Archive for August, 2010

Bring Out Yer Dead on Sept. 14th

August 23, 2010

For the past few months, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, along with Project Woodhaven and with the generous participation of Neir’s Tavern have been engaged in an effort to bring culture and sophistication to Woodhaven.

We’re throwing that out the window this month!  On Tuesday, September 14th, grab your coconuts and come to Neir’s for a showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

Bring out yer dead… it’s only a scratch… run away!  This movie is full of lines and scenes we all know by heart, and love laughing at them time and time again.  What better way to get acquainted with your neighbors than to sit down and enjoy the search for the Holy Grail!

The show is FREE — and it starts at 7:30 — come along and we’ll have some fun quoting the movie.  Neir’s is located at 87-48 78th Street.

And, for those who have never seen the Grail…. here’s the coming attraction … hope to see you there!

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Woodhaven Town Hall August 31 To Demonstrate New Voting Machines

August 23, 2010

From the Desk of Joe Addabbo:

Queens NY, August 23, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, is sponsoring a series of Town Hall meetings for voting machine demonstrations around his district to help familiarize Queens voters with the introduction of the new optical scan voting machines in the primary elections next month. Admission is free.

When voters show up at their polling place on September 14 Primary Day and the November 2 General Election, instead of the old mechanical lever machines, they’ll now mark their votes on a paper ballot that is run through a scanner to be recorded. Senator Addabbo arranged for the NYC Board of Elections to conduct open public demonstrations of the new system, using the scanner and ballot marking device, with the first in his series in Woodhaven later this month:

Tuesday, August 31 – Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven, 7-9 PM

Senator Addabbo and his Elections Committee have worked through many public hearings on the testing and performance of the new machines in a pilot program throughout the state. The change is a result of the federal Help America Vote Act, which mandated that voters in New York State must have new voting machines this year. The new system electronically records a vote from a paper ballot that a voter marks.

Said Addabbo, “As we prepare for this change, I want to assure all voters that their votes will be counted accurately and will work toward ensuring the reliability of the new voting machines.” According to the Senator, the State Board of Elections engaged in a long and meticulous process over almost three years, and examined every aspect of the programming and operation of these voting machines, including reviewing millions of lines of code to make sure that they are trustworthy and accurate. These machines have been tested more extensively and subjected to more requirements than any system in the nation, and New York State voters should feel confident that they will produce accurate and reliable results.

“As we make this transition to optical scan voting machines, I look forward to working with individuals across our city to educate voters on their use. I also plan on working with the City Board of Elections to reach out to different communities and districts to ensure they have the necessary resources to successfully complete this transition and have an efficient Election Day operation,” concluded Addabbo.

For more information, please call Senator Addabbo’s Howard Beach district office, 718-738-1111 or his Middle Village satellite district office, 718-497-1630.

Woodhaven Town Hall Meeting

August 16, 2010

Our next Woodhaven Town Hall Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 18th at 8 PM.  We will be meeting at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, located at 78-15 Jamaica Avenue.

As election season is upon us, we usually get a few elected officials and candidates.  The Woodhaven Residents Block Association has an SOP for guest speakers — guidelines that we ask that they all respect.

At our last meeting, we mentioned that we would try and arrange a demonstration of the new voting machines.  It turns out that there is a demonstration already scheduled for Tuesday, August 31st from 7 to 9 PM, at the Ambulance Corps, arranged by Sen. Joe Addabbo.

Potential topics for Wednesday’s meeting — reactions to the tragic murder a few weeks ago and thoughts about crime in Woodhaven in general, a request for more members on our graffiti committee — what’s on your mind?  Come out Wednesday Night and let us know!

Movie Night @ Neir’s – The Maltese Falcon

August 9, 2010

Reminder:  We’re giving this another try — movie night at Neir’s — Tuesday, August 10th — come on out and hang with your neighbors and watch the original Film Noir — Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon!

So come on out to Neir’s, 87-48 78th Street Woodhaven, NY 11421 — show starts at 7:30 — and as a bonus, one lucky viewer will walk away with a replica Maltese Falcon!!