Archive for May, 2013

5 Tips To Prevent Home Burglary

May 27, 2013

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According to the FBI, there were on average more than 4,000 burglaries a day throughout the country. To keep your home off the books, help protect it with these five simple tips:

1. Keep your front entrance clear. The FBI reports that more than a third of burglars enter through the front door. How can you discourage them? Keep your entrance free of shrubbery or furnishings so your neighbors can clearly see everything that’s going on. And make sure the entrance is brightly lit at night.

2. Install screen doors at the front and back. It may look decorative, but a solid locking screen door can dissuade criminals, who want to get in and out as quickly as possible. Your main door should be solidly built and reinforced, with a deadbolt that makes it harder for crooks to get in.

3. Secure your windows. Make sure your windows are double-pane glass, which is not only harder to break into but can also make your home’s heating and cooling more efficient. You can protect your windows by putting plants or furniture underneath them inside your house. No burglar wants to climb onto a cactus.

4. Keep your lights on a timer. Automatic timers that switch your house lights on and off create the illusion that someone’s home even when you’re away. For the backyard, try a motion-sensor light.

5. Don’t advertise your vacation. Save the social-media updates about your Caribbean cruise until after you’ve returned. Letting the world know you’re about to leave your home unattended is an invitation to strangers who may be listening in. Before you set off, ask a neighbor to collect your mail and clear away fallen leaves, which, to observant criminals, is a sign that nobody’s home.
For further safety tips, please visit www.NYPDCommunityAffairs.org or by calling the Community Affairs Bureau at 646-6105323.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 87

May 23, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Operation ID: Woodhaven Friday 5/24, 5 PM to 8 PM – TOMORROW
  • Roger Hennin
  • Bringing More Trees to Woodhaven – Online Request Form
  • Town Hall Recap
  • Graffiti Cleanup – Update
  • Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade (Volunteers Needed)
  • Lost Pets – 1 Cat, 1 Dog
  • Woodhaven Historical Society – Antique Road Show
  • Forest Park Carousel Kicks off the Summer
  • Woodhaven in the Wall Street Journal
  • STA Student Artists Hold an Exhibit
  • WRBA Poll Question of the Week – How Do You Like Muni-Meters?
  • GWDC Spring Dance
  • MYAP Inc. Student Art Showcase – Pictures and Video
  • Woodhaven Artist Wins Honors
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Click Here Friday At 10 PM
  • NYPD Tip of the Week.  Identity Theft prevention
  • 102 Pct. Community Council Recap
  • Police Horses to Be Stabled in Forest Park?
  • Woodhaven Church Converts to Day Care Center
  • Flea Market at Forest Park Coops
  • Great Woodhaven Yard Sale
  • Grocery Auction at Emanuel on June 7th
  • Our Newest Member

** OPERATION ID: WOODHAVEN.  The 102 Precinct will be at our office TOMORROW, from 5 PM to 8 PM to register your portable valuables, such as laptops, cell phones, cameras, etc.  Don’t find yourself wishing you had taken a few moments to participate.  You can also sign up for anti-car theft programs, VIN Etching, etc.  Bring in your bicycle for registration.  Click here for more information.

** Many thanks to all who came out in tribute to our beloved Roger Hennin.  The Forum ran a nice tribute, click here to read it.

** The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is leading an effort to bring more trees to Woodhaven.  If you give us a location where you think a tree should be planted, we will enter the request for you — and we will track it for you. We will also compile a list that we can go to the city with and ask that we get the attention needed to get this done.  Click here to request a tree.

** Many thanks to all who came out to last week’s Town Hall meeting.  Click here and here for news coverage of our Town Hall meeting.

** Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to take part in our effort to rid Woodhaven of graffiti.  Click here to read an article by Alexander Blenkinsopp about our cleanup efforts.  We have our maps ready — we are just waiting to get a supply of paint.  As soon as we have that in hand, we will announce dates.

