Archive for February, 2013

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 75

February 27, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Blockwatchers Update
  • Our Condolences
  • Hazardous Condition Update
  • Woodhaven Library Renovations
  • Woodhaven Lost & Found – A Happy Ending!
  • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting Highlights
  • Ambulance Corps Launches New Website
  • Richmond Hill Block Association Meeting Wednesday Night
  • Spring Cleaning Sale
  • Found: One Set of Car Keys
  • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society
  • USDA Inspecting Trees In Woodhaven for Asian Longhorn Beetles
  • Free Basketball and Soccer Clinics – and an Easter Egg Hunt!
  • Previous issues of The Grapevine
  • Woodhaven Calendar

**  Blockwatchers – Update:  Many thanks to everyone who came out last Wednesday — it was a packed house.  Deputy Inspector Amin Kosseim of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau noted that this was the highest participation they had seen in any precinct thus far.  Once they saw how many people had come out they decided to bypass the presentation and roll ahead with the training.  A total of 59 residents went through the training class and received identification cards with unique ID numbers that can be used when calling in an issue.  Nearly two dozen additional residents have expressed interest in joining the program giving our local precinct approximately 80 additional pairs of eyes and ears on the street.  Once we have dates in mind for training the next batch, we will let you know.  Our Next Town Hall:  1 PM on Saturday, March 16th at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Avenue).

** On behalf of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association we offer our condolences to the Young family – so sorry to see a good family that has already suffered having to endure yet another loss.  Michael Young passed away this week, details of his service here.  It was 19 years ago this month that Woodhaven mourned the loss of Firefighter Jimmy Young (click here for more).

** Hazardous Condition Update — We have been working with Councilman Eric Ulrich on the house spewing sewage on to the sidewalk of 85th Street (see here, here, here and here); Assemblyman Mike Miller has also been working on this.  We heard from Eric’s office today that the department of Housing Preservation and Development is accepting bids for emergency repairs and the work should be completed this week.

** Woodhaven Library Renovations – The Woodhaven Library is closing as of March 11th for much needed renovations.  Click here for details on how long it will be closed and the contingency plans in place.  Plus — a little bit of Woodhaven History (not a nice memory, though).

** Last week we introduced a new blog called Woodhaven Lost & Found, a place for people to post pictures of animals they have found — or ones that have gone missing.  We brought you the story of a beautiful little kitten that was found wandering the streets of Woodhaven starving for attention — .this week, we’re so happy to report that one of our members has adopted that little kitten!  Today, we posted a new image, that of a lost dog – click here to see if you’ve seen this pup.

** The 102nd Precinct Community Council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 PM in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library.  Click here for highlights of this month’s meeting.

** The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps has launched an all-new websiteclick here to check it out!

** The Richmond Hill Block Association meets Wednesday Night (February 27th) at 8pm at 110-08 Jamaica Avenue. They will have the Department of Sanitation & the MTA as their guests as well as our friends at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp, who are looking to recruit new members.

** One of our members writes in to announce that she will be having a spring cleaning sale this weekend with discount prices to get ready for summer street fair and flea market time.  All those who RSVP to the Facebook Invite will get 10% off total purchase plus a free gift.  Friday through Sunday, 9 AM to 7 PM at 85-80 87th Street.

** Found: One set of car keys on 91st Street, near 85th Road. Good Samaritan left on top of fire hydrant – we took in so someone wouldn’t keep hitting alarm button until they found your car. Must be able to show us the car that the keys belong to.

** Radio Free Woodhaven is back on the air, LIVE each Friday Night at 10 PM.  Last week, we interviewed Author and Queens Historian Carl Ballenas.  Click here for highlights.  Click here at 10 PM this Friday to listen to the show (we also have an online chat room) and if you want to speak your mind, the number to call is 646-378-1612.

** Born and raised in Queens, author and former New York Daily News and Queens Ledger reporter Nick Hirshon will be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society at 1 PM on Wednesday, February 27th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  The journalism professor’s book, “Images of America: Forest Hills” was released last week and the WCHS is very proud to be hosting his first appearance for this book.

