Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 79



In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Next Town Hall Meeting is Saturday, April 20th
  • The Forest Park Carousel has Reopened
  • New Committees and Clubs
  • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Scenes of a Woodhaven Fire
  • Railroaded!
  • J Service Interruptions
  • Graffiti Cleanup
  • Small Business Workshop
  • NYPD Tip of the Week
  • Emanuel Spring Flea Market April 13th
  • Queens on Jeopardy
  • Forest Park Schedule of Events
  • Free Karate Classes for Kids
  • WORKS Little League Parade
  • Free Recycling Event April 28
  • SAFE Disposal Events
  • 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

** Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, April 20th at the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  Candidate for Queens Borough President Peter Vallone will be joining us.

** The Forest Park Carousel has reopened for the 2013 Season — we paid them a visit on opening day — click here for a host of closeups and a nice video.  It will be open each day through Sunday — then each weekend until Memorial Day –then it’ll be open every day.  Click here for the Carousel’s schedule and more information.  (NY1 visited the Carousel – click here for their report — available to TWC Customers only).

** 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.

** Radio Free Woodhaven is back on the air Friday after a 1-week hiatus.  Click here to listen – we’ll be talking about a host of issues including unfair tickets from Sanitation.  Have your own Sanitation nightmare story to share?  Call us Friday Night at (646) 378-1612 to speak your mind.  Note:  Starting April 5th and for the next few consecutive Fridays, we will be joined by candidates for Queens Borough President — Tony Avella will be our guest on April 5th.  Peter Vallone will be calling in on April 12th.  Jose Peralta will be on the line with us on April 19th.  And Melinda Katz has confirmed an appearance (date to be announced).  We hope to have all the candidates on board soon.

** Scenes of a Woodhaven Fire – March 23rd – 78th Street and 90th Avenue.  Click here.

** Proponents of LIRR branch reactivation are trying to railroad us, rather than addressing our concerns.  Click here for more info.

** Here is a press release about some upcoming suspension of service (overnights) on the J Train – if you ride the J late at night in Manhattan you may be impacted.  Click here.

** After cleaning up the graffiti last summer, more than half the mailboxes in Woodhaven are tagged again.  Click here for more info.  Graffiti clean up schedules will be announced very soon.

** Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be holding a workshop on small business and immigration reform where you can learn about valuable resources to help your business and how immigration reform impacts small businesses.  Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 9 to 11:30 AM at Tropical Restaurant 88-19 Jamaica Avenue.  Click here for more info.

** NYPD Tip of the Week.  Over 3.2 million students are the victim of bullying each year, and teens in grades 6-10 are the most likely to be involved in activities related to bullying.  Bullying victims are between 2 and 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-bullying victims.  Click here for more info.

** Emanuel United Church of Christ will be holding its annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday, April 13th from 10AM to 3 PM.  Click here for more info and a beautiful picture of Emanuel.

** Jeopardy recently devoted an entire category to Queens — unfortunately they didn’t mention Woodhaven (what were they thinking?)  If you’re interested, click here and see how well you would have done.

** 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!

** WORKS Little League will be holding their Annual Parade on Saturday, April 13th — we will, once again, hold our parade watching party.  Last year, due to the painting of the El, they took a last second detour and we were standing in the street cheering on the normal traffic.  This year, we promise you a parade to cheer for!  There will be bagels and treats — more information to come soon.  Also, we raised $173 at our last meeting to sponsor a team — we are nearly halfway to our goal of $400 to sponsor one team.  Please consider making a small donation at our next meeting (or drop your donation through our mail slot).

** 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.

** 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

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

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