Archive for January, 2015

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 129

January 15, 2015
Here is our latest edition of what’s happening in Woodhaven:
  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall SATURDAY – 12 Noon at American Legion
    • WRBA Website
    • Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Local Events
    • Little League Registration 1/16
    • Estate Planning Presentation 1/24
    • Catholic School’s Week 1/25
    • Old Pictures of Queens Slideshow at Neir’s 1/27
    • Schmidt’s Candies at Historical Society 1/28
    • Art Show at Resorts Casino 2/9
    • School Sisters’ Mardi Gras 2/11
    • Queens Symphony Orchestra Free Show in Woodhaven 2/25
    • St. Paddy’s Day at the American Legion 3/15
  • News & Announcements

    • Valentines for Vets
    • Collapsed Building Update
    • Cinemart Theater in Trouble
    • Jimmy Young & The Diaper Derby
    • Woodhaven in Liam Neeson Movie Trailer
    • Walking in Woodhaven (Lots of Pictures)
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive

** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall Saturday – Our first meeting of 2015 is Saturday, January 17th at 12 Noon at American Legion Post 118 (89-02 91st Street, behind PS 60). We will be joined by the Parks Department who will discuss street trees. Also, we will be having a collection to sponsor our Little League T-Ball team (4 & 5 year-olds) – the WRBA Royals. Least year, we not only sponsored a team – we also managed it.
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – There, you will find our Community Calendar, Latest News and Announcements, Membership Info, our Press Releases, and a list of our media appearances.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – We’ll be LIVE Friday at 10 PM EST, click here at 10 to listen live. Got any thoughts on what’s going on in Woodhaven, or in our city? Call in during the show, (646) 378-1612 and voice your opinion. If you miss the live broadcast, you can always click the same link to listen archives.

** Upcoming Events:

** Little League Registration – Time is running out to register in WORKS Little League. The office will be open Friday, January 16th from 7 to 9 PM for registration ($100 per child for the season). The WORKS Little League Office is located at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue (corner of Forest Parkway above the bank).
** Estate Planning – All Nations Baptist Church (86-76 80th Street ) is hosting a presentation called “Getting Your House In Order.” The guest speakers at this meeting will be a banker, an attorney and a funeral director (WRBA 2013 Man of the Year Paul Rudolph of Walker Funeral Home).  They will talk about the importance of creating a will, funeral pre-planning and other important matters. This free presentation takes place at 3 PM on Saturday, January 24th.
** Catholic Schools Week – St. Thomas the Apostle will be hosting Catholic Schools Week starting on Sunday, January 25, with a mass at 9 a.m. An Open House, including tours of the school, follows from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. All visitors are welcome. Subsequent Open House hours will be held on Tuesday, January 27, and Thursday, January 29, from 9 to 10:30 am.
** Forgotten Queens Slideshow – Queens Historian Kevin Walsh of Forgotten New York and author of “Forgotten Queens” will be giving a free slideshow presentation at Neir’s Tavern on Tuesday, January 27th at 7 PM, event sponsored by the Woodhaven Historical Society. There will be lots of old pictures of Queens – these events are always popular, so come early to get a seat.
** Woodhaven Historical Society The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society has its first regular meeting of 2015 on Wednesday, January 28th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ. The theme is Love and Chocolate – there will be a presentation on St. Valentine’s Day and our guest will be Margie Schmidt of the historic Schmidt’s Candies. Note: The next cemetery cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, February 7th (click here for highlights from December’s chilly cleanup in which we were joined by CM Eric Ulrich and his staff).
** Art Show at Resorts – There will be an exhibit of Artist Madeline Lovallo’s work at Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct starting on Monday February 9th, running through March 9th. The exhibit will be on the Red Gallery Wall on the 2nd Floor of the casino. Click here to hear a recent interview with Madeline, who is very well known for her paintings of Woodhaven (The Carousel, Oak Ridge, and Lewis’ of Woodhaven among them).
** Mardi Gras Celebration – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women will be holding their annual Mardi Gras celebration on Wednesday, February 11th from 6 to 10 PM at Roma View catering (160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard).  Tickets are just $80 per person – includes a full dinner, an open bar, raffles, prizes and a lot of fun — all in the good name of lending a helping hand to others! You can purchase tickets for this can’t-miss event right here.
** Free Concert at All Saints – The Queens Symphony Orchestra will be giving a concert sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich at All Saints Church, 85-45 96th Street, on Wednesday, February 25. The concert, featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Claude Debussy, starts at 7 p.m. in the main church building.
** Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & Help The Vets – Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Vets on Sunday, March 15th from 1 PM to 5 PM at the American Legion (89-02 91st street). You’ll get a Family Style Dinner – Corned Beef & Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes and all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert! Plus, dancing with DJ Richie! $30 per person, call Jennifer (718-296-3923) or Loretta (718-843-1292) to buy tickets. All proceeds go towards American Legion Post 118 which is approaching its 100th anniversary – and starting next year will begin decorating the Memorial Trees in Forest Park, dedicated to boys from Woodhaven who gave their lives for this country. Come out and support your American Legion!
** News & Announcements:
** Valentine’s for Vets – Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office will be collecting Valentine’s cards, candy (sugar-free a plus), toiletries, knit hats/gloves, socks, puzzles/games, etc. They will be delivered to the men and women veterans hospitalized at St. Albans VA Hospital and the NYS Veterans Nursing Home. Please bring your donations to Mike’s Office at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard. If you have any questions, please call Mike’s Office at 718-805-0950.
** Collapsed Building Update – This comes from the Department of Buildings – The latest schedule of work to place the roof on the building at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue is as follows (1) Submittal of revised plans in PAA by 1/23/15; (2) Installation of steel columns and roof beam corrections – 2/6/15; (3) Installation of metal decking for roof – 2/13/15; (4) Completion of roofing – 2/22/15.
** Cinemart Theater in Trouble – Movie theaters are a dying breed – there are many who regret that Woodhaven no longer has one – and the Cinemart Theater in Forest Hills is in danger of closing. But is it getting one last chance – click here to read about it and read about how you can help.
** Diaper Derby at the American Legion – This past week was the birthday of Firefighter Jimmy Young, who was killed in action in 1994. Click here for a feature on the 1963 Diaper Derby at the American Legion which a 7-month old Jimmy Young took part in.
** Woodhaven in Movie Trailer – Click here for the trailer for Liam Neeson’s “Run All Night” – watch for a few glimpses of Mike’s Pub (renamed The Old Abbey for this film – which interestingly enough was the name of Neir’s Tavern from 1835 to 1899). See Mike’s at 1:27 and 1:45.
** Walking in Woodhaven – Here are a trio of features with beautiful pictures of Woodhaven and Forest Park.
** 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
** 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.

** 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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