Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 151



** 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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