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Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 71

January 23, 2013

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In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Date of our next Town Hall
  • Keeping Woodhaven Whole
  • Our January Town Hall
  • Wanted — help us catch a thief
  • Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Mardi Gras celebration
  • St. Luke’s Open House
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Community Calendar
**  For our February Town Hall, we will be mixing it up a bit by holding it on a weeknight.  It will occur on Wednesday, February 20, at 8 p.m.  The location will be the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave.  This Town Hall will focus on the NYPD and the Block Watchers program we’re launching 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 next Town Hall.
**  Keeping Woodhaven Whole.  In our last Grapevine, we acknowledged the many Woodhaven residents who came to the hearing on City Council redistricting last week to make clear that our neighborhood’s representation should be united.  The WRBA’s strong showing was apparent to all in attendance.  “Residents of Woodhaven came out in full force,” The Forum reported.  “Residents fight against redistricting division,” the Queens Courier stated.  You can also read more coverage in the Leader-Observer, the Queens Tribune, and the Queens Chronicle.  Thanks again to all who have joined our fight to unite Woodhaven.
**  At our Town Hall this past Saturday, we had excellent turnout and a lot of energy — a great way to kick off 2013.
Council Member Eric Ulrich lauded our efforts on redistricting, saying that the WRBA “is the voice of Woodhaven, and when the voice speaks, we listen.”  The Block Association also heard from resident Neil Giannelli, who has started up a group called “No Way QueensWay” to protest the effort — led by those outside Woodhaven — to convert the abandoned railway tracks that run along 98th Street into a much-publicized park.  The Town Hall concluded with a “straw poll” to determine which issues need the most attention.  Here are our results, plus photos and video of the voting.  If you didn’t attend, you missed your chance to vote — but you should still let us know if there’s a problem in your part of the neighborhood that needs attention.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this e-mail.
**  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.
**  At Saturday’s Town Hall, Council Member Ulrich described the Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program, a voluntary program designed to protect New York City homeowners from the unexpected costs of service line repairs.  Here is the video of Ulrich discussing the program at the meeting, and here is more information about the program.
**  The School Sisters of Notre Dame do such good, valuable work.  They are hosting a Mardi Gras Party at Roma View on Crossbay Boulevard on February 6th.  Planning an evening out with some friends?  Why not make it this night?  Have a great time and support a very worthy cause!  Click here for more information and for a link to purchase tickets.
**  St. Luke’s Nursery School and pre-K program will host an open house the week of January 28th through February 1st, 2013, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  St. Luke’s is located at 87-34 85th Street.  Visit the school to pre-register for September 2013 classes.  They offer nursery school classes (for children born in 2010); free pre-K classes (for children born in 2009); and Parents and Tots program (for ages 28 months to 3 years old).  Space is limited, so check it out soon!
**  WORKS Little League registration:  Do you have any children in your family who would like to play ball, learn sportsmanship, and make friends?  Registration will be open on Friday nights through February; click here for the flyer.
**  102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting:  The council met a week ago and discussed some issues that matter to Woodhaven.  Click here for a thorough recap of the meeting, courtesy of our president, Ed Wendell.
**  Interested in finding out more about the Boy Scouts of America or how your son can become a scout?  If so, check out, the place where parents can find Boy Scouts of America units in their neighborhoods.

**  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:

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

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

Fighting For Woodhaven – Saturday, September 17th

September 16, 2011

The residents of Woodhaven will gather for their monthly Town Hall meeting on Saturday, September 17th at 1 PM. The meeting will be held at 78-15 Jamaica Avenue (the Volunteer Ambulance Corps).

** We’ll be planning for our next Graffiti Clean Up — we’re looking to do some weekday — late afternoon / early evening walkabouts, painting over mailboxes, light poles, etc. A great way to make new friends and get some exercise at the same time. Interested? We need volunteers!

** We’ll also have reports from our elected officials.

** * Our 40th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser is one week from today — Friday, September 23rd at Joe Abbraciamento — and we’ve got a great time planned for those who attend. Click here to read about it.  You can still order tickets online by clicking here.  And many thanks to all who have supported the WRBA through purchasing tickets or ads, those who have made donations, and those who have signed up and paid dues as membersevery dollar goes back into Woodhaven.

Note:  If you purchased a ticket, you can pick it up at tomorrow’s meeting — otherwise, it will be at the door of Abbraciamento.  E-mail us, or call us, if you have any questions.

* We’ll be talking about all of this — and more — on our weekly web-based radio show TONIGHT.  Click here Friday Night at 10 PM to listen to the show LIVE.  Dial (646) 378-1612 to share your thoughts with us.

