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

September 5, 2017
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** 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 thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com 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 – 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #169

June 13, 2017

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** Our Top Stories: 

** THIS WEEK – Next WRBA Town Hall – Thursday, June 15th 7 p.m., American Legion Post 118

** Flag Day – Wednesday, June 14

** Woodhaven Barbecue to Thanks Our Vets – Saturday, June 24th 12 Noon

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

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

** Free Outdoor Movie – Tuesday, June 13th 7:30 p.m.
** Home Ownership Resource Fair – Saturday, June 17th 11 a.m.
** Legal Symposium in Woodhaven  Thursday, June 22nd 7 p.m.
** Historical Society “Pay One Price” Party at Forest Park Carousel  Friday, June 23rd 6 p.m.
** Annual Woodhaven Penny Social  Wednesday, June 28th 1 p.m.
** Annual Blood Drive at Emanuel United – Saturday, July 22nd 9 a.m.
** Women’s Self-Defense Class – Saturday, August 26th 12 p.m.
 

** FREE Movies and Concerts

** Scroll down for FREE Summer Concerts and Movies in Forest and Juniper Parks.

** News & Announcements
** Heatwave!
** We’re in for a Noisy Summer
** Forest Park Memorial Drive
** An Artist Pays Tribute to Woodhaven Landmark
** Neir’s Tavern on CNN
** Jeff Lewis on Voices of Woodhaven
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:
 
** Next WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Thursday, June 15th 2017 @ 7:00pm at American Legion Post 118 Headquarters at 89-02 91st Street (at the corner of 91st Street and 89th Avenue, behind PS 60). Click here for the 2017 schedule of Woodhaven Town Hall meetings.
 
** Flag Day – Please remember that this Wednesday, June 14th, is Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Please remember to proudly display your flag! Click here for information on a Flag Day ceremony being hosted by Councilman Eric Ulrich.
 
 
 
** Woodhaven Barbecue to Thanks Our Vets – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is hosting a Barbecue at American Legion Post 118 Headquarters at 89-02 91st Street on Saturday June 24th from Noon until 3 p.m. to thank our veterans. Hot Dogs, Burgers and refreshments! We invite all residents and friends of Woodhaven to come and enjoy and say thank you to our vets! 
 
** 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!
 
 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Free Outdoor Movie – All Saints Episcopal Church of Woodhaven is offering up a free movie on their lawn on 96th Street and 86th Avenue tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. The film is “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and it starts at 7:30 p.m. Pizza, popcorn, cold drinks — fun for the whole family!

 
** Home Ownership Resource Fair – Come out to the American Legion Saturday June 17th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an event that will will provide homeowners with a “one-stop shop” to connect with valuable resources, information, and guidance regarding: Home ownership, resources, mortgage modification, foreclosure prevention, buildings, alternative energy programs and more. Various housing agencies and other participants will be in attendance to answer questions and provide information. For more information, please call Evelyn Cruz at 718-599-3658.
 
** Legal Symposium in Woodhaven – The 38th Assembly District Part B Regular Democratic Club is holding a special meeting to discuss various aspects of the law. Guest speakers include Jjais A. Forde, Esq. (Housing Issues), Navpreet K. Gill, Esq. (Immigration), and Lourdes M. Ventura, Esq. (NY Courts) are scheduled to speak. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 22nd at American Legion Post 118 Hall (89-02 91 st Street). Email 38DemPartB@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
 
 
** Historical Society “Pay One Price” Party at Forest Park Carousel – The WCHS is hosting their 2nd Annual “Pay One Price” Party at the Forest Park Carousel Friday, June 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For $10 kids get unlimited rides on our landmarked carousel and the Woodhaven Express Train Ride. There will be a free magic show plus lots of fun raffle prizes for kids to win.
 

** Annual Woodhaven Penny Social – On Wednesday June 28th at 1 p.m. the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will host its annual Penny Social – a Raffle Prize Party that’s a lot of fun! Come out to bid on a wide variety of different items, donated by our membership. The event will be held at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. Here’s how it works: when you arrive, there will be several long tables with a lot of different items, everything from books to knick-knacks to decorations and more. There are always lots of interesting items up for grabs. Then you can buy tickets and go around and place bids on the different items. Donations will be happily accepted to auction off – bring them on the day of the event (or call us at 718-805-2002 to arrange pickup).

 


 
** Annual Blood Drive at Emanuel United – The 11th Annual Warren Ackermann Memorial Blood Drive will be held on Saturday, July 22nd from 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Emanuel (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). To make an appointment, please contact Dolores Rosato at 718-847-1694.
 
** Women’s Self-Defense Class – There is a self-defense class for women scheduled for Saturday, August 26th from Noon until 3 p.m. sponsored by Grace Baptist Church. The class will take place in the upstairs hall at 
Emanuel (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Call 

(646) 208-1651 if you have questions.

 
** Free Concerts in the Park:
 

Here is the schedule of free concerts/movies at the Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park:

Sunday June 18th – Pauly and the Goodfellas (5 p.m.)

Thursday July 6th – The Pirates of Penzance (7:30 p.m.)

Thursday July 13th – Nikki Torres & Rhythm Machine Band (7:30 p.m.)

Thursday July 20th – That 70s Project (7:30 p.m.)

Thursday July 27th – Rock and Soul Tour (7:30 p.m.)

Monday July 31st – Movie Night: Ella Enchanted (7:30 p.m.)

Thursday August 3rd – Journey Tribute (7:30 p.m.)

Thursday August 10th – Salute to the Rat Pack (7:30 p.m.)

Monday August 10th – Movie Night: Zootopia (7:30 p.m.)

