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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2019 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: 69th Street looking northeast at Juniper Valley Road, 1922

Yesterday & Today: 69th Street looking northeast at Juniper Valley Road, 1922

In 1922, the corner of Juniper Valley Road and 69th Street was configured a bit differently. 69th Place had not yet been cut through, so there were no triangles in the intersection.

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Berry Bits: Katz declared winner of Dem primary

Berry Bits: Katz declared winner of Dem primary

June 25th was primary day for Queens District Attormey. It appeared after the polls closed that night that Tiffany Caban, a Democratic Socialist candidate backed by progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, had pulled off a victory against all the other Dem candidates.

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Berry Bits: Another successful summer concert series

Berry Bits: Another successful summer concert series

The Department of Parks and Recreation, the Juniper Park Civic Association, the Juniper Valley Park Conservancy, Crifasi Real Estate and Council Member Robert Holden co-sponsored the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Juniper Valley Park.

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Berry Bits: Properly dispose of retired American flags

Berry Bits: Properly dispose of retired American flags

Local residents now have a convenient place to dispose of their retired American flags.

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Berry Bits: Home Depot breaks ground in Maspeth

Berry Bits: Home Depot breaks ground in Maspeth

On June 25th, an official groundbreaking took place for the Home Depot located at Maurice Ave just south of the LIE.

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Berry Bits: Edsall Avenue finally fixed

Berry Bits: Edsall Avenue finally fixed

Permanent flooding mitigation measures along long-neglected Edsall Avenue in Glendale were completed this past July and celebrated at an August 6th press conference.

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Berry Bits: CitiBike expanding to Maspeth, Ridgewood

Berry Bits: CitiBike expanding to Maspeth, Ridgewood

Citi Bike has begun an expansion with 25 new stations along the L-train corridor in East Williamsburg and Bushwick. In the months ahead, it will add more stations in these neighborhoods and within Ridgewood, Queens.

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Berry Bits: New tax break for condo & co-op owners

Berry Bits: New tax break for condo & co-op owners

The J-51 tax abatement was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 3.

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Berry Bits: 104 Pct stationhouse to receive overhaul

Berry Bits: 104 Pct stationhouse to receive overhaul

The 104th Precinct stationhouse, located at 64-02 Catalpa Ave in Ridgewood, is set to undergo a renovation over the upcoming year.

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Berry Bits: Amazon may be coming to Maspeth

Berry Bits: Amazon may be coming to Maspeth

Crain's on July 29th reported the following, "[Amazon] is seeking to potentially lease a former industrial site at 55-15 Grand Ave. in Maspeth that can accommodate over 700,000 square feet of new warehouse space.

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Berry Bits: 104 Pct officer evicts 25,000 bees from SI ferry terminal

Berry Bits: 104 Pct officer evicts 25,000 bees from SI ferry terminal

Officer Darren Mays of the 104th Pct, one of just 2 NYPD beekeepers in the city, removed 25,000 honeybees from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George on August 7th.

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Berry Bits: RVs removed from Glendale Home Depot

Berry Bits: RVs removed from Glendale Home Depot

This update comes courtesy of the Queens Chronicle, "Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, said removing RVs and commercial vehicles from the Home Depot off Woodhaven Boulevard was a two-part process."

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Berry Bits: DHS pushing ahead with shelter at Cooper Ave

Berry Bits: DHS pushing ahead with shelter at Cooper Ave

Last October, Council Member Robert Holden told JPCA that a strong proposal for a shelter had been presented to the City's Department of Homeless Services for 78-16 Cooper Avenue.

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Berry Bits: PS9 receives $30M in funding

Berry Bits: PS9 receives $30M in funding

Last year, Council Member Holden submitted a proposal for a District 75 special needs school at 78-16 Cooper Ave believing that not only was School Construction Authority Commissioner Lorraine Grillo in favor of the site for a new school, but she also wanted to close PS9, a District 75 School in Maspeth, despite it being in the middle of a $14M renovation.

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Berry Bits: Commercial vehicle evicted

Berry Bits: Commercial vehicle evicted

This van had been parked on Juniper Blvd. North and 80 Street for 3 weeks, never having been moved. A Facebook user asked who should be contacted regarding this matter.

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Berry Bits: Changes to Fresh Pond Road

Berry Bits: Changes to Fresh Pond Road

NYC DOT implemented bus priority improvements on Fresh Pond Road from Metropolitan Avenue to 67th Avenue this past August.

