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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #167

April 28, 2017

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** Our Top Stories:

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

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

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


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


 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

** News & Announcements:
 
** LinkNYC Kiosks Coming to Woodhaven –  Click here to read about how kiosks that offer free Wi-Fi and allow people to charge phones, access maps to get directions, and call 911 are coming to Woodhaven. Click here to read more about LinkNYC Kiosks.
** 87th Street Debate at CB9 – What to do about the traffic outside St. Thomas the Apostle was discussed at the WRBA March Town Hall meeting and this past week it reached Community Board 9 (who voted unanimously against turning 87th Street into a one-way street). Click here to read about the meeting (and click here for additional coverage about the controversy).
** Basement Apartment Debate Continues – The debate over legalizing basement apartment continues – click here to read more about it.
** Great Woodhaven Yard Sale 2017 – The GWYS is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd. Houses from all over Woodhaven will be participating and will be included on maps distributed online and all over Woodhaven. People have started to come from all over to the GWYS – let us drive the traffic to your door! Email thegreatwoodhavenyardsale@gmail.com now to register! And tell your neighbors! Our experience has been that ‘clusters’ of homes end up doing much better the day of the GWYS.
** Earth Day at the Cemetery Click here to view April Highlights at the Wyckoff-Snedicker family cemetery on 96th Street. This month, Earth Day was celebrated with leaf composting, grass growing, and flower planting – all the kids attending received good lessons on maintaining Mother Earth.
 
** WWI Fighters to Be Honored in WoodhavenClick here for a news story about the ceremony to co-name Forest Park Memorial Drive. Click here for bonus coverage.
 
** WRBA Website – If you ever want to know when our next meeting is, you can always find out by visiting our official website – woodhaven-nyc.org. There, you will find our Community Calendar, Latest News and Announcements, Membership Info, our Press Releases, and a list of our media appearances.
 
** Woodhaven Resources – Click here for a new page that is a useful resource of local numbers and links — you will find local clubs and organizations, emergency numbers, city agencies, elected officials, schools and churches. This is a work in progress – if you come across any incorrect information or information you think should be added, please drop a line to projectwoodhaven@gmail.com.
 
 
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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

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** 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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DOB LAUNCHES ANNUAL NO-PENALTY DECK AND RETAINING WALL INSPECTION PROGRAM

May 6, 2016

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New York, NY – Today, Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler announced the upcoming start of the Department’s annual No-Penalty Deck and Retaining Wall Inspection Program, a citywide initiative running between May 15th to June 25th, which allows New Yorkers to request a free inspection of their decks, porches, and retaining walls.  Over time, weather and shifting of soil can cause these structures to weaken, deteriorate or lean.  This program gives homeowners the opportunity to ensure these structures are safe before a dangerous deck accident or costly retaining wall failure occurs.  If repairs are needed, and the conditions found do not pose an immediate safety hazard to property owners, the Department will withhold issuing any violations to allow property owners sufficient time to make corrective repairs.

“The Department has already seen a number of deck and retaining wall failures this year, and this program provides the opportunity for homeowners to ensure their property is structurally sound,” said Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler. “Failing to maintain decks, porches or retaining walls can result in accidents, damage to buildings, and excessive repair costs for homeowners.”

Beginning May 15th, property owners can request a free inspection of their decks, porches, or retaining walls to ensure they are structurally sound and in compliance with all City regulations by calling 311. During the assessment, inspectors will check for potentially dangerous conditions, such as cracking, rotting, bulging, leaning and other warning signs that can lead to potential structural failure.

The No-Penalty Retaining Wall Inspection Program was first launched in 2005, and later building upon the success of the initiative, the Deck and Porch Inspection Program was created in 2010. The Department has performed over 500 inspections since the launch of these initiatives, preventing many structural failures and costly repairs for homeowners.

By law, homeowners are required to maintain their decks, porches, and retaining walls in a safe and code compliant manner at all times.  New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions.

