Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 125

Greetings all – and welcome aboard to everyone who recently signed up for the Grapevine – you can learn more about the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association here.  And you can catch up on what we’ve been up to by browsing our WRBA in the News page. Also, you can catch up on past editions of the Grapevine by clicking here.
And now, on to our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Next Town Hall – 11/15 Toy Drive! Participatory Budgeting!
    • Local Food Drives
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • Woodhaven Teens Claim Beating By 102
    • Heat or Hot Water Issues
    • Congratulations Loy Gordon!
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Local Events
    • Cemetery Cleanup 11/08
    • Church Service for Veterans 11/09
    • Supermarket Bingo at STA 11/10
    • Woodhaven’s Antique Roadshow 11/12
    • Emanuel’s Fall Fair 11/15
    • Toys for Tots Car Run  11/16
    • Woodhaven History Study Group  11/18
    • Charity Basketball  11/22
    • Defensive Driving Class 11/22
    • Senior Shows 11/26
    • Thanksgiving  11/27
    • Swingtime Big Band Show 12/06
  • News & Announcements

    • WRBA Takes on DSNY
    • Star of Queens – Mike Brothers
    • Woodhaven’s Teen Queen of Roller Derby
    • STA Students Featured on NET-TV
    • Forest Park Dog Run Costume Contest
    • RIP Benny the Garbologist
    • NYFAC Food Drive
    • Woodhaven News Briefs
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • Queens Free Press
    • WRBA Membership Drive

** Our Top Stories:

** Next Town Hall – Our next Town Hall meeting is Saturday, November 15th at 12 Noon at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). We will be accepting new, unwrapped toys on this date to go to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside as part of the annual Toy Run (click here for pics from last year). Also, this meeting will be your best opportunity to chime in with ideas for this year’s round of Participatory Budgeting (click here for last year’s brainstorming session).   
** Local Food Drives – Between November 10th and 20th, you can drop off canned food and other supplies at Councilman Eric Ulrich’s Office (93-06 101st Avenue) that will go to needy veterans. And between November 3rd and 22nd you can drop off canned foods and supplies at Assemblyman Mike Miller’s Office (83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard) that will go to local food pantries.
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
** Woodhaven Teens Claim Beating By 102 Pct – An unsettling story in this week’s NY Daily News about two Woodhaven teens who say they were picked up by officers from our precinct and beaten (click here for details). There is a lawsuit and a complaint with the Civilian Review Board.
** Heat or Hot Water Issues – If you, or anyone you know, does not have enough heat or hot water this winter, it can be reported here.  If the person making the report does not have a computer, they can call 311.
** Congratulations Loy Gordon – The WRBA offers congratulations to Loycent Gordon of the FDNY, and owner of historic Neir’s Tavern, on his promotion to Lieutenant. Click here for more info.
** Radio Free Woodhaven Friday – Click here Friday at 10 PM to listen to Woodhaven’s Only LIVE Radio Show.  Call in to speak with the host at  (646) 378-1612.

