Archive for March, 2016

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 152

March 18, 2016
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** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall – SATURDAY
** Woodhaven Women Honored
** The Return of Winter?
** Radio Free Woodhaven
** Save Our Streets

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel
** Participatory Budgeting District 30
** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
** WORKS Little League Parade
** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event 

** News & Announcements
** Update: Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
** Railroad Feasibility Study in State Budget
** Woodhaven Girl Scouts
** Woodhaven Cemetery Project Kicks Off 2016
** DEP Wants To Help Stop leaks / Save Money ** Noise Survey 
** All Saints 85th Street Services 
** Tidings From Emanuel 
** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St)
** Adrien Brody’s Hungarian Roots Explored 
** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps
** WRBA Website** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be THIS SATURDAY at 12 Noon at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

** Woodhaven Women Honored – Woodhaven’s Patti Eggers and JoAnn Bartos were honored by Assemblyman Mike Miller as Women of Distinction last week along with Patt Grayson, Ida Hillmeyer, Det. Brenda Reddick, and Lourdes Ventura. Click here for pictures and video of the ceremony – and please join us in congratulating two former WRBA honorees for Woodhaven Women of the Year!

** The Return of Winter? – Believe it or not, but some forecasters are predicting significant snowfall for Sunday. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s gag. Click here for the details. Update: The latest news is a bit more optimistic, though snow is still in the forecast (click here for the latest).


** Radio Free Woodhaven
 – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Woodhaven resident Erol Bal who will be running in the New York City Marathon to raise money for cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSK) doctors and researchers. Erol is inspired by his father, who was diagnosed in 2013 with both small cell and non small cell lung cancer and is currently being treated at Sloan Kettering. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want).  Want to call in and share your opinion on what’s happening in Woodhaven?  Call (646) 378-1612 during the show (private calls will not be answered).

** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark reopens for the 2016 season on Friday, March 25th. Click here to visit their site to view their entire 2016 schedule of events and entertainment for the kids.

** Participatory Budgeting District 30 – The Budget Delegates will be showcasing the projects for District 30 (CM Elizabeth Crowley) on Thursday, March 24 at Ridgewood Library at 6pm. Also, they are looking for volunteers of all types – they need canvassers, phone bankers, and people to run polling locations – if you would like to volunteer or want more information, please CLICK HERE.
** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern held a very popular Paint Night last month – and they are doing it again on Wednesday, March 30th. Click here for tickets.

** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven – In December 1978, a group of masked gunmen pulled off the largest cash robbery in US History right here in Queens. The Lufthansa heist netted about $5.875 million ($5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry) and the story behind that crime has led to numerous books and movies, most notably “Goodfellas,” which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven, at Neir’s Tavern. One of the cargo workers that evening, Kerry Whalen, was bludgeoned and held at gunpoint and his experiences with the crime and the ensuing investigation led to his book “Inside the Lufthansa HEI$T: The FBI Lied” (Click here: bit.ly/fbi-lied). Recently, Mr. Whalen testified in the trial of Mr. Vincent Asaro, and he’ll be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, March 30th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). We will also have a presentation on the filming of Goodfellas and some Goodfellas trivia along with the discussion with Mr. Whalen. This lecture is free and 100% open to the public – everyone is invited! Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com if you have any questions.

** WORKS Little League Parade – 
Saturday, April 9th, kicking off from Equity Park at 10 AM. Come out and cheer on the kids of WORKS Little League as they leave PS 60, march down to Jamaica Avenue and along Jamaica Avenue to Forest Parkway before heading to the bandshell. Click here for coverage of last year’s parade!

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the WRHVAC will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23rd at All nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $40 (no checks or credit cards, cash only). Call John at 347-829-3504 or 516-643-6746 for more information.

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing & textiles (clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags — ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN & DRY), electronics (including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes — NO APPLIANCES), paper (including paper fiber and confidential papers — NO CARDBOARD — all paper will be shredded while you watch to ensure confidentiality), Carpeting (‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only), household goods (including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes), books & eyeglasses accepted as Donations.  No medications or mostly-full cans of paint will be accepted. For more information, please call Frank Fazio in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Update: Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  The NYPD has released pictures and video of the suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the attack on Jamaica Avenue. Click here to view the pictures and video. Related: Cops Get an Earful at Woodhaven Forum and NYPD Community Affairs Discusses Activism.