Department Of Environmental Protection To Help Homeowners Identify Water Leaks And Save Money

March 17, 2016

In New York City, a Running Toilet can Cost a Homeowner up to $50 Per Day

Photos from Past Outreach Events are Available on DEP’s Flickr Page

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced a series of public outreach events, to be held next week, to educate New Yorkers about the high cost of residential water leaks and simple steps homeowners can take to find the leaks and repair them.  The outreach events are being held in recognition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Week which is celebrated from March 14 to the 20th to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.  The outreach events will be held at select Home Depot stores and DEP staff will distribute literature along with leak detector dye tablets designed to quickly identify leaky toilets.  In addition, DEP has created a brief public service announcement about detecting leaky toilets:

“Homeowners can save money and help conserve our water supply by simply identifying and fixing leaky plumbing,” said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd.  “During the outreach events, DEP staff will be on hand to help demonstrate how residents can find common types of leaks and quickly and easily repair them.”

“We are happy that DEP is once again helping to promote Fix a Leak Week,” said Veronica Blette, program manager for the EPA WaterSense program.  “Our theme this year is ‘Be a Leak Detective’, and we know that New Yorkers will be great at following the clues to find and fix leaks.”

DEP staff will be available at Fix a Leak Week outreach events at Home Depot stores at the below times and locations:

  • Thursday, March 17           3pm-7pm         75-09 Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens, NY
  • Friday, March 18               3pm-7pm         545 Targee Street, Staten Island, NY
  • Friday, March 18               3pm-7pm         1806 Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY
  • Friday, March 18               2pm-8pm         5700 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY

Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually, equal to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes.  Leaks are not only wasteful they can also be very expensive for homeowners.  DEP offers a full range of information on how to detect leaky pipes and toilets and how a simple test can help avoid costly water waste.  DEP also offers a new Home Water Savings Kit that can help residents conduct a do-it-yourself water audit in less than an hour.  Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions on how to find and repair costly leaks.  For more tips on detecting leaks and making repairs click here.

DEP has introduced a number of customer service initiatives aimed at helping New Yorkers manage their water use and bills and respond promptly to leaks.  These programs include the completion of a network of Automated Meter Reading devices that ensure bills are based on actual consumption and that allow customers to access data about their water use in near real time.  In addition, a leak notification system has already saved customers more than $60 million and the leak forgiveness program has been expanded to include maintainable fixtures such as toilets and faucets to encourage homeowners to make timely repairs.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of water mains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatment plants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the upstate watershed.  In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with a planned $14 billion in investments over the next 10 years that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year.  This capital program is responsible for critical projects like City Water Tunnel No. 3; the Staten Island Bluebelt program, an ecologically sound and cost-effective stormwater management system; the City’s Watershed Protection Program, which protects sensitive lands upstate near the City’s reservoirs in order to maintain their high water quality; and the installation of more than 820,000 Automated Meter Reading devices, which will allow customers to track their daily water use, more easily manage their accounts and be alerted to potential leaks on their properties. For more information, visit nyc.gov/dep, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/nycwater, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nycwater.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 150

March 5, 2016

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** Our Top Stories:

    • Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue
    • 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids
    • WRBA Town Hall
    • SBS To Cost 400 Million
    • Radio Free Woodhaven

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

    • Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven 
    • Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration
    • American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
    • Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern
    • Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven
    • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven
    • WORKS Little League Parade
    • Recycling Event

** News & Announcements

    • Update of Pop’s from the WBID
    • Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St)
    • Police Release Video of Shooter
    • Parks Dept Honors Volunteers
    • Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven
    • Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter
    • Engine 293 Renovations
    • Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair
    • Fall Harvest Festival
    • Collecting for the Troops
    • Richmond Hill Library Upgrades
    • SBS Recaps
    • WRBA Website
    • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** Stabbing On Jamaica Avenue –  A group of young men attacked and stabbed a 24-year old young man on a busy Jamaica Avenue, during rush hour.  This story is developing. Anyone with information about this attack should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

** 311 Weekend Fundraiser for Special Needs Kids – Next Friday (3/11) is the start of 311 Weekend – a great way to help the community *AND* help some local kids with special needs. Basically, next weekend we need people to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed — broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — and we need people to make small pledges — .10 per 311, .20 per 311, etc. And the money will go to the Challenger Division of WORKS Little League (formerly Rich-Haven) which is for kids with special needs, kids with Autism, etc. Click here for details.

** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 19th at the American Legion Hall (89-02 91st Street, near PS 60). Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.