Monday August 28th – Movie Night: Jungle Book (7:30 p.m.)

 
And you can also visit the following free shows as part of the Juniper Valley Park Concert Series at Juniper Boulevard North and 80th Street in Middle Village. All shows start at 7 p.m. For these, you must bring your own lawn chair:

Tuesday July 11 – Polka in the Park

Tuesday July 18 – Totally 80’s

Tuesday July 25 – Italian Heritage Night

Tuesday August 1 – Classic Rock Night

Tuesday August 8 – Tie Dye Tuesday

** News & Announcements:

 
** Heatwave! – The temps are in the 90s outside so we’re passing along this timely email from Con Edison detailing ways to stay cool, save money and stay safe! Click here for more info.
** We’re in for a Noisy Summer – An audit performed by State Controller Thomas DiNapoli found that there were over 90,000 noise complaints in 2015 and in 85% of them “either no action was taken or the records were unclear what was done.” Click here for more info. If you feel you are part of the 85% whose complaints have gone unanswered, make sure you come to the next Woodhaven Town Hall meeting  Thursday, June 15th 2017 @ 7:00pm at American Legion Post 118 Headquarters at 89-02 91st Street (at the corner of 91st Street and 89th Avenue, behind PS 60).
** Forest Park Memorial Drive – As requested by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (WCHS) and American Legion Post 118, and thanks to a bill submitted by CM Elizabeth Crowley (which passed unanimously), Forest Park Drive was rededicated as Forest Park Memorial Drive in a ceremony at Oak Ridge. It was almost 98 years ago to the very day that these young men were honored by our community at this very spot — and it turned out to be a very nice ceremony – click here to see some pictures and lots of video.  Bonus: Here are links to coverage in the local papers: The Leader-ObserverThe Queens ChronicleThe Queens Tribune, and QNS
 
** An Artist Pays Tribute to Woodhaven Landmark – Artist Madeline Lovallo is well known around our community for her painting of Lewis’ of Woodhaven. She has also painted local landmarks such as the Carousel, Oak Ridge, and the FDNY Dispatch Building on Park Lane South and Woodhaven Blvd. And now she has added a new Woodhaven painting to her collection – a beautiful painting of Emanuel United Church of Christ, which recently celebrated its’ 140th Anniversary! Click here to see pictures and video of the painting while Madeline painted it on a busy Woodhaven Boulevard! 
 

** Neir’s Tavern on CNN – Did you see that our historic Neir’s Tavern was profiled on CNN’s Parts Unknown hosted by Anthony Bourdain? Click here to see the Neir’s segment from the program! (Early on in the report, it states that the 7 Train runs down Jamaica Avenue – apparently CNN also gets us confused with Woodside! CNN made one other historical error in the piece – did you spot it? Email us if you have the answer and we’ll post your name in the next Digest!)

 

** Jeff Lewis on Voices of Woodhaven – The Woodhaven Historical Society is collecting oral histories from Woodhaven residents and recently interviewed Jeff Lewis, who wanted to share stories from his early days in Woodhaven. Jeff went to the old wooden PS 60 and grew up in the Wyckoff and has a lot of good stories to tell. Click here to hear Jeff Lewis. Want to share your memories with us? Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com and start talking!!

 
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017 – The GWYS is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd. Houses from all over Woodhaven will be participating and will be included on maps distributed online and all over Woodhaven. People have started to come from all over to the GWYS – let us drive the traffic to your door! Email thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com now to register! And tell your neighbors! Our experience has been that ‘clusters’ of homes end up doing much better the day of the GWYS.
 
** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
 
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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #168

May 11, 2017

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** Our Top Stories:

** Next WRBA Town Hall – Thursday, 5/18 7 p.m., Emanuel United Church of Christ

** Voices of Woodhaven – Friday, 5/12 10 p.m.

 

** Memorial Day Observations:

** Forest Park Memorial Drive Dedication Ceremony – Saturday, May 20th 12 Noon
** Memorial Day Observance – Forest Parkway – Thursday, May 25th 7:30 p.m.
** Memorial Day – American Legion – Monday, May 29th 11:30 a.m.

 

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

** Tree & Rain Barrel Give-A-Way – Saturday, May 13th 11 a.m.
** Women in Politics Breakfast – Saturday, May 13th at 10 a.m.
** Richmond Hill Historical Society – Saturday May 13th at 1:30 p.m.
** Emanuel’s 140th Anniversary Party – Saturday, May 20th at 5 p.m.
** Pet Adoption Event – Saturday, June 10th 11 a.m.
** Historical Society Party at Forest Park Carousel – Friday, June 23rd 6 p.m.

 

** News & Announcements
** From Assemblyman Miller
** SBS Funding Hits a Snag?
** Fixing a Hole?
** Beware of Package Thieves in Woodhaven
** Beware of Roofing Scams
** Noise Complaints (Updated)
** Emanuel United’s Long Woodhaven History
** Restoring One Part of the Cemetery
** Tragedy at Great Adventure Remembered
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:
 
** Next WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Thursday, May 18th 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here for the 2017 schedule of Woodhaven Town Hall meetings.
 

** Voices of Woodhaven – Woodhaven’s weekly online LIVE talk show (click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE, or any other time to listen on-demand).  

 
** Forest Park Memorial Drive Dedication Ceremony Saturday, May 20th, 12 Noon – Forest Park Drive will be co-named Forest Park Memorial Drive, in honor of the many soldiers that sacrificed their lives for our country. This ceremony will take place at Oak Ridge, right in the midst of the Memorial Trees of Woodhaven. Details of this ceremony coming soon. In the meantime, click here to read the original resolution by American Legion Post 118 and some letters of support.
** Memorial Day Observance – Forest Parkway – Thursday, May 25th 7:30 p.m. – T

he Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance at the monument located at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue. This is a great “small town” ceremony complete with the American Legion, ROTC, and patriotic music.
 
