Archive for April, 2013

Misuse & Abuse of Prescription Drugs

April 30, 2013

LEARN ABOUT THE MISUSE/ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Prescription drugs are the 2nd most commonly used substance among high school students in NYC after marijuana.

7% of NYC High School students (1 in 14 students) reported misusing opioid painkillers in the past year. It’s an epidemic that has fueled an illegal prescription drug trade.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse of Columbia University states that teens who abuse prescription drugs are twice more likely to use alcohol, 5 times more likely to use marijuana, and 12 to 20 times more likely to use illegal street drugs such as heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine than teens who do not abuse prescription drugs.

WARNING SIGNS OF POSSIBLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

Physical Signs

  • Dramatic changes in behavior and appearance
  • Pinpoint pupils, Bloodshot eyes
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination

Behavioral Signs

  • Drop in attendance from school
  • Involved in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Frequently getting into trouble (ex., fights, accidents, and illegal activities)

Psychological Signs

  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outburst
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “out of it”
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness

HELPFUL RESOURCES

Telephone Numbers

1-800-LIFENET

1-855-DRUGFREE

Websites

http://www.drugabuse.gov

http://www.samhsa.gov

TO LEARN MORE

The School Safety Community Outreach Unit offers an interactive PowerPoint presentation to bring awareness to this growing epidemic of the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

To schedule a presentation or for more information please call (718) 730-8550 or visit our website www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 83

April 25, 2013

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our next Town Hall Meeting 5/18@ 1 PM – ST. LUKE’S
  • Operation ID: Woodhaven
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Queens Boro President Race
  • World Organ Day
  • WRBA Hosted World Book Night Event a Success
  • WRBA Poll Question of the Week – Landmarking
  • WRBA Battles Sanitation
  • Parks Committee Meeting 4/30 @ 7 PM
  • NYPD Tip of the Week.  How Safe Is Your Motorcycle?
  • Woodhaven Native Hits Broadway
  • Free Recycling Event 4/28 @ 10 AM-3 PM
  • SAFE Disposal Events nearby

** Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, May 18thPlease Take Note of the LocationSt. Luke’s Church (87-34 85th St).  We will be joined by a representative of the Queens District Attorney Office.

** Operation ID: Woodhaven — Reminder – Protect your valuables — click here for informationTHIS SATURDAY — at the WRBA Office – 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  We have expanded the event to include bicycles – come and register your bike, iPhones, cell phones, laptops, etc.  You can also register your vehicles in a few different anti-theft programs and make an appointment for VIN Etching.  We’ll be there from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Remember:  We will only host these events if we get decent turnout.  If you can, please come down and register at least one valuable with the NYPD.

** Radio Free Woodhaven.  We’re on the air LIVE each Friday Night at 10 PM and we’ve been interviewing candidates for Queens Borough President.  Tentatively scheduled Friday night is Councilman Leroy Comrie.  Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE.

** World Organ Day.  On Monday, May 6th churches around the world will celebrate World organ Day, a celebration of the 850th Anniversary of Notre Dame in Paris.  Churches around the world on all different continents will hold concerts, creating a 24-hour concert.  Click here to read about it.  In all of new York City there are only 2 churches participating and one of them is right here in Woodhaven!  There will be a FREE concert at Emanuel United Church of Christ on Monday May 6th at 7 PM.

** WRBA Hosted World Book Night Event a Success.  On April 23rd, 2013 Woodhaven residents Monica and Margaret Varona handed 60 books to residents who stopped by for a free book.  Click here for a picture of the group.  Many thanks to all who participated.

** WRBA Poll Question of the Week:  Landmarking in Woodhaven.  St. Matt’s, The Carousel, or The Clocktower — Click here to vote!

** Last Week’s Poll Results:  How Do You Think the NYPD Should Handle People Using the Park After 9 PM, when the Park Closes?

  • Anyone after 9 PM should be stopped and questioned  84.62%  (11 votes)
  • After 9 PM you use the park at your own risk  15.38%  (2 votes)
  • The park should be open 24-7  0%  (0 votes)

** WRBA Battles Sanitation — At our last meeting we detailed some of our battles with DSNY.  Click here to read about it — and please tell us about your own issues with DSNY.

