Archive for June, 2014

Partially Collapsed Building Update

June 29, 2014

The building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue has been in the news again with reports that the city and the courts are finally getting tough with George Kochabe, the owner of the structure which has not been repaired or torn down since it collapsed on April 12th of last year. Since that collapse, the building has been causing ongoing damage to the home of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The ongoing damage, which includes massive flooding and mold damage (in addition to threatening the structural stability of the WRHVAC’s building) has been the reason the WRHVAC’s insurance company won’t fix their building. It has kept the Ambulance Corps from entering their building, and has forced their tenant – The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center – to move to the American Legion Hall on the other side of Woodhaven. The result of this has been a tremendous financial burden on the Ambulance Corps which threatens their existence.

At the most recent meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Department of Buildings community liaison Ken Lazar stated that time had run out for the owner and that the courts were putting in place a schedule that the owner had to make. Read more details about this meeting in Phil Corso’s coverage for The Forum (click here).

The WRBA has recently spoke with both State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and State Assemblyman Mike Miller and they have confirmed that this court-set schedule exists and that missing any of the deadlines would result in the demolition of the building by HPD (Department of Housing Preservation and Development). 

Here is that schedule set by the court:

June 27 – owner to present and file plans
July 3 –  contractor to file permits
July 14 – start work at the site
July 18 (and each week afterwards) – engineer to file report on work done
October 14 – completion of work

We hope that this schedule is adhered to by the courts and by the city and this isn’t just another chapter in the long game that’s been going on. We’ve been promised that time has run out and that this schedule is a strict one – we hope for the sake of the Volunteer Ambulance Corps and our Seniors that this is, indeed, the case.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 116

June 19, 2014

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – THIS SATURDAY 06/21 10 AM Start
    • Thank Our Vets BBQ
    • Adopt-A-Platoon-Results
    • WRBA Membership Drive
    • Graffiti Cleanup Update
  • Local Events
    • Free Health & Safety Event 6/21 @ 10 AM
    • Woodhaven Historical’s Penny Social 6/25 @ 1 PM
    • Small Business Seminar 6/25 @ 7:30 PM
    • DOT/MTA’s Select Bus Service6/25
    • 102 Precinct Blood Drive 6/26 @ 1 PM
    • Richmond Hill Walking Tour 6/28 12 Noon
    • Woodhaven Historic Family Cemetery Cleanup 7/12 @ 9AM
    • Free Basketball Camp 7/21 through 7/25
    • No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams 7/24 @ 9 AM
    • Blood Drive at Emanuel united Church of Christ 7/26 @ 9 AM
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • Reporting a Natural Gas Leak
    • Reporting Potholes to 311 Via Facebook
    • Woodhaven Gardening Club
    • Poll Worker Opportunities
    • Free Summer Sports Clinics
    • Upcoming Events at the Woodhaven Library
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
    • The WRBA Royals – Season’s Almost Over

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** Our Top Stories:

** Town Hall Meeting – Our next Town Hall will be THIS 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 Our Vets BBQ – The WRBA’s Thank Our Vets BBQ was a big success, many thanks to all who came out to thank our veterans. You can read about it in the Leader-Observer, the Forum – and you can see video of it by clicking here.

** Adopt A Platoon – Many thanks to everyone who contributed to American Legion Post 118’s Adopt A Platoon. A large shipment of items send with love from the residents of Woodhaven is now on it’s way to Afghanistan.

** WRBA Membership Drive –
Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues – if you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.

** WRBA Graffiti Cleanup – As previously reported, the WRBA went out on a mailbox graffiti cleanup, cleaning all mailboxes in Zone A (from Woodhaven Boulevard to the Richmond Hill border) – happy to report that as of this writing all are still clean and graffiti-free.  We’ll be planning to tackle the next Zone soon – contact us if interested!

** Other Events:

** Free Health & Safety Event – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Senator Joseph Addabbo will present a free safety and health event on June 21, 2014 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot.  NYPD (VIN & Bike etching), Cell phone, laptop, ipad registration, FDNY (Smoke House) and much more. Click here for details.

