Archive for May, 2014

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 113

May 31, 2014

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our Top Stories
    • Flag Day Barbecue Thanking The Vets 6/14
    • Graffiti Cleanup 6/7
    • Next Town Hall Saturday 06/21 10 AM Start
    • Woodhaven Boulevard Meeting – 6/16
    • Woodhaven’s Community Calendar
    • WRBA Annual Membership Drive
    • Ambulance Corps Street Fundraiser – TODAY (SATURDAY)
  • Other Events
    • St. Luke’s Open House From 5/27 thru 6/6
    • Domestic Violence Awareness 6/5 @ 7 PM
    • STA Walkathon 6/6 @ 9:30 AM
    • GWDC Spring Dance 6/6 @ 7:30 PM
    • Grocery Auction at Emanuel 6/6 @ 7:30 PM
    • Woodhaven Poetry Club 6/17 @ 6:30 PM
    • Woodhaven History Showcase 6/28 @ 7 PM
    • Richmond Hill Walking Tour 6/28 12 Noon
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • American Legion Observance – Pictures and Video
    • Woodhaven Marches in Memorial Day Parade – Pictures and Video
    • Pop’s Restaurant to Be Sold
    • POLL RESULTS: Ad Wrapped J Trains
    • Justice – Man Sentenced in Woodhaven Double-Slay
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
    • The WRBA Royals – Under New Management!
    • Missing – Male Pitbull Named Kiko
We have an information-packed Grapevine for you this week.  Forward the Grapevine to your friends and neighbors in Woodhaven! Ask them to sign up for the latest alerts.  An archive of past Grapevines can be found here.

** Our Top Stories:

** Flag Day Barbecue Thanking the Vets – The WRBA is hosting a Thank You to Our Vets barbecue on Saturday, June 14th – you you are invited! Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Salads and, naturally on Flag Day, flags and families. We have lost so many traditions over the years – and we spend a lot of time looking at old photos and the way things were — well, here is an opportunity to experience that once again! Everyone is invited, free of charge – come out, thank our Vets, meet your neighbors — at American Legion Post 118 89-02 91st Street (behind PS 60) on June 14th at Noon. Click here for more details.
** Graffiti Cleanup – We are looking for volunteers for a graffiti clean up on Saturday June 7th. We will meet at the office (84-20 Jamaica Avenue) at 9:00 AM. We are going to paint mail boxes and log down any locations that will need to be cleaned up by the city’s graffiti removal program. Please RSVP via email, or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message.

** Town Hall Meeting Saturday – Our next Town Hall will be Saturday, June 21st, 10 AM at the American Legion Hall 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Please take note of the early start time – start your day with a Town Hall meeting and have the rest of the day for Summer activities

** Woodhaven Boulevard Meeting – Do you travel on Woodhaven Boulevard? If so, you are one of 26,000 who take this route every day. There will be a special meeting to discuss the potential of Select Bus Service – and an opportunity to share your opinions, thoughts, gripes and complaints about transportation on this roadway – Monday, June 16th, 7pm at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Click here for more details.
** Woodhaven’s Community Calendar – The WRBA has a community calendar chock full of local events. It can be found on our homepage, on the bottom right-hand corner. It can also be found here. Have an event you’d like added? Let us know!
** WRBA Membership Drive – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) is kicking of its Annual Membership Drive.  Current members will be receiving a mailing to renew and bring in new members.  Suggested contribution will be $15/family living in the same household. Click here for more information.

** Ambulance Corps Street Fundraiser TODAY The WRHVAC has been going through a difficult time – and there is no rent coming in (due to the collapsed building which there has been very little progress on, sad to say). But they still have bills to pay.  So members of the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be at Forest Parkway and Park Lane South today accepting donations from cars passing by. If you are out today, please consider driving past and making a small donation.
** Other Events:

** St. Luke’s Open House – St. Luke’s Nursery School and Pre-K program located at 87-34 85th street, will host an open house through Friday June 6th 2014, between the hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. St. Luke’s offers nursery school classes for children born in 2011; FREE UPK classes for children born 2010 (full day and 1/2 day) and Parents and Tots program for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Space is limited so this is a good opportunity to tour the school and pre-register for September 2014 classes. If you have any questions, please call 718-296-6683.

** Domestic Violence AwarenessQueens Tabernacle at 86-03 96th Street is hosting a free presentation on Domestic Violence given by the 102 Pct. on June 5th at 7pm.
** STA Walkathon – The students of STA will hold their annual walk-a-thon at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 6th.  It will begin on 87 Street and 88th Avenue, walk up to Jamaica Ave, make a left and walk up to Forest Parkway cross Jamaica Avenue and continue up to Forest Park. Click here to see pictures and video from a previous Walkathon.
** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is holding their annual Spring Dance at 7:30 PM on Friday June 6th at the Woodhaven Manor (96-01 Jamaica Avenue).  Tickets are $65 and include all-evening buffet and libations, as well as a DJ spinning doo-wop and modern music. Call 718-805-0202 or email gwdcbid@hotmail.com to purchase tickets. Read more about this exciting event here.
** Grocery Auction – Emanuel United Church of Christ is holding its annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 6th at 7:30 PM in the upstairs auditorium (Emanuel is at the corner of Woodhaven Blvd and 91st Avenue). Admission is $8 and for that you get 50 chances to win a full bag of groceries – plus you will get coffee and cake and have a fun time!

** Woodhaven Poetry Workshop – Everyone is welcome to share their original poems at the next monthly Poetry Workshop, Tuesday, June 17th at 6:30 PM at the Woodhaven
Residents’ Block Association office, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.

