Transformer Fire – 80 Street Woodhaven

July 14, 2016 by

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Council Member Ulrich,

The following is taking place in your district:

FDNY is on scene at the above location for a transformer fire. The fire has resulted in a power outage affecting approximately 30 houses, between 80th Street and 85th Street.

There are no evacuations.

Firefighting operations are ongoing.

Con Edison is on scene and states the fire started as a manhole fire, that spread to the overhead power lines.

Con Edison is currently assessing the condition of the manhole and power lines.

FDNY states one civilian was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The aided was at the location when sparks from the fire landed on his neck.

88th Avenue, between 80th Street and 85th Street, is closed to vehicular traffic at this time.

NYPD is on scene providing site security and conducting a door to door canvass.

* Attached is a photo of the incident.

Our monitoring operations continue.

Thank you,

Councils Emergency Services Unit 646-584-8848

 

UPDATE:

Council Member Ulrich,

Here is an update:

Con Edison crews continue with repairs to overhead wires. ETR is today, early afternoon.

Street closures remain in place.

We will follow-up at 2:00pm, today.

The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #158

July 13, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall SATURDAY
** Woodhaven Residents’ 2016 Survey
** Chemical Cleanup at PS 60
** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio

 

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** STA Rummage Sale – Wednesday 7/13
** The Story of Woodhaven – Thursday 7/14
** Free Basketball Camp – Monday 7/18
** Blood Drive at Emanuel – Saturday 7/23
** Night Out Against Crime – Tuesday 8/2

** International Food Fair at All Saints – Saturday 8/13

** Richmond Hill Park Fair– Saturday 9/17
** Emanuel Church Fair – Saturday 9/24
** News & Announcements
** Speed Bump Updates
** Pothole Updates
** Cameras in Forest Park Updates

** Woodhaven Boulevard Bridge Updates
** Woodhaven Library Summer Programs
** Donate NYC – 2nd Hand Goods Program
** Fundraiser at Forest Park Carousel Highlights
** Neir’s Landmark Status Denied (Online Petition)
** Registration at the School Sisters of Notre Dame

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival

** Save Our Streets

** SBS Recaps
** WRBA Website** Woodhaven Resources

 
** Our Top Stories:

 

** WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be THIS SATURDAY AT NOON, July 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

** Woodhaven Residents’ 2016 Survey – The WRBA has launched a survey to find out what is on the mind of residents and how we can make Woodhaven a better place to live.  All information on this survey is confidential but, for those who respond and provide contact information, we will add their name to a drawing for three $50 cash prizes. Click here to start the survey!

 
** Chemical Cleanup at PS 60 – Click here to read a letter from NYC Department of Education (then click again to zoom in) regarding potentially harmful chemicals detected in the soil at PS 60. “As a precautionary measure,” the area will be cleaned this summer.
 

** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio – Click here FRIDAY at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want) to hear the latest news in Woodhaven – and catch up on our rich and interesting past!  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered). 

 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

 

** STA Rummage Sale – The annual rummage sale at St. Thomas the Apostle in Monsignor Mulz Hall (88-08 Jamaica Avenue) is underway!  Today and Thursday, it’s open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then 6-8 p.m.  Friday, it’s open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It’s open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday it runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They will collect dropped-off donations (at Mulz Hall only) through Friday.  The rummage sale is staffed by volunteers and all proceeds go to St. Thomas the Apostle Church.  Call 718-847-1353 for more information.
 
** The Story of Woodhaven – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is giving a free slideshow presentation on the history of our community this Thursday, July 14th at 7 pm at Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street). There will be a lot of old pictures, maps and stories you never heard before.
 
** Free Basketball Camp – Queens Tabernacle is hosting a free basketball camp from Monday July 18th to Friday July 22nd (10 AM to 3:30 PM) in Forest Park (Thomas Maloney Basketball Park at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue). Experienced instructors will show kids how to shoot, handle the basketball, play defense, how to rebound and more. Call 718-846-7575 for more information, or register online by visiting http://freecamps.org/register (under “Camp,” select “Forest Park Park Lane South and Myrtle Ave”).
 
** Blood Drive at Emanuel – New York Blood Center (NYBC) has declared a blood emergency, as our local supply reached a critically low level. Emanuel Church, located at 93-12 91st Avenue, will be holding their 10th Annual Warren Ackermann Memorial Blood Drive on Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..  The recent national tragedies are also reminders of how important it is for us to have an adequately stocked blood supply – one donation will help to save up to three lives. To make an appointment, please contact Dolores Rosato at 718-847-1694 or deemrosa@gmail.com.  Walk-ins are always welcome, but to help make our blood drive run more smoothly, appointments are appreciated.  Please remember to bring your donor card or picture ID.  For questions concerning medical eligibility, call 800-688-0900.
** Night Out Against Crime – Please note that this year’s Night Out Against Crime will take place on the evening of Tuesday, August 2nd. This year’s event will be held at Victory Field. More details will be posted in the next Grapevine.
** International Food Fair at All Saints – All Saints Church (85-45 96th Street) will be hosting an International Food Fair on Saturday, August 13th from 12 PM to 5 PM. Come out and enjoy tasty cuisine from all over the world! Visitors who come up until 2 pm can also enjoy a tour of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker (and Woodhaven Founders) Family Cemetery behind All Saints.
** Richmond Hill Park Fair – Looking ahead to September, the Richmond Hill Block Association will be hosting their annual Park Fair (at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South) on Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM to 6 PM.
** Emanuel Church Fair – Also, on September 24th, Emanuel United will hold their annual Church Fair. Prizes, raffles, knick-knacks, vendors – always a great time.

 

** News & Announcements:

 

 
** Woodhaven Library Summer Programs – The Woodhaven Library has the following free programs on Wednesdays all summer long – call (718) 849-1010 for more info.
Toddler Music 10:15 – 11:00 AM Ages 1-3
Mommy or Daddy & Me 11:15 – 11:45 AM Birth – Infants
K-2 Grade Book Club 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Craft & Game Hour 3:00 – 4:00 PM Ages 8-15

Gardening Club 4:00 – 5:00 PM All ages
 
** Donate NYC – 2nd Hand Goods Program – The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced the launch of donateNYC, a program designed to make finding and giving second-hand goods easier for New Yorkers. Click here for more information.
** Fundraiser at Forest Park Carousel – Click here for pictures and video of the party/fundraiser at the Forest Park Carousel to benefit the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (and the cemetery restoration project). Bonus: Speaking of the cemetery restoration, click here to check out this brief video of the group tackling a stubborn root! Next cleanup date – Saturday August 13th 9am to 12 pm, behind All Saints Church (96th Street and 86th Avenue). That’s the same day at All Saints International Food Day. Come for the cleanup and stay for a great feast of foods from all over the world!
** Neir’s Landmark Status Denied – As you may have read, the City Landmarks Preservation Commission has denied Neir’s Tavern’s application for official landmark status – click here to read about it.  The WRBA stands 100% with Neir’s in its quest to be landmarked. If you would like to sign a petition to get Neir’s landmarked, click here.
 

