2021 North Woodside Graduation Parade

The 2020 North Woodside Graduation Parade proceeds up Hanover St. Photo by Rebecca Doran

The 2021 North Woodside Graduation parade took place on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Kids graduating or being promoted – all levels – participated, most traveling in decorated cars, with two riding bicycles. The parade started at Woodlin and ended at the parking lot across from Sniders (see parade route below).

Thanks to Heather Lair for organizing!

Took any good photos of the parade? Please email them to NWCA Communications Coordinator.

Flat Tire-Repair Workshops

A flat tire is one of the most common mishaps that can occur while riding a bike. A piece of metal, glass, or even a thorn can end an otherwise enjoyable ride. I am offering a free hands-on workshop to show you how to repair a flat tire while on the road or trail. At the end of the two-hour session you will know how to remove a damaged wheel, identify the cause of the flat, locate the puncture, repair the inner tube, and what basic tools you should carry to take care of such an emergency. All materials, including patches, cement, practice tubes, and written step-by-step instructions will be provided.

Sessions will be limited to two participants, ages 16 and up, and will be held outdoors on my deck with plenty of spacing between us. Masks will be required. Bring your bikes to practice removing a wheel and mounting it when the repair is completed. We will practice patching a puncture on inner tubes that I provide. I plan to hold these sessions through the spring and summer. If interested, please contact me to schedule our workshop.

–Manuel Vera

Kudos to Manuel who has serviced a whopping 98 bikes for free since April 2020 and fixed up and given away 32 donated bikes!

For more information about Manuel’s bike tune up services and bike donation project:

A pandemic project: Fixing up bicycles and giving them away free
by John Kelly, Washington Post, May 4, 2021

NPR: Retiree Finds Purpose Restoring Unwanted Bikes, Gives Them Away
NPR, Morning Edition, May 6, 2021

Get Ready to Order: Food Trucks!

The local food scene has gotten a big boost, thanks to Debra Zatz who has begun organizing monthly food truck visits to the neighborhood. On March 20, Timber Pizza set up shop on Glen Ross, selling a whopping 210 pizzas in just a few hours. On April 16, Seoul Spice delivered 42 orders, and on May 4, Hangry Panda delivered 43 orders.

Next up:

May 18: Pakos
May 26: Money Muscle
May 31: Call Your Mother
June 1: Timber Pizza
June 11: Little Sesame
June 17: Little Serow
June 22: Puddin’
June 30: PhoWheels
July 5: Call Your Mother (9am-1pm)
July 6: Mina’s Tamales
July 10: Timber Pizza
July 13: Muchas Gracias
July 17: Money Muscle
July 21: Shouk
July 27: pop-up poutine and patisserie (5-7:30pm)
August 1: Queen’s English
August 5: Little Sesame
August 12: Bund Up
August 25: Timber Pizza
September 14: Silver and Sons 
September 23: Little Serow
September 24: Cipollo Rossa
September 30: pop up patisserie 
October 7: Silver and Sons
October 14: Little Sesame
October 20: Timber Pizza

Many of the upcoming food trucks will offer both pre-orders and walk ups between 4-8 pm. For more details, stay tuned to the listserv or join the North Woodside Eats (Facebook)

NWCA Board Meetings

NWCA Board Meetings have been virtual for the past year. See you on zoom!


The first meeting of the year had record attendance and a full agenda. Stay tuned to this website for information about future meetings. All neighbors are welcome to attend. To request the zoom link and/or minutes of the last meeting, contact the NWCA Secretary. Minutes will also be posted in a folder in the neighborhood listserv’s file section.

Inauguration Eve Luminary Display

Luminaries line 2nd Avenue on January 19, 2021

In response to the U.S. Capitol attacks and the Inauguration Committee’s Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial, Scott Vicary organized a neighborhood display of luminaries (brown paper bags with LED tea light candles inside). He envisioned them as a symbol of community solidarity in honoring lives lost, a lighted path to a better era, and a step toward healing.

Well over 50 households participated, including all those along Glenridge Rd. and Rookwood Rd. As neighbors lit their luminaries, 400 lights were lit along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to represent the 400,000 lives lost in the U.S., a grim number reached that day.

Black Lives Matter Vigil

The Black Lives Matter Vigil continues every Friday, rain or shine. North Woodside and Woodside neighbors stood there on Christmas Day 2020 and New Year’s Day 2021 (during a cold downpour). And nearly 30 people, a vigil record, showed up on the Friday after the attack on the U.S. Capitol and racist vandalism marked cars in Woodside. The following week the most enthusiastic honker was a woman who works in the White House, just down the road.

For those who attend weekly, the event has provided a meaningful way to meet neighbors and match masked faces with names from the listserv. All are welcome!

Update (October 2021): The Black Lives Matter Vigil has concluded and may resume at a later date. For more information, contact the organizer.

72nd Annual Tree Lighting

Singing following the lighting of North Woodside’s Community Tree on December 13, 2020

This year’s Tree Lighting program, organized by Holiday Committee Co-Chair Julie Lees, opened with an alto sax version of Let It Snow, followed by a small group of physically distanced singers blending their voices together for Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace).

After a few words of welcome by NWCA President David Cox, the Community Tree was lit and O Christmas Tree sung. Then it was time for a certain white-bearded man’s arrival to the tune of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. Neighborhood children came, by appointment, to greet Santa and pick up treats. The event was streamed live and can be viewed below.

Thanks to Snider’s for once again donating a box of oranges for Santa’s treat table.

3rd Annual Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk

Two North Woodside residents light their lantern candles before the commencement of the 3rd Annual Talbot Avenue Bridge Lantern Walk on November 14, 2020.


As darkness fell, North Woodside, Lyttonsville, and Rosemary Hills neighbors walked—carrying lanterns, ringing bells, and listening to a recording of This Little Light of Mine—along the mile route from one side of the Talbot Avenue Bridge construction site in North Woodside to the other in Lyttonsville, neighborhoods once divided by racial segregation. Lifelong Lyttonsville resident Charlotte Coffield came out and waved as the procession passed by, and David Cox, NWCA President, and Pat Tyson (Lyttonsvillle) joined those who shared eloquent remarks at the end.

For more photos and details, click here.

Event organized by the Talbot Avenue Bridge Committee.

3rd Annual Menorah Lighting

On December 10, 2020, Merrie Blocker, NWCA Vice President, led a traditional lighting for the first night of Hanukkah at the new outdoor menorah on the island where Glen Ross and Luzerne meet. Afterwards, neighbors came, by appointment, to pick up latkes (potato pancakes) and Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins). The event was streamed live and can be viewed below.