No summer vacation for WRBA
by Ed Wendell
Jul 15, 2015 | 5374 views | 0 0 comments | 143 143 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the WRBA paint over graffiti on mailboxes.
Members of the WRBA paint over graffiti on mailboxes.
Most groups and organizations shut it down for the summer, choosing not to meet during the months of July and August. That never quite made sense to me since the problems that plague us don’t take off for the summer.

In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Some problems - noise and graffiti are prime examples - explode over the summer. And for that reason, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association continues to hold town hall meetings during the summer months.

July’s meeting will be held this Saturday morning, at 10 a.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ at the corner of 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard (enter through the 91st Avenue entrance).

The 10 a.m. start time is the only concession to summer. By starting the meeting early, it leaves everyone more than enough time to enjoy the rest of the summer weekend day.

Noise is almost certain to be on the agenda this Saturday. Over the summer, it is probably the top complaint we get from residents angry at the inconsiderate slob on their block who blasts music from 2 in the afternoon until 3 or 4 in the morning.

A few notes about noise: first, there is no cut-off time for noise. In other words, if something is too noisy at 2 a.m. it is also too noisy at 2 p.m. If your neighbor is blasting music in the afternoon, do not wait until after 11 p.m. to start complaining; complain early and often.

Call 311 and get a complaint number, write it down and do not lose it. Typically, a neighbor that blasts loud music doesn’t just do it once. They are chronic offenders ruining what should be a peaceful summer.

Once you get that 311 number, send it to the WRBA. Leave a message at (718) 296-3735 or email The WRBA will follow up with the 102nd Precinct and our elected officials in an effort to bring noise levels on your block down to a reasonable level.

Another issue that takes no summer holiday is graffiti. Each year the WRBA and resident volunteers take to the streets painting over graffiti, particularly on mailboxes. But this year, the WRBA is adding a unique little twist to the standard graffiti cleanup routine.

On Saturday, July 25, the WRBA will be painting mailboxes and raising money for NYFAC (New York Families for Autistic Children) at the same time.

How does this work? There are 110 mailboxes in Woodhaven. The WRBA is seeking pledges for the painting of each mailbox. For example, you could pledge 10 cents per mailbox or 20 cents or whatever amount you want.

For example, if you pledge 10 cents per mailbox and the WRBA cleans 100 mailboxes, your donation will be $10. The WRBA will take that money and turn it over – every penny of it – to the NYFAC Foundation.

You can also cap your pledge. For example, you can pledge 25 cents per mailbox, but cap your maximum donation at $15. Again, you can make your pledge to the WRBA by leaving a message at (718) 296-3735 or emailing Or better yet, you can make your pledge in person at the meeting this Saturday.

In order to raise money for NYFAC we’re going to need some mailbox painting volunteers. Want to help raise money for families with autistic children? We’re meeting at the WRBA Office, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue, between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. We plan on leaving that location shortly after 10, so get there early.

We’ll provide the paintbrushes and the paint, you just need to dress accordingly. We will break the volunteers into teams and give them maps of the mailbox locations.

Graffiti cleanups have always been a lot of fun – you get to help clean the community and meet new friends at the same time. Only this year, you also get to benefit a good cause. It’s a win-win!

We hope you have a great summer, but we also hope to see you at our meeting this Saturday morning. Your problems do not take off for the summer, and neither does the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association!

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