** Our Top Stories:** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW** Mary Whalen Playground Reopening – Friday 6/3** Rockaway Beach LIRR Reactivation Discussed at Woodhaven Town Hall** Next WRBA Town Hall Thursday, June 16th** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:** Woodhaven Historical Society – Life During Wartime TOMORROW** Memorial Day Service at Forest Parkway – Thursday 5/26** Memorial Day Service at the American Legion – Monday 5/30** Grocery Auction – Friday 6/3** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – Sunday 6/5** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday 6/5** 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes – Tuesday 6/7** GWDC Spring Dance – Friday 6/10** Pet Adoption Event – Saturday 6/11** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – Sunday 6/12
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – Friday 6/24
** News & Announcements** Save Our Streets
** Beware of Scams** 102 Pct Announces Crime Drop** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally** Mayor Ulrich?** Woodhaven Poetry Society Awards Students** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees** Queens Impact Award Winner** Remembering Good Men** Man Sentenced for Woodhaven Killing** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair** Fall Harvest Festival** SBS Recaps ** WRBA Website** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meeting TOMORROW – The next Department of Transportation “open house” to present the latest proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard will be TOMORROW Wednesday May 25th at PS 306 (95-16 89th Avenue) from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here to read some early reactions to the changes they’ve made. Please attend this session and share your opinion with DOT. Do you want bus riders to wait on medians in the middle of the Boulevard? Do you want lanes of traffic removed 24/7, for bus use only? Do you want left turns onto streets like Union Turnpike and Rockaway Boulevard banned? Share your opinion with DOT at the open house tomorrow. Your voice matters.** Mary Whalen Playground – Council Member Elizabeth Crowley is pleased to invite you to the ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Mary Whalen Playground, Friday, June 3 at 12 Noon in Forest Park at 79th Street and Park Lane South. Click here for more details.** WRBA Town Hall / Rockaway Beach LIRR Reactivation – Assemblyman Phillip Goldfered attended our last Town Hall meeting and discussed the proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR; money has been put aside for a feasibility study. Click here to see Assemblyman Goldfeder’s appearance at the WRBA Woodhaven Town Hall. The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 7 pm on Thursday, June 16th at American Legion Hall Post 118 – 89-02 91st Street (near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.** Woodhaven Then . . . and Now Radio – Click here FRIDAY at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want) to hear the latest news in Woodhaven – and catch up on our rich and interesting past! 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). Our guest this Friday will be New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich.
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:** Woodhaven Historical Society – There will be a presentation tomorrow at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The topic is Woodhaven During Wartime. Attendance is free and refreshments will be served.** Memorial Day Service at Forest Parkway – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is sponsoring a Small Town Memorial Service at 7:30 pm on May 26 at the Forest Park Plaza area. There will be a color guard, a laying of a wreath, and patriotic songs.** Memorial Day Service at the American Legion – The American Legion will host their annual Memorial Day services starting approximately 10 am (on Monday, May 30th) in front of Post 118 on 91st Street and 89th Avenue. It is a patriotic ceremony that remembers those that lost their lives while serving our country. Afterwards, everyone will be invited inside to meet and greet one another – hot dogs and soda will be served.** Grocery Auction – One of the more popular local events is back! Emanuel United Church of Christ (corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard) will be hosting their annual Grocery Auction on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. A $10 ticket gives you 50 chances to win groceries, door prizes and also includes cake and coffee. A great value and a fun time!** Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market – There will be a Multi-Vendor Garage Sale/Flea Market @ Forest Park Cooperative on Sunday 6/5 (Rain date is 6/12) Located at 83-30 98th Street in Woodhaven from 10AM until 2PM. Items for sale include Housewares/household items, knick-knacks, baby items, knitted toys, doll clothes, holiday items, frames, books, clothing, small appliances, cosmetics, perfumes, quilt sheets, dolls, games, DVDs, footwear, office/school supplies, glassware, jewelry, collectible dolls, etc.** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – There will be a FREE walking tour of Woodhaven on Sunday, June 5th. The tour will meet at the Wyckoff-Snedeker Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue (behind All Saints Church) at 12:30. The plan is to spend 30 minutes at the cemetery and leave there about 1 pm to walk down Jamaica Avenue and visit the site of old movie theaters, Schmidt’s Candies, and other points of interest along the way (including Mae West’s house, different memorials around town, and maybe a few surprises). We will complete the tour at Neir’s Tavern on 78th Street. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.** 12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes – Free Presentation – Retired NYPD Detective Ike Ilkiw will be giving a presentation entitled “12 Infamous NYC Crime Scenes: A Modern Perspective.” Mr. Ilkiw gave this presentation earlier this year at the WCHS and it was very well received – it’s a guarantee that you will enjoy this. This return engagement will take place on the evening of Tuesday, June 7th at 7 pm at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). This presentation is part of the Woodhaven Historians meeting and is free to the public.