** Memorial DayThe Memorial Day Service at the American Legion Post in front of the Garden of Remembrance will be held on Monday, May 27, 2013, at 10:30 AM.  Click here for more information on The Garden of Remembrance.  Also, he Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society has secured a spot to march in this year’s Memorial Day Parade in Forest Hills.  Last year, we had ONE marcher representing Woodhaven — we are hoping we can do better this year, but so far our calls for marchers have not resulted in any volunteers.  The parade starts at 12 Noon on Sunday, May 26 starting at Metropolitan and Ascan Avenues and finishing at Remsen Memorial Park at Trotting Course Lane (near Woodhaven Boulevard).  If you are interested in joining up and making for a nice group representing Woodhaven, please drop us a line (info@woodhaven-nyc.org) or leave us a message at 718-805-2002.

** We have 1 Found Cat, and 1 Found Dog.  If you know anyone missing a pet, send these links to them.  If you should lose or find a pet, keep us in mind — we will do what we can to spread the word!

** On Wednesday May 29th at 1 PM the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will host veteran appraiser Eddie Costello (Antique Road Show) who will give a brief talk about his experiences in the appraisal field.  His time with us will be limited but all paid members of the WCHS will be guaranteed one free appraisal of an item that they bring.  After all paid members have gotten their appraisals everyone’s names will be collected in a hat (members and non-members) and we will choose persons to get appraisals until time runs out.  Here is a flashback to Eddie Costello’s last visit, in 2009.

** The Forest Park Carousel kicks off the summer on Saturday with magic shows, dance contests, prizes, and music with DJ all day.  Click here for more information.

** Woodhaven in the Wall Street Journal — Our community was featured in the Wall Street Journal — it’s a real nice write-up!  We’ve saved a copy here for anyone who would like to read it.

** STA Student-Artists Hold an Exhibit – The students of St. Thomas the Apostle recently help an art exhibit — click here to see their work.

** WRBA Poll Question of the Week: —  Muni-Meters — are they better than the old meters?  Your opinion?  Click here to register your vote!

** Last Week’s Poll Results:  We have had a number of fatalities on our roads — and we’d love to get cars to slow down.  But how can we do that?

  • Install Speed Cameras  35.29%  (6 votes)
  • Checkpoints  29.41%  (5 votes)
And we had a number of other suggestions that got 1 vote each:
  • Longer Lights
  • Stop and frisk speeders
  • More traffic police presence
  • Cameras maily with check points as well
  • Install speed bumps
  • Pedestrian timer lights

** GWDC Spring Dance – On Friday June 7, GWDC will hold their annual Dinner Dance at the Woodhaven Manor Caterers (formerly Cordon Bleu), newly renovated and under new management at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue.  The tickets for this great party with music are priced at only $65 for a wonderful evening of enjoyment with good food, good music and good company. Please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations and ticket purchases.   Click here for more information.

** MYAP Inc. Student Arts Showcase.  The children enrolled in MYAP Inc. showcased their talents last week and they were fantastic – click here for pictures and video.

** Woodhaven Artist Wins Honors – Woodhaven Artist Jose Moya (who was featured in the WRBA Art Show) has won an honor at an exhibit in NYC — and his painting is of Jamaica Avenue!  Click here for more information.

** Radio Free Woodhaven.  We’re on the air LIVE each Friday Night at 10 PM – News and History.  Click here at 10 PM Friday.

 

** NYPD Tip of the Week Identity Theft: Electronic Pickpocketing.  E-Theft is on the rise.  learn how to protect yourself.  Click here for more information.

** 102nd Precinct Community Council Click here for a report on this month’s 102 meeting.

** There is a push to install permanent stables for police horses in Forest Park, increasing mounted presence in our park.  Click here for more information.

** Christ Congregational Church on 91st Street is going to be converted into a Day Care Center (click here for more info).  BonusHere is an old postcard showing Christ Congregational.

** There will be a Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market @ Forest Park Cooperative on Sunday 6/2 (Rain date is 6/9) — 83-30 98th Street in Gotham Building Sitting Area from 10AM until 2PM.  (Housewares, knick-knacks, office supplies, toys, clothing, books, CDs/DVDs, crafts, jewelry, etc. for sale)

** We are putting together a committee to organize the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale.  We will announce the first meeting in our next Grapevine.  If interested in being part of this fun committee, please let us know!

