Archive for May, 2010

Update: Charter School Hearing June 7th

May 30, 2010

** Please note that this public hearing is cancelled and will be rescheduled in August.  We apologize for any inconvenience **

There is a public hearing on Monday, June 7th at 5:30 PM about a newly proposed charter school that was submitted to the Department of Education. This applicant hopes to serve Community School District #27 (of which Woodhaven is a part of). If you wish to speak, arrive at 5:00 PM for the speaker sign in.

The hearing will take place at the CSD #27 District Office, located at 82-01 Rockaway Boulevard, 2nd Floor, in Ozone Park. This public hearing is open to anyone interested in learning about the proposed charter school application for the Community Center School for Success. This application is being considered by the New York City Department of Education.

Speaker comments are welcomed — however, as noted above, speakers must register. Written comments will also be collected on the day of the hearing and can be submitted via e-mail to charterschools@schools.nyc.gov.

Recently, Assemblyman Mike Miller was a guest on Project Woodhaven On The Air and discussed what charter schools are, how they work, etc.

Woodhaven’s The Topic at Historical Society Meeting

May 25, 2010

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association President Ed Wendell will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, May 26th at the Woodhaven Historical & Cultural Society.  The presentation kicks off at 1 pm and the topic is “Woodhaven: A Study in Pictures and Video.”

Wendell is the webmaster of “Project Woodhaven” and says that the presentation is like a live interactive version of the website.  “Over the course of an hour we look at nearly a hundred old pictures and maps of old Woodhaven.  We try and keep the presentation fast-paced and fun.”

The Woodhaven Historical & Cultural Society meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 1 PM at Emmanuel United Church of Christ Meeting Room located at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Blvd.  Next month, on June 30th, they are having an auction/fundraiser before they take time off for the summer.  They will resume their regular meetings in September.

The Historical Society, and its president Leonora Lavan, will be honored this Fall at the WRBA’s Annual Dinner Dance for their many years of contributions to the traditions of Woodhaven.

We’re Not Gonna Take This Crap, Are We?

May 18, 2010

At some point, I expect folks will get real frustrated.  We’ve lost area hospitals.  Every year they threaten the vital transit lines that go through our neighborhood.  Our local precinct is badly understaffed.  And now our firehouses are at risk and our Woodhaven Library is in danger of closing.

What, exactly, as we getting for our taxes?  And when is enough enough?  At what point do you slam down your hands and say “That’s it!  Enough!”

That point should be now.

I spent most of my life, blissfully unaware of my surroundings — so I’ve got no moral authority here, no call to criticize folks for sitting on their hands.  All I can do is pass along this simple truth —

If the residents of Woodhaven don’t mobilize — and mobilize fast — we will lose a firehouse and we will lose our library.

And if you don’t want this to happen, you can start by coming out tomorrow night — meeting your neighbors — voicing your concerns and frustrations — and most importantly, showing those with influence that the residents of Woodhaven aren’t a bunch of pushovers.

WOODHAVEN TOWN HALL MEETING

WEDNESDAY – 8 PM

78-15 JAMAICA AVENUE (Ambulance Corp)

Come down and hear about the thousands and thousands of dollars — your tax dollars — all of this money was allocated to the Woodhaven Library by our reps — and the Queens Central Library decided other neighborhoods’s Libraries  would get it instead.

Great.  The kids in Jackson Heights and Astoria will go to Libraries funded with our tax dollars, while our kids do without a Library at all.  If that doesn’t piss you off, nothing will.

Don’t say to yourself  “Oh, I’ll go next month . . .” because by next month it may be too late.  It’s one night out of your life in Woodhaven — that’s all — and around 2 hours of your time.

We’re not gonna take this crap anymore and we need you at our side.

Edward K. Wendell

President

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

The Movies Return to Woodhaven

May 1, 2010

Neir’s Tavern, along with the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and Project Woodhaven, will be holding monthly movie nights.  The movies will be shown at Neir’s, screened on their beautiful projector — and admission is free.  Just come on down and hang out with a bunch of friendly folks, watching a good film.  And we’re starting things up with a beloved classic — on Tuesday May 11th at 7:30 PM — 1942’s Casablanca.

The classic that spawned so many memorable movie lines —

  • “Here’s looking at you, kid”
  • “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
  • “Round up the usual suspects.”
  • “We’ll always have Paris.”
  • “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

And, of course, it’s famous for one line that was never uttered in the movie — “Play it again, Sam.”  Come down May 11th and find out what they said instead.

The Woodhaven Movie Group will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at historic Neir’s  Tavern.  Unless otherwise noted, the show will begin at 7:30 PM.