Spring Forward with the Queens Distance Runners

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On Sunday, March 11 at 9 AM, the Queens Distance Runners will make their return to Forest Park after two long years. Join in to run in the Spring Forward 10 Miler (4 Loops) or 5 Miler (2 Loops) races and welcome the arrival of the new season.

10 Miler Pricing is $35 until race day and $40 on race day. 5 Miler Pricing is $25 until race day and $30 on race day. Whether you are using this as an opportunity to train towards a Spring Marathon, or hone in on your speed, this race will have a little bit of everything for you.

Nature’s Path Organic Love Crunch Granola Bars & Superfood Bars will be provided to all participants.

There is no membership fee to join the Queens Distance Runners and there will be free photos of each lap.

For more information and online registration visit here!

Veterans Financial Workshop at The Queens Vet Center

The Queens Vet Center at 75-10B 91st Ave is offering a free Veterans Financial Workshop on February 22, 1-3pm. They’ll focus on Credit & Debt.

The workshop will aim to help with building credit, understanding your credit score, looking at your credit report, as well as reducing or eliminating debt. Private meetings are available. Information is presented by Paula Mucci, AFC, Financial Coach.

RSVP with Zhuo “JoJo” Chen, by phone at 718-296-2871, ext 7767 or by email at Zhuo.chen@va.gov.

DOT begins bus lane camera violations on Woodhaven Blvd


Watch out for those bus lane violations!

The Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it will begin issuing bus lane camera violations along the Q52/Q53 Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard Select Bus Service (SBS) route on Tuesday, February 20.

Each thoroughfare has signage indicating the hours that the bus lanes are in operation, so pay attention to those signs.

Violations are issued against the vehicle, not the driver. Points are not deducted from motorists’ licenses.

Mike Miller hosts 9th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive

2018 vday for veterans

Assemblyman Michael Miller is hosting his 9th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive.

His office will be collecting travel-sized toiletries and new clothing items, especially socks, for the veterans at the St. Albans Veterans Home. They will not take any used items.

Donations can be dropped off at these locations:

  • Miller’s District Office: 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Neir’s Tavern & Grill: 87-48 78th Street, Woodhaven (between 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.)
  • H&M General Insurance Brokerage: 75-17 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale (between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center: 110-08 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill (Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)

If you have any questions, call Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

Paint a Pair at Nier’s Tavern


Ready to get your creativity on mixed with a ton of fun? Come paint a pint glass/shot glass combo at Neir’s Tavern at  87-48 78th St, Woodhaven and uncork your creative side! On Wednesday, January 24 at 7 PM  join in for this special combo glass painting party. The class fee is $35  and includes a pint glass, a shot glass, paint, supplies, as well as in-depth instruction to make your pieces come to life!

Be sure to register in advance to save your spot.

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Questions? Contact the instructor at Katie.Dunne@DrinkableArts.com.

Community leader Maria Thomson passes away

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Maria Thomson, a longtime leader for the Woodhaven community, has passed away.

In addition to her role as executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, Thomson was a member of Community Board 9 and wrote weekly columns about Woodhaven’s businesses for local papers, including the Leader Observer.

The wake will be held at Walker Funeral Parlor (87-34 80th Street) in Woodhaven on Sunday and Monday from 2-5 p.m. and later from 7-9 p.m.

Burial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 16th 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas The Apostle Church (87th Street & 88th Avenue)

As news broke regarding her death, the community and elected officials paid respect to Thomson across social media.

W.O.R.K.S. Little League Excited to Announce Spring Registration Dates


More About W.O.R.K.S. Little League 

W.O.R.K.S. Little League (Formerly Rich-Haven Little League) has been serving the communities of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven since 1958. In the year 2002 we merged with Ozone Wakefield Little League. We now serve Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park.

The philosophy and goal of Little League Baseball is to teach good citizenship, build character, and team work through the game of baseball. These are all tools required to be successful in life.

W.O.R.K.S. Little league has over 700 Volunteer Members that consist of players, coaches, managers, umpires etc.

W.O.R.K.S. Little League was the first Little League in NYC to have a Challenger Division. We can truly say that we serve ALL children.

Holiday Celebration at the Woodhaven Historical Society


The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society held its 25th annual Festive Holiday Celebration last Wednesday at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Woodhaven.

Hundreds of people attended the celebration and enjoyed a holiday lunch accompanied by entertainment and gifts.

Woodhaven Historical Society executive director Ed Wendell also announced the group received a grant from the Queens Council for the Arts, which will go towards an art program for adults next year.

The society already works with local schools P.S. 60 and P.S. 97 by dropping off art supplies for the children. But the new program would give adults the opportunity to show off their creative sides.

The program will be a series of eight classes instructed by artist Natalia Borgia from Beaver Tattoo, a local tattoo shop. Each class will center around painting local scenery. Six classes will be held at Emanuel United Church of Christ, while two classes will be out in the field.

Read the full story on the Leader-Observer