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June 2014 Juniper Berry

The Juniper Berry magazine has a rich tradition in the communities of Middle Village, Maspeth and Elmhurst. It was first published in 1938. The quarterly magazine is an all-volunteer effort and contains articles on crime prevention, neighborhood issues, meeting reports and notices, neighborhood history and photographs, guest articles, editorials and more.

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The Crosswalk to Nowhere

The Crosswalk to Nowhere

The crosswalk to nowhere is in a curious location at the Stop & Shop parking lot on Grand Avenue.

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Selfish Parkers Will Get a Wake Up Call

Selfish Parkers Will Get a Wake Up Call

There has been a tremendous increase in illegal parking around the community.

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Duh, Clean the Drains!

Duh, Clean the Drains!

Once again vehicles got stuck in floodwaters at the underpass on the Long Island Expressway (underneath the LIRR) during the evening rush hour on Friday, May 23rd. This time jamming traffic for miles and causing backups on our residential streets. This happened just as travelers were hitting the road for Memorial Day Weekend.

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Mr. Greedy

Mr. Greedy

It's bad enough that the Mr. Softee truck blares that incessant and loud jingle that disturbs the peace. But the noisy invader is at it again, double parking around Juniper Valley Park.

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Pedestrian pads become trip hazards

Pedestrian pads become trip hazards

In order to meet the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards, pedestrian ramps were installed on most sidewalk corners in NYC. They are more formally known as "detectable warning surfaces" ‒ that sometimes are a bright color yellow or drab gray.

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Sending Multiple Bad Messages

Sending Multiple Bad Messages

In April two flyers were stapled to the trees outside the Church of Christ at 79-11 Caldwell Avenue. The flyers advertised youth night evangelical services at the church.

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Our overburdened and ugly Utility Poles

Our overburdened and ugly Utility Poles

The condition of many utility poles in our neighborhoods is deplorable and reason for concern. As Con Ed adds more and more electrical lines the stress is getting too much for many wooden poles.

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JUNIPER CIVIC IN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

JUNIPER CIVIC IN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Once again representatives of the JPCA marched in the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

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Berry Bits: Metropolitan LIRR bridge project

Berry Bits: Metropolitan LIRR bridge project

The dilapidated bridge over the LIRR at Metropolitan Ave and Fresh Pond Road was in the news again.

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BERRY BITS: It's Garlinge Memorial Park

BERRY BITS: It's Garlinge Memorial Park

At long last, the sign at the Garlinge Memorial Park in Maspeth has been corrected!

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BERRY BITS: More Questions than Answers at Homeless Shelter Hearing

BERRY BITS: More Questions than Answers at Homeless Shelter Hearing

A meeting regarding the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue was held May 22 at Christ the King High School. Our local elected officials attended along with Dept. of Homeless Services Assistant Commissioner of Government and Human Relations Lisa Black and Samaritan Village Executive VP Doug Apple.

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BERRY BITS: Ridgewood Reservoir plan is no "dam" good

BERRY BITS: Ridgewood Reservoir plan is no "dam" good

The Parks Department has applied for a permit from the State to install wide culverts through the berms of the basins of the Ridgewood Reservoir to allow excess stormwater to drain out in the case of a "catastrophic weather event." This action would likely destroy much of the natural habitat that activists, Community Board 5 and elected officials have been seeking to preserve for the last 8 years.

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Liz Crowley hits  the road

Liz Crowley hits the road

This past May, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley moved her office from Dry Harbor Road in Middle Village to Atlas Park in Glendale.

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Carmello Keeps Park Great!

Carmello Keeps Park Great!

Those that fought the "good fight" to transform the Elmhurst Gas Tanks into Elmhurst Park can rest assured that the park is in good hands and has never looked better.

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BERRY BITS: Juniper Juniors & Maspeth High school  Team Up Again & Again

BERRY BITS: Juniper Juniors & Maspeth High school Team Up Again & Again

The Juniper Juniors have kicked off the warm weather this year with two ambitious clean-ups! With Maspeth High School's Green club as a partner on these clean-ups, the groups have made a large impact in our area.

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BERRY BITS: Juniper Valley Park's Rat Population Increasing?

