Archive for November, 2013

Civilian Patrol to Be Discussed at Woodhaven Town Hall Thursday @ 7:30

November 19, 2013

Woodhaven’s Monthly Town Hall meeting will take place THIS WEEK:

Thursday, November 21st at 7:30 PM

Emanuel United Church of Christ

Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue

(Enter through 91st Avenue Entrance)

Guest speakers include representatives from the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol

Since we have been discussion the potential for starting up (or re-starting) a Woodhaven civilian patrol, it will be interesting to hear details of how GCOP works.  They have been operating successfully and continuously since 1976 — we could learn a lot from them.

We could certainly use a civilian patrol in Woodhaven — but many of us don’t know all that is involved.  Thursday would be a great opportunity to ask questions and get some answers from a group that’s been doing it for decades.


If you have any questions, please email us at or call us at 718-296-3735 and leave a message.  Hope to see you Thursday Night.

Woodhaven Donating Toys for Hospitalized Children

November 8, 2013


This year, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is going to participate in the East Coast Car Association’s Toys for Tots collection drive. The toys will be given to the children of St. Mary’s Healthcare in Bayside, which provides long-term care to children with serious medical conditions.

We are asking residents to donate one unwrapped children’s gift. No stuffed animals please, and educational gifts are preferred. Members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be at the office at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue collecting toys on:

  • Saturday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you cannot drop off a gift during those hours, you can contact us by phone at (718) 296-3735 or by email at You can also drop off any gifts with Charlie in Spirare Cleaning directly next door to our office.

These toys will be taken directly to St. Mary’s in Bayside as part of the East Coast Car Association’s Annual Toy Run on Sunday, November 17. This is a great event to come out and watch. The classic cars will begin assembling in the Forest Park Bandshell parking lot at 9 a.m. The run to Bayside begins around noon.  If you have never been to a toy run, it is a real treat!  Here is a toy run from a previous year — watching all of these cars go past is amazing —

The East Coast Car Association raises money all year for the children of St. Mary’s, which they present at the end of the toy run. Last year, they raised over $9,000. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is proud to participate in this year’s toy run, and we hope that our residents will consider donating a toy to the children of St. Mary’s.

Daylight Saving Time Ends, Check Smoke, CO Alarm Batteries

November 8, 2013

Each year 3000 people die in residential fires across the country. In nearly 90% of the cases the residences either did not have a smoke detector installed or the smoke detector was not working properly.


Why should I have a working smoke alarm?A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.


According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

Are smoke alarms expensive?

Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save. Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20. Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.


Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms and co detectors at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.