** Woodhaven History Showcase – The students of St. Thomas the Apostle’s Woodhaven History Club and the Woodhaven Historical have been working on a trio of history projects they will showcase at a FREE event on Wednesday, June 18th at 7 PM at historic Oak Ridge in Forest Park. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more details.
** Walking Tour of Richmond Hill – Kevin Walsh of the wonderful website Forgotten New York will be hosting a walking tour of Richmond Hill on Saturday June 28th starting at 12 Noon. We will meet at 121st and Jamaica Avenue and it will end at Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South approximately 3:30 PM.
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 – Back by popular demand the WRBA will be sponsoring The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale again in 2014.  Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 — this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9AM to 4PM (rain date Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.

** News & Announcements:

** American Legion Post 118 Memorial Day Ceremony – The American Legion’s traditional Memorial Day Observance was beautiful, as always. Click here for some really nice photos and a lovely video.

** Memorial Day Parade Highlights – Woodhaven was nicely represented in the Memorial Day Parade in Forest Hills – click here for pictures and video.

** Pop’s Restaurant – We have been told that Pop’s Restaurant is being sold, but we have also been assured that it is the business that was sold – that the new owners intend to keep it open as a restaurant.
 
** POLL RESULTS: Ad Wrapped J Trains – Last week, we asked you what you thought about the J Trains covered with advertisements.  The poll results are in and out of  32 votes, 53% say they like them with caveats such as “better than graffiti” or “only if it keeps the fares down” with 41% against with one saying that “graffiti was less offensive than You Tube adverts.” The remaining 6% said they had no opinion.
** Justice – In 1981, our community was rocked by the murders of 2 bar owners at the Shamrock Bar. These two men, Richard Godkin and John D’Agnese, were well loved and worked at the local Boy’s Club. The crime was unsolved for many years, but last year Bartolomeo Vernace, a member of the Gambino organized crime family, was found guilty and last week he was sentenced to was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, plus 10 years. Click here for more details.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – The WRBA’s online radio show, LIVE Friday’s at 10 PM. This Friday (6/6) we’ll be joined by Jess Nizar of Rider’s Alliance to discuss Woodhaven Boulevard and Jeff Kurzon, a congressional candidate for our district. And on Friday (6/13) we’ll be joined by Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York to discuss the upcoming walking tour of Richmond Hill.

** The WRBA Royals – As noted previously, the WORKS Little League T-Ball team that the WRBA sponsors found themselves without a manager – so the WRBA has stepped in. Want to come and root for our team? The next 2 games are Sunday 6/1 at 1:00 PM and Tuesday 6/3 at 5:45 PM – both games at the track at Victory Field.

** Missing Dog – Kiko – A brown and white mixed breed was last seen on 76th Street. Click here for pictures and more info.
Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

 

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 112

May 21, 2014
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Flag Day Barbecue Thanking The Vets 06/14
    • Next Town Hall Saturday 06/21 10 AM Start
    • Thank You from the WRBA
    • Woodhaven’s Community Calendar
    • The WRBA Royals – Under New Management!
    • WRBA Annual Membership Drive
  • Memorial Day Events
    • WBID Memorial Day Ceremony 5/22 @ 7:30 PM
    • Maple Grove Ceremony 5/24 @ 3 PM
    • Veteran’s Job Fair 5/25 @ 9 AM
    • Forest Hill Parade – March to Represent Woodhaven – 5/25 @ 12 PM
    • American Legion Ceremony 5/26 @ 10:30
  • Other Events
    • Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on Saturday 5/24 @ 10:30 AM
    • Woodhaven Historical May Meeting – 5/28 @ 1 PM
    • Pit Bull Rescue Event 5/31 @ 2 PM
    • Flea Market Forest Park Co-Op 6/1 10 AM
    • Domestic Violence Awareness 6/5 @ 7 PM
    • STA Walkathon 6/6/ @ 9:30 AM
    • GWDC Spring Dance 6/6 @ 7:30 PM
    • Grocery Auction at Emanuel 6/6 @ 7:30 PM
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • Forest Park Carousel Summer Hours
    • Walking Through Strack Pond in Forest Park
    • Miss Woodhaven
    • POLL: Ad Wrapped J Trains
    • Shopping Tips from the NYPD
    • Roadwork in Woodhaven
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
We have an information-packed Grapevine for you this week.  Forward the Grapevine to your friends and neighbors in Woodhaven! Ask them to sign up for the latest alerts.  An archive of past Grapevines can be found here.

** Our Top Stories:
** Flag Day Barbecue Thanking the Vets – The WRBA is hosting a Thank You to Our Vets barbecue on Saturday, June 14th – you you are invited! Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Salads and, naturally on Flag Day, flags and families. We have lost so many traditions over the years – and we spend a lot of time looking at old photos and the way things were — well, here is an opportunity to experience that once again! Everyone is invited, free of charge – come out, thank our Vets, meet your neighbors — at American Legion Post 118 89-02 91st Street (behind PS 60) on June 14th at Noon. Click here for more details.

