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Woodhaven Photography Club Launches

March 20, 2013

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is launching a photography club, officially named “The Joe Virgona Photography Club” after our beloved and longtime member who passed away last year.  The club will meet once a month, on the last Thursday of each month, at the offices of the WRBA, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue at 7 PM.

Each month we will project everyone’s work on to a screen, and you will leave each month with an assignment.  We will also take an occasional group photography trip (for example, we may all go as a group to the park to take photos), we can compare notes on equipment and techniques, and perhaps we can get an occasional guest speaker.  This club is geared towards amateurs — but all levels of expertise is welcome.


Together we will try to resurrect the Woodhaven A Picture a Day Blog — where a new picture is posted every day — each photographer will get credit for their work (and get tagged so they can bring up all their posted pictures easily).  If this takes off, perhaps we can put on a photography exhibit.

Again, the first meeting is next Thursday, April 28th at 7 PM at the WRBA – 84-20 Jamaica Avenue.  At this inaugural meeting we will discuss the form that the club will take.  Please bring 15-20 of your favorite pictures on a flash drive or CD.  Please RSVP to

About the Club’s Name:  Joe Virgona was a WW2 Vet and an avid photographer.  He rarely attended an event in Woodhaven without his camera and he loved taking pictures in and around his community.



Without Your Help – Engine 294 Will Close

May 27, 2011

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There will be a rally to Save Engine 294, which is definitely on the list of fire companies to close.  The rally will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 1 PM.  Please make every possible effort to attend.  Without a good turnout, we may see the doors of Engine 294 close for good.

We cannot let this happen.  We remember what happened the last time they closed 294.

The WRBA is teaming up with the Richmond Hill Block Association, and working with our elected officials — if you have contacts in any schools or any other organizations in Woodhaven, please put them in touch with us — this issue effects us all.

We are planning to hand out flyers at the steps of train startions — 85th Street, 76th Street, Woodhaven Boulevard, and 95th Street.  Ideally, we’d like to have at least one 2-hour shift at each station one morning next week — and a 2-hour shift in the evening — this way we hit each station twice.

We need volunteers.  Let us know if you are free any mornings next week (specifically 6:30 to 8:30 AM) or any evenings (5:30 to 7:30 PM).

Tell your friends, tell your neighbors.  EMAIL US AT

We will be on the air LIVE tonight at 10, discussing our rally plans — even if you don’t listen, call in at 646-378-1612 and share a brief thought, memory — or even a word of thanks or support for the men and women of Engine 294.  The best audio clips will be used in an upcoming tribute video.

Without your help, Engine 294 will close.  Don’t let that happen.

Sunday, June 5th at 1 PM.   

El’s Angels – Engine 294

Woodhaven and Richmond Hill Residents Join Forces To Save Engine 294

May 24, 2011

The communities of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven are pulling together to stage a public rally to save Engine Company 294 at 1 PM on Sunday, June 5th in front of the firehouse at 101st Street and Jamaica Avenue. Engine 294, which serves both communities, was revealed to be on a list of 20 fire companies that are slated to be closed to balance the city’s budget.

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) and the Richmond Hill Block Association (RHBA) are joining forces, along with other local civic groups, organizations, and elected officials to try and ensure that this doesn’t happen.

The National Fire Protection Association says that studies show that once you surpass a 4-minute response to a fire, the risk of civilian death triples. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a report this week showing that the closure to Engine 294 will push our response time over that 4-minute threshold. This issue impacts each and every family in our community and all residents are encouraged to attend.

Volunteers will be needed in the days leading up to the rally, to hand out flyers and help spread the word. Contact either the RHBA ( or the WRBA ( for details. There is also a “Save Engine 294” Page on Facebook that residents are using as an online petition and a place to share their thoughts and feelings about this possible closure. This page has attracted nearly 250 fans in its first 24 hours.

The Great Woodhaven 31-Family Yard Sale June 4-5

April 10, 2011

UPDATE:  As of Friday, May 20th — we have 31 families participating in the 1st Annual Great Woodhaven Yard Sale  — get your Yard Sale listed with us — details below —

Thinking of having a Yard Sale this year?  They’re a lot of fun — you get to clear out your basement or attic — and you make a few bucks.  But advertising your Yard Sale is always a problem — remember: it’s illegal to post signs on telephone poles —

But what if a bunch of us decided to have our Yard Sales on the same weekend? And we let everyone in Queens and surrounding areas know about it?  Well, that’s what the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is trying to do, with:

Here’s how it works — if you decide to join up, we’ll add you to the list — and we’ll be publishing a map online with flags indicating each yard sale.

We’ll also be printing out lists which we’ll drop off at many of the locations — so if someone stops off at one yard sale, they’ll know where all the other ones in Woodhaven are.

The dates we’re looking at are Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th.

There is no charge for being part of this — just let us know by May 25th if you want to be a part of the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale — e-mail us at or call us at 718-296-3735.  We need your name, address and a way to get in touch with you.

Free Self-Defense Class at WRBA Meeting April 16th

March 28, 2011

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

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

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

Visit Born2Win Martial Arts on Facebook


Woodhaven Town Hall – Saturday at 1 PM

March 17, 2011

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

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

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

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

The WRBA Presents a Woodhaven Art Show

February 25, 2011

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association along with Emanuel Church of Christ are very happy and proud to announce that we will be holding a FREE Art Show on Thursday, March 31st.  It will be held on the ground floor of Emanuel Church (91st Avenue and Woodhaven) and will be open from 1 PM until 8 PM.

Among the artists who will be there is Madeline Lovallo (Official Site) who has produced some lovely painting of Woodhaven and the surrounding communities.  She has a lovely painting of the Forest Park carousel and she is most well known for her painting of Lewis of Woodhaven at Christmas, which was sold as a postcard on Jamaica Avenue a few years ago.

Please note that Ms. Lovallo is a scheduled guest on our radio show — Friday, February 25th at 10 PM.  She is scheduled to call in around 10:30.  Click here to listen.

Making his debut at our show will be Woodhaven resident Jose Moya who, since he retired, has been exploring his remarkable talent —

Funny, I didn’t realize until now that both samples show 85th and Jamaica Avenue.

It will be a very interesting show — and we have a few more artists that will be showing their work.

We will also be showing the works of a few local photographers — one being our good friend, Joe Virgona, who has taken some lovely photos of Woodhaven —

And we will also be showing off some of the photos taken during the first 2 years of Project Woodhaven, here’s a lovely shot taken at dusk this past Winter:

We may also have one or two other surprises up our sleeves 🙂  If you have some artwork that you would like to show — or some photography — or some other form of art — please get in touch with us via E-mail at, or call us at 718-296-3735.

UPDATE: We are very happy to announce that 6 of the artists from BeaverTattoo (on 94th Street) have consented to be part of our Expo and will display a few paintings.