Archive for February, 2016

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 148

February 12, 2016


** Our Top Stories:

  • Alert: Frigid Weather Expected
  • Pat Sexton – Rest In Peace
  • Next WRBA Town Hall February 20
  • Save Our Streets –

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

  • Queens Memory Project on Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Free Valentine’s Day Party and Movie TOMORROW ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Valentine’s Dinner at Neir’s
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
  • American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
  • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven

** News & Announcements

  • Schmidt’s Candy in the NY Times!
  • Woman Rescued from Strack Pond
  • DSNY Answers For Jonas Performance
  • Collecting for the Troops
  • Valentines For Vets
  • Woodhaven Speed Humps Approved
  • Woodhaven Cop Subject of Classic Drama
  • Woodhaven Vet Develops Historical Board Game
  • Unique Views of Woodhaven
  • STA Teacher Featured in Interview
  • SBS Recap
  • WRBA Website
  • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** Alert: Frigid Weather Expected – The New York City Emergency Management Department today urged New Yorkers to prepare for upcoming extreme cold weather. Frigid weather is expected Thursday night through Monday, with temperatures plummeting to single digits with sub-zero wind chills Saturday night through Sunday. Seniors, infants, the homeless, and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of health problems from the extreme cold. Make sure you take all the appropriate measures to stay warm and safe – click here for more information.

** Pat Sexton – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association was very sad to learn that Pat Sexton, one of the founding members of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp, has passed away. Our condolences go out to her daughters Kathy and Kelly and all of her friends and family. The wake will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Leahy-McDonald Funeral Home (111-02 Atlantic Avenue) from 4 to 8 pm.

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be held Saturday, February 20th 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! Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.
** Save Our Streets – The WRBA believes that the proposed changes to Woodhaven Boulevard are being forced on us by City Hall and by city agencies that have repeatedly failed our community. We are asking all of our residents to take 2 minutes to fill out this petition. This is critical to ensuring our voices are heard. Please share the petition website,, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Queens Memory Project on Radio Free Woodhaven – The Queens Memory Project, a collaboration between the Queen Library and Queens College, is an effort to gather the memories of the residents of Queens – photographs, spoken or written word memories – into an online database everyone can enjoy. Maggie Schreiner will be the guest Friday Night Live at 10 (click here at showtime to listen LIVE) to discuss this massive project. The Queens Memory Project will be the guests at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, February 24th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard) to discuss this project. Anyone bringing photographs or other interesting material from Woodhaven’s past will be able to have it digitally scanned on to a flash drive – you will keep the original and the flash drive! Note: The Queens memory Project will also be at Neir’s scanning in pictures brought in by residents on Saturday, March 5th from 12 until 3 at Neir’s Tavern.
** Free Valentine’s Day Party and Movie ♥ ♥ ♥  – It’s going to be very cold this weekend, so come warm up with some hot chocolate at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society’s FREE Valentine’s Day Party this Saturday from 12 Noon until 3 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be cake and coffee and the door prize is a heart-shaped box of chocolate from Schmidt’s Candy. And there will be a showing of the Emmy-Award winning film,Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven in 1974. Click here to read an article in the Leader about this classic film.
** Valentine’s Dinner at Neir’s – Neir’s Tavern is offering a special 3 course dinner on Sunday, February 14th, $54 per couple includes a salad, a choice of entree, desert and wine – click here for more details.
** WORKS Little League Registration – WORKS will be holding registration at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue (on the 2nd Floor above the bank at the corner of Forest Parkway) next Friday night, February 19th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration for a child costs $100 – which includes a uniform – and you are given $75 worth of raffle tickets to sell – you keep the money for the tickets that you sell. In other words, if you sell all your tickets, your child could play a season of little league baseball for as little as $25. Click here for more information.
** 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting – Come out to meet the members of the 102nd Precinct on Tues, February 16, 7 PM – 9 PM at the Richmond Hill Library (Basement) 118-14 Hillside Ave in Richmond Hill. At the last Community Board 9 meeting, Officer Jose Severino announced that 14 new recruits are joining the 102.