** Woodhaven Historical’s Penny Social – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will hold their annual Penny Social Fundraiser on Wednesday June 25th at 1 PM at Emanuel United. There are always a lot of interesting items up for grabs at this event – click here for details.

** Small Business Seminar – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Senator Joe Addabbo will present a Small Business Seminar Wednesday June 25th 7:30 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ.  A great opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns from agencies such as Department of Buildings, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and many more. Click here for details.

** DOT/MTA’s Select Bus Service – There was a meeting in Woodhaven hosted by the Riders Alliance the other night, you can read about the reaction here. There may be some significant changes to Woodhaven Boulevard in the works. We will talk about them this Saturday at our Town Hall – and the DOT will be hosting a meeting Wednesday June 25th at 7 PM at PS 306. Don’t wait until it’s too late to voice your opinion!
** 102nd Precinct Blood Drive – There will be a blood drive at the 102nd Precinct on Thursday, June 26th from 1 PM to 7 PM.  Click here for more information.
** Walking Tour of Richmond Hill – Author Kevin Walsh, webmaster of 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 tour costs $20 per person ($15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members).  Update:  Click here to hear our interview with Kevin Walsh.
** Woodhaven Cemetery Cleanup – The Woodhaven Historical Society and STA’s Woodhaven History Club are inviting everyone to take part in a cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery on Saturday, July 12th starting at 9 AM. This is a unique opportunity to visit a historic location and take part in its well being. Click here for details on how to sign up.
** Free Basketball Camp – Queens Tabernacle on 96th Street is sponsoring a Free 5-Day Basketball Camp the week of Monday July 21st. Click here for details.

** No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams
– A Mobile Care Clinic will be in front of Queens County Savings Bank (corner of Woodhaven Boulevard & Jamaica Avenue) on Thursday, July 24 from 9 AM to 4 PM. This is sponsored in the memory of Ginny Campione, click here for requirements, call 1-877-628-9090 for an appointment. (Update: Ginny Campione worked at Columbia Savings Bank years ago – click here to hear our interview with her son Billy).
** Blood Drive at Emanuel – There will be a Blood Drive at Emanuel United Church of Christ on Saturday, July 26th from 9 AM to 4 PM. Giving blood saves lives!
** 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:
** Reporting a Natural Gas Leak – The City of New York has begun a public awareness campaign to urge residents to call 911 -and not just their utility – if they smell gas. Click here for more info.

** Reporting Potholes to 311 Via Facebook –
For those of you on Facebook, you can now enter 311 complaints for potholes via Facebook. Click here for more info.

** Woodhaven Gardening Club –
The Woodhaven gardening Club has announced their summer schedule – click here for more info.

** Poll Workers Needed – Registered Democrats living in the Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park areas wishing to work the polls on election day can contact Angel Vazquez at 212-380-8926.
 
** Free Summer Sports Clinics – Registration for Forest & Highland Park Free Summer Sports Clinics has been extended – spaces are still available for kids ages 7-14. Click here for more info.

** Upcoming Events at the Woodhaven Library – The Woodhaven Library has sent us a long list of upcoming events and programs suitable for children, adults – the entire family. https://wrba.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/upcoming-events-at-the-woodhaven-library/Click here to see what’s happening in our library.
 
** Radio Free Woodhaven – The WRBA’s online radio show, LIVE Friday’s at 10 PM. Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE. You can always click the same link to listen in the archives. During the show you can call in to speak with the host – (646) 378-1612.
** 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? They are 4 and 5 year-olds and fun to watch! The next game is Sunday 6/22 at 1:00 PM at the track at Victory Field.  After the game, we will be taking the players over to the Forest Park Carousel for a spin and a team picture. Note: After Sunday there is only 1 more game so if you haven’t seen Woodhaven’s Team yet, time is running out!
Until next time,

Your friends and Neighbors at the



Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

718-296-3735

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Reporting a Natural Gas Leak

June 19, 2014

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The City of New York has begun a public awareness campaign to urge residents to call 911 -and not just their utility – if they smell gas.  Previously, residents who smelled gas were often told to call their gas utility or dial 311, the city’s information hotline.  Now, any calls to 311 reporting gas will be transferred to the 911 emergency line, automatically triggering a fire department response.

