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NYPD Presents Shred Fest

May 17, 2013

Shred Fest

May 19, 2013 – 10AM – 4PM

Shred Fest is a free annual Citywide event to help New Yorkers prevent identity theft. At Shred Fest you can:

  • Shred papers containing your personal information safely using shredding trucks at one of 10 locations throughout the City.
  •  Get free identity theft prevention tips.



The first five people* to arrive with their personal papers at each Shred Fest location will receive a free paper shredder, donated by Staples.

What should you bring to shred?

  • Bank statements that are at least one year old and do not contain tax-related information
  • Pay stubs (only after you receive your Form W-2)
  • Credit card applications
  • Any documents that contain any of the following personal information: your Social Security number, account numbers, password/PIN information, birth date, private contact information, and signature


Shredding trucks cannot shred the following items: books; old toys; electronics; wet paper; any item that is not paper. Please do not bring these items to Shred Fest.

For more information, a downloadable version of the event flyer, in both English and Spanish, is available here.



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102 Precinct Holds Blood Drive – February 22nd

February 12, 2013

The 102nd Precinct works hard to serve and protect the residents of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and Ozone Park 365 days a year.  And now they are turning to those they protect for help for a few hours.


The 102is holding a Blood Drive on Friday, February 22nd from 12 PM to 6 PM at the 102nd Precinct which is located at 87-34 118th Street in Richmond Hill.  Each donation received will help to save up to THREE lives.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Bring ID with signature or photo.
  • Minimum weight 110 lbs.
  • Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s note)
  • Eat well (low fat) & drink fluids
  • No tattoos for past 12 months

For questions concerning medical eligibility call 1-800-688-0900.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact 102 Pct. Community Affairs at (718) 805-3215.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 72

February 5, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Date of our next Town Hall, and Block Watchers program
  • Wanted — help us catch a thief
  • Coverage of our last Town Hall
  • Keeping Woodhaven Whole
  • First Aid Class
  • RIP Mayor Ed Koch
  • Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Programs
  • PS/IS 113 Parent Teacher Association event
  • Lack hot water?
  • Flu season
  • Previous issues of The Grapevine
**  February Town Hall:  If you haven’t marked it on your calendars, please do it now: our next Town Hall will occur on Wednesday, February 20, 8 p.m., at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Ave.).  Note that it’s a weeknight meeting!  This Town Hall will focus on the NYPD and the Block Watchers program being launched in our neighborhood.  Here is more information about the Block Watchers program.  It’s not too late to become a Block Watcher; here is the application, which you can complete and bring to the Town Hall.  So far, we’ve signed up over 50 residents who are interested in making our community better and safer.  Click here to see a map of where in Woodhaven the program will have coverage — and where we really need more volunteers to step up and become Block Watchers.
**  WANTED — The 102nd Precinct is asking for our help and warning us to be careful.  Click here to see a wanted flyer for a young man who has been victimizing women, stealing their pocketbooks and cell phones from the back of his bicycle.  Suspect is described as a male black or possible male black Hispanic.  Possible reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.  Contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or text your tip to TIP577 plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  You can also submit an internet tip by visiting  All information will be kept confidential.  Anyone with information regarding the above subject please notify Det. Ronald Buell at 718-520-9200 or Detective Borough Queens North at 718-520-9200.
**  Missed our January Town Hall?  Too bad!  Fortunately, you can read about what you missed at the well-attended and action-packed meeting.  Click here for a thorough summary by the Times Newsweekly, and click here to check out the article in the Daily News too.
**  Keeping Woodhaven Whole:  You’ve probably heard about the WRBA’s efforts to keep Woodhaven from being split by a gerrymander in the latest City Council redistricting.  If you’re not familiar with this issue, click here to bring yourself up to speed.  We’re hoping the new district lines will be released in the near future, and that they will include a united Woodhaven.  In the meantime, take a look at this forceful editorial published by the Times Newsweekly, also arguing that Woodhaven should be kept together.
**  A First Aid Class will be offered at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Ave.) on Sunday, February 17, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The cost is $40.  If you’re interested, call John Bennett at 516-643-6746 or e-mail
**  Ed Koch, New York City’s colorful mayor from 1978 to 1989, died last week.  Click here for some great photos of him visiting Woodhaven in 1985.  We bet you’ll recognize where the pictures were taken!
**  Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Programs:  Attention Woodhaven homeowners: There is a new city program introduced by the Department of Environmental Protection that could save you thousands of dollars by protecting you from the unexpected costs of service line repairs.  Click here for more information.
**  The Parent Teacher Association of PS/IS 113 is sponsoring an event, “Joey and Mary’s Irish/Italian Comedy Wedding,” on March 15.  Click here to see a poster with more information, including details on how to purchase tickets.
**  Is there a lack of hot water in your building?  Get online assistance by clicking here.
**  It’s flu season.  This year’s flu outbreak is reportedly the worst in a decade.  Take this threat seriously.  Click here to read advice from the Centers for Disease Control on how to protect yourself from the flu.
**  Previous issues of The Grapevine:  If you only recently signed up for The Grapevine, or if you want to look at a previous issue, the last several issues are available on our blog here (be sure to scroll down).
Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

