Community leader Maria Thomson passes away

Maria picture for Leader

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





WRBA Christmas party tonight


The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is hosting their annual Christmas party tonight!
According to the organizers, they will have catered food, music and a celebration of friendship. Come out tonight and meet and greet new friends and neighbors in the neighborhood. You can also bring a friend or two!

: Emanuel United Church of Christ – Upstairs Hall
93-12 91st Ave (corner of 91st Ave and Woodhaven Blvd)

Date: Friday, December 15th

: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Free movie screening at Woodhaven Library


This afternoon, the Woodhaven Library will host a free screening of the 2017 film, “The Big Sick.”
In the film, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. The film, one of the highest-grossing independent films of 2017, is loosely based on actual events from the couple’s lives.
The movie will be screened between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Woodhaven Library is located at 85-41 Forest Parkway.
Light snacks will be provided but you can also bring your own.

Last week to donate to Weprin’s holiday toy drive

AM Weprin Toy Drive 2017

There are only a few days left to participate in Assemblyman David Weprin’s Holiday Toy Drive.
Don’t forget to drop off a new or gently used toy, book, or puzzle to either of Weprin’s district offices! The closest office is the Richmond Hill District Office located at 111-12 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 5. The toy drive will run until Monday, December 18.

Weprin’s other district office is located at 185-06 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows.

Woodhaven is ready for the holidays

Get ready for some holiday cheer in Woodhaven this weekend.
The Christmas tree and Menorah lighting will take place this Friday at 6:30 p.m. and the “Welcome Santa to Woodhaven” Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2 at noon.
Next week, Santa Claus will return to Woodhaven for a photo opportunity so bring the whole family down!

Woodhaven BID Winter 2017

102nd Precinct officers don body cameras


The 102nd Precinct Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad announced Tuesday that members of the precinct’s police force will wear body cameras during their shifts. As part of a pilot program with the 105th Precinct, officers on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift wear the body cameras throughout their entire tour. Officers will start recording at the start of their shift and the cameras will continuously document everything. At the end of their shift, the officer docks the footage on a server.
“It all helps with the prosecution of crime,” Urprasad said.
Eventually, every precinct in the city will have body cameras.
He further stated that the area covered by the 102nd Precinct had 230 less victims than last year, a 21% percent decrease in crime rate for the year thus far.

Leaf Removal Party at All Saints Church



The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society is having a Leaf Collecting Party at 96th Street and 86th Avenue behind All Saints Church. The November Cleanup will take place on Friday, November 17th,  from 5:30 to 8 PM. The event coincides with the DSNY’s Lawn & Leaf Collection Program, which turns fallen leaves into mulch. Attendees are encouraged to lend trash cans that will be later returned to them at the end of the evening. There will be music, hot chocolate, and a door prize.