If you suspect a natural gas leak:

  • Leave the area immediately and go to a safe location
  • Do not try to locate the source of the leak
  • Do not do anything that could cause a spark and ignite the gas:
  • Do not use electrical devices, such as light switches, telephones, or garage door openers
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters
  • Do not start vehicles parked in the area
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves
  • From a safe location, call 911 to report a gas leak.  Do not call your gas provider.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until fire department or law enforcement personnel deem the area safe for re-entry

Signs of Natural Gas Leak

  • “Rotten egg” smell
  • Dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area
  • Dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground
  • Bubbling in wet or flooded areas
  • Blowing or hissing sound
  • Flames, if a leak has ignited
  • Gas in transmission pipelines does not have odorant added, so signs of a pipeline leak may include all of the above except the rotten egg odor

 

2014 Forest and Highland Park Free Summer Sports Clinics

June 19, 2014

2014 Forest and Highland Park Free Summer Sports Clinics

Registration has been extended! Space is still available for the listed sports!

Participants ages 7-14 will learn sportsmanship, social skills and the basics of their chosen sport in this intense six-week program.

Registration for the program will take place through an online lottery system. Winners will be selected by a computerized random draw within each sports clinic.

For questions or to register, please visit the Forest and Highland Park Sports Clinics webpage or call (718) 235-4100 x307.

Sports Clinics
Soccer at Highland Park Ages 7-9
Mondays, Wednesdays,and Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Ages 10-14
Mondays, Wednesdays,and Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Karate at Forest Park
Mondays and Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Skateboarding at Forest Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Woodhaven Gardening Club

June 19, 2014

Summer Dates from the Woodhaven Gardening Club:

June
Friday June 20th, 2:00-4:00

July
Thursday July 10th        3:00-5:00

Thursday July 17th        3:00-5:00

Thursday July 24th         3:00-5:00

Thursday July 31st        3:00-5:00

What we will be doing:

Vegetable Garden

Check in on our vegetable garden and help care for our tomatoes, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, kale and more. We will be watering and weeding the garden on this day.

Planting Flowers

Help beautify the neighborhood by planting flowers in our side garden.

Potting Seedlings

The seedlings that we started at the last meeting are sprouting, but very slowly. Let’s get these safely into pots and help them grow!

All adults and families with children welcome.

We have something for everyone to do!

Woodhaven Community Library

85-41 Forest Parkway

Woodhaven, NY 11421

(718) 849-1010

Reporting Potholes to 311 Via Facebook

June 19, 2014

For those of you on Facebook, NYC311 is now accepting Street Pothole Service Requests via Facebook Private Message. If you send NYC311 a Private Message with a street pothole location (an intersection of two City streets and the Borough), they will confirm your request by replying with your Service Request number. You then can track the status of your request online or by adding the SR number to the “My Complaints” section of the 311 App.

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Upcoming Events at the Woodhaven Library

June 12, 2014

New and Exciting at the Woodhaven Library:

The Woodhaven Library will be providing UPK starting this Fall. We will have 18 full day pre-k seats available. For more information see See http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreKCome in to the library to pick up an application. 

Summer Meals for kids will be provided for free weekdays starting June 27th. Lunch will be served from 1:00-2:00. Programs and events for kids will be scheduled all summer around the free lunch time, please come in to pick up a calendar of Summer Reading events for kids. 

The Vic Vincent Band will be presenting a “Musical History Tour of Rock and Roll, Do Wop and Pop” at the Library on June 19th at 2:00 PM. Refreshments will be served and a good time will be had by all!

