Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 81


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

Until Next Time!

Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Resident Block Association

Phone 718-296-3735

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