Group will celebrate its 70th year in 2008
The Juniper Park Civic Association will hold their annual holiday party and raffle on Thursday, December 13th, 2007 at 7:45pm at Our Lady of Hope Auditorium in Middle Village. The civic association will use this occasion to welcome in its 70th anniversary year.
The association was founded in 1938 as the Residents of Juniper Park Homes, Inc., after a housing development built around Juniper Valley Park. In 1944, the group merged with the Eliot Avenue Civic Association and took their present name. Their territory now includes Maspeth and Middle Village.
"The membership of the Juniper Park Civic Association has sustained itself over the years because the people who live here care so much about this community," said Robert Holden, president of the group.
Heading into 2008, the civic organization finds itself in the midst of many battles, including fighting overdevelopment and a cell tower in Maspeth, as well as saving St. Saviour's Church, a local landmark designed by Richard Upjohn in 1847.
The Juniper Park Civic Association's membership includes more than 1700 families throughout Maspeth and Middle Village and produces the very popular Juniper Berry, a quarterly magazine that focuses on local issues of concern and neighborhood history.
As is traditional, the party on the 13th will be preceded by a brief membership meeting. The food will be supplied by area restaurants and the raffle prizes will be donated by local merchants. New members are welcome and all elected officials are invited to attend.