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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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Adopt a Pet – June 10th at Buddy Monument

May 11, 2017

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In early 2008, Richmond Hill Block Association Vice President Paul Bankert’s wife Elizabeth had a funny dream that the Richmond Hill Block Association was giving out dogs as gifts. As Elizabeth described her dream, an idea began to form.

What if the RHBA hosted a pet adoption? Could we get adoptable pets to our headquarters on Jamaica Avenue and get the community to participate? Would it work? Could it become a “thing”; an annual event?

Paul brought the idea to the next board meeting of the RHBA. He described the idea of getting rescue groups to bring in pets and we could invite the community to adopt them.

Kathy Posekel, an active animal welfare advocate and RHBA treasurer suggested that we could get a NYC Parks Department permit and hold an adoption outdoors at Buddy Monument Plaza in Forest Park. Enthusiasm was high. Flag Day, June 14th was penciled into the calendar and we were off to plan what was to be the first annual RHBA Pet Adoption.

While Kathy reached out to her animal rescue contacts, Paul contacted his family veterinarian and local newspapers and websites for participation or support.

Kathy enlisted NYC Animal Care & Control (now known as Animal Care Centers of NYC), the ASPCA, and a few local Animal Rescue Groups to participate.

As the date got closer, RHBA members bought pet supplies and small patriotic items to give out at the event. Food and water bowls, collars, leashes, litter boxes and pet toys would be given to each adopting family.

We planned for a 10:00 AM start but the rescue groups all arrived closer to 11:30. Despite the delayed start, there were a dozen people patiently waiting in the park for their new fury friends to arrive.

By 4:00 PM, 14 pets had been adopted out between all of the rescue groups. A vet from Lefferts Animal Hospital answered dozens of questions and provided coupons for a free new pet examination. Anyone who wanted a small American flag got one courtesy of the RHBA. Then and there, we vowed to make our pet adoption an annual event.

With the exception of 2014 when it rained off and on during the day and nine pets were adopted, the RHBA has facilitated the adoption of no fewer than 10 pets each year and average 12 pets per event; not bad for four or so hours per year.

Ten years later, after eclipsing the century mark of 100 pets adopted in 2016, we’re ready for our tenth adoption event and eager to begin our quest for our next 100.

The Richmond Hill Block Association is proud to partner with Animal Care Centers of NYC, the ASPCA, and Heavenly Angels Rescue at our pet adoption events and is thankful to our volunteers and for the support of our community. The RHBA looks forward to another successful pet adoption on Saturday, June 10th, starting at 11:00 AM at Buddy Monument Plaza at Forest Park in Queens.

Beware of Package Thieves in Woodhaven

May 11, 2017

We are hearing an increased number of thefts of packages from people’s front porches over the past few months. For the thief, it’s an easy score. He (or she) can follow a delivery truck and wait to see when a package is left on the porch because the intended recipient is not home. They wait until the truck pulls away, run onto the porch, and take your stuff.

Look at how brazen they are – this was sent to us this week from a resident of Woodhaven. This theft took place on 90th Avenue, between 78th & 80th streets and took far less time than it took the rightful owner to order their goods:

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Broad daylight – walking on to your porch – walking away with your goods.

So what can we do about it?

For starters, notify the 102nd Precinct. Fill out a form. Do what you need to do to get this theft on file and notify the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (email: info@woodhaven-nyc.org, Phone 718-296-3735).

Even if it wasn’t an expensive item that got stolen; even if the company that sent it will replace it — report it. This will help the police develop a pattern (time, day, location) in order to try and catch these people.

You can also do something else that’s foolproof, and that’s to make sure you don’t have packages left on your porch.

  1. Signature Required. When placing an order, you can give shipping instructions telling them that you do not want packages left on your porch – that they should be delivered directly into a live person’s hands who has to sign for it.
  2. Track or Schedule Delivery. Ask for a tracking number so you can track your packages to try to be home at the time of delivery, or try to schedule shipment for a day you expect to be home.
  3. Deliver Elsewhere. If you are not home a lot, perhaps you can have your packages delivered to a nearby friend who is home during the day (again, stating that it should be delivered to a live person).  Or, you can even have it delivered to where you work!

It’s better to take these preventative measures than to have your items stolen and have to post pictures of the thieves in hopes they will be caught (like the one below, another one from Woodhaven).

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We hope to hear about some of these thieves being apprehended soon!