** Registration at the School Sisters of Notre Dame – If you know of any friends or relatives who need help learning English – or could benefit from their High School Equivalency Diploma – please let them know about this wonderful tuition free opportunity for women right here in Woodhaven! Registration starts in September. If anyone has any questions about the program, call the center at 718-738-0588 or email us at ssndec@aol.com. Click here for all the details.

 

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 6 pm, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides — an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

 
** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 pm.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!
** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too? If not, please ask them now — we need as many signatures as possible, and it’ll take just a minute:  www.saveourstreets.nyc

** 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.

 
** 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.
 
 

 

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Donate NYC – Second-Hand Goods Program

July 13, 2016 by

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The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced the launch of donateNYC, a program designed to make finding and giving second-hand goods easier for New Yorkers.

donateNYC provides residents with a website and mobile app to help them search by material and location to find the most convenient place to give or find reusable goods. For local nonprofit organizations in need of donated goods, or businesses looking to donate, donateNYC offers an online materials exchange where they can connect, donate and receive reusable goods.

“Each year New Yorkers throw out nearly six million tons of waste. However, much of what is thrown away can actually be used again,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “By donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them, New Yorkers can greatly reduce waste, and conserve energy, resources and money. donateNYC will help us reach our goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030, a target included in Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan.”

In addition to these services, DSNY continues its support of New York City’s nonprofit reuse sector through its donateNYC partnership program. Partner organizations include thrift stores, clothing banks, social service providers, creative arts programs, and community-based reuse programs. Formerly known as ReuseNYC, this partnership is designed as a trade network for local nonprofit donation and reuse programs that accept and locally distribute second-hand items.

As the City continues towards its goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030, donateNYC partners will help the City reach its goal by providing verifiable data needed to assess progress. In 2015, partner organizations diverted more than 40 million pounds of material from landfills — creating a reduction of over 60,000 tons of carbon emissions. Partner organizations also served more than 1.3 million New Yorkers last year through family services, housing/sheltering, healthcare, workforce development and food bank programs.

The app is available in iOS and android; search “donateNYC.” The donateNYC website is nyc.gov/donate.

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 500 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.

_____________________________

HENRY A. EHRHARDT

Director
Bureau of Community Affairs

NYC Department of Sanitation

 

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 157

June 10, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall
** Mailbox Vandalism (Possible Theft) Alerts
** Mary Whalen Playground
** Jamaica Avenue Vandalism 
** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio 

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** GWDC Spring Dance – Friday 6/10
** Cemetery Cleanup Saturday – Saturday 6/11
** Pet Adoption Event – Saturday 6/11
** FREE Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday 6/12
** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – Sunday 6/12
** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – Sunday 6/12
** Forgotten New York Tour of Woodhaven – Saturday 6/18
** FREE Movie Night – Saturday 6/18
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – Friday 6/24
** Yankee Swap – Wednesday 6/29

** News and Announcements:

** Ambulance Corps Building Sold
** Save Our Streets
** Piece of American Legion History Returned 
** Beware of Scams
** Neir’s Tavern on Eyewitness News
** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair 
** Fall Harvest Festival 
** SBS Recaps
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:

 

** WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 7 pm on Thursday, June 16th at American Legion Hall Post 118 – 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). This month’s town hall will feature the Democratic contenders for the 7th Congressional District, which includes most of Woodhaven.  The WRBA has invited the three candidates: Jeff Kurzon, Yungman Lee, and Representative Nydia Velazquez.  This is a great opportunity for residents to hear from the candidates and ask questions before the congressional primary election on June 28. Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

 
** Mailbox Vandalism (Possible Theft) Alerts – There has been a rash of crime involving mailboxes in our part of Queens.  One resident alerted us to a local mailbox that had glue applied to its inner door, so that mail would stick to it rather than dropping inside the mailbox when the door closed.  Residents should double-check to ensure that their mail drops all the way into the box.  If they discover any mailboxes where this is not happening, they should immediately alert the WRBA or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (1-877-876-2455).  This ploy is related to mailbox “fishing,” where criminals use makeshift tools to fish mail out of the box.  Click here and here to read about the crime’s prevalence in nearby neighborhoods, and call 911 if you see anyone involved in the act of fishing a mailbox.
 
** Mary Whalen Playground – The $1 million renovation of Mary Whalen Playground (79th St and Park Lane South) is complete and was opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Click here to view pictures and video of the groundbreaking, construction and opening ceremony.
 

** Jamaica Avenue Vandalism – A planter was destroyed on Jamaica Avenue between 89th and 90th Streets (photo here, courtesy of Mike Brothers).  It occurred late on Wednesday, June 1.  Anyone with information should contact the WRBA.  We will not disclose a tipster’s identity without permission.

 
** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio – Click here FRIDAY at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want) to hear the latest news in Woodhaven – and catch up on our rich and interesting past!  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered).
 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

 

** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.’s 37th Anniversary “Spring into Woodhaven” Dinner Dance will be held tonight Friday June 10th at 7:30 pm at the Woodhaven Manor. Tickets for this fundraiser are $65, please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations. This year’s honorees are Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (Woman of the Year), Sal Simonetti, chief of staff for Councilman Eric Ulrich (Man of the Year), Victor Hui of Dexter Wine and Liquors (Businessman of the Year), Woodhaven Manor’s Mandeep Singh and Sangita M. Patel (Business of the Year) and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (Special Recognition Award 2016).
 
** Cemetery Cleanup Saturday – The ongoing restoration of Woodhaven’s historic cemetery continues this Saturday, June 11th from 9 am to 12 pm. Volunteers needed and welcome. The project was recently recognized by the Victorian Society of New York and the Citizen’s Committee for New York City. Click here to read about John Lott, one of the persons buried here in Woodhaven — and one of the reasons to maintain this sacred spot. The cemetery is at 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church. Gloves and tool will be provided — plenty of light work available.
 
** Pet Adoption Event – The Richmond Hill Block Association is hosting a Pet Adoption Fair on Saturday, June 11th from 11 am to 4 pm at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. This is the ninth year they’ve held this event — over their eight previous events they’ve helped more than 80 pets find their forever homes. They are working in conjunction with the ASPCA of New York, the Animal Care Center of New York and Heavenly Angels Rescue – dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Adopting families will receive  pet supplies donated by volunteers from the Richmond Hill Block Association. Click here for more information.


 
** FREE Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Last week’s walking tour of Woodhaven has been rescheduled to this Sunday, June 12th. The tour will meet at the Wyckoff-Snedeker Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue (behind All Saints Church) at 12:30 pm. The plan is to spend 30 minutes at the cemetery and leave there about 1 pm to walk down Jamaica Avenue and visit the site of old movie theaters, Schmidt’s Candies, and other points of interest along the way (including Mae West’s house, different memorials around town, and maybe a few surprises). We will complete the tour at Neir’s Tavern on 78th Street. If you can, please RSVP to woodhavenhistory@gmail.com.
 
** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – The multi-vendor garage sale/flea market at the Forest Park Coops has been rescheduled to this Sunday, June 12th. Located at 83-30 98th Street in Woodhaven from 10 am until 2 pm.  Items for sale include Housewares/household items, knick-knacks, baby items, knitted toys, doll clothes, holiday items, frames, books, clothing, small appliances, cosmetics, perfumes, quilt sheets, dolls, games, DVDs, footwear, office/school supplies, glassware, jewelry, collectible dolls, etc.
 
** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – There will be a knick knack sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club (86-08 95th Avenue) on Sunday June 12th from 10 am to 4 pm. Brand new designer ladies and girls’ clothing, hand crafted items, vintage items, comics, books, household goods, records, hair accessories, toys and, of course, knick knacks.For more information email knickityknackswac@gmail.com.
** Forgotten New York Tour of Woodhaven – Queens Historian (and author of Forgotten Queens) Kevin Walsh will be leading a tour of Woodhaven on Saturday, June 18th starting at 12 Noon (meeting at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue). The cost is $20 ($15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society Members), click here for details.
 

** Free Movie Night- Come out for a 50s horror movie night with the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society. Starts at 6 pm on Saturday June 18th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Scheduled film is 1958’s “The Blob,” starring Steve McQueen.

 
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding a party at the Forest Park Carousel on Friday June 24, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Special $10 passes will be sold giving unlimited rides on the Carousel and the new addition, the Woodhaven Express Train Ride. There will be a magic show — a great table full of raffle prizes — and special horse races throughout the evening with multiple prizes!  Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call 718-805-2002 for more info.
 
** Yankee Swap – The WCHS will host their annual Yankee Swap / Silent Auction on Wednesday, June 29th at 1 pm at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). There are always lots of interesting items up for grabs at this event – you never know what you’ll be able to walk home with. Note: Have something interesting laying around the house you’d like to donate to the auction? Bring it on the 29th!

 

** News & Announcements:

 

** Ambulance Corps Building Sold – The building that was home to the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps for 40+ years was recently sold for just over a million dollars.  The WRBA hopes the Ambulance Corps remains in Woodhaven.  Generations of Woodhaven residents have invested in the Ambulance Corps.  The Block Association’s efforts in recent years to assist the Ambulance Corps — both publicly and privately — are among the most recent of those investments.  If the Ambulance Corps leadership sincerely welcomes the WRBA’s assistance and is willing to be transparent with the community, we will help however we can to achieve the goal of keeping the organization in Woodhaven.

 
** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too? If not, please ask them now — we need as many signatures as possible, and it’ll take just a minute:  www.saveourstreets.nyc
 

** Piece of American Legion History Returned – Last week, a piece of American Legion Post 118’s history was returned to them – a ceremonial book dating back to 1922 was sent to Woodhaven from Texas by a former resident and Vietnam Veteran named Sam Naglieri. Click here for more info.

 
** Beware of Scams – There are a lot of scammers out there – and they prey on people, particularly seniors. There are 2 phone scams in particular going around you should be aware of. The first is when you get a call from someone purporting to be from the IRS, saying you owe them money — click here to read about this scam and how you can protect yourself. The other involves a person calling you up, saying that your computer has a virus and they can help you. In the end, they will place a virus on your machine and help themselves to some of your money. Click here to read about that one and how you can avoid it.  Please pass along this info to any seniors that you know.
 
** Neir’s Tavern on Eyewitness News – The fight to landmark Neir’s Tavern (along with its association with the film Goodfellas) was featured on Eyewitness News last week – click here in case you missed it. The story also made the New York Times recently – nice coverage for the 187 year old Woodhaven tavern! 

 

** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post – We have set up a Facebook page for those who would like to buy, sell, or trade items with your neighbors online. If you’re on Facebook, click “Like” to get notified of the latest items being put up for sale – use this page to look for or announce your Yard Sales. Note – this year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is going to be on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 6 pm, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides — an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!
 
** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 pm.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!
 

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up (updated from week to week):

** 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.

 
** 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.
 
 
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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 156

May 24, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW 
** Mary Whalen Playground Reopening – Friday 6/3
** Rockaway Beach LIRR Reactivation Discussed  at Woodhaven Town Hall
** Next WRBA Town Hall Thursday, June 16th
** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio

 

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Woodhaven Historical Society – Life During Wartime TOMORROW
** Memorial Day Service at Forest Parkway – Thursday 5/26
** Memorial Day Service at the American Legion – Monday 5/30
** Grocery Auction – Friday 6/3
** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – Sunday 6/5
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday 6/5
** 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes – Tuesday 6/7
** GWDC Spring Dance – Friday 6/10
** Pet Adoption Event   – Saturday 6/11
** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – Sunday 6/12

** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – Friday 6/24

 

** News & Announcements
** Save Our Streets 

** Beware of Scams

** 102 Pct Announces Crime Drop
** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally
** Mayor Ulrich? 
** Woodhaven Poetry Society Awards Students
** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees 
** Queens Impact Award Winner** Remembering Good Men
** Man Sentenced for Woodhaven Killing
** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair 
** Fall Harvest Festival 
** SBS Recaps ** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:
 
** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW – The next Department of Transportation “open house” to present the latest proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard will be TOMORROW Wednesday May 25th at PS 306 (95-16 89th Avenue) from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here to read some early reactions to the changes they’ve made. Please attend this session and share your opinion with DOT. Do you want bus riders to wait on medians in the middle of the Boulevard? Do you want lanes of traffic removed 24/7, for bus use only? Do you want left turns onto streets like Union Turnpike and Rockaway Boulevard banned? Share your opinion with DOT at the open house tomorrow. Your voice matters.
 
** Mary Whalen Playground – Council Member Elizabeth Crowley is pleased to invite you to the ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Mary Whalen Playground, Friday, June 3 at 12 Noon in Forest Park at 79th Street and Park Lane South. Click here for more details.
 
** WRBA Town Hall / Rockaway Beach LIRR Reactivation –  Assemblyman Phillip Goldfered attended our last Town Hall meeting and discussed the proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR; money has been put aside for a feasibility study. Click here to see Assemblyman Goldfeder’s appearance at the WRBA Woodhaven Town Hall. The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 7 pm on Thursday, June 16th at American Legion Hall Post 118 – 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.
 
** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio – Click here FRIDAY at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want) to hear the latest news in Woodhaven – and catch up on our rich and interesting past!  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered). Our guest this Friday will be New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

 

 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
 
** Woodhaven Historical Society – There will be a presentation tomorrow at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The topic is Woodhaven During Wartime.  Attendance is free and refreshments will be served.
 
** Memorial Day Service at Forest Parkway – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is sponsoring a Small Town Memorial Service at 7:30 pm on May 26 at the Forest Park Plaza area. There will be a color guard, a laying of a wreath, and patriotic songs. 
 
