Woodhaven Weather Alert

January 23, 2016 by
snow-emergency
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

mayor

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.

 

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 146

January 11, 2016 by

grapevine-summer

** Our Top Stories:

  • WRBA Town Hall This Saturday!
  • 2016 Town Hall Schedule Released
  • Murder in Woodhaven – Arrest Made
  • SBS at CB9
  • Alert: Yellow Curbs in Driveways

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

  • Assemblyman In Your Area
  • Community Calendar
  • Dr. Paul Fish on Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Queens Distance Runners in Forest Park
  • Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern
  • Free Concert at All Saints 96th Street
  • 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scene Locations
  • SSNDEC Mardi Gras

** News & Announcements:

  • Forest Park App
  • DSNY Christmas Tree Collections
  • The Birth of the EL
  • Valentine’s For Vets
  • Adopt-A-Troop
  • Winter Tips from Con Ed
  • SBS Recaps – A collection of links!
  • WRBA Website
  • Valentine’s Day Movie Party
  • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:
** WRBA Town Hall –  This Saturday! The very first Woodhaven Town Hall of 2016 will be held this coming Saturday, January 16th 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!
** 2016 Town Hall Schedule Released – The WRBA has released the entire schedule for 2016, click here to view it.
** Murder in Woodhaven – Arrest Made – NYC’s first murder in 2016 happened right here in our community – Fabian Maliza, 24, has been charged with second-degree for the murder of 19-year old Joceline Romo, who was discovered in her home at 86th Street near 91st Avenue . Note: Domestic Violence can happen anywhere. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or you know someone who is experiencing it, please check out the following resources from the NYPD and this useful page from the Manhattan DA Office. Also, the National 24-Hour Hotline for Victims of Domestic Violence is 800.799.7233 (SAFE) – click here for even more info.
** SBS at CB9 – Both the DOT and MTA will make a presentation on SBS at the next Community Board 9 meeting, Tuesday, January 12, 7:45 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, Room 213 (120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens). CB9 has yet to take a position on this proposal. Please note that if you’d like to speak at the Public Forum, you must sign up to do so when you get to the meeting (and you are limited to 3 minutes)Click here for the meeting’s agenda. Interested in applying for CB9? Click here to fill out an application.
** Alert: Yellow Curbs in Driveways – We have received reports that residents have received citations from DOT for painting yellow curbs on their driveways. The warnings state that if they do not remove the paint in 30 days, either by powerwashing or painting over it with battleship gray base paint, they will receive a summons ranging from $250 to $750.
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Assemblyman In Your Area – Assemblyman Mike Miller will be holding office hours at the WRBA Office (84-20 Jamaica Avenue) on Thursday January 14th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
 
** Community Calendar – We have updated the Community Calendar with as many events as we could find. Please feel free to call (718-296-3735) or email us with information about any upcoming events you’d like to see added.  And always, when you see this button in our newsletter, click it to see what’s coming up in Woodhaven!
https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?mode=AGENDA&height=600&wkst=1&bgcolor=%2333cc00&src=woodhaven.residents%40gmail.com&color=%23A32929&src=en.usa%23holiday%40group.v.calendar.google.com&color=%232952A3&ctz=America%2FNew_York
** Dr. Paul Fish on Radio Free Woodhaven – Dr. Fish, who has operated as a vet on Jamaica Avenue for over 30 years, will be the guest caller this Friday at 10 PM –click here to listen to the show LIVE. Dr. Fish has years of experience as a board game designer and is in the process of releasing one entitled Black Eagles Over Belgium, covering the Battles of Ligny, Wavre, and Plancenoit (battles taking place near Waterloo). Call in to speak with the host (646) 378-1612.
** Queens Distance Runners in Forest Park – The Queens Distance Runners are holding a group run this Sunday morning at 9 AM (click here for more info). Starting at the Forest Park Bandshell, they’ll navigate 6.5 miles of Forest Park’s running paths, and end up in the heart of Glendale, near the world-famous Glendale Diner.
 
** Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern – Historian and Author Jason Antos will be at Neir’s Tavern on Thursday, January 21st at 7 PM to show pictures from his new book “Images of America: Corona – The Early Years.”  Jason was recently a guest on Radio Free Woodhaven, click here to hear his interview.
** Free Concert at All Saints 96th Street – Patricia M. Gosnell will deliver an Epiphany recital of sacred music for soprano and organ, featuring works classic and modern, Saturday, January 23rd at 3 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church 85-45 96th St.
** 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scene Locations – Wednesday, January 27th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Retired NYPD Detective Ike Ilkiw walks us through some of the most infamous crimes in NYC’s history and tells us what it was like to be a police officer and a consultant for movies and TV shows. Ike grew up in Cypress Hills and is the founder of NYC Adventure Tours.
** SSNDEC Mardi Gras – The School Sisters Notre Dame Educational Center for Women’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Roma View Catering (160-05 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach). Tickets are $85 and include a full buffet and an open bar. Click here for more information and to order tickets.
** News & Announcements:
 
** Forest Park App – Through funding from Elizabeth Crowley, the students of Grover Cleveland High School have developed an app that will make walking and running in Forest Park and Highland Park fun and interactive. Maps, Guides, Science Notes, and tools for Bird Watchers – this app promises to be very fun. Check out the coverage on Eyewitness News and NY1.
** DSNY Christmas Tree Collections – The NYC Department of Sanitation announced that it will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection program on Monday, January 4. The curbside collection of real trees will run through Friday, January 15. Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from the trees before being brought to the curb for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb between January 4 and January 15 will be chipped, mixed with leaves and recycled into compost for the city’s parks, institutions and community gardens.
 
** The Birth of the EL – As 1916 began, the hot topic of conversation in and around Woodhaven was the ongoing construction of the elevated train line (known as the “EL”) along Jamaica Avenue. The project had been controversial for several years with many people, organizations and interests weighing in with their opinions. Click here to read more.
** Valentine’s For Vets – Assemblyman Mike Miller is holding a Valentine’s for Veteran’s Drive – click here for more info.
 
** Adopt-A-Troop – Ending Soon! American Legion Post 118 wants to THANK EVERYONE who has donated so generously – they say they are very close to their goal. If you missed previous announcements, American legion Post 118 has adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division, serving in Afghanistan and they have the following requests from the troops: Laundry detergent pods, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Body wash/shampoo travel size, Baby wipes, Baby powder, Razors, Floss, Chewing gum, Candies assorted. Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Update: They are looking for extra sugar free & regular candy to send to the troops!
** Winter Tips from Con Ed – Click here for some Winter tips from Con Edison, including how to stay cozy and save, what to do if you suspect a gas leak, how to stay safe during winter storms, and more!

** 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.
** Valentine’s Day Movie Party – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will be hosting a FREE Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 13th at 12 Noon. There will be cupcakes and coffee and some other goodies – and then we’ll watch a great romantic film, the classic Emmy Award winning “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom” – which filmed scenes here in Woodhaven in 1974 and aired on CBS in 1975. It was big news when they filmed scenes here! Now come and watch the movie with your friends and neighbors on Valentine’s Day! Saturday, February 13th at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
** 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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Preview YouTube video Jason Antos: Author of Images of America: Corona – The Early Years

Jason Antos: Author of Images of America: Corona – The Early Years

Preview YouTube video WRBA’s Alexander Blenkinsopp on SBS / BusWay

WRBA’s Alexander Blenkinsopp on SBS / BusWay

VALENTINES FOR VETERANS DRIVE

January 10, 2016 by

Assemblyman Mike Miller Sponsors a VALENTINES FOR VETERANS DRIVE.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 145

January 5, 2016 by

grapevine-summer

** Our Top Stories:

  • WRBA Town Hall
  • Murder in Woodhaven
  • SBS at CB9
  • CB9 Applications
  • DSNY Christmas Tree Collections
  • MulchFest 2016

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

  • Community Calendar
  • Woodhaven History Slideshow
  • Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern
  • Radio Free Woodhaven