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Berry Bits: Additional speed humps suggested for Juniper Blvd South

Berry Bits: Additional speed humps suggested for Juniper Blvd South

The NYC DOT has completed a study of traffic conditions along Juniper Blvd South and has found a necessity for speed humps between 72nd and 74th Streets and also between 80th and 81st Streets. There is no timeline yet for installation.

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Berry Bits: Beware of home repair scam

Berry Bits: Beware of home repair scam

A home repair scam begins with an unsolicited phone call or visit to your home from a repair company and states that you need work done to your home.

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Berry Bits: Pleasant surprise at the Ridgewood Reservoir

Berry Bits: Pleasant surprise at the Ridgewood Reservoir

Attendees of the Newtown Historical Society's August 11th tour of Ridgewood Reservoir were pleasantly surprised to not only witness the natural beauty of Highland Park, but also get a glimpse of the path between Basins 1 & 2, which is currently closed to the public.

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Protecting wildlife while remembering 9/11

Protecting wildlife while remembering 9/11

Even in a city of skyscrapers, the Tribute in Light is colossal: twin columns of blue-white light shining four miles high into the bruised orange-black bowl of the night sky.

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A Message from the President 9-2019

A Message from the President 9-2019

I hope everyone had a restful summer. The Juniper Park Civic Association did and we're ready for action. This issue highlights the dedication of our first responders, especially those that helped our city on September 11, 2001.

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The Kosciuszko Bridge: Hello and Goodbye

The Kosciuszko Bridge: Hello and Goodbye

The $873M Kosciuszko Bridge replacement was completed this past summer ‒ 4 years early and within budget. The striking structure has completely transformed the NYC skyline as viewed from Greenpoint and Maspeth.

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Things That Are Dumb: Shady shelter ties exposed again

Things That Are Dumb: Shady shelter ties exposed again

The Wall Street Journal on July 18 published an article regarding the City's investigation into Acacia Network, the homeless services provider that was running the program at the Holiday Inn Express in Maspeth.

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Things That Are Dumb: Dumb decision was almost deadly

Things That Are Dumb: Dumb decision was almost deadly

Three teenaged camp counselors on their way home from Christ the King's summer camp were involved in a single car crash on 73rd Place and Cook Street in Middle Village the afternoon of August 14th.

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Things That Are Dumb: Clean up your mess

Things That Are Dumb: Clean up your mess

We appreciate when Parks Dept workers clean up, cut grass and pull weeds, especially on hot summer days. However, we expect them to clean up after themselves as well.

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Things That Are Dumb: Cross Harbor, here we go again

Things That Are Dumb: Cross Harbor, here we go again

Phase 2 of the Environmental Impact Study for the Cross Harbor Freight Rail Program is scheduled to begin this fall.

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Things That Are Dumb: Overstaying their welcome

Things That Are Dumb: Overstaying their welcome

Grand Avenue west of the Long Island Expressway has been a repeated location for film shoots. This is hurting businesses located along the strip, which often lose thousands of dollars in revenue each day that film crews monopolize the streets.

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Things That Are Dumb: Rising floodwaters

Things That Are Dumb: Rising floodwaters

The evening of July 22, there was quite a downpour which left residents on and near Penelope Avenue in Middle Village underwater. Basements and streets were flooded, with many residents crying out for help and blaming the prolonged sewer construction projects for their miseries.

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Letters to the Editor 9-2019

Letters to the Editor 9-2019

This is the Q38 bus stop ona Saturday morning. Inconsiderate drivers forcing bus passengers to get on and off in the middle of the street.

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Being a Friend to Our Local Library

Being a Friend to Our Local Library

TheFriends of the Maspeth Libraryare a group of volunteers raising money for the Maspeth Library, advocating for the Maspeth Library, and hosting programs, classes, and events to support the Maspeth Library, and to enrich our community.

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No artificial preservatives, no artificial anything

No artificial preservatives, no artificial anything

I grew up in Middle Village, a small neighborhood in central Queens in New York City. The neighborhood was unique in that it consisted of families that were each surrounded by many relatives.

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Forgotten Flushing WWII Heroes

Forgotten Flushing WWII Heroes

On Saturday, May 26, 2019, I marched in Maspeth's Memorial Day Parade commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Normandy. This year the weather was sweltering.

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Op-Ed: Not Congress' Finest Hour

Op-Ed: Not Congress' Finest Hour

We all remember the horrors of 9/11, whether we experienced them first hand or saw everything unfold on TV. The attacks united our country like never before, and even our usually partisan elected officials were all on the same page for once.

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Exploring The Types Of Mutual Funds

Exploring The Types Of Mutual Funds

Now that we've covered the types of Mutual Funds, we have to look at the possible limits in all the areas in which you can invest. The basic place is an Investment Account where there is no limit as to how much you can invest and there's no tax advantage, meaning all profits and losses go directly to your tax return even if you reinvest the profits.

