Archive for December, 2015

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 144

December 23, 2015


** Our Top Stories:

    • WRBA Town Hall
    • Christmas Mass Schedule
    • Sanitation Christmas Schedule
    • Winter Tips from Con Ed
    • NY Cares Coat Drive

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Woodhaven Historical Society – 2016 Schedule
    • Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern
    • Woodhaven Wednesday Radio – New Night

** News & Announcements:

    • Adopt-A-Troop
    • Highlighting Good Deeds at Christmas
    • Christmas Carols from the School Sisters of Woodhaven
    • Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Newsletter
    • DOB Illegal Conversion Awareness Campaign
    • SBS Recaps – A collection of links!
    • Schmidt’s Profile
    • Cemetery Cleanup Featured on NY1
    • Santa Parade Video – Special 1970s Style
    • Estate Sale in Richmond Hill
    • Forest Hills Gardens Holiday Tour
    • Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park
    • Graffiti on the Rise
    • Gangs In Woodhaven
    • Christmas Magic is Real
    • Woodhaven in the 70s
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources

** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall – The very first Woodhaven Town Hall of 2016 will be held on Saturday, January 16th 2016 @ 12:00pm at American Legion Post 118 – 89-02 91st Street – (91st St and 89th Ave). What are some of the issues you’d like to see covered in 2016? Email us at and let us know! Better yet, come out to one of our Town Halls in 2016 and share your thoughts!

** Christmas Mass Schedule – Click here for a schedule of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses. Send us any additional / updated information and we will amend the post.

** Sanitation Christmas Schedule – Click here for information from DSNY regarding their collection schedule on Friday (December 25th).

** Winter Tips from Con Ed – Click here for some Winter tips from Con Edison, including how to stay cozy and save, what to do if you suspect a gas leak, how to stay safe during winter storms, and more!

** NY Cares Coat Drive – This annual drive to collect winter coats for people in need is nearly halfway to its goal of 100,000 coats – but the collection drive ends on December 31st. Click here for details.  Locally, you can drop off donations at the 102nd Precinct or the Woodhaven or Richmond Hill Libraries.

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Woodhaven Historical Society – 2016 Schedule – Click here for the entire 2016 Schedule for the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society – it includes free lectures, an antiques appraisal event, slide shows of old Woodhaven, and 3 free walking tours of Woodhaven.

** Slideshow of Old Pictures Queens at Neir’s Tavern – Historian and Author Jason Antos will be at Neir’s Tavern on Thursday, January 21st at 7 PM to show pictures from his new book “Images of America: Corona – The Early Years.”  Jason was recently a guest on Radio Free Woodhaven, click here to hear his interview.

** Woodhaven Wednesday Radio – Click here next Wednesday (December 30th) at 8 PM EST to hear the Top 25 Woodhaven Stories of 2015 – Plus a Few Runner Ups!

** 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.

** Christmas Carols – Click here for some festive caroling, from the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women. Speaking of the School Sisters, their 2016 Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 9th at Roma View Catering – click here for info and to order tickets.

** Highlighting Good Deeds at Christmas – Click here to read some thoughts on remembering the good that people do – also, some thoughts on Scrooge!

** Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Newsletter – Click here to read an e-newletter we received from Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.

** DOB Illegal Conversion Awareness Campaign – Click here to read about the poorly received plans by the DOB. As says Alexander Blenkinsopp of the WRBA and CB9, “To combat illegal conversions, an awareness effort is fine, but enforcement is crucial.”


** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is sure to be a hot topic in Woodhaven in 2016. Here’s a recap of recent headlines for those who want to catch up:

** Schmidt’s Profile – Schmidt’s Candy was profiled in the Queens Gazette (click here). There’s still time to get some tasty holiday treats at Schmidt’s Candy!

** Cemetery Cleanup Featured on NY1 – The ongoing restoration of Woodhaven’s historic cemetery on 96th Street was recently featured on NY1. You can also click here for an extended video of the cleanup, which meets on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 9 Am to 12 PM.

** Santa Parade – Did you see this year’s Santa Parade down Jamaica Avenue? Well, here’s a treat — the 2015 Santa Parade re-imagined as a 1970s-style Super-8 home movie!

