the reception there as well. Mr. Burlingame wrote to Neir’s Tavern and said he would like to visit it once again, and he’s making the long trek this Saturday and will arrive at Neirs for the first time in decades around 1 PM. Click here to read the letter that Mr. Burlingame wrote.
 
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – woodhaven-nyc.org. There, you will find our Community Calendar, Latest News and Announcements, Membership Info, our Press Releases, and a list of our media appearances.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – We’ll be LIVE Friday at 10 PM EST, click here at that time to listen live. Call in during the show, (646) 378-1612 and voice your opinion. If you miss the live broadcast, you can always click the same link to listen archives.
 
** Miss Woodhaven Update – Do you remember Nalicia Ramdyal, aka Miss Woodhaven? She has been selected to represent the USA as the Miss Global International pageant, which will be held on the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago on October 3rd. You can follow Nalicia’s story of the Miss Global USA page, click here for more information.
** School Sisters Updates – The School Sisters of Notre Dame recently held their closing ceremony for 2105 (click here for highlights). And even more recently, they held a fundraiser at the Forest Park Carousel – click here for pictures and video.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through last year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.

** WRBA Membership Drive – Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues.  If you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.


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Don’t Miss An Event: Check the Woodhaven Calendar

July 3, 2015 by

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association maintains a community calendar will all of the upcoming events – you can always visit it at: bit.ly/woodhaven-calendar — for your convenience we have embedded it below – bookmark this page and come back often to see what’s going on!  on’t see an upcoming event? Email us at info@woodhaven-nyc.org and let us know.

Town Hall Meetings: The WRBA meets once a month to discuss the issues that concern residents of Woodhaven. Come out and make your voice heard! Check the calendar for Town Hall meetings!

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Like Concerts? During the summer, there are a lot of FREE concerts in Forest Park – come check out the Beatles – or the Disco Extravaganza!

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No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening

July 1, 2015 by

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s (AICF) mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program which provides mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically underserved New York City women is scheduled to conduct screenings in Woodhaven on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in front of Queens County Savings Bank (NYCB) at  93-22 Jamaica Avenue. You must schedule an appointment.  For more information, please call 1-877-628-9090.

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Here are other scheduled screening dates/locations:

Date Site Address Zip Code
Sunday, July 12, 2015 Wat Buddha Thai Thavornvanaram 76-16 46th Avenue

Elmhurst, NY

11373
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center 6200 Beach Channel Drive

Arverne, NY

11692
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Best Medical Care, PC 121-08 Hillside Avenue

Richmond Hill, NY

11418
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Queens County Savings Bank (NYCB) 93-22 Jamaica Avenue

Woodhaven, NY

11421
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Korean Community Services Main Site 35-56 159th Street

Flushing, NY

11358
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 The Poppenhusen Institute 114-04 14th Road

College Point, NY

11356

En Espanol:

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 132

May 15, 2015 by
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Here is our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall SATURDAY – 12 Noon at Emanuel
    • WRBA Website
    • Radio Free Woodhaven 
  • Local Events
    • Memorial Trees – Reception  5/21
    • Memorial Day Ceremony – Forest Parkway 5/21
    • Memorial Day Parade – Forest Hills  5/24
    • News of St. Luke’s Future
    • Forest Park Carousel – Opening Weekend  
    • Woodhaven Historical Society Meeting  5/27
    • Forest Park Carousel Benefit  6/12
  • News & Announcements

    • Congratulations to E-294/L-143 and E-293 Wildcats
    • Forest Park Summer Events
    • WORKS Little League Parade 
    • Forest Park Walking Club
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive

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** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall Saturday – As mentioned above, our next meeting is THIS Saturday, May 16th at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – woodhaven-nyc.org. There, you will find our Community Calendar, Latest News and Announcements, Membership Info, our Press Releases, and a list of our media appearances.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – We’ll be LIVE Friday at 10 PM EST, click here to listen live. Call in during the show, (646) 378-1612 and voice your opinion. If you miss the live broadcast, you can always click the same link to listen archives.
** Upcoming Events:

** Memorial Trees Reception – Recently it was discovered that the trees lining Forest Park Drive were planted in the names of Woodhaven soldiers who were killed during WW1 and for each Memorial Day, they would be decorated. The American legion and the Woodhaven Historical Society will be decorating them for the first time in 70+ years and will host a reception Thursday, May 21st from 5 to 8 PM at Oak Ridge. Light refreshments will be served, everyone is welcome to attend.
** Memorial Day Cememony Forest Parkway – The annual small town Memorial Day ceremony presented by the GWDC will take place at 7:30 on Thursday, May 21st. There will be patriotic music and a color guard.
** Memorial Day Parade – Forest Hills – Last year about a dozen residents marched in the Forest Hills parade representing Woodhaven. Can we do better this year? We’re meeting at Ascan Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue at about 11:30 AM on Sunday, May 24th. Come out and show `em that Woodhaven cares!
** News of St. Luke’s Future – A merger of Christ Lutheran, Ozone Park, St. Philip, Cypress Hills, and St. Luke, Woodhaven will go into effect Sunday, May 24.  The new church will temporarily gather at the space now used by St. Luke (temporary for 2-3 yrs).  The new name of the church will be All Saints. A Bilingual “Moving Forward” / Closing Service will take place Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:30AM. The “Resurrection” / Opening Service takes place later the same day at 4:00PM. Both services at 87-34 85th Street, Woodhaven, NY
** Forest Park Carousel – Opening Weekend – Memorial Day Weekend also marks the official opening of the 2015 season for the Forest Park Carousel.  Click here for a little history lesson on our carousel. And if you haven’t heard, the Forest Park Carousel underwent a massive renovation over the winter – click here for dramatic pics and video.
** Woodhaven Historical Society – The guest speaker in May is David Galst, Operations Manager of the Forest Park Carousel, and he’ll be speaking about the renovation mentioned above. Wedensday, May 27th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).
** SSNDEC Benefit at the Carousel – Save the date! Come ride the Forest Park Carousel for a good cause. All proceeds from the carousel on Friday June 12th from 5 PM to 9 PM will go to The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women in Woodhaven, NY. The School Sisters do a marvelous job helping improve the lives of families by helping women get better jobs through getting their GED and/or helping them learn English as their second language. There will be a free magic show, face painting – and loads of fun. Come out and enjoy this NYC Landmark and help a great local cause! Click here for details.

** News & Announcements:
** Congratulations to E-294/L-143 and E-293 Wildcats – BOTH of our stations are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. If you’re interested in a commemorative T-Shirt for E-294, click this link.

** Forest Park Summer Events – Magic Shows, Puppet Shows, Zumba, Beatlemania, Rod Stewart, Elivis – there’s something for everyone on Forest Park’s Summer Schedule –click here to see what’s on tap!

** WORKS Little League Parade – Click here for pictures and video from this year’s annual march through Woodhaven. The WRBA Royals (4 and 5 year olds) will be playing the next few Wednesdays at the track at Victory Field starting at 6 PM. Come out and root for the WRBA Royals!

** Forest Park Walking Club – Walking Club meets every Saturday at the flagpole at Victory Field at 1 p.m. The workout is canceled only in case of heavy rain or strong wind. Participants do not have to sign up. Click here for more info.

** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.

** WRBA Membership Drive – Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues.  If you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.


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Catholic Charities Establishes Relief Fund for Woodhaven Fire Victims 

March 20, 2015 by

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March 20, 2015 (Woodhaven, NY) City Councilman Eric Ulrich, New York State Assemblyman Mike Miller, and Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) announced today the creation of a special relief fund to aid those families affected by the four-alarm fire in Woodhaven on the night of Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The fire damaged or destroyed eight homes and displaced more than 60 individuals.

Donations will support CCBQ’s efforts to provide life essentials including gift cards to local supermarkets, clothing, replacement household furniture, and other necessities. Monetary donations can be made payable to CCBQ online at www.ccbq.org or by mail. Contributions should designate “Woodhaven Fire Victims” in the memo. For more information contact CCBQ’s Office of Development & Communications at (718) 722-6202.

Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens
91 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

“This fund will allow Catholic Charities to help the residents of Woodhaven who lost everything on that fateful night,” said Councilman Ulrich. “The proceeds that we are able to raise will really make a difference and help ease the road to recovery for these families.”

“We cannot erase what occurred, but this fund will help these families work towards rebuilding for a better tomorrow said Assemblyman Miller. “We ask the community to help in any way they can to assist these residents in this time of need.”

“Our Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management team arrived to help ensure those displaced by the fire could get the help they needed to get re-established as soon as possible,” said Monsignor Alfred LoPinoto, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “These families will need to start over, and Catholic Charities will be there along the way to provide for their physical and emotional needs. We ask that you please keep these families in your prayers.”

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Calling All Parents from PS 97 & PS 306

March 11, 2015 by

For the second consecutive year, residents of Woodhaven will take part in a process to decide how to spend $1 million. Read the following – email the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association at info@woodhaven-nyc.org, or call them at 718-296-3735.

What Is Participatory Budgeting? Councilman Eric Ulrich has committed 1 million dollars to this project – residents in Eric’s district brainstorm and put together a ballot of projects to be voted upon. Residents will then vote on the items – and all items up to a millions dollars will be completed.

Why does any of this concern the parents of students who attend PS 97 and PS 306?

Because one of the items on the ballot is for Technology Upgrades – $75,000 each for PS 97 Forest Park and PS 306 New York City Academy for Discovery (Woodhaven).

You will be allowed to select up to five items from the ballot. Voting will take place for most of the month of April, and we will have several voting areas within Woodhaven. The complete ballot will be reviewed as part of the next meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, which takes place on Saturday, March 21, at noon at American Legion Post 118, 89-02 91st Street. As a side note, the new Captain of the 102 Precinct, Deodat Urprasad, will attend the meeting and introduce himself to the Woodhaven community – everyone is welcome to attend – it’s free – come and meet your neighbors.

We need to get enough people to come out to vote and secure this money for our local schools. We will work with each school to pass along the information – or you can sign up for regular email updates from the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association by sending an email to info@woodhaven-nyc.org (put “Grapevine” in the subject). Click here for samples of our community emails.

In order to vote – you need to be 14 years of age or older, and live in District 32. As Woodhaven is split across 2 districts, that means not everyone can vote — to find out if you can vote, click here and enter your address.  If it says District 32, you can vote.

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association does not want anyone left out of the process — so even if you are not District 32, let us know (you can even fill out a ballot) and we will pass along your intention to your city council member.

Voting days and locations will be announced soon.

Apart from Technology Upgrades, here are the other items up for your consideration:

2) Construction – $300,000 worth of auditorium renovations for PS 64 Joseph P. Addabbo (Ozone Park).

3) Parks – A $250,000 renovation of a 9/11 Memorial in Forest Park. This may include some sort of mural along with landscaping, pavers and benches.

4) Parks – The addition of Emergency Call Boxes throughout Forest Park to improve safety. Technically, this would go through the NYPD as they would decide the best places in Forest Park to place them. They cost $7,000 each and we would be getting 20 of them (for a total of $140,000).

5) Parks – Improvements to Equity Park. Across from the American Legion there is a large empty space that used to be a tennis court. It is proposed to convert that into a nice park with benches, trees, bocce ball courts, etc. Total cost for this project is estimated at $800,000 – but for this year, we are only able to vote for $400,000 meaning that it will need to come back next year for the rest.

6) Parks – Refurbishment of Lt. Clinton L. Whiting Square at 91st Avenue and 84th Street. This would include $240,000 worth of improvements – landscaping and benches – for the World War 1 memorial.

7) Parks – $175,000 worth of upgrades (new fencing and benches) to the Forest Park Dog Run at 85th Street and Park Lane South.

8) Libraries – $100,000 each for technology and security upgrades for Ozone Park and Richmond Hill.

