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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2017 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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BERRY BITS: Judge rules in community's favor in the interest of transparency

BERRY BITS: Judge rules in community's favor in the interest of transparency

On September 27th, the Hon. Allan B. White issued the following ruling on Citizen for a Better Maspeth's Article 78 to force the City of New York to turn over documents relating to the planned conversion of the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express into a shelter.

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BERRY BITS: Rest in peace, Dorothy Speer

BERRY BITS: Rest in peace, Dorothy Speer

It is with sadness that the Juniper Park Civic Association announces the passing of longtime Juniper Berry historian and writer, Dorothy Speer on June 29th at the age of 95.

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BERRY BITS: Fatal accident may spur change

BERRY BITS: Fatal accident may spur change

A fatal accident involving a westbound motorist exiting the exit 19 ramp of the Long Island Expressway and striking an illegally parked tractor trailer may be the final straw.

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BERRY BITS: New principal at Christ the King

BERRY BITS: New principal at Christ the King

The Board of Trustees of Christ the King High School announced that Ms. Geri Martinez has been appointed Principal of Christ the King High School.

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BERRY BITS: The deserving recipients of JPCA'S 2017 Community Service Awards

BERRY BITS: The deserving recipients of JPCA'S 2017 Community Service Awards

During the June 2017 JPCA meeting, several people were recognized for their service to our community.

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BERRY BITS: Lack of functioning hydrants worsened Myrtle Ave fire losses

BERRY BITS: Lack of functioning hydrants worsened Myrtle Ave fire losses

There was a devastating fire on Myrtle Avenue on the evening of Saturday, June 24th. The fire is believed to have started inside the Farmer's Market grocery store which had been closed for the day.

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BERRY BITS: Juniper Valley Park 2017 Summer Concert Series was a blast

BERRY BITS: Juniper Valley Park 2017 Summer Concert Series was a blast

The 2017 Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert series kicked off on July 11th with "Polka in the Park" featuring the Polka Brothers playing both polka and pop classics.

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Juniper Civic sponsors Halloween festival Oct. 28

Juniper Civic sponsors Halloween festival Oct. 28

We are so excited to announce that the Middle Village Halloween parade is set for Saturday, October 28. The parade will begin at 11:45 AM and Halloween festivities will continue from 12 noon to 4 PM on the blacktop at 80th St. & Juniper Blvd North.

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BERRY BITS: M shuttles not running well

BERRY BITS: M shuttles not running well

Since Sept 2nd, the M train has been running in 2 segments. The first runs from Metropolitan Avenue to Wyckoff Avenues. It does not run between Wyckoff Ave and Myrtle -Broadway.

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BERRY BITS: Mount Olivet nature & history tours

BERRY BITS: Mount Olivet nature & history tours

Naturalist Rob Jett and Christina Wilkinson of the Newtown Historical Society led free walks through Mount Olivet Cemetery on May 27 and June 10, observing the natural environment, including birds, butterflies, plants and trees while also discussing the history of the cemetery, its role in the development of Maspeth and visiting the graves of noteworthy people buried there.

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BERRY BITS: Kudos to our graffiti covering crew

BERRY BITS: Kudos to our graffiti covering crew

Several people have stepped up to cover graffiti in our area this past quarter and JPCA has supplied them with the paint to do the job.

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BERRY BITS: Forest Park rapist captured

BERRY BITS: Forest Park rapist captured

A beer bottle removed from the back pocket of a rapist by a victim during an attack in Forest Park yielded DNA evidence that allowed police to track down a suspect in 6 attacks that took place during 2011-2013.

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BERRY BITS: Star-spangled hawk?

BERRY BITS: Star-spangled hawk?

Steve Fisher joked that he was looking for a Bald Eagle on July 4th weekend when he stumbled across this Red-tailed Hawk at Juniper Valley Park. It was photobombed by a fearless American Robin.

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BERRY BITS: ParkNYC debuts

BERRY BITS: ParkNYC debuts

ParkNYC is an easy and convenient way to pay for onstreet parking and municipal parking lots using a mobile phone or web browser.

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The long lost Maspeth Avenue Toll Bridge

The long lost Maspeth Avenue Toll Bridge

If you travel through western Maspeth (or just look at a map of it), you'll notice that Maspeth Avenue, originally a colonial road, strangely turns right one long block west of the Rust Street LIRR crossing. This wasn't always the case, however.

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How Calamus Avenue became a catastrophe

How Calamus Avenue became a catastrophe

This story begins about 4 years ago with the start of a $24M reconstruction of a combined sewer and replacement of water mains. The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will call this project SE-814.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Barnwell endorses Liz Crowley after trashing her

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Barnwell endorses Liz Crowley after trashing her

This comes from the Queens Chronicle: "Is Liz Crowley here? Who's that?" [Brian] Barnwell asked the crowd on Aug. 19 [2016]. "The fact is [Crowley, Markey and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.] haven't showed up to give us an update and it's atrocious."

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: De Blasio's clean sweep of the subways

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: De Blasio's clean sweep of the subways

Mr. BDB has been feeling the heat over the condition of the city's subways, so he thought it was a good idea to hold a press conference underground back in July in order to deny responsibility and blame the Governor.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crowley's cronies endorse de Blasio

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crowley's cronies endorse de Blasio

Congress Member Joseph "Virginia Joe" Crowley has been a political kingmaker since he assumed the title of U.S. Representative. If Crowley's Queens Machine endorses you, you are expected to toe the line and be loyal to the party.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crooked Wills endorsed by Crowley

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Crooked Wills endorsed by Crowley

Council Member Ruben Wills had a 72% no show rate for council meetings and was under indictment for stealing $30,000 from the city and state when Joseph Crowley's Queens County Democrats endorsed him for another term in July.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: De Blasio Borough Hall fiasco

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: De Blasio Borough Hall fiasco

The mayor moved City Hall to Borough Hall in July, in what was an obvious Election Year stunt. De Blasio has basically ignored Queens unless he needed a place to dump a homeless shelter for the past 4 years.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Council comes up with pay-for-trash plan

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Council comes up with pay-for-trash plan

City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, who represents mostly northern Brooklyn but also covers part of Ridgewood, is pushing a plan that would charge residents for trash pickup per bag.

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Comparing the 2017 Candidates for City Council

Comparing the 2017 Candidates for City Council

Comparing the 2017 Candidates for City Council – Robert Holden and Elizabeth Crowley

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Letters to the Editor Fall 2017

Letters to the Editor Fall 2017

I've been a resident of MV for 17 years. Just joined JPCA this year and went to my first meeting last night. I even got my husband to go.

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Crowley's strange stance on closing Rikers Island

Crowley's strange stance on closing Rikers Island

If you think the Bill de Blasio/Elizabeth Crowley idea to close Rikers Island and open "community jails" seems absurd, you'd be correct. How we got to the point of even considering this may not be so obvious, so here we'll examine how this has come about.

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Crowley pushing for Middle Village's Corrections Academy to be moved to Riker's

Crowley pushing for Middle Village's Corrections Academy to be moved to Riker's

"I was very disappointed when I saw the lack of training facility. There's no gym. There's hardly the space that one would think of a department that we're requiring a level of professionalism," Crowley said during a DOC budget hearing at City Hall.

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Statement by Kew Gardens Civic Association and Kew Gardens Improvement Association

Statement by Kew Gardens Civic Association and Kew Gardens Improvement Association

The Kew Gardens Civic Association, representing Kew Gardens homeowners for over a century, and the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, representing apartment house dwellers for almost half a century, are united in their strong opposition to the plan offered by Elizabeth Crowley, presumably supported by other Queens City Council members, for situating one of the successors to Rikers Island in Kew Gardens.

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SHORT STORY: A Little Night Music

SHORT STORY: A Little Night Music

Halloween was coming, and as always at this time, Maspeth was hard at work preparing for it. People were out in their front yards hanging the ghouls, fitting their upper story windows with huge, scary owl-eyes and enmeshing the nearby bushes and hedges with webs of white, gauzy gook to evoke a landscape invaded by giant mutant spiders.

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Landmarks Preservation Commission designates old St. James Church of Newtown

Landmarks Preservation Commission designates old St. James Church of Newtown

After a 2015 rejection, the Landmarks Preservation Commission reversed course and unanimously voted in favor of designating Old St. James Church, built in 1735, as an official NYC Landmark on Tuesday, September 19th.

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Did you know?

Did you know?

Dr. John Zhang, a fertility doctor in New York known worldwide for having pioneered the technique of using DNA from 3 parents to create a viable embryo, was told by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the agency would not authorize clinical trials aimed at testing the revolutionary procedure.

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People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

Our Animal Poison Control Center experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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Amazing Stories Fall 2017

Amazing Stories Fall 2017

Adam Zutlansky, 18 years old, of 2 Hull street. Maspeth, L. I., is the one champion spieler of his neighborhood. If it had not been for Adam's proficiency in this accomplishment, James Peterson, 19, of 174 Fisk Avenue, Maspeth, would not be in the German Hospital today, with a bullet in his side.

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OP-ED: Are there any legitimately good reasons to vote no to holding a New York State Constitutional Convention?

OP-ED: Are there any legitimately good reasons to vote no to holding a New York State Constitutional Convention?

Given the history of convictions ‒ most recently that of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos ‒ it is obvious that the responsibility of cleaning up Albany must come from outside forces. Albany cannot manage or fix itself. Hence, it is clear that significant changes are long overdue, and one sure way to clean house and enact such needed reforms is through amending the New York State Constitution.

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Remembering Jack Brennan

Remembering Jack Brennan

Brennan Field at Juniper Valley Park is named in honor of my father-in-law, Sergeant John Patrick Brennan, NYPD.  Jack Brennan was an Irish immigrant and scholar/athlete at Fordham University, Class of 1929. He was captain of the Fordham track and cross-country teams.

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Metropolitan Avenue trolley extended 100 years ago

Metropolitan Avenue trolley extended 100 years ago

A century ago, Middle Village was literally "at the end of the line". The trolley system was being built up all over Queens, but in 1917 the Metropolitan Avenue trolley started in Brooklyn and ended at St. John Cemetery. (This in itself was an extension of the line as between 1869 and 1881 it ended at Lutheran Cemetery.) In 1907, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company had sought the permission of the City's Bureau of Franchises to extend the line to Jamaica. This might have happened had the City not set the price so high.

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104th Precinct Report Fall 2017

104th Precinct Report Fall 2017

A waterproofing company is ringing bells of senior citizens in the vicinity of 73rd Street & 57th Avenue. If someone rings your bell asking to do work or telling you there is a problem with your house, call 911 and the 104th Precinct will come and make sure the contractor is legitimate. NEVER hire a company that comes to your door looking for work.

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Run to Breathe: One local woman's incredible and inspiring journey

Run to Breathe: One local woman's incredible and inspiring journey

Meet Patricia Fitzgibbon, Marathon Mom of Middle Village. She's a member of the NYC Road Runners (NYCRR) and the Queens Distance Runners. She has completed 5 full marathons, numerous half marathons and countless 5K and 10K races since starting a mere 4 years ago.

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The evolution of the school desk

The evolution of the school desk

I recently was on a tour of a 21st century school and was amazed at how technology has invaded the classroom. Smart boards, Interactive Whiteboards, miniscule laptop computers, iPhones, Student Response Systems, networks, wireless this, wireless that and more. It boggled the mind of this middle aged technological Neanderthal. As I left the exhibit I had new found respect for Ned Ludd.

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Killy's Korner Fall 2017

Killy's Korner Fall 2017

As the summer of 2017 ends, it is time for another Juniper Berry and the beginning of the Fall season. Most parents agree, it's "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

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Q&A: Rene Clement, Middle Village Magician

Q&A: Rene Clement, Middle Village Magician

Middle Village's Rene Clement was named 2017 Magician of the Year by the Society of American Magicians for his work mentoring kids aged 7-17 years old. The prestigious organization was once helmed by Harry Houdini. Rene is best known for combining comedy with his card tricks. We got the opportunity to chat with him recently.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Lane change at Atlas Park

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Lane change at Atlas Park

There used to be a pickup line at Atlas Park for patrons of restaurants who were just stopping in for takeout. That backed up traffic, so a turn lane was installed. That seems to have been all for naught because now the lane for some reason is occupied by giant planters.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Ticket trap stopped

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Ticket trap stopped

Making intersections safer is definitely a large part of Vision Zero. However, it doesn't make much sense for traffic agents to be assigned to intersections for the sole purpose of jumping in front of motorists' cars and issuing tickets instead of preventing gridlock and protecting pedestrians by directing traffic.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: It looks like hell under the el

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: It looks like hell under the el

As we are all aware, the M train only has one stop in Middle Village. After it leaves Metropolitan Avenue, the rest of its Queens route is high above Ridgewood.

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THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Transit advocates mostly oppose Crowley's light rail

THINGS THAT ARE DUMB: Transit advocates mostly oppose Crowley's light rail

Joe Anastasio of LTV Squad wrote an analysis of Elizabeth Crowley's light rail plan that really calls her out on the carpet for lying about its feasibility and purpose.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame Fall 2017

Neighborhood Hall of Shame Fall 2017

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.

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Yesterday & Today Fall 2017

Yesterday & Today Fall 2017

Dry Harbor Road in Middle Village merges with 80th Street as you head south and follows the path of a colonial road called the "Road to Dry Harbor", which was a former name of part of Glendale.

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