Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 90

In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our next Town Hall
  • Forest Park Carousel landmarking
  • Premiere of documentary on Woodhaven’s history
  • Citizens’ Police Academy
  • 102nd Precinct Gets More Officers
  • New Skatepark on Atlantic Avenue
  • Flag Day at St. Thomas
  • Our Annual Fundraiser
  • Queens Borough President Interviews and Appearances
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Guest Tonight
  • Woodhaven Library Summer Programs
  • Call for a Crackdown on Out-of-State Cars
  • Free Basketball Camp in Forest Park
  • NYPD Tip – The Dangers of Drinking and Driving
  • Grace Baptist Church Bible School
  • Bylaws Amendment
** Our next Town Hall will be on Saturday, July 20, 1 p.m., at a location to be announced.  Save the date and time on your calendar!
** Forest Park Carousel landmarking:  We were thrilled that the Forest Park Carousel this week was named a New York City landmark!  Click here for our press release praising this decision.  Before it was decided, the WRBA submitted testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging them to give the carousel this much-deserved recognition.  Click here to read our testimony.
** Premiere of documentary on Woodhaven’s history:  A group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from Saint Thomas the Apostle School produced a documentary entitled “Woodhaven: Diverse Backgrounds United in One History,” in cooperation with the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.  The documentary’s premiere was met with praise, and also received a lot of attention.  Click here for photos, video, and other information about this terrific project and its well-attended premiere.
** Citizens’ Police Academy:  Five WRBA members graduated from the Citizens’ Police Academy, an in-depth 14-week program that provides extensive training and education about the NYPD’s work.  The graduated received their diplomas from Commissioner Ray Kelly.  Click here to find out about it, and click here for even more photos and info.  The Citizens’ Police Academy is held twice a year; e-mail us if you’re interested in participating in the future.
** 102nd Pct. Gets More Officers:  It was reported that the 102nd Precinct will receive 10 more officers, which is a very welcome boost.  The precinct has also created a new Forest Park detail.  Click here to read coverage of this issue, which we hope and expect will help make Woodhaven safer.
** New Skatepark on Atlantic Avenue:  The London Planetree Park (a.k.a. 88th Street Park) has undergone major renovations to transform it into a top-notch place for skaters and others to have fun and practice their moves.  The park had its ribbon-cutting ceremony last Sunday.  Click here to learn more and to see the beautiful new park.
** Flag Day at St. Thomas:  Two weeks ago, St. Thomas the Apostle School held a terrific Flag Day ceremony.  Each of the students and guests received an American flag, courtesy of American Legion Post 118.  Click here for photos and video of the ceremony.  On a related note, the WRBA will soon host a receptacle where you can discard your old flags.  Flags should never be thrown out and there is a proper protocol for disposing of them. The receptacle, a retired mailbox, will be placed in front of the WRBA Office at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue and will be painted with bright red, white, and blue paint.
** Our Annual Fundraiser will be held on the evening of Friday, September 20, at Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant.  There’s still a lot of time before then, but save the date now!  More information soon.
** Queens Borough President Interviews and Appearances:  Many of the candidates for Queens Borough President have either spoken with us or attended our Town Halls.  Click here to see the candidates make their case to Woodhaven.
** Radio Free Woodhaven will air tonight.  The guest will be Lisa Colangelo from the NY Daily News.  She will discuss the history and eventual landmarking of the Forest Park Carousel, as well as the Queens Borough President Race.  Listen in by clicking here tonight at 10 p.m.
** Woodhaven Library Summer Programs:  The Woodhaven Library has a lot going on this summer.  Click here to learn about the events and programs the library is hosting in July and August.
** Call for a Crackdown on Out-of-State Cars:  Alex Blenkinsopp, our Director of Communications, wrote a column (click here to read it) explaining why authorities should crack down on out-of-state vehicles.  This is an issue the WRBA has tried to do something about in the past 
** Queens Tabernacle will be sponsoring a free basketball camp in Forest Park.  It will be held for several days starting Monday, July 22.  Click here for more information.
** NYPD Tip – The Dangers of Drinking and Driving:  It is even more dangerous than you might have thought.  Click here to read some sobering information and tips from the NYPD.
** Grace Baptist Church will be holding a five-day Bible School Vacation from July 22nd through the 26th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, for all kids, K through 6th Grade.  Bible stories, games, crafts, songs and snacks.  Grace Baptist Church is inside Emanuel United (enter through 92nd Avenue entrance).  Call 646-208-1651 or visit www.gbcny.org for more information.
** Bylaws Amendment:  The WRBA is looking to update and revise its bylaws.  To facilitate this, it is proposing a change to the amendment process.  This amendment will be voted on at the next two Town Halls.  To learn more, click here.
Until next time!
Your friends and neighbors at the
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association


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