Is This The Same Guy?

January 17, 2013

Update:  On April 1st, a woman in Elmhurst was attacked and raped (click here, scroll down).  The sketch of him is very similar to the Richmond Hill rapist from 2012 — see for yourself and compare:

sameThe 2012 Richmond Hill rapist was described as: “25 to 35 years old, between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-7 and approximately 200 pounds with spiked hair.”

The 2013 Elmhurst rapist was described as: “25 to 30 years old, 150 to175 pounds with black spiked hair.”


On Sunday, 5/27/2012 a man raped a woman on 89th Avenue between 102nd and 104th streets.  Although the story says the rape happened in Woodhaven, it was actually in Richmond Hill.  Click here for story.

On Sunday, 1/13/2013 a man attacked a woman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Click here for that story.

Last night, on Twitter, someone made a remark about the resemblance between the sketch of the Richmond Hill suspect and surveillance video of the Williamsburg suspect.  Here they are, so you can compare — similar jowls, or jawline.  Big ears.  Spiky hair.  Eyes look similar.  We have passed along the information to the NYPD to see what they think.  But we’d like to hear your opinion — make sure you vote in our poll below.


102 Precinct Community Council – January 2013

January 16, 2013

The following are some comments from the 102 Precinct Community Council meeting which was held on January 15, 2013 in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library.

Captain Henry “Hank” Sautner states that they suffered a” little bit of a rough end to the year.”  The 102 finished about 4.5 percent up in crime overall, the increase primarily driven by robberies.  He’s worked with his staff and tried a new approach particularly on the “western end” of the community.  Though its way too early to get excited, they are seeing dividends.  Robberies have been down 4 percent since they began the new approach.  Crime down 25% to start the year (compared to prior 4-week averages).

Captain Sautner reiterates that “we do have a robbery issue.”  In particular, a “Pattern 159” which he describes as “Disturbing.”  It’s a late teen to early 20s, male Black or Hispanic riding his bicycle preying upon middle aged to older women, riding up behind them and forcibly removing their purses and cell phones.

The 102 is expending much energy on this and the investigation is moving forward.  “The fact is that we’re going to need help from the community to catch this guy,” Captain Sautner says.  Click here to see the wanted flyer.

Next up, the School Bus Strike.  Scheduled for Wednesday.  The city is making contingency plans to make sure our kids get back and forth to school.  There is a big bus depot (Logan) on Atlantic and 97th.  People have the right to assemble there and strike, so the NYPD is already on the scene to make sure it is done safely, with no vandalism, and no one getting hurt.  “The only people that really get hurt here are the children,” the captain said.  Update:  The strike began early Wednesday and the 102 was on the scene:

Captain Sautner goes on today that he’s a big believer in the broken windows theory.  “The idea is to get a handle on the small things, the quality of life things.  If you can keep those in check it keeps the bigger things from spreading.  People may see drinking on the corner or smoking weed as harmless – no, it gives the appearance of disorder and it can lead to bigger things.”

