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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 2015 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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Yesterday & Today

Yesterday & Today

Metropolitan Avenue ‒ Terminal station of the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. The station originally opened on October 1, 1906, to serve the adjacent Lutheran cemetery. It was part of an extension of the line past Wyckoff Avenue along a former steam dummy surface line. A second station opened on August 9, 1915, west of the original facility, while the other former surface stations were elevated.

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BERRY BITS: Flagged for removal

BERRY BITS: Flagged for removal

Those vertical flags used to advertise businesses that we see on our commercial strips, along with A-frame signs, are illegal. You can neither block nor have something that hangs over a sidewalk. You risk a fine by the Department of Sanitation.

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BERRY BITS: Seeking to  minimize LIE noise

BERRY BITS: Seeking to minimize LIE noise

Years ago, when the LIE through our area was widened, a paving material was chosen that has caused an increase in ambient noise. The road here is paved with concrete, while the rest of the LIE is paved with asphalt, which is much quieter.

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BERRY BITS: 311 complaints plummet due to faulty app

BERRY BITS: 311 complaints plummet due to faulty app

Some members may have noticed difficulty submitting 311 complaints online lately. The problem is not you – there was a revamp of the 311 system this past October and it has caused major problems.

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BERRY BITS: Glendale yeshiva finally hit with DOB violation

BERRY BITS: Glendale yeshiva finally hit with DOB violation

The Glendale yeshiva, located at 74-10 88th Street, has been a source of contention for years. Neighbors have long complained that the site was lodging hundreds of children overnight in violation of the M1 zoning, which prohibits student dorms.

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BERRY BITS: Another off leash reminder

BERRY BITS: Another off leash reminder

There are certain hours you may run a dog off its leash at Juniper Valley Park: 6-9am.

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BERRY BITS: Don't patronize fly-by-night  merchants

BERRY BITS: Don't patronize fly-by-night merchants

Setting up shop on a public sidewalk or in a city park without a permit is prohibited. We frequently see pop-up roadside art shops in the area (and the art is pretty cheesy). On Queens Blvd, fruit vendors set up outside the subway.

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BERRY BITS: Drone Safety 101

BERRY BITS: Drone Safety 101

The drones are coming, the drones are coming! No, they are already here. First developed for military use, they are now available for anyone to buy and are used by anyone who wants that unique view of an area. There are many drone videos on the internet on You Tube that give you a perspective never seen before. T

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BERRY BITS: Sold it? Don't advertise it.

BERRY BITS: Sold it? Don't advertise it.

By law, a homeowner or realtor is allowed to post a "for sale" sign on residential property. Once the house is sold, it is illegal to post a "sold" sign as it then becomes nothing more than a commercial advertisement in a residential zone.

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BERRY BITS: Tree planted at JVP in  memory of Anastasia

BERRY BITS: Tree planted at JVP in memory of Anastasia

September 26th, the JCPA participated in a tree planting at Juniper Valley Park in memory of Anastasia Kostaris of Middle Village who died earlier this year of childhood cancer. Many volunteers came out to the event that helped raise awareness of childhood cancer, which affects more than 15,000 children each year in the U.S. and claims the lives of 1/4 of them.

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BERRY BITS: Cooper & 80 turn signal, finally!

BERRY BITS: Cooper & 80 turn signal, finally!

At long last, the Dept of Transportation has seen fit to install a turn signal at Cooper Avenue and 80th Street by the Atlas Park mall.

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BERRY BITS: Tiles Unlimited accepting Toys for Tots donations

Continuing its mission of "making a difference one square foot at a time," Tiles Unlimited has become an official drop-off location for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

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BERRY BITS: Juniper Valley hawks continue to thrive

BERRY BITS: Juniper Valley hawks continue to thrive

Tessa Koch took these photos of a Red-tailed Hawk at Juniper Valley Park in early November. The species is native to the area, predating the people living here.

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Milton Steinberg: Master Builder of Middle Village

Milton Steinberg: Master Builder of Middle Village

During the 1920s-1950s, the landscape of Middle Village underwent its most rapid change since its official establishment in the early 1800s.

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Scrap the Bottle Bill for safety's sake

Scrap the Bottle Bill for safety's sake

New York State had the best intentions when it enacted the Bottle Bill in 1982. The aim was to take plastic, glass and aluminum drinking containers out of landfills and reduce the cost of garbage collection and disposal for local municipalities by slapping a 5 cent surcharge on beverages at checkout counters. To get the nickels back, one was expected to return the containers after they were empty for refund of their deposit. For most of NYS, this works. In NYC, however, this well intentioned bill has paved the road to hell.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: 1883 not long enough ago  for Landmarks Commission

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: 1883 not long enough ago for Landmarks Commission

The Old St. James Parish Hall, located on Broadway in Elmhurst, has much historical significance. Parts of the building date back to 1735! You can read up on it here: http://tinyurl.com/stjameselmhurst. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and underwent an extensive renovation by the Landmarks Conservancy in 2004 via a state grant.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Keep all wheels off the sidewalk

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Keep all wheels off the sidewalk

It is illegal to ride a bicycle or any motorized vehicle on a sidewalk.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Plenty of money for bike lanes; none for car lanes

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Plenty of money for bike lanes; none for car lanes

The NYCDOT is painting bike lanes all throughout the CB5 area.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Stop painting curbs, sidewalks & streets

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Stop painting curbs, sidewalks & streets

We understand how frustrating it is when people park in your driveway illegally. However, it is a DOT violation to paint markers on public property to indicate where motorists should not park.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: DSNY inspectors may need glasses.

