** 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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 Spanish, Russian, 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.Updates: Click 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):
- Politics of the Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch (LTV Squad) New!
- What Will SBS End Up Costing the City? (Queens Chronicle) New!
- DOT: SBS to Cost Far Less Than 400 Million (Times Ledger) New!
- SBS Cost Doubles to $400 Million (Times Ledger)
- Price Tag for SBS on Woodhaven DOUBLES (Capital New York)
- Commish: You Can’t Please Everybody (That’s us!) (Queens Chronicle)
- Selecting Safety & Mobility: Woodhaven Bus Service (You Tube)
- SBS Is A Bad Idea: Rosen Vs. Trottenberg (Rockaway Times)
- Woodhaven civic starts anti-SBS petition (Queens Chronicle)
- Woodhaven civic to city: We don’t like Select Bus plan for Woodhaven Blvd. (Queens Courier)
- Woodhaven Civics Start Anti-SBS Petition (Queens Tribune)
- Petition against SBS goes online (Times Ledger)
- WRBA Launches Petition Drive to Highlight Bus Plan’s ‘Unwanted’ Changes to Boulevards (The Forum)
- Ulrich flips stance on SBS—it ‘stinks’ (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT’s “Scary” Solution for Woodhaven (Leader-Observer)
- Bus Rider Group Wants SBS NOW (Tribune)
- 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; SBS postponed 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)
** 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.