 

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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CM Eric Ulrich’s April Newsletter

April 12, 2017
Dear Friends,
Spring is upon us! As the weather continues to get warmer, I’d like to take the opportunity to share some recent announcements and updates from my office.
If you would like to suggest an event or an announcement to include in our next e-newsletter, please email Natalia Kozikowska at nkozikowska@council.nyc.gov.
As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to call my District Office at (718) 738-1083.
And to all my constituents celebrating either Passover or Easter this week, enjoy the holiday!
Sincerely,
Eric Ulrich
New York City Council Member
District 32
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 Councilman Ulrich Honors a Hometown Hero
 
During the ceremonial portion of the New York City Council Stated Meeting on Wednesday, April 5, Councilman Eric Ulrich honored Lt. John Russo with a proclamation for his outstanding detective work, which led to an arrest in the Karina Vetrano case. Lt. Russo, a Howard Beach resident, was instrumental in identifying the suspect, who was indicted on 13 counts of murder and sexual abuse later that day.
In February, a 20-year-old Brooklyn man, Chanel Lewis, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the highly-publicized death of Karina Vetrano – the Queens jogger whose body was found in a Howard Beach park. Connecting the dots, Lt. Russo of the 106th Precinct spent six months poring through records, eventually finding the alleged killer. With this new lead, cops were able to obtain a DNA sample, linking Lewis to the murder.
“For many months, there was a profound sense of sorrow and grief that swept over not only Howard Beach, but all of New York,” Councilman Ulrich said at the ceremonial. “We’re honoring a hometown hero. He is truly one of New York’s finest and it’s because of him that we were able to make an arrest in this case, bring about some justice, and hopefully bring about some closure not only for the Vetrano family, but for the community, who also felt the pain that was caused as a result of this heinous crime.”
To view the entire album for last week’s ceremonial, click here.
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Councilman Ulrich Funds and Hosts Successful Tree Planting Event at Forest Park

On Saturday, April 8, Councilman Ulrich, in conjunction with Friends of Forest Park, hosted a successful tree planting project at Forest Park. More than 100 volunteers participated in the effort, which was funded by the Councilman’s office. Nearly 90 trees were planted near the Richmond Hill War Memorial. The initiative sought to replace dozens of trees that were downed during Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

To view the entire album, click here.
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Enough is Enough – Councilman Ulrich Wants Gov. Cuomo to Redeploy State Troopers in NYC
 


Last week, Councilman Ulrich reached out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to request that State Police Superintendent George Beach redeploy the additional state troopers patrolling New York City to other areas of the state.
“While I can appreciate your commitment to keep New Yorkers safe, a number of my constituents have contacted my office to protest the enhanced police presence, citing overzealous ticketing for minor traffic violations,” Councilman Ulrich wrote in his letter to Cuomo.
“State police confirmed over the last several years they issued an average of 50 tickets per year in New York City. In the first month-and-a-half of this year, they have already handed out 3,000 tickets. At this rate, state troopers are on-track to issue 24,000 tickets to City drivers annually – nearly a 50,000 percent increase from the years prior to this push. With more than 20 percent of New Yorkers living below the poverty line, I am troubled by this staggering figure.”
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A Special ‘Thank You’
 


In October, Councilman Ulrich coordinated a street co-naming ceremony honoring Justin Zemser, a UN Navy Midshipman who was killed in the AMTRAK derailment in 2015.  His father, Howard Zemser, wanted to say thank you and presented the Councilman and staff his with t-shirts he had printed commemorating the occasion.
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Transformer Fire – 80 Street Woodhaven

July 14, 2016

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Council Member Ulrich,

The following is taking place in your district:

FDNY is on scene at the above location for a transformer fire. The fire has resulted in a power outage affecting approximately 30 houses, between 80th Street and 85th Street.

There are no evacuations.

Firefighting operations are ongoing.

Con Edison is on scene and states the fire started as a manhole fire, that spread to the overhead power lines.

Con Edison is currently assessing the condition of the manhole and power lines.

FDNY states one civilian was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The aided was at the location when sparks from the fire landed on his neck.

88th Avenue, between 80th Street and 85th Street, is closed to vehicular traffic at this time.

NYPD is on scene providing site security and conducting a door to door canvass.

* Attached is a photo of the incident.

Our monitoring operations continue.

Thank you,

Councils Emergency Services Unit 646-584-8848

 

UPDATE:

Council Member Ulrich,

Here is an update:

Con Edison crews continue with repairs to overhead wires. ETR is today, early afternoon.

Street closures remain in place.

We will follow-up at 2:00pm, today.