** There will be a Grocery Auction at Emanuel United Church of Christ on Friday, June 7th at 7:30. PM in the Upstairs Hall.  For $8.00 you get cake, coffee and 50 chances to win groceries of your choice.  This is always a great, fun night out!

** And we wrap up with some wonderful news — about our newest member!  Joya Ann Kuszai, born at 3:19am on Monday, May 20, 2013 – she weighs in at 7lbs, 5oz.  Her father, Joel, is a regular at our meetings, along with his sidekick Oskar — and Joya’s Mommy is Kendra of our Woodhaven Library, and she is doing well and resting!  Congratulations!  We are very happy for you all.

Whew!  There’s always lots going on in Woodhaven!!  Until Next Time!

Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Resident Block Association

Phone 718-296-3735

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Woodhaven Artist Wins Honors at Exhibit

May 23, 2013

Woodhaven artist Jose Moya won top honors for a painting at the prestigious Salgamundi Art Club of NY.  The painting, “Light in August”, is a painting of Jamaica Avenue that was exhibited at the WRBA’s Art Show a while back.  It is currently exhibited at the Salmagundi lower gallery at #47 Fifth Avenue (between 11&12 Streets).  The exhibit will remain until June 14,2013.  Mr. Moya reports that it is a beautiful show with over 60 professional works and it is free!

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Congratulations Jose!

NYPD Crime Tip: Identity Theft – Electronic Pick Pocketing

May 23, 2013

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Many of us today carry little cash and rely upon the convenience of  a debit or credit card. The credit card industry is always improving on this technology to make usage as easy as possible. The “smart card” is an example of this. “Smart cards,” known in the trade as “RFID” or Radio Frequency Identification cards, are embedded with a small chip which emits a radio frequency. When making a purchase the user does not have to swipe the card or enter a “PIN” they only need to hold the card in proximity of the cashier’s card reader.

 

Not to be left behind, the Identity Thief has also improved on their technology and has the ability to “Electronically” pick pocket the “RFID” signal and duplicate your card. So please take a few moments to check your cards and verify if they are equipped with “RFID”. Smart cards may be branded as “PayPass, blink, expresspay, and will have a symbol such as this  somewhere on the card.

 

Analysts state, card skimming devices generally work when a victim only carries a single smart card.  When carrying multiple “smart cards,” the transmission creates a jumbled, unintelligible data stream.

 

If you are carrying a card equipped with “RFID” consider purchasing a protective sleeve to store your card, these sleeves reduce the ability of an identity thief to read the “RFID” signal. A simple internet search for “RFID protection” will provide you with multiple options for protecting yourself.

Woodhaven Poll: Muni-Meters

May 23, 2013

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Well, we’ve had a few months to get used to the Muni-Meters — now, let’s hear what you have to say about them.  Are they easier than the meters?  Cleaner?  Or are they a pain in the tush?

Adding New Trees to Woodhaven – WRBA Request Form

May 23, 2013

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is leading an effort to bring more trees to Woodhaven.  If you give us a location where you think a tree should be planted, we will enter the request for you — and we will track it for you. We will also compile a list that we can go to the city with and ask that we get the attention needed to get this done.

You can request a tree for any location — it does not have to be in front of your own house.

ALL REQUESTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL.

Use this handy form to request one or more trees planted in Woodhaven.

If you have already submitted a tree request via 311, and would like us to track it for you, please email us the 311 number.  If we are not aware of a request, we cannot track it for you.

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Operation ID: Woodhaven – Friday May 24th, 5PM to 8PM

May 22, 2013

The 102nd Precinct is working with the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association to help protect your valuables through Operation ID: Woodhaven – FRIDAY May 24th from 5 PM to 8 PM.   NOTE:  The 102 will also be registering bicycles — warm weather is here and that means bike thefts are up — do the smart thing and register your bike.  We’ll be at our office Friday, 5 to 8 PM, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.

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Operation Identification is offered FREE OF CHARGE by the New York City Police Department. The program involves registering your portable valuables such as computers, fax machines, copiers, etc. with the Police Department.  Registration for each item takes less than a minute.  There are a few great reasons to do this —

  • Stolen property in the possession of a thief is easily traceable to its rightful owner.
  • Found property can easily be identified and returned to the rightful owner.

