Thursday, July 3, 2014

Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

Woodhaven Residents' 2014 Celebration & Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association will hold its annual celebration and fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. on October 10, 2014. The event will be held at Roma View Catering (160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard). We have an exciting slate of honorees that will be announced soon!

To purchase an advertisement in the Fundraiser Journal via credit card or to learn more, click here.

Adult tickets (for those 12 years or older) to the fundraiser are $65, and tickets for children 5 to 11 years old are $30. Tickets includes a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. For more information, e-mail or call the WRBA office at 718-296-3735.

You can purchase tickets by stopping by or mailing a check to the WRBA office, or by cash or check at one of the upcoming Town Hall meetings. Checks should be made out to the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association.

You can also use PayPal to purchase tickets online securely with your debit or credit card by clicking one of the Add to Cart buttons below. When you click Add to Cart you will go to a screen where you will be able to enter Quantity.


If you want to add another ticket type (e.g., you purchased an adult ticket and now you need to add a children's ticket) click on Continue Shopping and add another type to your cart.

Special Instructions:

If you are coming to celebrate a specific honoree - or coming with a group - please let us know in the Special Instructions when checking out so we can ensure that you are all seated together. Simply click on the Add link (see below) when checking out.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale of 2013

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association will be hosting a community-wide yard sale—a coordinated day when homes across Woodhaven can all hold yard sales at the same time.  This will maximize interest and unite typically isolated events into a full-neighborhood happening.

The "Great Woodhaven Yard Sale of 2013" will occur on Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Participation is totally free.  The WRBA will distribute handouts and has created a map showing the location of all participating households (no exact addresses, only locations) at no cost to participants.

A full-size, printer-friendly PDF of the map is available here.

"With so many participants expected, and with such a wide variety of merchandise that will be offered, we think it will be an unmatched weekend community event in Woodhaven," said WRBA Director Vance Barbour.  "We hope you'll be a part of it, as either a seller or a buyer."

The rain date for the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will be Sunday, September 29.

Here is a compilation of coverage in anticipation of the Yard Sale:

To see a sampling of items that will be on sale, click on these Twitter posts from the WRBA's Twitter account:

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

2013 Fundraiser

Our Annual Fundraiser will be held on the evening of Friday, September 20, at Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant (62-96 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park).  We hope you'll join us!

This year, we're giving our residents and supporters the opportunity to Thank a Vet by making a donation to cover the cost of a veteran to attend our Fundraiser.  We hope you'll consider giving to those who've given so much to all of us.

We are now sold out for tickets to the 2013 Fundraiser.  If you missed your chance this year, we hope you'll join us next year!

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Hurricane Sandy devastated some nearby neighborhoods, including Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Belle Harbor, and several others.  The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association collected non-perishable food items, blankets, shirts, can openers, pet food, flashlights and other items for the relief efforts.

We also collected funds for the affected communities.  The residents and friends of Woodhaven made generous financial contributions.  All the proceeds went to the hurricane victims and relief efforts.

We are no longer collecting donations as we are winding down our relief efforts, but we remain grateful to everyone who contributed.  To read more about the community's generosity, please click here.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

Rockaway Branch Rail Line Forum

Before a full crowd, John Rozankowski makes the case
for reactivating the rail line.
On Saturday, September 29, at 1 p.m., the WRBA hosted a special forum dedicated exclusively to the question of what to do with the inactive railroad tracks of the former Rockaway Branch line, which run along 98th Street in Woodhaven.

The meeting featured presentations by a speaker supporting each of the two leading proposals: returning the tracks to use for an active train line, or converting the route into a walkway and bike path dubbed The QueensWay.  The presentations were followed by a session where the speakers took questions and heard the opinions of the residents in attendance.

The meeting was held at the Queens Tabernacle on 96th Street. The WRBA wishes to thank Pastor Dan Bowman for opening the doors of the Queens Tabernacle to us.

After a coin flip to determine who would present first, Mr. John Rozankowski took the microphone to make the case for reactivating the rail line from the Rockaways, through Woodhaven, and into Rego Park. Click here to view the handout Mr. Rozankowski prepared for the meeting.

Here is a map of the proposed railroad reactivation.  In Woodhaven, this route would cross Atlantic Avenue, pass through the neighborhood, cross Jamaica Avenue and Park Lane South, and proceed behind the Forest Park Co-ops and Victory Field.

Here is a video of Rozankowski's presentation in favor of reactivating the rail line.

Andrea Crawford delivers a presentation for The QueensWay.
Next was the presentation by Andrea Crawford and Travis Terry, advocating on behalf of The QueensWay. The project would convert the tracks into green space for walking and bicycling, similar to the very successful High Line in Manhattan, which itself was converted from an elevated freight line in 2009. The High Line project has revitalized the areas it passes through and supporters are hopeful that it could do the same in South Queens.

Click here to view the slide show that Crawford and Terry used during their presentation.  And here is a video of Crawford's presentation in favor of The QueensWay.

After the presentations, we opened the floor to questions and comments from the audience.  By the time we reached this part of the meeting, the room was at capacity and some attendees were standing in the hallway.  We estimate that over 150 Woodhaven residents were in attendance.

Here is a video of the part of the meeting when residents voiced their questions, comments, and concerns.

The meeting was spirited at times, and residents raised a wide variety of points and questions.  Though we did our best to hear from as many residents as possible, it was not possible in the two hours allotted to the forum, so we urged residents to contact us after the meeting to share their thoughts.

This meeting played a key role in helping the WRBA formulate its position on this important issue.  To find out more about the WRBA's stance, please see this page in the Issues section of our website.

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