Woodhaven Library Flea Market Fun Day- We have two Young Entrepreneurs Workshops scheduled in June which will culminate in a Woodhaven Library Flea Market Fun Day in which young people will be selling their wares at tables set up on the library grounds on June 27th from 2:00-4:00. Come support our neighborhood’s youngest entrepreneurs! Also we’ll have face painting, games and more. Call or stop in to talk to Ken Gordon about participating. 

Shape Up NY Zumba- Free Zumba Exercise classes will be provided at the Woodhaven Library on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 starting July 8th and running through January 6th. Think getting in shape in NYC has to be expensive? Think again! 

Get out and Dance this summer! Learn Salsa and Mambo this summer for free at the Woodhaven Library at our Salsa and Mambo Workshops on Thursdays July 17, 24 and 31 at 2:00 PM. Presented by Guy Ferrara, one of the last great dancers from New York City’s golden age of Latin Dance! 

Ebooks Workshop: get the latest eBooks using the Queens Library website. Bring your reader, tablet or smartphone or just come in to learn more. Thursday July 10th at 11:00 am and Thursday July 24th at 5:00 pm.
Summer Dates for the Breastfeeding Support Group (English and Spanish) The Breastfeeding support group will meet Wednesdays July 9th, 24th and August 13th at 12:00 after Toddler Time. Speak with a certified Lactation Consultant and participate in our support group. Pregnant women welcome as well as all nursing moms!

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UPDATE: More Events

Jr. Friends of the Library Volunteers. Sign-up starts Monday June 16. Ages 10 – 14.
Pre-registration required.
 
Reading and Writing Through Literature. Sign-up starts Tuesday June 17. Grades 3 – 5.
Pre-registration required.
Flea Market Fun Day: Friday June 27 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. All Ages.
Movie Night: The Lego Movie Friday, July 11 from 4:00 – 6:00. PM All Ages
Free Lunches: Every day (EXCEPT Tuesday) begin Friday June 27 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. All Ages.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Club: Mondays, starting July 7 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Ages 8 – 12
Movie Making: Mondays, starting July 7 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Ages 8 -15
Chess Club: Tuesdays, starting July 8 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Ages 6 and up.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays, starting July 9 from 11:15 – 12:00 PM. Ages 18 mos – 3 yrs.
K – 2 Grade Book Club: Wednesdays, starting July 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
Gardening Club: Thursdays starting July 10 3:00 – 5:00. All Ages.
Reading and Writing Through Literature: Fridays, starting July 11 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Grades 3 – 5.
Pre-registration Required.
3 – 6 Grade Book Club: Fridays, starting July 18 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
Game Day: Fridays 7/18, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. All Ages
For more details see attached flyers.
For Adults:
Vic Vincent Music Group: Thursday June 19 from 2:00 – 3:000 PM
Zumba: Tuesdays, starting July 8 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Breastfeeding Class and Support Group: Wednesday, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
E Book Workshop: Thursday July 10 at 11:00 AM and Thursday July 24 at 5:00 PM 
Salsa and Mambo Workshop: Thursday 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 115

June 11, 2014
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In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Flag Day Barbecue Thanking The Vets 6/14
    • A Famous Poet In Our Midst – WRBA VP Giedra Kregzdys
    • Woodhaven Boulevard Meeting (Updated with Interview) – 6/16
    • Next Town Hall – Saturday 06/21 10 AM Start
    • Woodhaven’s Community Calendar
    • WRBA Graffiti Cleanup
    • WRBA Membership Drive
  • Local Events
    • Flag Day Ceremony at St. Thomas 6/13 @ 9:45 AM
    • Free Concert – The Magic of Motown 6/15 @ 5 PM
    • Woodhaven Poetry Club 6/17 @ 6:30 PM
    • Woodhaven History Showcase 6/18 @ 7 PM
    • Free Health & Safety Event 6/21 @ 10 AM
    • No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams 6/24 @ 9 AM
    • Woodhaven Historical’s Penny Social 6/25 @ 1 PM
    • Small Business Seminar 6/25 @ 7:30 PM
    • 102 Precinct Blood Drive 6/26 @ 1 PM
    • Richmond Hill Walking Tour 6/28 12 Noon
    • Free Basketball Camp 7/21 through 7/25
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • Mary Whalen Playground Renovations
    • Congressional Candidate Jeff Kurzon Calls Radio Free Woodhaven
    • Mayor deBlasio’s Housing Plan and Abandoned Homes
    • Woodhaven Student Photographer at the MET
    • Woodhaven Holiday Tree Update
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
    • The WRBA Royals – Under New Management!
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 – and 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.