** We have received a few calls from concerned residents about people coming to their houses, looking to gain access to their backyards to inspect for Asian Longhorn Beetles.  We were put in touch with a field manager of the USDA and he clarified what is happening – click here for details.

** Queens Tabernacle is sponsoring free soccer and basketball clinics for children from ages 6 to 17 to be held on July 22 – 26 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Basketball clinics will be held at Thomas Maloney Courts in Forest Park (Park Lane South and Myrtle Ave.) and the Soccer clinics will be held at Victory Field.  Call 718-846-7575 to register for these clinics.  Queens Tabernacle is also hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children on March 30th at 11 AM in Forest Park at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South.

**  Previous issues of The Grapevine:  If you only recently signed up for The Grapevine, or if you want to look at a previous issue, the last several issues are available on our blog here.

** Community Calendar — We’ve been trying to get a community calendar off the ground for a while and now that we have a bright person dedicated to keeping it up-to-date we expect it to be very successful.  Have an event you wish to publicize?  Drop us a line!  We have it linked on the WRBA Homepage as well as Project Woodhaven and it even has its own easy to remember link:  bit.ly/WoodhavenCalendar

Until next time,

Your friends and neighbors at the


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

Woodhaven Library to Close March 11th for Renovations

February 23, 2013

The Queens Library announced this week that the Woodhaven branch will be closed as of Monday, March 11, 2013 for long hoped-for renovations.  Click here for a flyer announcing the news.  There will be extensive renovations including:

  • Upgrades to lighting, furniture and finishes
  • New circulation desk
  • Fast self check-out with RFID technology
  • Fully automated 24/7 self check-in
  • New ADA compliant first floor bathroom
  • Major repairs / renovations done to the roof

These renovations will keep the library completely closed for about 3 weeks.  But the great news is that they will be setting up temporary quarters in the basement by the end of March (exact date to be announced).   Many times, while a library is being renovated, you need to make due with a mobile library — we are very fortunate to be able to keep a portiuon of the library open.  It will be accessible from the side entrance on 85th Drive.

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The Queens Library thanks New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, The Queens Delegation to the NY City Council and the State of New York for funding improvements to Queens Library at Woodhaven.

 

These renovations are long overdue — and all of Woodhaven owes the Friends of the Woodhaven Library a debt of gratitude for all their persistence and hard work — Judy Close, Jerry Murphy and most of all, Friends’ of the Woodhaven Library’s President Maria Concolino.   Also, Jen Manley — Director, Government & Community Affairs at Queens Library — should be thanked for all her hard work.   We love it when a plan comes together!

 

Now, we were told (not sure how true it is) is that one of the reasons Woodhaven had to wait so long is because of the extensive repairs it underwent after it was badly damaged in a fire 35 years ago.

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Besides the option of using the basement, you can also visit other nearby Queens Library locations:

Glendale
78-60 73 Place
718-821-4980
Bus: Q55

North Forest Park
98-27 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, 718-261-5512
Bus: Q23, Q54

Ozone Park
92-24 Rockaway Boulevard
718-845-3127
Train: A
Bus: Q7, Q8, Q11, Q41, Q53, Q112

102 Pct. Community Council – February 2013

February 20, 2013

February’s 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting was held last night (02/19) at 7 PM in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library.

Reminder:  The NYPD’s Community Affairs Office is coming to Woodhaven TONIGHT (2/20) – 8 PM at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Avenue) to discuss the Blockwatcher program.

The meeting began with the awarding of the Cop of the Month, an officer from the Conditions unit which had been concentrating their patrol on Jamaica Avenue because of some recent robberies and larcenies targeting the elderly.

Captain Sautner explained that they had received a radio call of a female being robbed on 88th Avenue and 86th Street – the woman, 58 years old, had been knocked down and had her purse taken.  Because the officers were nearby they were able to catch the criminal – a young male, 17, well known to the officers, known to have a bit of a drug problem.

