Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 154

April 15, 2016 by
grapevine-2
** 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

grapevine-summer

** 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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Department Of Environmental Protection To Help Homeowners Identify Water Leaks And Save Money

March 17, 2016 by

In New York City, a Running Toilet can Cost a Homeowner up to $50 Per Day

Photos from Past Outreach Events are Available on DEP’s Flickr Page

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced a series of public outreach events, to be held next week, to educate New Yorkers about the high cost of residential water leaks and simple steps homeowners can take to find the leaks and repair them.  The outreach events are being held in recognition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Week which is celebrated from March 14 to the 20th to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.  The outreach events will be held at select Home Depot stores and DEP staff will distribute literature along with leak detector dye tablets designed to quickly identify leaky toilets.  In addition, DEP has created a brief public service announcement about detecting leaky toilets:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIXkf8acmV0

“Homeowners can save money and help conserve our water supply by simply identifying and fixing leaky plumbing,” said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd.  “During the outreach events, DEP staff will be on hand to help demonstrate how residents can find common types of leaks and quickly and easily repair them.”

“We are happy that DEP is once again helping to promote Fix a Leak Week,” said Veronica Blette, program manager for the EPA WaterSense program.  “Our theme this year is ‘Be a Leak Detective’, and we know that New Yorkers will be great at following the clues to find and fix leaks.”

DEP staff will be available at Fix a Leak Week outreach events at Home Depot stores at the below times and locations:

  • Thursday, March 17           3pm-7pm         75-09 Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens, NY
  • Friday, March 18               3pm-7pm         545 Targee Street, Staten Island, NY
  • Friday, March 18               3pm-7pm         1806 Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY
  • Friday, March 18               2pm-8pm         5700 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY

Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually, equal to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes.  Leaks are not only wasteful they can also be very expensive for homeowners.  DEP offers a full range of information on how to detect leaky pipes and toilets and how a simple test can help avoid costly water waste.  DEP also offers a new Home Water Savings Kit that can help residents conduct a do-it-yourself water audit in less than an hour.  Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions on how to find and repair costly leaks.  For more tips on detecting leaks and making repairs click here.

DEP has introduced a number of customer service initiatives aimed at helping New Yorkers manage their water use and bills and respond promptly to leaks.  These programs include the completion of a network of Automated Meter Reading devices that ensure bills are based on actual consumption and that allow customers to access data about their water use in near real time.  In addition, a leak notification system has already saved customers more than $60 million and the leak forgiveness program has been expanded to include maintainable fixtures such as toilets and faucets to encourage homeowners to make timely repairs.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the upstate watershed.  In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with a planned $14 billion in investments over the next 10 years that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year.  This capital program is responsible for critical projects like City Water Tunnel No. 3; the Staten Island Bluebelt program, an ecologically sound and cost-effective stormwater management system; the City’s Watershed Protection Program, which protects sensitive lands upstate near the City’s reservoirs in order to maintain their high water quality; and the installation of more than 820,000 Automated Meter Reading devices, which will allow customers to track their daily water use, more easily manage their accounts and be alerted to potential leaks on their properties. For more information, visit nyc.gov/dep, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycwater, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nycwater.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 151

March 9, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

    • THIS WEEKEND – 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids
    • Woodhaven Women Honored – Patti Eggers and JoAnn Bartos
    • WRBA Town Hall – Saturday, March 19th
    • Save Our Streets

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Free Queens Symphony Orchestra Concert – Sinatra!
    • Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm Giveaway Friday
    • Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration
    • Participatory Budgeting District 30
    • Benefit for Boys & Girls Club Featuring Schmidt’s
    • 102nd Precinct Meeting
    • Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
    • Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
    • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven
    • WORKS Little League Parade
    • CPR Classes
    • Recycling Event

** News & Announcements

    • Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
    • Noise Survey
    • Tidings From Emanuel
    • Fridays During Lent at All Saints
    • Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
    • Fall Harvest Festival
    • Collecting for the Troops
    • Richmond Hill Library Upgrades
    • SBS To Cost 400 Million
    • SBS Recaps
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** THIS WEEKEND – 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids –  Note: We need more pledges to help the children of the Challenger Division. Click here if you’d like to make a small pledge.  Friday (3/11) is the start of 311 Weekend – a great way to help the community *AND* help some local kids with special needs. Basically, next weekend we need people to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed — broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — and we need people to make small pledges — 10 cents per 311, 20 cents per 311, etc. And the money will go to the Challenger Division of WORKS Little League (formerly Rich-Haven) which is for kids with special needs, kids with autism, etc.

