September 2014 Juniper Berry Magazine - JuniperCivic.com
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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 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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Annoying Verizon illegally sets up shop in residential zone

Annoying Verizon illegally sets up shop in residential zone

If you haven't been bothered enough by Verizon's incessant and overly aggressive marketing campaign of Fios, just look again and you may start asking yourself... what's next?

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Yes we have no papers, only trash

Yes we have no papers, only trash

We counted 7 newspaper boxes on the corner of Grand Avenue and 69th Place in Maspeth.

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A Fence Too High

A Fence Too High

Before installing a fence around your property we recommend that you do a little research on a thing called height and zoning.

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A Wheel(chair) Runaround

A Wheel(chair) Runaround

Fernanda Avolio takes care of her 82-year old mother Rose, who can get around only in a wheelchair pushed by her daughter. Fernanda is well aware of issues and obstacles in negotiating certain streets in our neighborhood.

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Parking on Sidewalks & Walkways: Dumb & Dumber

Parking on Sidewalks & Walkways: Dumb & Dumber

Apparently some people feel entitled to deposit their vehicle anywhere they please

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Add Sold, Ad for Realtor, Add Hefty $ Violation

Add Sold, Ad for Realtor, Add Hefty $ Violation

If and when you sell your house we ask that you don't use a "For Sale" Sign. Besides being an eyesore they advertise to burglars that with many people coming and going to the house they may just blend in.

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FOR COLIN FLOOD

FOR COLIN FLOOD

Biondo Racing dedicated their win to Colin Flood, the Middle Village boy who lost his courageous fight with acute lymphocytic leukemia in June.

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DOE FUND COMES BACK TO GRAND AVENUE

DOE FUND COMES BACK TO GRAND AVENUE

Ready, Willing & Able, a program of the Doe Fund, is back on Grand Avenue after a very long absence. Grand Avenue was cleaned by the "Men in Blue" from 2008-2010, but when State funding dried up, the service was discontinued in Maspeth. Unfortunately, the trash returned immediately, mainly because public waste baskets are unlawfully used by nearby residents that fill the bins with household garbage. Now the City has funded the program for Grand Avenue and the Men in Blue are back to business.

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CRACKDOWN ON SERVICE ROAD TRUCK PARKING

CRACKDOWN ON SERVICE ROAD TRUCK PARKING

Captain Manson of the 104th Precinct has informed us that as of early July, he has directed his team to ticket trucks illegally parked on the shoulder of the westbound L.I.E. service road near Mazeau Street.

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THEY KEEP ON TRUCKIN' ON GRAND AVE

THEY KEEP ON TRUCKIN' ON GRAND AVE

The Grand Avenue Truck Bypass has been in effect for quite some time now, but the trucks keep on coming.

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SPEED BUMPS AT LONG LAST

SPEED BUMPS AT LONG LAST

Speed bumps that were authorized back in 2012 were in the beginning stages of installation on Juniper Blvd North as we went to press.

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BIKE RACKS COMING TO LOCAL PO's

BIKE RACKS COMING TO LOCAL PO's

Soon you'll be able to bike to the post office and have a legal place to lock up your ride while you're inside.

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SMILE! YOU'RE ON A SPEED CAMERA!

SMILE! YOU'RE ON A SPEED CAMERA!

In case you weren't aware, there are now speed cameras along Woodhaven Blvd as part of Mayor DeBlasio's Vision Zero program.

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ABBRACCIAMENTO'S TO BE DEMOLISHED THIS FALL

ABBRACCIAMENTO'S TO BE DEMOLISHED THIS FALL

Abbracciamento's closed in early March, but the businesses adjacent to it stayed in operation for a few months longer. Now the entire strip is empty and awaiting demolition.

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SCOOP THAT POOP!

SCOOP THAT POOP!

AM-NY reported in August that Maspeth topped the list of dog waste complaints across the city, registering the most official complaints per 10,000 people. We applaud the residents of Maspeth for being vigilant about this public health concern. Dog owners are required to abide by the"pooper-scooper" law, which was passed in 1978. Those who are caught violating the law should expect to receive a $250 fine from the Department of Sanitation.

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OUT OF LUCK AFTER DARK

OUT OF LUCK AFTER DARK

It's no secret that the public transportation serving our area is severely lacking. Most bus lines stop running overnight, with the exception of the Q58, Q39 and Q54.

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ILLEGAL COLLECTION BINS

ILLEGAL COLLECTION BINS

You most likely have noticed the deluge of metal collection boxes along our streets in recent weeks. These clothing/shoe donation bins are illegal if placed along public sidewalks and none of them are for legitimate charities.

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RATS WON'T LEAVE

RATS WON'T LEAVE

There has been continued concern about the proliferating rat population in and around Juniper Valley Park as well as in other locations in Maspeth and Middle Village.

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REMINDER: ALL FLYERS ARE ILLEGAL

REMINDER: ALL FLYERS ARE ILLEGAL

Please be aware that under N.Y. ADC. LAW 10-119 : NY Code – Section 10-119, "It shall be unlawful for any person to paste, post, paint, print, nail or attach or affix by any means whatsoever any handbill, poster, notice, sign, advertisement, sticker or other printed material upon any curb, gutter, flagstone, tree, lamppost, awning post, telegraph pole, telephone pole, public utility pole, public garbage bin, bus shelter, bridge, elevated train structure, highway fence, barrel, box, parking meter, mail box, traffic control device, traffic stanchion, traffic sign (including pole), tree box, tree pit protection device, bench, traffic barrier, hydrant, public pay telephone, any personal property maintained on a city street or other city-owned property pursuant to a franchise, concession or revocable consent granted by the city or other such item or structure in any street, or to direct, suffer or permit any servant, agent, employee or other person under his or her control to engage in such activity."

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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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Why Homele$$ne$$ is Big Business

Why Homele$$ne$$ is Big Business

Many readers of this magazine likely attended the May 22nd hearing at Christ the King regarding the proposed Cooper Avenue homeless shelter. You may therefore recall that a question was asked about whether or not the Pan Am Hotel on Queens Boulevard was to become a shelter as well. The answer provided by Lisa Black, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at the Department of Homeless Services, was that the Pan Am had been reviewed by her agency and was immediately rejected based on the fact that not all the rooms had kitchens. (We believe she misspoke when she also said they were lacking bathrooms.)

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The Battle of  Brooklyn

The Battle of Brooklyn

A Revolutionary Anniversary & Forgotten Piece of Local History

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Tony Vaccaro

Tony Vaccaro

Frank Banoff, a lifelong resident of Maspeth, took a job with Catholic Charities because he wanted to help seniors. He delivered for Meals on Wheels, but when climbing stairs became too difficult, he started driving the bus that shuttles seniors to and from the center. He didn't just drive them around, he developed friendships with them, and when they became ill he would visit them in the hospital and bring them cookies that his wife had baked. One day while Frank was picking up his passengers, he struck up a conversation with a gentleman by the name of Tony Vaccaro.

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Still in good hands

Still in good hands

Strong communities like Middle Village and Maspeth owe much of their identity to the businesses and associations that cater to the specific and unique needs of the people.Community is where the owner of a local deli remembers your favorite sandwich or the corner hardware store owner knows more about the nuances of the surrounding homes than any large home improvement outlet. The richness of our history is forever blended together with the life and times of the people who routinely walked its tree lined streets. Such a neighborhood like ours where generations attend the same schools and where a daughter can be married in the same church as her mother does not evolve overnight and although it is inevitable that the important faces and names must change with time, they can never truly be replaced.

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