** Railroad Feasibility Study in State Budget – Funding for a study to reactivate the Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR (part of which goes through Woodhaven) has been included in their year’s proposed budget by the NYS Assembly. Click here for details.  Bonus Link: Coverage from Greg Mocker on WPIX-11 about this, the QueensWay, and SBS on Woodhaven Boulevard – click here.

** Woodhaven Girl Scouts – The Girls Scouts of Woodhaven recently held an International Day celebration. Click here for pictures and video. For more info on the Woodhaven Girl Scouts, email: pumpkin10380@yahoo.com and please put “Girl Scouts” in the Subject.

** Woodhaven Cemetery Project Kicks Off 2016 – The ongoing conversion of Woodhaven’s historic cemetery from an eyesore to an eye opener kicked off the 2016 season last week. Due to so many local events, turnout was light, but a lot was accomplished. Click here for highlights and learn a bit about the people who are buried there. Learn about the old man and the little girl — brother and sister, buried together, or the tragedy of the Eldert Twins. Cleaning up the cemetery is fun – but it’s also the right and decent thing to do. The next cleanup is Saturday, April 9th from 9 AM to 12 PM – and the group will be joined by a descendant of one of the founding families in Woodhaven that’s buried in the cemetery!  Note: The Board of the Victorian Society NY has voted to award the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society a $350 grant towards supplies for the restoration of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery in 2016.

** DEP Wants To Help Stop Leaks / Save Money – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)  announced a series of public outreach events to educate New Yorkers about the high cost of residential water leaks. This announcement comes too late for the event locally, but there is still good info here.

** Noise Survey – The NY State Comptroller’s Office is conducting a survey on noise in New York City neighborhoods. Click here to let them know about your experience with noise in Woodhaven. Also, click here for the survey in SpanishRussian, or Mandarin.

** All Saints 85th Street Services – All Saints’ / Todos los Santos Lutheran Church (87-34 85 Street) sent along the following information regarding worship services: Palm Sunday- March 20th at 9AM, Maundy Thursday- March 24 at 6PM, Good Friday- March 25 at 11AM.  Also there will be a Free Live Presentation of the Passion at 7:30PM in Spanish. And Easter Sunday Mass will be on March 27 at 9AM in English / 11AM in Spanish.

** Tidings From Emanuel – Click here for this month’s Tidings, with news and announcements from Emanuel United Church of Christ.

** All Saints Episcopal Holy Week Schedule (96th St) – All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – 718-849-2352) has passed along their Holy Week Schedule (Click here for details). There will also be a procession for Palm Sunday down Jamaica Ave to Woodhaven Blvd to 86th Ave., beginning at 10:30 AM from the parish hall.

** Adrien Brody’s Hungarian Roots Explored – Click here for an exploration of Woodhaven’s Oscar Winner Adrien Brody’s Hungarian roots.

** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven – The ongoing cleanup of the Atlantic Avenue Overpass will result in some road closures periodically during March and April.UpdatesClick here for updated details.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. 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 – 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.

 

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Department Of Environmental Protection To Help Homeowners Identify Water Leaks And Save Money

March 17, 2016

In New York City, a Running Toilet can Cost a Homeowner up to $50 Per Day

Photos from Past Outreach Events are Available on DEP’s Flickr Page

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced a series of public outreach events, to be held next week, to educate New Yorkers about the high cost of residential water leaks and simple steps homeowners can take to find the leaks and repair them.  The outreach events are being held in recognition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Week which is celebrated from March 14 to the 20th to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.  The outreach events will be held at select Home Depot stores and DEP staff will distribute literature along with leak detector dye tablets designed to quickly identify leaky toilets.  In addition, DEP has created a brief public service announcement about detecting leaky toilets:

“Homeowners can save money and help conserve our water supply by simply identifying and fixing leaky plumbing,” said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd.  “During the outreach events, DEP staff will be on hand to help demonstrate how residents can find common types of leaks and quickly and easily repair them.”

“We are happy that DEP is once again helping to promote Fix a Leak Week,” said Veronica Blette, program manager for the EPA WaterSense program.  “Our theme this year is ‘Be a Leak Detective’, and we know that New Yorkers will be great at following the clues to find and fix leaks.”