** A Famous Poet In Our Midst – WRBA Vice President Giedra Kregzdys has had 3 of her poems published in the Newtown Literary Journal, and recently did a reading at the Astoria Bookshop. Click here for more details on this book.  Congratulations, Giedra!

** 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.  Extra: We spoke with Jess Nizar of Riders Alliance about Woodhaven Boulevard and the upcoming meeting – click here to listen to it.

** Town Hall Meeting – 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’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 is also on the homepage of Project Woodhaven. Have an event you’d like added? Let us know!
** WRBA Graffiti Cleanup – Last Saturday, the WRBA went out on a mailbox graffiti cleanup. In the past, we’ve broken our neighborhood up into 3 zones – and we’re happy to report that after this past cleanup, all mailboxes in Zone A (from Woodhaven Boulevard to the Richmond Hill border) are clean and graffiti-free.  We’ll be planning to tackle the next Zone soon – contact us if interested!
** WRBA Membership Drive – Many thanks to everyone who signed up as new members or renewed their existing memberships. Our drive for new memberships and renewals continues – if you want to renew or sign-up online, click here.
** Other Events:

** Flag Day Ceremony One of Woodhaven’s most patriotic events, St. Thomas the Apostle’s Flag Day Celebration will take place Friday morning (6/13) at 9:45 AM in their 87th Street Schoolyard. (If it rains, it will be held in the basement cafeteria). Everyone is welcome. Click here for scenes from last year’s event.
** Father’s Day Concert – Magic of Motown – Happy Father’s Day to all! A nice way to celebrate is a free concert in Forest Park at the bandshell. This Sunday (6/15), enjoy The Magic of Motown – listen to the sounds of your favorite R&B and Soul classics. Starts at 5 PM.
 
** 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.
** Free Health & Safety Event – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Senator Joseph Addabbo will present a free safety and health event on June 21, 2014 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot.  NYPD (VIN & Bike etching), Cell phone, laptop, ipad registration, FDNY (Smoke House) and much more. Click here for details.

** No Cost Digital Mammograms & Clinical Breast Exams
– A Mobile Care Clinic will be in front of Queens County Savings Bank (corner of Woodhaven Boulevard & Jamaica Avenue) on Thursday, July 24 from 9 AM to 4 PM. This is sponsored in the memory of Ginny Campione, click here for requirements, call 1-877-628-9090 for an appointment.

** Woodhaven Historical’s Penny Social – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will hold their annual Penny Social Fundraiser on Wednesday June 25th at 1 PM at Emanuel United. There are always a lot of interesting items up for grabs at this event – click here for details.

** Small Business Seminar – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Senator Joe Addabbo will present a Small Business Seminar June 25th 7:30 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ.  A great opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns from agencies such as Department of Buildings, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and many more. Click here for details.

** 102nd Precinct Blood Drive – There will be a blood drive at the 102nd Precinct on Thursday, June 26th from 1 PM to 7 PM.  Click here for more information.
** Walking Tour of Richmond Hill – Author Kevin Walsh, webmaster of 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 tour costs $20 per person ($15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members).  Mr. Walsh will be our guest this Friday on Radio Free Woodhaven – Click here Friday a 10 PM to listen LIVE.
** Free Basketball Camp – Queens Tabernacle on 96th Street is sponsoring a Free 5-Day Basketball Camp the week of Monday July 21st. Click here for details.
** 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:
** Mary Whalen Playground Renovations – There was a meeting this week on the proposed renovations to Mary Whalen Playground (79th and Park Lane South). Click here for pictures and video of the presentation.