** Memorial Day – American Legion Monday, May 29th 11:30 a.m.

American Legion Post 118 will be holding their 98th annual ceremony at their headquarters (89-02 91st Street) on Memorial Day morning. Come out and visit the Post’s Garden of Remembrance, a beautiful tribute to all of the former Post Members who are no longer with us. After the ceremony (which includes prayers, patriotic music, and more), join the Legion Members inside for some hot dogs and refreshments.
 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
 
** Tree & Rain Barrel Give-A-Way – Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley is sponsoring a Spring Give-a-Way this Saturday, May 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to the Shops at Atlas Park (80-00 Cooper Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385) to get free trees and rain barrels. Note – you must RSVP in advance to reserve a tree or rain barrel – by phone: 718-366-3900 or by email: ecrowley@council.nyc.gov.
 
** Women in Politics Breakfast – Come out and meet residents with an interest in politics and increasing the participation of women in the political process. This will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 10 a.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Tickets are $20 ($10 for kids). Nydia Velázquez, Grace Meng, LeRoy Comrie, James Sanders, Scott Stringer and more will be attending. Email 38DemPartB@gmail.com for details and reservations.
** Richmond Hill Historical Society – This month, the RHHS will meet on a Saturday May 13th at 1:30 p.m at the Leonard Center. The guest speaker will be James Greller and he will give a presentation called “Ridgewood/Glendale/Richmond Hill Before the Automobile.” Some of you may remember Mr. Greller, he came to the Woodhaven Historical Society to speak about railroads and trolleys in Queens and he was very well-received!
 
** Emanuel’s 140th Anniversary Party – Emanuel United Church of Christ is celebrating their 140th Anniversary with an old fashioned pasta party – with old fashioned prices! For just $5 you get a spaghetti supper with bread, dessert and beverage all included! Saturday, May 20th at 5 p.m. Click here for more info and stay tuned for even more details. Reserve your seats now – 718-849-1153!
 
** Pet Adoption Event – Over the past decade, the Richmond Hill Block Association has found homes for over 100 pets and they are hosting their 10th Annual Pet Adoption Event on Saturday, June 10th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. Click here to read more about the interesting history behind this event.
** Historical Society Party at Forest Park Carousel – The WCHS is hosting their 2nd Annual Party at the Carousel Friday, June 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For $10 kids get unlimited rides and a free magic show. Plus! Lots of good raffle prizes for kids to win. 

 

** News & Announcements:

 
** From Assemblyman Miller Click here to read Assemblyman Mike’s May newsletter. It is full of news, community events and crime tips from the NYPD. 
 
** SBS Funding Hits a Snag? – The 2018 Federal Budget may not have enough money to fund the Woodhaven Boulevard SBS Plan this year. Click here to learn more.
 
** Fixing a Hole?Click here to see the pothole (or cave-in) that a resident reported to us. We entered a 311 and it was “repaired” the next day – only to her from the resident that it was in even worse shape less than 2 weeks later. We reported it to DOT via 311 again and we’re awaiting word on when it will be fixed how long this fix will hold. Remember, when you see something, report it to 311 and give the WRBA the 311 complaint number!
 
** Beware of Package Thieves in Woodhaven – We’ve been seeing and hearing about a lot more thefts of packages off of residents’ porches in Woodhaven. Please click here to see some photos of the crime in action and some tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim!
 
** Beware of Roofing Scams – We’ve been seeing stories online from other neighborhoods about a scam being perpetrated (often against the elderly) involving roof repairs. The typical start of this scam is the ring of a doorbell followed by a “contractor” telling you he was working on an adjoining roof and noticed something wrong with yours that requires immediate repair. Once they go up there, there’s no way for people to verify that work gets done – and we’ve seen pictures where all they did was spray plaint the roof! Please pass the word along to your friends and family, especially the elderly, to resist this scam – they can always call in a reputable contractor to check their roof. Click here for more information.
 
** Noise Complaints – Now that the warmer weather is arriving, so are the noise complaints. If you are having issues with a noisy neighbor, please remember to call 311 (or enter the complaint online) and pass along the 311# to the WRBA so we can keep track of it and follow up on it with the 102nd Precinct. Update: Did you see this article in the NY Post claiming that the NYPD is forbidden to respond to noise complaints unless they get approval? You can be sure that will be a topic of discussion next Thursday (3/18) at the Woodhaven Town Hall meeting.
 
** Emanuel United’s Long Woodhaven History – Speaking of Emanuel United Church of Christ, there were 2 different articles in last week’s papers about their history. Click here to read about them in the Leader (and see a rare picture of their groundbreaking) and then click here to read an article in the Times-Newsweekly about their history along with a picture of the original Emanuel Church, which was torn down when Woodhaven Boulevard was widened!
 
** Restoring One Part of the CemeteryCheck out this video (3 years in the making) to see all the work that was done on one corner of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery here in Woodhaven. 
 
** Tragedy at Great Adventure Remembered – Today (5/11) marks the 33rd anniversary of the tragic fire at Great Adventure that took the lives of 8 young people, 4 of them students at Franklin K. Lane. Click here to read an article about the incident and the students and how the school remembers them.
 
