Archive for September, 2015

Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – Latest Map

September 25, 2015

Here is the latest map for tomorrow’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale (click on the map to enlarge). A last minute rush of sign-ups has pushed us over 60 participating households for tomorrow. Want Hard Copies of the Map? We’ll hang a bunch outside of the WRBA Office, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue tomorrow morning. Happy hunting!


Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 138

September 8, 2015


  • Our Top Stories
    • Woodhaven Town Hall Sat. September 19th NOON at Emanuel
    • Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – SIGN UP NOW
    • WRBA Fundraiser Honorees – TICKETS ON SALE NOW
  • Local Events
    • Woodhaven Remembers 9/11
    • Richmond Hill Park Fair 9/12
    • International Food Fair 9/12
    • Cemetery Rock Gathering 9/12
    • Community Board 9 Meetings
    • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meetings
    • Poetry in Woodhaven 9/20
    • Annual Dinner at Emanuel 9/26
    • Defensive Driving Classes 10/31 and 11/21
  • News & Announcements

    • Mary Whalen Playground History
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources
    • WRBA Dance Journal
    • WRBA Membership Drive

** Our Top Stories:

** Next Woodhaven Town Hall  Saturday, September 19th 2015 @ 12:00pm – Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard).

** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – The 2015 event will be on Saturday, September 26, from 10AM to 4PM. The rain date will be Sunday, September 27, same time. If you are going to sign up to be a participating household and join the over 100 households who participated last year – please do so NOW. To sign up and get on “The Map” for September, email or the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.orgClick here for the Facebook Page to see exciting items up for sale!

** WRBA Fundraiser Honorees – The 2015 WRBA Fundraiser / Dinner Dance will take place Friday Oct. 2nd at Roma View Fine Catering. Click here to read all about our 2015 honorees!  Click here to read about Woman of the Year JoAnn Bartos!  Click here to read about Hall of Famers FDNY Engine 293 / FDNY Engine 294/Ladder 143!

** Upcoming Events:

** Woodhaven Remembers 9/11 – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is hosting a candlelight memorial service on Friday 9/11 at 7 PM at the 9/11 Memorial at the Seuffert Bandshell. Everyone is welcome to come and remember.

** Richmond Hill Park Fair – This Saturday, September 12th, the 42nd Annual Park Fair presented by the Richmond Hill Block Association will take place from 10 am to 6 pm at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South. There will be fun and games, and vendors of all kinds. This is a great event for the entire family.

** International Food Fair – Also this Saturday, September 12th, from 12pm to 5pm, there will be an International Food Fair in the front yard of All Saint’s Episcopal Church (formerly St. Matt’s) at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. Come out and enjoy food from around the world; there will be entertainment for the children (face painting, balloons, cotton candy, etc.)

** Cemetery Rock Gathering – This Saturday, September 12th, from 9am to 12pm, there will be a cleanup of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery. The goal this month is to pick up as many small rocks as we can (to allow the use of a mower). Come out Saturday morning and help collect rocks, and stay afterwards for the International Food Fair!

** Community Board 9 – Now that summer is over, Community Board 9 will be starting up their meetings once again. CB9 meets at 7:45 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, call (718) 286-2686 for more info.   Tonight’s meeting (Tuesday, Sept. 8) will be at The Villa Russo IL Palazzo located at 101-12 Lefferts Blvd. in Richmond Hill.

** 102nd Precinct Community Council meets at 7 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library (118-14 Hillside Avenue). This is a great opportunity to bring your problems and complaints to the attention of the 102nd Precinct. Next meeting is Tuesday, September 15th.

** Poetry in Woodhaven – Poets and spoken word artists will grace the streets of Woodhaven on Sunday, September 20th, from 11 am to 3 pm at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue. The event, organized by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, is part of a fantastic weekend-long Queens Arts Intervention organized and sponsored by RPGA Studios (Rego Park Green Alliance).

On that weekend, the 19th and the 20th, there will be a few dozen outdoor art projects all over Queens. For example, on the Saturday, there will be an event called the Richmond Hill Love Letter hosted by artist Bridget Bartolini from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Northeast corner of Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue. A collaborative effort to compose a love letter to the Richmond Hill community, this is just one of dozens of outdoor art events you can attend. Click here for more info and a listing of the FREE Art Events that weekend in Queens.

** Annual Dinner at Emanuel (Great American Songbook) – The annual pre-fair dinner at Emanuel takes place on Saturday, September 26th at 5:30 PM. The catered dinner consists of fruit cup, rolls, roast turkey & stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, cake with ice cream, coffee, tea and iced tea, all for a suggested donation of $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Entertainment will be provided by Sal Amaro singing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, etc. Call Emanuel to reserve tickets by September 16th at 718-849-1153.

** Defensive Driving Classes – There are 2 upcoming classes (which can save you money on your insurance): Saturday 10/31 and Saturday 11/21 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The low cost is $35. Light breakfast will be served (donuts and coffee). Attendees are asked to bring lunch. Call Emanuel for information 718-849-1153.

** News & Announcements:

** Mary Whalen Playground – Click here for a look back at the history of this playground and the woman whom it was named after.

** 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.

** 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 last 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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