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Elmhurst's African American Burial Ground

Elmhurst's African American Burial Ground

One major hot topic from Elmhurst has been the ongoing saga, and subsequent fate of an African-American burial ground, re-discovered in 2011, primed for development, then put on the market for $13.8 million dollars. The site, an oddly shaped triangular piece of land, at 47-11 90th street, roughly an acre in size, rests beside the LIRR, and is essentially the backlot area of 90-56 Corona Avenue; all part of the same development location, now separated by a small parking lot.

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Amazing Stories 9-2019

Amazing Stories 9-2019

Frank Grabski, 59, was shot to death in his beer garden at 83d St. and Grand Ave., Maspeth, shortly after 12:30 this morning. Two others are dead and three seriously injured as a result of a crime flare up over Sunday.

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Short Story: Scientology vs Maspeth

Short Story: Scientology vs Maspeth

I woke up every day in the same bed, in the same house, and in the same town of Maspeth. I don't think my daily routine was any different from anyone else who lived in Maspeth.

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Petition to the NYC DOE

Petition to the NYC DOE

Homelessness has become a national, as well as global epidemic. It is the result of problems that have been ignored for decades. Sadly, homelessness in the United States of America has now reached its highest point since the Great Depression.

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My Go-To Places

My Go-To Places

My formative years were spent living on the North side of Eliot Avenue and in those days, the area between Eliot Avenue and the L.I.E. was districted as Elmhurst.

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Video Game Review: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Video Game Review: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

From the beginning, Fire Emblem: Three Houses begs this question of you. It's the latest entry in the long-running series, with releases dating back to 1990. The general concept of the franchise hasn't changed much since it began, with the player controlling a handful of units against enemy forces in a medieval setting, with your troops gaining experience and growing stronger the more you use them.

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Meet the Authors: Anthony Sciarratta and Andrea Roche

Meet the Authors: Anthony Sciarratta and Andrea Roche

Anthony Sciarratta, a Maspeth native, struck a deal with Post Hill Press to release his debut novel, Finding Forever. Set to be released on November 5th, 2019, Finding Foreveris the story of a neurotic Italian-American man who meets a laid-back American girl. In this book, Anthony pays homage to his Italian heritage and various neighborhoods in Queens.

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Meet the <i>original</i> Mets

Meet the original Mets

There has been increased interest in the history of the New York Mets as the team this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its 1969 miracle season. So, we thought you'd like to know about the Mets' very first championship and who originally was responsible for it.

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104th Precinct Report 9-2019

104th Precinct Report 9-2019

The men and women of the 104th Precinct proudly serve you every day. They leave the stationhouse at the beginning of every tour motivated and ready to prevent and deter crime within the community.

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Killy's Korner 9-2019

Killy's Korner 9-2019

Well, it was one hot summer and it's nice to look forward to the changing of seasons in September. We wish all the June graduates great success in their new environments, especially those going off to college. Good luck to all!

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Op-Ed: The Terrorist Awaiting His Fate 18 years after 9/11

Op-Ed: The Terrorist Awaiting His Fate 18 years after 9/11

Let me ask you a simple but very important question: How is Khalid Sheik Mohammed still alive? Did we just forget to kill the hairy evil guy? It sure seems that way, because he should have been put down years ago. I'm against the death penalty, but there are a few cases that shake your moral convictions.

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Berry Book Review: Thou Shell of Death

Berry Book Review: Thou Shell of Death

Thou Shell of Death proved to be a challenging read for its age, its tedium in writing and plot, and its lack of character or consequence. Written by Cecil Day-Lewis under the nom-de-plume Nicholas Blake in 1936, Thou Shell of Death is the second of sixteen in a series of mystery novels starring Nigel Strangeways.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame 9-2019

Neighborhood Hall of Shame 9-2019

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.

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THE FIRST PERSON ON THE MOON ‒ JULY 20, 1969

THE FIRST PERSON ON THE MOON ‒ JULY 20, 1969

It was 1961. John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States. He wanted to land humans on the moon. By 1969, people wondered if NASA was ready to go to the moon. President Nixon and NASA knew they could do it. Apollo 11's mission was to land two men on the moon. They also had to come back to Earth safely.

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In Memoriam: Fr. Michael Carrano

In Memoriam: Fr. Michael Carrano

Father Michael A. Carrano, Pastor of Our Lady of Hope, died on Sunday, June 23, 2019, after a battle with cancer.

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