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017 – The GWYS is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd. Houses from all over Woodhaven will be participating and will be included on maps distributed online and all over Woodhaven. People have started to come from all over to the GWYS – let us drive the traffic to your door! Email thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com now to register! And tell your neighbors! Our experience has been that ‘clusters’ of homes end up doing much better the day of the GWYS.
 
** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
 
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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #167

April 28, 2017

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** Our Top Stories:

** Next WRBA Town Hall – Thursday, 5/18 7 PM, Emanuel United Church of Christ
** Noise Complaints
** Spring Recycling Event  – Sunday, 4/30 10 AM
** Voices of Woodhaven – Friday, 4/28 10 PM
 

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

** Tour the Forest Park Greenhouse – Saturday, 4/29 9 AM


** Test Your Woodhaven Knowledge – Tuesday, 5/2 7 PM
** Community Board 9 Meeting – Tuesday, 5/9 7:45 PM
** Women in Politics Breakfast  – Saturday 5/13 10 AM
** Forest Park Memorial Drive Dedication Ceremony – Saturday 5/20 10 AM
** Emanuel’s 140th Anniversary Party  – Saturday 5/20 5 PM
** Memorial Day Ceremonies – Thursday 5/25 and Monday 5/29
** Historical Society Party at Forest Park Carousel – Friday 6/23 6 PM


 

** News & Announcements
** LinkNYC Kiosks Coming to Woodhaven
** 87th Street Debate at CB9
** Basement Apartment Debate Continues
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017
** Earth Day at the Cemetery
** WWI Fighters to Be Honored in Woodhaven
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:
** Next WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Thursday, May 18th 2017 @ 7:00pm at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Click here for the 2017 schedule of Woodhaven Town Hall meetings.
 
** Noise Complaints – Now that the warmer weather is arriving, so are the noise complaints. If you are having issues with a noisy neighbor, please remember to call 311 (or enter the complaint online) and pass along the 311# to the WRBA so we can keep track of it and follow up on it with the 102nd Precinct.
 
** Spring Recycling Event – It’s time for Mike Miller and Joe Addabbo’s annual spring recycling event in the Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot. It’s Sunday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for more info (see bonus coverage by clicking here).
 
** Voices of Woodhaven – Woodhaven’s weekly online LIVE talk show (click here Friday at 10 PM to listen LIVE, or any other time to listen on-demand). This Friday’s Topic: Looking back at Woodhaven April 1964, courtesy of the New York Herald Tribune!
 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

 

** Tour the Forest Park Greenhouse – It will be open to the public on Saturday April 29th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for details and info.

 
** Test Your Woodhaven Knowledge – So you think you know all about Woodhaven? Come out on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue) for a fun presentation / quiz in which teams of residents will team up to show off their Woodhaven Brains! Complete with game-show buzzers! Click here for a brief commercial.
 
** Community Board Meeting – The next meeting of Community Board 9 is on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:45 PM. May’s meeting will be held at the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Click here to view the May Meeting Agenda.
 
** Women in Politics Breakfast – Come out and meet residents with an interest in politics and increasing the participation of women in the political process. This will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 10 AM at Emanuel United Church of Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Tickets are $20 ($10 for kids). Nydia Velázquez, Grace Meng, LeRoy Comrie, James Sanders, Scott Stringer and more will be attending. Email 38DemPartB@gmail.com for details and reservations.
 
** Forest Park Memorial Drive Dedication Ceremony – At 12 Noon on Saturday, May 20th, Forest Park Drive will be co-named Forest Park Memorial Drive, in honor of the many soldiers that sacrificed their lives for our country. This ceremony will take place at Oak Ridge, right in the midst of the Memorial Trees of Woodhaven. Details of this ceremony coming soon. In the meantime, click here to read the original resolution by American Legion Post 118 and some letters of support.
 
** Emanuel’s 140th Anniversary Party – Emanuel United Church of Christ is celebrating their 140th Anniversary with an old fashioned pasta party – with old fashioned prices! For just $5 you get a spaghetti supper with bread, dessert and beverage all included! Saturday, May 20th at 5 p.m. Click here for more info and stay tuned for even more details. Reserve your seats now – 718-849-1153!
 
** Memorial Day Ceremonies – Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th. The GWDC/WBID will be holding their annual ceremony on the evening of Thursday, May 25th at Forest Parkway. And American Legion Post 118 will be holding their annual ceremony at their headquarters (89-02 91st Street) on Memorial Day morning. As soon as we have the exact times we will pass them along.
 
** Historical Society Party at Forest Park Carousel – The WCHS is hosting their 2nd Annual Party at the Carousel Friday, June 23rd from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For $10 kids get unlimited rides and a free magic show. Plus! Lots of good raffle prizes for kids to win. 

 

** News & Announcements:
 
** LinkNYC Kiosks Coming to Woodhaven –  Click here to read about how kiosks that offer free Wi-Fi and allow people to charge phones, access maps to get directions, and call 911 are coming to Woodhaven. Click here to read more about LinkNYC Kiosks.
** 87th Street Debate at CB9 – What to do about the traffic outside St. Thomas the Apostle was discussed at the WRBA March Town Hall meeting and this past week it reached Community Board 9 (who voted unanimously against turning 87th Street into a one-way street). Click here to read about the meeting (and click here for additional coverage about the controversy).
** Basement Apartment Debate Continues – The debate over legalizing basement apartment continues – click here to read more about it.
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017 – The GWYS is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd. Houses from all over Woodhaven will be participating and will be included on maps distributed online and all over Woodhaven. People have started to come from all over to the GWYS – let us drive the traffic to your door! Email thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com now to register! And tell your neighbors! Our experience has been that ‘clusters’ of homes end up doing much better the day of the GWYS.
** Earth Day at the Cemetery Click here to view April Highlights at the Wyckoff-Snedicker family cemetery on 96th Street. This month, Earth Day was celebrated with leaf composting, grass growing, and flower planting – all the kids attending received good lessons on maintaining Mother Earth.
 