** Woodhaven Women Honored – Congratulations to Woodhaven’s Patti Eggers and JoAnn Bartos, who will be honored by Assemblyman Mike Miller as Women of Distinction at 7 PM on Thursday, March 10th at One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center (110-08 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill). Other awardees are Patt Grayson, Ida Hillmeyer, Brenda Reddick, and Lourdes Ventura. Everyone is invited to come out for the festivities. Call Mike’s office at 718-805-0950 if you have any questions.


** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 19 at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – There will be no show this Friday night.
** 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:
** Free Queens Symphony Orchestra Concert – Sinatra! – The next in a series of FREE QSO concerts sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will feature Sinatra-style music and will be held at

St. Helen’s Fr. Dooley Hall (83-09 157th Ave – Howard Beach, NY 11414) on T
hursday, March 10, at 7:00 pm.
 
** Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm Giveaway Friday CM Eric Ulrich is hosting a smoke/carbon monoxide alarm giveaway with the FDNY on

 Friday, March 11, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at his Rockaway office (

114-12 Beach Channel Drive, Suite 1 – Rockaway Park, NY 11694).  T

he smoke alarms are free; however, they will distribute them on a first-come first-served basis.
 
** Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration – The ongoing restoration of the Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery kicks off 2016 with a get-together on Saturday, March 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. The cemetery is on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints. This year, the focus of this green-project will be shifting from cleanup to beautification.
** Participatory Budgeting District 30 – The Budget Delegates will be showcasing the projects for District 30 (CM Elizabeth Crowley) at 2 events this month – (1) Tuesday, March 15 at Maspeth Town Hall at 6pm and (2) 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.
** Benefit for Boys & Girls Club Featuring Schmidt’s – The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens (11th and Atlantic) is hosting a culinary and cultural celebration / fundraiser. There you will be able to enjoy a sampling of gourmet delights and fine wines – participants include London Lennie’s, Russo’s On The Bay, Vetro, Woodhaven House, La Dolce Italia, Matteo’s Sybil’s Bakery Uncle Bacala’s, and our very own Schmidt’s Candies! It’s on Tuesday, march 15th at Russo’s on the Bay, starting at 6 PM. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 718-441-6050 ext. 206.
** 102nd Precinct Meeting – The monthly meeting of the 102nd Precinct Community Council will be on Tuesday, March 15th from 7 to 9 PM. It will be held at New Heaven Ministries at 130-05 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill. The 102’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad will be there; there will be a presentation by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force; and more. For more info, call the 102 Precinct Community Affairs office at 718-805-3215.

** 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.
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Last call for reservations for the free walking tour on Sunday April 3rd 12 Noon – email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.  This tour is just about at max capacity and registration will close very soon.

** 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:
 

** Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  A group of young men attacked and stabbed a 24-year old young man on a busy Jamaica Avenue, during rush hour.  This story is developing. Anyone with information about this attack should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

** 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 Spanish, Russian, or Mandarin.

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

** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St) – Fridays during Lent (through March 18), Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – 718-849-2352).

** 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!

** Collecting for the Troops – Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 have adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division serving in Afghanistan, and they have been collecting items, boxing them up, and shipping them out. They would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously so far, and let you know that they are still collecting donations of laundry detergent pods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, body wash/shampoo travel size, baby wipes, baby powder, razors, floss, chewing gum, and assorted candies . Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Click here for some pictures and video of Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 packing up your donations for delivery to Afghanistan!

** Richmond Hill Library Upgrades – In the last Grapevine, we advised you that the Ozone Park Library branch at 92-24 Rockaway Blvd. would be closed for the next 6 months for renovations. Now comes word that the Richmond Hill Library could be closed for as long as 14 months. Click here for details.

** SBS To Cost $400 Million – It was revealed last week that DOT now admits that the cost for the proposed Woodhaven Boulevard Select Bus Service changes are double what they originally claimed. The WRBA believes that the proposed changes to Woodhaven Boulevard are being forced on us by City Hall and by city agencies that have repeatedly failed our community. We are asking all of our residents to take 2 minutes to fill out this petition. This is critical to ensuring our voices are heard. Please share the petition website, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.