The Captain took time to honor two officers as January’s Cop of the Month for stopping some individuals in the midst of an altercation at 85th Street and 88th Avenue and, in the process, finding a large stash of drugs.  Here is Captain Sautner with the details:

We raised the issue of prostitution that was discussed in this week’s South Forum and we shared a story from a resident — a teacher in a local school who lives nearby and sees them frequently says that some of the girls were as young as 16.  The Captain notes that he has dealt with prostitution throughout his career at various commands – states that it is a crime that preys upon the vulnerable.  However, he hasn’t heard that the women were that young.  He says that he will reach out to his counterparts in Queens Vice and see what they can do.  As far as the location goes, the 102 has made at least 6 arrests at that corner in his brief tenure (12 weeks).  He says that the fact that they keep coming back is unsatisfactory and the 102 will have to up the ante.  Reports that they are young warrants a more detailed look and he would not be opposed to any agency coming in to try and talk to the girls.

A real estate agent on Jamaica Avenue spoke out, reporting a lot of discarded weed bags, loitering on the streets by teens hanging out in storefronts.  He thanks Maria and the BID for her efforts but says its getting out of control.  Captain Sautner noted that he had the holiday post (extra cops), which is now over.  He will try to use the business conditions unit as much as possible with a big focus on west end of Jamaica Avenue.  As for the kids just hanging, he feels that PAL might be able to help.

Captain Sautner goes on to say that some kids are just hanging, getting PAL involved.  Unfair to lump them all into a group; bad teenagers wreaking havoc.  Businesses know that young adults are going to be around and as long as they are around they need to behave like responsible adults.

Meeting ended around 8:30.  Next meeting of the 102 Precinct Community Council is on Tuesday, February 19th at 7 PM in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 66

December 18, 2012





In this issue of the Grapevine:

•    Town Hall Recap
•    Redistricting Hearing
•    Holiday Party at Miller’s Office Tonight (12/18)
•    WRBA Sandy Toy Drive a Success
•    American Legion In Woodhaven Holds Toy Drive
•    NYPD Block Watchers
•    Historical Society Christmas Party / 2013 Schedule of Events
•    Woodhaven and Norman Rockwell
•    Mayor LaGuardia Comes to Woodhaven
•    Community Calendar
•    Grapevine Schedule

** On Saturday, the residents of Woodhaven gathered for their monthly Town Hall meeting.  We had a great turnout – the 2 main topics of discussion turned out to be Redistricting and the NYPD’s Block Watcher program.  Click here for pictures and video of our December 2012 Meeting.

** As noted in the recap, there will be a hearing in Queens about redistricting at 6 PM on Monday, January 14th at LaGuardia Community College.  Click here for meeting info.  We would like to get a decent sized group to go to the hearing — just because you attend does not mean you have to speak.  If you do plan to speak, you must pre-register (click here).  Please let us know if you will be attending and either (a) can drive and take a passenger or two, or (b) want to go but need a ride.  We will try to accommodate as many people as we can.

** Holiday Party.  Sorry for the short notice, but Assemblyman Mike Miller, Senator Joe Addabbo and Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley will be holding a Holiday Party at Mike’s Office on Woodhaven Boulevard (off Park Lane South) from 5:00 to 7:00 tonight (12/18).


** Woodhaven’s Sandy Toy Drive Successful – After the meeting, we wrapped up our toy drive for children slammed by Hurricane Sandy.  Click here for a recap of our toy drive.

** Woodhaven’s American Legion Post 118 Holds Toy Drive.  The American Legion held a toy drive this past weekend and one of our members, Dennis Farley, was the special guest (all dressed up in red).  Click here for picture and story.

