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The Grapevine: Woodhaven’s e-Newsletter – Volume #163

December 1, 2016

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** Our Top Stories:
** WRBA Town Hall & Holiday Party – Friday 12/16, 7 p.m. Emanuel United Church of Christ
** Participatory Budgeting Meeting This Week – Thursday 12/1, 6:30 p.m.
** Radio Free Woodhaven – Friday 10 p.m.

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:
** Woodhaven Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday 12/2, 6:30 p.m.
** Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade – Saturday 12/3, 12:00 p.m.
** Maple Grove Concert – Saturday 12/3, 3:00 p.m.
** Ghosts of Woodhaven’s Christmas Past – Tuesday 12/6, 7:00 p.m.
** Cemetery Cleanup – Saturday 12/10, 9:00 a.m.
** Richmond Hill Love Letters – Sunday 12/11, 2:00 p.m.
** Flea Market – Saturday & Sunday 12/10 & 12/11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
** Queens Jeopardy – Tuesday 12/13, 7:00 p.m.
** Woodhaven Historical Holiday Party – Wednesday 12/14, 1:00 p.m.
** Assemblyman Miller/Sen. Addabbo Holiday Party – Monday 12/19, 6:00 p.m.

** News & Announcements
** Eric Ulrich on Radio Free Woodhaven
** Donate Coats to the Needy
** Eating Along the J Line
** Package Thieves in Woodhaven
** Map of NYC Trees
** WRBA Website
** Woodhaven Resources

** Our Top Stories:

** WRBA Town Hall and Holiday Party – The next Woodhaven Town Hall will be Friday, December 16, at 7 p.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ – 93-12 91st Avenue (at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard). Please note that this is our Annual Holiday Party! There will be food and refreshments and music – come out and make merry with your friends and neighbors!

** Participatory Budgeting Meeting – Come out and bring your ideas to the table, Thursday, December 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Councilman Eric Ulrich’s Ozone Park District Office (93-06 101st Avenue).

** Woodhaven Then… and NowClick here Friday at 10 p.m. to listen LIVE to Woodhaven’s online talk show. Or click on the same link later to listen to the show on demand. This week’s guest is Bridget Bartolini of the Richmond Hill Love Letters project.

** Upcoming Events in Woodhaven:

** Tree Lighting – This year’s Holiday Tree Lighting (sponsored by the GWDC/WBID) is scheduled for Friday, December 2, at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. Free Santa hats will be distributed and there will be holiday songs, and costumed characters for the kids.

** Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade – This year’s Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade kicks off at noon this Saturday, December 3, from at 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue. Everyone is welcome to march in the parade down Jamaica Avenue all the way through Woodhaven to Dexter Court. Don’t be shy! There are several community groups marching in the parade and all of them would welcome additional marchers with open arms! Bring the kids and bring in the holiday season by marching down Jamaica Avenue. And if you can’t march in the parade, please try to make your way down to the avenue at 12 Noon and wave at the marchers!

** Holiday Concert at Maple Grove – The Friends of Maple Grove are providing a free afternoon of holiday musical entertainment Saturday, December 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery (127-15 Kew Gardens Rd, Kew Gardens 11415).

** The Ghosts of Woodhaven’s Christmas Past – A special presentation by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society on Tuesday, December 6, at 7 p.m. at the Avenue Diner (91-06 Jamaica Avenue). Walk back through history and see how residents of Woodhaven’s long ago celebrated Christmas. The presentation is free and everyone is welcome!

** Cemetery Fall Cleanup – Some extra hands are needed on Saturday, December 10, at the historic Woodhaven Founder’s Cemetery on 96th Street and 86th Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mostly, help is needed picking up leaves which, this year, are being gathered in compost bins so they can be recycled. A free Pizza Lunch will be provided to everyone after the cleanup.

** Richmond Hill Love Letters – Throughout 2016 “Richmond Hill Love Letter” workshops brought together the people of the Greater Richmond Hill area to share stories and memories, and write love notes to the neighborhood. They will be having a special year-end event on Sunday, December 11, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (131-12 Liberty Ave, Richmond Hill 11419). Hear true life stories about Richmond Hill from featured storytellers, share your own memories, read neighborhood love notes that have been written throughout the year and view historical photos and archival treasures from the Queens Library Archive. Bonus: Click here Friday at 10 p.m. to hear an interview with Richmond Hill Love letters’ founder Bridget Bartolini on Radio Free Woodhaven.

