Category Archives: Woodhaven

Ulrich and Levin Announce Veterans Food Drive

The City Council announced this week kicked off a food drive in partnership with the Food Bank for New York City to collect non-perishable items and donate them to select local pantries and soup kitchens that serve veterans. The council-wide program will run from Nov. 10 through Nov. 20, with participating councilmembers collecting the food at their district offices. Roughly 30 percent of city veterans rely on emergency food supplies, according to FBNYC research. Other studies conducted nationally by the … Continue reading

Woodhaven Volunteers Clean Colonial-Era Cemetery

    If it’s the second Saturday of the month, then it’s time to grab gloves and garbage bags and head over to the cemetery at 96th Street and 86th Avenue. That’s what nearly two-dozen volunteers with the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society did last Saturday as they beautified another section of historic colonial-era Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery. Students and civic leaders also uncovered more headstones, adding pieces to the larger puzzle that is the burial ground. “Our hope is that … Continue reading

Body Discovered in Area Funeral Home Parking Lot

The body of a 60-year-old man with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head last Friday was discovered slumped over in the driver’s seat of a van in the parking lot of a Woodhaven funeral home, police said. The victim, whose identity as of press time had not been made public by police, was found by cops around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Walsh-La Bella & Son Homes, Inc. on 87th Street near Jamaica … Continue reading

Woodhaven Teen to Represent U.S.in Roller Derby World Cup

Maureen MacIntosh, a 17-year-old Woodhaven resident, is one of only 30 teens from the eastern half of the United States to be selected for the Junior Roller Derby Team USA. The squad will represent the country internationally, in events such as the Junior Roller Derby World Cup. MacIntosh, whose derby name is Hale E. Williams, has been skating locally since she was three 3 years old.  She joined the Gotham Girls Junior Roller Derby Team, a group of skaters ranging … Continue reading

Participatory Budgeting, Toy Drive on Agenda for WRBA Town Hall

If you plan on attending the next Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association town hall, you’d better come prepared. The first participatory budgeting brainstorming session and the Toys for Tots drive are slated for the Saturday, Nov. 15 meeting at the American Legion Hall on 91st Street. This is the community’s second year of involvement in the budgeting process; City Councilman Eric Ulrich has earmarked $1 million that will be allocated to projects for which residents will vote.  Residents will come up … Continue reading

CB 9 District Manager Applications to be Reviewed After Deadline

The deadline to apply for Community Board 9’s district manager position is Nov. 7; and as one board member indicated to The Forum, all applications will not be reviewed until after said deadline has passed. The board, which serves Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, has been searching for candidates since longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced her retirement in August. As of Oct. 1, the position has been vacant. According to a CB 9 spokesman, the … Continue reading

Richmond Hill South Civic Hits $2 Million Coupon Mark

A couple of years ago, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) made a promise to Margaret Finnerty, president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association. The group had just celebrated reaching its goal of cutting out and collecting $1 million in coupons to send to U.S. troops serving overseas and their families. “I said, ‘If you get to two million, I’ll throw you a party,’” Miller recalled. He kept that promise on Thursday night, as Finnerty and the RHSCA celebrated reaching the … Continue reading

Howling Good Time at Dogs’ Costume Contest

Area non-profit K-9 Korral Inc. on Saturday hosted their annual Dog Run Halloween Costume Contest at Forest Park. The large crowd marveled at the adorable dog costumes as owners enjoyed free refreshments and brought dogs of all sizes out to play and compete. Judges Ed Wendell, Loycent Gordon and Janet Forte, all from Woodhaven, picked the top three contestants from three categories: Teams, Little Dogs and Big Dogs. Prizes for the winners were provided by K-9 Korral’s sponsor, K-9 Caterers … Continue reading

Addabbo, Jr. Seeking Fourth Term in State Senate

With the midterm elections less than a week away, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is hoping that he can turn his three-term run in the 15th District into an even four. Addabbo, 50, who served seven years on the City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2008, has the decided advantage of name recognition over his relatively unknown GOP challenger, Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro, who was urged to run against Addabbo by City Councilman Eric … Continue reading

Civic Says All (Illegal) Signs Point to Failing Grade for Sanitation Department

In a new, exhaustive report that was four years in the making, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association says that the city Sanitation Department has been dropping the ball when it comes to enforcement, regulating the posting of illegal signs throughout Woodhaven, as well as the rest of the city. The group says that the illegal signs—which can be found tacked to public property such as street signs, lampposts and mailboxes, among other places—have long been an eyesore that negatively affects … Continue reading

Officials Pledge Aid and Assistance to Veterans

Borough veterans and family members last Wednesday packed American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven for a town-hall meeting featuring updates on health, employment and family services at the city, state and federal levels. City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) organized the evening’s panel of veterans’ organizations; holding it in Queens because it is home to 46,000 veterans, the largest such population in the five boroughs. Miller said he is pushing three bills through the Assembly, … Continue reading

New Book Spotlights MTA ‘Art Museum’

The next time you find yourself at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, take a quick look around. You might catch a driver or bus passenger or pedestrian heading north on the boulevard craning their neck toward the elevated subway station and that mysterious face that has stood sentinel over the roadway for more than 20 years. And thanks to a new book that features the 250 permanent works of art throughout the city’s vast transportation network, curious … Continue reading

Concerned Woodhaven Residents Take Advantage of Free Legal Advice on Immigration

Citing strong immigrant communities as “crucial to our city’s growth and economic prosperity,” two area elected officials last weekend co-hosted an immigration information session in Woodhaven. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) organized Sunday night’s event in collaboration with City University of New York Citizenship NOW! and the Association of Mutual Help Unity and Solidarity Inc. Held on Jamaica Avenue, the session provided an opportunity for Woodhaven residents to connect with a Spanish-speaking immigration attorney … Continue reading

Pols, Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Borough

With the push for a permanent Rockaway ferry still dominating the south Queens transportation conversation, elected officials and transit advocacy groups this week rallied on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring high-quality bus rapid transit to a patch of the borough that historically has been bereft of public transit options. City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) hosted the Tuesday morning event, announcing support from fellow councilmembers and bus riders, and unveiling a “BRT For … Continue reading

Stringer Vows to ‘Intervene’ on Behalf of Civic in Sanitation Ticket Tussle

The city comptroller last Saturday briefly addressed the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting, vowing to support the civic organization in its quest to have the city Sanitation Department review its overnight ticketing policy, which has directly affected the WRBA on many occasions. “We are going to intervene on behalf of the Residents’ Association,” Comptroller Scott Stringer said, adding that his office will collaborate with area elected officials on the matter. “We will contact the Sanitation Department and we will take … Continue reading