** News & Announcements:

  • Mayor’s Office Gets Low Marks from Community Groups
  • Adopt-A-Troop
  • Assemblyman Miller’s Newsletter
  • The Queens GreenWay
  • Woodhaven Walkabout
  • Winter Tips from Con Ed
  • Mail Mishaps
  • SBS Recaps – A collection of links!
  • WRBA Website
  • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:
** WRBA Town Hall – The very first Woodhaven Town Hall of 2016 will be held on Saturday, January 16th 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!
** Murder in Woodhaven – NYC’s first murder in 2016 happened right here in our community when a 19-year old woman was found dead in her bed. Her boyfriend is suspected; he is in custody and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation. The WRBA would like to express its sorrow to the friends and family of the young woman, whose life was cut so tragically short. Note: Domestic Violence can happen anywhere. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or you know someone who is experiencing it,please check out the following resources from the NYPD and this useful page from the Manhattan DA Office. Also, the National 24-Hour Hotline for Victims of Domestic Violence is 800.799.7233 (SAFE) – click here for even more info.
** SBS at CB9 – Both the DOT and MTA will make a presentation on SBS at the next Community Board 9 meeting, Tuesday, January 12, 7:45 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, Room 213 (120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens). CB9 has yet to take a position on this proposal. Please note that if you’d like to speak at the Public Forum, you must sign up to do so when you get to the meeting (and you are limited to 3 minutes)Click here for the meeting’s agenda.
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** CB9 Applications – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is now accepting applications to join any of the community boards here in Queens. Locally, Woodhaven is part of Community Board 9, which meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Click here to fill out an application.
** DSNY Christmas Tree Collections – The NYC Department of Sanitation announced that it will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection program on Monday, January 4. The curbside collection of real trees will run through Friday, January 15. Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments from the trees before being brought to the curb for collection. Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees left on the curb between January 4 and January 15 will be chipped, mixed with leaves and recycled into compost for the city’s parks, institutions and community gardens.
** MulchFest 2016 – Or you can bring your tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city! Saturday and Sunday, January 9 and 10, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Forest Park Drive & Woodhaven Boulevard. Click here for more info and other locations throughout the city.
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Community Calendar – We have updated the Community Calendar with as many events as we could find. Please feel free to call (718-296-3735) or email us with information about any upcoming events you’d like to see added.  And always, when you see this button in our newsletter, click it to see what’s coming up in Woodhaven!
https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?mode=AGENDA&height=600&wkst=1&bgcolor=%2333cc00&src=woodhaven.residents%40gmail.com&color=%23A32929&src=en.usa%23holiday%40group.v.calendar.google.com&color=%232952A3&ctz=America%2FNew_York
** Woodhaven History Presentations – Tuesday, January 5th, 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). There will be presentations on Life in Woodhaven in 1941 (75 years ago) and 1916 (100 years ago). Come find out what was playing at the movies and what were the popular stores and what were the controversial topics.Bonus: Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of the Woodhaven History Digest.
 
** Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern – Historian and Author Jason Antos will be at Neir’s Tavern on Thursday, January 21st at 7 PM to show pictures from his new book “Images of America: Corona – The Early Years.”  Jason was recently a guest on Radio Free Woodhaven, click here to hear his interview.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – The show returns to its normal time slot Friday at 10 – click here at that time to listen LIVE. Call in to speak with the host (646) 378-1612.

 
** News & Announcements:
** Mayor’s Office Gets Low Marks from Community Groups – The Forum was doing a piece on Mayor de Blasio’s communications with civics and they asked the WRBA – click here to read what they said. The article sparked some spirited comments on a local blog – click here to read them.
 
** Adopt-A-Troop – American Legion Post 118 wants to THANK EVERYONE who has donated so generously – they say they are very close to their goal. If you missed previous announcements, American legion Post 118 has adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division, serving in Afghanistan and they have the following requests from the troops: Laundry detergent pods, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Body wash/shampoo travel size, Baby wipes, Baby powder, Razors, Floss, Chewing gum, Candies assorted. Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). This collection will continue until February 2016. Update: They are looking for extra sugar free & regular candy to send to the troops!
** Assemblyman Miller’s Newsletter – Click here to read Assemblyman Mike Miller’s latest newsletter.
** The Queens GreenWay – Click here for a look at the Queens GreenWay, the road / walking / bicycle path through Forest Park.
** Woodhaven Walkabout – Click here for some New Year’s pics of a walk around Woodhaven, including some nice pictures of the ongoing renovations at Mary Whalen Playground.
** Winter Tips from Con Ed – Click here for some Winter tips from Con Edison, including how to stay cozy and save, what to do if you suspect a gas leak, how to stay safe during winter storms, and more!
** Mail Mishaps – Did any of your friends mail or packages go missing this Christmas? Well, maybe this guy was their mailman (if the live in Ozone Park, there’s a good chance he was!)
 