** St. Thomas Flea Market – The annual St. Thomas Flea Market will take place at Monsignor Mulz Hall on Saturday December 10th and Sunday December 11th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

** Queens Jeopardy – The classic game show comes to Woodhaven. Brought to you by the Queens Library, the Leader-Observer and Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society. Tuesday December 13th, 7 p.m. at Neir’s Tavern. Come out and test your knowledge against the experts! There will be bonus questions for the audience!

** Woodhaven Historical Society Holiday Party – The WCHS will be holding their annual holiday gathering Wednesday, December 14, at 1 p.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. There will be holiday music, food and refreshments, and for those who are interested a fun Kris Kringle game. Bring one new wrapped gift costing no more than $10 if you’d like to participate.

** Assemblyman Miller/Sen. Addabbo Holiday Party – On Monday, December 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bruno’s Ristorante Italiano at 158-22 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, Assemblyman Mike Miller and State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. will be co-hosting their annual holiday party. Everyone is welcome.

** News & Announcements:

** Eric Ulrich on Radio Free WoodhavenClick here to listen to an interview with Councilman Eric Ulrich as he talks about his recent trip to Taiwan, his thoughts on running for Mayor, Participatory Budgeting and some of the issues associated with it, and the proposed homeless drop-in center in Ozone Park.

** Donate Coats to the Needy – This holiday season, Queens Library is participating in the New York Cares Coat Drive! Queens residents can visit 43 community library locations to donate new and gently used winter coats that will be distributed to men, women, and children in need. Locally, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Metropolitan Avenue are participating libraries. Click here for more information.

** Eating Along the J LineClick here to read a feature on Schmidt’s Candies and Manor Deli. And click here for a follow-up featuring other places to eat in Woodhaven.

** Package Thieves in Woodhaven – A woman was caught on video surveillance using two minors to steal packages off of porches in Woodhaven (click here to see the shocking video). We hope someone will be able to identify this woman so she and the children can get the help they need. Bonus: Click here to read 10 tips on keeping your packages safe this season.

** Map of NYC TreesCheck out the Parks Department’s newest site – a mapping of all the trees in NYC!

** 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 ResourcesClick here for a 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.

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

 

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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.

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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 info@woodhaven-nyc.org.

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.

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Weather Alert: snowstorm tonight into tomorrow

February 8, 2013

A significant snowstorm is approaching our area and is expected to hit this evening.  Heavy snow will continue through Saturday morning. Winds also will increase, with strong gusty winds expected. A blizzard warning for NYC in in effect through 1 PM Saturday, with 10-15 inches of snow expected.   There’s no need to panic, but you should be prepared.  Finish your preparations now if you haven’t done so already.  Have a snow shovel, salt, a flashlight, spare batteries, necessary medication, non-perishable food items, and anything else you may find necessary.  Keep off the roads and be prepared to stay home for the next 24 hours.

If you are a Block Captain: please stay in touch with us to report conditions on your block.  Without your help, we can’t know what parts of Woodhaven are awaiting attention.  Block Captains should contact us three hours after the snow has stopped.  They can e-mail us at this address, or call 718-296-3735 and leave a message.

To report a loss of electric service, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED(26633) or online at http://www.coned.com.

If you have an elderly neighbor please do take a few moments to check in on them and make sure they are okay.
Here is an interactive storm tracker, so you can see the storm’s progression: http://bigstory.ap.org/interactive/ap-interactive-winter-storm

According to 311, there will be no garbage or recycling collection tomorrow, Saturday, February 9.

Mayor Bloomberg has issued this statement about the storm: http://nycgov.tumblr.com/post/42595893639/mayor-bloomberg-updates-new-yorkers-on-the-citys

Sanitation Department snow plow vehicles are now being tracked by GPS, and you can see their work in progress by visiting a new website.  Go to this website: http://on.nyc.gov/VLsjmJ.  Then enter your address.  You’ll be able to see when your street was last plowed, and you will also be able to see which streets are primary (red), secondary (blue), or tertiary (yellow) plowing priorities.

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Do not take any unnecessary chances.  Be careful.  Stay safe.


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 72

February 5, 2013

In this issue of The Grapevine:

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

Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

Protect Yourself Against Huge Water or Sewer Service Line Repair Bills

January 24, 2013

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There is a new city program introduced by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that could save you thousands of dollars.

Did You Know?  With all of the street work that is going on in and around Woodhaven — did you know that you — the homeowner — are responsible for repairing damaged water or sewer service lines that run from your home to the service lines in the street. That means if the city comes down your street, replacing water or sewer lines — and if your lines get damaged in the process — you are on the hook for the costs of repair.

