WRBA forms new clubs & committees
by Ed Wendell
Apr 03, 2013 | 691 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the March town hall meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, we announced the formation of a few new committees and clubs. We are looking for members to fill out the rosters of these groups; if interested, email us at info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call (718) 296-3735 and leave a message.

These groups and clubs will meet separately from the WRBA, but will be affiliated with the organization and report back to the Board of Directors.

Here are the committees we have formed:

• Parks Committee - This group will meet to discuss issues pertaining to the parks within our community. This not only includes Forest Park, but also includes the parks and playgrounds in Woodhaven. The upcoming renovation of Mary Whalen Playground at 80th Street and Park Lane South is near the top of this committee’s agenda. The planting and care of new trees in Woodhaven is also a priority.

• Traffic & Roads Committee - This group will tackle issues involving safety on the roads within Woodhaven. With Woodhaven Boulevard being designated the most dangerous road in Queens for pedestrians and with two recent fatalities on our streets, this is a topic that needs attention.

• Church & Faith Committee - The initial goal of this group is to foster communication between the many churches and religious organizations within Woodhaven, and to report back and keep the community up to date about events and activities.

• Schools Committee - The initial goal of this group is to meet to discuss issues pertaining to the schools within our community and to develop contacts at each school, gather information, and keep the community up to date about events and activities.

• Woodhaven Yard Sale Committee - This group will plan, organize and promote the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale. The idea of this neighborhood-wide sale is that residents all hold yard sales on the same weekend. We will publish maps of the locations of each sale and distribute to each site. This way, when someone goes to one sale they will get a map of all the other houses in Woodhaven having yard sales the same day.

Here are a list of clubs and activities:

• Woodhaven Poetry Club – This club will promote the study, use, and enjoyment of poetry. The Woodhaven Poetry Club has actually been in existence for a while, and it meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The next meeting will be

Tuesday April 16.

• Joe Virgona Photography Club - This club, named after the beloved resident photographer who passed away last year, will meet on the last Thursday of each month, at the offices of the WRBA, 84-20 Jamaica Avenue, at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday April 25. The club is geared towards amateurs, but all levels of expertise are welcome. We will take pictures in and around Woodhaven and publish

them on a blog. We will also be planning a photography show for later in the year. Those who attend each session will leave with an assignment for the next meeting.

• Woodhaven Supper Club - This club will plan regular outings to local restaurants as a group. This is a social gathering that gives members a chance to interact outside of our regular meeting environment. It also gives us a chance to sample some of the many restaurants we have here in Woodhaven.

We hope that these committees and clubs will not only accomplish

wonderful things for our community, but also bring people together and

forge new friendships.

The next public town hall meeting of the WRBA is on Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at the Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue. We hope to see you there.

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