The Woodhaven Beat
by Ed Wendell
Aug 08, 2014 | 3938 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There’s always plenty to do here in Woodhaven if one only takes a few moments to look. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association has built a community calendar which is visible on their website ( or you can also see it at Here are a few examples of what’s happening here in Woodhaven:

There are two cleanups this weekend. On Saturday, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society along with the St. Thomas the Apostle Woodhaven History Club is hosting a cleanup of the historic colonial-era Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery. The cemetery is behind All Saints on 96th Street and 86th Avenue starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers are welcome and needed – just show up!

On Sunday, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be leading small groups of residents through Woodhaven and painting over graffiti vandalism. They will be meeting at the WRBA office at 84-20 Jamaica Avenue at 10 a.m. Both cleanups are great way to get exercise as well as meet your neighbors.

Also, please note that the next Woodhaven Town Hall meeting will be held on Saturday, August 16th at 10 a.m. at Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Ave. and Woodhaven Blvd. These monthly meetings are a great way to bring the local issues that matter to you to the attention of the police, your elected officials and the local media.

“An Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s” takes place on Friday, August 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. NY Carousel Entertainment, LLC, operator of the recently landmarked Forest Park Carousel, is donating 100 percent of all proceeds from carousel rides that evening to the Alzheimer’s NYC Chapter.

Take your taste buds on an exciting journey and taste foods from other lands at an International Food Fair at All Saints (85-45 96th Street) on Saturday August 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be music, entertainment, activities for the children and food will be served at noon with your choice of any three delicacies – mix and match as you wish. Father Whitmire of All Saints will also be giving tours of the newly refurbished church and historic cemetery.

On Wednesday August 27th, there will be a free showing of the movie “Frozen” at the Forest Park bandshell. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday September 27th we will see the return of “The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale.” The idea here is instead of us all having yard sales individually, we all agree to have our sales on the same day – and we mass distribute maps with all of the locations on it. Last year over 60 families participated with a good number reporting that people were coming from all over to hit all of our yard sales. You must register to get on the map – contact the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association to do so.

And looking further ahead, the WRBA will be hosting their annual Woodhaven Celebration on Friday, October 10th at Roma View Catering. This year, the honorees are as follows: the Man of the Year will be author and historian Allan Smith, a respected member of both the Queens and Woodhaven historical societies.

Our Woman of the Year will be Margie Schmidt, the owner of Schmidt's Candy, a fixture on Jamaica Avenue since 1925. Our Business of the Year will be The Avenue Diner, owned by Paul Vasiliadis. The Avenue Diner has established itself as an anchor establishment on Jamaica Ave. with its full menu of high-quality offerings and its support of Woodhaven's organizations.

And this year's inductee into the Woodhaven Hall of Fame will be the legendary Lewis' of Woodhaven, the store whose slogan was “We Sell Everything” – and it was 100 percent true. Every resident of Woodhaven has their own Lewis’ stories and it will be good to see members of the Lewis family again.

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 include a full buffet dinner with soda, beer and wine.

And finally, wrapping up October will be the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair, sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, starting at noon on Sunday, October 19th.

All of these events and more can be found on the Woodhaven Community Calendar. There’s a lot going on here in Woodhaven – all you have to do is look!

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