** WWI Fighters to Be Honored in WoodhavenClick here for a news story about the ceremony to co-name Forest Park Memorial Drive. Click here for bonus coverage.
 
** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
 
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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #161

September 6, 2016

** ALERT ** The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is a few weeks away. Time is running out to register your house on the printed map! You must REGISTER ASAP!!  Email thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com NOW to reserve a spot!! The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale is 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! 

 
** Our Top Stories:
** WRBA Town Hall – Saturday 9/17 – 12 Noon
** Community Board 9 Returns – Tuesday, 9/13 7:45 PM
** Woodhaven Celebration 2016 – Friday, 10/21Click Here To Buy Tickets
 

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Woodhaven History Rollback Night – Tuesday 9/6
** Registration at the School Sisters of Notre Dame – Thursday 9/8
** Cemetery Restoration – Saturday 9/10
** Richmond Hill Park Fair – Saturday 9/17
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale – Register Now! – Saturday 9/24

** Emanuel Church Dinner & Show – Saturday 9/24

** Paint Night Party – Tuesday 9/27
** Fall Harvest Festival – Saturday 10/15
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Sunday 10/16
** Fall Classic Car Show – Sunday 10/16
** K9 Korral Halloween Costume Contest for Dogs – Saturday 10/29

 

** News & Announcements
** All Saints New Mass Times
** Online Police Scanner
** Burglar Threatens Resident
** WRBA’s Woman of the Year
** DOT Changes Mind on Woodhaven School Parking
** Woodhaven Business Study Expected Soon
** Woodhaven Residents’ 2016 Survey
** Woodhaven’s Past On One Block of Jamaica Avenue
** Save Our Streets
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:

 

** WRBA Town Hall – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Saturday, September 17, 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.
 
** Community Board 9 Returns – CB9 resumes their monthly public meetings on Tuesday, September 13th starting at 7:45 PM at Villa Russo (101-12 Lefferts Boulevard). They have a full agenda (click here to read it) – but of special interest is an update being presented on SBS by DOT. Community Board 9 is expected to vote on the SBS proposal the following month (that is, at the October 11th meeting, not the September 13th meeting). If you want to speak out on this (or any other) issue at a CB9 meeting, you must sign up for the “Public Forum” when you get there; you will be given 3 minutes to speak.
 
** Woodhaven Celebration 2016 – 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 http://bit.ly/Wdhvn5.  To purchase an advertisement in the Fundraiser Journal, please download and submit the form available here: http://bit.ly/Wdhvn10.  You can also e-mail info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call the WRBA office at 718-296-3735 to buy tickets or Journal ads.
 
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

 

** 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 Cultural & Historical Society has 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 woodhavenhistory@gmail.com 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.

 

** Cemetery Restoration – Some extra hands are needed on Saturday, September 10th at the historic Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue from 9AM to 12PM.  The back portion of the cemetery is almost cleared and ready for grass seeds to be planted – just need a few hands moving some small rocks (nothing heavy!). A free Pizza Lunch will be provided to everyone after the cleanup.
 
** Richmond Hill Park Fair – 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 – Click here to hear an interview with the WRBA’s Vance Barbour about the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale taking place on September 24th! Email thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com NOW to reserve a spot! If you do not register soon you will not be on the map published in the Leader-Observer! Time is running out!

 

** Emanuel Church Dinner & Show – This great annual event will be held this year on Saturday, September 24th starting at 5:30 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Tickets are $20 and include a full dinner (fruit cup, rolls, stuffed chicken breast, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn apple crumb cake, coffee, tea and iced tea. This year’s show musical performance is entitled “Salute to the USA” – to reserve your spot, call Pam Steffens at 718-849-1153. Bonus: Click here to read the latest “Tidings” – the newsletter of Emanuel United Church of Christ.
 
** Paint Night Party – Come out and paint the night away at a fun Paint Night Party on Tuesday, September 27th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard) from 7 to 9 PM. With the loss of the center on 78th Street, Emanuel Church has become one of the last places the community of Woodhaven can hold a meeting — and the people at Emanuel have always been generous with their space. This is our opportunity to give back to them and have a great time at the same time!! This Paint Night is being brought to you by Assemblyman Mike Miller and the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society. Tickets to the event are $30 per person — and for that you will be provided with all the supplies you need to make your very own masterpiece! The brushes, the paint, the canvas and step-by-step instructions by a talented artists!  Click here to reserve your spot!
** 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!
** 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 Classic Car Show – 8AM to 3PM at the Forest Park Bandshell – dozens of classic cars on display. There will be food, music, and more. Sponsored by theEast Coast Car Association which raises thousands every year for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside.
 
** K9 Korral Halloween Costume Contest for Dogs – The annual canine costume party will be held on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016 from  1 to 4 PM. Prizes for Best Costume/Best Original/Best Team. Free refreshments will be served. Judging begins at 2 PM. $5 entry fee for non-members/ Free for members (bring your membership cards). Click here to see their flyer!
 

 

** News & Announcements:

** All Saints New Mass Times – This Sunday All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th Street) begins their new mass schedule. 8 AM – Said Mass (Rite 1), 9:30 AM – La Misa en Español, 11:00 AM – Sung High Mass (Rite 2). They also offer the following weekday services in the chapel: Low Mass every Wednesday at 7:00 PM, Low Mass or Morning Prayer every Friday at 9:30 AM. 