** The NYPD is rolling out a Block Watcher program that the residents of Woodhaven would benefit greatly from. Block Watchers will receive an ID Number to use when calling information into the local precinct. You are NOT patrolling the streets, you just report issues to the NYPD. You will take part in a 3-hour class (which we expect to be held here in Woodhaven). We signed up 35 Block Watchers at Saturday’s meeting.  If you have not filled out a form yet, you must do so ASAP (click here for the form).  Even if you are already a Block Captain, we need you to fill out this application. We believe this will be an effective program and will be a positive impact in our community.  We need all application forms filled in by December 31st, 2012. 

PLEASE:  We are asking our members to pass the word to other residents, particularly if you know people who live on different blocks than you.  We are trying to get as much coverage as possible.  Spread the word!

** The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is holding their annual Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 19th at 1 PM (at Emanuel United Church of Christ – 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard), all are welcome to attend.  The first meeting of 2013 will be about the proposed Landmark Designation of St. Matthew’s Episcopalian Church on 96th Street.  The history of the church and the Wyckoff-Snediker Cemetery behind the church will also be discussed.  This meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30th 2013.  Click here for the entire 2013 Historical Society schedule.

** Sometimes when scanning the web for Woodhaven news you come across something interesting.  A former Woodhaven resident, Anna Fahy, passed away in Upstate NY.   She was 92 (here is her obituary).  In her obituary it mentions that “she modeled for painter Norman Rockwell’s Jan. 1, 1944, Saturday Evening Post cover.”  We did a little digging and we were able to find a copy of that cover (click here).  RIP Anna Fahy.

** Mayor LaGuardia Comes to Woodhaven!  Here’s an interesting picture from Woodhaven’s past — Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia visits Woodhaven in 1934.

** Community Calendar – Remember that we are maintaining a calendar of events happening in our community.  Please e-mail us if you’d like relevant events to be added to it.  The calendar is embedded in the homepage of our website and it is also available here.  And here’s a short, easy-to-remember link to the calendar:

** Grapevine Schedule.  We are striving to make the Grapevine a weekly missive, getting launched once a week, on Tuesday afternoon.  It will also be posted to this blog.  We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you health and happiness during this Holiday Season

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

4 Is Not Enough

June 22, 2011

In recent weeks, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association have been hearing more and more complaints about noise. This week, we began collecting statements from residents to be used in testimony in front of the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection in relation to the noise control code. The response in the last 24 hours has been strong — with some very vivid descriptions of the degradation of quality of life because of noise. Many thanks to all who have written in, it will help put together an impressive message from the residents of Woodhaven. To those who have yet to submit their thoughts, you have until 5 PM tomorrow — sent it to

One of the common complaints that we’ve received is that when 311 is called, or even if the Precinct is called directly, a response is not immediate. Or sometimes not at all. That’s because Noise Complaints are treated as non-emergency, and the 102 is not adequately staffed to handle non-emergencies.

So that raised a question that we posed last night on Facebook. It read as follows: Think of the size of Woodhaven — from 75th to 100th St — from Park Lane South to Atlantic Avenue. During an average shift, how many patrol cars do you think would be sufficient to cover Woodhaven? The majority of the answers were in the 5 to 8 range, meaning that it should take 5 to 8 patrol cars to cover Woodhaven.

So, let’s measure this against reality — just how many cars does the 102 have out on patrol?

Would it surprise you if we told you 4 patrol cars? Because that’s how many are out there.

For the entire 102nd Precinct. 

Covering Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, and the Northern part of Ozone Park.

4 patrol cars.   Covering this area.

That’s inadequate. We salute the 102 for their hard work and hearing this makes us further appreciate everything they do. It also makes us realize that on top of calling for increased fines for noise violations, we need to call for more patrol cars, and more police to handle emergency situations — and we need to call for noise violations to be handled by a different agency.

D e v e l o p i n g  .  .  .