** 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.


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

718-296-3735

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 144

December 23, 2015 by

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** Our Top Stories:

    • WRBA Town Hall
    • Christmas Mass Schedule
    • Sanitation Christmas Schedule
    • Winter Tips from Con Ed
    • NY Cares Coat Drive

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Woodhaven Historical Society – 2016 Schedule
    • Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern
    • Woodhaven Wednesday Radio – New Night

** News & Announcements:

    • Adopt-A-Troop
    • Highlighting Good Deeds at Christmas
    • Christmas Carols from the School Sisters of Woodhaven
    • Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Newsletter
    • DOB Illegal Conversion Awareness Campaign
    • SBS Recaps – A collection of links!
    • Schmidt’s Profile
    • Cemetery Cleanup Featured on NY1
    • Santa Parade Video – Special 1970s Style
    • Estate Sale in Richmond Hill
    • Forest Hills Gardens Holiday Tour
    • Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park
    • Graffiti on the Rise
    • Gangs In Woodhaven
    • Christmas Magic is Real
    • Woodhaven in the 70s
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources

** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall – The very first Woodhaven Town Hall of 2016 will be held on Saturday, January 16th 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!

** Christmas Mass Schedule – Click here for a schedule of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses. Send us any additional / updated information and we will amend the post.

** Sanitation Christmas Schedule – Click here for information from DSNY regarding their collection schedule on Friday (December 25th).

** Winter Tips from Con Ed – Click here for some Winter tips from Con Edison, including how to stay cozy and save, what to do if you suspect a gas leak, how to stay safe during winter storms, and more!

** NY Cares Coat Drive – This annual drive to collect winter coats for people in need is nearly halfway to its goal of 100,000 coats – but the collection drive ends on December 31st. Click here for details.  Locally, you can drop off donations at the 102nd Precinct or the Woodhaven or Richmond Hill Libraries.

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Woodhaven Historical Society – 2016 Schedule – Click here for the entire 2016 Schedule for the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society – it includes free lectures, an antiques appraisal event, slide shows of old Woodhaven, and 3 free walking tours of Woodhaven.

** Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern – Historian and Author Jason Antos will be at Neir’s Tavern on Thursday, January 21st at 7 PM to show pictures from his new book “Images of America: Corona – The Early Years.”  Jason was recently a guest on Radio Free Woodhaven, click here to hear his interview.

** Woodhaven Wednesday Radio – Click here next Wednesday (December 30th) at 8 PM EST to hear the Top 25 Woodhaven Stories of 2015 – Plus a Few Runner Ups!

** News & Announcements:

** Adopt-A-Troop – American Legion Post 118 has adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division, serving in Afghanistan and they have the following requests from the troops: Laundry detergent pods, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Body wash/shampoo travel size, Baby wipes, Baby powder, Razors, Floss, Chewing gum, Candies assorted. Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association 984-20 Jamaica Avenue). This collection will continue until February 2016.

** Christmas Carols – Click here for some festive caroling, from the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women. Speaking of the School Sisters, their 2016 Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 9th at Roma View Catering – click here for info and to order tickets.

** Highlighting Good Deeds at Christmas – Click here to read some thoughts on remembering the good that people do – also, some thoughts on Scrooge!

** Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Newsletter – Click here to read an e-newletter we received from Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.

** DOB Illegal Conversion Awareness Campaign – Click here to read about the poorly received plans by the DOB. As says Alexander Blenkinsopp of the WRBA and CB9, “To combat illegal conversions, an awareness effort is fine, but enforcement is crucial.”

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** 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:

** Schmidt’s Profile – Schmidt’s Candy was profiled in the Queens Gazette (click here). There’s still time to get some tasty holiday treats at Schmidt’s Candy!

** Cemetery Cleanup Featured on NY1 – The ongoing restoration of Woodhaven’s historic cemetery on 96th Street was recently featured on NY1. You can also click here for an extended video of the cleanup, which meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 9 Am to 12 PM.