** GWDC Spring Dance – The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.’s 37th Anniversary “Spring into Woodhaven” Dinner Dance will be held on Friday June 10th at 7:30 pm at the Woodhaven Manor. Tickets for this fundraiser are $65, please call (718) 805-0202 for reservations. This year’s honores are Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (Woman of the Year), Sal Simonetti, chief of staff for Councilman Eric Ulrich (Man of the Year), Victor Hui of Dexter Wine and Liquors (Businessman of the Year), Woodhaven Manor’s Mandeep Singh and Sangita M. Patel (Business of the Year) and Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct (Special Recognition Award 2016).** Pet Adoption Event – The Richmond Hill Block Association is hosting a Pet Adoption Fair on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. This is the ninth year they’ve held this event – over their eight previous events they’ve helped more than 80 pets find their forever homes. They are working in conjunction with the ASPCA of New York, the Animal Care Center of New York and Heavenly Angels Rescue – dogs and cats will be available for adoption. Adopting families will receive pet supplies donated by volunteers from the Richmond Hill Block Association. Click here for more information.** Knickity Knack Sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club – There will be a knick knack sale at the Woodhaven Athletic Club (86-08 95th Avenue) on Sunday June 12th from 10am to 4pm. Branc new designer ladies and girls’ clothing, hand crafted items, vintage items, comics, books, household goods, records, hair accessories, toys and, of course, knick knacks.For more information email email@example.com** Historical Society’s Carousel Party – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding a party at the Forest Park Carousel on Friday June 24, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Special $10 passes will be sold giving unlimited rides on the Carousel and the new addition, the Woodhaven Express Train Ride. There will be a magic show — a great table full of raffle prizes — and special horse races throughout the evening with multiple prizes! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call718-805-2002 for more info.** News & Announcements:
** 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? If not, please ask them now — we need as many signatures as possible, and it’ll take just a minute: www.saveourstreets.nyc** Beware of Scams – There are a lot of scammers out there – and they prey on people, particularly seniors. There are 2 phone scams in particular going around you should be aware of. The first is when you get a call from someone purporting to be from the IRS, saying you owe them money — click here to read about this scam and how you can protect yourself. The other involves a person calling you up, saying that your computer has a virus and they can help you. In the end, they will place a virus on your machine and help themselves to some of your money. Click here to read about that one and how you can avoid it. Please pass along this info to any seniors that you know.** 102 Pct Announces Crime Drop – The 102 announced that the precinct has seen crime drop by 26 percent year-to-date. Click here for details.** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – The quest to landmark Neir’s Tavern made the New York Times this past week. It also made news in the Queens Chronicle, and Queens Tribune. Bonus: Click here to hear interview with Neir’s Owner Loy Gordon.** Mayor Ulrich? – Could our NY City Councilman be getting ready to run for Mayor? Click here to find out.** Woodhaven Poetry Society Awards Students – Iron Horse Poetry, formerly known as the Woodhaven Poetry Society, sponsored a poetry contest at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy and honored the winners on Monday. Click here for pictures and details.
** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees – American Legion Auxiliary Post 118 and the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (along with several other groups and neighborhood volunteers) decorated the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. Click here for video highlights. And if you are wondering why they are decorated, click here for some background. Bonus: Read about it here in the Queens Chronicle.** Queens Impact Award Winner – Sr. Cathy Feeney of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women in Woodhaven was awarded with a Queens Impact Award by the Times Ledger last week. Click here to see Sr. Cathy accepting her award on behalf of the school.** Remembering Good Men – Click here to read an article about 2 good men who volunteered at the Boys Club of America and had their lives cut tragically short 35 years ago in one of the darkest chapters of Woodhaven’s history.
** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post – We have set up a Facebook page for those who would like to buy, sell, or trade items with your neighbors online. If you’re on Facebook, click “Like” to get notified of the latest items being put up for sale – use this page to look for or announce your Yard Sales. Note – this year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is going to be on Saturday, September 24, 2016.** 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 16 from noon to 6 p.m., 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 Councilman 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):
- New SBS Plan – Fewer Left Hand Turn Bans (Queens Tribune) New!
- Big Changes Made to SBS Proposal (Queens Chronicle) New!
- RBL Feasibility Study (Queens Chronicle)
- Editorial from the WBID (Gazette)
- Rail Study Will Level the Field (Leader-Observer)
- How Will SBS Be Funded? (Queens Chronicle)
- Politics of the Abandoned LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch (LTV Squad)
- What Will SBS End Up Costing the City? (Queens Chronicle)
- DOT: SBS to Cost Far Less Than 400 Million (Times Ledger)
- 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 email@example.com.