** 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. Bonus: Click 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):
- RBL Feasibility Study (Queens Chronicle) New!
- Editorial from the WBID (Gazette) New!
- Rail Study Will Level the Field (Leader-Observer) New!
- How Will SBS Be Funded? (Queens Chronicle)
- Politics of the Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch (LTV Squad)
- What Will SBS End Up Costing the City? (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT: SBS to Cost Far Less Than 400 Million (Times Ledger)
- SBS Cost Doubles to $400 Million (Times Ledger)
- Price Tag for SBS on Woodhaven DOUBLES (Capital New York)
- Commish: You Can’t Please Everybody (That’s us!) (Queens Chronicle)
- Selecting Safety & Mobility: Woodhaven Bus Service (You Tube)
- SBS Is A Bad Idea: Rosen Vs. Trottenberg (Rockaway Times)
- Woodhaven civic starts anti-SBS petition (Queens Chronicle)
- Woodhaven civic to city: We don’t like Select Bus plan for Woodhaven Blvd. (Queens Courier)
- Woodhaven Civics Start Anti-SBS Petition (Queens Tribune)
- Petition against SBS goes online (Times Ledger)
- WRBA Launches Petition Drive to Highlight Bus Plan’s ‘Unwanted’ Changes to Boulevards (The Forum)
- Ulrich flips stance on SBS—it ‘stinks’ (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT’s “Scary” Solution for Woodhaven (Leader-Observer)
- Bus Rider Group Wants SBS NOW (Tribune)
- Bad For The Boulevard: Woodhaven Residents Blast Select Bus Service Proposal (Tribune)
- Woodhaven Civic Unveils ‘Busway’ Alternative to Rapid Transit Route (Forum)
- Woodhaven residents to DOT: Make us a better Boulevard Bus Plan (Times Newsweekly)
- Miller proposes buses on defunct Rockaway line; SBS postponed until 2017 (Times Ledger)
- ‘Short-term’ SBS coming in early ’17 (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT: Full Woodhaven Boulevard Upgrades Coming Sometime Next Decade (Streets Blog)
- QPTC Urges Queensrail, Not Woodhaven Select Bus Svc. (Queens Gazette)
- Tish James and Queens Pols to DOT: Finish Strong on Woodhaven BRT (Streets Blog)
- Coalition Announces Increased Community Support for Select Bus Service; Civic rips ‘artificial’ rally; Woodhaven ‘strongly opposes’ DOT plan, group says (Forum)
- DOT Hits The Brakes On SBS Plans (Queens Tribune)
- Where’s the proof SBS will work on Woodhaven? (Queens Chronicle)
- Still waiting for an SBS vote at CB 9 (Queens Chronicle)
- WRBA’s Alexander Blenkinsopp on SBS and the Proposed BusWay (Project Woodhaven)
- Complete Video of SBS Meeting in Woodhaven (Project Woodhaven)
** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.