** Santa Parade – Did you see this year’s Santa Parade down Jamaica Avenue? Well, here’s a treat — the 2015 Santa Parade re-imagined as a 1970s-style Super-8 home movie!

** Estate Sale in Richmond Hill – Looking for something to so the day after Christmas? There will be an estate sale this weekend on Saturday 12/26 from 10-3 and Sunday 11-2. The address is 102-34 88 Avenue in Richmond Hill. There is quite a bit of stuff both large and small – glassware, figurines also books; and lots of record albums mostly Spanish music 78s and 45s, also classic VHS tapes like Flash Gordon, Oliver & Hardy, The Sea Hawk, Casablanca and items (paintings, onyx statues) from  travels to Mexico and Costa Rica. There is also a complete set of dishes service for 12 and 4 piece set of glasses again service for 12 and many Lord of the Rings figures (mint in the box).

** Forest Hills Gardens Holiday Tour – Sun, Dec 27 from 2 PM – 4 PM. This free tour will visit historic sites including the storied Forest Hills Inn & Tea Garden, PS 101, The Leslie, Adolph Weinman’s WWI Soldiers & Sailors Memorial, Church-in-the-Gardens, & the Christian Science Church. Also to be explored is the Gardens’ celebrity culture with names i.e. Burt Bacharach, Fred Hart, & Alrick Man, Jr. Click here for more information.

** Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park – This guided walk will lead through the paths of Prospect Park as your Ranger guide retells the stories and forgotten history behind many of the monuments placed within. Sunday, December 27th at 1 PM. Click here for details.

** Graffiti on the Rise – Here’s a report from CBS-2 News on how graffiti in several communities around NYC have gone back to the bad old days of the 70s and the 80s. We saw reports of this in the media last year, so it’s not exactly old news. The WRBA has been fighting graffiti for years – not just in words, in deeds, out on the streets, cleaning up (see herehere and here for examples). Spring is only 88 days away! Start thinking now about joining us next year, making the neighborhood beautiful.

** Gangs In Woodhaven – Recent reports (click here) indicated that gang activity is on the rise here in Queens (locally, the Woodhaven Mayans and G-FLY were indicated as being active). Are you seeing anything on YOUR block? Please, let us know. Your identity and privacy will be protected. Gang activity in Woodhaven is not new (click here for a sad reminder) and we must work together with the NYPD to stop it from spreading in our community.

** Christmas Magic is Real – Click here to read a response to a young Woodhaven resident who wrote the Leader to ask if Santa was real.

** Woodhaven in the 70s – Click here for a blast from the past – great pics of Woodhaven from the 1970s.  Want some more? Click here for more then and now pics.

** 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.

 

A Note from Rep. Velázquez

December 23, 2015 by

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Volume 1 Issue 4

Velázquez E-Update

A Note from Rep. Velázquez
Before the year closes out, I wanted to send you one last “E-Update” and discuss some of my work in 2015.

A lot has happened since I last emailed you. The President signed into law my legislation giving small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy another chance to receive federal loans. We have also been continuing our efforts to have Congress address the Puerto Rico financial crisis.  A number of local issues important to our City have also moved to the front burner.
I fully expect we will have a busy January when Congress returns in 2016, so please stay in touch.  You should feel free to visit my district offices or call my Washington office at 202-225-2361 with your thoughts. You can also stay in touch with social media. My official Facebook page can be found here or follow me on Twitter – @NydiaVelazquez.

Thanks for reading and best wishes for the Holidays.

Sincerely,

Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of Congress

Emergency Loans Reopened for Businesses Harmed by Hurricane Sandy
Thanks to a new law authored by Rep. Velázquez, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it is reopening the emergency loan application process for small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Under the new law, the “Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act,” small businesses and homeowners who suffered damage from Sandy will have another year to apply for emergency loans.  The Congresswoman had previously requested a Government Accountability Office study that found the SBA’s disaster loan program after Sandy was slow and bureaucratic, causing many loan applicants to give up on the process.  In addition to reopening the lending period, the new law makes important changes to the initiative, cutting through red tape plaguing the program.

The Associated Press covered the final passage of the Congresswoman’s bill, which enjoyed bipartisan support.

