Archive for April, 2010

Fundraiser At The WRHVAC

April 30, 2010

Please come out and support the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp — Saturday May1st at 3 PM.  Admission is $20 and there will be plenty of food music and dancing.  There will also be karaoke.

78-15 Jamaica Avenue.

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Be Part Of The Solution – Wednesday 8 PM

April 19, 2010

The residents of Woodhaven will gather once again to discuss the issues that concern us most — and seek out solutions. The April Town Hall Meeting will commence on Wednesday Evening, at 8 PM EST at 78-18 Jamaica Avenue. There will be the usual mix of elected officials and public announcements — but this month we’d like to start mapping out the next few months and look for ways in which we can mobilize our community.

We have so many different organizations and groups in Woodhaven, and yet they spend almost zero time communicating with each other. My feeling is that we need to work on that, and to do so we will need folks who can help us facilitate those communications. So part of this week’s meeting is going to be a brainstorming session — and we need all the brains we can get. Be part of the solution. Come out Wednesday Night and meet your neighbors.

Woodhaven’s Seniors Need Your Help!

April 19, 2010

After being housed at St. Thomas the Apostle for 35 years, the WOODHAVEN SENIOR CENTER found themselves needing to rent new accommodations, something not so easily found in Woodhaven. However, they are now working with the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps to rent out space in their building on 78th and Jamaica. Both the ambulance corp. and the senior center are non-profit programs and it is wonderful that they can work together. And since the senior center will be paying a monthly rent, it will help keep the Ambulance Corps solvent as well.

But, before the seniors can move in, some construction needs to be done — and this, right now, is our only roadblock.  Simply put — our seniors need your help.

First — they are having a press conference tomorrow (Tuesday – April 20th) at 3:30 PM at the Ambulance Corp. We really need a show of support. We need a lot of bodies to show up. Call your friends and neighbors, see who is available. Even if you just come down and fill a seat you will be helping them out.

Then, on Saturday, May 1st, the Ambulance Corps is holding a Spring fundraiser to help make accommodations for the senior center. It starts at 3 and will continue until 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door. There will be good food, fun and music. Come on down and have a fun time and help out a good cause!

Click here to see how the last fundraiser at the Ambulance Corps went — everyone had a wonderful time!

The WRBA Remembers Walter Roundtree

April 12, 2010

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association was extremely saddened to learn that an old friend, Walter H. Roundtree of the NYC Comptroller’s Office, has passed away.

Everyone who encountered Walter came away smiling and enriched, and in his position, he touched a lot of people.

Walter Roundtree was honored at the 2007 WRBA Dinner Dance.  His acceptance speech was memorable because he called up many friends and people he interacted with to share his honor.  Here is Walter’s bio from the 2007 Dinner Dance booklet:

Walter H. Roundtree is a Vietnam-Era Veteran who earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Long Island University. Walter began his career working for the New York City Department of Social Services and subsequently worked for the New York City Department of Youth Services. He was soon promoted to Executive Director of seven (CDA – YAC) funded youth programs in the Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant communities in Brooklyn. He was later appointed as Associate Director of the Manhattan-based Vocational Foundation Inc. in the area of Education and Job Development for Youth & Young Adults. He left Vocational Foundation to found Worldnet Associates, Inc. as CEO/ Vice President of Marketing & Promotions. His work in Marketing & Promotions led him to an Account Executive advertising position with DPL, Inc. on Madison Ave. Vested from Merrill Lynch, Inc. as a Dividend Manager & Consultant, he returned to his first love: community service.

Walter is the proud father of 5 adult children and grandfather of 9 grandchildren. Having worked for previous administrations, he currently acts as the Citywide Representative to New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. His areas of expertise are Business Improvement Districts, Senior, Veteran and Youth Programs and Community Boards. Every year for the past 40 years, Walter has lent his volunteer and fundraising skills to support a number of health, humanitarian and disaster relief efforts both locally & internationally. The Bowery Mission, Catholic Charities, The American Cancer Society, Share, AIDS-Walk, The United Way, Toys for Tots, City Harvest, Women of Need, Inwood House, Hale House, Project Hope, The Living Room, McCauley Mission, The American Diabetes Association and the Red Cross are just some of the many organizations to which he has vigorously donated his time and efforts. Show Walter a genuine cause, and more than likely he will support it. He has received countless letters and awards for his efforts, but he is quick to remind us of the words of his father: “Kindness is its own reward”.

The WRBA extends its’ sympathy and condolences to Walter’s family and friends.

WRBA Launches New Website

April 8, 2010
The new website of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association went live on Thursday, April 7th, providing a valuable resource for those interested in the organization and its work to improve Woodhaven.
WRBA's Homepage

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association's New Website

The website’s address is www.woodhaven-nyc.org. The site features news, announcements, information on Woodhaven, background on the WRBA, photos, guides on issues important to the community, and an array of other information. It will be updated very frequently.

