Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 84



In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our next Town Hall Meeting 5/18@ 1 PM – ST. LUKE’S
  • St. Luke’s Nursery School Open House
  • World Organ Day – Free Concert Monday, May 6th @ 7:30 PM
  • Volunteers Needed for Memorial Day March
  • Operation ID: Woodhaven
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Queens Boro President Race
  • Fed Up With Fines!
  • WRBA Poll Question of the Week – Gun Control
  • Noisy Neighbors on 85th Street
  • Woodhaven Joe Virgona Photography Club – A New Picture Every Day
  • NYPD Tip of the Week.  The Danger of Prescription Drugs
  • Woodhaven Historical Society – Antique Road Show

** 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.

** 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.

** 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.  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.  Click here to hear an interview with the man performing the concert, Charles LoCasto.  And click here for some background on how this developed.

** 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.

** Operation ID: Woodhaven — Many thanks to the 102nd Precinct for their help in holding a successful property registration event.  We registered over 3 dozen items, signed up a few automobiles in anti-theft programs and signed up a few autos for VIN etching.  We will hold another such event on a weeknight in the very near future.

** 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 this Friday will be Barry Grodenchik.  Click here Friday night at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE.  We’ll also be speaking with Denielle LoPrete, who is running an after-school program for kids right here in Woodhaven.

** Fed Up With Fines!  Woodhaven civic leaders and elected officials are urging the city Department of Sanitation to change its policy on trash removal after property and business owners said they have been unfairly slapped with tickets that are more about lining the city’s coffers than protecting residents.  Click here for more info.  You have your own horror stories?  Let us know!

** WRBA Poll Question of the Week: — Last week’s poll topic was very local, so this week we take up a topic that has been discussed nationally.  What’s your position on the recent Gun Control debate?  Click here to vote!

** Last Week’s Poll Results:  Landmarking in Woodhaven.  St. Matt’s, The Carousel, or The Clocktower?  The results were very close… speaking of the potential landmarking of St. Matt’s, check out our Alexander Blenkinsopp’s article in the Times-Newsweekly in favor of it.

  • Clocktower  36%  (9 votes)
  • St. Matthew’s  32%  (8 votes)
  • Forest Park Carousel  32%  (8 votes)

** Noisy Neighbors on 85th Street — Residents speak out against late-night construction noise at PS 97.  Click here for more info.  We’re happy to see necessary work being done to our local schools, but we agree that it needs to be kept to a tolerable level late at night.

** The Woodhaven Joe Virgona Photography Club has had 2 successful meetings and the fruit of their labor is now available for you to see — the Woodhaven Picture A Day Blog will bring one new, fresh picture of Woodhaven (or taken in or around Woodhaven) — every, single day.  Check in regularly (you can find the link at the left-hand side of Project Woodhaven).

** NYPD Tip of the Week.  Prescription drugs are the 2nd most commonly used substance among high school students in NYC after marijuana.  Click here to learn more, 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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