Businesses and homeowners with questions about the program should contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Continuing Work to Assist Puerto Rico
Congresswoman Velázquez is continuing her efforts to secure assistance for Puerto Rico.  She and Democratic Leader Pelosi pushed the House Republican Leadership to include in Congress’ year-end spending bill language that would allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt. You can see the Congresswoman’s floor speech on this topic here.

Although House Republicans did not include this language, the Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), did agree to hold a hearing on the topic when Congress returns in January with the goal of moving legislation before March.

The Congresswoman has said she will pursue any and all options to assist the island and help stymie this fiscal emergency, which threatens economic catastrophe for 3.5 million American citizens. She is supporting legislation authored by Leader Pelosi that would provide Puerto Rico a short-term stay of legal actions by certain creditors while Congress considers broader debt restructuring legislation.

House Passes Year-End Spending Bill, Zadroga Health Act, Bipartisan Small Business Items
On December 18th, the House passed a year-end spending bill, funding the government for the next 12 months. The legislation provides some relief from the low “sequester” levels of spending that had reduced funding for many local programs.

The measure also extended the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a measure that helps pay for medical care for first responders suffering from ailments related to their time at the World Trade Center disaster site.

While the Congresswoman was disappointed the year-end bill failed to meaningfully address Puerto Rico’s fiscal problems, she voted for the package because of the valuable funding it contains and to ensure the 9/11 health initiative is extended.  You can read her statement on the Omnibus here.

The measure also contains two provisions to help meet small businesses’ financing needs. As the Ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Small Business, the Congresswoman worked with her Republican colleagues to see those measures enacted. You can read more here.

Velázquez Writes Parks Department on Safety Issues
After a Red Hook deliveryman was killed by a tree being felled by Parks Department contractors, the Congresswoman has written to the Parks Department calling for a review of the agency’s safety protocols.  You can read the text of the letter here.

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DSNY Christmas Schedule

December 23, 2015 by

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           Press Release #15-98

December 22, 2015                                                                            www.nyc.gov/sanitation

 

No Garbage, Recycling, Organics Collection or Street Cleaning on

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25

 

In observance of Christmas Day, there will be no garbage, recycling or organics collection, or street cleaning on Friday, December 25. The holiday causes the Department to reschedule some collection days. We will work to collect all material as quickly as possible.

 

Garbage:

  • Residents should place their garbage out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Friday, December 25 for collection.

 

Organic Material:

  • Residents should place their organic material out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Friday, December 25 for collection.

 

Recycling (Paper, metal, glass and plastic)

  • Residents should place their recycling material out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015 for collection.

 

Additionally, all DSNY administrative offices will be closed on Christmas Day.

 

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

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

 

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HENRY A.  EHRHARDT

Director, Customer Relations
Division of Customer Service and Government Relations

NYC Department of Sanitation

646-885-4503| nyc.gov/sanitation
hehrhardt@dsny.nyc.gov

New York’s Strongest

 

Winter News from Con Edison

December 15, 2015 by
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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 142

November 27, 2015 by

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  • Our Top Stories
    • Arson / Potential Hate Crime in Woodhaven
    • Special Select Bus Service Forum Mon Nov 30th at American Legion 7:30 PM
    • WRBA Sends SBS Letter to DOT Commissioner Garcia
    • Next (Regularly Scheduled) Woodhaven Town Hall Fri Dec 11th at Emanuel Church 7:00 PM
    • Radio Free Woodhaven Tonight – Guest Alexander Blenkinsopp Discussing SBS LIVE at 10 PM
  • Local Events
    • Holiday Events – Parade & Tree Lighting Fri Dec 4th (6:30 PM) and Sat Dec 5th (11:30 AM)
    • Want to March in the Santa Parade? Sat Dec 5th (11:30 AM)
    • Historical Society – Research Group Tues Dec 1st 7 PM
    • All Saints Dinner Dance Fri Dec 4th 7 PM
    • CB9 Meeting Tue Dec 8th 7:45 PM
    • 102 Pct. Community Council Meeting Tue Dec 15th 7 PM
    • Historical Society – Holiday Party Wed Dec 16th 1 PM
  • News & Announcements

