Archive for February, 2015

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 130

February 20, 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 (Goodfellas!)
  • Local Events
    • Little League Registration 2/20, 2/27
    • Old Pictures of Queens Slideshow at Neir’s 2/24
    • Art Show at Resorts Casino thru 3/9
    • Queens Symphony Orchestra Free Show in Woodhaven 2/25
    • St. Paddy’s Day at the American Legion 3/15
  • News & Announcements

    • Woodhaven Murder
    • Day Care Drug Bust
    • Mardi Gras Highlights
    • Schmidt’s Candies
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive

** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Town Hall Saturday – Our next meeting is Saturday, February 21st at 12 Noon at American Legion Post 118 (89-02 91st Street, behind PS 60). There is a lot to discuss – hope to see you there.
** 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. Friday night we’ll be speaking with Mr. Kerry Whalen, who was working at Lufthansa the night it was famously robbed in 1978 (which inspired the movie Goodfellas, released 25 years ago and filmed partially in Woodhaven).  Mr. Whalen has written a book about what it was like being stuck between the Mob and the FBI and he’ll be our guest Friday at 10.  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, February 20th and February 27th 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). Click here for more info. Please share with anyone who has children.
** Forgotten Queens Slideshow NEW DATE – 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, February 24th 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.
** Art Show at Resorts – The work of Madeline Lovallo, famous for her paintings of Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, the Rockaways, Ozone Park and Woodhaven, is being exhibited at Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens (Aqueduct) through March 9th – 2nd Floor – Red Wall Gallery (go into the Main Entrance, go to the left and take the elevator to the 2nd Floor). Click here for pictures and video of the opening day of the exhibit.
** 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:
** Woodhaven Murder – As you have no doubt read, there was a shocking act of violence last Friday. A young man, Eric Roman, was shot and killed in front of his house on 89th Street just off Atlantic Avenue.  Click here for a selection of stories about this incident.
** Day Care Drug Bust – You may have seen this story on the news – here is what the 102 Pct sent directly to us: “The 102nd Precinct would like to inform you about a search warrant which was executed early this morning at approximately 5:00 a.m. at a private house located on 88 avenue between 85 and 86 street in Queens(confines of the 102nd Precinct). The search warrant was executed by members of the 102nd Precinct Field Intelligence Unit as well as members of the NYPD Narcotics Unit. The location can be described as a two story house and is a private residence, which also houses a child day care center on the first floor. No children were present during the execution of the search warrant. The search warrant yielded positive results and a substantial amount of marijuana and MDMA, the narcotic know as “Molly”, were recovered from a bedroom in the basement of location. Two male Hispanics in their 20’s were taken into custody. The day care center is owned and operated by the parents of one of the perpetrators. The parents were not charged, as the narcotics were found in the bedroom of one of the perpetrators. The perpetrators were taken to the 102nd Precinct for processing.”
** Mardi Gras Celebration – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women held their annual Mardi Gras celebration last week. Click here for video highlights of the event.
** Schmidt’s Candies – Click here for a story on legendary Schmidt’s Candies – how many of you bought some Valentines Day sweeties there this year?.
** 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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