** American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – Woodhaven’s American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Sunday, March 13th from 1PM to 5PM. They will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Irish soda bread, beer, wine, soda and dessert.There will be music and dancing with DJ Walter, a 50/50 and lots of raffles! It costs $25 per person; make reservations early as there will be limited seating. Respond no later than March 8th. Call Jennifer Farley at 718-296-3923.

** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday April 3rd – starts at Noon on Rockaway & Liberty and ends at Neir’s Tavern. Retrace the final fateful steps of Professor Kotkov, the Woodhaven teacher who was BRUTALLY MURDERED 95 years ago this month. One of his murderers was the youngest person EXECUTED in NY State. Stand in the very spot where all of their lives changed forever. Visit the spot where an ancient burial ground for slaves was unearthed. Find out where George Washington slept when he visited Woodhaven. Walk through the area nearly destroyed by the Cyclone of 1895 – and see the exact spot where a young woman was killed. Hear about the legend of a 90-year old woman who cheated on her husband – and visit something you’ve passed a million times that she was responsible for building! Visit the only remaining portion of the old Union Course Racetrack that is still visible! Walk the streets of Old Woodhaven Village and learn which important buildings are still standing! Click here for more info. Email to RSVP.

** News & Announcements:
** Schmidt’s Candy – It’s Valentine’s Dayremember to stop into Schmidt’s Candy and get something sweet for the special people in your life! Schmidt’s is in its 90th year and we want to support it so it’s around for another 90! Did you see Schmidt’s featured in the NY Times? Click here to see it! And if you’re on Facebook, make sure to like their new page.
** Woman Rescued from Strack Pond – An emotionally disturbed woman was rescued after crashing through the ice at Strack Pond in Forest Park. Some initial reports stated that there were two children also in the pond, but those reports were unfounded and her two children were located and were safe and sound. Click here for more info.
** DSNY Answers For Jonas Performance – Representatives from the Department of Sanitation were questioned about the DSNY’s performance during the major snowstorm named Jonas at this week’s CB9 meeting (click here for the full story). If you recall, the DSNY snow plows did not get to Woodhaven for a few daysprompting a press conference demanding action by CM Eric Ulrich.
** Collecting for the Troops – Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 have adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division serving in Afghanistan, and they have been collecting items, boxing them up, and shipping them out. They would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously so far, and let you know that they are still collecting donations of laundry detergent pods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, body wash/shampoo travel size, baby wipes, baby powder, razors, floss, chewing gum, and assorted candies . Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Click here for some pictures and video of Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 packing up your donations to travel to Afghanistan!
** Valentines For Vets – Assemblyman Mike Miller thanked the community for coming out and supporting the annual drive to collect gifts for the vets living at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans. Aided by several community groups and students, the Assemblyman and guests were able to deliver the gifts to the vets this week. Click here for a statement from Mike and a few pictures.
** Woodhaven Speed Humps Approved – Community Board 9 unanimously approved a few speed humps in our area. One is along the service road between Woodhaven Boulevard and the Forest Park Co-Ops. Click here to read more about where the new humps will be located.
** Woodhaven Cop Subject of Classic Drama – In 1938, Officer Charles Glasco of 87th Street was on duty in Manhattan when he walked into the chaotic scene caused by a young man standing on a 17th Floor ledge, threatening to jump. For the next 11 hours, he kept the young man talking in a heroic attempt to save his life. The incident was turned into a film called Fourteen Hours – and it was the screen debut of Grace Kelly. Click here to read about Woodhaven’s Charlie Glasco.
** Woodhaven Vet Develops Historical Board Game – Dr. Paul Fish has developed a strategic board game about the crucial battles that led to the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo. Click here to read an article in this week’s Leader. Bonus: Click here to hear Dr. Fish’s interview on Radio Free Woodhaven.

** Unique Views of Woodhaven –
Click here for some unique views of your favorite neighborhood!

** STA Teacher Featured in Interview – STA’s Patty Eggers was featured in an interview by Meg Callaghan, CUNY School of Journalism. Click here to view it.

** 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 (updated from week to week):

** 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