    • Adopt-A-Troop
    • WRBA November Town Hall Highlights
    • Woodhaven Library News
    • Toy Drive for Homeless Children
    • Tips from the 102 Precinct – Plus – Coat Drive
    • Schmidt’s Candy Interview
    • Woodhaven’s Historic Cemetery
    • NYC ID Program
    • Headline: WRBA says Yes to Buses on Rail Line (Chronicle)
    • Headline: WRBA Worries About Fate Of Ambulance Corp
    • Headline: Throwback Thursdays – Dexter Park – Woodhaven (Tribune)
    • Headline: Two Years Later, Still Waiting for Cameras (Chronicle)
    • Headline – Woodhaven Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday (Leader)
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources

** Our Top Stories:

** Arson / Potential Hate Crime in Woodhaven – There was a shameful incident here in Woodhaven 80th Street and 89th Ave early Thanksgiving morning (approximately 1:20 AM on 11/26/15). A man set fire to a Hindu Religion Flag / Jhandi Flag in front of a resident’s house. The FDNY was called and the fire was extinguished quickly – there were no injuries. Clearly this is a disturbing act and we’d like to help the police to find and question this man – click here to view security camera footage of the incident. If you recognize him, please call the 102 Precinct at 718-805-3200 — or, if you would prefer, email the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

** Special Select Bus Service Forum – The Greater Woodhaven Development is sponsoring a forum to discuss the SBS (Select Bus Service) proposal. It is being held on Monday, November 30th, at American Legion Hall Post 118, 89-02 91st Street – (91st St and 89th Ave) and starts at 7:30 PM. If you have an opinion about this proposal (pro or con), and what happens to Woodhaven Boulevard, you should make every effort to attend this meeting.

** WRBA Sends SBS Letter to DOT Commissioner Garcia – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association has compiled a list of issues with the SBS proposal (and the process that led to the proposal) along with a request that alternative solutions to closing lanes to automobiles. One suggested area for study is the potential for using the old LIRR right of way to run buses. Click here for the press release and the letter – a must read before Monday night’s meeting.

** Next (Regularly Scheduled) Woodhaven Town Hall  Friday, December 11th 2015 @ 7:00pm – Emanuel United Church of Christ 93-12 91st Avenue – (Woodhaven Blvd and 91st Ave). Our annual holiday party! Come out and we’ll spend a few moments talking about the community, but spend the rest of the meeting eating, drinking and celebrating the end of the year with your neighbors.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – WRBA Communications Director Alexander Blenkinsopp will be calling in to discuss the Select Bus Service letter to DOT Commissioner Garcia. Click here to listen LIVE at 10 PM. Want to call in to share your thoughts on all things Woodhaven? Call 646-378-1612 during the live broadcast. If you miss the live broadcast you can always click on the same link to listen to it on demand.

** Upcoming Events:

** Holiday Events – The Woodhaven Business Improvement District is again sponsoring its annual “Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend.”  The “Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting” Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 pm at the Forest Parkway Plaza (intersection of Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue).  Look for the Costumed Characters and Santa Claus.  On Saturday, December 5, the “Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade” will take place.  The Parade will assemble at 11:30 am at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue (site of Woodhaven Manor) and will proceed along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue to Dexter Court. Make sure to bring the children.  Free Goodies and Santa Hats will be distributed at the beginning and at the end of the Parade.

** Want to March in the Santa Parade?  Residents of Woodhaven are invited to march in the Santa Parade — join with the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association — or with the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society —  come down Saturday, December 5th and meet us at 11:30 at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

 ** Historical Society – Research Group – Meets the first Tuesday of every month; next meeting is Tuesday, December 1st at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). Old newspaper articles, old pictures – lots of interesting information and history projects.  At a recent meeting, walking tours of Woodhaven for next Spring/Summer were discussed.  Click here to see the list of locations they’ve put together so far.

** All Saints Dinner Dance – All Saints Episcopal Church is holding their annual Dinner Dance, Friday December 4th at the Woodhaven Manor (96th Street and Jamaica Avenue). Tickets for adults are $80, Children 12 and under $45, Lap children are free (Tables of 10 can be purchased for $700). There will be food, drink, music, raffles. Call 718-849-2352 or email allsaints@allsaintswoodhaven.org for more information.

** Community Board # 9 Meeting – Tuesday, December 8, 7:45pm at the New Trump Pavilion 89-40 135th St. in Jamaica. Contact CB9 for more info – call them at 718-286-2686 or email them at: communitybd9@nyc.rr.com.