 

** SBS To Cost 400 Million – It was revealed last week that DOT now admits that the cost for the proposed Woodhaven Boulevard SBS changes are double what they were originally saying.  The WRBA believes that the proposed changes to Woodhaven Boulevard are being forced on us by City Hall and by city agencies that have repeatedly failed our community. We are asking all of our residents to take 2 minutes to fill out this petition. This is critical to ensuring our voices are heard. Please share the petition website, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Tune in tonight at 10 PM to hear the latest on the recent stabbing on Jamaica Avenue, and the other top stories in Woodhaven. Click here at 10 PM to listen LIVE – or click the link any time later on to listen on demand. What issues in Woodhaven do you think demand immediate attention – call (646) 378-1612 and speak your piece!
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Queens Memory Project in Woodhaven – The Queen Library Archives have partnered with Queens College on the Queens Memory Project, an effort to collect and build an archive of local memories through old photographs, documents, and more. The Queens Memory Project will be at Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th Street, tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more details.
** Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery Restoration – The ongoing restoration of the Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery kicks off 2016 with a get-together on Saturday, March 12th from 9 AM to 12 PM. The cemetery is on 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints.

** American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – Woodhaven’s American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Sunday, March 13th from 1PM to 5PM. They will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Irish soda bread, beer, wine, soda and dessert.There will be music and dancing with DJ Walter, a 50/50 and lots of raffles! It costs $25 per person; make reservations early as there will be limited seating. Time is running out – seats are very limited! Respond no later than March 8th. Call Jennifer Farley at 718-296-3923.

** Paint Night at Neir’s Tavern – Neir’s Tavern held a very popular Paint Night last month – and they are doing it again on Wednesday, March 30th. Click here for tickets.

** Goodfellas Crime Lecture in Woodhaven – In December 1978, a group of masked gunmen pulled off the largest cash robbery in US History right here in Queens. The Lufthansa heist netted about $5.875 million ($5 million in cash and $875,000 in jewelry) and the story behind that crime has led to numerous books and movies, most notably “Goodfellas,” which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven, at Neir’s Tavern. One of the cargo workers that evening, Kerry Whalen, was bludgeoned and held at gunpoint and his experiences with the crime and the ensuing investigation led to his book “Inside the Lufthansa HEI$T: The FBI Lied” (Click here: bit.ly/fbi-lied). Recently, Mr. Whalen testified in the trial of Mr. Vincent Asaro, and he’ll be the guest speaker at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, March 30th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard). We will also have a presentation on the filming of Goodfellas and some Goodfellas trivia along with the discussion with Mr. Whalen. This lecture is free and 100% open to the public – everyone is invited! Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com if you have any questions.
** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday April 3rd 12 Noon – click here to read about it in this week’s Leader. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.  Bonus: Click here for a little history on the early days of Woodhaven and Ozone Park and the original dreams of John R. Pitkin for a new New York City!

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

** Recycling Event – The popular recycling event in Forest Park sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller and Sen. Joe Addabbo is back!  Sunday, April 24th, 10 AM- 2 PM – Rain or Shine! The George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell parking lot located in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Blvd in Woodhaven. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: Clothing & Textiles 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. Book & Eyeglasses accepted as Donations. For more information please call  Frank Fazio  in Senator Addabbo’s district office at (718) 738-1111.

** News & Announcements:
 

** Update of Pop’s from the WBID – Some updates on Pop’s Restaurant, from Maria Thomson of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District:

1. The new persons involved in the Restaurant are renters, not owners and Woodhaven Residents;

2. The owner of the Restaurant stipulated that all renovations or changes must be approved by him, this was not done;

3. They did not have permission to renovate (destroy) Pop’s as we knew it;

4. They, the renters, have applied for a Liquor License for Wine, Beer and Liquor;

5. The SLA Liquor License that was previously in place was for ONLY Wine and Beer;

6. The owner of the building is also very incensed by their actions that they sadly destroyed this, our beloved Woodhaven Restaurant;

UPDATE on Pops Restaurant

A Stop Work Order has been issued by the Buildings Department against Pops restaurant for Work Without Permits, thank you Michael for the Picture. So, all of this destruction was made illegally. During the inspection the Department of Buildings found additional problems with the electricity and plumbing. The WBID will be monitoring this location and keep you aware.