Participatory Budgeting only works if people participate ,so we will make sure that every resident has ample opportunity to vote. Start thinking about it now. Review the eight items above and decide which five should get your vote.

The ballot this year is weighted heavily towards parks project, Woodhaven in particular. That can be credited to the large amount of involvement from our community.

Read more:Leader-Observer – Cast your vote on how to spend

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 130

February 20, 2015 by
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Here is our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall SATURDAY – 12 Noon at American Legion
    • WRBA Website
    • Radio Free Woodhaven (Goodfellas!)
  • Local Events
    • Little League Registration 2/20, 2/27
    • Old Pictures of Queens Slideshow at Neir’s 2/24
    • Art Show at Resorts Casino thru 3/9
    • Queens Symphony Orchestra Free Show in Woodhaven 2/25
    • St. Paddy’s Day at the American Legion 3/15
  • News & Announcements

    • Woodhaven Murder
    • Day Care Drug Bust
    • Mardi Gras Highlights
    • Schmidt’s Candies
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive

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** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall Saturday – Our next meeting is Saturday, February 21st at 12 Noon at American Legion Post 118 (89-02 91st Street, behind PS 60). There is a lot to discuss – hope to see you there.
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – woodhaven-nyc.org. There, you will find our Community Calendar, Latest News and Announcements, Membership Info, our Press Releases, and a list of our media appearances.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – We’ll be LIVE Friday at 10 PM EST, click here at 10 to listen live. Friday night we’ll be speaking with Mr. Kerry Whalen, who was working at Lufthansa the night it was famously robbed in 1978 (which inspired the movie Goodfellas, released 25 years ago and filmed partially in Woodhaven).  Mr. Whalen has written a book about what it was like being stuck between the Mob and the FBI and he’ll be our guest Friday at 10.  Got any thoughts on what’s going on in Woodhaven, or in our city? Call in during the show, (646) 378-1612 and voice your opinion. If you miss the live broadcast, you can always click the same link to listen archives.
** Upcoming Events:

** Little League Registration – Time is running out to register in WORKS Little League. The office will be open Friday, February 20th and February 27th from 7 to 9 PM for registration ($100 per child for the season). The WORKS Little League Office is located at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue (corner of Forest Parkway above the bank). Click here for more info. Please share with anyone who has children.
 
** Forgotten Queens Slideshow NEW DATE – Queens Historian Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York and author of “Forgotten Queens” will be giving a FREE slideshow presentation at Neir’s Tavern on Tuesday, February 24th at 7 PM, event sponsored by the Woodhaven Historical Society. There will be lots of old pictures of Queens – these events are always popular, so come early to get a seat.
** Art Show at Resorts – The work of Madeline Lovallo, famous for her paintings of Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, the Rockaways, Ozone Park and Woodhaven, is being exhibited at Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens (Aqueduct) through March 9th – 2nd Floor – Red Wall Gallery (go into the Main Entrance, go to the left and take the elevator to the 2nd Floor). Click here for pictures and video of the opening day of the exhibit.
** Free Concert at All Saints – The Queens Symphony Orchestra will be giving a concert sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich at All Saints Church, 85-45 96th Street, on Wednesday, February 25. The concert, featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy, starts at 7 p.m. in the main church building.
** Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & Help The Vets – Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Vets on Sunday, March 15th from 1 PM to 5 PM at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). You’ll get a Family Style Dinner – Corned Beef & Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes and all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert! Plus, dancing with DJ Richie! $30 per person, call Jennifer (718-296-3923) or Loretta (718-843-1292) to buy tickets. All proceeds go towards American Legion Post 118 which is approaching its 100th anniversary – and starting next year will begin decorating the Memorial Trees in Forest Park, dedicated to boys from Woodhaven who gave their lives for this country. Come out and support your American Legion!