** 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 # 150

March 5, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

    • Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
    • 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids
    • WRBA Town Hall
    • SBS To Cost 400 Million
    • Radio Free Woodhaven

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven 
    • Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration
    • American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
    • Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
    • Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
    • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven
    • WORKS Little League Parade
    • Recycling Event

** News & Announcements

    • Update of Pop’s from the WBID
    • Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St)
    • Police Release Video of Shooter
    • Parks Dept Honors Volunteers
    • Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
    • Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter
    • Engine 293 Renovations
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
    • Fall Harvest Festival
    • Collecting for the Troops
    • Richmond Hill Library Upgrades
    • SBS Recaps
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  A group of young men attacked and stabbed a 24-year old young man on a busy Jamaica Avenue, during rush hour.  This story is developing. Anyone with information about this attack should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

** 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids – Next Friday (3/11) is the start of 311 Weekend – a great way to help the community *AND* help some local kids with special needs. Basically, next weekend we need people to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed — broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — and we need people to make small pledges — .10 per 311, .20 per 311, etc. And the money will go to the Challenger Division of WORKS Little League (formerly Rich-Haven) which is for kids with special needs, kids with Autism, etc. Click here for details.

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 19th at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

 

** SBS To Cost 400 Million – It was revealed last week that DOT now admits that the cost for the proposed Woodhaven Boulevard SBS changes are double what they were originally saying.  The WRBA believes that the proposed changes to Woodhaven Boulevard are being forced on us by City Hall and by city agencies that have repeatedly failed our community. We are asking all of our residents to take 2 minutes to fill out this petition. This is critical to ensuring our voices are heard. Please share the petition website, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Tune in tonight at 10 PM to hear the latest on the recent stabbing on Jamaica Avenue, and the other top stories in Woodhaven. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE – or click the link any time later on to listen on demand. What issues in Woodhaven do you think demand immediate attention – call (646) 378-1612 and speak your piece!
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven – The Queen Library Archives have partnered with Queens College on the Queens Memory Project, an effort to collect and build an archive of local memories through old photographs, documents, and more. The Queens Memory Project will be at Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th Street, tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more details.
** Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration – The ongoing restoration of the Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery kicks off 2016 with a get-together on Saturday, March 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. The cemetery is on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints.

** American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – Woodhaven’s American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Sunday, March 13th from 1PM to 5PM. They will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Irish soda bread, beer, wine, soda and dessert.There will be music and dancing with DJ Walter, a 50/50 and lots of raffles! It costs $25 per person; make reservations early as there will be limited seating. Time is running out – seats are very limited! Respond no later than March 8th. Call Jennifer Farley at 718-296-3923.

** 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.
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday April 3rd 12 Noon – click here to read about it in this week’s Leader. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.  Bonus: Click here for a little history on the early days of Woodhaven and Ozone Park and the original dreams of John R. Pitkin for a new New York City!

** 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!

** 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 including 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 ITEMS WILL BE SHREDDED WHILE YOU WATCH TO ENSURE SAFETY. Carpeting accepting ‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only. Household Goods including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes. Book & Eyeglasses accepted as Donations. For more information please call  Frank Fazio  in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Update of Pop’s from the WBID – Some updates on Pop’s Restaurant, from Maria Thomson of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District:

1. The new persons involved in the Restaurant are renters, not owners and Woodhaven Residents;

2. The owner of the Restaurant stipulated that all renovations or changes must be approved by him, this was not done;

3. They did not have permission to renovate (destroy) Pop’s as we knew it;

4. They, the renters, have applied for a Liquor License for Wine, Beer and Liquor;

5. The SLA Liquor License that was previously in place was for ONLY Wine and Beer;

6. The owner of the building is also very incensed by their actions that they sadly destroyed this, our beloved Woodhaven Restaurant;

UPDATE on Pops Restaurant

A Stop Work Order has been issued by the Buildings Department against Pops restaurant for Work Without Permits, thank you Michael for the Picture. So, all of this destruction was made illegally. During the inspection the Department of Buildings found additional problems with the electricity and plumbing. The WBID will be monitoring this location and keep you aware.

** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St) – Fridays during Lent (through March 18), Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – (718) 849-2352).

** Police Release Video of Shooter – The NYPD has released video of the person who shot 2 people in an Atlantic Avenue restaurant on February 20th. Click here for more information.

** Parks Dept Honors Volunteers – There was a celebration in Forest Park last week honoring the people who volunteer to keep our park beautiful. Receiving a special award was Woodhaven’s Charlotte Butler, President of the K9 Korral Dog Run in Forest Park. Click here for pictures and video.

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

** Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter – A Woodhaven mom stole $65,000 of her disabled daughter’s money, which she used for vacations and liposuction.Click here for details.

** Engine 293 Renovations – The FDNY Department of 87th street is scheduled to receive major renovations. Click here for more information.