** Town Hall Meeting Saturday – Our next Town Hall will be Saturday, June 21st, 10 AM at the American Legion Hall 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Please take note of the early start time – start your day with a Town Hall meeting and have the rest of the day for Summer activities!
** Thank You From the WRBA – At our last Town Hall we gave away 10 tickets to see The New York Mets. Many thanks to Maria Thomson and the WBID for providing us with these tickets. Also, at our last Town Hall, Dennis Farley won the 50/50 (a whopping $75) and donated the winning back to the organization — thank you Dennis!
** The WRBA Royals – As noted at our last meeting, the WORKS Little League T-Ball team that the WRBA sponsors found themselves without a manager – so the WRBA’s Martin Colberg and Ed Wendell are stepping in. Their first game was this week and we were joined by several members – Angel Vazquez, Marge Aguilera and Josephine Wendell. Want to help with the kids? Or even just come and root for our team? The next game is Thursday, 5/29 at 5:45 PM at the track at Victory Field. All Royals games can be found on our Community Calendar (see next item).
** Woodhaven’s Community Calendar – The WRBA has a community calendar chock full of local events, including events in Forest Park. It can be found on our homepage, on the bottom right-hand corner. It can also be found here.
** WRBA Membership Drive – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) is kicking of its Annual Membership Drive.  Current members will be receiving a mailing to renew and bring in new members.  Suggested contribution will be $15/family living in the same household. Click here for more information.

** Memorial Day Events:

 
** Ceremony @ Forest Parkway – The WBID is sponsoring a “Small Town” Memorial Day Ceremony on Thursday May 22, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. This will take place at the Forest Parkway Plaza area on Forest Parkway off Jamaica Avenue. Click here to see last year’s ceremony.
** Ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery – The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 24, 3 PM, in Kew Gardens. Enter through the gate on Kew Gardens Road and 127th Street. Parking is available within the cemetery gates or on the street outside. Click here for more information.** Veterans Job Fair – There will be a sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich and America Works on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at Russo’s On The Bay (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. Howard Beach, NY 11414). They currently have over 43 confirmed vendors and Speaker Mark-Viverito will be stopping by. CM Ulrich will be calling our online radio show this Friday at 10 PM – click here for details and links to the show.

** Represent Woodhaven in the Memorial Day Parade – Every year the Woodhaven Historical Society marches in the Memorial Day Parade on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills representing our community. Last year we had 3 marchers representing Woodhaven. Can we do better than that?  Are you interested in marching and representing Woodhaven? The parade is on Sunday, May 25th starting at Noon and last about an hour – a fun activity for the whole family!  Click here to RSVP and march for Woodhaven.
** American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony – American Legion Post 118 will hold their annual Memorial Day Ceremony on its steps, on Monday, May 26th starting at 10:30 AM. Click here for last year’s ceremony.
** Other Events:
** Pitch, Hit and Run – WORKS Little League has been chosen by Major League Baseball to run the annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition. It was rained out last week – the new date is Saturday May 24th at Pals Oval (88th Street and North Conduit Blvd in Ozone Park).  Registration Starts at 10:30am, the PHR competition starts at 11:00am, rain or shine.** Woodhaven Historical Society May Presentation – Next meeting Wednesday May 28th at 1 PM “The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System” Author Joe Raskin will speak about his recently released book about our Subway System and the system that was almost built (click here for a review). Mr. Raskin works for the MTA and is also an avid photographer of houses – click here to see a collection of his Woodhaven photographs.

** Pit Bull Rescue Event – There will be a rescue event, focusing on pit-bulls, held at the Forest Park Dog Run (85th and Park Lane South) on Saturday, May 31st at 2 PM sponsored by Bully Moms United for a PITastic Cause. There will be raffles, a kissing booth and treats for pups!  Jesse Velazquez-Rosa from Bully Moms United will be our guest on this week’s Radio Free Woodhaven – click here at 10 PM Friday to listen LIVE.

** Flea Market at the Forest Park Co-Op – There will be a Multi-Vendor Flea Market at Forest Park Section 2 on Sunday June 1st (Rain date is 6/8).  The exact location is 83-30 98th Street in the Gotham Building Sitting Area from 10AM until 2PM.  There will be Housewares, knick-knacks, office supplies, toys, clothing, books, CDs/DVDs, crafts, jewelry, etc. for sale.
** Domestic Violence AwarenessQueens Tabernacle at 86-03 96th Street is hosting a free presentation on Domestic Violence given by the 102 Pct. on June 5th at 7pm.
** STA Walkathon – The students of STA will hold their annual walk-a-thon at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 6th.  It will begin on 87 Street and 88th Avenue, walk up to Jamaica Ave, make a left and walk up to Forest Parkway cross Jamaica Avenue and continue up to Forest Park. Click here to see pictures and video from a previous Walkathon.
** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is holding their annual Spring Dance at 7:30 PM on Friday June 6th at the Woodhaven Manor (96-01 Jamaica Avenue).  Tickets are $65 and include all-evening buffet and libations, as well as a DJ spinning doo-wop and modern music. Call 718-805-0202 or email gwdcbid@hotmail.com to purchase tickets. Read more about this exciting event here.
** Grocery Auction – Emanuel United Church of Christ is holding its annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 6th at 7:30 PM in the upstairs auditorium (Emanuel is at the corner of Woodhaven Blvd and 91st Avenue). Admission is $8 and for that you get 50 chances to win a full bag of groceries – plus you will get coffee and cake and have a fun time!
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 – Back by popular demand the WRBA will be sponsoring The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale again in 2014.  Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 — this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9AM to 4PM (rain date Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.

 

** News & Announcements:

** Forest Park Carousel Summer Hours – Starting this weekend there will be free entertainment at the Forest Park Carousel every Saturday and on holidays at 2 and 4 p.m.  Also, the Forest Park Carousel will open every day at 11 a.m. It will be open weekdays until 5 p.m. in June and 6 p.m. in July and August. On weekends, it will be open until 8 p.m. and on evenings when there is a concert at the Forest Park Bandshell, it will be open until 9:30 p.m. Click here for a profile on the 2 men who keep the Carousel running.