DEP staff will be available at Fix a Leak Week outreach events at Home Depot stores at the below times and locations:

  • Thursday, March 17           3pm-7pm         75-09 Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens, NY
  • Friday, March 18               3pm-7pm         545 Targee Street, Staten Island, NY
  • Friday, March 18               3pm-7pm         1806 Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY
  • Friday, March 18               2pm-8pm         5700 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY

Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually, equal to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes.  Leaks are not only wasteful they can also be very expensive for homeowners.  DEP offers a full range of information on how to detect leaky pipes and toilets and how a simple test can help avoid costly water waste.  DEP also offers a new Home Water Savings Kit that can help residents conduct a do-it-yourself water audit in less than an hour.  Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions on how to find and repair costly leaks.  For more tips on detecting leaks and making repairs click here.

DEP has introduced a number of customer service initiatives aimed at helping New Yorkers manage their water use and bills and respond promptly to leaks.  These programs include the completion of a network of Automated Meter Reading devices that ensure bills are based on actual consumption and that allow customers to access data about their water use in near real time.  In addition, a leak notification system has already saved customers more than $60 million and the leak forgiveness program has been expanded to include maintainable fixtures such as toilets and faucets to encourage homeowners to make timely repairs.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the upstate watershed.  In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with a planned $14 billion in investments over the next 10 years that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year.  This capital program is responsible for critical projects like City Water Tunnel No. 3; the Staten Island Bluebelt program, an ecologically sound and cost-effective stormwater management system; the City’s Watershed Protection Program, which protects sensitive lands upstate near the City’s reservoirs in order to maintain their high water quality; and the installation of more than 820,000 Automated Meter Reading devices, which will allow customers to track their daily water use, more easily manage their accounts and be alerted to potential leaks on their properties. For more information, visit nyc.gov/dep, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycwater, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nycwater.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 151

March 9, 2016

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** Our Top Stories:

    • THIS WEEKEND – 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids
    • Woodhaven Women Honored – Patti Eggers and JoAnn Bartos
    • WRBA Town Hall – Saturday, March 19th
    • Save Our Streets

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Free Queens Symphony Orchestra Concert – Sinatra!
    • Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm Giveaway Friday
    • Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration
    • Participatory Budgeting District 30
    • Benefit for Boys & Girls Club Featuring Schmidt’s
    • 102nd Precinct Meeting
    • Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
    • Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
    • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven
    • WORKS Little League Parade
    • CPR Classes
    • Recycling Event

** News & Announcements

    • Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
    • Noise Survey
    • Tidings From Emanuel
    • Fridays During Lent at All Saints
    • Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
    • Fall Harvest Festival
    • Collecting for the Troops
    • Richmond Hill Library Upgrades
    • SBS To Cost 400 Million
    • SBS Recaps
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** THIS WEEKEND – 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids –  Note: We need more pledges to help the children of the Challenger Division. Click here if you’d like to make a small pledge.  Friday (3/11) is the start of 311 Weekend – a great way to help the community *AND* help some local kids with special needs. Basically, next weekend we need people to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed — broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — and we need people to make small pledges — 10 cents per 311, 20 cents per 311, etc. And the money will go to the Challenger Division of WORKS Little League (formerly Rich-Haven) which is for kids with special needs, kids with autism, etc.

** Woodhaven Women Honored – Congratulations to Woodhaven’s Patti Eggers and JoAnn Bartos, who will be honored by Assemblyman Mike Miller as Women of Distinction at 7 PM on Thursday, March 10th at One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center (110-08 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill). Other awardees are Patt Grayson, Ida Hillmeyer, Brenda Reddick, and Lourdes Ventura. Everyone is invited to come out for the festivities. Call Mike’s office at 718-805-0950 if you have any questions.


** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 19 at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – There will be no show this Friday night.
** Save Our Streets – Have you signed our petition yet?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Free Queens Symphony Orchestra Concert – Sinatra! – The next in a series of FREE QSO concerts sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will feature Sinatra-style music and will be held at

St. Helen’s Fr. Dooley Hall (83-09 157th Ave – Howard Beach, NY 11414) on T
hursday, March 10, at 7:00 pm.
 
** Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm Giveaway Friday CM Eric Ulrich is hosting a smoke/carbon monoxide alarm giveaway with the FDNY on

 Friday, March 11, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at his Rockaway office (

114-12 Beach Channel Drive, Suite 1 – Rockaway Park, NY 11694).  T

he smoke alarms are free; however, they will distribute them on a first-come first-served basis.
 
** Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration – The ongoing restoration of the Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery kicks off 2016 with a get-together on Saturday, March 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. The cemetery is on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints. This year, the focus of this green-project will be shifting from cleanup to beautification.
** Participatory Budgeting District 30 – The Budget Delegates will be showcasing the projects for District 30 (CM Elizabeth Crowley) at 2 events this month – (1) Tuesday, March 15 at Maspeth Town Hall at 6pm and (2) Thursday, March 24 at Ridgewood Library at 6pm. Also, they are looking for volunteers of all types – they need canvassers, phone bankers, and people to run polling locations – if you would like to volunteer or want more information, please CLICK HERE.
** Benefit for Boys & Girls Club Featuring Schmidt’s – The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens (11th and Atlantic) is hosting a culinary and cultural celebration / fundraiser. There you will be able to enjoy a sampling of gourmet delights and fine wines – participants include London Lennie’s, Russo’s On The Bay, Vetro, Woodhaven House, La Dolce Italia, Matteo’s Sybil’s Bakery Uncle Bacala’s, and our very own Schmidt’s Candies! It’s on Tuesday, march 15th at Russo’s on the Bay, starting at 6 PM. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 718-441-6050 ext. 206.
** 102nd Precinct Meeting – The monthly meeting of the 102nd Precinct Community Council will be on Tuesday, March 15th from 7 to 9 PM. It will be held at New Heaven Ministries at 130-05 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill. The 102’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad will be there; there will be a presentation by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force; and more. For more info, call the 102 Precinct Community Affairs office at 718-805-3215.

** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern held a very popular Paint Night last month – and they are doing it again on Wednesday, March 30th. Click here for tickets.

** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven – In December 1978, a group of masked gunmen pulled off the largest cash robbery in US History right here in Queens. The Lufthansa heist netted about $5.875 million ($5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry) and the story behind that crime has led to numerous books and movies, most notably “Goodfellas,” which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven, at Neir’s Tavern. One of the cargo workers that evening, Kerry Whalen, was bludgeoned and held at gunpoint and his experiences with the crime and the ensuing investigation led to his book “Inside the Lufthansa HEI$T: The FBI Lied” (Click here: bit.ly/fbi-lied). Recently, Mr. Whalen testified in the trial of Mr. Vincent Asaro, and he’ll be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, March 30th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). We will also have a presentation on the filming of Goodfellas and some Goodfellas trivia along with the discussion with Mr. Whalen. This lecture is free and 100% open to the public – everyone is invited! Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com if you have any questions.
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Last call for reservations for the free walking tour on Sunday April 3rd 12 Noon – email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.  This tour is just about at max capacity and registration will close very soon.

** WORKS Little League Parade – 
Saturday, April 9th, kicking off from Equity Park at 10 AM. Come out and cheer on the kids of WORKS Little League as they leave PS 60, march down to Jamaica Avenue and along Jamaica Avenue to Forest Parkway before heading to the bandshell. Click here for coverage of last year’s parade!

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the WRHVAC will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23rd at All nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $40 (no checks or credit cards, cash only). Call John at 347-829-3504 or 516-643-6746 for more information.

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing & textiles (clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags — ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN & DRY), electronics (including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones and VCR tapes — NO APPLIANCES), paper (including paper fiber and confidential papers — NO CARDBOARD — all paper will be shredded while you watch to ensure confidentiality), Carpeting (‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only), household goods (including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes), books & eyeglasses accepted as Donations.  No medications or mostly-full cans of paint will be accepted. For more information, please call Frank Fazio in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  A group of young men attacked and stabbed a 24-year old young man on a busy Jamaica Avenue, during rush hour.  This story is developing. Anyone with information about this attack should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

** Noise Survey – The NY State Comptroller’s Office is conducting a survey on noise in New York City neighborhoods. Click here to let them know about your experience with noise in Woodhaven. Also, click here for the survey in Spanish, Russian, or Mandarin.

** Tidings From Emanuel – Click here for this month’s Tidings, with news and announcements from Emanuel United Church of Christ.

** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St) – Fridays during Lent (through March 18), Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – 718-849-2352).

** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven – The ongoing cleanup of the Atlantic Avenue Overpass will result in some road closures periodically during March and April.UpdatesClick here for updated details.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** 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 for delivery to Afghanistan!

** Richmond Hill Library Upgrades – In the last Grapevine, we advised you that the Ozone Park Library branch at 92-24 Rockaway Blvd. would be closed for the next 6 months for renovations. Now comes word that the Richmond Hill Library could be closed for as long as 14 months. Click here for details.

** SBS To Cost $400 Million – It was revealed last week that DOT now admits that the cost for the proposed Woodhaven Boulevard Select Bus Service changes are double what they originally claimed. 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, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is an ongoing hot topic in Woodhaven – even more so now that they’ve admitted the cost is TWICE what was originally stated. 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 – 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.

 

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718-296-3735

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 150

March 5, 2016

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** Our Top Stories:

    • Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
    • 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids
    • WRBA Town Hall
    • SBS To Cost 400 Million
    • Radio Free Woodhaven

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven 
    • Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration
    • American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
    • Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
    • Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
    • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven
    • WORKS Little League Parade
    • Recycling Event

** News & Announcements

    • Update of Pop’s from the WBID
    • Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St)
    • Police Release Video of Shooter
    • Parks Dept Honors Volunteers
    • Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
    • Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter
    • Engine 293 Renovations
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
    • Fall Harvest Festival
    • Collecting for the Troops
    • Richmond Hill Library Upgrades
    • SBS Recaps
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  A group of young men attacked and stabbed a 24-year old young man on a busy Jamaica Avenue, during rush hour.  This story is developing. Anyone with information about this attack should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

** 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids – Next Friday (3/11) is the start of 311 Weekend – a great way to help the community *AND* help some local kids with special needs. Basically, next weekend we need people to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed — broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — and we need people to make small pledges — .10 per 311, .20 per 311, etc. And the money will go to the Challenger Division of WORKS Little League (formerly Rich-Haven) which is for kids with special needs, kids with Autism, etc. Click here for details.

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 19th at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

 

** SBS To Cost 400 Million – It was revealed last week that DOT now admits that the cost for the proposed Woodhaven Boulevard SBS changes are double what they were originally saying.  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, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Tune in tonight at 10 PM to hear the latest on the recent stabbing on Jamaica Avenue, and the other top stories in Woodhaven. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE – or click the link any time later on to listen on demand. What issues in Woodhaven do you think demand immediate attention – call (646) 378-1612 and speak your piece!
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven – The Queen Library Archives have partnered with Queens College on the Queens Memory Project, an effort to collect and build an archive of local memories through old photographs, documents, and more. The Queens Memory Project will be at Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th Street, tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more details.
** Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration – The ongoing restoration of the Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery kicks off 2016 with a get-together on Saturday, March 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. The cemetery is on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints.

** 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. Time is running out – seats are very limited! Respond no later than March 8th. Call Jennifer Farley at 718-296-3923.

** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern held a very popular Paint Night last month – and they are doing it again on Wednesday, March 30th. Click here for tickets.

** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven – In December 1978, a group of masked gunmen pulled off the largest cash robbery in US History right here in Queens. The Lufthansa heist netted about $5.875 million ($5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry) and the story behind that crime has led to numerous books and movies, most notably “Goodfellas,” which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven, at Neir’s Tavern. One of the cargo workers that evening, Kerry Whalen, was bludgeoned and held at gunpoint and his experiences with the crime and the ensuing investigation led to his book “Inside the Lufthansa HEI$T: The FBI Lied” (Click here: bit.ly/fbi-lied). Recently, Mr. Whalen testified in the trial of Mr. Vincent Asaro, and he’ll be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, March 30th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). We will also have a presentation on the filming of Goodfellas and some Goodfellas trivia along with the discussion with Mr. Whalen. This lecture is free and 100% open to the public – everyone is invited! Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com if you have any questions.
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday April 3rd 12 Noon – click here to read about it in this week’s Leader. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.  Bonus: Click here for a little history on the early days of Woodhaven and Ozone Park and the original dreams of John R. Pitkin for a new New York City!