** 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!

** Collecting for the Troops – Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 have adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division serving in Afghanistan, and they have been collecting items, boxing them up, and shipping them out. They would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously so far, and let you know that they are still collecting donations of laundry detergent pods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, body wash/shampoo travel size, baby wipes, baby powder, razors, floss, chewing gum, and assorted candies . Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Click here for some pictures and video of Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 packing up your donations to travel to Afghanistan!

** Richmond Hill Library Upgrades – In the last Grapevine, we advised you that the Ozone Park Library branch at 92-24 Rockaway Blvd. would be closed for the next 6 months for renovations. Now comes word that the Richmond Hill Library could be closed as much as 14 months, click here for details.

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is sure to be a hot topic in Woodhaven in 2016. 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 311 Weekend

March 4, 2016 by

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The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is holding a “311 Weekend” on the weekend of 3/11 to help raise money for local kids with special needs.

What is 311 Weekend? On the weekend of Friday March 11th, through Sunday march 13th, we are asking the residents of Woodhaven to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed. Broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — all of the things that you see in your travels, call 311 and report them and send the 311 number to the WRBA (at info@woodhaven-nyc.org).

Meanwhile The WRBA is asking residents to make pledges. For example, .10 cents per 311, or .25 cents per 311, or .50 cents per 311.  Or you can cap off your pledge (for example, you want to pledge $10.

After the weekend is over, we’ll announce how many 311 calls were made and reported to the WRBA and collect the pledges!

Where does the money go? The money will be donated to WORKS Little League for their Challenger division, which is for children with special needs and learning disabilities. There are also children with autism who play in the league. It is a wonderful thing in our community and this is our way of supporting it.

How Can You Help?  You can email your pledge to the WRBA (info@woodhaven-nyc.org) or you can call and leave a message at 718-296-3735.

Then.. on 311 Weekend … Start calling!  Or you can report your issues online at 311 Online.  Remember – each and every 311 call you make will not only help your community — it will raise more money for the kids of the Challenger Division in WORKS Little League!

 

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 148

February 12, 2016 by

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** Our Top Stories:

  • Alert: Frigid Weather Expected
  • Pat Sexton – Rest In Peace
  • Next WRBA Town Hall February 20
  • Save Our Streets – www.SaveOurStreets.nyc

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

  • Queens Memory Project on Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Free Valentine’s Day Party and Movie TOMORROW ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Valentine’s Dinner at Neir’s
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
  • American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
  • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven

** News & Announcements

  • Schmidt’s Candy in the NY Times!
  • Woman Rescued from Strack Pond
  • DSNY Answers For Jonas Performance
  • Collecting for the Troops
  • Valentines For Vets
  • Woodhaven Speed Humps Approved
  • Woodhaven Cop Subject of Classic Drama
  • Woodhaven Vet Develops Historical Board Game
  • Unique Views of Woodhaven
  • STA Teacher Featured in Interview
  • SBS Recap
  • WRBA Website
  • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** Alert: Frigid Weather Expected – The New York City Emergency Management Department today urged New Yorkers to prepare for upcoming extreme cold weather. Frigid weather is expected Thursday night through Monday, with temperatures plummeting to single digits with sub-zero wind chills Saturday night through Sunday. Seniors, infants, the homeless, and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of health problems from the extreme cold. Make sure you take all the appropriate measures to stay warm and safe – click here for more information.

** Pat Sexton – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association was very sad to learn that Pat Sexton, one of the founding members of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp, has passed away. Our condolences go out to her daughters Kathy and Kelly and all of her friends and family. The wake will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Leahy-McDonald Funeral Home (111-02 Atlantic Avenue) from 4 to 8 pm.