Bonus: Besides registering electronics, cell phones and bicycles in the Operation ID program you will be able to register your autos in the HEAT and CAT programs; and set up appointments to have your car VIN Etched.

catWhen you register for these programs you will get a decal which will be affixed to your vehicle’s rear window.  The Combat Auto Theft (CAT) yellow sticker means that the car is generally not used between 1AM and 5AM — if the NYPD sees a car with that sticker on the road between those hours, the NYPD can stop that vehicle.

There is a CAT Program for Commuters — same idea except the yellow sticker has a black border — and this means the car is generally parked between 10AM and 4PM.

Majority of persons arrested for auto theft are typically under 25 years of age.  To register in the Help End Auto Theft (HEAT) program you must be over 40 years old.  You will sign a waiver that no persons under 25 years old will be driving your vehicle and you will get a bright RED sticker.  By registering with this program you give the policve the right to stop the auto anytime a person apparently under the age of 25 is operating it.

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VIN Etching

You will also be able to make an appointment to get your vehicle etched — it’s a fast and easy process — and the 102 will make an appointment to come to your house to do it.

  • The auto’s vehicle identification number is etched onto all of the vehicles glass.
  • Serves to deter theft and trace the stolen parts.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message.

 

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 86

May 17, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our next Town Hall Meeting 5/18 @ 1 PM – ST. LUKE’S
  • Roger Hennin
  • Pedestrian Killed on Atlantic Avenue
  • WRBA Poll Question of the Week – How Can We Stop Speeding?
  • Help Keep Woodhaven Clean
  • Memorial Day Ceremonies
  • GWDC Spring Dance
  • Student Arts Showcase – 5/17 @ 4 PM 
  • St. Luke’s Nursery School Open House
  • St. Thomas Video History Project
  • Volunteers Needed for Memorial Day March
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Queens Boro President Race
  • NYPD Tip of the Week.  Law Enforcement Exploring Program for Youth
  • Woodhaven Historical Society – Antique Road Show

** Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for TOMORROW 1 PM on Saturday, May 18thPlease Take Note of the LocationSt. Luke’s Church (87-34 85th St)

** It is with deep regret that we inform you that one of our board members, Roger Hennin, passed away on Wednesday.  He was a good family man, of deep faith, and he served the community of Woodhaven with distinction for many years.  Our prayers are with his wife, Josephine, and his family.  He will be waked at Walsh & LaBella (87-13 87th Street) on Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  The funeral mass will be Monday, 9:45 a.m., at St. Thomas the Apostle.

** A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car at 87th Street and Atlantic Avenue last night (Thursday).  An arrest was made – click here for pictures.  The victim was a 73-year old man named Rafael Diaz.  Click here for the story.  Details are still coming in.  We have communicated with one relative and passed along our condolences as well as letting them know that we are available to help, if needed.

** WRBA Poll Question of the Week: — We have had a number of fatalities on our roads — and we’d love to get cars to slow down.  But how can we do that?  Your opinion?  Click here to register your vote!

** Last Week’s Poll Results:  Voting Rights – should voting rights be granted to taxpaying non-citizens? (View here)

  • No, only citizens should have the right to vote.  81.48%  (22 votes) 
  • If they pay taxes, yes, they should vote.  14.81%  (4 votes) 
  • All residents should have a right to vote  3.7%  (1 votes)

** Help Keep Woodhaven Clean!  Time for Spring Cleaning to begin! We’re looking for residents to commit a little bit of time this year to keep Woodhaven Clean — come on out on a 2-hour cleanup tour with us — if each one of us takes just a little bit of the load, we’ll accomplish a lot — click here for details and online signup for!  Or just email us and tell us you want to paint!  A great way to make friends with local residents while doing a good deed!  UPDATE:  We have a few volunteers already and a schedule will be announced very soon.

** Memorial Day CeremoniesThere will be a Memorial Day Ceremony on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 PM at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue, sponsored by the GWDC.  The Memorial Day Service at the American Legion Post in front of the Garden of Remembrance will be held on May 27, 2013, at 10:30 AM.