** Estate Sale in Richmond Hill – Looking for something to so the day after Christmas? There will be an estate sale this weekend on Saturday 12/26 from 10-3 and Sunday 11-2. The address is 102-34 88 Avenue in Richmond Hill. There is quite a bit of stuff both large and small – glassware, figurines also books; and lots of record albums mostly Spanish music 78s and 45s, also classic VHS tapes like Flash Gordon, Oliver & Hardy, The Sea Hawk, Casablanca and items (paintings, onyx statues) from  travels to Mexico and Costa Rica. There is also a complete set of dishes service for 12 and 4 piece set of glasses again service for 12 and many Lord of the Rings figures (mint in the box).

** Forest Hills Gardens Holiday Tour – Sun, Dec 27 from 2 PM – 4 PM. This free tour will visit historic sites including the storied Forest Hills Inn & Tea Garden, PS 101, The Leslie, Adolph Weinman’s WWI Soldiers & Sailors Memorial, Church-in-the-Gardens, & the Christian Science Church. Also to be explored is the Gardens’ celebrity culture with names i.e. Burt Bacharach, Fred Hart, & Alrick Man, Jr. Click here for more information.

** Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park – This guided walk will lead through the paths of Prospect Park as your Ranger guide retells the stories and forgotten history behind many of the monuments placed within. Sunday, December 27th at 1 PM. Click here for details.

** Graffiti on the Rise – Here’s a report from CBS-2 News on how graffiti in several communities around NYC have gone back to the bad old days of the 70s and the 80s. We saw reports of this in the media last year, so it’s not exactly old news. The WRBA has been fighting graffiti for years – not just in words, in deeds, out on the streets, cleaning up (see herehere and here for examples). Spring is only 88 days away! Start thinking now about joining us next year, making the neighborhood beautiful.

** Gangs In Woodhaven – Recent reports (click here) indicated that gang activity is on the rise here in Queens (locally, the Woodhaven Mayans and G-FLY were indicated as being active). Are you seeing anything on YOUR block? Please, let us know. Your identity and privacy will be protected. Gang activity in Woodhaven is not new (click here for a sad reminder) and we must work together with the NYPD to stop it from spreading in our community.

** Christmas Magic is Real – Click here to read a response to a young Woodhaven resident who wrote the Leader to ask if Santa was real.

** Woodhaven in the 70s – Click here for a blast from the past – great pics of Woodhaven from the 1970s.  Want some more? Click here for more then and now pics.

** 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


A Note from Rep. Velázquez

December 23, 2015


Volume 1 Issue 4

Velázquez E-Update

A Note from Rep. Velázquez
Before the year closes out, I wanted to send you one last “E-Update” and discuss some of my work in 2015.

A lot has happened since I last emailed you. The President signed into law my legislation giving small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy another chance to receive federal loans. We have also been continuing our efforts to have Congress address the Puerto Rico financial crisis.  A number of local issues important to our City have also moved to the front burner.
I fully expect we will have a busy January when Congress returns in 2016, so please stay in touch.  You should feel free to visit my district offices or call my Washington office at 202-225-2361 with your thoughts. You can also stay in touch with social media. My official Facebook page can be found here or follow me on Twitter – @NydiaVelazquez.

Thanks for reading and best wishes for the Holidays.


Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of Congress

Emergency Loans Reopened for Businesses Harmed by Hurricane Sandy
Thanks to a new law authored by Rep. Velázquez, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that it is reopening the emergency loan application process for small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Under the new law, the “Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act,” small businesses and homeowners who suffered damage from Sandy will have another year to apply for emergency loans.  The Congresswoman had previously requested a Government Accountability Office study that found the SBA’s disaster loan program after Sandy was slow and bureaucratic, causing many loan applicants to give up on the process.  In addition to reopening the lending period, the new law makes important changes to the initiative, cutting through red tape plaguing the program.

The Associated Press covered the final passage of the Congresswoman’s bill, which enjoyed bipartisan support.

Businesses and homeowners with questions about the program should contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

Continuing Work to Assist Puerto Rico
Congresswoman Velázquez is continuing her efforts to secure assistance for Puerto Rico.  She and Democratic Leader Pelosi pushed the House Republican Leadership to include in Congress’ year-end spending bill language that would allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt. You can see the Congresswoman’s floor speech on this topic here.