The officers secured the property of the victim and made a positive identification.  Turned out he had stolen a pocketbook the day before on Jamaica Avenue between Woodhaven Boulevard and 92nd Street (grabbed a pocketbook from a laundromat and fled).  Subsequently he knocked down a 70 year old woman around the corner and took her purse.  He confessed to these 2 crimes and another – so they got him for 4 major crimes, he’s got a court date in February.  He’s currently on probation and officers have already been to his house twice.  Nice job!

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(We asked — he was not the same suspect in the attacks we reported on recently by a young man on a bike).

Overall, Captain Sautner reported that crime is up a little compared to the previous 28 day period, but down from the same period year to date from last year.  The Captain reported an uptick in car break ins as well as home robberies (people go away for a few days, come back and find that their house was broken into).  These crimes have been spread out over the entire command (102 Precinct which covers Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, and the Northern part of Ozone Park).

The Captain noted that the 102nd Precinct offers a free survey of your home.  The 102 Precinct’s safety officer will come over to your home, look for weak spots — he will write up a full report for you, offering suggestions on how you can make your home more secure.  If interested, call the Community Affairs office 718-805-3215.

The Captain also recommended keeping an eye out for one of their etching events.  You can get your automobile etched at one of the periodic safety events held by elected officials.  You should also get your portables etched — iPods, iPhones, laptops, etc.  The Woodhaven Residents Block Association will host one soon (date to be announced).

The Captain also wanted to stress pedestrian and driver safety.  They 102 has been analyzing accident prone locations within the precinct.  He noted that we had a fatality last week, a car coming Northbound on Woodhaven Boulevard had the light – the pedestrian was clipped, it wasn’t at a high rate of speed (no criminality involved).

Overall, he noted that it seems like the fault lies 50/50 between pedestrians and drivers.  He said that it’s easier to address vehicle safety — they can step up enforcement for cars speeding or running red lights, they can also make recommendations to DOT whether it be better lighting or other recommendations.

As for pedestrians he said that there is not a phone call that is so urgent you can’t wait to cross the street to answer.  He asked for help spreading the word to residents to be more aware of their surroundings — not only for accidents, but for criminals who prey on people who are distracted.  Captain Sautner also said that the 102 Precinct in looking to create a comprehensive plan to get the word out to residents to be more aware.

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The next 102 Precinct Community Council Meeting is Tuesday March 19th at 7 PM in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 74

February 19, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Town Hall – WEDNESDAY 8 PM – Block Watchers
  • 102 Precinct Holds Blood Drive
  • Free Basketball and Soccer Clinics
  • USDA Inspecting Trees In Woodhaven for Asian Longhorn Beetles
  • PS/IS 113 Parent Teacher Association event
  • Keeping Woodhaven Wooded
  • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society
  • Woodhaven Lost & Found
  • Previous issues of The Grapevine
**  February Town Hall:  Our next Town Hall is TOMORROW — Wednesday, February 20, 8 PM, at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Ave.).  This meeting will focus on the NYPD and the Block Watchers program being launched to improve conditions in our neighborhood.  Here is more information about the Block Watchers program.  It’s not too late to become a Block Watcher; here is the application, which you can complete and bring to the Town Hall.  So far, we’ve signed up over 50 residents who are interested in making our community better and safer.  Click here to see a map of where in Woodhaven the program will have coverage — and where we really need more volunteers to step up and become Block Watchers.

** The 102 Precinct is holding a Blood DriveClick here for details.  Each donation received will help to save up to THREE lives.  The blood drive will be held Friday, February 22nd from 12 to 6 PM at the 102 Precinct (87-34 118th Street in Richmond Hill).

** Call 718-846-7575  to register for free soccer and basketball clinics — for children from ages 6 to 17 — to be held on July 22- 26 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Basketball clinics will be held at Thomas Maloney Courts in Forest Park (Park Lane South and Myrtle Ave.) Soccer clinics will be held at Victory Field.

** We have received a few calls from concerned residents about people coming to their houses, looking to gain access to their backyards to inspect for Asian Longhorn Beetles.  We were put in touch with a field manager of the USDA and he clarified what is happening – click here for details.  We have also sent out a press release (click here).

