Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 118



In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – SATURDAY 07/19 10 AM Start
    • Thursday Night Concert & Night Time Carousel Ride
    • Woodhaven Cemetery Cleanup Recap
    • Universal Pre-K on Radio Free Woodhaven Friday @ 10 PM
    • Help Wanted: Universal Pre-K Teacher
    • Woodhaven Celebration & Fundraiser Tickets Now on Sale
  • Local Events
    • 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
    • NYFAC Bike Ride to Fight Autism 7/26
    • Defensive Driving Class 8/2 @ 9 AM
    • Night Out Against Crime 8/5 @ 6 PM
    • Sen. Addabbo’s BBQ for Vets 8/16 @ 12 PM
    • Carousel Ride to Fight Alzheimer’s 8/22 @ 6:30
    • International Food Day @ All Saints 8/23
    • The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2014 9/27 10 AM
  • News & Announcements

    • Eric Ulrich Discusses Woodhaven, New Graffiti Program & More
    • Mike Miller Discusses Woodhaven, Announces Will Run Unopposed
    • High School Equivalency Program in Woodhaven
    • Two Arrested in Fatal Beating
    • Atlantic Avenue a Concern
    • WRBA Membership Drive


** Our Top Stories:

** Town Hall Meeting – Our next Town Hall will be Saturday July 19th 10AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). 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


** Thursday Night Concert & Carousel – There is a free concert at 7:30 the bandshell Thursday (July 17th) – a Rod Stewart Tribute (click here for a preview). If you want to go with friends and neighbors, a few of us will be on the left-hand side (facing the stage) towards the back (we’ll get there around 6:45). And then afterwards, we’re going on an evening ride at the Forest Park Carousel (which is open on concert nights until 9:30). Come out and enjoy a concert and the carousel – we’ll see you there!

** Woodhaven Cemetery Cleanup – The clean up of Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is underway – click here for pictures and video. These clean ups are family-friendly, and great educational events for young students. Clean ups will be held on the 2nd Saturday of every month – the next cleanup is 9 AM on Saturday, August 9th. Volunteers are needed and welcome!


** Radio Free Woodhaven – You may have seen the news that Universal Pre-K Classes will be offered at our Woodhaven Library. Jen Manley (VP of Community Affairs) and Nick Buron (VP of Community Services) will be speaking about this on Friday’s episode of Radio Free Woodhaven (click here to listen Friday at 10 PM). 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.

** Universal Pre-K Teacher Needed – A follow-up on the item above, the Queens Public Library would ideally like to hire a teacher from our community. Here is the link to the job posting for Universal Pre-K Teacher. Please pass along to anyone who may fit the bill.

** Woodhaven Residents Annual Celebration – The WRBA’s Annual Dinner Dance is scheduled for Friday October 10th (that’s 10/10 — easy to remember!) and will be held this year at Roma View Catering. Stay tuned for the big announcements on who will be honored – we know it’s going to create some buzz!  Flash!  Tickets just went on sale – click here to purchase your tickets online – as you might have guessed, prices went up this year, but . . . we’re keeping our dance tickets at $65 per person. Note: Our annual journal is a nice looking booklet that gets high visibility since we publish it on the web (click here to see the 2013 Journal).  We’ve kept ad prices the same, click here to order an ad online).



** Other Events:

** 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!
** NYFAC Bike Ride – On Saturday, July 26, in Howard Beach, there will be a 20-mile bike ride, “The Loop,” to benefit the NYFAC Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The day’s events will include breakfast, a barbecue, DJ and much more! Last week, we spoke with Toni Cimino, Director of Development for NYFAC – click here to hear that interview.
** Defensive Driving Class – Completion of DMV-approved defensive driving classes can provide you with a 10% reduction on your automobile insurance.  There will be a National Safety Council Defensive Driving Class held on Saturday, August 2nd from 9AM to 4PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Reservations are required, please call 718-849-1153 and leave name and phone number.  Cost for this one-day course is $35.  Breakfast, light refreshments, snacks, coffee will be provided, you must bring your own lunch.
** Night Out Against Crime – The Annual Night Out Against Crime will take place on Tuesday, August 5th at the Buddy Memorial Monument (Park Lane South & Myrtle Avenue) from 6 PM to 9 PM.  There will be live music & refreshments (soda & hot dogs). Come down and meet the members of the 102nd Precinct in a friendly environment.  Call the 102nd precinct Community Affairs for more info (718) 805-3215 or call 102nd precinct Community Council President Latchman Budhai at (917) 660-0434.
** BBQ for Vets – Sen. Joe Addabbo will be hosting his 6th Annual barbecue for veterans at his Howard beach Office (159-53 102nd Street) on Saturday August 16th from Noon until 2 PM. Everyone is welcome.
** Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s – NY Carousel Entertainment, LLC, operator of the recently landmarked, Forest Park Carousel, is proud to host the third annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, donating 100% of all proceeds from carousel rides to the Alzheimer’s NYC Chapter Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM. Click here for more information.
** International Food Day – All Saints Church (Facebook link) will be hosting an International Food Day on Saturday August 23rd. This is an all-day event that will take place in the street outside of All Saints (formerly St. Matt’s) at 85-45 96th Street. Details to follow!
** 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:
** Eric Ulrich Discusses Woodhaven – Last week on Radio Free Woodhaven we spoke with Councilman Eric Ulrich who discussed the many good changes coming our way. Of note, Eric discusses the change to the graffiti program, something we will be discussing at this Saturday’s Town Hall meeting. We also discuss the lighting on Jamaica Avenue, the new garbage cans and more. Click here to listen.
** Mike Miller Discusses Woodhaven – Last week on Radio Free Woodhaven our Assemblyman mike Miller discussed a number of things concerning our community, including the partially collapsed building, but the breaking news here was that he will be running unopposed in this next election – so congratulations, Mike! Click here to listen.
** High School Equivalency (HSE) Classes – Obtaining your High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma opens up many more job opportunities for you. Statistically, those with a high school diploma or an HSE earn twice as much as those without over the course of a lifetime. The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center (SSNDEC) in Woodhaven, Queens has been providing that help via High School Equivalency Diploma classes for the last 10 years. After a $30 registration fee, there is no additional cost to participate in the program.  Click here for more information.
** Two Arrested in Fatal Beating – There was a horrific incident right on the border of Woodhaven and Ozone Park. 55-year old Nazmul Islam of Richmond Hill was found laying at 76th and Atlantic and was pronounced dead at the scene. Recent news reports suggest the incident stemmed from a confrontation that took place at a strip club on 78th and Atlantic.  Two young men were subsequently arrested and charged with murder and robbery. Click herehere and here for more details.

** Atlantic Avenue a Concern – Following up on the story above, there have been a lot of concerns lately about response to conditions on Atlantic Avenue. Click here for more details. Clickhere for more details. It is likely that this will be one topic discussed at our Town Hall meeting this Saturday morning at 10 AM.

** 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.


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