The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #170


** Our Top Stories: 

** Next WRBA Town Hall – Saturday, September 16th 12 Noon – Emanuel United Church of Christ

** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – REGISTER NOW!!

** 2017 Woodhaven Dinner Dance – Save the Date!!

** RIP, Assemblyman Simanowitz 


** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven (and surrounding areas):

** Woodhaven History Meeting – Tuesday, September 5th at 7 p.m. 
** Community Board 9 September Meeting Moved – Wednesday, September 13th at 7:45 p.m.
** Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Open Meeting – Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m.
** International Food Fair – Saturday, September 23rd from 12 Noon to 5 p.m.
** Blessing of the Pets – Saturday, Sept 23rd 11 a.m.
** Recycling Event – Sunday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
** SSNDEC Wine & Cheese Harvest – Sunday, September 24th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
** Richmond Hill Park Fair – Saturday, September 16th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Sunday, October 1st from 12 noon to 6 p.m. 
** Fall Festival – Saturday, October 14th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
** Annual Fall Dinner & Show at Emanuel – Saturday, October 21st at 5:30 p.m.
** Halloween Costume Contest for Pups – Saturday, October 28th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


** News & Announcements
** Assemblyman Miller’s September Newsletter 
** Organics Collections
** Woodhaven Daycare in Hot Water 
** SBS Receives Low Ranking 
** A Drive Down Woodhaven Boulevard 
** Arrest in Woodhaven Gang Shooting 
** Library Renovations Overlap
** No Love for the Tennis Courts?
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources


** Our Top Stories:
** Next WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Saturday, September 16th 2017 @ 12:00pm – Emanuel United Church of ChristClick here for the 2017 schedule of Woodhaven Town Hall meetings.
** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – Once a year, the community of Woodhaven comes together on the same day to stage a big yard sale. This year’s giant neighborhood-wide yard sale will be on Saturday, September 23rd. Over 80 households signed up last year! Sign up NOW so we can add you to our map! Email us here, or at and register your house!
** 2017 Woodhaven Dinner Dance – Save the Date!! The WRBA is happy to announce the annual dinner dance will be held on Friday, October 6th from 7 p.m. through 11 p.m. at Roma View on Crossbay Blvd. And we are very happy to announce this year’s honorees — Man of the Year Walter Steffens, Woman of the Year Charlotte Butler and Business of the Year Holiday House. More details to come!

** RIP, Assemblyman Simanowitz – Our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer at the all too young age of 45. Although he wasn’t in our district, we do remember that he joined Woodhaven and Richmond Hill in its fight to save our Firehouse (click here for a trip back to the summer of 2011). 

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:


** Woodhaven History Meeting – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society takes a look at the history of St. Anthony’s Hospital Tuesday, September 5th at 7 p.m. at The Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). The meeting is free and everyone is invited. There will be an interesting look at the TB hospital’s early days and several rarely- seen photos. Click here to read more about St. Anthony’s Hospital.
** Community Board 9 September Meeting Moved – Due to the primaries, CB9 is pushing their meeting back a day, to Wednesday, September 13th at 7:45 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Villa Russo IL Palazzo (101-12 Lefferts Blvd).
** Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Open Meeting – The GWDC’s next open meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodhaven Manor, 96-01 Jamaica Avenue. The agenda will include their 16th annual “September 11, 2001 Evening of Remembrance”; Candidates’ Night (election: November 7); an update on their 37th annual “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival” (to be held on Sunday, October 1); and a discussion of general business matters. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome.
** International Food Fair – All Saints Episcopal Church cordially invites everyone to their annual International Food Fair, on Saturday, September 23rd from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. Remember, that’s the same day as the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – so while you are out looking for bargains, stop by the food fair at 96th Street and 86th Avenue for a bite!

** Blessing of the Pets – Emanuel United Church of Christ will be holding their annual blessing of the pets on Saturday, Sept 23rd starting at 11 a.m. This event is Rain or Shine – 93-12 91st Avenue (at Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue). Click here for highlights of previous blessings.