* Tomorrow we will be coming up with a list of issues we need addressed in Woodhaven – your input is welcome. Got an issue you want to see addressed? It won’t get addressed if all you do is sit home and complain about it. Come down and get involved. Fight for your investment. Fight for a better community.


Fight For Woodhaven – Town Hall Meeting August 20th 2011

August 11, 2011

The residents of Woodhaven will gather for their monthly Town Hall meeting on Saturday, August 20th at 1 PM.  The meeting will be held at 78-15 Jamaica Avenue (the Volunteer Ambulance Corps).  Here’s a sample of what you can expect at this meeting:

  • Meet our new Community Affairs Officer from the 102 Precinct.
  • A short presentation about how Community Boards serve us by District manager Mary Ann Carey.
  • A report on the recent sexual assault (and arrest) in Woodhaven.  We’ll also solicit ideas regarding cameras, security patrols, etc.
  • A report on the wave of car break-ins near the Forest Park Co-Ops.
  • Planning for our next Graffiti Clean Up.  Interested?  We need volunteers!
  • We’ll also have reports from our elected officials.
  • Hear more about our upcoming fundraiser.

Along the way, we’re sure other topics will be addressed.  Got an issue you want to see addressed?  It won’t get addressed if all you do is sit home and complain about it.  Come down and get involved.  Fight for your investment.  Fight for a better community.

Free Self-Defense Class at WRBA Meeting April 16th

March 28, 2011

Self-defense will be one of the topics at the next Town Hall meeting of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. Sensei Juan and associate Kioshi Victor Mozquera R. of Born 2 Win Martial Arts will be giving a self defense martial arts demonstration for the attendees. The tips you will learn at this meeting are simple and can be used by all.

This demonstration is FREE and has been arranged through the office of our Assemblyman Mike Miller.

The meeting will take place on Saturday, April 16th at 1 PM at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, located at 78-15 Jamaica Avenue. Besides the self-defense program, we will receive updates from our elected officials and hear from the residents about the issues that concern them.

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Woodhaven Town Hall – Saturday at 1 PM

March 17, 2011

The Woodhaven Residents Block Association will be holding their monthly open Town Hall Meeting this Saturday at 1 PM.

It will be held at 78-15 Jamaica Avenue at the Woodhaven Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

We will discuss the recent issues with Abandoned Houses, as well as other issues we have to deal with — some of them related to the issue above (such as graffiti, noise, and crime).

We need to work together to resolve these issues — else it may be a house on your block we’re discussing someday.

Woodhaven Town Hall Meeting – Saturday at 1 PM

February 8, 2011

The next public Town Hall meeting in Woodhaven will be held this coming Saturday at 1 PM.  It will be held at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue.

The city’s response to the most recent snow storm — and our efforts to organize — will be amongst the topics discussed at the next meeting.  This will be your chance to make your voice heard on how you felt about the cleanup, the snow removal, the garbage collections, etc.

Streets like the following — shown 72 hours after the storm stopped — will be a hot topic of discussion —

After a few of the articles in the local press — like this one and this one — led to the Department of Sanitation graciously reaching out and saying that they are looking to work with the residents of Woodhaven, as partners, to ensure they get the best information to help with the cleanup after a storm.

Speaking of our Block Captains, we’re now up to 39 Block captains covering 62 Blocks — nearly 30% of Woodhaven — see if your block is covered:

Lot of red on that map, now — isn’t there?  Be part of a winning team —

If you sign up as a Block Captain, you can serve as anonymously as you want — your neighbors will NOT be knocking on your doors with their complaints!

If you can look out your front door and tell us if your block has been plowed — or if trees are down — then you can serve as a Block Captain.

Saturday at 1 PM.  The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue.   See you there.  Here’s a video to whet your appetite:

Here’s another 🙂







Woodhaven Town Hall – Saturday January 8th

January 5, 2011

The residents of Woodhaven will gather for the first time in 2011 this coming Saturday at 1 PM.  They will meet at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Avenue).  Local residents are urged to attend and share their opinions and feelings on the recent blizzard.

The Woodhaven Residents Block Association is an all-volunteer organization, made up of residents committed to advocating on behalf of the residents of Woodhaven, promotes neighborhood spirit by bringing together residents and local leaders, and seeks to engage all in the betterment of our community.

Recently, the WRBA has asked residents to volunteer as Block Captains — this will provide a better communications network between our community and those that can render assistance in an emergency.  So far, so good — but we have a long way to go — the map of Woodhaven below shows which streets are covered so far — the ones in red.

In an emergency — last week’s blizzard being an example — we will be able to provide a complete picture of what condition our neighborhood is in.  Instead of people scattered here and there, getting frustrated — we’ll act as a community.