** WORKS Little League Parade – 
Saturday, April 9th, kicking off from Equity Park at 10 AM. Come out and cheer on the kids of WORKS Little League as they leave PS 60, march down to Jamaica Avenue and along Jamaica Avenue to Forest Parkway before heading to the bandshell. Click here for coverage of last year’s parade!

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: Clothing & Textiles including clothing, coats, bedding, linens, paired shoes, scarves, belts, hats and handbags. ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEAN & DRY. Electronics including computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, TV’s, PDA’s, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, power strips, chargers, cable boxes, fans, air conditioners, telephones  and VCR tapes. NO APPLIANCES. Paper including paper fiber and confidential papers. NO CARDBOARD. ALL PAPER ITEMS WILL BE SHREDDED WHILE YOU WATCH TO ENSURE SAFETY. Carpeting accepting ‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only. Household Goods including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes. Book & Eyeglasses accepted as Donations. For more information please call  Frank Fazio  in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Update of Pop’s from the WBID – Some updates on Pop’s Restaurant, from Maria Thomson of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District:

1. The new persons involved in the Restaurant are renters, not owners and Woodhaven Residents;

2. The owner of the Restaurant stipulated that all renovations or changes must be approved by him, this was not done;

3. They did not have permission to renovate (destroy) Pop’s as we knew it;

4. They, the renters, have applied for a Liquor License for Wine, Beer and Liquor;

5. The SLA Liquor License that was previously in place was for ONLY Wine and Beer;

6. The owner of the building is also very incensed by their actions that they sadly destroyed this, our beloved Woodhaven Restaurant;

UPDATE on Pops Restaurant

A Stop Work Order has been issued by the Buildings Department against Pops restaurant for Work Without Permits, thank you Michael for the Picture. So, all of this destruction was made illegally. During the inspection the Department of Buildings found additional problems with the electricity and plumbing. The WBID will be monitoring this location and keep you aware.

** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St) – Fridays during Lent (through March 18), Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – (718) 849-2352).

** Police Release Video of Shooter – The NYPD has released video of the person who shot 2 people in an Atlantic Avenue restaurant on February 20th. Click here for more information.

** Parks Dept Honors Volunteers – There was a celebration in Forest Park last week honoring the people who volunteer to keep our park beautiful. Receiving a special award was Woodhaven’s Charlotte Butler, President of the K9 Korral Dog Run in Forest Park. Click here for pictures and video.

** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven – The ongoing cleanup of the Atlantic Avenue Overpass will result in some road closures periodically during March and April.Click here for details.

** Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter – A Woodhaven mom stole $65,000 of her disabled daughter’s money, which she used for vacations and liposuction.Click here for details.

** Engine 293 Renovations – The FDNY Department of 87th street is scheduled to receive major renovations. Click here for more information.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** 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!

** Richmond Hill Library Upgrades – In the last Grapevine, we advised you that the Ozone Park Library branch at 92-24 Rockaway Blvd. would be closed for the next 6 months for renovations. Now comes word that the Richmond Hill Library could be closed as much as 14 months, click here for details.

** 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 – 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.

 

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Woodhaven’s 311 Weekend

March 4, 2016

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The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is holding a “311 Weekend” on the weekend of 3/11 to help raise money for local kids with special needs.

What is 311 Weekend? On the weekend of Friday March 11th, through Sunday march 13th, we are asking the residents of Woodhaven to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed. Broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — all of the things that you see in your travels, call 311 and report them and send the 311 number to the WRBA (at info@woodhaven-nyc.org).

Meanwhile The WRBA is asking residents to make pledges. For example, .10 cents per 311, or .25 cents per 311, or .50 cents per 311.  Or you can cap off your pledge (for example, you want to pledge $10.

After the weekend is over, we’ll announce how many 311 calls were made and reported to the WRBA and collect the pledges!

Where does the money go? The money will be donated to WORKS Little League for their Challenger division, which is for children with special needs and learning disabilities. There are also children with autism who play in the league. It is a wonderful thing in our community and this is our way of supporting it.

How Can You Help?  You can email your pledge to the WRBA (info@woodhaven-nyc.org) or you can call and leave a message at 718-296-3735.

Then.. on 311 Weekend … Start calling!  Or you can report your issues online at 311 Online.  Remember – each and every 311 call you make will not only help your community — it will raise more money for the kids of the Challenger Division in WORKS Little League!