The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #160

** Our Top Stories:
** WRBA Town Hall 
** SBS Rally / Thank You 
** WRBA Announces 2016 Honorees
** Woodhaven Radio


** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Forest Park Carousel School Book Bag Giveaway – Saturday 8/27
** Woodhaven History Rollback Night – Tuesday 9/6
** Registration at the School Sisters of Notre Dame – Thursday 9/8
** Richmond Hill Park Fair– Saturday 9/17
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – Register Now! – Saturday 9/24

** Emanuel Church Fair – Saturday 9/24


** News & Announcements
** WRBA’s Woman of the Year
** All Saints (85-45 96th St) New Mass Times
** SBS Not Funded for 2017
** SBS Kiosks Still Buggy Eight Years After Introduction
** Arrest Made in Imam Murder 
** Richmond Hill Teacher Killed, Mom Injured in Home Attack
** UPDATE – 

Park Safety in Woodhaven
** UPDATE – Man Arrested for Luring Child Into Car
** Forest Park Killer Sentenced To 15 Years
** Woodhaven Residents’ 2016 Survey

** Crime and Punishment – Infamous Woodhaven Murders
** A History of Woodhaven’s Movie Theaters
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** Save Our Streets
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources


** Our Top Stories:


** WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be tomorrow, 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.
** SBS Rally / Thank You – The residents of Woodhaven spoke in a loud voice at our recent SBS Rally. The NYPD estimated that 200 residents showed up on a hot, sticky day to speak out against the current plan by DOT. You can click here to see the rally in full. Or you can choose from any of the following news stories about it:
** 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.

** 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 to Richie Kaiser, Woodhaven’s 2016 Man of the Year! 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:


** 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.
** Woodhaven History Rollback Night – Tuesday, September 6th (7 PM Avenue Diner 91-06 Jamaica Ave) – a FREE 100-year virtual tour down Jamaica Avenue (North Side) from Woodhaven to Columbia Avenue (91st Street). Learn about one store’s amazing connection to General Custer; find out where one of Woodhaven’s WW1 Fallen Soldiers lived; find out where one of the world’s largest businesses used to sit! The Woodhaven Historical Society have traced the businesses along this stretch all the way back to 1912 so you’ll know which store used to be where, and there are a number of surprises in store for you! Attendees will receive a special handout with a listing of all of the stores. Email if you have questions. 
** 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 September 8th. 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.


** 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:


** WRBA’s Woman of the Year – Click here to read about our Woman of the Year, Josephine Wendell. Bonus: Click here to listen to a fun interview with Ms. Wendell. The celebrations is on Friday, October 21, at Roma View Fine Catering in Howard Beach. Tickets to this year’s gala are $70 ($30 for children), and includes a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. If interested, click here ( — or e-mail or call (718) 296-3735.
** All Saints (85-45 96th St) New Mass Times – Fr. Whitmire asked us to pass along the new Mass times at All Saints (beginning September 11, 2016):
8:00 AM – Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:30 AM – La Misa en Español
11:00 AM – Sung High Mass (Rite 2)
** SBS Not Funded for 2017 – Funding for SBS on Woodhaven Boulevard is NOT in the Federal Transportation Administration’s budget for 2017. Click here for details.
** SBS Kiosks Still Buggy Eight Years After Introduction – Anyone who says we can trust DOT and MTA regarding the Woodhaven & Cross Bay Boulevard Select Bus Service plan is being dishonest — and expecting us to ignore the agencies’ horrible track record. Click here for the latest evidence that this plan is a disaster in the making.
** Arrest Made in Imam Murder – The WRBA was shocked and saddened to hear about the execution-style shootings of an Ozone Park imam and his associate on Liberty Avenue last Saturday afternoon.  A Brooklyn man was arrested for the murders. Kudos to the NYPD for swift action on this case.  We hope justice is served. 
** Richmond Hill Teacher Killed, Mom Injured in Home Attack – Another scary and sad story that is much too close for comfort. Click here for the dreadful details
** UPDATE – 

Park Safety in Woodhaven – In light of the horrific murder of 

Karina Vetrano in Howard Beach, we ‘shined a light’ on

safety conditions in Victory Field. We are happy to report the lights at the track in Victory Field have been repaired. Thanks to the Parks Department and DOT for a quick response.
** UPDATE – Man Arrested for Luring Child Into Car – A frightening incident occurred recently in 
Richmond Hill – a man lured a young girl (a student at PS 60) into his car.
 Thanks to some nearby security cameras, his car was identified and the creep arrested. He lived in Ozone Park, click here for details.
** Forest Park Killer Sentenced To 15 Years – A homeless

 man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the bludgeoning death of a man in Forest Park last summer. Click here for details.

** 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!


** Crime and Punishment – Infamous Woodhaven MurdersClick here for a presentation on infamous crimes in our community’s long history.
** A History of Woodhaven’s Movie Theaters Click here for a review of all the movie theaters in Woodhaven’s history, including a few you may have never heard of!
** 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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