Interested in being a Block captain — send an e-mail to

We hope to see you this Saturday —

Woodhaven: What Have We Learned?

January 1, 2011

Well, it’s close to 50 degrees out — the sun is shining — and mounds of snow are rapidly melting.  And thus a very long week ends as a brand new year begins.  Yet, some blocks are still tough to navigate — some folks have not yet gotten their mail delivered — and garbage is piling high.  The NYC Council has promised hearings, and the Mayor says there will be an investigation — and it’s important that we make our voices heard — and so, if you were adversely impacted by the horrendous response to this storm, you are invited to Woodhaven’s first Town Hall Meeting of 2011, Saturday January 8th at 1 PM — 78-15 Jamaica Avenue.

But complaining about the city’s response to this past storm is one thing — I submit that it’s more important to ask:  What Did We Learn and How Can We Be Better Prepared For the Next Storm?

To say that our communications were poor during this storm is an understatement.  We polled residents on Facebook — on Twitter — via E-Mail — asking them to let us know if they hadn’t been plowed yet.  And we passed that information along to our elected officials.  But there was no way to tell when these streets were plowed & what streets still needed plowed.  Furthermore, we weren’t reaching whole areas of Woodhaven.

Here’s what we’re proposing — in the old days, each block had a Block Captain, and it was part of a system that worked really well.  If we had a representative, or Block Captain on each block in Woodhaven, when an emergency like this hits, we would have people on each block that we could contact and find out exactly what was going on.

Besides last week’s blizzard, there were at least two other storms this year where a communications network in Woodhaven, via Block Captains, would have proved useful —

(1) There was that spectacular storm in March that uprooted trees and destroyed vehicles.

(2) The “microburst” in September that knocked down trees and power lines.

The better we can make our communication network within Woodhaven, the better off we will be when the next storm hits, whether it be a blizzard, or a tornado, or a blackout — there are any number of instances where this would be very useful.

We are urging our fellow residents of Woodhaven to sign up to be a Block Captain.   Here’s what we need — send the information to

(1) Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

(2) What stretch of Woodhaven you can “captain” — a good rule of thumb would be what you can see from your front door.  For example, from my front porch, I can easily see up and down 91st Street, from Park Lane South to 86th Avenue.  Anything further than that, my old eyes can’t see —

We will not share your information with others.  You will be helping your friends and neighbors and fellow Woodhaven residents — and they, in turn, will help you.  After all, it’s fine and dandy if you can get off your block — but if the next block hasn’t been plowed, you can be just as stuck!

Make it your New Year’s Resolution for 2011 to become more involved by taking this small step.

Woodhaven Rezoning Meeting – December 1st

November 26, 2010

Update:  The meeting was well attended — details of the proposed rezoning can be found here.

Next Wednesday, there will be a very important meeting regarding the rezoning of Woodhaven and Richmond Hill.  The decisions made regarding rezoning will greatly impact our community — and could have an impact on the value of your home.

This meeting will take place on December 1st at 7:30 PM at Emanuel Church of Christ (91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). If you cannot make the December 1st meeting, there will be a second meeting on December 15th at the Royal Indian Palace (118-06 Atlantic Avenue, Richmond Hill).

Above is one of the maps that have been distributed — this is by no means final — and it is very important that you are aware of what is being planned.  Once this rezoning goes through, if you aren’t happy with the results — good luck getting them overturned!  This rezoning will determine what kind of properties can be built — and where.  Now is your chance to have your say.

From what we’ve seen and heard thus far, the rezoning proposals seem fairly reasonable.  But don’t take our word on it — come to this very important meeting and find out how it will impact your surroundings.

Note:  This is not the WRBA’s regular monthly Town Hall meeting — that is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th at 1 PM (Ambulance Corps).  The December 1st meeting is a special meeting, covering only the topic of rezoning.

From Community Board Number 9:

Queens Community Board No. 9, In Concert With The Woodhaven Residents Block Association, & The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.

Invite you to attend our Town Hall Meeting – Informational Session Regarding the Woodhaven & Richmond Hill Rezoning Presentation by the NYC Department of City Planning

Location: Emanuel Church of Christ

93-12 91st Ave.Woodhaven, NY 11421

(Corner of Woodhaven Blvd & 91st Avenue)

Date & Time: December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Please join us to review and discuss the Proposed/Draft Balanced Rezoning of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and portions of Ozone Park.  The purpose of the rezoning is to both protect the architectural character and density of our communities while allowing for sustainable development.  Your feedback at this preliminary discussion is welcome and encouraged.

For questions about the event please contact:

Queens Community Board No.9

(718) 286-2686