**  The Parent Teacher Association of PS/IS 113 is sponsoring an event, “Joey and Mary’s Irish/Italian Comedy Wedding,” on March 15.  Click here to see a poster with more information, including details on how to purchase tickets.

** Keeping Woodhaven Wooded – Our Alexander Blenkinsopp makes the case for fallen trees across Woodhaven to be replaced, and for remaining trees to be looked after better – click here.

** Radio Free Woodhaven is back on the air, LIVE each Friday Night at 10 PM.  Last week, we were joined by author Nick Hirshon (“Images of America: Forest Hills”), Assemblyman Mike Miller, Senator Joe Addabbo and a resident from Richmond Hill who posted a video on YouTube of his neighbors shoveling a ton of snow into his driveway.  Click here for highlights.  This Friday night at 10 PM we’ll be joined by local historian Carl Ballenas. He’s an interesting person to speak with and he’s very involved with the Friends of the Maple Grove Cemetery.  Click here at 10 PM to listen to the show (we also have an online chat room) and if you want to speak your mind, the number to call is 646-378-1612.

** Born and raised in Queens, author and former New York Daily News and Queens Ledger reporter Nick Hirshon (see above) will be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society at 1 PM on Wednesday, February 27th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  The journalism professor’s book, “Images of America: Forest Hills” was released this week and the WCHS is very proud to be hosting his first appearance for this book.

** We’ve created a new blog called Woodhaven Lost & Found, a place for people to post pictures of animals they have found — or ones that have gone missing.  We’d love to be able to help reunite families with their missing pets, or find homes for homeless pets — and if, along the way, we can slightly alleviate the need for people to post signs on telephone and utility poles, well, so much the better.

**  Previous issues of The Grapevine:  If you only recently signed up for The Grapevine, or if you want to look at a previous issue, the last several issues are available on our blog here (be sure to scroll down).
Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the

USDA Inspecting Trees in Woodhaven

February 15, 2013

We have received a few calls from concerned residents about people coming to their houses, looking to gain access to their backyards to inspect for Asian Longhorn Beetles.  Some confusion was caused by the fact that the people were dressed in plain clothes and some reports state that they have identified themselves as working for the “Parks Department” or “the city.”

It turns out that the US Department of Agriculture currently has field inspectors in our area, specifically within the boundaries of 94th Street and 85th Street — from Jamaica Avenue to 97th Avenue in Ozone Park.  They will be here approximately 3 more weeks.

There are 2 kinds of  inspectors — Federal and State.

  • Federal inspectors should be dressed in either green pants or blue jeans and black coat with USDA lettering.
  • NY State inspectors do not have a uniform but should always be dressed in an official orange vest with lettering.

In all cases, inspectors have official badges and/or official IDs and will produce them on request.

It is in our best interest to cooperate and let them inspect — here is some information on the Asian Longhorn Beetle.

But if they do not produce ID —  if they are not dressed properly — if they do not properly identify themselves — do not grant them access to your property.  If you do not feel comfortable, if you are suspicious — call the police.  Please note that we have spoken with a field manager and expressed concern at some of the reports we have received — we hope that the USDA takes steps to make sure that their inspectors properly identify themselves.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 73

February 12, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our Next Town Hall – The NYPD / Block Watchers
  • Blizzard Re-Cap & Pictures
  • First Aid Class
  • 102 Precinct Holds Blood Drive
  • Woodhaven Cares
  • WORKS Little League Registration – Last Chance!
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Mardi Gras Event
  • PS/IS 113 Parent Teacher Association event
  • Citizen’s Police Academy
  • House Explosion in Richmond Hill
  • Previous issues of The Grapevine
**  February Town Hall:  Our next Town Hall is a week from tomorrow — Wednesday, February 20, 8 p.m., at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Ave.).  This meeting will focus on the NYPD and the Block Watchers program being launched to improve conditions in our neighborhood.  Here is more information about the Block Watchers program.  It’s not too late to become a Block Watcher; here is the application, which you can complete and bring to the Town Hall.  So far, we’ve signed up over 50 residents who are interested in making our community better and safer.  Click here to see a map of where in Woodhaven the program will have coverage — and where we really need more volunteers to step up and become Block Watchers.
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** Thanks to all of our Block Captains for their timely reports on conditions on their block.  From everything we heard, it appears that the DSNY did a real good job keeping the streets of Woodhaven clean.  Click here for some beautiful pictures of Woodhaven in the aftermath of last week’s blizzard.