** News & Announcements:
** Woodhaven Murder – As you have no doubt read, there was a shocking act of violence last Friday. A young man, Eric Roman, was shot and killed in front of his house on 89th Street just off Atlantic Avenue.  Click here for a selection of stories about this incident.
** Day Care Drug Bust – You may have seen this story on the news – here is what the 102 Pct sent directly to us: “The 102nd Precinct would like to inform you about a search warrant which was executed early this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m. at a private house located on 88 avenue between 85 and 86 street in Queens(confines of the 102nd Precinct). The search warrant was executed by members of the 102nd Precinct Field Intelligence Unit as well as members of the NYPD Narcotics Unit. The location can be described as a two story house and is a private residence, which also houses a child day care center on the first floor. No children were present during the execution of the search warrant. The search warrant yielded positive results and a substantial amount of marijuana and MDMA, the narcotic know as “Molly”, were recovered from a bedroom in the basement of location. Two male Hispanics in their 20’s were taken into custody. The day care center is owned and operated by the parents of one of the perpetrators. The parents were not charged, as the narcotics were found in the bedroom of one of the perpetrators. The perpetrators were taken to the 102nd Precinct for processing.”
 
** Mardi Gras Celebration – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women held their annual Mardi Gras celebration last week. Click here for video highlights of the event.
** Schmidt’s Candies – Click here for a story on legendary Schmidt’s Candies – how many of you bought some Valentines Day sweeties there this year?.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.

** WRBA Membership Drive – Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues.  If you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.


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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 129

January 15, 2015 by
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Here is our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall SATURDAY – 12 Noon at American Legion
    • WRBA Website
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Local Events
    • Little League Registration 1/16
    • Estate Planning Presentation 1/24
    • Catholic School’s Week 1/25
    • Old Pictures of Queens Slideshow at Neir’s 1/27
    • Schmidt’s Candies at Historical Society 1/28
    • Art Show at Resorts Casino 2/9
    • School Sisters’ Mardi Gras 2/11
    • Queens Symphony Orchestra Free Show in Woodhaven 2/25
    • St. Paddy’s Day at the American Legion 3/15
  • News & Announcements

    • Valentines for Vets
    • Collapsed Building Update
    • Cinemart Theater in Trouble
    • Jimmy Young & The Diaper Derby
    • Woodhaven in Liam Neeson Movie Trailer
    • Walking in Woodhaven (Lots of Pictures)
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive
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** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall Saturday – Our first meeting of 2015 is Saturday, January 17th at 12 Noon at American Legion Post 118 (89-02 91st Street, behind PS 60). We will be joined by the Parks Department who will discuss street trees. Also, we will be having a collection to sponsor our Little League T-Ball team (4 & 5 year-olds) – the WRBA Royals. Least year, we not only sponsored a team – we also managed it.
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – woodhaven-nyc.org. There, you will find our Community Calendar, Latest News and Announcements, Membership Info, our Press Releases, and a list of our media appearances.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – We’ll be LIVE Friday at 10 PM EST, click here at 10 to listen live. Got any thoughts on what’s going on in Woodhaven, or in our city? Call in during the show, (646) 378-1612 and voice your opinion. If you miss the live broadcast, you can always click the same link to listen archives.

** Upcoming Events:

** Little League Registration – Time is running out to register in WORKS Little League. The office will be open Friday, January 16th from 7 to 9 PM for registration ($100 per child for the season). The WORKS Little League Office is located at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue (corner of Forest Parkway above the bank).
 
** Estate Planning – All Nations Baptist Church (86-76 80th Street ) is hosting a presentation called “Getting Your House In Order.” The guest speakers at this meeting will be a banker, an attorney and a funeral director (WRBA 2013 Man of the Year Paul Rudolph of Walker Funeral Home).  They will talk about the importance of creating a will, funeral pre-planning and other important matters. This free presentation takes place at 3 PM on Saturday, January 24th.
** Catholic Schools Week – St. Thomas the Apostle will be hosting Catholic Schools Week starting on Sunday, January 25, with a mass at 9 a.m. An Open House, including tours of the school, follows from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. All visitors are welcome. Subsequent Open House hours will be held on Tuesday, January 27, and Thursday, January 29, from 9 to 10:30 am.
 