** Memorial Day Service at the American Legion – The American Legion will host their annual Memorial Day services starting approximately 10 am (on Monday, May 30th) in front of Post 118 on 91st Street and 89th Avenue. It is a patriotic ceremony that remembers those that lost their lives while serving our country. Afterwards, everyone will be invited inside to meet and greet one another – hot dogs and soda will be served.
 
** Grocery Auction – One of the more popular local events is back!  Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard) will be hosting their annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.  A $10 ticket gives you 50 chances to win groceries, door prizes and also includes cake and coffee. A great value and a fun time!
 
** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – There will be a Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market @ Forest Park Cooperative on Sunday 6/5 (Rain date is 6/12) Located at 83-30 98th Street in Woodhaven from 10AM until 2PM.  Items for sale include Housewares/household items, knick-knacks, baby items, knitted toys, doll clothes, holiday items, frames, books, clothing, small appliances, cosmetics, perfumes, quilt sheets, dolls, games, DVDs, footwear, office/school supplies, glassware, jewelry, collectible dolls, etc.
 
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – There will be a FREE walking tour of Woodhaven on Sunday, June 5th. The tour will meet at the Wyckoff-Snedeker Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue (behind All Saints Church) at 12:30. The plan is to spend 30 minutes at the cemetery and leave there about 1 pm to walk down Jamaica Avenue and visit the site of old movie theaters, Schmidt’s Candies, and other points of interest along the way (including Mae West’s house, different memorials around town, and maybe a few surprises). We will complete the tour at Neir’s Tavern on 78th Street. Please RSVP to woodhavenhistory@gmail.com.
 
** 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes – Free Presentation – Retired NYPD Detective Ike Ilkiw will be giving a presentation entitled “12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes: A Modern Perspective.” Mr. Ilkiw gave this presentation earlier this year at the WCHS and it was very well received – it’s a guarantee that you will enjoy this. This return engagement will take place on the evening of Tuesday, June 7th at 7 pm at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). This presentation is part of the Woodhaven Historians meeting and is free to the public. 
 
** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.’s 37th Anniversary “Spring into Woodhaven” Dinner Dance will be held on Friday June 10th at 7:30 pm at the Woodhaven Manor. Tickets for this fundraiser are $65, please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations. This year’s honores are Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (Woman of the Year), Sal Simonetti, chief of staff for Councilman Eric Ulrich (Man of the Year), Victor Hui of Dexter Wine and Liquors (Businessman of the Year), Woodhaven Manor’s Mandeep Singh and Sangita M. Patel (Business of the Year) and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (Special Recognition Award 2016).
 
** Pet Adoption Event – The Richmond Hill Block Association is hosting a Pet Adoption Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. This is the ninth year they’ve held this event – over their eight previous events they’ve helped more than 80 pets find their forever homes. They are working in conjunction with the ASPCA of New York, the Animal Care Center of New York and Heavenly Angels Rescue – dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Adopting families will receive  pet supplies donated by volunteers from the Richmond Hill Block Association. Click here for more information.
 
** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – There will be a knick knack sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club (86-08 95th Avenue) on Sunday June 12th from 10am to 4pm. Branc new designer ladies and girls’ clothing, hand crafted items, vintage items, comics, books, household goods, records, hair accessories, toys and, of course, knick knacks.For more information email knickityknackswac@gmail.com
 
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding a party at the Forest Park Carousel on Friday June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Special $10 passes will be sold giving unlimited rides on the Carousel and the new addition, the Woodhaven Express Train Ride. There will be a magic show — a great table full of raffle prizes — and special horse races throughout the evening with multiple prizes!  Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call718-805-2002 for more info.
 
** News & Announcements:

 

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too? If not, please ask them now — we need as many signatures as possible, and it’ll take just a minute:  www.saveourstreets.nyc
 
** Beware of Scams – There are a lot of scammers out there – and they prey on people, particularly seniors. There are 2 phone scams in particular going around you should be aware of. The first is when you get a call from someone purporting to be from the IRS, saying you owe them money — click here to read about this scam and how you can protect yourself. The other involves a person calling you up, saying that your computer has a virus and they can help you. In the end, they will place a virus on your machine and help themselves to some of your money. Click here to read about that one and how you can avoid it.  Please pass along this info to any seniors that you know.
 
** 102 Pct Announces Crime Drop – The 102 announced that the precinct has seen crime drop by 26 percent year-to-date. Click here for details.
 
** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – The quest to landmark Neir’s Tavern made the New York Times this past week. It also made news in the Queens Chronicle, and Queens Tribune.  Bonus: Click here to hear interview with Neir’s Owner Loy Gordon.
 
** Mayor Ulrich? – Could our NY City Councilman be getting ready to run for Mayor? Click here to find out.
 
** Woodhaven Poetry Society Awards Students – Iron Horse Poetry, formerly known as the Woodhaven Poetry Society, sponsored a poetry contest at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy and honored the winners on Monday. Click here for pictures and details.

 

** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees – American Legion Auxiliary Post 118 and the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (along with several other groups and neighborhood volunteers) decorated the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. Click here for video highlights. And if you are wondering why they are decorated, click here for some backgroundBonus: Read about it here in the Queens Chronicle.
 
** Queens Impact Award Winner – Sr. Cathy Feeney of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women in Woodhaven was awarded with a Queens Impact Award by the Times Ledger last week.  Click here to see Sr. Cathy accepting her award on behalf of the school.
 
** Remembering Good Men – Click here to read an article about 2 good men who volunteered at the Boys Club of America and had their lives cut tragically short 35 years ago in one of the darkest chapters of Woodhaven’s history. 
 
** Man Sentenced for Woodhaven Killing – A Bronx man was sentenced to 18 years in prison  for his part in a fatal gang beating of a teen they thought was gay at a party on 90th Street back in 2011. Click here for video of the candlelight vigil help at the location of the beating.

 

** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post – We have set up a Facebook page for those who would like to buy, sell, or trade items with your neighbors online. If you’re on Facebook, click “Like” to get notified of the latest items being put up for sale – use this page to look for or announce your Yard Sales. Note – this year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is going to be on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 6 p.m., from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides — an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!
 
** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!
 

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up (updated from week to week):

** 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.

 
** 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.

 
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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 155

May 6, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall Thursday, May 19th
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meetings
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven
** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally
** Military Tribute Honoring Veterans
** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project
** Small Business Forum
** Learn to Code and Launch a Career in Tech
** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees
** Grocery Auction
** Pet Adoption Event 
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party

** News & Announcements
** Save Our Streets 
** DOB’s No-Penalty Inspections
** NYC Jobs
** The Prince – Woodhaven Connection
** Woodhaven Artist Profiled at Historical Society Meeting
** Woodhaven’s Famous Union Course Race Track
** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair 
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps 
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be 7 pm on Thursday, May 19th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder is scheduled to attend and discuss the MTA’s feasibility study on the LIRR’s Rockaway Beach Rail Line. Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Click here TONIGHT at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want) to hear the latest news in Woodhaven – and catch up on our rich and interesting past!  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered).

