** 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:
- 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 email@example.com 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:
- Bad For The Boulevard: Woodhaven Residents Blast Select Bus Service Proposal (Tribune)
- Woodhaven Civic Unveils ‘Busway’ Alternative to Rapid Transit Route (Forum)
- Woodhaven residents to DOT: Make us a better Boulevard Bus Plan (Times Newsweekly)
- Miller proposes buses on defunct Rockaway line; SBSpostponed until 2017 (Times Ledger)
- ‘Short-term’ SBS coming in early ’17 (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT: Full Woodhaven Boulevard Upgrades Coming Sometime Next Decade (Streets Blog)
- QPTC Urges Queensrail, Not Woodhaven Select Bus Svc. (Queens Gazette)
- Tish James and Queens Pols to DOT: Finish Strong on Woodhaven BRT (Streets Blog)
- Coalition Announces Increased Community Support for Select Bus Service; Civic rips ‘artificial’ rally; Woodhaven ‘strongly opposes’ DOT plan, group says (Forum)
- DOT Hits The Brakes On SBS Plans (Queens Tribune)
- Where’s the proof SBS will work on Woodhaven? (Queens Chronicle)
- Still waiting for an SBS vote at CB 9 (Queens Chronicle)
- WRBA’s Alexander Blenkinsopp on SBS and the Proposed BusWay (Project Woodhaven)
- Complete Video of SBS Meeting in Woodhaven (Project Woodhaven)
** 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 here, here 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.
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – woodhaven-nyc.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.