**  A First Aid Class will be offered at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Ave.) this Sunday, February 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Click here for details on what you will learn.  The cost is $40.  If you’re interested, call John Bennett at 516-643-6746 or e-mail bennettcpr@aol.com.  What you learn in this class could save the lives of your friends and family.

** The 102 Precinct is holding a Blood Drive – Click here for details.  Each donation received will help to save up to THREE lives.  The blood drive will be held Friday, February 22nd from 12 to 6 PM at the 102 Precinct (87-34 118th Street in Richmond Hill).

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** Here’s a real nice Woodhaven story — one that contradicts the theme that neighbors don’t care about each other anymore.  If you know of any seniors / handicapped individuals who need help with their sidewalks after it snows, please let us know.  We will try to match them up with some volunteers.

** Registration for WORKS Little League ends this Friday, February 15th — click here for more information.

** It was great seeing so many friends at the Mardi Gras Celebration / Fundraiser for Woodhaven’s School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center.  Click here for pictures.

**  The Parent Teacher Association of PS/IS 113 is sponsoring an event, “Joey and Mary’s Irish/Italian Comedy Wedding,” on March 15.  Click here to see a poster with more information, including details on how to purchase tickets.

** WRBA President Ed Wendell, his wife Josephine Wendell, and resident Monica Varona all recently graduated from Citizen’s Police AcademyClick here to read all about it.  If interested in attending, please drop us a line — it is a very interesting course that you will get a lot out of — and it’s free!  And at the end, you get your diploma from Commissioner Kelly!

** Please be aware that a house will “explode” tonight in Richmond Hill.  There will be a controlled explosion at a house on 112th Street and Park Lane South.  They are filming a TV Show (“The Americans”).

**  Previous issues of The Grapevine:  If you only recently signed up for The Grapevine, or if you want to look at a previous issue, the last several issues are available on our blog here (be sure to scroll down).
Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

102 Precinct Holds Blood Drive – February 22nd

February 12, 2013

The 102nd Precinct works hard to serve and protect the residents of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and Ozone Park 365 days a year.  And now they are turning to those they protect for help for a few hours.

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The 102is holding a Blood Drive on Friday, February 22nd from 12 PM to 6 PM at the 102nd Precinct which is located at 87-34 118th Street in Richmond Hill.  Each donation received will help to save up to THREE lives.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Bring ID with signature or photo.
  • Minimum weight 110 lbs.
  • Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note)
  • Eat well (low fat) & drink fluids
  • No tattoos for past 12 months

For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800-688-0900.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact 102 Pct. Community Affairs at (718) 805-3215.

First Aid Class in Woodhaven

February 12, 2013

A First Aid Class will be offered at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Ave.) on Sunday, February 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The cost is $40 (which is less than half of what the Red Cross charges).

If you’re interested, call John Bennett at 516-643-6746 or e-mail bennettcpr@aol.com.

Some of what you will learn:fa

  • Recognizing and caring for sudden emergency situations until help arrives. For example Stroke, Heart Attack, Seizures, Diabetic Emergencies.
  • Learning to control bleeding, whether minor or severe, and depending on cause and location of injury. Proper treatment of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree burns.   Recognizing the symptoms of shock which can follow a severe burn or bleeding, and knowing how to treat it.
  • Treating injuries to muscles, bones and joints. Learning a simple “sling and binder” technique for an arm injury. Being aware of possible complications from a head, neck, or back injury.
  • Environmental problems, such as heat, cold, and poisoning.

