Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 153



** 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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