** GWDC Spring Dance – On Friday June 7, GWDC will hold their annual Dinner Dance at the Woodhaven Manor Caterers (formerly Cordon Bleu), newly renovated and under new management at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue.  The tickets for this great party with music are priced at only $65 for a wonderful evening of enjoyment with good food, good music and good company. Please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations and ticket purchases.  

** Student Arts Showcase.  The children enrolled in MYAP Inc. will be showcasing their talents – singing, dancing, drama — and much more!  This showcase will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at PS 97. It is a free program, open to everyone. If you plan to attend, be sure to bring photo identification, as you need that in order to enter any city school.  Click here for more info, and click here for an interview with the programs director, Deneille Loprete.

** St. Luke’s Nursery School and Pre-K Open House –  Speaking of St. Luke’s, their Nursery School and Pre-K Program located at 87-34 85th St. Woodhaven, will host an OPEN HOUSE the week of May 20th through May  24th, 2013, between the hours of 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.  Come visit the school to register for September 2013.  St. Luke’s offers 3-year old nursery school classes; 4-year old FREE Universal Pre-K classes; and the Mommy and Me group. 

** St. Thomas Video History Project – The 7th and 8th Graders of STA are creating a video about the history of Woodhaven and it will premiere at the Conemart Theater on Monday June 10th.  Click here for more information.  It was also covered in this week’s Chronicle (click here).

** The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society has secured a spot to march in this year’s Memorial Day Parade in Forest Hills.  Last year, we had one marcher representing Woodhaven — we are hoping we can do better this year.  The parade starts at 12 Noon on Sunday, May 26 starting at Metropolitan and Ascan Avenues and finishing at Remsen Memorial Park at Trotting Course Lane (near Woodhaven Boulevard).  If you are interested in joining up and making for a nice group representing Woodhaven, please drop us a line (info@woodhaven-nyc.org) or leave us a message at 718-805-2002.

** 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.  Our guest tonight will be Jose Peralta.  Click here TONIGHT at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE

 

** NYPD Tip of the Week.  Shred Fest is a free annual Citywide event to help New Yorkers prevent identity theft. There are 10 locations city-wide — The first five people to arrive SUNDAY MORNING AT 10 AM with their personal papers at each Shred Fest location will receive a free paper shredder, donated by Staples.  Click here for more information, courtesy of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau.

** On Wednesday May 29th at 1 PM the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will host veteran appraiser Eddie Costello (Antique Road Show) who will give a brief talk about his experiences in the appraisal field.  His time with us will be limited but all paid members of the WCHS will be guaranteed one free appraisal of an item that they bring.  After all paid members have gotten their appraisals everyone’s names will be collected in a hat (members and non-members) and we will choose persons to get appraisals until time runs out. 

Until Next Time!

Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Resident Block Association

Phone 718-296-3735

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NYPD Presents Shred Fest

May 17, 2013

Shred Fest

May 19, 2013 – 10AM – 4PM

Shred Fest is a free annual Citywide event to help New Yorkers prevent identity theft. At Shred Fest you can:

  • Shred papers containing your personal information safely using shredding trucks at one of 10 locations throughout the City.
  •  Get free identity theft prevention tips.

Locations:

  

The first five people* to arrive with their personal papers at each Shred Fest location will receive a free paper shredder, donated by Staples.

What should you bring to shred?

  • Bank statements that are at least one year old and do not contain tax-related information
  • Pay stubs (only after you receive your Form W-2)
  • Credit card applications
  • Any documents that contain any of the following personal information: your Social Security number, account numbers, password/PIN information, birth date, private contact information, and signature

Note:

Shredding trucks cannot shred the following items: books; old toys; electronics; wet paper; any item that is not paper. Please do not bring these items to Shred Fest.

For more information, a downloadable version of the event flyer, in both English and Spanish, is available here.

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Contact:
NYPD Community Affairs Bureau
1 Police Plaza, New York NY 10038 | 646.610.5323
Email: communityaffairs@nypd.org
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Woodhaven Residents’ Poll: How To Stop Speeding

May 17, 2013

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There have been a number of fatal accidents now in our community — and Woodhaven Boulevard was recently designated as the most dangerous road in Queens.  Much of the problem is caused by speeding cars — so this week’s question is — how do we get cars to slow down?  Choose one of the options — or enter your own answer!