Archive for February, 2014

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 104

February 6, 2014

In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Next Woodhaven Town Hall Meeting – 2/22 @ 1 PM
  • Do You Know this Woman?
  • Woodhaven Blvd. Named NYC’s 2nd Deadliest
  • Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Visits St. Thomas the Apostle
  • 102 Pct. Announces Woodhaven Drug Bust
  • Queens: Then & Now – FREE Slideshow Monday Feb. 24th at 7 PM
  • Valentines for Vets – Deadline, February 12th
  • WRBA Bylaws
  • Radio Free Woodhaven – Friday @ 10 PM
  • Wienermobile Sightings in Woodhaven
  • Parks Job Opening
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • Valentines at Neir’s Tavern
  • Lewis of Woodhaven – 10 Years Later
  • CB9 Meeting – 02/11
  • 102 Precinct CC Meeting – 02/18
** Our February Meeting – Mark it on your calendars!  The WRBA will hold its next meeting on Saturday, February 22nd, at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Katha Cato, of the Queens World Film Festival, will be giving a short presentation on their upcoming event in March (click here for details).  Also, each year the WRBA sponsors a baseball team for WORKS Little League – click here to see our 2013 team, The Royals! – we will be accepting donations at this meeting so that we can sponsor a team in 2014.  We hope to see you there!

** Do You Know This Woman? – The NYPD has found a woman who may have dementia or Alzheimer’s – she says she is from Woodhaven and that her name is Giselle Sajous – click here to see her – please share wherever you can so we can reunite her with her family!
** Woodhaven Boulevard Named NYC’s 2nd Most Deadliest Street – Woodhaven Boulevard came just behind Broadway as New York’s most dangerous street, netting 8 deaths in the last 3 years.  Click here for more details.
** Velázquez Visits St. Thomas – Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez paid a visit to St. Thomas the Apostle School last week to present them with a special gift – an American flag which has flown over the U.S. Capitol. While she was there, she delivered an inspirational speech to the young students in attendance. Click here to read about it – more pictures and video coming soon.
** 102nd Pct. Announces Drug Bust – The 102nd Precinct has announced a drug bust in Woodhaven  (click here for details).  Remember, for drug related issues call the Mayor’s Drug Hotline at 1-888-374-DRUG (3784).  And if you have any information about crimes, call 1-800-577-TIPS.
** Queens: Then & Now – Do you like old pictures of Queens? The Woodhaven Historical Society is holding an evening meeting, Monday, February 24th at 7 PM at Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th St.)  The presentation, which is free to members of the public, consists of slides from the earliest days of Queens’ development, paired with photos from the exact same location today. Click here for more information.
** Valentines for Vets – Mike Miller is collecting cards, candy (sugar free snacks a plus), toiletries and new clothing items for the men and women veterans hospitalized at St. Albans VA Hospital and the NYS Veterans Nursing Home. You can drop off donations at Mike’s Office (83- 91 Woodhaven Blvd.) until Tuesday, February 12th.  Click here for more info.
** WRBA Bylaws – The WRBA has adopted a new set of bylaws which you can review by clicking here.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Sister Catherine Feeney, Executive Director of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center, will be our guest of Friday Night’s Radio Free Woodhaven.  Click here to listen to the show – you can either listen to it live at 10 PM Friday night, or any time afterwards on demand.  SSNDEC is holding their annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Roma View on Crossbay Boulevard on Wednesday, February 26th from 6 to 10 PM. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, an open bar and more. For reservations contact the Sisters at or call 718-738-0588 (click here for more info).

** Wienermobile Sightings in Woodhaven – Have you seen the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile in Woodhaven?  There’s good reason for it – Woodhaven resident Amanda Vazquez is driving it around the country – click here to find out why! 
** Parks Job Opening – Sen. Joe Addabbo brings a job opening in the Parks Department to our attention, click here for more info.  Know someone looking for work? Please forward to them.

** WORKS Little League Registration – Do you know of any children who want to play ball?  Now is the chance to sign them up for WORKS Little League’s 2014 Season – click here for more information.
** Valentines @ Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern is offering a special 3-course dinner on Valentine’s Day, click here for more information.
** Lewis of Woodhaven 10 Years Later – Can you believe that it’s been 10 years since Lewis of Woodhaven closed its doors?  Click here for an article from 2004 about the end of Lewis of Woodhaven.
** CB9 Meeting – Community Board 9’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at The Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd. Rm. 202 at 7:45 PM.
** 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting – The 102 CC meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18th at 7 PM in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library 118-14 Hillside Avenue, Richmond Hill.
Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

102 Makes Major Drug Bust in Woodhaven

February 6, 2014

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 the New York City Police Department’s Major Case Unit of Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North executed a search warrant at a mechanic auto shop located at 80-09 Atlantic Avenue.


An employee of the mechanic shop was selling cocaine out of the location. This individual was responsible for illegal drug activity which
adversely affects the quality of life for the members of the community. The Police need your help in keeping your neighborhood safe in drug free environment.

For drug related issues call the Mayor’s Drug Hotline at 1-888-374- DRUG(3784)
If you have information about past crimes call 1-800-577-TIPS
For crimes in progress please call 911
* All calls will be kept confidential

Parks Job Opening – Deadline to apply: February 18, 2014

February 6, 2014

City of New York/Parks & Recreation
Seasonal Job Vacancy Notice
Civil Service Title: City Seasonal Aide
Office Title: Corps Member/ Jamaica Bay Restoration Corps
Salary: $11.11 per hour
Duration: 6 Months
Work Location: Queens

The Jamaica Bay Restoration Corps (JBRC) is designed to provide work experience, employment skills counseling and leadership skills while participants restore and develop the landscape in and around Jamaica Bay/ Rockaway Parks. This 6 month program will consist of 5 days per week of work on a crew or at a worksite. Staff will attend classes, seminars and job counseling sessions.


• Work as a member of a crew in Jamaica Bay/ Rockaway Parks performing manual labor.

• Gain experience in beach operations, restoring wetlands, erosion prevention; grounds keeping and trail restoration.

• Plant new trees, care for them and remove downed tree limbs and debris.

• Remove debris (including wood, metals, docks, concrete, housing, boats, and other inorganic floatables) from the sand areas in Jamaica Bay parks.

• Work with community residents and develop local connections through surveys and needs assessments.

• Some classes and job counseling will be offered to participants.


• There are no formal education or experience requirements for this position.

• Ability to read and understand and obey orders.

• Ability to perform physical tasks such as lifting heavy debris, standing, sweeping, raking and shoveling for extended periods of time.

• High school diploma or GED

• Good work ethic and an interest in working outdoors.

• Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn/ travel throughout Jamaica Bay/ Rockaway Parks area.

Send resume and cover letter by mail, fax or email to:

Deadline to apply: February 18, 2014