Archive for February, 2013

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 72

February 5, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Date of our next Town Hall, and Block Watchers program
  • Wanted — help us catch a thief
  • Coverage of our last Town Hall
  • Keeping Woodhaven Whole
  • First Aid Class
  • RIP Mayor Ed Koch
  • Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Programs
  • PS/IS 113 Parent Teacher Association event
  • Lack hot water?
  • Flu season
  • Previous issues of The Grapevine
**  February Town Hall:  If you haven’t marked it on your calendars, please do it now: our next Town Hall will occur on Wednesday, February 20, 8 p.m., at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Ave.).  Note that it’s a weeknight meeting!  This Town Hall will focus on the NYPD and the Block Watchers program being launched 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.
**  WANTED — The 102nd Precinct is asking for our help and warning us to be careful.  Click here to see a wanted flyer for a young man who has been victimizing women, stealing their pocketbooks and cell phones from the back of his bicycle.  Suspect is described as a male black or possible male black Hispanic.  Possible reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.  Contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or text your tip to TIP577 plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  You can also submit an internet tip by visiting  All information will be kept confidential.  Anyone with information regarding the above subject please notify Det. Ronald Buell at 718-520-9200 or Detective Borough Queens North at 718-520-9200.
**  Missed our January Town Hall?  Too bad!  Fortunately, you can read about what you missed at the well-attended and action-packed meeting.  Click here for a thorough summary by the Times Newsweekly, and click here to check out the article in the Daily News too.
**  Keeping Woodhaven Whole:  You’ve probably heard about the WRBA’s efforts to keep Woodhaven from being split by a gerrymander in the latest City Council redistricting.  If you’re not familiar with this issue, click here to bring yourself up to speed.  We’re hoping the new district lines will be released in the near future, and that they will include a united Woodhaven.  In the meantime, take a look at this forceful editorial published by the Times Newsweekly, also arguing that Woodhaven should be kept together.
**  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.  If you’re interested, call John Bennett at 516-643-6746 or e-mail
**  Ed Koch, New York City’s colorful mayor from 1978 to 1989, died last week.  Click here for some great photos of him visiting Woodhaven in 1985.  We bet you’ll recognize where the pictures were taken!
**  Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Programs:  Attention Woodhaven homeowners: There is a new city program introduced by the Department of Environmental Protection that could save you thousands of dollars by protecting you from the unexpected costs of service line repairs.  Click here for more information.
**  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.
**  Is there a lack of hot water in your building?  Get online assistance by clicking here.
**  It’s flu season.  This year’s flu outbreak is reportedly the worst in a decade.  Take this threat seriously.  Click here to read advice from the Centers for Disease Control on how to protect yourself from the flu.
**  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