** Recycling Event – Sponsored by Senator Joe Addabbo & Assemblyman Mike Miller. At the George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Sunday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: Clothing & Textiles including 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 ITEMS WILL BE SHREDDED WHILE YOU WATCH TO ENSURE SAFETY. Carpeting accepting ‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only. Household Goods including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes. We accept Book Donations, Eyeglass Donations. Please call Assemblyman Miller’s office at 718-805-0950 for more information.

** SSNDEC Wine & Cheese Harvest – The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women is holding their annual Harvest of Wine and Cheese on Sunday, September, 24th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. At this event they will be honoring Loycent Gordon, owner of Neir’s Tavern and Maria Necci, a customs broker at JFK – both honorees have been very supportive of the center. Everyone is encouraged to come out to this free event and tour the center at 87-04 88th Avenue.
** Richmond Hill Park Fair – The Richmond Hill Block Association will be hosting its 44th Annual Park Fair on Saturday, September 16th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Buddy Monument, located in Forest Park at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South. There will be games, rides, vendors, food and fun! The WRBA will have a table at this event – stop by and say hi!
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – The WRBA will also have a table at the street fair (sponsored by the GWDC/WBID) which is Sunday, October 1st from 12 noon to 6 p.m. (on Jamaica Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street). Come visit us outside our office at 80-20 Jamaica Avenue.
** Fall Festival – This is a fun family event at Victory Field on Saturday, October 14th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate fall with this free event sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich with crafts, games, music, a great pumpkin patch (free pumpkins for kids), and more! 
** Annual Fall Dinner & Show at Emanuel – Emanuel will be holding their annual dinner and show on Saturday, October 21st at 5:30 p.m. Dinner consists of rolls, delicious stuffed chicken breast, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn, dessert, iced tea and hot coffee and tea. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Must be paid by Oct 13. This year’s theme is Broadway Musical Comedies. This is in the upstairs auditorium. Call 718-849-1153 to reserve your seat!
** Halloween Costume Contest for Pups – The K9 Korral (85th Street and Park Lane South) will be having their annual Halloween Costume Contest for Dogs on Saturday, October 28th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free refreshments will be served, judging begins at 2 p.m. There will be no shortage of prizes for the winners (there will be a $5 entry fee for non-members). 


** News & Announcements:


** Assemblyman Miller’s September Newsletter – Click here to read Assemblyman Mike Miller’s September newsletter.

** Organics Collections – The DSNY is starting an Organics Collection program (click here), and it begins in Woodhaven on Monday, October 30th. It will be voluntary and we’ll pass along more information as it becomes available to us.


** Woodhaven Daycare in Hot Water – A daycare center on 85th Street and 89th Avenue was in the news last week when they lost a child (and were very late in reporting it). Happily, the boy was found and returned to his parents. Click here to find out more.
** SBS Receives Low Ranking – The Select Bus Service project on Woodhaven Boulevard received low marks from the Federal Transit Administration when it comes to cost-effectiveness. Click here to read about how that could prevent the project from receiving federal funds
** A Drive Down Woodhaven Boulevard – Speaking of the boulevard, check out this article about Woodhaven Boulevard’s history. The expansion of Woodhaven Boulevard was likely the most contentious local issue this community has ever faced.
** Arrest in Woodhaven Gang Shooting – A long feud between two rival gangs left one dead and thirteen injured, including a young man who was shot inside an eatery on Atlantic Avenue. An innocent bystander (who was being used as a human shield by the targeted member) was also shot (luckily, she survived). Arrests have been made in the gang feud and some details have been released about the incident.
** Library Renovations Overlap – CB9 Chairman Raj Rampershad expressed concern about the planned renovations of the Woodhaven and Richmond Hill libraries, which could possibly overlap leaving locals with few full library options. Click here to read more.

** No Love for the Tennis Courts? – Click here to read coverage of the last WRBA meeting where the future of the Forest Park Tennis Courts was discussed.

** 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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