** Walking Through Strack Pond
– Strack Pond in Forest Park is a beautiful place to walk, full of nice scenery and wildlife. However, this Memorial Day it is worth noting that it was named in honor of Woodhaven’s 1st casualty in Vietnam, PFC Laurence Strack. Click here for pictures and more information.

** Miss Woodhaven –
Nalicia Ramdyal, who represented Woodhaven in the Miss New York USA pageant, has a new website – click here.
** POLL: Ad Wrapped J Trains – We’ve started seeing ad-wrapped J Trains (trains covered with advertisements). Click here to see one and tell us what you think!

** Shopping Safety Tips
– Courtesy of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau, click here for some tips you can use when shopping to avoid being the victim of a crime.  The WRBA has been accumulating tips from the NYPD, click here to see all of them.

** Roadwork in Woodhaven
– Nearly 18 miles worth of roads in Woodhaven are getting milled and paved this month and next (May and June). No exact dates are available – but if you want to see if your street is on the list to get worked on click here.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – The WRBA’s online radio show, LIVE Friday’s at 10 PM. This Friday we’ll be joined by CM Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Mike Miller. Click here Friday at 10 to listen LIVE.  Have a question you’d like us to ask? Email us and let us know!  Note that if you miss the live broadcast you can click on the same link afterwards to catch it in the archives!
Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

J Train Now Carrying Advertising – What Do You Think?

May 19, 2014

Poll Closed: Last week, we asked you what you thought about the J Trains covered with advertisements.  The poll results are in and out of  32 votes, 53% say they like them with caveats such as “better than graffiti” or “only if it keeps the fares down” with 41% against with one saying that “graffiti was less offensive than You Tube adverts.” The remaining 6% said they had no opinion.

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The MTA has been wrapping some trains in Advertising for a few years now, starting with the Number 6 Train. But over the past few weeks we’ve seen more and more of these ad wrapped trains making their way out to Woodhaven on the J Line. Here is one we spotted over the weekend, carrying a colorful YouTube Ad.

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So, we’re going to take a very unscientific informal poll.  Tell us — what do you think?

 

Shopping Alert – Safety Tips

May 15, 2014

CAWhile overall crime is down throughout the city, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings. Leaving your valuables unattended in a shopping cart is never a good idea. Next time you are using a shopping cart, remember the following safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surrounding at all times.
  • Report anyone who appears to be acting suspiciously.
  • Never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.
  • When possible shop without a purse.  Use your pockets to hold cash, debit/credit cards, driver’s license, keys, etc.
  • If you must shop with a purse, consider securing it using cart’s child safety straps.
  • You may also want to carry your own clamp in your purse, such as a Carabineer, to hook it directly to the shopping cart. It only takes a second to secure and is worth the effort.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 111

May 15, 2014

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Top News
    • Next Town Hall THIS Saturday 05/17
    • Adopt a Platoon – Last Chance!
    • Flag Day Barbecue Thanking The Vets 06/14
    • Radio Free Woodhaven – Fridays at 10 PM
  • Memorial Day Events
    • Garden of Remembrance (Starting 05/17)
    • WBID Memorial Day Ceremony 5/22 @ 7:30 PM
    • Maple Grove Ceremony 5/24 @ 3 PM
    • Veteran’s Job Fair 5/25 @ 9 AM
    • Forest Hill Parade – March to Represent Woodhaven – 5/25 @ 12 PM
    • American Legion Ceremony 5/26 @ 10:30
  • Other Events
    • Sen. Addabbo Mobile Office Hours in Woodhaven 5/15 @ 5:30 PM
    • Meet the 2014 WRBA Royals – Next Game 5/15 @ 5:45 PM 
    • Woodhaven Gardening Club – 5/16 @ 2 PM
    • Volleyball Challenge Scholarship Fundraiser 5/17 @ 11 AM
    • Forest Park 4 Mile Race 5/18 @ 10 AM
    • Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on Saturday 5/24 @ 10:30 AM
    • Woodhaven Historical May Meeting – 5/28 @ 1 PM
    • Pit Bull Rescue Event 5/31 @ 2 PM
    • Flea Market Forest Park Co-Op 6/1 10 AM
    • Domestic Violence Awareness 6/5 @ 7 PM
    • GWDC Spring Dance 6/6 @ 7:30 PM
    • Grocery Auction at Emanuel 6/6 @ 7:30 PM
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • Franklin K. Lane Tragedy Remembered 30 Years Later
    • Forest Park Schedule of Events Online
    • NYPD Tips When Calling 911
    • The Forest Park Carousel Lights Up 2014
    • Playground Cleanup Recap (with 170+ Pictures)
    • Roadwork in Woodhaven
    • Lost Pup Alert Update (Found!) – Yorkie Named Mia
We have an information-packed Grapevine for you this week.  Forward the Grapevine to your friends and neighbors in Woodhaven! Ask them to sign up for the latest alerts.  An archive of past Grapevines can be found here.