 
** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be held Saturday, February 20th 2016 @ 12:00pm at American Legion Post 118 – 89-02 91st Street – (91st St and 89th Ave). What are some of the issues you’d like to see covered in 2016? Email us at info@woodhaven-nyc.org and let us know! Better yet, come out to one of our Town Halls in 2016 and share your thoughts! Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.
** Save Our Streets – The WRBA believes that the proposed changes to Woodhaven Boulevard are being forced on us by City Hall and by city agencies that have repeatedly failed our community. We are asking all of our residents to take 2 minutes to fill out this petition. This is critical to ensuring our voices are heard. Please share the petition website, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Queens Memory Project on Radio Free Woodhaven – The Queens Memory Project, a collaboration between the Queen Library and Queens College, is an effort to gather the memories of the residents of Queens – photographs, spoken or written word memories – into an online database everyone can enjoy. Maggie Schreiner will be the guest Friday Night Live at 10 (click here at showtime to listen LIVE) to discuss this massive project. The Queens Memory Project will be the guests at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, February 24th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard) to discuss this project. Anyone bringing photographs or other interesting material from Woodhaven’s past will be able to have it digitally scanned on to a flash drive – you will keep the original and the flash drive! Note: The Queens memory Project will also be at Neir’s scanning in pictures brought in by residents on Saturday, March 5th from 12 until 3 at Neir’s Tavern.
** Free Valentine’s Day Party and Movie ♥ ♥ ♥  – It’s going to be very cold this weekend, so come warm up with some hot chocolate at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society’s FREE Valentine’s Day Party this Saturday from 12 Noon until 3 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be cake and coffee and the door prize is a heart-shaped box of chocolate from Schmidt’s Candy. And there will be a showing of the Emmy-Award winning film,Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven in 1974. Click here to read an article in the Leader about this classic film.
** Valentine’s Dinner at Neir’s – Neir’s Tavern is offering a special 3 course dinner on Sunday, February 14th, $54 per couple includes a salad, a choice of entree, desert and wine – click here for more details.
** WORKS Little League Registration – WORKS will be holding registration at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue (on the 2nd Floor above the bank at the corner of Forest Parkway) next Friday night, February 19th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration for a child costs $100 – which includes a uniform – and you are given $75 worth of raffle tickets to sell – you keep the money for the tickets that you sell. In other words, if you sell all your tickets, your child could play a season of little league baseball for as little as $25. Click here for more information.
** 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting – Come out to meet the members of the 102nd Precinct on Tues, February 16, 7 PM – 9 PM at the Richmond Hill Library (Basement) 118-14 Hillside Ave in Richmond Hill. At the last Community Board 9 meeting, Officer Jose Severino announced that 14 new recruits are joining the 102.

** American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – Woodhaven’s American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Sunday, March 13th from 1PM to 5PM. They will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Irish soda bread, beer, wine, soda and dessert.There will be music and dancing with DJ Walter, a 50/50 and lots of raffles! It costs $25 per person; make reservations early as there will be limited seating. Respond no later than March 8th. Call Jennifer Farley at 718-296-3923.

** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday April 3rd – starts at Noon on Rockaway & Liberty and ends at Neir’s Tavern. Retrace the final fateful steps of Professor Kotkov, the Woodhaven teacher who was BRUTALLY MURDERED 95 years ago this month. One of his murderers was the youngest person EXECUTED in NY State. Stand in the very spot where all of their lives changed forever. Visit the spot where an ancient burial ground for slaves was unearthed. Find out where George Washington slept when he visited Woodhaven. Walk through the area nearly destroyed by the Cyclone of 1895 – and see the exact spot where a young woman was killed. Hear about the legend of a 90-year old woman who cheated on her husband – and visit something you’ve passed a million times that she was responsible for building! Visit the only remaining portion of the old Union Course Racetrack that is still visible! Walk the streets of Old Woodhaven Village and learn which important buildings are still standing! Click here for more info. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.

** News & Announcements:
 
** Schmidt’s Candy – It’s Valentine’s Dayremember to stop into Schmidt’s Candy and get something sweet for the special people in your life! Schmidt’s is in its 90th year and we want to support it so it’s around for another 90! Did you see Schmidt’s featured in the NY Times? Click here to see it! And if you’re on Facebook, make sure to like their new page.
 
** Woman Rescued from Strack Pond – An emotionally disturbed woman was rescued after crashing through the ice at Strack Pond in Forest Park. Some initial reports stated that there were two children also in the pond, but those reports were unfounded and her two children were located and were safe and sound. Click here for more info.
** DSNY Answers For Jonas Performance – Representatives from the Department of Sanitation were questioned about the DSNY’s performance during the major snowstorm named Jonas at this week’s CB9 meeting (click here for the full story). If you recall, the DSNY snow plows did not get to Woodhaven for a few daysprompting a press conference demanding action by CM Eric Ulrich.
 