One homeowner at our last meeting told us that the costs for her repairs topped $9000!

Most home insurance policies do not cover these repairs — and if you try to get your insurance company to cover those damages, the premiums can be extremely high.

However, from now until June 30th you can sign up for a special protection program — $3.99 per month for water line protection and $7.99 per month for sewer line protection.  So, for about 12 bucks per month you can protect yourself against these high repair costs.  If you sign up for this, the costs are included in your regular DEP bills.

Sounds to us like a good deal.   Most of us would have trouble affording 9K for repairs — but we can swing 12 bucks per month.  Here is Eric Ulrich speaking about the program at our January Town Hall meeting:

Eric Ulrich Tells WRBA About Protection Plan

Click here for more information.

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 71

January 23, 2013

Note:  If you’d like to get this and other important Woodhaven notices delivered directly to your mailbox, please email us as info@woodhaven-nyc.org and use the Subject “Grapevine.”

In this issue of The Grapevine:

  • Date of our next Town Hall
  • Keeping Woodhaven Whole
  • Our January Town Hall
  • Wanted — help us catch a thief
  • Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame Mardi Gras celebration
  • St. Luke’s Open House
  • WORKS Little League Registration
  • 102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Community Calendar
**  For our February Town Hall, we will be mixing it up a bit by holding it on a weeknight.  It will occur on Wednesday, February 20, at 8 p.m.  The location will be the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave.  This Town Hall will focus on the NYPD and the Block Watchers program we’re launching in our neighborhood.  Here is more information about the Block Watchers program.  It’s not too late to become a Block Watcher; here is the application, which you can complete and bring to the next Town Hall.
**  Keeping Woodhaven Whole.  In our last Grapevine, we acknowledged the many Woodhaven residents who came to the hearing on City Council redistricting last week to make clear that our neighborhood’s representation should be united.  The WRBA’s strong showing was apparent to all in attendance.  “Residents of Woodhaven came out in full force,” The Forum reported.  “Residents fight against redistricting division,” the Queens Courier stated.  You can also read more coverage in the Leader-Observer, the Queens Tribune, and the Queens Chronicle.  Thanks again to all who have joined our fight to unite Woodhaven.
**  At our Town Hall this past Saturday, we had excellent turnout and a lot of energy — a great way to kick off 2013.
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Council Member Eric Ulrich lauded our efforts on redistricting, saying that the WRBA “is the voice of Woodhaven, and when the voice speaks, we listen.”  The Block Association also heard from resident Neil Giannelli, who has started up a group called “No Way QueensWay” to protest the effort — led by those outside Woodhaven — to convert the abandoned railway tracks that run along 98th Street into a much-publicized park.  The Town Hall concluded with a “straw poll” to determine which issues need the most attention.  Here are our results, plus photos and video of the voting.  If you didn’t attend, you missed your chance to vote — but you should still let us know if there’s a problem in your part of the neighborhood that needs attention.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this e-mail.
**  WANTED — The 102nd Precinct is asking for our help and warning us to be careful.  Click here to see a wanted flyer for a young man who has been victimizing women, stealing their pocketbooks and cell phones from the back of his bicycle.  Suspect is described as a male black or possible male black Hispanic.  Possible reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.  Contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or text your tip to TIP577 plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  You can also submit an internet tip by visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.  All information will be kept confidential.  Anyone with information regarding the above subject please notify Det. Ronald Buell at 718-520-9200 or Detective Borough Queens North at 718-520-9200.
**  At Saturday’s Town Hall, Council Member Ulrich described the Water and Sewer Service Line Protection Program, a voluntary program designed to protect New York City homeowners from the unexpected costs of service line repairs.  Here is the video of Ulrich discussing the program at the meeting, and here is more information about the program.
**  The School Sisters of Notre Dame do such good, valuable work.  They are hosting a Mardi Gras Party at Roma View on Crossbay Boulevard on February 6th.  Planning an evening out with some friends?  Why not make it this night?  Have a great time and support a very worthy cause!  Click here for more information and for a link to purchase tickets.
**  St. Luke’s Nursery School and pre-K program will host an open house the week of January 28th through February 1st, 2013, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  St. Luke’s is located at 87-34 85th Street.  Visit the school to pre-register for September 2013 classes.  They offer nursery school classes (for children born in 2010); free pre-K classes (for children born in 2009); and Parents and Tots program (for ages 28 months to 3 years old).  Space is limited, so check it out soon!
**  WORKS Little League registration:  Do you have any children in your family who would like to play ball, learn sportsmanship, and make friends?  Registration will be open on Friday nights through February; click here for the flyer.
**  102nd Precinct Community Council Meeting:  The council met a week ago and discussed some issues that matter to Woodhaven.  Click here for a thorough recap of the meeting, courtesy of our president, Ed Wendell.
**  Interested in finding out more about the Boy Scouts of America or how your son can become a scout?  If so, check out beascout.org, the place where parents can find Boy Scouts of America units in their neighborhoods.

