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 website — click 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,
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