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 # 155

May 6, 2016

grapevine-summer

** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall Thursday, May 19th
** Radio Free Woodhaven

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meetings
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven
** Neir’s Tavern Landmarking Rally
** Military Tribute Honoring Veterans
** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project
** Small Business Forum
** Learn to Code and Launch a Career in Tech
** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees
** Grocery Auction
** Pet Adoption Event 
** Historical Society’s Carousel Party

** News & Announcements
** Save Our Streets 
** DOB’s No-Penalty Inspections
** NYC Jobs
** The Prince – Woodhaven Connection
** Woodhaven Artist Profiled at Historical Society Meeting
** Woodhaven’s Famous Union Course Race Track
** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling Post
** 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 7 pm on Thursday, May 19th at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder is scheduled to attend and discuss the MTA’s feasibility study on the LIRR’s Rockaway Beach Rail Line. Click here to view our entire schedule of town halls for 2016.

** Radio Free Woodhaven – Click here TONIGHT 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).

** Select Bus Service Town Hall Meetings – The DOT has scheduled 3 town hall meetings in May to present the latest proposals for Woodhaven Boulevard. This will be our first chance to see the latest proposal, which the DOT put together after the meeting last November, after which they announced a delay in implementation while they made changes to the plans. The meeting in Woodhaven will be on Wednesday May 25th at PS 306 (95-16 89th Avenue) from 6 to 8 p.m. If you cannot make the meeting here in Woodhaven, there are two others scheduled, one in the Rockaways and one in Ozone Park (click here for details).
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Free Antique Appraisal Show in Woodhaven  TOMORROW The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is hosting a special antique showcase onSaturday, May 7th starting at 12 Noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). 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 drawn 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 – TOMORROW  On Saturday May 7th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., 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 forward a long & difficult process of getting Neir’s designated as a landmark. Click here for more info on Neir’s potential landmarking.

** Military Tribute Honoring Veterans – This free concert by by the Queens Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich and will be held onWednesday, May 11, at 7:00 pm at the Broad Channel American Legion Post 1404, (209 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY 11693). Please RSVP to 718-738-1083.

** Small Business Forum – Assemblyman Mike Miller is hosting a Small Business Forum on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ (93-12 91st Avenue – corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Take the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns from these agencies: FDNY, NYPD, Consumer Affairs, Sanitation, Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Department of Buildings, Small Business Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / Food Safety, and OSHA. If you have any questions, call Assemblyman Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

** Learn to Code and Launch a Career in Tech  – Council Member Crowley announces Access Code Info Session at The Shops at Atlas Park, Friday May 13from 3:30-4:30 in the Community Room. C4Q’s Access Code is an intensive 10-month program that trains adults with no prior coding experience to become industry ready computer programmers and helps them get jobs at leading tech companies that are looking to hire the next generation of talent. These positions are in high demand with high-paid salaries—our recent graduates’ income increased on average from $18,000 to $85,000. For more details and to apply, check out: www.c4q.nyc/accesscode/.

** Woodhaven Historic Cemetery Project – The ongoing restoration of the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker cemetery continues on Saturday, May 14th, 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. Click here for a video from last month when the group received a visit from a descendant of the Lott family (the Lotts were one of Woodhaven’s founding families and there are over 2 dozen Lotts buried in our Woodhaven cemetery).

** Woodhaven Memorial Day Trees – American Legion Post 118 and the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society (along with several other groups and neighborhood volunteers) are 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. The decorating will take place on Monday May 16th from 4 p.m. to around 6:30 p.m. (meeting outside Oak Ridge). 75 years ago, this used to be a tradition that all residents took part in – residents are invited to take part again and help decorate the trees. Help is needed! Don’t forget those Woodhaven soldiers who gave their lives. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com or call 718-805-2002 for more info.

** 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!

** 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.

** 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?  www.saveourstreets.nyc

** DOB’s No Penalty Inspections – The Department of Buildings has started its annual no-penalty deck and retaining wall inspections – a great idea to promote safety in your backyard now that summer is coming! Click here for details.

** NYC Jobs – Click here for a list of applications and schedules for tests for NYC Jobs.

** The Prince – Woodhaven ConnectionClick here to read about how Prince, who died 2 weeks ago, helped create life in Woodhaven. Bonus: Click here to hear the interview this story is based on.

** Woodhaven Artist Profiled at Historical Society Meeting – Artist Stephen Csoka was born in Hungary in 1897 and trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 1934, he moved to the United States with his new wife, Margaret, and over the next few decades his paintings and etchings won many awards. He taught art for many years, both at Hunter College and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and today his work can be found in the permanent collection of over 34 museums both in the United States and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Met, The Whitney, and the Library of Congress. And he was a resident of Woodhaven for over 30 years. His son Frank Csoka (also a former resident of Woodhaven) came to the April meeting of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society to discuss his father’s work – click here to view highlights.

** Woodhaven’s Famous Union Course Race Track – Click here for a history lesson on Woodhaven’s famous race track, the Union Course. This is a follow up to last month’s article on Woodhaven’s other race track, Centreville.

** Woodhaven Yard Sales & Selling PostWe 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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