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: DSNY inspectors may need glasses.

Once again we need to investigate why several locations were not issued violations by DSNY.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Keep that vehicle tucked in

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Keep that vehicle tucked in

If your car does not fit in your driveway, you cannot allow it to block the sidewalk.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Careless construction crew causes chaos

On Friday, October 23rd, a "water main break" was reported at Reeder Street and Queens Blvd in Elmhurst. This was not a typical rupture, as it was actually caused by a construction crew working on a large development at the former site of Wendy's fast food restaurant.

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Calling "Cut!" on filming abuses

When film was new to everyone and filmmakers had yet to figure out how to record voice, Glendale was host to a movie studio. From 1915 to 1925, silent movies were filmed in what is now Atlas Terminals. Fast forward some 90 years and we are experiencing a renaissance of sorts and it's not silent, nor what any of us thought it would be.

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LETTERS

LETTERS

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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AirBnB could destroy our middle class neighborhoods

AirBnB could destroy our middle class neighborhoods

I have to admit that I was pretty shocked to hear that in the early morning hours of October 25 of this year, 2 young men were shot at a house party in Bayside. I mean Bayside? It's such a quiet, safe, solidly middle class area. But when I heard that the party host had booked the house at which this occurred via AirBnB, I became less shocked. In fact, I was kind of expecting that would be one of the details regarding the incident.

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New Judge Rules with City and $ on Shelter

New Judge Rules with City and $ on Shelter

On June 12, 2014, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) issued a negative declaration on the Environmental Assessment Study (EAS) regarding the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave, Glendale. A negative declaration on the EAS means DHS is asserting that the proposed shelter will not have any potential negative impact on the surrounding community. In November 2014, an Article 78 was filed to annul the negative declaration, as the EAS was rife with factual errors, did not give the required "hard look" and therefore could not reasonably conclude that the shelter would not have any potential negative impact on the surrounding community.

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Our own worst enemy

Our own worst enemy

I'm sure you were shocked, but likely not surprised, that Paris suffered another terror attack this year. After all, terrorists won't stop if given the opportunity to continue their attacks. And unfortunately, the politics of Europe as well as those of the United States afford them plenty of opportunity.

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104th Precinct Report

The following actions were taken by the 104th Pct in Maspeth & Middle Village since the last edition of the Juniper Berry:

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THE WIZARD OF ODD

THE WIZARD OF ODD

Have you felt lately like you were conked on the head and awakened inside a nightmare? Or maybe that your house had been picked up by a cyclone and touched down in the Land of Odd? That's kind of what Queens feels like these days. All the characters are here – the witch, the coward, the heartless, the one without a brain. You name the freak, we have it representing us. The cast of characters:

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Middle Village: the Movie

Middle Village: the Movie

Hello everyone, my name is David Lee Madison and I am an independent film maker who was born and raised in Middle Village. I lived on 77th Street and Penelope Ave and attended St. Margaret's, PS 49, and JHS 119. I developed a love for film making at a very young age when my brother introduced me to the classic Universal horror films and to my all-time favorite film, It's a Wonderful Life.My last movie, Mr. Hush, was a huge success for a small horror film, spending 6 weeks in Redbox's top 10 and being chosen by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for their core collection at the Margaret Herrick Library in Hollywood, California.

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Heavenly View

Heavenly View

Aerial view of All Faiths Cemetery looking west towards Manhattan. Metropolitan Avenue and Metro Mall are on the left. The cemetery has started a 5-year plan for extensive renovations.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Federal drug agents in The Bronx confiscated more than $50 million worth of heroin in the largest drug bust ever recorded in NY State this past May. The raid also netted $2M cash and an arsenal of weapons.

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Monumental Men of WWI

Monumental Men of WWI

The Garlinge Memorial on Grand Avenue lists the names of some of the sons of our area that fell during WWI. Reprinted here are stories about many of them along with short biographies of others that perished but whose names were not included in the remembrance.

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Illegal Massage Parlors Multiply in Our Communities

Illegal Massage Parlors Multiply in Our Communities

The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. One does not need to walk too far these days down any major commercial avenue in our communities before coming across a "day spa" or "massage parlor." We began to notice this trend about 3-4 years ago as one after another massage parlor opened. These storefronts have strategically obstructed windows so you cannot see inside of the business. They have changed the landscape of our neighborhoods.

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Conservative Views Deserve Equal Time

Conservative Views Deserve Equal Time

When one looks at the social landscape it would appear that irresponsible people now outnumber responsible people or put another way, individuals with no intention of finding work, who have their hands out for freebees outnumber hard working individuals who are forced to pay for those freebees. And what that boils down to in the minds of the responsible is that responsible people feel they can't vote their way out of the mess thus having no power to alter their situation.

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AMAZING STORIES: Saw Her Wraith In a Dream

AMAZING STORIES: Saw Her Wraith In a Dream

Robert F. Cantin Says Mrs. Louis Zufall Did Not Die Naturally, but Was Murdered

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NYC Bicycle Lanes: No Yellow Brick Roads

NYC Bicycle Lanes: No Yellow Brick Roads

The iconic image of a child riding a bicycle touches the heart because many of us grew up riding through our parks and neighborhood streets. We remember summertime, training wheels, friends and family, and for many of us, there was no reason to stop riding at any age.

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History of the 7 Line

History of the 7 Line

On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the state of the art No. 7 Hudson Yard subway station opened at 34th Street and 11th Avenue. The new station features beautiful murals and an open air plaza entrance. Brand new state of the art B-188 subway cars have been assigned to the No. 7 line which now serves the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The No. 7 line, popularly referred to as the International Express, is a vital transit link in our JPCA community.

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Great Homes

Great 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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Rest in peace, Tom Ognibene

Rest in peace, Tom Ognibene

The following is the eulogy delivered by Council Member Eric Ulrich at former Councilman Tom Ognibene's funeral on October 16, 2015 at Sacred Heart Church in Glendale.

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KAMPERMANN'S KORNER: Future Transportation Possibilities for Queens

KAMPERMANN'S KORNER: Future Transportation Possibilities for Queens

In the Sept/Oct. 2015 issue of the Juniper Berry, my column's closing paragraph noted that it was indeed past the time for the NYCDOT to hold more public hearings in publicly accessible facilities so that the "General Public" and not just the insiders could weigh in on the issue of Select Bus Service along the Woodhaven/Cross Bay Transportation Corridor that will seriously effect all the neighborhoods along the route.

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Remembering Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan

Remembering Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan

The fact that a portion of 71st Street will be named in memory of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan is testimony that he was a popular figure in the local neighborhood.

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Q&A with Familiar Faces: Brian Barnwell

Q&A with Familiar Faces: Brian Barnwell

Okay, Brian Barnwell is not a familiar face or someone we see all the time, but I think that is about to change. He would like to be your next Assemblyman for the 30th District, and I for one, think his intelligence, determination and youthful devotion to a purpose could possibly achieve that goal.

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Dedication, Beauty, Empowerment: Starting on the Road to Achieving Everything You Want ‒ Part 1

Dedication, Beauty, Empowerment: Starting on the Road to Achieving Everything You Want ‒ Part 1

Cathy Lume is a life-long resident of Middle Village, who attended Our Lady of Hope School, graduated from Christ the King Regional High School and currently attends Queens College, where she is majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. Cathy works at Vigorous Fitness Clubs in Middle Village, as a Membership Advisor. What follows is Cathy's journey in her quest to compete in a body-building competition, and what she has learned along the road about fitness, health, and herself. I have always been active. I began playing soccer in kindergarten, joined two separate competitive travel leagues, and was a varsity high school captain. At the age of 16, I had surgery, which caused me to stop playing soccer. With more free time, I shifted my focus to working part time with the intention of building my resume.

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Killy's Korner

Killy's Korner

Send info and photos to: KillysKorner@aol.com or write: Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 Next Deadline to submit news is Feb. 15, 2016 Hello everyone! Here we are winding up another year of Juniper Berry publications. Can't even estimate the number of people that I meet that tell, me how much they love this magazine and how they read it from cover to cover. And you are all encouraged to write for the Berry and send your news to Killy's Korner. And since it is the last issue for 2015, I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a healthy happy New Year!

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WHATS WRONG WITH MY HONEYDEW?

WHATS WRONG WITH MY HONEYDEW?

Dr. Gontzes is board certified in Allergy & Immunology and has 32 years of experience.He is a resident of Middle Village and a member of the Juniper Park Civic Association. Peter Gontzes MD 9231 57th Ave Elmhurst, NY 11373 (718) 592-1731

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame – COMMUNITY Eyesores

Neighborhood Hall of Shame – COMMUNITY Eyesores

Thankfully, the vast majority of property owners in Middle Village & Maspeth take pride in the appearance and well-being of our neighborhood. But a few property owners have a total disregard for the condition of their property. So we induct these properties into this month's Hall of Shame. If you see properties in disarray, call 311. And please send them to us for possible inclusion in our neighborhood hall of shame. Graffiti images on this page have been altered to not give vandals notoriety. Send to: info@junipercivic.com or mail to: Juniper Berry Eyesores, PO Box 275 Middle Village, NY 11379

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Memories of Christmas Past

Memories of Christmas Past

Christmas was a joyfully religious experience for the many old German families who lived in Maspeth Village at the turn of the 20th century.

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