** Candidate for Congress Calls Radio Free Woodhaven – Jeff Kurzon, running for Congress District 7, will be squaring off against Nydia Velazquez in the Democratic primary. Last Friday, Jeff called Radio Free Woodhaven, our LIVE online radio show – click here to hear the whole interview.
 
** Mayor deBlasio’s Housing Plan and Abandoned Homes – WRBA Director Alexander Blenkinsopp penned an article in last week’s Times-Newsweekly about Mayor deBlasio’s Housing Plan and he suggests the Mayor should aggressively address the problem of abandoned homes. Click here to read it.
 
** Woodhaven Student Photographer at the MET – Woodhaven resident Zayed Haq, a student at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, reports that one of his works – a picture of Jamaica Avenue – is going to be on display at the MET. It also hung in the office of Caroline Kennedy.  Click here for more info.

** Woodhaven’s Holiday Tree –
A few residents have reported to us that the Evergreen Tree at Forest Parkway looks dead.  We contacted Forestry who confirmed that is it, indeed, dead — they reported that it is scheduled for replacement in the Fall. Click here for pictures.

** Radio Free Woodhaven –
The WRBA’s online radio show, LIVE Friday’s at 10 PM. This Friday (6/13) we’ll be joined by Kevin Walsh, who will discuss his upcoming walking tour of Richmond Hill. Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE.  You can also click the same link later on to listen to the recording
** 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 game is Thursday 6/12 at 5:45 PM at the track at Victory Field.  There is no game this Sunday.
Until next time,

Your friends and Neighbors at the



Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

 

Free Basketball Camp Starts July 21st

June 11, 2014

Queens Tabernacle on 96th Street is sponsoring a Free 5-Day Basketball Camp the week of Monday July 21st.

Camps are 5 days in length, running 2 sessions a day:
Five-Day Camp (specific times and locations listed below):
Monday, July 21, 2014 – Friday, July 25, 2014



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Session 1: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – boys and girls from ages 4 to 19.
Session 2: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – boys and girls from ages 4 to 19.
Forest Park, Park Lane South and Myrtle Ave (Thomas Maloney Basketball Park)
Sponsor:Queens Tabernacle, 86-03 96th Street, Woodhaven, Phone: 718-846-7575

Above the Rim Basketball Camps are structured camps providing a loving atmosphere to each camper, while reinforcing our motto: “Set Your Mind On Things Above the Rim” with (Colossians 3:2). We partner with local churches and community centers in the area to reach the youth through the game of basketball. During the week our staff will spend quality time with each of the boys and girls teaching them the fundamental skills of basketball along with reinforcing specific character qualities in the game of basketball as well as their daily lives. These camps are offered FREE to both the local church/community center and camp participants.

Above the Rim Basketball Camp has experienced instructors that teach shooting, ball handling, defense, rebounding, individual and team offense stations. Camp participants will work on skills in various learning environments through stations, games and competitions. Break times will include a character building story and character quality each day of the camp. Daily giveaways are also given to camp participants.

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Proposed Renovations of Mary Whalen Playground

June 11, 2014

There was a meeting on Tuesday, June 10th to review a presentation of the renovations to Mary Whalen Playground (79th and Park Lane South).  1 Million Dollars of funding has been allocated to this project by Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, with an additional $180,000 coming from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

 

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The presentation touched on the current conditions of the playground which, while still very nice, needs some upgrades.

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The playground will be broken up into several sections with new pathways created and new plantings and trees.  The young children will have their own areas while a section of the back will be designated for teens.

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Here is a sample of the playground equipment for pre-school children.

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And here is a sample of the playground equipment for pre-teen children.

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And below are some examples of designs in other playgrounds that we will see in Mary Whalen Playground.

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The entire presentation can be viewed here: