Archive for April, 2016

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 154

April 15, 2016
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** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall THIS SATURDAY
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Save Our Streets
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion’s Basket Bonanza
** Pajama Collection for Shelter Kids
** From the Desk of Elizabeth Crowley
** Defensive Driving Class
** Rain Barrel Giveaway
** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project

** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event
** Woodhaven Historians / Memorial Day Trees
** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven

** News & Announcements
** Department of Veterans’ Services Opens in Queens
** Participatory Budgeting 32 N Results 
** CB9 April Meeting
** From the Desk Of Mike Miller

** Update on Pop’s Restaurant 
** The Art of the Forest Park Carousel
** Woodhaven’s Other Race Track 
** 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 at 12 Noon on Saturday April 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be an interesting presentation on Disaster Preparedness. Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Frank Csoka, son of Stephen Csoka, the Woodhaven artist whose artwork is in the permanent collection of over 34 museums

both in the US and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Met, The Whitney, and the Library of Congress. Mr. Csoka will be a guest at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, April 27th (1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ). Featured in Mr. Csoka’s presentation will be his father’s painting of the original Forest Park Carousel after it burned down. 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 regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion’s Basket Bonanza – This Sunday – Operation Purple offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like them. (In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve.) Join the American Legion on Sunday, April 17 at their 1st Annual Basket Bonanza to win prizes (baskets of cheer, lottery tree, gift cards, etc.), socialize, and raise money to benefit Operation Purple. Admission is $20 per person and includes 1 sheet of tickets and refreshments. Space is limited, reservations with payment in advance is required. Mail checks to the American Legion at Woodhaven Post 118, c/o Joan Donovan, 34-19 41st Street #1L, LIC, New York 11101. Call 718-937-1615 for more information. BonusClick here to hear an interview with American Legion Auxiliary President Jennifer Farley in which she discusses the Basket Bonanza and Operation Purple.

** Pajama Collection for Shelter Kids – Assemblyman Mike Miller is collecting pajamas and reading material for children in NYC Shelters. This drive will end on April 28th, click here for details.

** From the Desk of Elizabeth Crowley – CM Crowley is hosting two events this weekend. One, at 2 p.m. this Saturday (April 16) at the corner of Eliot Avenue and 71st Street, is the naming of the street after Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan; click here for details.  The other, also this Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., is a community recycling day (electronics, VIN etching, paper shredding and more) at the Maspeth Federal Savings Parking Lot (56-18 69th St). Click here for details.

** Defensive Driving Class – There will be a Defensive Driving Class on Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The class will be held in the downstairs library. A light breakfast will be served. By taking this class you will receive a 10% discount on your insurance for 3 years and have 4 points removed from any moving violations you may have. Please call Emanuel at 718-849-1153 to register.

** Rain Barrel Giveaway – CM Eric Ulrich is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Giveaway this Sunday, April 17th at the Broad Channel American Legion with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and the Department of Environmental Protection. There is no cost for these rain barrels; however, if you would like one, please sign up here.

** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues this Saturday, April 16th, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. As a bonus, the group will be receiving a visit from a descendant of one of Woodhaven’s earliest families. Many members of her family are buried in our cemetery and this will be her first visit. Click here for a look back at the progress made so far.

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23 at All Nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

** Woodhaven Historians / Memorial Day Trees – At the next meeting of the Woodhaven Historians (Tuesday, May 3rd – 7 PM Avenue Diner 91-06 Jamaica Avenue), the month of May 1961 will be covered including a look at the gang troubles Woodhaven was facing at the time. Click here for more info. Also, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is planning to decorate the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. If you recall, some of the trees along Forest Park Drive were planted in the names of Woodhaven soldiers killed in WW1 and were decorated every Memorial Day for years, a tradition that was revived last year. If you would like to be a part of the effort this year, it will be discussed at this meeting — volunteers needed to help decorate the trees. To learn more about the Memorial Trees of Woodhaven, click here.

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is hosting a special antique showcase on Saturday, May 7th starting at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Veteran appraiser Eddie Costello will come to Woodhaven and give free appraisals for 2 hours, and all of it will be broadcast on a giant screen – so even if you just come to watch, you’ll get a closeup view of what’s being appraised!  Members of the Woodhaven Historical Society are guaranteed 1 free appraisal – and then names will be dram for free appraisals for as long as time permits. Mr. Costello is pretty fast, so there’s a real good chance if you bring something you’ll get a free appraisal. Attendance is free, refreshments will be served.  Click here for video highlight’s of a prior visit by Mr. Costello.

** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – On May 7th from 2 pm – 6 pm, Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street) is hosting a Landmark Support Rally in partnership with the Historic Districts Council of NYC. This event will kick off a concerted effort to push a long & difficult land marking process forward.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Department of Veterans’ Services Opens in Queens – Last week, the Mayor announced the official creation of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, which came from a bill introduced by CM Eric Ulrich who chairs the City Council Veterans Committee. Please note that there will be a satellite office in Queens Borough Hall, Suite 222, 120-55 Queens Boulevard. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 AM to 2 PM, and you can reach them at 718-286-2868.

** Participatory Budgeting 32 N Results – The PB results for District 32 North are in – and the winners are: sidewalk improvements in Forest Park, Technology Upgrades for Schools, Paving Baby Carriage Lane, and Argus cameras. Finishing just outside the $1 Million Dollar budget were countdown clocks and improvements to Whiting Square. A new van for the 102 Pct and upgrades to the 102 Pct locker room came in last.

** CB9 April Meeting – Click here for highlights from this months meeting of Community Board 9.

** From the Desk Of Mike Miller – Click here for Assemblyman Mike Miller’s April Newsletter.

** Update on Pop’s Restaurant – Click here for an update from Maria Thomson of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

** The Art of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark is now open for business for 2016. Not only is it a fun place to visit, but it’s a great place to visit if you enjoy local art! Click here to check out the art of the Forest Park Carousel – and check out the new mosaic of the carousel comprised of thousands of tiny pictures of the carousel – it’s neat! Click here to visit their site to view their entire 2016 schedule of events and entertainment for the kids.

** Woodhaven’s Other Race Track – Most Woodhaven residents are familiar with the history of the Union Course race track. But how many of you are familiar with Woodhaven’s otehr track – the Centreville? Click here to find out more!

** 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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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 153

April 4, 2016

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** Our Top Stories:

** Participatory Budgeting Voting District 32 Tomorrow 
** WRBA Town Hall
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Save Our Streets
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion 118 Auxiliary’s Basket Bonanza
** Old Woodhaven Picture Slideshow
** Gangster, Crime And Hollywood Tour
** Blanket Collection for Shelter Kids
** Rain Barrel Giveaway
** Defensive Driving Class
** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel
** WORKS Little League Parade 
** Cemetery Green Project 
** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event 
** Paint Night at Neir’s

** News & Announcements
** Dangling Wires
** No Standing, No Peace 
** ATV and Motorcycle Awareness
** Rezoning Draws Some Heat
** Noise Survey 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:

** Participatory Budgeting Voting District 32 Tomorrow – You have one last chance to vote on items in this year’s Participatory Budgeting. This is a chance to fund repairs to sidewalks in Forest Park, to restore Whiting Square in time for the 100th Anniversary of WW1, to fund a few new Argus (police) cameras and more. We will have ballots at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue) tomorrow (Tuesday, April 5th) from 4 PM to 9 PM. This is for residents who live in Councilman Eric Ulrich’s district (map here, and zoom in if necessary).

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Saturday April 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Robin London of Metro NYC Tours, a company that leads tours of different areas of New York City (including Woodhaven). We’ll also be talking about this history of Woodhaven other racetrack, the lesser known but equally important Centreville Racetrack. Do you know where it was?  Tune in and find out! 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 regarding the Select Bus Service proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard?  Have you asked your family and neighbors to sign too?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion 118 Auxiliary’s Basket Bonanza – Operation Purple offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like them. (In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve). Join the American Legion Auxiliary on Sunday April 17th at their 1st Annual Basket Bonanza to win prizes (baskets of cheer, lottery tree, gift cards, etc.), socialize, and raise money to benefit Operation Purple. Admission is $20 per person and includes 1 sheet of tickets and refreshments. Space is limited, reservations with payment in advance is required. Mail checks to the American Legion at Woodhaven Post 118, c/o Joan Donovan, 34-19 41st Street #1L, LIC, New York 11101. Call 718-937-1615 for more information.

** Old Woodhaven Picture Slideshow – There will be a free slideshow with old news and pictures of Woodhaven – the topics are the year 1916, and April 1946 when a familiar face opened for the first time – which one? Come and find out! The slideshow will take place at the monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Historians, Tuesday, April 5th starting at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue).

** Gangster, Crime And Hollywood Tour – Metro NYC Tours will be giving tours of some of the more notorious spots of Woodhaven – visit where gangsters and Hollywood movies were shot. The tour is capped by lunch at NYC’S oldest bar, the historic Neir’s Tavern. You will have chips and salsa on the table to nibble. A choice of entree from a prix fixe menu for lunch with either 1 glass of beer or soda. Cost is $45 per person. Click here for more details.

** Blanket Collection for Shelter Kids – Assemblyman Mike Miller is collecting blankets and reading material for children in NYC Shelters. This drive will end on April 28th, click here for details.

** Rain Barrel Giveaway – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Giveaway this Sunday, April 10th. Click here for info on how you can register for your own free rain barrel.

** Defensive Driving Class – There will be a Defensive Driving Class on Saturday, April 16th from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The class will be held in the downstairs library. A light breakfast will be served. By taking this class you will receive a 10% discount on your insurance for 3 years and have 4 points removed from any moving violations you may have. Please call Emanuel at 718-849-1153 to register.

** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark has opened its’ 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.

** 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!

** Cemetery Green Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues this Saturday, April 9th, from 9 AM to 12 PM.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue.

** 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.

** Paint Night at Neir’s – This has been a very popular event over the past 2 months – the next event is Wednesday, April 27th (7 PM). The group will be painting a wine glass. Click here to register.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Dangling Wires – Do all those dangling wires around Woodhaven bother you? Click here to read more about the discussion of this very topic at our last Town Hall meeting.

** No Standing, No Peace – Click here to read about a Woodhaven’s school’s fight to get a no standing zone to safely load/unload students (some with special needs) and to alleviate traffic issues each morning and afternoon. Click here for more info.

** ATV and Motorcycle Awareness – The NYPD is working hard to stop the dangerous conditions created from the illegal use of ATVs/motorbikes throughout the City. As the weather gets warmer, we acknowledge the desire to get outside and enjoy New York City but street and road conditions must be kept safe by following the law. We need your help to thwart the hazardous conditions created by illegally owned or operated ATVs and motorbikes. If you observe groups of motorcycles/dirt bikes/ATVs on public streets driving recklessly, please call 911 and report the dangerous condition. If you have information on storage facilities where dirt bikes/ATVs are stored, please report it to 311. Note: When you do report this to the NYPD, please let us know so we can follow up on your report.

** Rezoning Draws Some Heat – The city’s move to rezone neighborhoods to create more affordable housing has drawn some heat from our local community board, click here to read more about it.

 

** 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.

** 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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