BERRY BITS: Juniper Valley Park's Rat Population Increasing?

There's been an increase in rat sightings at Juniper Valley Park, many of the rodents have been seen during the daylight hours scampering through the park.

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Letters to the Editor June/July 2014

Letters to the Editor June/July 2014

Comments or Opinions? Send to: Letters/Juniper Berry PO Box 790275, Middle Village, NY 11379 or e-mail: letters@junipercivic.com

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The Knockdown Center in Maspeth went before the State Liquor Authority on April 22nd to request a cabaret liquor license for 600+ patrons. Testifying against their application were: Gary Giordano, District Manager – Community Board 5, Alex Maureau, representing State Senator Joseph Addabbo, David Aglialoro, representing Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, and Jacob Tugendrajch, representing State Senator Michael Gianaris.

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Queens Magnolias & the Juniper Cherry Blossom

One of the surest signs that spring in New York City has finally arrived is when the buds on the trees begin to appear. But before those buds burst into leaves, it is the glorious Magnolia tree that makes its debut, with her giant petal-like flowers beating out the other trees, flowering and otherwise, not only in timing, but often in size and beauty as well.

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Local cemeteries are nature hotspots

Local cemeteries are nature hotspots

Mount Olivet and other area cemeteries provide safe havens for many migrants passing through Queens. This past Mother's Day weekend, I observed dozens of species of birds & butterflies, all within walking distance of my home.

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The City is wasting millions of dollars to NOT solve the  homeless problem

The City is wasting millions of dollars to NOT solve the homeless problem

If you bring your car to your mechanic and the front tires are worn out unevenly, he will tell you have to fix the problem before buying new tires. Otherwise, you are just wasting your money because in a few months, the new tires will be ruined. And if you tell him that you don't have time to repair the car, then he will likely sell you some cheap tires just to hold you over until you fix the real issue.

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Why the IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious and all other recent scandals matter to the continued existence of this nation.

Why the IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious and all other recent scandals matter to the continued existence of this nation.

Just a short time ago alternative media outlets were covering the scandal of Fast and Furious, where our government delivered two thousand guns across the border to Mexico into the hands of drug king pins who then commenced with the killing of more than 400 Mexicans and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.President Obama successfully derailed the investigation and protected Department of Justice Head Eric Holder who was held in contempt of Congress.

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Another Day That Should Live In Infamy

Another Day That Should Live In Infamy

It seemed like one long nightmare ever since the last day of the 1950 season in Philadelphia when the Whiz Kids beat the Dodgers in the last of the ninth for the National League pennant. Boy oh boy, was I depressed. No one could talk to me for weeks... I just sulked around and was totally miserable. But, I was a true Dodger fan, and there was always "next year". It sure felt like the nightmare finally came to an end around All-Star Break the following season. The Dodgers were way out in front with an unbeatable 13 game lead and it looked like the pennant would fly atop Ebbets Field once again as it did in 1949, the year I fell in love with baseball and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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A Visit to  the National September 11th Memorial Museum

A Visit to the National September 11th Memorial Museum

Although nothing can ever compare to the events of that September day so many years ago, the National September 11 Memorial Museum allows the visitor a chance to understand the event and get up close to the artifacts and sounds of that day.

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EARLY ROADWAYS AND LAND FEATURES OF MASPETH & MIDDLE VILLAGE

EARLY ROADWAYS AND LAND FEATURES OF MASPETH & MIDDLE VILLAGE

The first of the ancient roads to be developed in Maspeth was an Indian pathway used by the Dutch colonists.This path ran from the tide mill belonging to Burger Jorrissen to the shore of the East river where the Ferry House stood.When the English settlers came in 1642, they extended this pathway to their settlement at the head of the Newtown Creek.They called the pathway the Ferry Road. Parts of 57th Avenue (called Creek Street and also, Old Flushing Avenue) cover this ancient path today.

