Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 116



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


** 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



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