Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 112


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

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