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AMAZING STORIES: WAR WORKER DIES STRANGELY IN HOME Police Sift 'Ingenious Suicide' or  Murder of Sperry Man

AMAZING STORIES: WAR WORKER DIES STRANGELY IN HOME Police Sift 'Ingenious Suicide' or Murder of Sperry Man

New York Times • July 16, 1942 With his hands and feet bound and his throat encircled by a cord that had been stretched between two uprights of his four-poster bed, Walter Robert Shook, 21-year-old worker in the war materials plant of the Sperry Corporation at Garden City, L. I. was found dead at 4 P.M. yesterday in his home at 95-98 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, Queens.

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AMAZING STORIES: BACK FROM CHURCH DIES FROM POISON

BOND BROKER MEETS DEATH IN HIS APARTMENT AFTER LUNCH WITH A FRIEND George Baxter, 50, Found Dead in Forest Hills, Leaving Note Advising Youths to Wed

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Kampermann's Korner: We Must Rekindle the Essence of America

Kampermann's Korner: We Must Rekindle the Essence of America

Today, May 15, 2014, just several months short of 13 years after the horrific "Islamic Terrorist" attack on the "Twin Towers" where 3000 New Yorkers perished, there was a solemn ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum dedicated to the victims and heroes of that evil act. The ceremony brought together with one voice, elected officials, the President of the United States, heroes and the kin of those who perished and gave witness that from many countries New Yorkers were One ‒ E Pluribus Unum.

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Agents for Change: Girl Scout Troops 4378 & 4509 Clean Chronic Eyesore

Agents for Change: Girl Scout Troops 4378 & 4509 Clean Chronic Eyesore

Based out of St. Stans in Maspeth, NY a combined group of 22 girl scouts from Junior Troop 4378 & Cadette Troop 4509, along with their leaders, elected graffiti removal as their community service "Take Action" project this year. The site located at the corner of Grand Ave and 83rd Street in Elmhurst, NY was chosen because it has been such an eyesore for the neighborhood for such a long time.Coincidentally, it was also featured in the December, 2013 Juniper Berry Hall of Shame.

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Great Neighborhood Homes

The communities of Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale have some great homes. To recognize them the Juniper Berry highlights properties that our staff reviews. If you know of a great home in the community or think that you have a home that should be recognized, please send us a photo and/or the address. Send to: "Great Homes" Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 or email information to: info@junipercivic.com

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SOCIAL SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

SOCIAL SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A regular column to the Juniper Berry from the Social Security Administration based in Long Island City, Queens.

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The Learning Tree Summer Camp

The Learning Tree Summer Camp

Teenagers and adults often look back at their memories of summer camp as some of the fondest of their childhood. And why not?! What teenager or adult wouldn't love to spend eight weeks every year playing basketball, softball and kickball, swimming, having free play in the park, going on trips, and spending time with friends and counselors who care for them? And what child doesn't look forward to two months free from the pressures of the common core and standardized testing while getting several hours everyday to socialize, exercise and strengthen important social and emotional skills that serve us so well as adults later in life?

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The CIRCLE of LIFE

The CIRCLE of LIFE

On June 15th, 2014, a Sunday, Fathers Day visited us. A short time ago I was watching the return of a prominent television show. It started me thinking when the narrator said the following words....

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Interview: Rachel Edery, Rashachy Hair Salon

Interview: Rachel Edery, Rashachy Hair Salon

Q & A with Familiar Faces, this interview was conducted in the back of Rashachy Hair Salon on 82nd Street just north of Eliot Avenue.

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Our Congresswoman in Action

Our Congresswoman in Action

It's hard to believe that almost a year and a half has passed since I was sworn in as your new Member of Congress. But since day one, I've been working nonstop in our nation's capital, and constantly crisscrossing every part of this great district including Middle Village.

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Killy's Korner June/July 2014

Killy's Korner June/July 2014

Send info and photos to: KillysKorner@aol.com or write: Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 Next deadline, August 18th

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Blood Thinners and Your Dental Visit

Blood Thinners and Your Dental Visit

You take blood thinners and have a dental appointment in a few days. Should you stop taking the blood thinner before visiting the dentist?

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QUALITY ALLERGY CARE

QUALITY ALLERGY CARE

Proper allergy care is critical to get the safest and best results from today's state of the art understanding of allergic disease and its complications. A board-certified allergist is specifically trained to identify the causes and symptoms of asthma and allergies.

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