** Town Hall Meeting Saturday
– Our next Town Hall will be THIS SATURDAY, May 17, 1 PM at the American Legion Hall 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Click here for highlights (picture and video) of our April 2014 Town Hall meeting. One item on the agenda is the proposed changes to zoning laws that would make illegal basement apartments legal. Woodhaven resident and CB9 Board Member Sherman Kane joined us on Radio Free Woodhaven to share his thoughts on this topic – you can hear this interview by clicking here.
** Adopt a Platoon – American Legion Post 118  would like some help in sending a box of goods to a platoon in Afghanistan.  Any items you think the young men and women in Afghanistan would enjoy — toothpaste, toothbrushes, cookies, teabags, etc. Bring them to the next Town Hall meeting on the 17th – that will be your last chance to donate items! Click here for the American Legion Post 118’s latest newsletter!

** Flag Day Barbecue Thanking the Vets – Please Read – We will be holding a Flag Day Barbecue to thank our Vets on Saturday, June 14th outside of the American Legion. In order to do this we are putting together a small committee of people to work on planning it – interested in planning a party?  Email us and let us know. Also – we are looking to borrow a few CANOPY TENTS for that day — if you have a canopy tent and would not mind loaning it to HONOR OUR VETERANS, please email us and let us know!  Want to Help the Vets? We could use a few people to help out that day – putting up the tents, tables, chairs, etc. We need some volunteers. Got some youngsters looking for volunteers work? Put them to work helping the vets! Contact us.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Friday at 10 PM. Sponsored by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE. Click on the same link any time afterwards to listen to it in the archives.

** Memorial Day Events:

** Garden of Remembrance – The Franklin K. Lane ROTC will be at the American Legion this Saturday (May 17th) starting at 9 AM to put together the Garden of Remembrance – a wonderful Woodhaven tradition.  Click here to see pictures from last year’s garden.
 
** Ceremony @ Forest Parkway – The WBID is sponsoring a “Small Town” Memorial Day Ceremony on Thursday May 22, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. This will take place at the Forest Parkway Plaza area on Forest Parkway off Jamaica Avenue. Click here to see last year’s ceremony.
** Ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery – The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery will be hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 24, 3 PM, in Kew Gardens. Enter through the gate on Kew Gardens Road and 127th Street. Parking is available within the cemetery gates or on the street outside. Click here for more information.

** Veterans Job Fair – There will be a sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich and America Works on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at Russo’s On The Bay (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. Howard Beach, NY 11414). Click here for more information.  For more info, call Redmond Haskins 212-788-6911 rhaskins@council.nyc.gov.

** Represent Woodhaven in the Memorial Day Parade – Every year the Woodhaven Historical Society marches in the Memorial Day Parade on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills representing our community. Last year we had 3 marchers representing Woodhaven. Can we do better than that?  Are you interested in marching and representing Woodhaven? The parade is on Sunday, May 25th starting at Noon and last about an hour – a fun activity for the whole family!  Click here to RSVP and march for Woodhaven.
** American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony – American Legion Post 118 will hold their annual Memorial Day Ceremony on its steps, on Monday, May 26th starting at 10:30 AM. Click here for last year’s ceremony.
** Other Events:

** Sen Addabbo Mobile Office Hours in Woodhaven Senator Addabbo will be at the Woodhaven Library Thursday, May 15th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

** The 2014 WRBA Royals – Through donations big and small, the residents of Woodhaven chipped in to sponsor a WORKS Little League teams again this year — it’s the T-Ball squad, The Royals (same as we had last year). They’re fun to watch – click here to see them We’re going back Thursday, May 15th at 5:45 PM at Victory Field – come out and join your friends and neighbors and watch Woodhaven’s Team!

** Woodhaven Gardening Club – The second meeting of the Woodhaven Gardening Club at the Woodhaven Library will be on Friday, May 16th from 2 to 4 PM. Click here for details.

** Volleyball Challenge Scholarship Fundraiser – The students of St. Thomas the Apostle are holding a unique fundraiser Saturday May 17th at 11 AM at Monsignor Mulz Hall (88-08 Jamaica Avenue). Tickets are $5 per person, $8 per family. Click here to hear an interview we did with Event Coordinator Dee Santan.

** 4 Mile Road and Trail Race – The Forest Park Runners Club is hosting a 4 Mile Road and Trail Race on Sunday, May 18, 2014 Race Starts at 10:00 am at Victory Field Track.  Click here for registration and more information.

** Pitch, Hit and Run – WORKS Little League has been chosen by Major League Baseball to run the annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition. It was rained out last week – the new date is Saturday May 24th at Pals Oval (88th Street and North Conduit Blvd in Ozone Park).  Registration Starts at 10:30am, the PHR competition starts at 11:00am, rain or shine.

** Woodhaven Historical Society May Presentation – Next meeting Wednesday May 28th at 1 PM “The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System” Author Joe Raskin will speak about his recently released book about our Subway System and the system that was almost built (click here for a review). Mr. Raskin works for the MTA and is also an avid photographer of houses – click here to see a collection of his Woodhaven photographs.

** Pit Bull Rescue Event – There will be a rescue event, focusing on pit-bulls, held at the Forest Park Dog Run (85th and Park Lane South) on Saturday, May 31st at 2 PM sponsored by Bully Moms United for a PITastic Cause. There will be raffles, a kissing booth and treats for pups!  Jesse Velazquez-Rosa from Bully Moms United will be our guest on this week’s Radio Free Woodhaven – click here at 10 PM Friday to listen LIVE.

