Archive for November, 2015

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 142

November 27, 2015


  • Our Top Stories
    • Arson / Potential Hate Crime in Woodhaven
    • Special Select Bus Service Forum Mon Nov 30th at American Legion 7:30 PM
    • WRBA Sends SBS Letter to DOT Commissioner Garcia
    • Next (Regularly Scheduled) Woodhaven Town Hall Fri Dec 11th at Emanuel Church 7:00 PM
    • Radio Free Woodhaven Tonight – Guest Alexander Blenkinsopp Discussing SBS LIVE at 10 PM
  • Local Events
    • Holiday Events – Parade & Tree Lighting Fri Dec 4th (6:30 PM) and Sat Dec 5th (11:30 AM)
    • Want to March in the Santa Parade? Sat Dec 5th (11:30 AM)
    • Historical Society – Research Group Tues Dec 1st 7 PM
    • All Saints Dinner Dance Fri Dec 4th 7 PM
    • CB9 Meeting Tue Dec 8th 7:45 PM
    • 102 Pct. Community Council Meeting Tue Dec 15th 7 PM
    • Historical Society – Holiday Party Wed Dec 16th 1 PM
  • News & Announcements

    • Adopt-A-Troop
    • WRBA November Town Hall Highlights
    • Woodhaven Library News
    • Toy Drive for Homeless Children
    • Tips from the 102 Precinct – Plus – Coat Drive
    • Schmidt’s Candy Interview
    • Woodhaven’s Historic Cemetery
    • NYC ID Program
    • Headline: WRBA says Yes to Buses on Rail Line (Chronicle)
    • Headline: WRBA Worries About Fate Of Ambulance Corp
    • Headline: Throwback Thursdays – Dexter Park – Woodhaven (Tribune)
    • Headline: Two Years Later, Still Waiting for Cameras (Chronicle)
    • Headline – Woodhaven Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday (Leader)
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources

** Our Top Stories:

** Arson / Potential Hate Crime in Woodhaven – There was a shameful incident here in Woodhaven 80th Street and 89th Ave early Thanksgiving morning (approximately 1:20 AM on 11/26/15). A man set fire to a Hindu Religion Flag / Jhandi Flag in front of a resident’s house. The FDNY was called and the fire was extinguished quickly – there were no injuries. Clearly this is a disturbing act and we’d like to help the police to find and question this man – click here to view security camera footage of the incident. If you recognize him, please call the 102 Precinct at 718-805-3200 — or, if you would prefer, email the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

** Special Select Bus Service Forum – The Greater Woodhaven Development is sponsoring a forum to discuss the SBS (Select Bus Service) proposal. It is being held on Monday, November 30th, at American Legion Hall Post 118, 89-02 91st Street – (91st St and 89th Ave) and starts at 7:30 PM. If you have an opinion about this proposal (pro or con), and what happens to Woodhaven Boulevard, you should make every effort to attend this meeting.

** WRBA Sends SBS Letter to DOT Commissioner Garcia – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association has compiled a list of issues with the SBS proposal (and the process that led to the proposal) along with a request that alternative solutions to closing lanes to automobiles. One suggested area for study is the potential for using the old LIRR right of way to run buses. Click here for the press release and the letter – a must read before Monday night’s meeting.

** Next (Regularly Scheduled) Woodhaven Town Hall  Friday, December 11th 2015 @ 7:00pm – Emanuel United Church of Christ 93-12 91st Avenue – (Woodhaven Blvd and 91st Ave). Our annual holiday party! Come out and we’ll spend a few moments talking about the community, but spend the rest of the meeting eating, drinking and celebrating the end of the year with your neighbors.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – WRBA Communications Director Alexander Blenkinsopp will be calling in to discuss the Select Bus Service letter to DOT Commissioner Garcia. Click here to listen LIVE at 10 PM. Want to call in to share your thoughts on all things Woodhaven? Call 646-378-1612 during the live broadcast. If you miss the live broadcast you can always click on the same link to listen to it on demand.

** Upcoming Events:

** Holiday Events – The Woodhaven Business Improvement District is again sponsoring its annual “Holidays in Woodhaven Weekend.”  The “Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting” Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 pm at the Forest Parkway Plaza (intersection of Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue).  Look for the Costumed Characters and Santa Claus.  On Saturday, December 5, the “Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade” will take place.  The Parade will assemble at 11:30 am at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue (site of Woodhaven Manor) and will proceed along Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue to Dexter Court. Make sure to bring the children.  Free Goodies and Santa Hats will be distributed at the beginning and at the end of the Parade.

** Want to March in the Santa Parade?  Residents of Woodhaven are invited to march in the Santa Parade — join with the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association — or with the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society —  come down Saturday, December 5th and meet us at 11:30 at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

 ** Historical Society – Research Group – Meets the first Tuesday of every month; next meeting is Tuesday, December 1st at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). Old newspaper articles, old pictures – lots of interesting information and history projects.  At a recent meeting, walking tours of Woodhaven for next Spring/Summer were discussed.  Click here to see the list of locations they’ve put together so far.