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

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association
info@woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 68

January 1, 2013

In this issue of the Grapevine:

•    Happy New Year from the WRBA!
•   First Town Hall of 2013
•    Christmas Tree Curbside Collection
•    CPR Class at the Ambulance Corps
•    Woodhaven Block Watchers
•    Keeping Woodhaven Whole
•    The Latest on the Abandoned Tracks Along 98th Street
•    Woodhaven Under Moonlight
•    Woodhaven Gets Dusted!
•    Community Calendar
•    Grapevine Schedule
** Happy New Year from the WRBA!  We wish you much health and happiness in 2013!  Click here for a look back at an action-packed 2012 for the WRBA.
** Our first Town Hall of 2013 will be on Saturday, January19, 1 p.m., at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps (78-15 Jamaica Avenue).  Come and join us!  Our town halls are a great way to learn what’s going on in your community, meet your neighbors and representatives, and solve problems.  If you don’t regularly attend the WRBA’s town halls, make it your new year’s resolution to do so in 2013.  You won’t regret it!** The Department of Sanitation will begin its annual Christmas tree curbside collection and recycling program on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013.  The program will run through Saturday, January 12th.  Residents should remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before they are put out at curbside for removal.  Trees must not be placed into plastic bags.  Clean, non-bagged Christmas trees that are left on the curb between Wednesday, January 2nd and Saturday, January 12th will be collected, chipped, and made into compost.  The compost will be processed and subsequently spread upon parks, ball fields, and community gardens throughout the city.
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** Would you like to learn how to perform CPR?  There will be a CPR Class given at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Sunday, January 13th from 2 to 5 PM.    The cost is $40 (cash, no checks).  If interested or have any questions, call John Bennett at 516-643-6746, or email at bennettcpr@aol.com.  What you learn at this class could save someone’s life.** Reminder:  The NYPD is rolling out a Block Watcher program that the residents of Woodhaven would benefit greatly from — read about it here.  We’ve signed up 40 Block Watchers so far — we need more!  If you have not filled out a form yet, you must do so ASAP (click here for the form).  Even if you are already a Block Captain, we need you to fill out this application. We believe this will be an effective program and will be a positive impact in our community.  We are extending the registration period — please do not hestitate if you have not signed up already.  Fun Fact About Block Watching — You are not limited to reporting situations on your block — you can report anything you see in your travels throughout the entire precinct. 

** Keeping Woodhaven Whole.  Here is a nice recap of our last meeting at which the residents made it clear that we do not favor any redistricting plan that leaves Woodhaven divided.  Click here to find out why redistricting is important and what we’ve been doing about it.  There will be a hearing in Queens about redistrictingat 6 p.m. on Monday, January 14th at LaGuardia Community College.  Click here for meeting infoWe would like to get a decent-sized group to go to the hearing; just because you attend does not mean you have to speak.  If you do plan to speak, you must pre-register (click here, and list the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association as the organization you represent).  Please let us know if you will be attending and either (a) can drive and take a passenger or two, or (b) want to go but need a ride.  We will try to accommodate as many people as we can.

** The abandoned railroad tracks along 98th Street are still making news.  In 2012, we held a forum for residents to discuss the fate of the tracks, and then we took a position that reflected our neighbors’ opinions.  Click here to see our work on this issue.  Some who don’t care about Woodhaven residents’ views are trying to push ahead with their own plans for the tracks, but we’re working hard to ensure that our community isn’t shoved to the side.  Click here and here to read the latest.** As 2012 drew to a close, we were treated to the 13th Full Moon of the year, and it was a beauty.  Click here to see some images of the moon from various vantage points around Woodhaven.** As the year ended we received a nice dusting of snow.  Nothing disruptive, nothing that needed shoveling — just enough to make for some real pretty scenes around town.  Click here for some of our favorite Woodhaven views

