The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #159

ALERT: There is a rally this Saturday (8/6) at 12 Noon, rain or shine — Woodhaven Boulevard & Jamaica Avenue (near the bank) — to protest DOT’s dangerous proposal for Woodhaven Boulevard. We are calling on all residents who oppose this plan to come out to make their voices heard.

** Our Top Stories:

** Woodhaven Boulevard SBS Rally
** WRBA Announces 2016 Honorees
** WRBA Town Hall
** Woodhaven Radio


** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** International Food Fair at All Saints – Saturday 8/13
** Cemetery Restoration Continues – Saturday 8/13
** Forest Park Carousel School Book Bag Giveaway – Saturday 8/27
** Richmond Hill Park Fair– Saturday 9/17
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – Register Now! – Saturday 9/24

** Emanuel Church Fair – Saturday 9/24


** News & Announcements
** Jogger Killed in Howard Beach
** Park Safety in Woodhaven
** Night Out Against Crime
** Man Lured 10-Year Old Girl Into Car in Richmond Hill
** Beware of Scammers
** The Case Against SBS
** Woodhaven Residents’ 2016 Survey
** Registration at the School Sisters of Notre Dame
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair** Fall Harvest Festival

** Save Our Streets** WRBA Website

** Woodhaven Resources


** Our Top Stories:


** Woodhaven Boulevard SBS Rally – (Click here to read our press release) – As noted above, there will be a rally this SATURDAY August 6, at noon, at the southeast corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue (outside the bank), in Woodhaven.  Residents, business owners, commuters, and anyone else who wants to object to this plan are invited.  The SBS plan will affect the entire stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard, from the Rockaways to the Queens Center Mall and every neighborhood in between.  Anyone interested in signing the petition opposing the plan is encouraged to do so at  More information about this plan is available at
* WRBA Announces 2016 Honorees – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will welcome civic leaders, elected officials, and fellow residents to Roma View Fine Catering on Friday, October 21, 2016, for the organization’s 45th annual fundraiser. This year’s honorees are Richard Kaiser (STA, Man of the Year), Josephine Wendell (Woodhaven Historical, Woman of the Year) and Health Max (Woodhaven’s Business of the Year). To buy a ticket to the fundraiser with a credit card, please visit  To purchase an advertisement in the Fundraiser Journal, please download and submit the form available here:  You can also e-mail or call the WRBA office at 718-296-3735 to buy tickets or Journal ads.
** WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Saturday, August 20, at noon, 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 of town halls for 2016.

** Woodhaven 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!  This Friday we’ll be talking about the upcoming rally, no doubt plus all of the other news that’s going on in and around Woodhaven. 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). 

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:


** International Food Fair at All Saints – All Saints Church (85-45 96th Street) will be hosting an International Food Fair on Saturday, August 13th from noon to 5 p.m. Come out and enjoy tasty cuisine from all over the world! Click here for more details!  Visitors who come up until 2 pm can also enjoy a free tour of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker (and Woodhaven Founders) Family Cemetery behind All Saints.
** Cemetery Restoration Continues – Speaking of the cemetery, volunteers will be gathering on Saturday August 13th from 9 AM to 12 PM for some light outdoor work. This month, the project involves the gathering up of small rocks at the north end of the cemetery which prevents the group from using a lawn mower. Volunteers are needed and appreciated! It’s the same day as the International Food Fair at All Saints – so come for the cleanup and stay for the food fair! Come out and meet your friends and neighbors! Email if you have questions.
** Forest Park Carousel School Book Bag Giveaway – On Saturday August 27th at the Forest Park Carousel there will be an event giving away free book bags loaded with school supplies to kids. There will also be music, magic and of course, our NYC Landmark Forest Park Carousel. If you would like to make a donation to this event, to help purchase book bags and supplies, click here.


** Richmond Hill Park Fair – Looking ahead to September, the Richmond Hill Block Association will be hosting their annual Park Fair (at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South) on Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM to 6 PM. 

** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – September 24th! Save the date, make plans to have yourself a yard sale on that day. Get your location flagged on the map to attract shoppers. Get your neighbors to do the same – turn multiple flags into more shoppers! Email NOW to reserve a spot!!


** Emanuel Church Fair – Also, on September 24th, Emanuel United will hold their annual Church Fair. Prizes, raffles, knick-knacks, vendors – always a great time.


** News & Announcements:


** Jogger Killed in Howard Beach – The WRBA was shocked and very saddened to hear about the 30-year-old woman who was attacked and murdered while jogging near her home in Howard Beach (click here for details). From Councilman Eric Ulrich: “The homicide investigation into the death of Karina Vetrano is still ongoing. The NYPD has deployed a strategic response group and significant resources to the Howard Beach area. The increased police personnel will remain in our community until further notice. I am in constant contact with several law enforcement agencies and will share any information publicly as soon as I am able. In the meantime, please avoid the area of the crime scene investigation, including the weeds and say a prayer for the family of the victim.” Click here for the poster from the NYPD.
** Park Safety in Woodhaven – In light of this horrific incident, it’s worth looking at the safety conditions in our community where people exercise and jog. Cameras were finally installed in and around Forest Park, nearly 3 years after Assemblyman Miller secured the funding for them (click here for details). But lighting conditions in Victory Field leave a lot to be desired – check out this video showing the track pitch-black while people are jogging. 311’s have been entered and Forest Park Administrator Debbie Kuha notified. 
** Night Out Against Crime – Click here for some highlights of the 2016 Night Out Against Crime. The 102 Precinct held their gathering at Victory Field this year.
** Man Lured 10-Year Old Girl Into Car in Richmond Hill – A frightening incident occurred recently in Richmond Hill. The girl was returned home, but this would be a good time to remind all children in your family to never get into a car with a stranger. Click here for details.
** Beware of Scammers – There are a lot of scams out there – and it’s easy to fall victim to them if you’re not aware. Click here to read about a few of the scams out there and some simple advice on how to avoid them.
** The Case Against SBS – WRBA Communications Director Alexander Blenkinsopp penned an editorial in this week’s Forum outlining the case against DOT’s plans for Woodhaven Boulevard; click here to read it. As a bonus, click here to read some more in last week’s Leader Observer.
** Woodhaven Residents’ 2016 Survey – The WRBA has launched a survey to find out what is on the mind of residents and how we can make Woodhaven a better place to live.  All information on this survey is confidential but, for those who respond and provide contact information, we will add their name to a drawing for three $50 cash prizes. Click here to start the survey!


** Registration at the School Sisters of Notre Dame – If you know of any friends or relatives who need help learning English – or could benefit from their High School Equivalency Diploma – please let them know about this wonderful tuition free opportunity for women right here in Woodhaven! Registration starts in September. If anyone has any questions about the program, call the center at 718-738-0588 or email us at ssndec@aol.comClick here for all the 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 16 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 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!
** 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:

** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – 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


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association


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