 

Woodhaven Cares

February 10, 2013

Here’s a nice little story about Woodhaven.  On the eve of this weekend’s blizzard, the WRBA was contacted by one of its members, Patti Eggers, who teaches at St. Thomas the Apostle.  She had half a dozen students willing to volunteer and shovel the sidewalk of an elderly or handicapped resident.  They all had permission slips signed by their parents.

It was now up to us to find residents in need — and to find ones that live not too far from the students.  Luckily, the six students were spread out in a few different parts of Woodhaven, so that gave us some flexibility.  We went through the membership lists of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society and came up with eight potential seniors who lived near the six students.

A lot of this was happening Friday Night and it was a little late to start calling our seniors to see if they’d need help with their sidewalks, so we started calling them a bit after 9 on Saturday morning.  And what we ended up hearing was very interesting.

The first senior we spoke with thanked us, she was very touched by the offer.  However, one of her neighbors had been kindly shoveling her sidewalk for the past few years.  We were glad she was taken care of; and it was nice to hear a story about one neighbor taking care of another.  You see, at the Block Association, we tend to hear a lot of negative snow-related stories this time of year, so it was a real treat to hear something positive.  But it was about to get better.

Our next senior told us pretty much the same thing.  A neighbor across the street comes across whenever it snows and takes care of her sidewalk.  And the next senior told us that one of her neighbors, who she’s known since he was a young boy, comes over and takes care of her sidewalk whenever it snows.

These are the kind of things that aren’t supposed to be happening anymore.  In a time where people supposedly don’t watch out or care for their neighbors, we heard one story after another that contradicted that belief.  It was news that we were happy to hear and made us proud of our residents.  In the end, only one of the eight seniors we contacted needed help and two of our volunteer students went over later that morning and cleared his sidewalk and steps.

However, we are pretty sure that there are people out there in Woodhaven that could use snow assistance — and we’d like your help in finding them.  If you know a senior or handicapped person who lives in Woodhaven please contact the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.  We’ll build a roster and see if we can’t find a young volunteer to adopt them.  We can’t promise anything — no guarantees — but we’ll try our best to find some help for them.

Many thanks to the young volunteers from STA — you give us great hope for the future.  And if there are any other people out there who would like to volunteer and adopt someone, please let us know!

Email us at info@woodhaven-nyc.org (or leave a message at 718-296-3735) if interested.

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Weather Alert: snowstorm tonight into tomorrow

February 8, 2013

A significant snowstorm is approaching our area and is expected to hit this evening.  Heavy snow will continue through Saturday morning. Winds also will increase, with strong gusty winds expected. A blizzard warning for NYC in in effect through 1 PM Saturday, with 10-15 inches of snow expected.   There’s no need to panic, but you should be prepared.  Finish your preparations now if you haven’t done so already.  Have a snow shovel, salt, a flashlight, spare batteries, necessary medication, non-perishable food items, and anything else you may find necessary.  Keep off the roads and be prepared to stay home for the next 24 hours.

If you are a Block Captain: please stay in touch with us to report conditions on your block.  Without your help, we can’t know what parts of Woodhaven are awaiting attention.  Block Captains should contact us three hours after the snow has stopped.  They can e-mail us at this address, or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message.

To report a loss of electric service, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED(26633) or online at http://www.coned.com.

If you have an elderly neighbor please do take a few moments to check in on them and make sure they are okay.
Here is an interactive storm tracker, so you can see the storm’s progression: http://bigstory.ap.org/interactive/ap-interactive-winter-storm

According to 311, there will be no garbage or recycling collection tomorrow, Saturday, February 9.

Mayor Bloomberg has issued this statement about the storm: http://nycgov.tumblr.com/post/42595893639/mayor-bloomberg-updates-new-yorkers-on-the-citys

Sanitation Department snow plow vehicles are now being tracked by GPS, and you can see their work in progress by visiting a new website.  Go to this website: http://on.nyc.gov/VLsjmJ.  Then enter your address.  You’ll be able to see when your street was last plowed, and you will also be able to see which streets are primary (red), secondary (blue), or tertiary (yellow) plowing priorities.

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Do not take any unnecessary chances.  Be careful.  Stay safe.


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association