Although House Republicans did not include this language, the Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), did agree to hold a hearing on the topic when Congress returns in January with the goal of moving legislation before March.

The Congresswoman has said she will pursue any and all options to assist the island and help stymie this fiscal emergency, which threatens economic catastrophe for 3.5 million American citizens. She is supporting legislation authored by Leader Pelosi that would provide Puerto Rico a short-term stay of legal actions by certain creditors while Congress considers broader debt restructuring legislation.

House Passes Year-End Spending Bill, Zadroga Health Act, Bipartisan Small Business Items
On December 18th, the House passed a year-end spending bill, funding the government for the next 12 months. The legislation provides some relief from the low “sequester” levels of spending that had reduced funding for many local programs.

The measure also extended the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, a measure that helps pay for medical care for first responders suffering from ailments related to their time at the World Trade Center disaster site.

While the Congresswoman was disappointed the year-end bill failed to meaningfully address Puerto Rico’s fiscal problems, she voted for the package because of the valuable funding it contains and to ensure the 9/11 health initiative is extended.  You can read her statement on the Omnibus here.

The measure also contains two provisions to help meet small businesses’ financing needs. As the Ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Small Business, the Congresswoman worked with her Republican colleagues to see those measures enacted. You can read more here.

Velázquez Writes Parks Department on Safety Issues
After a Red Hook deliveryman was killed by a tree being felled by Parks Department contractors, the Congresswoman has written to the Parks Department calling for a review of the agency’s safety protocols.  You can read the text of the letter here.

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DSNY Christmas Schedule

December 23, 2015


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           Press Release #15-98

December 22, 2015                                                                  


No Garbage, Recycling, Organics Collection or Street Cleaning on

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25


In observance of Christmas Day, there will be no garbage, recycling or organics collection, or street cleaning on Friday, December 25. The holiday causes the Department to reschedule some collection days. We will work to collect all material as quickly as possible.



  • Residents should place their garbage out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Friday, December 25 for collection.


Organic Material:

  • Residents should place their organic material out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Friday, December 25 for collection.


Recycling (Paper, metal, glass and plastic)

  • Residents should place their recycling material out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2015 for collection.


Additionally, all DSNY administrative offices will be closed on Christmas Day.


About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 500 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.




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NYC Department of Sanitation


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Winter News from Con Edison

December 15, 2015
Heating Tips for Winter | Smell Gas. Act Fast. | Winter Bill Outlook
Stay Cozy This Winter, and Save
Try these no-cost or low-cost tips to keep your home warm. Gene shows you how to check your house for drafts, use the warmth from the sun, and how adding humidity to the air can keep you cozy all winter. Visit to find this and other energy-saving tips.
Smell Gas. Act Fast.
Smell rotten eggs? If you suspect a gas leak, leave immediately and take others with you.
DO NOT use a phone; light a match; start a car, or turn on or off lights, flashlights, appliances, or anything else that could create a spark and cause the gas to explode. Once you’re safely away from the area, call 911 or 1-800-752-6633. National Grid customers call 1-718-643-4050.
Stay safe by making sure your burners are turned off when you’re not using them. And never store combustible items near gas appliances. Don’t step, sit, lean or place any objects on gas pipes or equipment. Visit to learn more.
Winter Bill Outlook
You can expect slightly lower monthly gas-heating bills this winter. The average monthly bill will be approximately $206, compared with $215 last winter. Read more in the latest issue ofCustomer News.
Winter Bill Outlook
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4 Tips to Keep You Safe This Winter
1. Don’t enclose your gas meter. Remove snow and ice from around the meter and piping with a brush, not a shovel.
2. Don’t let snow, ice, leaves, or other debris block vents and exhaust ducts. This prevents the dangerous accumulation of carbon monoxide inside buildings.
3. Check the batteries on your CO detector. And if you don’t have one, consider investing in one. CO detectors alert you when deadly carbon monoxide is collecting inside your building.
4. Don’t mess with gas. Do you suspect illegal tampering with a gas line? Call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).For more information, visit
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