Archive for December, 2016

The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #163

December 1, 2016


** Our Top Stories:
** WRBA Town Hall & Holiday Party – Friday 12/16, 7 p.m. Emanuel United Church of Christ
** Participatory Budgeting Meeting This Week – Thursday 12/1, 6:30 p.m.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Friday 10 p.m.

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Woodhaven Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday 12/2, 6:30 p.m.
** Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade – Saturday 12/3, 12:00 p.m.
** Maple Grove Concert – Saturday 12/3, 3:00 p.m.
** Ghosts of Woodhaven’s Christmas Past – Tuesday 12/6, 7:00 p.m.
** Cemetery Cleanup – Saturday 12/10, 9:00 a.m.
** Richmond Hill Love Letters – Sunday 12/11, 2:00 p.m.
** Flea Market – Saturday & Sunday 12/10 & 12/11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
** Queens Jeopardy – Tuesday 12/13, 7:00 p.m.
** Woodhaven Historical Holiday Party – Wednesday 12/14, 1:00 p.m.
** Assemblyman Miller/Sen. Addabbo Holiday Party – Monday 12/19, 6:00 p.m.

** News & Announcements
** Eric Ulrich on Radio Free Woodhaven
** Donate Coats to the Needy
** Eating Along the J Line
** Package Thieves in Woodhaven
** Map of NYC Trees
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall and Holiday Party – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Friday, December 16, at 7 p.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ – 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Please note that this is our Annual Holiday Party! There will be food and refreshments and music – come out and make merry with your friends and neighbors!

** Participatory Budgeting Meeting – Come out and bring your ideas to the table, Thursday, December 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Councilman Eric Ulrich’s Ozone Park District Office (93-06 101st Avenue).

** Woodhaven Then… and NowClick here Friday at 10 p.m. to listen LIVE to Woodhaven’s online talk show. Or click on the same link later to listen to the show on demand. This week’s guest is Bridget Bartolini of the Richmond Hill Love Letters project.

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Tree Lighting – This year’s Holiday Tree Lighting (sponsored by the GWDC/WBID) is scheduled for Friday, December 2, at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. Free Santa hats will be distributed and there will be holiday songs, and costumed characters for the kids.

** Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade – This year’s Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade kicks off at noon this Saturday, December 3, from at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue. Everyone is welcome to march in the parade down Jamaica Avenue all the way through Woodhaven to Dexter Court. Don’t be shy! There are several community groups marching in the parade and all of them would welcome additional marchers with open arms! Bring the kids and bring in the holiday season by marching down Jamaica Avenue. And if you can’t march in the parade, please try to make your way down to the avenue at 12 Noon and wave at the marchers!

** Holiday Concert at Maple Grove – The Friends of Maple Grove are providing a free afternoon of holiday musical entertainment Saturday, December 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery (127-15 Kew Gardens Rd, Kew Gardens 11415).

** The Ghosts of Woodhaven’s Christmas Past – A special presentation by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Tuesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). Walk back through history and see how residents of Woodhaven’s long ago celebrated Christmas. The presentation is free and everyone is welcome!

** Cemetery Fall Cleanup – Some extra hands are needed on Saturday, December 10, at the historic Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mostly, help is needed picking up leaves which, this year, are being gathered in compost bins so they can be recycled. A free Pizza Lunch will be provided to everyone after the cleanup.

** Richmond Hill Love Letters – Throughout 2016 “Richmond Hill Love Letter” workshops brought together the people of the Greater Richmond Hill area to share stories and memories, and write love notes to the neighborhood. They will be having a special year-end event on Sunday, December 11, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (131-12 Liberty Ave, Richmond Hill 11419). Hear true life stories about Richmond Hill from featured storytellers, share your own memories, read neighborhood love notes that have been written throughout the year and view historical photos and archival treasures from the Queens Library Archive. Bonus: Click here Friday at 10 p.m. to hear an interview with Richmond Hill Love letters’ founder Bridget Bartolini on Radio Free Woodhaven.

** St. Thomas Flea Market – The annual St. Thomas Flea Market will take place at Monsignor Mulz Hall on Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

** Queens Jeopardy – The classic game show comes to Woodhaven. Brought to you by the Queens Library, the Leader-Observer and Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society. Tuesday December 13th, 7 p.m. at Neir’s Tavern. Come out and test your knowledge against the experts! There will be bonus questions for the audience!

** Woodhaven Historical Society Holiday Party – The WCHS will be holding their annual holiday gathering Wednesday, December 14, at 1 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. There will be holiday music, food and refreshments, and for those who are interested a fun Kris Kringle game. Bring one new wrapped gift costing no more than $10 if you’d like to participate.

** Assemblyman Miller/Sen. Addabbo Holiday Party – On Monday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bruno’s Ristorante Italiano at 158-22 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. will be co-hosting their annual holiday party. Everyone is welcome.

** News & Announcements:

** Eric Ulrich on Radio Free WoodhavenClick here to listen to an interview with Councilman Eric Ulrich as he talks about his recent trip to Taiwan, his thoughts on running for Mayor, Participatory Budgeting and some of the issues associated with it, and the proposed homeless drop-in center in Ozone Park.

** Donate Coats to the Needy – This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive! Queens residents can visit 43 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need. Locally, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Metropolitan Avenue are participating libraries. Click here for more information.

** Eating Along the J LineClick here to read a feature on Schmidt’s Candies and Manor Deli. And click here for a follow-up featuring other places to eat in Woodhaven.

** Package Thieves in Woodhaven – A woman was caught on video surveillance using two minors to steal packages off of porches in Woodhaven (click here to see the shocking video). We hope someone will be able to identify this woman so she and the children can get the help they need. Bonus: Click here to read 10 tips on keeping your packages safe this season.

** Map of NYC TreesCheck out the Parks Department’s newest site – a mapping of all the trees in NYC!

** 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 ResourcesClick here for a 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