** Collecting for the Troops – Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 have adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division serving in Afghanistan, and they have been collecting items, boxing them up, and shipping them out. They would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously so far, and let you know that they are still collecting donations of laundry detergent pods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, body wash/shampoo travel size, baby wipes, baby powder, razors, floss, chewing gum, and assorted candies . Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Click here for some pictures and video of Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 packing up your donations to travel to Afghanistan!
** Valentines For Vets – Assemblyman Mike Miller thanked the community for coming out and supporting the annual drive to collect gifts for the vets living at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans. Aided by several community groups and students, the Assemblyman and guests were able to deliver the gifts to the vets this week. Click here for a statement from Mike and a few pictures.
** Woodhaven Speed Humps Approved – Community Board 9 unanimously approved a few speed humps in our area. One is along the service road between Woodhaven Boulevard and the Forest Park Co-Ops. Click here to read more about where the new humps will be located.
** Woodhaven Cop Subject of Classic Drama – In 1938, Officer Charles Glasco of 87th Street was on duty in Manhattan when he walked into the chaotic scene caused by a young man standing on a 17th Floor ledge, threatening to jump. For the next 11 hours, he kept the young man talking in a heroic attempt to save his life. The incident was turned into a film called Fourteen Hours – and it was the screen debut of Grace Kelly. Click here to read about Woodhaven’s Charlie Glasco.
 
** Woodhaven Vet Develops Historical Board Game – Dr. Paul Fish has developed a strategic board game about the crucial battles that led to the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo. Click here to read an article in this week’s Leader. Bonus: Click here to hear Dr. Fish’s interview on Radio Free Woodhaven.


** Unique Views of Woodhaven –
Click here for some unique views of your favorite neighborhood!

** STA Teacher Featured in Interview – STA’s Patty Eggers was featured in an interview by Meg Callaghan, CUNY School of Journalism. Click here to view it.

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is sure to be a hot topic in Woodhaven in 2016. 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 Weather Alert

January 23, 2016 by
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Good morning friends and neighbors. The National Weather Service has updated their forecast and are now predicting that we will get between 18 and 24 inches of snow. Snowfall rates of 1-2″/hr and visibilities of 1/4 mile or less possible.
After the storm stops, wait a reasonable amount of time and let the WRBA know if your street has not been plowed. Email them at info@woodhaven-nyc.org.
Please check in on your elderly neighbors – if you can, give them a hand shoveling their sidewalks.
Here are some links and information you may find handy.
** Emergency Winter Weather Declaration – The City of new York is on high alert and have issued an emergency winter weather declaration. The “winter weather emergency” kicks in at 8 a.m. and it pertains to roads and not blocking roadways — any unnecessary driving should be avoided. Cars blocking any roadways or any snow plows or emergency vehicles will be towed, according to the Mayor de Blasio. Click here to read more about this declaration including updates from a variety of agencies.
** DSNY – Guidelines – The Department of Sanitation has sent along this handy 2-page quick reference guide of rules, regulations and a description of responsibilities – click here to read it.
** Safety Tips from the FDNY – In preparation for tomorrow’s blizzard, the FDNY is encouraging all New Yorkers to take basic steps to stay safe and help emergency personnel assist those most in need of their services:
  • Test your home’s smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms to ensure they are working.
  • Review the household fire safety plan with your family, and anyone who will be staying with you.
  • If you do not have heat or hot water in your home, contact the building manager or call 311.
  • Fill your prescriptions in advance and make sure that you have enough to last several days longer than the storm is forecast.
  • Once it stops snowing, homeowners should shovel a path to hydrants and make sure that they are visible so that firefighters can find them easily in case of emergency. Any delay in fire companies locating hydrants and getting water on a fire will endanger the lives of both firefighters and civilians.
  • If you feel that you are unable to shovel, ask a friend or neighbor to help – you will be keeping your neighborhood safe.
** 8 Ways To Prepare For The Storm Click here for some handy tips from Con Edison.

NYC Winter Weather Emergency Declaration

January 23, 2016 by

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THE CITY OF NEW YORK

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

NEW YORK, NY 10007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2016

CONTACTpressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958

 

MAYOR DE BLASIO ISSUES WINTER WEATHER EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 

NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today issued a Winter Weather Emergency Declaration from 8 AM until midnight on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The Mayor urged residents to avoid all driving except in emergencies, and announced any vehicle blocking the roadways is subject to towing. The Mayor also announced suspended alternated side parking for Saturday, January 23, 2016.

 

“New York City is fully prepared for tomorrow’s storm. We are constantly monitoring the forecast and are ready to deploy a major, multi-agency operation. From delivering extra meals for homebound seniors to de-icing our roads and bridges, we are taking every step to prepare our five boroughs for the coming snowfall,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are urging every New Yorker to stay out of harm’s way and look out for neighbors so we can all make it through this storm safely.”

 

The Mayor announced the following agencies are taking steps to prepare for the coming weather:

 

DSNY

 

  • The NYC Department of Sanitation is pre-deploying 579 salt spreaders Friday evening. PLOWNYC will be activated and 1,650 plows will be dispatched when more than two inches of snow accumulates. 135 other plows from DEP, DOT, and Parks will assist DSNY snow clearing operations.
  • DSNY has 303,000 tons of rock salt on hand, and a snow budget of $77.5 million for this winter.
  • Sanitation workers have been assigned to two 12-hour shifts starting Friday at 7 AM, with 2,300 workers per shift.
  • All scheduled Saturday trash, recycling and organics collections are suspended because of snow clearing operations.