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

 

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

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 67

December 26, 2012

In this issue of the Grapevine:

•    Season’s Greetings from the WRBA
•    Woodhaven Block Watchers
•    Uniting Woodhaven – Redistricting Hearing January 14th
•    Where Is Woodhaven?
•    Ghosts of Christmas Past
•    Historical Society Party and 2013 Schedule of Events
•    Charles Durning RIP
•    Community Calendar
•    Grapevine Schedule

** Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun! Glædelig Jul! Hyvaa joulua! Joyeux Noel! Kala Christouyenna! Gledileg Jol! Linksmu Kaledu! From our family to yours — we wish you health and happiness.  Click here for scenes of Christmas Eve in Woodhaven — and a video review of Christmas 2012.

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** Reminder:  The NYPD is rolling out a Block Watcher program that the residents of Woodhaven would benefit greatly from — read about it here.  We’ve only signed up 38 Block Watchers so far — we need more!  If you have not filled out a form yet, you must do so ASAP (click here for the form).  Even if you are already a Block Captain, we need you to fill out this application. We believe this will be an effective program and will be a positive impact in our community.  We need all application forms filled in by December 31st, 2012.

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

** Where is Woodhaven?  You may have seen a NY Daily News story about a rapper assaulting his girlfriend at a strip club in Woodhaven.  One problem — it didn’t happen in Woodhaven (it was Woodside).  The happens all too often and our Alexander Blenkinsopp explains why it matters.

** Ghosts of Christmas PastClick here for a stroll down memory lane — a look at Christmas advertisements from the Leader-Observer from the 70s and 80s.

** The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society held their annual Christmas Party last week (click here for pictures).  The first meeting of 2013 will be about the proposed Landmark Designation of St. Matthew’s Episcopalian Church on 96th Street.  The history of the church and the Wyckoff-Snediker Cemetery behind the church will also be discussed.  This meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30th 2013.  Click here for the entire 2013 Historical Society schedule.

** Actor Charles Durning passed away at the age of 89.  He had a long and memorable career but he was famous around these parts for the 1975 film “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” which filmed numerous scenes around Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway.  Click here for a 1974 article about the filming in Woodhaven — click here for a great video of just the scenes filmed in Woodhaven.

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

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

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

Woodhaven’s Grapevine – Volume # 66

December 18, 2012

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In this issue of the Grapevine:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,
Your friends and neighbors at the


Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association

woodhaven-nyc.org
718-296-3735

Forest Park Carousel to Hold Alzheimer’s Fundraiser August 17th

July 17, 2012

Here is a fantastic opportunity to have a great time and raise money for a worthy cause at the same time.

NY Carousel Entertainment, LLC, operator of the recently re-opened Forest Park Carousel, is proud to host the first annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, www.alz.org/nyc, on Friday, August 17th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  This event is RAIN or SHINE.

That evening, NY Carousel Entertainment will be donating one hundred percent of all proceeds from carousel rides to the Alzheimer’s NYC Chapter. Visitors can have unlimited carousel rides, including face-painting for $10 — or enjoy individual rides for $3. There will be lots more fun as well, with a raffle, including some great prizes and Magical Pete, the king of amazing tricks and silly jokes will be there to entertain the children.

This is a great event that we are proud to be participating in – and we hope that all of our friends in Woodhaven and the surrounding communities will come out and support this important cause. Click here to view the official flyer for the event, please share with your friends and neighbors.

The Forest Park Carousel is located in Forest Park at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in Woodhaven (Queens), NY. Free parking is available adjacent to the carousel.
Website: www.forestparkcarousel.com
Email: info@nycarousel.com
Phone: (718) 788-2676.

Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter:

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter is to create and promote comprehensive and humane care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, to provide support for their families and professional caregivers, and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research. The Chapter meets this mission in the community through increasing public awareness, providing education, creating and encouraging replication of model programs, collaborating with research centers, and undertaking advocacy.

The New York Chapter provides information, assistance and support to patients, caregivers and professionals, throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Our chapter sponsors many programs including our 24-hour Helpline, Support Groups for Caregivers and Early Stage People, training and education for professionals, our MedicAlert + Safe Return Program that helps locate patients who get lost, and many more.

Chapter Contact Information

www.alz.org/nyc

Address:
360 Lexington Avenue, 4thFl. New York, NY 10017
Telephone:
646.744.2900
Fax:
212.490.6037
Email:
helpline@alznyc.org
24/7 helpline
(800) 272-3900