Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 78



In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Last Week’s Town Hall
  • The Forest Park Carousel Reopens
  • Committees & Clubs
  • The Joe Virgona Photography Club
  • 102nd Precinct Council Recap
  • Mary Whalen Playground to Get 300K Upgrade
  • A Walk in the Park
  • Forest Park – Schedule of Free Events
  • Free Karate Classes
  • HeartShare on 89th Avenue & Woodhaven
  • Free Recycling Event
  • Disposal Events for Dangerous or Hazardous Items
  • Tax Lien Assistance
  • NYPD Tip of the Week – Window Shopping
  • Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in Woodhaven
  • Psychic at Woodhaven Historical Society
  • CPR/AED Training

Holy Week Events

  • Passion Play of Christ En Espanol
  • Holy Week Services at St. Luke’s
  • Christ Tabernacle Easter Egg Events
  • St. Thomas Students – Stations of the Cross
  • Queens Tabernacle Easter Egg Hunt

** We had a nice turnout for last week’s Town Hall meeting, we talked about new committees, blockwatchers, etc.  We also spoke about the city’s slow response to the stink house on 85th Street.

** The Forest Park Carousel opens the 2013 Season this Saturday, March 23rd at 11 AM.  Ami Abramson, of NY Carousel Entertainment, was our guest on Radio Free Woodhaven this past week and we spoke about the Forest Park Carousel, about the work that was done over the winter and about what’s new in 2013 — click here to listen to our conversation about our historic carousel.  A note about Radio Free Woodhaven — there will be no show this week.  The host is taking his wife out on a date.

** New Committees and Clubs.  At the March Town Hall meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, the formation of a few new committees and clubs were announced.  We are looking for members to fill out the rosters of these groups –  email us at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message.  These groups and clubs will meet separately from the WRBA, but will be affiliated with the organization and will report back to the Board of Directors.  Click here for more information.

** One new club has announced their first meeting.  The Joe Virgona Photography Club will hold their first meeting on Thursday, March 28th at 7 PM at the offices of the WRBA, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  This club is geared towards amateurs — but all levels of expertise is welcome.  Click here for more information.

** The 102nd Precinct Community Council had their monthly meeting this week — the students from 210 (and their behavior within Woodhaven) was a topic of discussion — click here for a recap of the meeting.  This month’s Cop of the Month was awarded for saving a man’s life — click here to hear in the Captain’s own words what this fine young officer did.

** Mary Whalen Playground will be getting a 300K upgrade (from funds allocated by Elizabeth Crowley) — this article says that no specifics have been decided upon, but that the residents will be consulted.  Click here for more info.  Mary Whalen Playground is the park on Park Lane South between 80th and 76th Streets.

**  We took a walk around Forest Park this weekend, checking out the work being done near the bandshell followed up by a walk through the woods ending up at Strack Pond.  Click here for a nice walk through the park.

** Forest Park Schedule of Events.  Each year we are fortunate to have so many great free events in Forest Park and 2013 is no exception.  Click here for a listing of the FREE Events at Forest Park in 2013.

** Free Karate Classes for Kids.  Speaking of free, the Forest & Highland Park Administration is offering free kids Karate Clinics at Oak Ridge.  The FREE Karate classes will be taught by Shorinjiryu Kenryukan Karate School and will teach form, technique, respect, discipline and confidence.  Participants must be at least 7 years old.  Classes will be held April 2nd through May 9th, every Tuesday & Thursday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED.  For more information please call 718-235-4100 or email margaret.carrillo-rosas@parks.nyc.gov.  Make sure you tell them that the WRBA sent you!

** There have been complaints from residents about the condition of the HeartShare property at 89th Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard — click here for more info.

** There will be a Free Recycling Event on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 10 AM – 3 PM sponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo & Assemblyman Mike Miller at the Forest Park Bandshell parking lot.  Clothing & Textiles including clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags; Electronics including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, power strips, chargers, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes.  Click here for more information.

** For items that cannot be disposed at our local recycling event, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will be holding SAFE Disposal Events nearby to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to safely dispose of potentially harmful household products.  The acronym SAFE stands for solvents, automotive, flammables, electronics. Materials accepted include common residential items such as auto fluids, batteries, electronics, glues, medications, paint products, and more. When deciding what items to bring, residents should look for products labeled with the following signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. Products labeled DANGER represent the highest hazard level. Please also bring any other materials stored in your home that you know may be harmful.  Saturday, March 30, Queens, Citi Field, Parking Lots E & F (corner of Roosevelt Ave & Shea Rd), cars enter at parking gate 4 on Shea Rd.  Also, Sunday, April 7, Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Park Circle (corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW) cars approach from Ocean Ave and Lincoln Rd. Both events are from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine).  Click here for more information.

** Tax Lien Assistance.  Joe Addabbo and Mike Miller are hosting an event to discuss eligibility for billing programs, water debt assistance and setting up payment plans with the NYC Department of Finance (DOF), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).  Wednesday, March 27th at 6 PM at the Ambulance Corps, click here for more information.

** NYPD Tip Of The Week – Window Shopping.  Each year over $1.25 billion in personal items and accessories are stolen from vehicles.  By employing some basic precautions we can attempt to minimize these “window shopping” thefts. Remember, it only takes seconds for a thief to take what they want, so don’t give them the opportunity!  Click here for more information.

** Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in Woodhaven.  With Spring Training underway, here’s an interesting bit of baseball history concerning Dexter Park and a story about a time when Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig came to Woodhaven to play ball.  Click here for details.

** Woodhaven resident, Psychic Viktoria Sema Ballavoski — author of the thriller “Lilith’s Awakening” will be the guest speaker at this month’s Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society meeting, Wednesday March 27th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  3 free readings will be performed during the meeting — should be exciting!

** CPR/AED Training — A CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) class will be offered at the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Sunday April 7th from 2 to 5 PM.  The cost is $40 (much less than the same class at the Red Cross would cost you).  If interested, call John Bennett at 516-643-6746 or email bennettcpr@aol.com.

Holy Week Events

** Passion Play of Christ En Espanol.  There will be a Passion Play on Friday, March 29th 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM at St, Luke’s – 87-34 85th Street.  A Passion Play is a dramatic presentation depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ: his trial, suffering and death. It is a traditional part of Lent in several Christian denominations, particularly in Catholic tradition.  This presentation will be in Spanish.

** Holy Week Services at St. Luke’s.  Click here for a complete listing of Holy Week Services at St. Luke’s.

** Christ Tabernacle is holding 6 different Easter events for children in the area, including one at Forest Park.  Click here for details.

** The students of St. Thomas the Apostle will be performing a dramatization of the “Stations of the Cross” on Tuesday, March 26th at 12:30 PM in th 88th Street Lunch Room.

** Queens Tabernacle is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children on March 30th at 11 AM in Forest Park at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South.

Until Next Time!

Your friends and neighbors at the

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