** The WRBA Parks Committee is having its first meeting on Tuesday April 30th at 7 PM at the WRBA Office 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  We have a few members on this committee but there is room for more — let us know if you’d like to be on the Parks Committee.

** NYPD Tip of the Week.  Want to better protect your motorcycle?  Click here to find out how, courtesy of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau.

** Woodhaven Native Hits Broadway.  Click here to read about Billy Magnussen, who grew up in Woodhaven, and is now on Broadway in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” with Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce.

** 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

Until Next Time!

Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Resident Block Association

Phone 718-296-3735

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Landmarking

April 25, 2013

Queens is under represented when it comes to landmarking, so it is refreshing to hear a couple of local possibilities.  Most people generally agree that there are 3 possibilities for landmarking:

St. Matthew’s Church (and the historic Wyckoff-Snediker Family Cemetery behind it.)  Click here to read more.

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The Forest Park Carousel with all of it’s beautiful wood-carved horses — click here for lots more coverage

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And finally — a familiar sight that’s technically in Ozone Park, but was once a central part of Woodhaven — the Lalance-Grosjean Clocktower (click here for more info):

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So, if you could landmark only one of these places, which one would it be?

Motorcycle Theft Prevention

April 24, 2013

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Two wheels are better than none!

Motorcycles are an attractive item for thieves. .

National  statistics show only 3 in 10 stolen motorcycles will be
 recovered and returned to their owners. The rest end up on the black market, stripped and/or sold for spare parts

 

It takes seconds to hoist a motorcycle into a van and take off. In 2011 New York had 1,460 motorcycle thefts, but if you follow these basic tips you help yourself or a friend avoid becoming a victim of motorcycle theft:
* Lock your ignition and remove the key. National statistics show most bike thefts occur when the ignition is shut off, but not locked.

* Lock the forks or disk brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags.

* If traveling with other riders, lock motorcycles together when not in use.

* If riding alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled.

* Add an audible alarm to your motorcycle.

* When traveling and spending the night at a hotel, locate an outdoor security camera and park your bike in the camera’s view. If this is not possible, park your bike close to your room.

* Keep an eye on your bike. When parking at a public event, check your motorcycle periodically, especially right after leaving your bike.

* If parking in a garage, block your bike with automobiles, close the garage door and make sure it is locked.

* Don’t store your title in your bike’s storage compartment, tank bag or saddlebag. The safest place for your title is at home.

* Uniquely mark and then photograph your bike. If thieves take your bike, note its unique markings to law enforcement using the photos you have taken.

* Keep your bike registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride.

 

If the bike is stolen make it impossible to sell. Mark everything that could be sold as a second hand spare part with a clearly visible identifying mark, both in visible and secret places, preferably with the bikes frame number.

 

For further safety tips, please visit www.NYPDCommunityAffairs.org or by calling the Community Affairs Bureau at 646-6105323.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 82

April 18, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our next Town Hall Meeting 4/20 @ 1 PM – LOCATION MOVED
  • Building Collapse / Senior Center Update
  • Introducing the WRBA Royals!  Plus!  WORKS Little League Parade
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Queens Boro President Race
  • WRBA Hosts World Book Night Event 4/23 @ 5 PM
  • Greater Woodhaven Development Corp meeting 4/23 @ 7:30 PM
  • April 102 Precinct Community Council Meeting
  • NYPD Etching Event 4/27 @ 10 AM
  • Library Update
  • WRBA Poll Question of the Week – Park Safety
  • Parks Committee Meeting 4/30 @ 7 PM
  • Joe Virgona Photography Club 4/25 @ 7 PM
  • NYPD Tip of the Week.  How Safe Is Your Home?
  • Justice – Shamrock Bar Killer Found Guilty
  • Free Recycling Event 4/28 @ 10 AM-3 PM
  • SAFE Disposal Events nearby

** MEETING LOCATION MOVED.  Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, April 20th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  We will be meeting in the lower level; please enter through the 91st Avenue entrance.  Candidate for Queens Borough President Peter Vallone will be joining us (click here to hear our interview with Mr. Vallone on Radio Free Woodhaven).

** Building Collapse / Senior Center Update.  The big news in Woodhaven last week was the building collapse at 79th Street which damaged the Ambulance Corps.  Click here for pictures and video from that night, and then take a look at the aftermath by clicking here.  The Senior Center will reopen in a few weeks — in the meantime, they have worked out a plan to transport the seniors to Ozone Park.  Click here for details and share with any seniors that you know.

** Introducing the WRBA Royals!  The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is sponsoring a team again this year — and it is a T-Ball team named the Royals.  You are going to love them!  Click here for pictures and video and a complete schedule.  Now, we are still well short of the money needed to sponsor this team — so please consider chipping in a few bucks this Saturday if you haven’t done so.  Speaking of WORKS Little League, did you see the parade?  Click here for pictures and video for a Woodhaven tradition that has lasted for over half a century.

** Radio Free Woodhaven.  We’re on the air LIVE each Friday Night at 10 PM and we’ve been interviewing candidates for Queens Borough President.  Next up is State Senator Jose Peralta (click here to listen Friday at 10) followed by Councilman Leroy Comrie on April 26; Barry Grodenchik is slated for May 3; and Melinda Katz will join us on May 10.  You can find all our interviews here.

** WRBA Hosts World Book Night Event.  On April 23rd, 2013 Woodhaven residents Monica Varona and Margaret Varona, along with Patrick McNamara, will be part of a group of 25,000 volunteer book givers going out into 6,000 towns and cities across the US to donate books for World Book Night. They will be at the office of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue starting at 5 PM until 7 PM giving out free copies of books.  Click here for more information.

** Greater Woodhaven Development Corp Meeting.  The GWDC will meet Tuesday April 23rd at 7:30 PM in the St. Thomas the Apostle school cafeteria (87-40 88th Street)  NYC Transit Police will discuss security on the J Train.

** April 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting.  At this meeting, Captain Sautner gave an update on the building collapse as well as a pair of horrible attacks, one in Forest Park and another here in Woodhaven.  Click here for a recap of the 102 Precinct meeting.

** NYPD Etching EventWe will be holding an etching event with the 102 Precinct on Saturday, April 27th from 10 AM until 2 PM.  You will be able to come to our office and register electronics, cell phones and bicycles in the Operation ID program; Register your autos in the HEAT and CAT programs; and set up appointments to have your car VIN Etched.   Click here for more information.

** Library Update — The temporary space in the basement of the Woodhaven library is now open for business while the renovations to the first floor proceed.  Click here for pictures.

** WRBA Poll Question of the Week:  Park Safety and the 9 PM Curfew.  Click here for details and to vote.

** Last Week’s Poll Results:  How Do You Feel About Water Rates Being Raised?

No Fair – We Pay Enough Already  100%  (32 votes)
Sounds Fair – NYC Water is Great  0%  (0 votes)
I Don’t Mind an Increase, But a Smaller One  0%  (0 votes)

** The WRBA Parks Committee is having its first meeting on Tuesday April 30th at 7 PM at the WRBA Office 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  We have a few members on this committe but there is room for more — let us know if you’d like to be on the Parks Committee.

** The Joe Virgona Photography Club has its next meeting on Thursday, April 25th at 7 PM at the WRBA Office 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  All are welcome.  This months photo assignments are:  Tree Stumps, Pets and Animals, and Weather.

** NYPD Tip of the Week.  How safe is your home?  Click here to find out, courtesy of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau.

** Justice.  Last week saw the 32nd Anniversary of the dual murders at the Shamrock Bar, here in Woodhaven.  This week saw a capo in the Gambino family found guilty for those murders.  Click here for the story.

** 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.

Until Next Time!

Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Resident Block Association

Phone 718-296-3735

Visit Us On Facebook

Follow Us On Twitter

Park Safety At Night

April 18, 2013

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At the recent 102 Precinct Community Council meeting, Captain Henry Sautner reminded everyone that the Park closes at 9 PM and that if you are in the park after 9 you are trespassing.  He said that is you are in the park after 9 you may be stopped and asked for an explanation.  He said that he would rather have people upset because of being inconvenienced than having to visit them in the hospital.

This month’s poll asks you to weigh in on the Park curfew — please feel free to expound on your position via email to the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org.

Here is this week’s poll:

WRBA Hosts World Book Night Event – Tuesday April 23rd at 5 PM

April 18, 2013
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World Book Night is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the love of reading and community-based literacy outreach. Each year, 30 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out copies of a particular title in their community.
On April 23rd, 2013 Woodhaven residents Monica Varona and Margaret Varona, along with Patrick McNamara, will be part of a group of 25,000 volunteer book givers going out into 6,000 towns and cities across the US to donate books for World Book Night.
They will be at the office of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue starting at 5 PM until 7 PM giving out free copies of the following books:
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City of Thieves by David Benioff – “From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival—and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.”
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – “The Alchemist is a story about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts and, above all, following our dreams.”
Moneyball by Michael Lewis – “Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.”

102 Precinct Communtiy Council Meeting – April 2013

April 18, 2013

The 102nd Precinct Community Council held their monthly meeting on Tuesday April 16th in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library.  At the start of the meeting, Officers Mary Carter and John Sullivan were honored for their good work by 102 Pct Captain Henry “Hank” Sautner — you can hear about them here:

Next, officers from Transit gave the attendees several safety tips on protecting their property while riding the trains.  The number one lesson seemed to be — stay awake!  We heard stories of passengers waking up to find their pockets slashed and their wallets removed.  Small devices such as iPods and cell phones were also noted as very attractive items to snatchers and thieves.

They also advised us to take part in the NYPD’s Operation ID Program in which your small portable electronics will be etched with an ID Number (it is barely visible – but visible to the NYPD).  NOTE:  The WRBA is going to be hosting an Operation ID event on Saturday, April 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  At this event you will also be able to register your vehicles in the Combat Auto Theft (CAT) and Help End Auto Theft (HEAT) programs.  Click here for more information.

Then Captain Sautner gave his report, starting off with a recap of the building collapse and the role the 102 played in securing the scene.  They had had a vehicle at the site since the collapse to protect the public from getting too close.

Then he moved on to the March 29th stun gun attack in the Forest Hills section of Forest Park, which he described as a “horrific assault.”  There was a second assault shortly afterwards, on Woodhaven Boulevard – Captain Sautner credited some excellent detective work by the Special Victims Unit for the capture of the suspect.  They thought he was also the guy who carried out the attack in the park, but it wasn’t him.  So the first attacker is still on the loose, but the 2nd attacker is in custody and will be in for a long time.  Captain Sautner described him as “a really bad guy” who did nearly 20 years for murder (of his aunt, no less) in “a very violent, brutal way.”  He was not a member of our community, he was on parole and in the Captain’s opinion he would have gone on commit a lot of other violent crimes had he not been caught.

Special Victims Unit have gone back 2 years, looking at any and all unsolved crimes of a sexual nature (7 incidents) to see if there were any connections to either of these attacks.  He noted that there has been an increased police presence in the park and said that the 102 has procured a couple of ATVs so that officers can navigate ground more quickly, especially in areas that the cars cannot access.  Temporary Headquarters have also been set up on Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South, which is open 24 hours a day.

He noted that he recently went of a long walking tour of the park, which is over 475 acres.  He remarked on the beauty of the park and the many trails and off-shoots and all the cross country runners that he saw and he said that he wants members of the community to enjoy the park.  However, he cautioned that people should try to stick to the main roads and be careful.  He also noted that all New York City Parks officially close at 9 PM, anyone in the park after that time is trespassing.  Captain Sautner noted that they would be meeting with the Parks Department and trying to procure as many PEP (Park Enforcement patrol) officers as he can.

He urged that people be cautious and that if they see suspicious activity that they say something – call 911, call the precinct (718-805-3200).

With the summer fast approaching he noted plans to implement a 311 auto for the midnight tour that would be dedicated to handling quality of life complaints, such as residential noise.

There was some discussion of robberies occurring within Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park (106th Precinct), targeting people with cultural flags outside their homes.  Captain Sautner said that some criminals equate those flags with wealth, setting them up as targets.  He also cautioned against keeping large sums of money in the house.

And finally, the Captain discussed efforts to stop commercial truck parking along Woodhaven Boulevard (near Myrtle and across from the Co-Ops).  This has been an ongoing problem and it steals valuable parking spots from those who live in the apartment complex.  Captain Sautner revealed plans to tackle that problem and we will speak with our contacts in the Co-Ops and let you know the results of the 102’s actions.

The 102nd Precinct Community Council will meet again on Tuesday, May 20th at 7 PM in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library.

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Home Security Evaluation

April 17, 2013

Home Security Evaluation

Although we can’t reduce a burglar’s desire and ability, we can reduce their opportunities, so we are sometimes forced to think like burglars do in order to accomplish this goal. So with the warm weather right around the corner, take a look around and evaluate your home’s security. Are you providing an easy way in? Are there open vents or crawl spaces, Dog doors, or unsecured Fire escapes? Take the test below to see where you stand.

What is your Security Quotient?

The following test will help you evaluate your “Security Quotient” or the degree to which you have reduced a criminal’s opportunity to gain access to your home. Naturally, we expect a score of 100% and we do hope this questionnaire will serve as a guide for you to make your home and your neighborhood a safer place to live! Put a check mark next to each question you answered yes to and discover your “Security Quotient”.

  • I have trimmed all shrubbery that would conceal entrances to my house, especially basement windows.
  • My house number is clearly marked on my residence and illuminated by my entrance light for quick recognition by emergency personnel.
  • The exterior doors to my home are constructed of solid wood or metal and have strike plates and hinges installed with 3-inch screws.
  • I leave exterior lights ON, front and back, during the hours of darkness, whether I am home or not.
  • I have deadbolt locks or other recommended secure locks on all exterior doors, and I use them!
  •  All windows in my home are locked (not just latched) while I am away, especially basement windows.
  • When I leave my home unoccupied, I leave a radio on and lights on timers. In other words, my home has that lived-in look while I am gone.
  • I keep shed or garage doors securely locked when I’m gone.
  • When I’m away overnight or longer, I alert neighbors to watch my house and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up mail, change lights, mow lawn, etc.
  • Did you leave a ladder outside? Burglars could use it, or climb a nearby tree, to get in an upstairs window or fire escape.

Give yourself 10 points for each point checked

0 – 50: attention is necessary

50 – 70: consider improvements

70 – 90: you’re doing a good job

90 – 100: excellent, way to go!

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 81

April 11, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Parade Watching Party CANCELED
  • Our next Town Hall Meeting 4/20 @ 1 PM
  • NYPD Etching Event 4/27 @ 10 AM
  • Remembering Jimmy Young
  • Making Woodhaven a True Neighborhood
  • WRBA Poll Question of the Week – Water Bills
  • Emanuel Flea Market 4/13 @ 10 AM-3 PM
  • Forest Park Attacker – Update
  • Woodhaven Library Update
  • Woodhaven Church & Faith Committee Meeting 4/18 @ 6:30 PM
  • Parks Committee Meeting 4/30 @ 7 PM
  • Joe Virgona Photography Club 4/25 @ 7 PM
  • Woodhaven Poetry Society 4/16 @ 6:30 PM
  • NYPD Tip of the Week.  Bicycle Safety & Theft Prevention
  • NYPD Citizens’ Police Academy
  • Free Recycling Event 4/28 @ 10 AM-3 PM
  • SAFE Disposal Events nearby

** Parade Watching Party CANCELEDOur Little League Parade Watching Party has been canceled — the parade will not will be passing our office, instead it will be going up 98th Street.  They will then gather for a Season Kickoff Party at the bandshell — we will be there, we will find out the name of this year’s WRBA team and wish them luck.  We will send out the schedule as soon as we have it.  Note:  We raised $173 at our last meeting to sponsor a team — we have collected pledges of $100 since the last Grapevine.  We need $400 — we will be collecting donations at our next Town Hall meeting.

** Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, April 20th at the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Avenue).  Candidate for Queens Borough President Peter Vallone will be joining us.  Mr. Vallone is also our next guest on Radio Free Woodhaven this Friday at 10 PM (click here tomorrow night at 10 to listen LIVE).  Click here to listen to last week’s interview with QBP Candidate Tony Avella.  State Senator Jose Peralta will be on the line with us on April 19; Councilman Leroy Comrie is scheduled for April 26; Barry Grodenchik is slated for May 3; and Melinda Katz will join us on May 10.

** NYPD Etching EventWe will be holding an etching event with the 102 Precinct on Saturday, April 27th from 10 AM until 2 PM.  You will be able to come to our office and register electronics, cell phones and bicycles in the Operation ID program; Register your autos in the HEAT and CAT programs; and set up appointments to have your car VIN Etched.  This Just In!  Click here to hear an Operation ID Success Story!

** Remembering Jimmy Young – March 28 was the 19 years since the death of Firefighter Jimmy Young, a beloved Woodhaven resident.  Click here to read a tribute to Jimmy, written by our Director of Communications, Alex Blenkinsopp.

** And click here to read another column by Alex Blenkinsopp, which makes the case that Woodhaven is a true neighborhood when all of us care about what’s going on everywhere in Woodhaven.

** WRBA Poll Question of the Week:  New York City is proposing to raise the price of water by more than 5.5 percent.  The Bloomberg Administration defends the raise by saying it is the lowest hike in eight years.  Others note that the water rate has increased every single year since Bloomberg has been in office (including four double-digit boosts beginning in 2008).  The average annual water bill for single-family homeowner is expected go from approximately $939 to $991 a year.  Please feel free to email us your thoughts on this matter – it will help us put together a position paper.  ALSO — Please click here to take our 1st WRBA Poll.  We’ll publish the results in next week’s Grapevine.

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

** Forest Park Attacker.  This story has had a few twists and turns – here’s the latest.  The guy who attacked a woman in Forest Park with a stun gun is still at large.  The NYPD has increased their presence in the park (click here).  The man previously arrested for the crime was cleared of that attack – but charged with another attack in broad daylight on Woodhaven Boulevard.  He had previously served 19 years for killing his aunt and was working at the laundromat on the Boulevard

** Woodhaven Library Update – The basement of the Woohaven Library is now OPEN — this temporary space will serve us until the renovations upstairs are complete.  Great work by the staff at the Library to get this space up and running for us.

** The Woodhaven Church & Faith Committee is having its first meeting on Thursday April 18th at 6:30 pm at Emanuel Church (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).

** The WRBA Parks Committee is having its first meeting on Tuesday April 30th at 7 PM at the WRBA Office 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  We have a few members on this committe but there is room for more — let us know if you’d like to be on the Parks Committee.

** The Joe Virgona Photography Club has its next meeting on Thursday, April 25th at 7 PM at the WRBA Office 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  All are welcome.  This months photo assignments are:  Tree Stumps, Pets and Animals, and Weather.

**  Join the Woodhaven Poetry Society – an organization that “promotes the study, use, and enjoyment of poetry.” The Poetry Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association:  84-20 Jamaica Avenue from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.  The next meeting will be Tuesday April 16th.

** NYPD Tip of the Week.  Here are some tips from the NYPD on Bicycle Safety and Theft Prevention – click here.

** NYPD Citizens Police Academy – The WRBA is sponsoring 5 residents of Woodhaven in the Spring semester of the NYPDA Citizens’ Police Academy.  They’re already in Week 6 of a 14-week course and we look forward to bringing you pictures of them receiving their diplomas from Commissioner Kelly!  Click here for more information about the Citizens’ Police Academy and drop us a line if you are interested in attending this Fall.  The course is absolutely FREE.

** 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 informatio

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