** Flea Market at the Forest Park Co-Op – There will be a Multi-Vendor Flea Market at Forest Park Section 2 on Sunday June 1st (Rain date is 6/8).  The exact location is 83-30 98th Street in the Gotham Building Sitting Area from 10AM until 2PM.  There will be Housewares, knick-knacks, office supplies, toys, clothing, books, CDs/DVDs, crafts, jewelry, etc. for sale.
** Domestic Violence AwarenessQueens Tabernacle at 86-03 96th Street is hosting a free presentation on Domestic Violence given by the 102 Pct. on June 5th at 7pm.
** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is holding their annual Spring Dance at 7:30 PM on Friday June 6th at the Woodhaven Manor (96-01 Jamaica Avenue).  Tickets are $65 and include all-evening buffet and libations, as well as a DJ spinning doo-wop and modern music. Call 718-805-0202 or email gwdcbid@hotmail.com to purchase tickets. Read more about this exciting event here.
** Grocery Auction – Emanuel United Church of Christ is holding its annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 6th at 7:30 PM in the upstairs auditorium (Emanuel is at the corner of Woodhaven Blvd and 91st Avenue). Admission is $8 and for that you get 50 chances to win a full bag of groceries – plus you will get coffee and cake and have a fun time!
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 – Back by popular demand the WRBA will be sponsoring The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale again in 2014.  Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 — this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9AM to 4PM (rain date Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.

** News & Announcements:

** Franklin K. Lane Tragedy Remembered – This past week marked the 30th Anniversary of the Haunted castle fire at Great Adventure that claimed the lives of 4 students from Franklin K. Lane. Click here for more information.
** Forest Park 2014 Schedule Online. Clown shows, magic shows, hiking tours, puppet shows – plus dancing and live music!  here’s lots going on in our Forest Park – all summer long!  Click here for the full schedule of events.
** Tips When Calling 911 – Click here for some good tips when calling 911, courtesy of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Department.  We’ve been archiving a list of tips from Community Affairs, click here to view all of them.
** The Forest Park Carousel Lights Up 2014 – Our beloved landmark is sporting some new lights and mirrors! Click here for more info.
** Playground CleanupClick here for a final recap of our clean up of Mary Whalen Playground – with 175+ pictures and a fun video.  Stay tuned for future cleanup events!
** Roadwork in Woodhaven – Nearly 18 miles worth of roads in Woodhaven are getting milled and paved this month and next (May and June). No exact dates are available – but if you want to see if your street is on the list to get worked on click here.
** Update – Lost Pup Alert – Yorkie – In the last Grapevine, we reported on a lost Yorkie – happy to report that she’s been reunited with her family.
Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

 

Represent Woodhaven in 2014 Memorial Day Parade

May 14, 2014

Each and every year, Woodhaven is represented in the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade — but on several of those occasions, our representation was rather sparse. For a few years, we were down to one marcher.

One.

That was Mr. Allan Smith, of Woodhaven, marching under the banner of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society.  Last year, the Historical Society’s marchers expanded their representation to include Arlene Annunziata and Josphine Wendell.  So, now we’re up to three.  Here they are – photo courtesy of the Richmond Hill Historical Society and Ivan Mrakovcic.

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Shouldn’t we be able to get more people out to march? Wouldn’t your kids enjoy the opportunity to represent Woodhaven in this parade? This year’s parade is going to be on Sunday May 25th  — we’re going to meet near the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Ascan Avenue (right near the Cinemart Theater) at 11:30 AM (the parade starts at Noon.)

The parade is not a long one – it goes to Remsen Cemetery, right near Woodhaven Boulevard — where a nice ceremony follows.

Please RSVP to represent Woodhaven in the 2014 Memorial Day Parade by filling out the following form.

Here are scenes from last year’s parade — the “Woodhaven Trio” enters the scene around thee 2:30 mark.  Let’s do better than that this year!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfLzWPd-xe8

 

Woodhaven Gardening Club

May 14, 2014

The Woodhaven Gardening Club May 2014

Friday, May 16th: Open to All     ***Rain Date*** Friday May 23rd

Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested in gardening, talking about gardening, sharing expertise, getting outside and getting some exercise or just socializing with neighbors! The second meeting of the Woodhaven Gardening Club will be on Friday, May 16th from 2 to 4 PM. If the current predictions are correct, we may have to postpone it until the following Friday as it looks like rain! The third meeting will be on May 30th. You may have noticed the library grounds are looking a little ragged, and we could really use some help getting it into shape. I’m letting everyone know in advance what tasks we hope to accomplish so you can plan what you’d like to do to help out.

What we will be doing on this day:

Vegetable Garden

Plan arrangement of garden

Plant vegetables

We have already turned the soil for our vegetable garden in the back of the building. Our next step will be to plan the layout, plant the plants and to discuss the next steps for our garden. You may want to bring a trowel and gardening gloves. If you have any vegetable transplants to share, contributions are very welcome!

Start Seeds for Flower Garden

Meet inside side entrance to start seeds for flower garden in potting soil.

Plan location of flower garden

This is a great job for our younger members! We will be growing flowers to beautify the grounds of the library along Forest Parkway and 85th Dr. We could use seed-starting/ potting soil and flower seeds.

Care of Library Grounds:

Weeding

Trimming bushes

Join a group of concerned Woodhaven Gardening citizens as we weed, trim and spruce up our overgrown corner of the neighborhood. If you can, please consider bringing your own pruning and trimming equipment to help us out!

Things we need:

Vegetable plants

Seed starting soil.

Flower seeds

Call me if you have any questions.

Please forward the message on to anyone who might be interested!

Also, don’t forge to like us on Facebook and give us a like or share if you are interested in any upcoming programs!

facebook.com/woodhavenlibrary

Kendra Kuszai

Assistant Community Library Manager

Queens Library at Woodhaven

85-41 Forest Parkway

Woodhaven, NY 11421

(718) 849-1010
Shop to Support Queens Library! Buy books, e-books, videos, music, gifts at great prices. A portion of the proceeds benefit Queens Library.

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911 Emergency Calls

May 13, 2014

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Police operators are trained to handle a variety of calls and emergencies. Although they are assisted by some technology, there are essential things the public can do when calling 911:

1. GIVE AN ADDRESS – The location of the emergency is the first and most important thing operators need.  Give the operator the address as specifically as possible, and the borough. If you don’t know the exact street address, providing the street name, nearby cross streets and landmark or highways can go a long way in helping speed help to where it is needed. If you don’t know where you are and are able to, visually scan and describe your surroundings.

2. ANSWER QUESTIONS – Call takers and dispatchers will ask you for more information, so they can properly notify responding officers and necessary authorities, or in some cases provide you with potentially life-saving instructions – for example; how to administer CPR. You may be asked to repeat some information to EMS or Fire Department personnel. It doesn’t delay help that is already on the way.

3. REMAIN CALM – Try to remain calm and provide as much detailed information as possible. The calmer you are, the clearer you can be, the better operators and responders can hear and help you.

4. DESCRIBE THE EMERGENCY – Are your or is someone else hurt? How? Whether you need medical attention, police response, or other emergency assistance, explaining the nature and severity of injuries can be critical – is the person conscious? Choking? Bleeding? Describe what is happening to the best of your ability, or ask someone else to, and leave the line open if you cannot speak.

5. DESCRIBE PERPETRATORS – If you have witnessed a crime or been victimized, get to safety first. As soon as you can, call 911. Describe if there is a suspect or suspects, whether weapons are involved; what the perpetrators look like, including race/approximate age/height/weight/clothing type and color; where they are or how they fled, and in what direction. If they were in a vehicle, what make/model or color and size? Even partial descriptions and license plate numbers can be helpful.

6. KEEP PHONES OPEN – Tell operators the number from which you are calling. Use a landline when possible, and if calling from a cell phone, do your best to leave it on.

7. FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE – Foreign language assistance is available, in more than 140 different languages. Callers can be connected to Spanish-speaking operators, or to other live translators via phone.

8. USE 311 – 911 is for emergencies only. Use 311 to request information, or to report conditions or problems that do not pose an immediate harm to you or others.

9. INCREASE AWARENESS – In a safe and supportive manner, train children how and when to call 911. Also, know what precinct you live in – a list of NYPD precincts and police service areas which cover public housing is available online via nyc.gov/nypd – see Precincts for a directory of locations and phone numbers.

10. EVERY CALL MATTERS – All calls are important! including false alarms and prank calls, which take operators away from citizens whose lives may be in danger. Pranks are punishable by law. Avoid accidentally dialing 911 – lock and secure your phone when ifs not in use to prevent’pocket/purse dial.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 110

May 8, 2014

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Next Town Hall Saturday 05/17
  • Highlights of April 2014 Town Hall
  • Adopt a Platoon
  • Playground Cleanup
  • Meet the 2014 WRBA Royals
  • Flag Day Barbecue Thanking The Vets 06/14
  • Roadwork in Woodhaven
  • Volleyball Challenge Scholarship Fundraiser
  • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • GWDC Spring Dance
  • St. Thomas History Club Tours Historic Woodhaven Cemetery
  • Represent Woodhaven in the 2014 Memorial Day Parade
  • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014
  • Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on Saturday
  • Lost Pup Alert – Yorkie Named Mia
  • Woodhaven Historical May Meeting
  • Victorian Wedding at Maple Grove Cemetery
  • Free Tree Giveaway
  • The Bushwicks – Woodhaven’s Semi-Pro Baseball Team
  • Abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch Survey
  • Soccer League Summer Camps
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Raffle
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We have an information-packed Grapevine for you this week.  Forward the Grapevine to your friends and neighbors in Woodhaven! Ask them to sign up for the latest alerts.  An archive of past Grapevines can be found here.

** Next Town Hall Meeting
– Our next Town Hall will be Saturday, May 17, 1 PM at the American Legion Hall 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Click here for highlights (picture and video) of our April 2014 Town Hall meeting. Video highlights include presentations by State Senator Joe Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich and Circle Academy, the proposed Charter School in Woodhaven.

** Adopt a Platoon – American Legion Post 118  would like some help in sending a box of goods to a platoon in Afghanistan.  Any items you think the young men and women in Afghanistan would enjoy — toothpaste, toothbrushes, cookies, teabags, etc. Bring them to the next Town Hall meeting on the 17th – that will be your last chance to donate items! Click here for the American Legion Post 118’s latest newsletter!

** Playground Cleanup – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association would like to thank everyone who came out to Mary Whalen Playground (79th and Park Lane South) last Saturday.  70 volunteers helped collect over 100 bags of leaves, twigs, sticks and litter. Click here for our press release – and click here for a fun video!