 

DOT

 

  • DOT will deploy crews to each of the East River bridges to conduct de-icing treatments and clear the walkways.
  • DOT will deploy crews to pre-treat pedestrian overpasses and step streets, and ensure each of our Ferry terminals and municipal parking garages are pre-salted in advance of any snow.
  • ASP will be suspended for Saturday, 1/23 to facilitate snow removal.
  • Crews from JC Decaux Street Furniture New York will pre-treat all bus shelter locations.
  • VMS boards will be deployed with updated emergency messaging.
  • Typically during snow operations DOT deploys over 400 personnel and over 100 pieces of equipment, including nearly 80 trucks for plowing, over several shifts.
  • It is anticipated that the Staten Island Ferry will operate on schedule throughout the storm, but all passengers should allow extra time should weather conditions impact schedule.
  • Citi Bike will shut down at 11:00 PM tonight. System reactivation will be announced.

 

NYCEM

 

  • NYC Emergency Management is working closely with the National Weather Service to monitor the storm’s track to determine any potential impact to New York City. A NWS representative will be embedded at NYCEM for real-time forecast monitoring.
  • The City’s Emergency Operations Center at NYCEM headquarters will be activated ahead of the storm.
  • NYCEM is hosting daily interagency conference calls with city and state agencies and public and private partners to coordinate the City’s preparation for the storm.
  • NYCEM is issuing Advance Warning System (AWS) updates to service providers, including more than 1,400 local nonprofits and organizations that work with people with disabilities and access and functional needs.
  • NYCEM is issuing Notify NYC alerts regarding storm preparations, forecast information, and condition updates. Sign up at nyc.gov/notifynycor follow @notifyNYC on Twitter.

 

FDNY

  • Additional 500 personnel on duty during storm.
  • Increased staffing on all 197 fire engines (5-firefighter staffing) beginning tonight at 1800 hours.
  • More than 117 additional ambulance tours – above normal complement – on streets during storm.
  • Ambulance fleet includes 74 four-wheel drive vehicles (most FDNY has ever had for a snowstorm). Chains on all ambulances.
  • 119 Probationary EMT’s will be deployed as a third ambulance crewmember during storm to assist with patient removal/transport.
  • Activation of more than 50 special units including high-axle vehicles to handle fire, medical response and storm related emergencies (including  flooding/dewatering, downed trees/limbs, vehicle accident extrication, etc.).
  • Additional supervisory staffing (3 chief officers) dedicated to Staten Island, southern Brooklyn and Rockaway, Queens.
  • 3 swift water rescue teams (in flood prone areas of S.I., Brooklyn and Rockaway).
  • All training at the Fire Academy cancelled for Saturday 1/23.

 

NYPD

 

  • JOC will open at 6:00 AM on Saturday and will remain open until at least Monday.
  • NYPD will pre-position hi-axle vehicles to the highways and away from flood zones.
  • Zodiac boats will be assigned to Precincts boarding water as well as ESU units.
  • All vehicles will be fueled and ready to be for deployed.
  • Tours will be monitored, if needed, to ensure that staffing is available.
  • Mounted officers, Highway Units and NYPD Tow trucks will patrol highways around the city for disabled vehicles and motorist needing assistance.
  • Message boards will be activated on marked patrol vehicles alerting motorist of hazardous conditions.
  • Department vehicles will be outfitted with snow chains to allow for safe movement during the storm.
  • During the storm the public should call 911 for emergencies, all non-emergency calls should be directed to 311.
  • 911 system will be monitored for incoming calls.
  • All members on patrol who encounter a homeless individual will ensure that person has shelter. If the person has no shelter, they will offer the person transportation to the nearest shelter facility.
  • NYPD will assist with traffic control, towing, and enforcement (if needed) to assist sanitation with clearing streets.