** Fridays During Lent at All Saints (96th St) – Fridays during Lent (through March 18), Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church (85-45 96th St. – (718) 849-2352).

** Police Release Video of Shooter – The NYPD has released video of the person who shot 2 people in an Atlantic Avenue restaurant on February 20th. Click here for more information.

** Parks Dept Honors Volunteers – There was a celebration in Forest Park last week honoring the people who volunteer to keep our park beautiful. Receiving a special award was Woodhaven’s Charlotte Butler, President of the K9 Korral Dog Run in Forest Park. Click here for pictures and video.

** Road Closures Impacting Woodhaven – The ongoing cleanup of the Atlantic Avenue Overpass will result in some road closures periodically during March and April.Click here for details.

** Woodhaven Mom Steals From Her Daughter – A Woodhaven mom stole $65,000 of her disabled daughter’s money, which she used for vacations and liposuction.Click here for details.

** Engine 293 Renovations – The FDNY Department of 87th street is scheduled to receive major renovations. Click here for more information.

** Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair – Please note that this year’s Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will be held on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 6 PM, from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street. There will be, as usual, vendors, food, music, rides – an event we all look forward to ever year. Save the date!

** Fall Harvest Festival – The annual Fall Festival sponsored by CM Eric Ulrich will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  This is a great event for the whole family with rides and activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch and more!  Click here for highlights from a previous year’s event!

** Collecting for the Troops – Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 have adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division serving in Afghanistan, and they have been collecting items, boxing them up, and shipping them out. They would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously so far, and let you know that they are still collecting donations of laundry detergent pods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, body wash/shampoo travel size, baby wipes, baby powder, razors, floss, chewing gum, and assorted candies . Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Click here for some pictures and video of Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 packing up your donations to travel to Afghanistan!

** Richmond Hill Library Upgrades – In the last Grapevine, we advised you that the Ozone Park Library branch at 92-24 Rockaway Blvd. would be closed for the next 6 months for renovations. Now comes word that the Richmond Hill Library could be closed as much as 14 months, click here for details.

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is sure to be a hot topic in Woodhaven in 2016. 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 311 Weekend

March 4, 2016

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The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is holding a “311 Weekend” on the weekend of 3/11 to help raise money for local kids with special needs.

What is 311 Weekend? On the weekend of Friday March 11th, through Sunday march 13th, we are asking the residents of Woodhaven to call 311 and report issues around the community that need addressed. Broken streetlights, graffiti covered walls, illegal signs, illegal conversions, illegal curb cuts — all of the things that you see in your travels, call 311 and report them and send the 311 number to the WRBA (at info@woodhaven-nyc.org).

Meanwhile The WRBA is asking residents to make pledges. For example, .10 cents per 311, or .25 cents per 311, or .50 cents per 311.  Or you can cap off your pledge (for example, you want to pledge $10.

After the weekend is over, we’ll announce how many 311 calls were made and reported to the WRBA and collect the pledges!

Where does the money go? The money will be donated to WORKS Little League for their Challenger division, which is for children with special needs and learning disabilities. There are also children with autism who play in the league. It is a wonderful thing in our community and this is our way of supporting it.

How Can You Help?  You can email your pledge to the WRBA (info@woodhaven-nyc.org) or you can call and leave a message at 718-296-3735.

Then.. on 311 Weekend … Start calling!  Or you can report your issues online at 311 Online.  Remember – each and every 311 call you make will not only help your community — it will raise more money for the kids of the Challenger Division in WORKS Little League!

 

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 148

February 12, 2016

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** Our Top Stories:

  • Alert: Frigid Weather Expected
  • Pat Sexton – Rest In Peace
  • Next WRBA Town Hall February 20
  • Save Our Streets – www.SaveOurStreets.nyc

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

  • Queens Memory Project on Radio Free Woodhaven
  • Free Valentine’s Day Party and Movie TOMORROW ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Valentine’s Dinner at Neir’s
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
  • American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
  • Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven

** News & Announcements

  • Schmidt’s Candy in the NY Times!
  • Woman Rescued from Strack Pond
  • DSNY Answers For Jonas Performance
  • Collecting for the Troops
  • Valentines For Vets
  • Woodhaven Speed Humps Approved
  • Woodhaven Cop Subject of Classic Drama
  • Woodhaven Vet Develops Historical Board Game
  • Unique Views of Woodhaven
  • STA Teacher Featured in Interview
  • SBS Recap
  • WRBA Website
  • Woodhaven Resources
** Our Top Stories:

** Alert: Frigid Weather Expected – The New York City Emergency Management Department today urged New Yorkers to prepare for upcoming extreme cold weather. Frigid weather is expected Thursday night through Monday, with temperatures plummeting to single digits with sub-zero wind chills Saturday night through Sunday. Seniors, infants, the homeless, and those with chronic medical conditions are at increased risk of health problems from the extreme cold. Make sure you take all the appropriate measures to stay warm and safe – click here for more information.

** Pat Sexton – The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association was very sad to learn that Pat Sexton, one of the founding members of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp, has passed away. Our condolences go out to her daughters Kathy and Kelly and all of her friends and family. The wake will be held this Saturday and Sunday at Leahy-McDonald Funeral Home (111-02 Atlantic Avenue) from 4 to 8 pm.

 
** WRBA Town Hall –  The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be held Saturday, February 20th 2016 @ 12:00pm at American Legion Post 118 – 89-02 91st Street – (91st St and 89th Ave). What are some of the issues you’d like to see covered in 2016? Email us at info@woodhaven-nyc.org and let us know! Better yet, come out to one of our Town Halls in 2016 and share your thoughts! Click here to view our entire schedule for 2016.
** Save Our Streets – The WRBA believes that the proposed changes to Woodhaven Boulevard are being forced on us by City Hall and by city agencies that have repeatedly failed our community. We are asking all of our residents to take 2 minutes to fill out this petition. This is critical to ensuring our voices are heard. Please share the petition website, www.SaveOurStreets.nyc, with family, friends, and neighbors and ask them to sign it.
** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Queens Memory Project on Radio Free Woodhaven – The Queens Memory Project, a collaboration between the Queen Library and Queens College, is an effort to gather the memories of the residents of Queens – photographs, spoken or written word memories – into an online database everyone can enjoy. Maggie Schreiner will be the guest Friday Night Live at 10 (click here at showtime to listen LIVE) to discuss this massive project. The Queens Memory Project will be the guests at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Wednesday, February 24th at 1 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard) to discuss this project. Anyone bringing photographs or other interesting material from Woodhaven’s past will be able to have it digitally scanned on to a flash drive – you will keep the original and the flash drive! Note: The Queens memory Project will also be at Neir’s scanning in pictures brought in by residents on Saturday, March 5th from 12 until 3 at Neir’s Tavern.
** Free Valentine’s Day Party and Movie ♥ ♥ ♥  – It’s going to be very cold this weekend, so come warm up with some hot chocolate at the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society’s FREE Valentine’s Day Party this Saturday from 12 Noon until 3 PM at Emanuel United Church of Christ (91st Ave and Woodhaven Boulevard). There will be cake and coffee and the door prize is a heart-shaped box of chocolate from Schmidt’s Candy. And there will be a showing of the Emmy-Award winning film,Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, which filmed scenes right here in Woodhaven in 1974. Click here to read an article in the Leader about this classic film.
** Valentine’s Dinner at Neir’s – Neir’s Tavern is offering a special 3 course dinner on Sunday, February 14th, $54 per couple includes a salad, a choice of entree, desert and wine – click here for more details.
** WORKS Little League Registration – WORKS will be holding registration at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue (on the 2nd Floor above the bank at the corner of Forest Parkway) next Friday night, February 19th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration for a child costs $100 – which includes a uniform – and you are given $75 worth of raffle tickets to sell – you keep the money for the tickets that you sell. In other words, if you sell all your tickets, your child could play a season of little league baseball for as little as $25. Click here for more information.
** 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting – Come out to meet the members of the 102nd Precinct on Tues, February 16, 7 PM – 9 PM at the Richmond Hill Library (Basement) 118-14 Hillside Ave in Richmond Hill. At the last Community Board 9 meeting, Officer Jose Severino announced that 14 new recruits are joining the 102.

