Free CPR/AED Awareness Course this Monday


Assemblyman Mike Miller and C.E.R.T. #9 are sponsoring a free CPR/AED Awareness course.

“At any time, any one of us can find ourselves in an emergency situation,” said Miller. “It is extremely important that everyone know the basic skills to step in and save a life.”

Miller and C.E.R.T Queens #9’s CPR/AED Awareness course will be staffed by FDNY EMTs on Monday, November 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Block Association/One Stop Community Center. It’s located at 110-08 Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill.

The course will include compressions-only CPR, how to use an AED, a practice manikin for use during class, and take home instructions for follow-up practice.

Space is limited and available to those 14 years and up. RSVP with Miller’s office at 718-805-0950.

Woodhaven House of the Week 11/10/18


The Woodhaven House of the Week is a unique apartment in the Forest Park complex.

The renovated two bedroom is designed with taste and sophistication. The apartment is located just steps to the park, golf, tennis, running track, cross country and bicycle trails for great outdoor living all year round.

The home is close to buses as well as the train and the building is zoned for one of the best schools in Queens, PS/1S 133.
Maintenance is $605 per month and gas and electric included.

This property is listed by O’Kane Realty for $339,000.

Woodhaven residents and businesses honored at gala


At the annual Woodhaven Residents Block Association Dinner Dance to honor residents and businesses from Woodhaven, Assemblyman Miller presented citations to the honorees.

Margaret “Peggy” Finnegan was recognized for Woman of the Year. She always looks out for her fellow neighbors and even convinced the Department of Transportation to not convert 89th Avenue into a one way street.

Jose Vazquez was recognized for Man of the Year. Jose is committed to his Woodhaven community and helped in the fight to derail Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Blvd.

Dexter Wines and Spirits were recognized for Business of the Year. They have been in operation since the 1940s and has been owned and managed by the Hui family since 1983. Dexter Wines and Spirits, also gives back to the community by donating goods and services to charitable organizations.

The late Maria Thomson was inducted into the WRBA Hall of Fame. Maria’s husband, Robert Thomson, accepted the honor.

“There’s so much to say about Maria, fondly known as the ‘Mayor of Woodhaven,’” said Assemblyman Miller. “Her tenacity and her commitment to Woodhaven were incomparable.

“Her dedication and service to the community was extremely remarkable,” Miller added. “I am happy the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is paying tribute to Maria Thomson, for being a former WRBA President and for her Woodhaven legacy. There was no one like her. She’s one of a kind.”

Photos courtesy of Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office

Jose Vazquez

Peggy Finnegan

Robert Thomson

How to vote on the NYC Ballot Proposals


There needs to be more engagement when it comes to our local government and that’s why we have some suggestions for the NYC Ballot Proposals on Tuesday, November 6.

After your finished voting for your candidates of choice, turn the ballot over and vote “YES, NO and NO.”

Yes, no and no? Precisely.

Ballot proposal #1: Campaign Finance Alterations
Why you should vote YES
By voting yes, and raising the amount of public matching funds for candidates, you are helping someone who is not financed by “less than transparent, less than desirable interests” run for office.

Ballot proposal #2: Civic Engagement Proposal
Why you should vote NO
Don’t let the mayor give his pals a bunch of vague titles on the appointed “civic engagement commission.” Instead, we should have more community participation instead of having the voices of the community ignored. You know, like what’s currently happening with the proposed homeless shelter.

Ballot Proposal #3: Term limits on Community Boards
Why you should vote NO

If appointed community board members have to apply, to the Borough President, for board membership renewal every two years, why would term limits make sense? There’s a chance that those who reapply for board might not be re-appointed. At which case, term limits aren’t really necessary.

To read the full opinion piece, visit the Leader Observer’s NYC Ballot Proposals Vote YES NO and NO story.

NYPD NCO Sector D meeting on November 14

sector D bulld the block

On Wednesday, November 14, the NYPD’S Build the Block Program for Sector D in Woodhaven will host a meeting. Neighborhood Coordination Officers will address a variety of topics at the meeting, so bring your concerns.

The goal is to identify public safety needs in the community.

The meeting will take place at Forest Park’s Oak Ridge (1 Forest Park) at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments.

Miller to sponsor Thanksgiving drive for local families

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Creative Commons

A local elected official is making sure no one in the community goes hungry for Thanksgiving.

Assemblyman Mike Miller is hosting a Thanksgiving drive to benefit local families.

All non-perishable Thanksgiving items can be dropped at Miller’s district office at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard through Friday, November 16.


Good old Woodhaven ‘spirits’

Dexter 1

When you talk about some of the oldest business still in operation along Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, which businesses come to mind?

Schmidt’s Candy and Manor Delicatessen have both been around close to a century. And Ohlert-Ruggiere can trace its’ roots back even further than that.

How about Dexter Wines and Spirits at 75-13 Jamaica Avenue? It might not immediately leap to mind, but it should!

Now in its 72nd year of operation (it opened in 1946), Dexter Wines can rightfully claim to be one of the oldest businesses in Woodhaven still in operation, with a name that hearkens back to the early days of Woodhaven.

Dexter Park was a recreational park that opened in the late 19th century and later was the site of a baseball stadium that saw famous legends such as Babe Ruth and Josh Gibson play exhibition games.

For the last 35 years, Dexter Wines and Spirits has been owned and operated by the Hui family. Steve Hui bought the store back in 1983, and today his sons Victor and John proudly carry on that tradition.

And five years ago the Hui brothers gave Dexter Wines and Spirits a beautiful makeover, creating the type of store that some customers say they would only expect to see in some of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Read the full story on the Leader-Observer website.

Dexter 2

Senior center needs volunteers for Christmas dinner


The CCNS Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center and Citywide Meals-on-Wheels are hosting Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day at St. Mary Gate of Heaven R.C. Church at 103-02 101 Ave. in Ozone Park. This year’s special event will include music and dancing.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to serve the meals and to deliver Meals-on-Wheels to clients.

To volunteer, please call Pat Critelli at 718-847-9200 daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New gifts are also appreciated for homebound seniors.