 

DPR

 

  • Parks is providing 44 plows to assist the Department of Sanitation with plowing.
  • Will use approximately 130 plows and 250 pieces of mechanized equipment (snow blowers) snow removal in parks.
  • Spearhead snow removal in and around NYC parks.
  • Trees on streets and in parks are inspected and maintained on a regular basis. With projected high winds, forestry staff, including 70 foresters and 130 climbers and pruners, will monitor 311 service requests for tree hazard conditions and will be prepared to respond to downed trees and limbs affecting roadways.
  • Sandbags will be placed at key building locations and park equipment will be secured.
  • The Parks Department is strengthening protections against flooding at key locations in Coney Island, in Rockaway, and on Staten Island.
  • Sand replenishment work by the Army Corps in 2013 provides substantial protection at many of our beaches, but in anticipation of potential coastal flooding, efforts at beaches also include:

o   In Rockaway, the borough will install the storm panels in the baffle walls between 127 and 149 and assess whether any sand moving is necessary.

o   At Coney Island, Parks will berm key locations: Coney Island Avenue, Ocean Parkway, Stillwell Avenue and West 25 Street.

o   In Staten Island, Parks will close up openings in berms at South and Midland Beach and further south from Cedar Grove to Conference House Park.

 

DHS

 

A Code Blue Weather Emergency notice is issued when the weather drops to 32 degrees or below. Code Blue Weather Emergencies includes the following options for the homeless:

 

  • Shelters: During a Code Blue, homeless adults can access any shelter location for single individuals. Beds are available system-wide to accommodate anyone brought in by outreach teams or walk-ins.
  • Drop-in centers: All drop-in centers are open 24 hours a day when Code Blue procedures are in effect, taking in as many as people as possible for the duration of inclement weather. Drop-in staff also can make arrangements for homeless individuals at other citywide facilities.
  • Safe havens and stabilization beds: Chronically homeless individuals may be transported to these low-threshold housing options, where they may go directly from the street to a bed.

 

NYCHA

 

  • Testing and prepping all winter weather related equipment.
  • Topping off fuel tanks for generators, mobile boilers and heating plants; additional fuel deliveries scheduled as a precaution.
  • Securing all construction sites.
  • Reviewing staffing capabilities and facility readiness, and equipment mobilization; paying close attention to developments previously impacted by Sandy (monitoring mobile boilers; dedicated staff to address issues 24/7).
  • Due to the forecasted high winds, NYCHA will also shut down and lower the temporary light towers at locations participating in the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. Light Tower Operations will resume on Monday.
  • NYCHA is doubling the number of Maintenance Staff working Saturday, as well as adding additional heating, elevator and skilled trade teams.
  • Snow Removal Operations will be activated on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The staff will report to work at 8am and will continue snow removal operations until 7PM.  Staff will return Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 7 AM to continue snow removal operation until completion.
  • Identifying vulnerable populations (persons with Disabled, Access or Functional needs (DAFN) residents and other relevant resident demographics).
  • Posting cold weather tips and information on NYCHA’s snow removal process in our buildings, on our website and sharing on social media.
  • Coordinating with stakeholders, including city agency partners and elected officials.

 

DFTA 

 

  • Issue Senior Center Emergency protocol information to senior centers (including safety tips)
  • Notified meal programs to deliver an extra meal to all high-risk clients Friday
  • Advised case management agencies to contact and check in on at-risk clients
  • Centers regularly opened during the weekends are asked to carefully plan ahead, taking into consideration transportation and walking hazards for seniors.
  • Centers with the capacity to offer take-home meals for participants are encouraged to do so.
  • Center locations in coastal areas are asked to check the severe weather website for up-to-date conditions.

 

311

 

  • 311 staff will increase staffing through extra hours, overtime and additional resources starting Friday evening and continuing through Mondaymorning. Staffing will be increased 25-30 percent through the weekend. Additional supervisors and support staff will be on duty and senior management will be onsite.
  • 311 is working closely with NYCEM and relevant agencies to ensure the most current and complete storm related information is available.
  • Information and status updates are available at 311 Online, by texting 311-NYC (311-692), the 311 Mobile App, and @NYC311 on Twitter. 311 is available 24 hours a day and provides translation services for up to 180 languages.

 

DOB

 

  • Issued weather advisory order to owners and industry lists today (including contractors and crane operators) to prepare for the weekend storm.
  • Provided information to construction professionals on how to secure their properties.
  • Will be conducting spot inspections throughout the City, and issuing violations and Stop Work Orders when necessary over the coming days.
  • Is requiring tower crane engineers to alert the Department once their unit has been properly secured, and conducting follow up inspections.
  • Sharing information on best practices on safeguarding properties and construction sites on social media.

 

DEP

 

  • Preparing staff and generators for potential deployment to ensure drinking water testing and wastewater treatment services continue unaffected.

 

DOE

 

  • The Department of Education is cancelling all DOE events for Saturday and Sunday. Updates will be communicated directly to schools and families and guidance will be posted on the DOE website.

 


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