** Online Police Scanner – Thanks to Twitter follower Tom (@tubebaum) for passing along this link – an online scanner where you can hear the 102/106 Precincts. Click here to hear what’s happening in our precinct. Hear choppers in the air? Hear sirens around the corner? Curious what’s going on? Check it out online and email us if you hear anything noteworthy!
 
** Burglar Threatens Resident – A home intruder entered through an unlocked back door and threatened a homeowner of Forest Parkway during a weekday.Click here for details.  He is still at large. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to avoid an encounter with a burglar, but don’t make it easy for then. You would never leave your front door unlocked, always keep your back door tightly secured!
 
** WRBA’s Woman of the Year – Click here to read about our Woman of the Year, Josephine Wendell. BonusClick 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 (bit.ly/woodhaven-party) — or e-mail info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call (718) 296-3735.
 
** DOT Changes Mind on Woodhaven School Parking – After denying parking signs to a school on 91st resulting in daily traffic jams and chaos, DOT has reversed itself and said that they will put the signs up after all. To refresh your memory, click here to read about the initial complaint from the school and residents.
 

** Woodhaven Business Study Expected SoonAccording to the Queens Chronicle, the results of a study aimed at identifying ways to strengthen business on Jamaica Avenue will be released in the coming weeks. The study encompasses the strip from Forest Parkway to 114th Street, which includes some blocks in Richmond Hill.

 
** 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!
 
** Woodhaven’s Past On One Block of Jamaica AvenueClick here for a look back at Jamaica Avenue in this week’s Leader-Observer. For a bonus, click here for a trip way back in time on our Jamaica Avenue – find out how it got its name.
 
** 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
 

** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
 
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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #160

August 19, 2016
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** 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 http://bit.ly/Wdhvn5.  To purchase an advertisement in the Fundraiser Journal, please download and submit the form available here: http://bit.ly/Wdhvn9.  You can also e-mail info@woodhaven-nyc.org 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 woodhavenhistory@gmail.com 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 thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com 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 (bit.ly/woodhaven-party) — or e-mail info@woodhaven-nyc.org 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:  www.saveourstreets.nyc
 

** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
 
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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #159

August 4, 2016
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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 www.SaveOurStreets.nyc.  More information about this plan is available at www.SaveOurStreets.nyc/faqs.
 
* 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 http://bit.ly/Wdhvn5.  To purchase an advertisement in the Fundraiser Journal, please download and submit the form available here: http://bit.ly/Wdhvn9.  You can also e-mail info@woodhaven-nyc.org 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 woodhavenhistory@gmail.com 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 thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com 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:  www.saveourstreets.nyc
 

** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 

 

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 156

May 24, 2016

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** 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 woodhavenhistory@gmail.com.
 
** 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 knickityknackswac@gmail.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 woodhavenhistory@gmail.com 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 backgroundBonus: 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. 
 
** Man Sentenced for Woodhaven Killing – A Bronx man was sentenced to 18 years in prison  for his part in a fatal gang beating of a teen they thought was gay at a party on 90th Street back in 2011. Click here for video of the candlelight vigil help at the location of the beating.

 

** 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):

** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.

 
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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 154

April 15, 2016
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** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall THIS SATURDAY
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Save Our Streets
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion’s Basket Bonanza
** Pajama Collection for Shelter Kids
** From the Desk of Elizabeth Crowley
** Defensive Driving Class
** Rain Barrel Giveaway
** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project

** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event
** Woodhaven Historians / Memorial Day Trees
** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven

** News & Announcements
** Department of Veterans’ Services Opens in Queens
** Participatory Budgeting 32 N Results 
** CB9 April Meeting
** From the Desk Of Mike Miller

** Update on Pop’s Restaurant 
** The Art of the Forest Park Carousel
** Woodhaven’s Other Race Track 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps 
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday April 16th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be an interesting presentation on Disaster Preparedness. Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Frank Csoka, son of Stephen Csoka, the Woodhaven artist whose artwork is in the permanent collection of over 34 museums

both in the US and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Met, The Whitney, and the Library of Congress. Mr. Csoka will be a guest at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, April 27th (1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ). Featured in Mr. Csoka’s presentation will be his father’s painting of the original Forest Park Carousel after it burned down. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want).  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).

** 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?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion’s Basket Bonanza – This Sunday – Operation Purple offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like them. (In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve.) Join the American Legion on Sunday, April 17 at their 1st Annual Basket Bonanza to win prizes (baskets of cheer, lottery tree, gift cards, etc.), socialize, and raise money to benefit Operation Purple. Admission is $20 per person and includes 1 sheet of tickets and refreshments. Space is limited, reservations with payment in advance is required. Mail checks to the American Legion at Woodhaven Post 118, c/o Joan Donovan, 34-19 41st Street #1L, LIC, New York 11101. Call 718-937-1615 for more information. BonusClick here to hear an interview with American Legion Auxiliary President Jennifer Farley in which she discusses the Basket Bonanza and Operation Purple.

** Pajama Collection for Shelter Kids – Assemblyman Mike Miller is collecting pajamas and reading material for children in NYC Shelters. This drive will end on April 28th, click here for details.

** From the Desk of Elizabeth Crowley – CM Crowley is hosting two events this weekend. One, at 2 p.m. this Saturday (April 16) at the corner of Eliot Avenue and 71st Street, is the naming of the street after Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan; click here for details.  The other, also this Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., is a community recycling day (electronics, VIN etching, paper shredding and more) at the Maspeth Federal Savings Parking Lot (56-18 69th St). Click here for details.

