Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 85


In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our next Town Hall Meeting 5/18 @ 1 PM – ST. LUKE’S
  • Help Keep Woodhaven Clean
  • Student Arts Showcase – 5/17 @ 4 PM
  • Queens Tabernacle Food Distribution
  • St. Luke’s Nursery School Open House
  • Sanitation Follow-Up – We’re still fighting!
  • Volunteers Needed for Memorial Day March
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Queens Boro President Race
  • WRBA Poll Question of the Week – Voting Rights for Non-Citizens
  • NYPD Tip of the Week.  Law Enforcement Exploring Program for Youth
  • Woodhaven Historical Society – Antique Road Show
  • Progress at the London Planetree Skate Park

** 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.

** 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!

** 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.

** Queens Tabernacle has some extra food they’re looking to give away.  If anyone — especially organizations that feed large numbers of people — would like to receive a significant amount of food, please e-mail us.

** 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.

** We’re still battling the Department of Sanitationclick here to read an article from Alexander Blenkinsopp about why this is an important battle.  Are you having your own issues with DSNY?  Contact us and let us know!

** 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 this Friday will be Melinda Katz.  Click here Friday night at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE.  If you miss hearing the show LIVE you can always click on the same link later on to listen.  So far we have interviewed 3 of the 6 candidates — Tony Avella, Peter Vallone and Barry Grodenchik.  After Melinda, we have Jose Peralta scheduled for 5/17.  We tried to schedule Leroy Comrie but were not able to make it work.

** WRBA Poll Question of the Week: — The City Council is going to decide whether non-citizens should have the right to vote.  In order to vote, they would need to be taxpayers and have lived here for at least 6 months.  Your opinion?  Click here to register your vote!

** Last Week’s Poll Results:  Gun Control — looks like a pretty even split between those that feel no changes should be made and those that feel that either major or minor changes should be made.

  • Leave the laws as is  50%  (8 votes)
  • Major changes are needed  43.75%  (7 votes)
  • Some minor additional controls are needed  6.25%  (1 votes)
  • All guns should be banned  0%  (0 votes)
** NYPD Tip of the Week.  Law Enforcement Exploring is a community service, career-oriented program designed to educate young men and women, ages 14-20, about Law Enforcement. The positive interaction of Explorers and Law Enforcement Officers help young adults see officers as real people, and affords opportunities to build positive relationships between the New York City Police Department and the communities of our city.  Do you know any young people who might benefit from this program?  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.

** Have you passed by the London Planetree Park lately?  The skate park (between 88th and 89th Streets) is nearing completion — and it also contains a walking path around the park.  Click here for video and pictures.

Until Next Time!

Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Resident Block Association

Phone 718-296-3735

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