** The 2014 WRBA Royals – Through donations big and small, the residents of Woodhaven chipped in to sponsor a WORKS Little League teams again this year — it’s the T-Ball squad, The Royals (same as we had last year). They’re fun to watch – click here to see them!  We’re going back next Thursday, 5:45 PM at Victory Field – come out and join your friends and neighbors and watch Woodhaven’s Team!
** Flag Day Barbecue Thanking the Vets – We will be holding a Flag Day Barbecue to thank our Vets on Saturday, June 14th outside of the American Legion. In order to do this we are putting together a small committee of people to work on planning it – interested in planning a party?  Email us and let us know. Also – we are looking to borrow a few tents for that day – if you have a tent and would not mind loaning it to honor our veterans, please email us and let us know!  Want to Help the Vets? We could use a few people to help out that day – putting up the tents, tables, chairs, etc. We need some volunteers. Got some youngsters looking for volunteers work? Put them to work helping the vets! Contact us.
** Roadwork in Woodhaven – Nearly 18 miles worth of roads in Woodhaven are getting milled and paved this month and next (May and June). No exact dates are available – but if you want to see if your street is on the list to get worked on click here.

** Volleyball Challenge Scholarship Fundraiser – The students of St. Thomas the Apostle are holding a unique fundraiser Saturday May 17th at 11 AM at Monsignor Mulz Hall (88-08 Jamaica Avenue). Tickets are $5 per person, $8 per family. Click here to hear an interview we did with Event Coordinator Dee Santana.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Join us every Friday night at 10 PM for Radio Free Woodhaven — Woodhaven’s LIVE talk show. Next Show: Friday at 10 PM – click here to listen.
** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is holding their annual Spring Dance at 7:30 PM on Friday June 6th at the Woodhaven Manor (96-01 Jamaica Avenue).  The honorees are: Woman of the Year 2014 Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez; Man of the Year 2014 WBID President Mathew Xenakis; Award of Distinction 2014 Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of the 102nd Precinct; Honorary Woodhavenite Award 2014 to George Smith; and Awards of Appreciation 2014 to State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Michael Miller. Tickets are $65 and include all-evening buffet and libations, as well as a DJ spinning doo-wop and modern music. Call 718-805-0202 or email gwdcbid@hotmail.com to purchase tickets.
** St. Thomas History Club – The students of the St. Thomas the Apostle History club recently took a tour of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery (behind All Saints Church on 96th Street) as part of a project researching its’ history. Click here to view pictures of their trip.  Also, follow the STA History Club on Facebook to get updates on their other projects including sneak previews of their Woodhaven History Coloring Book for children!
** Represent Woodhaven in the Memorial Day Parade – Every year the Woodhaven Historical Society marches in the Memorial Day Parade on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills representing our community. For a while, we were down to a single marcher. Last year we had 3 marchers representing Woodhaven. Are you interested in marching and representing Woodhaven? The parade is on Sunday, May 25th starting at Noon and last about an hour – a fun activity for the whole family!  Please RSVP if interested!
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 – Back by popular demand the WRBA will be sponsoring The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale again in 2014.  Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting sales of well over $100 — this year we’re aiming for 100 participating households. The 2014 Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 9AM to 4PM (rain date Sunday, September 28, same times). Click here to register.

** Pitch, Hit and Run – WORKS Little League has been chosen by Major League Baseball to run the annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition. It will be held on Saturday May 10th at Pals Oval (88th Street and North Conduit Blvd in Ozone Park).  Registration Starts at 2:30pm, the PHR competition starts at 3:00pm, rain or shine.
** Lost Pup Alert – Yorkie – A family is searching for their Yorkie, answers to Mia, click here for a picture and more information.
** Woodhaven Historical Society May Presentation – Next meeting Wednesday May 28th at 1 PM “The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System” Author Joe Raskin will speak about his recently released book about our Subway System and the system that was almost built (click here for a review). Mr. Raskin works for the MTA and is also an avid photographer of houses – click here to see a collection of his Woodhaven photographs.
** Victorian Wedding at Maple Grove Cemetery – The Friends of the Maple Grove Cemetery are holding a wedding ceremony for a devoted couple who are interred at Maple Grove Cemetery, Mary and Jonathan Coward. They were pre Civil War sweethearts who were separated by the Civil War and reunited 50 years later and married.  They are planning to celebrate the youthful Victorian wedding that they missed – click here for details.

** Interested in a Free Tree? The Forest Hills Tree Giveaway will be on Sunday, May 18the  from 1 PM – 3 PM. 200 small potted free trees will be available for pickup at MacDonald Park on Queens Blvd & 70th Ave, which you can adopt & plant on private property. If you live in a building, consult with your super. (If you choose not to reserve your tree online, a limited quantity will be available at the event on a first-come, first-served basis. If trees are remaining at the end, you can adopt more than 1 tree.) Available trees include: River Birch, American Sweetgum, Tulip Tree, Eastern Redbud, Black Walnut.
** The Bushwicks – Woodhaven’s Semi-Pro Baseball TeamClick here for a very interesting article on the history of The Bushwicks, the semi-pro baseball team that played here in Woodhaven at Dexter Field.
** Abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch Survey – The Office of Community Studies at Queens College and the Urban Studies research methods class are conducting a study of the potential effects of various proposals and options for the redevelopment of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Railroad. If you would like to take part in a survey, click here to download the survey form (it is a PDF).  Once you finish answering the questions, save the file and email it to Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** Soccer League Summer Camps – The Woodhaven Soccer league has announced their dates for Summer Camps.  Campers get five days of soccer training per week with a focus on technical drill sessions & competitive scrimmages. The Camps are geared toward beginning, intermediate and elite travel soccer players ages 6 to 14. They offer 2 different Summer Soccer Camps and the flexibility of choosing all 5 weeks or individual weeks. Click here for details.
** Last Chance – School Sisters Raffle – The School Sisters of Notre Dame are 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 purchase a few tickets?  Contact Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com – he will deliver anywhere in Woodhaven.

Until next time,
Your friends and Neighbors at the



Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735