** Forgotten Queens Slideshow – Queens Historian Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York and author of “Forgotten Queens” will be giving a free slideshow presentation at Neir’s Tavern on Tuesday, January 27th at 7 PM, event sponsored by the Woodhaven Historical Society. There will be lots of old pictures of Queens – these events are always popular, so come early to get a seat.
 
** Woodhaven Historical Society The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society has its first regular meeting of 2015 on Wednesday, January 28th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ. The theme is Love and Chocolate – there will be a presentation on St. Valentine’s Day and our guest will be Margie Schmidt of the historic Schmidt’s Candies. Note: The next cemetery cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, February 7th (click here for highlights from December’s chilly cleanup in which we were joined by CM Eric Ulrich and his staff).
** Art Show at Resorts – There will be an exhibit of Artist Madeline Lovallo’s work at Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct starting on Monday February 9th, running through March 9th. The exhibit will be on the Red Gallery Wall on the 2nd Floor of the casino. Click here to hear a recent interview with Madeline, who is very well known for her paintings of Woodhaven (The Carousel, Oak Ridge, and Lewis’ of Woodhaven among them).
** Mardi Gras Celebration – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women will be holding their annual Mardi Gras celebration on Wednesday, February 11th from 6 to 10 PM at Roma View catering (160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard).  Tickets are just $80 per person – includes a full dinner, an open bar, raffles, prizes and a lot of fun — all in the good name of lending a helping hand to others! You can purchase tickets for this can’t-miss event right here.
** Free Concert at All Saints – The Queens Symphony Orchestra will be giving a concert sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich at All Saints Church, 85-45 96th Street, on Wednesday, February 25. The concert, featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy, starts at 7 p.m. in the main church building.
** Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & Help The Vets – Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Vets on Sunday, March 15th from 1 PM to 5 PM at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). You’ll get a Family Style Dinner – Corned Beef & Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes and all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert! Plus, dancing with DJ Richie! $30 per person, call Jennifer (718-296-3923) or Loretta (718-843-1292) to buy tickets. All proceeds go towards American Legion Post 118 which is approaching its 100th anniversary – and starting next year will begin decorating the Memorial Trees in Forest Park, dedicated to boys from Woodhaven who gave their lives for this country. Come out and support your American Legion!
** News & Announcements:
** Valentine’s for Vets – Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office will be collecting Valentine’s cards, candy (sugar-free a plus), toiletries, knit hats/gloves, socks, puzzles/games, etc. They will be delivered to the men and women veterans hospitalized at St. Albans VA Hospital and the NYS Veterans Nursing Home. Please bring your donations to Mike’s Office at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard. If you have any questions, please call Mike’s Office at 718-805-0950.
** Collapsed Building Update – This comes from the Department of Buildings – The latest schedule of work to place the roof on the building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue is as follows (1) Submittal of revised plans in PAA by 1/23/15; (2) Installation of steel columns and roof beam corrections – 2/6/15; (3) Installation of metal decking for roof – 2/13/15; (4) Completion of roofing – 2/22/15.
** Cinemart Theater in Trouble – Movie theaters are a dying breed – there are many who regret that Woodhaven no longer has one – and the Cinemart Theater in Forest Hills is in danger of closing. But is it getting one last chance – click here to read about it and read about how you can help.
** Diaper Derby at the American Legion – This past week was the birthday of Firefighter Jimmy Young, who was killed in action in 1994. Click here for a feature on the 1963 Diaper Derby at the American Legion which a 7-month old Jimmy Young took part in.
** Woodhaven in Movie Trailer – Click here for the trailer for Liam Neeson’s “Run All Night” – watch for a few glimpses of Mike’s Pub (renamed The Old Abbey for this film – which interestingly enough was the name of Neir’s Tavern from 1835 to 1899). See Mike’s at 1:27 and 1:45.
** Walking in Woodhaven – Here are a trio of features with beautiful pictures of Woodhaven and Forest Park.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.

** WRBA Membership Drive – Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues.  If you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.

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WRBA Blog – 2014 in review

December 29, 2014 by

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 128

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

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

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** Our Top Stories:

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

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

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