** Upcoming Events:

** Cemetery Cleanup – The next cleanup of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery is scheduled for this Saturday, November 8th at 9 AM. Click here for highlights of a previous cleanup.  This event is educational and fun for residents of all ages – volunteers are welcome and very much needed. If you have never visited this historic colonial era cemetery, come to 96th Street and 86th Avenue on Saturday and be a part of history!
** Church Service for Veterans – Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard) will hold a special service to honor our veterans on Sunday Nov. 9. Service begins at 10:45, all are invited to attend.
The following event has been cancelled.
** Supermarket Bingo – There will be an evening of Supermarket Bingo at St. Thomas the Apostle on Monday, November 10th. Click here for more information.
** Woodhaven’s Antique Roadshow – Veteran appraiser Eddie Costello will return to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, November 12th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ, at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue (click here for guidelines & more info). Please note that we will also be accepting toys for the children of St. Mary’s Hospital in Bayside at this meeting.
** Emanuel’s Fall Fair – Vendors galore, books, nick-nacks, raffles and prizes — Saturday, November 15th, all day long, Emanuel United Church of Christ, corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
** Toys for Tots Toy Run – The East Coast Car Association will hold their annual Toy Run to St. Mary’s Hospital on Sunday, November 16th. Almost a hundred classic cars will begin lining up at 9 AM at the Forest Park Bandshell and the Toy Run will start around 12:30 PM.  Click here for more info.
** Woodhaven History Study Group – The 2nd meeting of the Woodhaven Study Group will meet on Tuesday November 18th (a week early because of Thanksgiving) at the Avenue Diner, starting at 7 PM. Our group is researching 1912, 1916, 1921, 1924, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1941, and 1961. Even if you do not want to research, just want to hear about what we find, you are more than welcome to attend. Click here for a brief report on the first meeting, plus an exciting look at the old Loew’s Willard Theater, which has made a brief reappearance, of sorts.
** Charity Basketball – On November 22nd at 7pm there will be a charity basketball game between the Woodhaven’s Angel Vasquez and the Young Democrats and Queens Elected Officials at Resurrection Ascension School (85-25 61st Rd, Rego Park) and the half-time show will be performed by “The Honeymooners”. All the proceeds go to the food pantry for the church – tickets are $10 each, doors open at 6:30 pm.
** 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, November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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.
** Thanksgiving – Queens Tabernacle (86-03 96th St.) is opening their doors to needy families on Thanksgiving, call 718-846-7575 for more info.
** Senior Shows – Astoria Bank is supporting the tenth season of shows for senior citizens at Once Upon A Time Inc., 87-61 111th Street, Richmond Hill with two holiday specials to kickoff the season. The first will be Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Wednesday, November 26, at 10 AM. The second will be a musical version of “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, December 11 at 10 AM. All tickets are only $5 and may be reserved by calling Mark at 718-846-9182
** Swingtime Big Band in Woodhaven – The Swingtime Big Band sound is coming to Woodhaven in a show presented by St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy. The show will be held on Saturday, December 6th at 3 PM at Msgr. Mulz Hall,all proceeds go to benefit the school. Click here for more info.
** News & Announcements:
** WRBA Takes on DSNY – Click here for a news story on WPIX about the WRBA’s report on the tickets given in the middle of the night by Sanitation.  And click here for the WRBA’s report on illegal signs.
** Star of Queens – Congratulations to Mike Brothers, of Woodhaven’s Ohlert-Ruggiere, for being named this week’s Star of Queens for his work as Chairman of the Board of NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children). Click here for more info on Mike.
** Woodhaven’s Teen Queen of Roller Derby – Congratulations to Woodhaven’s Maureen MacIntosh for being named to a national roller derby team. Click here to read more about this young woman with a bright future!
** STA Students Featured on NET-TV – The STA Woodhaven History Club was featured on NET-TV – click here for the story.
** Forest Park Dog Run Costume Contest – Video – Ed Wendell and Janet Forte joined Loy Gordon of Neir’s Tavern as judged for the annual Halloween Costume Contest for pups at the K9 Korral Dog Run at Forest Park – click here to see video of all the contestants and the winners!
** RIP Benny the Garbologist – We were sad to hear that Benny Villanova (aka Benny the Garbologist) passed away last week at the age of 62.  If you’ve ever noticed the Peace sign on Park Lane South & 87th, or visited his ad-hoc garage sale, you probably knew Benny. Click here for a feature we did on Benny in 2009, click here to read Benny as featured in the NY Times.
** NYFAC Canned Food Drive – NYFAC is partnering up with Raymour & Flanigan to collect canned goods for local needy families. Donating 10 or more cans of food at Raymour & Flanigan’s Elmhurst, Jamaica or Middle Village locations will get you a 10% discount that day.
** Woodhaven Library News – Some news briefs from Kendra at our Woodhaven library: “We are having a Holiday Flea Market Fun Day in December and we are looking for people who would like to rent a table to sell crafts, etc. at $25.00 per table to benefit the Friends group. The will be a Friends group meeting this Monday November 10th at 5:30 to discuss the details, decide on the date. For more information contact Kendra at 718-849-1010.Also we have several FREE exercise classes going on. An Introduction to Tai Chi with Kevin M. Sullivan will be offered for free on three Thursdays in November. November 6th, 13th and 20th at 6:00 PM. “Participants will learn about this gentle form of martial arts oftentimes referred to as ‘meditation in motion.’ Kevin M. Sullivan has taught martial arts for 30 years.” Zumba provided by ShapeupNYC and NYC Parks continues every Tuesday at 6:00 until January 6th. Dress to work out, bring a bottle of water and just show up to the library’s side entrance.”
** WRBA Dance Journal – Each year, the WRBA produces a journal for its dinner dance. The journal looks back on the past 12 months, pays tribute to our honorees, and includes many ads from businesses and sponsors — click here to take a few moments to look through this year’s WRBA Journal. And please take note of the businesses that supported our community by taking out an ad in this year’s journal. Return the favor – support these businesses – and please thank them the next time you are doing business with them.  Without their support, much of what the WRBA does would not be possible.
** Queens Free Press – One of our members, Joel Kuszai, has started a news site, focusing on Queens with some Woodhaven News, click here to check it out.
** 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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