** American Legion St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – Woodhaven’s American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Sunday, March 13th from 1PM to 5PM. They will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Irish soda bread, beer, wine, soda and dessert.There will be music and dancing with DJ Walter, a 50/50 and lots of raffles! It costs $25 per person; make reservations early as there will be limited seating. Respond no later than March 8th. Call Jennifer Farley at 718-296-3923.

** Free Walking Tour of Woodhaven – Sunday April 3rd – starts at Noon on Rockaway & Liberty and ends at Neir’s Tavern. Retrace the final fateful steps of Professor Kotkov, the Woodhaven teacher who was BRUTALLY MURDERED 95 years ago this month. One of his murderers was the youngest person EXECUTED in NY State. Stand in the very spot where all of their lives changed forever. Visit the spot where an ancient burial ground for slaves was unearthed. Find out where George Washington slept when he visited Woodhaven. Walk through the area nearly destroyed by the Cyclone of 1895 – and see the exact spot where a young woman was killed. Hear about the legend of a 90-year old woman who cheated on her husband – and visit something you’ve passed a million times that she was responsible for building! Visit the only remaining portion of the old Union Course Racetrack that is still visible! Walk the streets of Old Woodhaven Village and learn which important buildings are still standing! Click here for more info. Email woodhavenhistory@gmail.com to RSVP.

** News & Announcements:
 
** Schmidt’s Candy – It’s Valentine’s Dayremember to stop into Schmidt’s Candy and get something sweet for the special people in your life! Schmidt’s is in its 90th year and we want to support it so it’s around for another 90! Did you see Schmidt’s featured in the NY Times? Click here to see it! And if you’re on Facebook, make sure to like their new page.
 
** Woman Rescued from Strack Pond – An emotionally disturbed woman was rescued after crashing through the ice at Strack Pond in Forest Park. Some initial reports stated that there were two children also in the pond, but those reports were unfounded and her two children were located and were safe and sound. Click here for more info.
** DSNY Answers For Jonas Performance – Representatives from the Department of Sanitation were questioned about the DSNY’s performance during the major snowstorm named Jonas at this week’s CB9 meeting (click here for the full story). If you recall, the DSNY snow plows did not get to Woodhaven for a few daysprompting a press conference demanding action by CM Eric Ulrich.
 
** Collecting for the Troops – Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 have adopted a platoon, the 10th Mountain Division serving in Afghanistan, and they have been collecting items, boxing them up, and shipping them out. They would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously so far, and let you know that they are still collecting donations of laundry detergent pods, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, body wash/shampoo travel size, baby wipes, baby powder, razors, floss, chewing gum, and assorted candies . Please drop off your donations at Spirare Cleaners right next door to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (84-20 Jamaica Avenue). Click here for some pictures and video of Woodhaven’s American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary Post 118 packing up your donations to travel to Afghanistan!
** Valentines For Vets – Assemblyman Mike Miller thanked the community for coming out and supporting the annual drive to collect gifts for the vets living at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans. Aided by several community groups and students, the Assemblyman and guests were able to deliver the gifts to the vets this week. Click here for a statement from Mike and a few pictures.
** Woodhaven Speed Humps Approved – Community Board 9 unanimously approved a few speed humps in our area. One is along the service road between Woodhaven Boulevard and the Forest Park Co-Ops. Click here to read more about where the new humps will be located.
** Woodhaven Cop Subject of Classic Drama – In 1938, Officer Charles Glasco of 87th Street was on duty in Manhattan when he walked into the chaotic scene caused by a young man standing on a 17th Floor ledge, threatening to jump. For the next 11 hours, he kept the young man talking in a heroic attempt to save his life. The incident was turned into a film called Fourteen Hours – and it was the screen debut of Grace Kelly. Click here to read about Woodhaven’s Charlie Glasco.
 
** Woodhaven Vet Develops Historical Board Game – Dr. Paul Fish has developed a strategic board game about the crucial battles that led to the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo. Click here to read an article in this week’s Leader. Bonus: Click here to hear Dr. Fish’s interview on Radio Free Woodhaven.


** Unique Views of Woodhaven –
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** STA Teacher Featured in Interview – STA’s Patty Eggers was featured in an interview by Meg Callaghan, CUNY School of Journalism. Click here to view it.

** SBS Recaps – The proposed Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard is sure to be a hot topic in Woodhaven in 2016. 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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