** 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting – Tuesday, December 15, 7pm at the Richmond Hill Library (Basement) 118-14 Hillside Ave. Come find out the latest in all NYPD-related matters.

** Historical Society – Holiday Party – The Historical Society will hold their annual holiday party a 1 PM on Wednesday, December 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ 93-12 91st Avenue – (Woodhaven Blvd and 91st Ave). There will be sandwiches, coffee, cake, etc. If you are interested, you can take part in the Kris Kringle, bring a wrapped present that cost no more than $10. And we will be making a singing Christmas Card Video to Woodhaven.

** News & Announcements:

** Adopt-A-Troop – American Legion Post 118 has adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division, serving in Afghanistan and they have the following requests from the troops: Laundry detergent pods, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Body wash/shampoo travel size, Baby wipes, Baby powder, Razors, Floss, Chewing gum, Candies assorted. Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association 984-20 Jamaica Avenue). This collection will continue until February 2016.

** WRBA November Town Hall Highlights – Click here for pictures and video from November’s Woodhaven Town Hall meeting.

** Woodhaven Library News – Effective immediately, the Woodhaven library is now open 6 days a week. Also, the Friends of the Woodhaven Library is holding a Buy-A-Book campaign – every $500 they raise will be matched, thus doubling your donation. The Buy-A-Book will take place on Monday, December 7th at the Woodhaven Library during operating hours. If you would like to donate books to the sale, you can bring them into the library (just make sure you tell them it’s for the sale). Call 718-849-1010 for more information.

** Toy Drive for Homeless Children – Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street) is holding a Toy Drive for homeless children from December 1st through December 20th. Also, Comedy Night returns Saturday, December 12th at 9 PM. This show is being recorded live for television. All proceeds benefit Highland Park Community Development Corp.

** Tips from the 102 Precinct – Follow the 102nd Precinct on Twitter to get timely safety tips such as this one on shopping safely during the busy holiday, or this one on protecting your valuablesBonusClick here for video of Community Affairs Office Jose Severino at last week’s Town Hall meeting. Also, the 102 Precinct is holding a Coat Drive during the month of December. You can drop off coats in heir lobby.  Call Community Affairs at 718-805-3215 for more information.

** Schmidt’s Candy Interview – Click here for a nice video interview with Margie Schmidt as she shows off the old-fashioned methods for making the best homemade candy in NYC, using original (90+ years old) tools and recipes.

** Woodhaven’s Historic Cemetery – Click here for some nice highlights of the current status of the Woodhaven Cemetery Restoration. The next restoration gathering is on Saturday, December 12th at 9 AM behind All Saints on 96th Street and 86th Avenue. Volunteers are welcome and needed!

** NYC ID Program – IDNYC is the newly launched New York City municipal identification program. All New York City residents 14 years and older who reside in New York City’s five boroughs are eligible for the ID, regardless of immigration status. The Lefferts Library (103-34 Lefferts Blvd.) is serving as a Temporary Registration point, from December 7th to December 18th. Monday through Friday, during operating hours. By appointment only – call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/idnyc to make an appointment.

** Headline: WRBA says Yes to Buses on Rail Line (Chronicle) – Click here for coverage of the last WRBA Town hall in which SBS and alternatives were discussed.

** WRBA Worries About Fate Of Ambulance Corp (Courier & Tribune) – Click here for coverage of the WRBA Town Hall discussion on the fate of the Ambulance Corps’ building. Click here for an additional story and click here for video of the discussion about the Ambulance Corps at the meeting.

** Headline: Throwback Thursdays – Dexter Park – Woodhaven (Tribune) – Click here for a brief look back at the infamous park in Woodhaven’s Past.

** Headline: Two Years Later, Still Waiting for Cameras (Chronicle) – Click here for the latest on the cameras to be placed in Forest Park that were funded a few years ago by Assemblyman Mike Miller.

** Headline – Woodhaven Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday (Leader) – Click here for a story on Agnes Hussy, who celebrated her 100th Birthday last week.  Bonus: Click here for video of Agnes getting her cake and Woodhaven singing Happy Birthday to her!

** 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.

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

woodhaven-nyc.org

718-296-3735

 


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