Weekend graffiti clean-up scheduled

South Queens is set for a spring cleaning of sorts.

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA), working with Assemblymember Mike Miller, will be hitting the streets this coming Saturday, April 30, from noon until 4 p.m. to paint over graffiti-vandalized mailboxes, light poles, utility boxes and more.

The WRBA said that a recent tour of the neighborhood resulted in a list of vandalized public properties

“Woodhaven is literally covered in graffiti,” said WRBA president Ed Wendell. “When you pass by it every day you become desensitized to its presence. You get to the point where you don’t even notice it any more, or you think it is a hopeless situation. Our goal is to start showing residents that it’s not hopeless, that we can turn the tide. This Saturday, we take the first step.”

Any residents interested in taking part can email [email protected] or call the office at 718-296-3735. Children accompanied by an adult are definitely welcome. Any children taking part will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Those participating will meet at the Forest Park Bandshell at 11:30 a.m. and will begin by concentrating on the west end of the community (around 75th Street).

Councilmember Eric Ulrich is also inviting local residents to participate in a cleanup effort around the perimeter of Bayside and Acacia Cemeteries in Ozone Park this Sunday, May 1 from noon to 3 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to meet at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 84th Street near the cemetery entrance. Tools and supplies will be provided by the Ulrich’s office and the Department of Sanitation.

Individuals and groups are welcome to take part, said Ulrich, and hours volunteered can be counted towards community service obligations for students. For more information, call 718- 738-1083.


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