Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 106



In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Participatory Budgeting Voting Underway
  • Next Town Hall / Graffiti Cleanup
  • Flea Market at Emanuel on Saturday
  • Recycling Event at Forest Park Bandshell on Sunday
  • Forest Park Carousel is Now Open for 2014
  • Historical Society Slideshow – A View of Woodhaven
  • Adopt a Platoon
  • Queens Mama Expo / Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Woodhaven Blvd. DOT Select Bus Service Meeting
  • Operation Comfort Warriors
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Raffle
  • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 19th
  • Queens Library Savings
  • Jimmy Young – 20 Years Later
** Participatory Budgeting Voting Underway – The WRBA Office has been open this week for voting and the turnout has not been very good so far.  We’ll be open today (Thursday) until 8 PM and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM.  After that, the polls will be closed.  Click here for more info.
** Next Town Hall / Graffiti Cleanup – Our next Town Hall meeting will be on Thursday, April 24th at 7 PM. It will be held at the American Legion Post 118 hall at 92nd Street and 89th Avenue (behind PS 60).  The WRBA is planning some Spring Graffiti Cleanups – email us if interested, or you can sign up at our next Town Hall meeting.
** Flea Market at Emanuel – On Saturday, there will be a Flea Market at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Blvd) from 10 AM until 3 PM.  There will be a veriety of vendors, used books, used jewelry, crafts — and refreshments are available all day on site!
** Recycling Event at Forest Park – Sunday, April 6th from 10 AM to 2 PM, rain or shine.  Sponsored by Sen. Joe Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller.  Forest Park Bandshell.  What can you bring for recycling? Clothing: bedding, linen, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags (all items must be clean and dry). Electronics: Computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TVs, PDAs, scanners, copiers, printers, air conditioners, etc. Paper: including paper fiber and confidential papers which will be shredded as you watch.  Carpeting: Accepting residential type carpeting and foam padding only. Household Goods: including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes. Also accepting books and eyeglasses for donation. For more info, call Sen. Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.


** Forest Park Carousel – The NYC landmarked Forest Park Carousel has opened the 2014 Season!  We were honored to take the first ride last Saturday (click here for some nostalgic home movies of the Carousel from 1973!)  Right now, it is currently open on weekends – for the entire 2014 schedule and more info, visit: http://www.forestparkcarousel.com/
** Historical Society – The Woodhaven Historical Society will be hosting a slideshow entitled “A View of Woodhaven” on Monday, April 21st at 7 PM at Neir’s Tavern and Steakhouse.

** Adopt a Platoon – American Legion Post 118  would like some help in sending a box of goods to a platoon in Afghanistan.  They need baby wipes, green tea and chai, tooth paste, razors, soap, fly swatters. If you’d like, drop off the items when you come to vote next week for budget items.

** Queens Mamas ExpoQueens Mamas is a website / organization which promotes activities you can do with your children. They are hosting a Mamas Expo on May 4th — a one day family friendly gathering that celebrates parenting culture in New York City and beyond.  Leni Calas of Queens Mamas will be joining us this Friday at 10 PM on Radio Free Woodhaven – click here to listen.
** Woodhaven Blvd – Select Bus Service – The DOT and the MTA are hosting a public workshop to improve bus service, traffic flow, and safety along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. You will have the opportunity to share your transportation experiences and needs, to learn about transit improvements taking place this year along Woodhaven Boulevard, and to discuss plans to implement Select Bus Service.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:00 to 8:30 PM at JHS 210 Elizabeth Blackwell, 93-11 101st Avenue.  This event is free and open to the public of all ages, with a special children’s table featuring kid-friendly activities to get them thinking about ways to improve their community.

** Operation Comfort Warriors – The American Legion Auxiliary is holding a raffle to benefit Operation Comfort Warriors.  $20 per ticket- only 150 tickets will be sold!  1st prize $1,000. 2nd Prize $350. 3rd prize $150.  Those are good odds!  Operation Comfort Warriors is a program established by the American Legion to help service personnel returning home by providing “nonessentials” – items that would help wounded warriors in their recovery.  If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Jennifer Farley at jfarley13729@yahoo.com.  For more info on Operation Comfort Warriors, click here.

** School Sisters Raffle – The School Sisters of Notre Dame is holding a raffle, the winning prizes are $100 Metro Cards.  Tickets are only $2 each and can be purchased at the SSND Educational Center (call 718-738-0588). Would you like to help the Sisters sell some tickets?  Contact Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** Easter Egg Hunt – Queens Tabernacle will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th at 11 AM at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue.  There will be story telling, free gifts for the children, and candy giveaways.

** Queens Library Savings – Now you can enjoy special savings on books, videos and gifts! QL’s e-commerce site gives you the opportunity to purchase books, e-books, music, videos and gift items at great prices and receive free shipping if your order is $25 or more. This special offer is valid right now through Saturday, April 19. Go to: www.queenslibrary.org/shop. Enter promo code books2014 at check out.  Everything you buy helps to support Queens Library’s programs and services. And if you qualify for free shipping, it just gets better.

** Jimmy Young – 20 Years – Last week marked the 20th Anniversary of the death of Jimmy Young.  He was remembered here in the Leader-Observer.  Click here for a look at a memorial service we held for Jimmy Young a few years ago.
Until next time,

Your friends and Neighbors at the

Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

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