Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 111



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


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