** All Saints Dinner Dance – All Saints Episcopal Church is holding their annual Dinner Dance, Friday December 4th at the Woodhaven Manor (96th Street and Jamaica Avenue). Tickets for adults are $80, Children 12 and under $45, Lap children are free (Tables of 10 can be purchased for $700). There will be food, drink, music, raffles. Call 718-849-2352 or email for more information.

** Community Board # 9 Meeting – Tuesday, December 8, 7:45pm at the New Trump Pavilion 89-40 135th St. in Jamaica. Contact CB9 for more info – call them at 718-286-2686 or email them at:

** 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting – Tuesday, December 15, 7pm at the Richmond Hill Library (Basement) 118-14 Hillside Ave. Come find out the latest in all NYPD-related matters.

** Historical Society – Holiday Party – The Historical Society will hold their annual holiday party a 1 PM on Wednesday, December 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ 93-12 91st Avenue – (Woodhaven Blvd and 91st Ave). There will be sandwiches, coffee, cake, etc. If you are interested, you can take part in the Kris Kringle, bring a wrapped present that cost no more than $10. And we will be making a singing Christmas Card Video to Woodhaven.

** News & Announcements:

** Adopt-A-Troop – American Legion Post 118 has adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division, serving in Afghanistan and they have the following requests from the troops: Laundry detergent pods, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Body wash/shampoo travel size, Baby wipes, Baby powder, Razors, Floss, Chewing gum, Candies assorted. Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association 984-20 Jamaica Avenue). This collection will continue until February 2016.

** WRBA November Town Hall Highlights – Click here for pictures and video from November’s Woodhaven Town Hall meeting.

** Woodhaven Library News – Effective immediately, the Woodhaven library is now open 6 days a week. Also, the Friends of the Woodhaven Library is holding a Buy-A-Book campaign – every $500 they raise will be matched, thus doubling your donation. The Buy-A-Book will take place on Monday, December 7th at the Woodhaven Library during operating hours. If you would like to donate books to the sale, you can bring them into the library (just make sure you tell them it’s for the sale). Call 718-849-1010 for more information.

** Toy Drive for Homeless Children – Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street) is holding a Toy Drive for homeless children from December 1st through December 20th. Also, Comedy Night returns Saturday, December 12th at 9 PM. This show is being recorded live for television. All proceeds benefit Highland Park Community Development Corp.

** Tips from the 102 Precinct – Follow the 102nd Precinct on Twitter to get timely safety tips such as this one on shopping safely during the busy holiday, or this one on protecting your valuablesBonusClick here for video of Community Affairs Office Jose Severino at last week’s Town Hall meeting. Also, the 102 Precinct is holding a Coat Drive during the month of December. You can drop off coats in heir lobby.  Call Community Affairs at 718-805-3215 for more information.

** Schmidt’s Candy Interview – Click here for a nice video interview with Margie Schmidt as she shows off the old-fashioned methods for making the best homemade candy in NYC, using original (90+ years old) tools and recipes.

** Woodhaven’s Historic Cemetery – Click here for some nice highlights of the current status of the Woodhaven Cemetery Restoration. The next restoration gathering is on Saturday, December 12th at 9 AM behind All Saints on 96th Street and 86th Avenue. Volunteers are welcome and needed!

** NYC ID Program – IDNYC is the newly launched New York City municipal identification program. All New York City residents 14 years and older who reside in New York City’s five boroughs are eligible for the ID, regardless of immigration status. The Lefferts Library (103-34 Lefferts Blvd.) is serving as a Temporary Registration point, from December 7th to December 18th. Monday through Friday, during operating hours. By appointment only – call 311 or visit to make an appointment.

** Headline: WRBA says Yes to Buses on Rail Line (Chronicle) – Click here for coverage of the last WRBA Town hall in which SBS and alternatives were discussed.

** WRBA Worries About Fate Of Ambulance Corp (Courier & Tribune) – Click here for coverage of the WRBA Town Hall discussion on the fate of the Ambulance Corps’ building. Click here for an additional story and click here for video of the discussion about the Ambulance Corps at the meeting.

** Headline: Throwback Thursdays – Dexter Park – Woodhaven (Tribune) – Click here for a brief look back at the infamous park in Woodhaven’s Past.

** Headline: Two Years Later, Still Waiting for Cameras (Chronicle) – Click here for the latest on the cameras to be placed in Forest Park that were funded a few years ago by Assemblyman Mike Miller.

** Headline – Woodhaven Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday (Leader) – Click here for a story on Agnes Hussy, who celebrated her 100th Birthday last week.  Bonus: Click here for video of Agnes getting her cake and Woodhaven singing Happy Birthday to her!

** 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

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association