Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 115


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


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