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meetings – The DOT has scheduled 3 town hall meetings in May to present the latest proposals for Woodhaven Boulevard. This will be our first chance to see the latest proposal, which the DOT put together after the meeting last November, after which they announced a delay in implementation while they made changes to the plans. The meeting in Woodhaven will be on Wednesday May 25th at PS 306 (95-16 89th Avenue) from 6 to 8 p.m. If you cannot make the meeting here in Woodhaven, there are two others scheduled, one in the Rockaways and one in Ozone Park (click here for details).
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven  TOMORROW The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is hosting a special antique showcase onSaturday, May 7th starting at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Veteran appraiser Eddie Costello will come to Woodhaven and give free appraisals for 2 hours, and all of it will be broadcast on a giant screen – so even if you just come to watch, you’ll get a closeup view of what’s being appraised!  Members of the Woodhaven Historical Society are guaranteed 1 free appraisal – and then names will be drawn for free appraisals for as long as time permits. Mr. Costello is pretty fast, so there’s a real good chance if you bring something you’ll get a free appraisal. Attendance is free, refreshments will be served.  Click here for video highlight’s of a prior visit by Mr. Costello.

** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – TOMORROW  On Saturday May 7th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street) is hosting a Landmark Support Rally in partnership with the Historic Districts Council of NYC. This event will kick off a concerted effort to push forward a long & difficult process of getting Neir’s designated as a landmark. Click here for more info on Neir’s potential landmarking.

** Military Tribute Honoring Veterans – This free concert by by the Queens Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich and will be held onWednesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm at the Broad Channel American Legion Post 1404, (209 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY 11693). Please RSVP to 718-738-1083.

** Small Business Forum – Assemblyman Mike Miller is hosting a Small Business Forum on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Take the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns from these agencies: FDNY, NYPD, Consumer Affairs, Sanitation, Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Department of Buildings, Small Business Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / Food Safety, and OSHA. If you have any questions, call Assemblyman Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

** Learn to Code and Launch a Career in Tech  – Council Member Crowley announces Access Code Info Session at The Shops at Atlas Park, Friday May 13from 3:30-4:30 in the Community Room. C4Q’s Access Code is an intensive 10-month program that trains adults with no prior coding experience to become industry ready computer programmers and helps them get jobs at leading tech companies that are looking to hire the next generation of talent. These positions are in high demand with high-paid salaries—our recent graduates’ income increased on average from $18,000 to $85,000. For more details and to apply, check out: www.c4q.nyc/accesscode/.

** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues on Saturday, May 14th, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. Click here for a video from last month when the group received a visit from a descendant of the Lott family (the Lotts were one of Woodhaven’s founding families and there are over 2 dozen Lotts buried in our Woodhaven cemetery).

** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees – American Legion Post 118 and the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (along with several other groups and neighborhood volunteers) are planning to decorate the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. If you recall, some of the trees along Forest Park Drive were planted in the names of Woodhaven soldiers killed in WW1 and were decorated every Memorial Day for years, a tradition that was revived last year. The decorating will take place on Monday May 16th from 4 p.m. to around 6:30 p.m. (meeting outside Oak Ridge). 75 years ago, this used to be a tradition that all residents took part in – residents are invited to take part again and help decorate the trees. Help is needed! Don’t forget those Woodhaven soldiers who gave their lives. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call 718-805-2002 for more info.

** Grocery Auction – One of the more popular local events is back!  Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard) will be hosting their annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.  A $10 ticket gives you 50 chances to win groceries, door prizes and also includes cake and coffee. A great value and a fun time!

** Pet Adoption Event – The Richmond Hill Block Association is hosting a Pet Adoption Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. This is the ninth year they’ve held this event – over their eight previous events they’ve helped more than 80 pets find their forever homes. They are working in conjunction with the ASPCA of New York, the Animal Care Center of New York and Heavenly Angels Rescue – dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Adopting families will receive  pet supplies donated by volunteers from the Richmond Hill Block Association. Click here for more information.

** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding a party at the Forest Park Carousel on Friday June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Special $10 passes will be sold giving unlimited rides on the Carousel and the new addition, the Woodhaven Express Train Ride. There will be a magic show — a great table full of raffle prizes — and special horse races throughout the evening with multiple prizes!  Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call718-805-2002 for more info.

** News & Announcements:

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc

** DOB’s No Penalty Inspections – The Department of Buildings has started its annual no-penalty deck and retaining wall inspections – a great idea to promote safety in your backyard now that summer is coming! Click here for details.

** NYC Jobs – Click here for a list of applications and schedules for tests for NYC Jobs.

** The Prince – Woodhaven ConnectionClick here to read about how Prince, who died 2 weeks ago, helped create life in Woodhaven. Bonus: Click here to hear the interview this story is based on.

** Woodhaven Artist Profiled at Historical Society Meeting – Artist Stephen Csoka was born in Hungary in 1897 and trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 1934, he moved to the United States with his new wife, Margaret, and over the next few decades his paintings and etchings won many awards. He taught art for many years, both at Hunter College and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and today his work can be found in the permanent collection of over 34 museums both in the United States and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Met, The Whitney, and the Library of Congress. And he was a resident of Woodhaven for over 30 years. His son Frank Csoka (also a former resident of Woodhaven) came to the April meeting of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to discuss his father’s work – click here to view highlights.

** Woodhaven’s Famous Union Course Race Track – Click here for a history lesson on Woodhaven’s famous race track, the Union Course. This is a follow up to last month’s article on Woodhaven’s other race track, Centreville.

** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling PostWe have set up a Facebook page for those who would like to buy, sell, or trade items with your neighbors online. If you’re on Facebook, click “Like” to get notified of the latest items being put up for sale – use this page to look for or announce your Yard Sales. Note – this year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is going to be on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 6 p.m., from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides — an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up (updated from week to week):

** 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.

** 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.

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DOB LAUNCHES ANNUAL NO-PENALTY DECK AND RETAINING WALL INSPECTION PROGRAM

May 6, 2016 by

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New York, NY – Today, Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced the upcoming start of the Department’s annual No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspection Program, a citywide initiative running between May 15th to June 25th, which allows New Yorkers to request a free inspection of their decks, porches, and retaining walls.  Over time, weather and shifting of soil can cause these structures to weaken, deteriorate or lean.  This program gives homeowners the opportunity to ensure these structures are safe before a dangerous deck accident or costly retaining wall failure occurs.  If repairs are needed, and the conditions found do not pose an immediate safety hazard to property owners, the Department will withhold issuing any violations to allow property owners sufficient time to make corrective repairs.

“The Department has already seen a number of deck and retaining wall failures this year, and this program provides the opportunity for homeowners to ensure their property is structurally sound,” said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler. “Failing to maintain decks, porches or retaining walls can result in accidents, damage to buildings, and excessive repair costs for homeowners.”

Beginning May 15th, property owners can request a free inspection of their decks, porches, or retaining walls to ensure they are structurally sound and in compliance with all City regulations by calling 311. During the assessment, inspectors will check for potentially dangerous conditions, such as cracking, rotting, bulging, leaning and other warning signs that can lead to potential structural failure.

The No-Penalty Retaining Wall Inspection Program was first launched in 2005, and later building upon the success of the initiative, the Deck and Porch Inspection Program was created in 2010. The Department has performed over 500 inspections since the launch of these initiatives, preventing many structural failures and costly repairs for homeowners.

By law, homeowners are required to maintain their decks, porches, and retaining walls in a safe and code compliant manner at all times.  New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 154

April 15, 2016 by
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** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall THIS SATURDAY
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Save Our Streets
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion’s Basket Bonanza
** Pajama Collection for Shelter Kids
** From the Desk of Elizabeth Crowley
** Defensive Driving Class
** Rain Barrel Giveaway
** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project

** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event
** Woodhaven Historians / Memorial Day Trees
** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven

** News & Announcements
** Department of Veterans’ Services Opens in Queens
** Participatory Budgeting 32 N Results 
** CB9 April Meeting
** From the Desk Of Mike Miller

** Update on Pop’s Restaurant 
** The Art of the Forest Park Carousel
** Woodhaven’s Other Race Track 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps 
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday April 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be an interesting presentation on Disaster Preparedness. Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Frank Csoka, son of Stephen Csoka, the Woodhaven artist whose artwork is in the permanent collection of over 34 museums

both in the US and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Met, The Whitney, and the Library of Congress. Mr. Csoka will be a guest at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, April 27th (1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ). Featured in Mr. Csoka’s presentation will be his father’s painting of the original Forest Park Carousel after it burned down. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want).  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered).

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion’s Basket Bonanza – This Sunday – Operation Purple offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like them. (In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve.) Join the American Legion on Sunday, April 17 at their 1st Annual Basket Bonanza to win prizes (baskets of cheer, lottery tree, gift cards, etc.), socialize, and raise money to benefit Operation Purple. Admission is $20 per person and includes 1 sheet of tickets and refreshments. Space is limited, reservations with payment in advance is required. Mail checks to the American Legion at Woodhaven Post 118, c/o Joan Donovan, 34-19 41st Street #1L, LIC, New York 11101. Call 718-937-1615 for more information. BonusClick here to hear an interview with American Legion Auxiliary President Jennifer Farley in which she discusses the Basket Bonanza and Operation Purple.

** Pajama Collection for Shelter Kids – Assemblyman Mike Miller is collecting pajamas and reading material for children in NYC Shelters. This drive will end on April 28th, click here for details.

** From the Desk of Elizabeth Crowley – CM Crowley is hosting two events this weekend. One, at 2 p.m. this Saturday (April 16) at the corner of Eliot Avenue and 71st Street, is the naming of the street after Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan; click here for details.  The other, also this Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., is a community recycling day (electronics, VIN etching, paper shredding and more) at the Maspeth Federal Savings Parking Lot (56-18 69th St). Click here for details.

** Defensive Driving Class – There will be a Defensive Driving Class on Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The class will be held in the downstairs library. A light breakfast will be served. By taking this class you will receive a 10% discount on your insurance for 3 years and have 4 points removed from any moving violations you may have. Please call Emanuel at 718-849-1153 to register.

** Rain Barrel Giveaway – CM Eric Ulrich is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Giveaway this Sunday, April 17th at the Broad Channel American Legion with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and the Department of Environmental Protection. There is no cost for these rain barrels; however, if you would like one, please sign up here.

** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues this Saturday, April 16th, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. As a bonus, the group will be receiving a visit from a descendant of one of Woodhaven’s earliest families. Many members of her family are buried in our cemetery and this will be her first visit. Click here for a look back at the progress made so far.

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23 at All Nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $40 (no checks or credit cards, cash only). Call John at 347-829-3504 or 516-643-6746 for more information.

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing & textiles (clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags — ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN & DRY), electronics (including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes — NO APPLIANCES), paper (including paper fiber and confidential papers — NO CARDBOARD — all paper will be shredded while you watch to ensure confidentiality), Carpeting (‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only), household goods (including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes), books & eyeglasses accepted as Donations.  No medications or mostly-full cans of paint will be accepted. For more information, please call Frank Fazio in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** Woodhaven Historians / Memorial Day Trees – At the next meeting of the Woodhaven Historians (Tuesday, May 3rd – 7 PM Avenue Diner 91-06 Jamaica Avenue), the month of May 1961 will be covered including a look at the gang troubles Woodhaven was facing at the time. Click here for more info. Also, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is planning to decorate the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. If you recall, some of the trees along Forest Park Drive were planted in the names of Woodhaven soldiers killed in WW1 and were decorated every Memorial Day for years, a tradition that was revived last year. If you would like to be a part of the effort this year, it will be discussed at this meeting — volunteers needed to help decorate the trees. To learn more about the Memorial Trees of Woodhaven, click here.

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is hosting a special antique showcase on Saturday, May 7th starting at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Veteran appraiser Eddie Costello will come to Woodhaven and give free appraisals for 2 hours, and all of it will be broadcast on a giant screen – so even if you just come to watch, you’ll get a closeup view of what’s being appraised!  Members of the Woodhaven Historical Society are guaranteed 1 free appraisal – and then names will be dram for free appraisals for as long as time permits. Mr. Costello is pretty fast, so there’s a real good chance if you bring something you’ll get a free appraisal. Attendance is free, refreshments will be served.  Click here for video highlight’s of a prior visit by Mr. Costello.

** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – On May 7th from 2 pm – 6 pm, Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street) is hosting a Landmark Support Rally in partnership with the Historic Districts Council of NYC. This event will kick off a concerted effort to push a long & difficult land marking process forward.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Department of Veterans’ Services Opens in Queens – Last week, the Mayor announced the official creation of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, which came from a bill introduced by CM Eric Ulrich who chairs the City Council Veterans Committee. Please note that there will be a satellite office in Queens Borough Hall, Suite 222, 120-55 Queens Boulevard. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 AM to 2 PM, and you can reach them at 718-286-2868.

** Participatory Budgeting 32 N Results – The PB results for District 32 North are in – and the winners are: sidewalk improvements in Forest Park, Technology Upgrades for Schools, Paving Baby Carriage Lane, and Argus cameras. Finishing just outside the $1 Million Dollar budget were countdown clocks and improvements to Whiting Square. A new van for the 102 Pct and upgrades to the 102 Pct locker room came in last.

** CB9 April Meeting – Click here for highlights from this months meeting of Community Board 9.

** From the Desk Of Mike Miller – Click here for Assemblyman Mike Miller’s April Newsletter.

** Update on Pop’s Restaurant – Click here for an update from Maria Thomson of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

** The Art of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark is now open for business for 2016. Not only is it a fun place to visit, but it’s a great place to visit if you enjoy local art! Click here to check out the art of the Forest Park Carousel – and check out the new mosaic of the carousel comprised of thousands of tiny pictures of the carousel – it’s neat! Click here to visit their site to view their entire 2016 schedule of events and entertainment for the kids.

** Woodhaven’s Other Race Track – Most Woodhaven residents are familiar with the history of the Union Course race track. But how many of you are familiar with Woodhaven’s otehr track – the Centreville? Click here to find out more!

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up (updated from week to week):

** 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.

** 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.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 153

April 4, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

** Participatory Budgeting Voting District 32 Tomorrow 
** WRBA Town Hall
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Save Our Streets
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion 118 Auxiliary’s Basket Bonanza
** Old Woodhaven Picture Slideshow
** Gangster, Crime And Hollywood Tour
** Blanket Collection for Shelter Kids
** Rain Barrel Giveaway
** Defensive Driving Class
** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel
** WORKS Little League Parade 
** Cemetery Green Project 
** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event 
** Paint Night at Neir’s

** News & Announcements
** Dangling Wires
** No Standing, No Peace 
** ATV and Motorcycle Awareness
** Rezoning Draws Some Heat
** Noise Survey 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:

** Participatory Budgeting Voting District 32 Tomorrow – You have one last chance to vote on items in this year’s Participatory Budgeting. This is a chance to fund repairs to sidewalks in Forest Park, to restore Whiting Square in time for the 100th Anniversary of WW1, to fund a few new Argus (police) cameras and more. We will have ballots at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue) tomorrow (Tuesday, April 5th) from 4 PM to 9 PM. This is for residents who live in Councilman Eric Ulrich’s district (map here, and zoom in if necessary).

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Saturday April 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Robin London of Metro NYC Tours, a company that leads tours of different areas of New York City (including Woodhaven). We’ll also be talking about this history of Woodhaven other racetrack, the lesser known but equally important Centreville Racetrack. Do you know where it was?  Tune in and find out! Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want).  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered).

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion 118 Auxiliary’s Basket Bonanza – Operation Purple offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like them. (In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve). Join the American Legion Auxiliary on Sunday April 17th at their 1st Annual Basket Bonanza to win prizes (baskets of cheer, lottery tree, gift cards, etc.), socialize, and raise money to benefit Operation Purple. Admission is $20 per person and includes 1 sheet of tickets and refreshments. Space is limited, reservations with payment in advance is required. Mail checks to the American Legion at Woodhaven Post 118, c/o Joan Donovan, 34-19 41st Street #1L, LIC, New York 11101. Call 718-937-1615 for more information.

** Old Woodhaven Picture Slideshow – There will be a free slideshow with old news and pictures of Woodhaven – the topics are the year 1916, and April 1946 when a familiar face opened for the first time – which one? Come and find out! The slideshow will take place at the monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Historians, Tuesday, April 5th starting at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue).

** Gangster, Crime And Hollywood Tour – Metro NYC Tours will be giving tours of some of the more notorious spots of Woodhaven – visit where gangsters and Hollywood movies were shot. The tour is capped by lunch at NYC’S oldest bar, the historic Neir’s Tavern. You will have chips and salsa on the table to nibble. A choice of entree from a prix fixe menu for lunch with either 1 glass of beer or soda. Cost is $45 per person. Click here for more details.

** Blanket Collection for Shelter Kids – Assemblyman Mike Miller is collecting blankets and reading material for children in NYC Shelters. This drive will end on April 28th, click here for details.

** Rain Barrel Giveaway – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Giveaway this Sunday, April 10th. Click here for info on how you can register for your own free rain barrel.

** Defensive Driving Class – There will be a Defensive Driving Class on Saturday, April 16th from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The class will be held in the downstairs library. A light breakfast will be served. By taking this class you will receive a 10% discount on your insurance for 3 years and have 4 points removed from any moving violations you may have. Please call Emanuel at 718-849-1153 to register.

** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark has opened its’ 2016 season on Friday, March 25th. Click here to visit their site to view their entire 2016 schedule of events and entertainment for the kids.

** WORKS Little League Parade – Saturday, April 9th, kicking off from Equity Park at 10 AM. Come out and cheer on the kids of WORKS Little League as they leave PS 60, march down to Jamaica Avenue and along Jamaica Avenue to Forest Parkway before heading to the bandshell. Click here for coverage of last year’s parade!

** Cemetery Green Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues this Saturday, April 9th, from 9 AM to 12 PM.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue.

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the WRHVAC will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23rd at All nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $40 (no checks or credit cards, cash only). Call John at 347-829-3504 or 516-643-6746 for more information.

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing & textiles (clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags — ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN & DRY), electronics (including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes — NO APPLIANCES), paper (including paper fiber and confidential papers — NO CARDBOARD — all paper will be shredded while you watch to ensure confidentiality), Carpeting (‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only), household goods (including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes), books & eyeglasses accepted as Donations.  No medications or mostly-full cans of paint will be accepted. For more information, please call Frank Fazio in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** Paint Night at Neir’s – This has been a very popular event over the past 2 months – the next event is Wednesday, April 27th (7 PM). The group will be painting a wine glass. Click here to register.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Dangling Wires – Do all those dangling wires around Woodhaven bother you? Click here to read more about the discussion of this very topic at our last Town Hall meeting.

** No Standing, No Peace – Click here to read about a Woodhaven’s school’s fight to get a no standing zone to safely load/unload students (some with special needs) and to alleviate traffic issues each morning and afternoon. Click here for more info.

** ATV and Motorcycle Awareness – The NYPD is working hard to stop the dangerous conditions created from the illegal use of ATVs/motorbikes throughout the City. As the weather gets warmer, we acknowledge the desire to get outside and enjoy New York City but street and road conditions must be kept safe by following the law. We need your help to thwart the hazardous conditions created by illegally owned or operated ATVs and motorbikes. If you observe groups of motorcycles/dirt bikes/ATVs on public streets driving recklessly, please call 911 and report the dangerous condition. If you have information on storage facilities where dirt bikes/ATVs are stored, please report it to 311. Note: When you do report this to the NYPD, please let us know so we can follow up on your report.

** Rezoning Draws Some Heat – The city’s move to rezone neighborhoods to create more affordable housing has drawn some heat from our local community board, click here to read more about it.

 

** Noise Survey – The NY State Comptroller’s Office is conducting a survey on noise in New York City neighborhoods. Click here to let them know about your experience with noise in Woodhaven. Also, click here for the survey in SpanishRussian, or Mandarin.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up (updated from week to week):

** 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.

** 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.

 

 

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 152

March 18, 2016 by
grapevine-summer
** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall – SATURDAY
** Woodhaven Women Honored
** The Return of Winter?
** Radio Free Woodhaven
** Save Our Streets

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel
** Participatory Budgeting District 30
** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
** WORKS Little League Parade
** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event 

** News & Announcements
** Update: Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
** Railroad Feasibility Study in State Budget
** Woodhaven Girl Scouts
** Woodhaven Cemetery Project Kicks Off 2016
** DEP Wants To Help Stop leaks / Save Money ** Noise Survey 
** All Saints 85th Street Services 
** Tidings From Emanuel 
** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St)
** Adrien Brody’s Hungarian Roots Explored 
** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps
** WRBA Website** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be THIS SATURDAY at 12 Noon at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

** Woodhaven Women Honored – Woodhaven’s Patti Eggers and JoAnn Bartos were honored by Assemblyman Mike Miller as Women of Distinction last week along with Patt Grayson, Ida Hillmeyer, Det. Brenda Reddick, and Lourdes Ventura. Click here for pictures and video of the ceremony – and please join us in congratulating two former WRBA honorees for Woodhaven Women of the Year!

** The Return of Winter? – Believe it or not, but some forecasters are predicting significant snowfall for Sunday. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s gag. Click here for the details. Update: The latest news is a bit more optimistic, though snow is still in the forecast (click here for the latest).


** Radio Free Woodhaven
 – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Woodhaven resident Erol Bal who will be running in the New York City Marathon to raise money for cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSK) doctors and researchers. Erol is inspired by his father, who was diagnosed in 2013 with both small cell and non small cell lung cancer and is currently being treated at Sloan Kettering. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want).  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered).

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark reopens for the 2016 season on Friday, March 25th. Click here to visit their site to view their entire 2016 schedule of events and entertainment for the kids.

** Participatory Budgeting District 30 – The Budget Delegates will be showcasing the projects for District 30 (CM Elizabeth Crowley) on Thursday, March 24 at Ridgewood Library at 6pm. Also, they are looking for volunteers of all types – they need canvassers, phone bankers, and people to run polling locations – if you would like to volunteer or want more information, please CLICK HERE.
** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern held a very popular Paint Night last month – and they are doing it again on Wednesday, March 30th. Click here for tickets.

** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven – In December 1978, a group of masked gunmen pulled off the largest cash robbery in US History right here in Queens. The Lufthansa heist netted about $5.875 million ($5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry) and the story behind that crime has led to numerous books and movies, most notably “Goodfellas,” which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven, at Neir’s Tavern. One of the cargo workers that evening, Kerry Whalen, was bludgeoned and held at gunpoint and his experiences with the crime and the ensuing investigation led to his book “Inside the Lufthansa HEI$T: The FBI Lied” (Click here: bit.ly/fbi-lied). Recently, Mr. Whalen testified in the trial of Mr. Vincent Asaro, and he’ll be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, March 30th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). We will also have a presentation on the filming of Goodfellas and some Goodfellas trivia along with the discussion with Mr. Whalen. This lecture is free and 100% open to the public – everyone is invited! Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com if you have any questions.

** WORKS Little League Parade – 
Saturday, April 9th, kicking off from Equity Park at 10 AM. Come out and cheer on the kids of WORKS Little League as they leave PS 60, march down to Jamaica Avenue and along Jamaica Avenue to Forest Parkway before heading to the bandshell. Click here for coverage of last year’s parade!

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the WRHVAC will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23rd at All nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $40 (no checks or credit cards, cash only). Call John at 347-829-3504 or 516-643-6746 for more information.

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing & textiles (clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags — ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN & DRY), electronics (including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes — NO APPLIANCES), paper (including paper fiber and confidential papers — NO CARDBOARD — all paper will be shredded while you watch to ensure confidentiality), Carpeting (‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only), household goods (including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes), books & eyeglasses accepted as Donations.  No medications or mostly-full cans of paint will be accepted. For more information, please call Frank Fazio in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Update: Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  The NYPD has released pictures and video of the suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the attack on Jamaica Avenue. Click here to view the pictures and video. Related: Cops Get an Earful at Woodhaven Forum and NYPD Community Affairs Discusses Activism.

** Railroad Feasibility Study in State Budget – Funding for a study to reactivate the Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR (part of which goes through Woodhaven) has been included in their year’s proposed budget by the NYS Assembly. Click here for details.  Bonus Link: Coverage from Greg Mocker on WPIX-11 about this, the QueensWay, and SBS on Woodhaven Boulevard – click here.

** Woodhaven Girl Scouts – The Girls Scouts of Woodhaven recently held an International Day celebration. Click here for pictures and video. For more info on the Woodhaven Girl Scouts, email: pumpkin10380@yahoo.com and please put “Girl Scouts” in the Subject.

** Woodhaven Cemetery Project Kicks Off 2016 – The ongoing conversion of Woodhaven’s historic cemetery from an eyesore to an eye opener kicked off the 2016 season last week. Due to so many local events, turnout was light, but a lot was accomplished. Click here for highlights and learn a bit about the people who are buried there. Learn about the old man and the little girl — brother and sister, buried together, or the tragedy of the Eldert Twins. Cleaning up the cemetery is fun – but it’s also the right and decent thing to do. The next cleanup is Saturday, April 9th from 9 AM to 12 PM – and the group will be joined by a descendant of one of the founding families in Woodhaven that’s buried in the cemetery!  Note: The Board of the Victorian Society NY has voted to award the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society a $350 grant towards supplies for the restoration of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery in 2016.

** DEP Wants To Help Stop Leaks / Save Money – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)  announced a series of public outreach events to educate New Yorkers about the high cost of residential water leaks. This announcement comes too late for the event locally, but there is still good info here.

** Noise Survey – The NY State Comptroller’s Office is conducting a survey on noise in New York City neighborhoods. Click here to let them know about your experience with noise in Woodhaven. Also, click here for the survey in SpanishRussian, or Mandarin.

** All Saints 85th Street Services – All Saints’ / Todos los Santos Lutheran Church (87-34 85 Street) sent along the following information regarding worship services: Palm Sunday- March 20th at 9AM, Maundy Thursday- March 24 at 6PM, Good Friday- March 25 at 11AM.  Also there will be a Free Live Presentation of the Passion at 7:30PM in Spanish. And Easter Sunday Mass will be on March 27 at 9AM in English / 11AM in Spanish.

** Tidings From Emanuel – Click here for this month’s Tidings, with news and announcements from Emanuel United Church of Christ.

** All Saints Episcopal Holy Week Schedule (96th St) – All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – 718-849-2352) has passed along their Holy Week Schedule (Click here for details). There will also be a procession for Palm Sunday down Jamaica Ave to Woodhaven Blvd to 86th Ave., beginning at 10:30 AM from the parish hall.

** Adrien Brody’s Hungarian Roots Explored – Click here for an exploration of Woodhaven’s Oscar Winner Adrien Brody’s Hungarian roots.

** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven – The ongoing cleanup of the Atlantic Avenue Overpass will result in some road closures periodically during March and April.UpdatesClick here for updated details.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up (updated from week to week):

** 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.

** 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.

 

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