Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 119

In this issue of The Grapevine:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – SATURDAY 08/16 10 AM Start
    • Billy Joel Tribute Tonight at the Bandshell
    • Graffiti Cleanup Sunday 8/10
    • Woodhaven Slashing Story Incorrect
    • WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available
    • Woodhaven Celebration – Lewis of Woodhaven Honored
  • Local Events
    • St. Thomas Giant Rummage Sale
    • Defensive Driving Class 8/2 @ 9 AM
    • Voter Registration Drive 8/2 9 AM
    • Night Out Against Crime 8/5 @ 6 PM
    • Cemetery Cleanup 8/9 @ 9 AM
    • 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

    • Woodhaven SBS Meeting Summary
    • Neir’s Tavern Commercial
    • Dead Body in Woodhaven Backyard
    • Woodhaven Poet Featured
    • Woodhaven born Playwright’s Play Premieres
    • Carousel Plugged in USA Today
    • Heartshare Building Completed
    • Queens By The Minute
    • WRBA Membership Drive


** Our Top Stories:

** Town Hall Meeting – Our next Town Hall will be Saturday August 16th 10AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).  Catch up on our last meeting here. 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.
** Billy Joel Tribute – It’s late notice, but there is a Billy Joel Tribute at the bandshell this evening starting at 7:30 PM.  Please note that the Carousel will remain open after the concert until 9:30 PM. We hope to see you there!
** Woodhaven Graffiti Cleanup – Last week, 2 residents went around painting mailboxes, click here to see some results. The next graffiti cleanup will be on Sunday, August 10th at 10 AM. We need volunteers – contact the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message (and a way to contact you).  (Read more about our efforts to fight graffitihere – more info coming soon).
** Woodhaven Slashing Story – You may have seen a story in the paper about a woman who was slashed at the J/Z Station. The WRBA questioned the story and, sure enough, it turned out that the slashing actually took place in Elmhurst (click here). The victim, however, is a Woodhaven resident – we have tried unsuccessfully to reach her. If anyone knows her, please let her know we are here to help in any way we can.
** WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts Available – For the past few years, the WRBA has sold the very popular WDHVN 11421 T-Shirts at the Street Fair.  We have a limited supply of leftover stock – if you are interested you can order them here (on a first ordered-first severed basis).  Click here to order.
** 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.  Flash!  A formal announcement on our honorees will be made soon – but we can tell you that Lewis’ of Woodhaven will be inducted into our Hall of Fame. Click here for more info or purchase tickets.
** Other Events:

** St. Thomas Giant Rummage Sale – This weekend, Saturday (10-5) and Sunday (10-4).  All sorts of items, books, clothing, games, knick-knacks. Msgr. Mulz Hall, 88-08 Jamaica Avenue.
** 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.
** Voter Registration Drive – All unregistered American citizens, 18 years and older, whether Democrat, Independent, Republican, etc. are welcome to drop by and register to vote on Saturday August 2nd from 9AM to 4PM at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway, outside the Chase Bank.
** 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.
** 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 behind All Saint’s Church on 96th Street – the next cleanup is 9 AM on Saturday, August 9th. Volunteers are needed and welcome!
** 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:
** Woodhaven SBS Meeting Summary – The Department of Transportation has sent us a summary of the meeting that was held at PS 306 on June 25th.  Click here to view it – and let us know what you think!  Reaction to this plan has been varied – click here and here.
** Neir’s Tavern Commercial – Neir’s Tavern & Steakhouse has produced a commercial starring owner-residents Loy and Aisha Gordon. Click here to view it and click here to learn more about Neir’s.
** Dead Body In Woodhaven Backyard – Speaking of the cemetery, did you ever wonder if anyone was ever buried in your backyard? Click here for a story from 2002 about a homeowner in Woodhaven who discovered a gravestone in his backyard. We spoke to the homeowner this week – the tombstone is still there!
** Woodhaven Poet Featured – Rose Kavanaugh, poet and Secretary of the Woodhaven Historical Society for over 2 decades, was recently profiled in the Leader-Observer, click here to read about her.  Know a resident that would make for an interesting profile? Drop a line to Ed Wendell at projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** Woodhaven Born Playwright’s Play Premieres – Woodhaven-born Daniel McCabe’s play entitled “The Flood” will premiere at the NYC International Fringe Festival (in fact, it has sold out).Click here to learn more about Daniel.
** Carousel Plugged in USA Today – The Forest Park Carousel received a nice plug in an article in USA Today. Click here.  (Side note: isn’t it nice to know we live in one of NYC’s lesser-known boroughs?)
** Heartshare Building – The new Heartshare building is complete on Woodhaven Boulevard and 89th Avenue – have you seen it?  Click here for a quick look.
** Queens By The Minute – A new online news resource has started up called Queens by The Minute, managed by Nick Biondo, a familiar face at many local meetings and events. Click here to have a look.
** 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.
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association


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