Archive for June, 2010

Great News About Our Library

June 30, 2010

Great news regarding the Libraries — we got this in our Inbox this morning from the Queens Public library:

The City’s FY 2011 Budget has been adopted. Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Quinn and the entire City Council had an incredibly difficult task passing a budget in this tough fiscal climate that preserves core services for New Yorkers. We thank them for making libraries a priority, for ensuring every one of our libraries remains open an average of 5 days a week. The budget restores over $17 million to Queens Library for FY ’11.

What does it mean for service and staffing levels:

•  All 62 libraries will remain open.

•  We will maintain an average service schedule of five days a week.

Being able to keep libraries open in every community is a tremendous tribute to how much our elected officials value libraries and the essential services we provide. We thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Chairman of the City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Delegation Leader Leroy Comrie and the whole City Council for their hard work.

Many thanks to all the advocates – staff, DC 37/Local 1321, Friends of the Library, community activists, library activists, hundreds of thousands of petition signers and phone callers — who also fought so hard to keep Queens Library open.

Thanks to all of the friends and supporters of our Woodhaven Library!

And The Color Will Be . . .

June 16, 2010

For far too long, the condition of our elevated J Line has been an eyesore — and year after year we would hear about plans to repair and paint it.  Only to see those plans vanish into thin air.

It’s not only that it needs painting — it needs a lot of repair work, too.  The cement that supports the stanchions is crumbling — the metal is rusting and, in places, rotted away.  This train line is almost 100 years old — it’s bound to need a little sprucing up!  Here it is, 94 years ago —

I wonder how many times over the years it has been painted.  I recall a time when it was green, then it was painted again — what, about 25 or 30 years ago?

At the most recent meeting of Community Board 9, it was announced that work would commence on the Elevated Line through Woodhaven this September.   First up — the staircases are being repaired.  This should be done by November.

General repairs and painting along the Elevated Line will also begin this Fall.  Sources tell us that the plan is to work on one side of the Elevated Line all the way through Woodhaven — then come back and work on the other side.  The question many folks are wondering is — what color did they choose?  Well, if they were picking a color for Woodhaven, they picked the right one —

Forest Green. Perfect, isn’t it? We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the start of repairs — and as soon as we have a confirmed schedule we’ll let you know.  Many thanks to all our residents who kept the pressure on the city — and to our elected officials — Sen. Addabbo, Assemblyman Miller, Couniclmembers Ulrich and Crowley.  Look forward to seeing the finished product.

Woodhaven June Town Hall Location MOVED

June 12, 2010

Construction has begun on the bathrooms at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  This construction is necessary for the housing of the Senior Center, which is expected to open this September.  So, that’s the good news . . .

What this means, however, is that the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will not be able to hold our monthly meeting there this Wednesday evening (June 16).

Finding space on short notice is difficult, but the Emmanuel Church of Christ has graciously allowed us to hold our meeting in their hall free of charge.  They are located at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue.  This is the big church near the bridge that crosses Atlantic Avenue.

You will enter on the 91st Avenue side — and the meeting will be up a short flight of stairs (around 9 steps).  This is the same location the Woodhaven Historical Society holds their meetings at.  The meeting begins at 8 PM.

If you can, please let all your friends and neighbors know.  Even if you know someone who wouldn’t attend — tell them anyway!  Maybe the new location will entice them 🙂

We hope to see you there!

Edward K. Wendell


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

PS A special “get well soon” to our friends at the Ambulance Corps. They have been very generous in letting us use their space for meetings — and we look forward to seeing how everything looks when it’s all renovated!

Blood Drive Tomorrow at Emmanuel Church

June 11, 2010

The Warren Ackermann Memorial Blood Drive is being held tomorrow 9 AM to 3 PM at Emmanuel Church (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  You will need ID and must weigh 110 Pounds.

Eat well and have plenty of fluids!

Call 718-849-1153 for more information.