Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 82


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

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