** Defensive Driving Class – There will be a Defensive Driving Class on Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The class will be held in the downstairs library. A light breakfast will be served. By taking this class you will receive a 10% discount on your insurance for 3 years and have 4 points removed from any moving violations you may have. Please call Emanuel at 718-849-1153 to register.

** Rain Barrel Giveaway – CM Eric Ulrich is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Giveaway this Sunday, April 17th at the Broad Channel American Legion with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and the Department of Environmental Protection. There is no cost for these rain barrels; however, if you would like one, please sign up here.

** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues this Saturday, April 16th, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. As a bonus, the group will be receiving a visit from a descendant of one of Woodhaven’s earliest families. Many members of her family are buried in our cemetery and this will be her first visit. Click here for a look back at the progress made so far.

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23 at All Nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $40 (no checks or credit cards, cash only). Call John at 347-829-3504 or 516-643-6746 for more information.

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing & textiles (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 will be shredded while you watch to ensure confidentiality), Carpeting (‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only), household goods (including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes), books & eyeglasses accepted as Donations.  No medications or mostly-full cans of paint will be accepted. For more information, please call Frank Fazio in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** Woodhaven Historians / Memorial Day Trees – At the next meeting of the Woodhaven Historians (Tuesday, May 3rd – 7 PM Avenue Diner 91-06 Jamaica Avenue), the month of May 1961 will be covered including a look at the gang troubles Woodhaven was facing at the time. Click here for more info. Also, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is planning to decorate the Memorial Trees in Forest Park again for 2016. If you recall, some of the trees along Forest Park Drive were planted in the names of Woodhaven soldiers killed in WW1 and were decorated every Memorial Day for years, a tradition that was revived last year. If you would like to be a part of the effort this year, it will be discussed at this meeting — volunteers needed to help decorate the trees. To learn more about the Memorial Trees of Woodhaven, click here.

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven – The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is hosting a special antique showcase on Saturday, May 7th starting at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ. Veteran appraiser Eddie Costello will come to Woodhaven and give free appraisals for 2 hours, and all of it will be broadcast on a giant screen – so even if you just come to watch, you’ll get a closeup view of what’s being appraised!  Members of the Woodhaven Historical Society are guaranteed 1 free appraisal – and then names will be dram for free appraisals for as long as time permits. Mr. Costello is pretty fast, so there’s a real good chance if you bring something you’ll get a free appraisal. Attendance is free, refreshments will be served.  Click here for video highlight’s of a prior visit by Mr. Costello.

** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally – On May 7th from 2 pm – 6 pm, Neir’s Tavern (87-48 78th Street) is hosting a Landmark Support Rally in partnership with the Historic Districts Council of NYC. This event will kick off a concerted effort to push a long & difficult land marking process forward.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Department of Veterans’ Services Opens in Queens – Last week, the Mayor announced the official creation of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, which came from a bill introduced by CM Eric Ulrich who chairs the City Council Veterans Committee. Please note that there will be a satellite office in Queens Borough Hall, Suite 222, 120-55 Queens Boulevard. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 AM to 2 PM, and you can reach them at 718-286-2868.

** Participatory Budgeting 32 N Results – The PB results for District 32 North are in – and the winners are: sidewalk improvements in Forest Park, Technology Upgrades for Schools, Paving Baby Carriage Lane, and Argus cameras. Finishing just outside the $1 Million Dollar budget were countdown clocks and improvements to Whiting Square. A new van for the 102 Pct and upgrades to the 102 Pct locker room came in last.

** CB9 April Meeting – Click here for highlights from this months meeting of Community Board 9.

** From the Desk Of Mike Miller – Click here for Assemblyman Mike Miller’s April Newsletter.

** Update on Pop’s Restaurant – Click here for an update from Maria Thomson of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District.

** The Art of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark is now open for business for 2016. Not only is it a fun place to visit, but it’s a great place to visit if you enjoy local art! Click here to check out the art of the Forest Park Carousel – and check out the new mosaic of the carousel comprised of thousands of tiny pictures of the carousel – it’s neat! Click here to visit their site to view their entire 2016 schedule of events and entertainment for the kids.

** Woodhaven’s Other Race Track – Most Woodhaven residents are familiar with the history of the Union Course race track. But how many of you are familiar with Woodhaven’s otehr track – the Centreville? Click here to find out more!

** 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 16th 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 CM 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):

** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.

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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 153

April 4, 2016

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** Our Top Stories:

** Participatory Budgeting Voting District 32 Tomorrow 
** WRBA Town Hall
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Save Our Streets
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion 118 Auxiliary’s Basket Bonanza
** Old Woodhaven Picture Slideshow
** Gangster, Crime And Hollywood Tour
** Blanket Collection for Shelter Kids
** Rain Barrel Giveaway
** Defensive Driving Class
** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel
** WORKS Little League Parade 
** Cemetery Green Project 
** CPR Classes
** Recycling Event 
** Paint Night at Neir’s

** News & Announcements
** Dangling Wires
** No Standing, No Peace 
** ATV and Motorcycle Awareness
** Rezoning Draws Some Heat
** Noise Survey 
** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
** Fall Harvest Festival
** SBS Recaps
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

 

** Our Top Stories:

** Participatory Budgeting Voting District 32 Tomorrow – You have one last chance to vote on items in this year’s Participatory Budgeting. This is a chance to fund repairs to sidewalks in Forest Park, to restore Whiting Square in time for the 100th Anniversary of WW1, to fund a few new Argus (police) cameras and more. We will have ballots at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue) tomorrow (Tuesday, April 5th) from 4 PM to 9 PM. This is for residents who live in Councilman Eric Ulrich’s district (map here, and zoom in if necessary).