“It’s crucial for the Block Association to have a real online presence. Now, we have not just any online presence, but an exceptionally well-designed and user-friendly one,” said Alexander J. Blenkinsopp, WRBA Director of Communications. “We will work hard to keep this site current and to maintain it as a helpful tool for the people of Woodhaven.”

Advance reviews of the website by Woodhaven residents were very positive.

“There is lots of information on what the WRBA does for the community,” Woodhaven resident Stacey Kerr said. “The site is easy to navigate, doesn’t overwhelm with information, and is easy on the eyes.”

Woodhaven resident Grace Cangialosi Rotondo said, “Very nice. It is chock full of information,” noting that she particularly liked the documentation of Woodhaven’s history and the photo slide show. “I will definitely bookmark the site,” she added.

The WRBA encourages readers to share the new website’s address with others, and to provide feedback. The organization’s contact information is available on the website.

NYC Transit Work in Woodhaven

April 1, 2010

NYC Transit Alert:  Some of you may have noticed the signs on Jamaica Avenue (from around 95th to 98th Streets) advising you not to park — that’s because NYC Transit is going to start weekend track repair.  Here is the memo from NYC Transit:

This is to inform you of MTA New York City Transit’s plans for weekend construction work on the J line in Queens in Spring 2010 which will affect service between Brooklyn and Jamaica Center.

NYC Transit will be carrying out track replacement work along the J line’s elevated structure between the Woodhaven Boulevard and 104th Street Stations.  This work is necessary in order to ensure safe travel conditions.

On the April 3-4, April 17-18, April 24-25, May 1-2, and May 8-9, 2010 weekends, J subway service will operate between the Chambers Street Station in Manhattan and the Cypress Hills Station in Brooklyn from 4:00 a.m. Saturday until 10:00 p.m. Sunday.  A fare-free substitute shuttle bus service will replace J service and operate between the Cypress Hills Station on the J line and the Jamaica-Van Wyck Station on the E line, located on the Van Wyck Expressway’s West Service Road.

A list of shuttle bus stop locations is attached for your information.  A similar service diversion will be in effect during June and July.  We will provide separate notification as to that work.

We will post notices in all affected stations and make announcements on all trains informing customers of these temporary service changes.  NYC Transit personnel will be on hand at all affected stations and along the substitute shuttle bus route in order to assist our customers with any questions they may have and to expedite operations.  Convenient “take ones” which explain the alternate service route will also be made available for our customers.  Service notices will also be posted on our website, www.mta.info, and notices will also be printed in local newspapers prior to the commencement of the project.

In order to carry out this work, NYC Transit will also need to implement traffic diversions in the area of Jamaica Avenue at various times during this project for the placement of street cranes necessary to lift new track panels up and remove old ones.  Parking will be restricted along Jamaica Avenue in the area of the work sites in order to accommodate one bi-directional lane in each direction.  Vehicle parking will also be restricted at each crane location for 150 feet.

The street crane locations and closures on the April 3-4 weekend:

  • Lane diversions on the southbound service road of Woodhaven Boulevard between Jamaica Avenue and
    85th Road on April 3rd.
  • Lane diversions on the northbound service road of Woodhaven Boulevard between Jamaica Avenue and
    85th Road on April 4th.
  • Street closing on 94th Street between Jamaica Avenue and 86th Avenue on April 4th.

Street cranes will also be placed at the following locations at various times between April 3rd and June 28th:

  • 104th Street between Jamaica Avenue and 86th Avenue
  • 102nd Street between Jamaica Avenue and 86th Avenue
  • 101st Street between Jamaica Avenue and 86th Avenue
  • 98th Street between Jamaica Avenue and Park Lane South
  • 96th Street between Jamaica Avenue and 86th Avenue

We appreciate your community’s patience and understanding while we complete this important work.  If you have any additional questions or need any other information regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.

J Line Shuttle Bus Stop Locations

Station Towards Cypress Hills: Towards Jamaica-Van Wyck:
Jamaica-Van Wyck E Q54 bus stop at Metropolitan Avenue and 132nd Street
(northwest corner)
121st Street J Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 121st Street
(northwest corner)
Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 121st Street
(southwest corner)
111th Street J Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 111th Street
(northwest corner)
Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 111th Street
(southeast corner)
104th Street
102nd Street
J Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 104th Street
(northwest corner)
Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 104th Street
(southeast corner)
Woodhaven Boulevard J Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and Woodhaven Boulevard
(northwest corner)
Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and Woodhaven Boulevard
(southwest corner)
85th Street
Forest Parkway
J Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 86th Street
(northwest corner)
Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 85th Street
(southeast corner)
75th Street
Elderts Lane
J Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and Dexter Court
(northeast corner)
Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and 75th Street
(southeast corner)
Cypress Hills J Q56 bus stop at
Jamaica Avenue
and Crescent Street
(on north side of street)
B13 bus stop at
Crescent Street
and Jamaica Avenue
(southeast corner)