311 Weekend encourages residents to pick up phone and act

By Gabriel Rom

New Yorkers are used to daily nuisances like busted street lights and public graffiti, but the Woodhaven Residents Block Association is encouraging residents to pick up the phone and act.

311 Weekend—this Friday, Saturday and Sunday—is an annual initiative organized by the civic group that asks citizens to call the city and report issues like illegal curb cuts, broken streetlights, graffiti-covered walls, illegal signs and illegal conversions.

The WRBA is also asking residents to make pledges for each call to 311. The money will be donated to WORKS Little League for their Challenger division, which is dedicated to children with special needs and learning disabilities.

“We’ve all been guilty of it—we see a problem in the neighborhood, but we drag our feet on doing something about it,” said WRBA Director of Communications Alex Blenkinsopp. “311 Weekend is the perfect chance finally to take action. You will get our city agencies on the case while raising money for children who have special needs and learning disabilities.”

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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