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Saturday April 16th 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 for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Our guest this Friday Night at 10 will be Robin London of Metro NYC Tours, a company that leads tours of different areas of New York City (including Woodhaven). We’ll also be talking about this history of Woodhaven other racetrack, the lesser known but equally important Centreville Racetrack. Do you know where it was?  Tune in and find out! Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE (or click on the same link afterwards to listen whenever you want).  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).

** 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?  www.saveourstreets.nyc
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** American Legion 118 Auxiliary’s Basket Bonanza – Operation Purple offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like them. (In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve). Join the American Legion Auxiliary on Sunday April 17th at their 1st Annual Basket Bonanza to win prizes (baskets of cheer, lottery tree, gift cards, etc.), socialize, and raise money to benefit Operation Purple. Admission is $20 per person and includes 1 sheet of tickets and refreshments. Space is limited, reservations with payment in advance is required. Mail checks to the American Legion at Woodhaven Post 118, c/o Joan Donovan, 34-19 41st Street #1L, LIC, New York 11101. Call 718-937-1615 for more information.

** Old Woodhaven Picture Slideshow – There will be a free slideshow with old news and pictures of Woodhaven – the topics are the year 1916, and April 1946 when a familiar face opened for the first time – which one? Come and find out! The slideshow will take place at the monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Historians, Tuesday, April 5th starting at 7 PM at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue).

** Gangster, Crime And Hollywood Tour – Metro NYC Tours will be giving tours of some of the more notorious spots of Woodhaven – visit where gangsters and Hollywood movies were shot. The tour is capped by lunch at NYC’S oldest bar, the historic Neir’s Tavern. You will have chips and salsa on the table to nibble. A choice of entree from a prix fixe menu for lunch with either 1 glass of beer or soda. Cost is $45 per person. Click here for more details.

** Blanket Collection for Shelter Kids – Assemblyman Mike Miller is collecting blankets and reading material for children in NYC Shelters. This drive will end on April 28th, click here for details.

** Rain Barrel Giveaway – Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Giveaway this Sunday, April 10th. Click here for info on how you can register for your own free rain barrel.

** Defensive Driving Class – There will be a Defensive Driving Class on Saturday, April 16th from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue, at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). The class will be held in the downstairs library. A light breakfast will be served. By taking this class you will receive a 10% discount on your insurance for 3 years and have 4 points removed from any moving violations you may have. Please call Emanuel at 718-849-1153 to register.

** The Return of the Forest Park Carousel – Our beloved NYC Landmark has opened its’ 2016 season on Friday, March 25th. Click here to visit their site to view their entire 2016 schedule of events and entertainment for the kids.

** WORKS Little League Parade – Saturday, April 9th, kicking off from Equity Park at 10 AM. Come out and cheer on the kids of WORKS Little League as they leave PS 60, march down to Jamaica Avenue and along Jamaica Avenue to Forest Parkway before heading to the bandshell. Click here for coverage of last year’s parade!

** Cemetery Green Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues this Saturday, April 9th, from 9 AM to 12 PM.  Come out and work with your friends and neighbors, get some fresh air and exercise, in the oldest, most historic spot in Woodhaven. If you aren’t familiar with the cemetery, it is behind All Saint’s Church, at 96th Street and 86th Avenue.

** CPR Classes – John Bennett from the WRHVAC will be offering CPR Classes on Saturday, April 23rd at All nations Baptist Church Annex (86-74 80th Street) from 10 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $40 (no checks or credit cards, cash only). Call John at 347-829-3504 or 516-643-6746 for more information.

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing & textiles (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 will be shredded while you watch to ensure confidentiality), Carpeting (‘residential type’ carpeting and foam padding only), household goods (including dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, pots and drapes), books & eyeglasses accepted as Donations.  No medications or mostly-full cans of paint will be accepted. For more information, please call Frank Fazio in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** Paint Night at Neir’s – This has been a very popular event over the past 2 months – the next event is Wednesday, April 27th (7 PM). The group will be painting a wine glass. Click here to register.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Dangling Wires – Do all those dangling wires around Woodhaven bother you? Click here to read more about the discussion of this very topic at our last Town Hall meeting.

** No Standing, No Peace – Click here to read about a Woodhaven’s school’s fight to get a no standing zone to safely load/unload students (some with special needs) and to alleviate traffic issues each morning and afternoon. Click here for more info.

** ATV and Motorcycle Awareness – The NYPD is working hard to stop the dangerous conditions created from the illegal use of ATVs/motorbikes throughout the City. As the weather gets warmer, we acknowledge the desire to get outside and enjoy New York City but street and road conditions must be kept safe by following the law. We need your help to thwart the hazardous conditions created by illegally owned or operated ATVs and motorbikes. If you observe groups of motorcycles/dirt bikes/ATVs on public streets driving recklessly, please call 911 and report the dangerous condition. If you have information on storage facilities where dirt bikes/ATVs are stored, please report it to 311. Note: When you do report this to the NYPD, please let us know so we can follow up on your report.

** Rezoning Draws Some Heat – The city’s move to rezone neighborhoods to create more affordable housing has drawn some heat from our local community board, click here to read more about it.

 

** Noise Survey – The NY State Comptroller’s Office is conducting a survey on noise in New York City neighborhoods. Click here to let them know about your experience with noise in Woodhaven. Also, click here for the survey in SpanishRussian, or Mandarin.

** 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 16th 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 CM 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):

** 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 projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.

 

 

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