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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2007 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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What goes around comes around

What goes around comes around

Councilman Dennis P. Gallagher was indicted on rape and assault charges stemming from a July 8th incident at his campaign office. Let's take a good look at undisputed facts of this case that have shed light on the character of our councilman.

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Drowning in water

Drowning in water

The flooding in Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale was the hot topic of conversation at the August Community Board 5 meeting. The recent deluge was the second time in three weeks that homes and businesses experienced flooding.

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Gas Tank Park update

Gas Tank Park update

The design for phase I of the new Gas Tank Park in Elmhurst has been completed and the project awarded to a contractor. We are currently in the process of obtaining the necessary permits to begin construction.

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Newtown Historical Society formed

Newtown Historical Society formed

The Newtown Historical Society was founded this year with its primary focus being the saving of St. Saviour's Church and the teaching of neighborhood history throughout areas that were part of Newtown Township prior to Queens County's incorporation into New York City in 1898.

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Juniper Park Concert Series a huge hit!

Juniper Park Concert Series a huge hit!

This past July, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Juniper Park Civic Association, RCN & Commerce Bank presented the 2007 Juniper Valley Park Concert Series, which once again was a huge hit.

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Queens declared federal disaster area

Queens declared federal disaster area

On September 1st, President Bush declared Queens County to be a federal disaster area. State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations will be compensated for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

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JPCA and Sen. Maltese team up to save war memorial

JPCA and Sen. Maltese team up to save war memorial

An abandoned war memorial on 48th Street in Maspeth will now be receiving some attention thanks to State Senator Serphin R. Maltese.

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Illegal signs are plaguing our neighborhoods

Illegal signs are plaguing our neighborhoods

"Sidewalk areas must be kept free from any obstruction that could impede pedestrian traffic. Obstructions may include refuse, refuse containers, merchandise, bins, racks, coin operated rides, sandwich or A-frame signs and overextended sidewalk displays/stands."

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This summer at St. Saviour's

This summer at St. Saviour's

This past summer, the Juniper Park Civic Association rallied civic members, preservationists and neighbors of the St. Saviour's property together to call on the city to help them save the church and green grounds for future generations.

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Censored: Not for the easily offended

Censored: Not for the easily offended

The public forum is a free speech period that enables citizens to petition the government for redress of grievances. On this particular evening, the grievance was the destruction of nearly 200 trees ‒ each nearly 150 or more years old ‒ on the St. Saviour's property.

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New Absurd Times: Plunder in the grass

New Absurd Times: Plunder in the grass

Mr. Adrian Benepe, New York City Commissioner of Parks and Recreation recently told a New York Times reporter, David Gonzalez: "Our biggest need is to make a lot of places where kids can play so we can address health risks like obesity".

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Insanity of Sanctuary Cities

Insanity of Sanctuary Cities

At this point many Americans are aware of the "sanctuary" city policy of some of our nation's cities. New York is a "sanctuary" city and Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a "sanctuary" city cheerleader. He is often regarded as a possible presidential candidate.

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Transporting Propane by Railroad Tank Cars

Transporting Propane by Railroad Tank Cars

In order to provide a better understanding of the danger – or should I say lack of danger – associated with the transportation of liquid propane by railroad tank cars, the following information is being provided.

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Berry Book Reviews: Lost and Found

Berry Book Reviews: Lost and Found

No matter how hard she tried, no matter how many times she pumped his chest and breathed for him, Rocky could not bring her husband Bob back from the dead. She sees this as a failure and runs away to Peaks Island, Maine, where she "changes" who she is.

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Zum Stammtisch Golfers Swing Their Clubs for Charity

Zum Stammtisch Golfers Swing Their Clubs for Charity

On July 11, 2007 the renowned Zum Stammtisch Restaurant of Glendale, New York held its 9th annual golf outing at the Forest Park Golf Links. The golf course is hidden from view among the many one hundred year old trees that surround Forest Park.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Bobbi and the Strays

Neighborhood Spotlight: Bobbi and the Strays

The next time you visit the Atlas Mall, take notice of Bobbi and the Strays, a shelter for unwanted and abandoned animals. Bobbi Giordano, the owner and founder of Bobbi and the Strays, started her crusade over ten years ago.

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Street trees beautify our neighborhoods

Street trees beautify our neighborhoods

The City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation has jurisdiction over all trees growing in the public right-of-way, including trees along streets, parkways, and in city parks.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Hercules Xpress

Neighborhood Spotlight: Hercules Xpress

Hercules Xpress is located at 79-43 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. The gym opened in October 2005, at first meant to be a men-only gym. Because women were calling and asking about memberships for themselves, Hercules became a co-ed gym on January 1, 2007.

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JPCA & Councilman Avella hold city hall press conference

JPCA & Councilman Avella hold city hall press conference

Local civic leaders and elected officials held a press conference at City Hall in lower Manhattan on the afternoon of Saturday, June 30th to protest overdevelopment and the NYC Department of Building's refusal to put an end to abuses by rogue developers.

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Letters to the Editor

As you may know a couple weeks ago when it rained pretty hard many basements flooded in the neighborhood driveway shared by 77th Place and 78th Street. For many people it was the first time their houses have flooded. They have lived on the block twenty+ years and this has never happened.

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Berry Book Review: Pieces of the Heart

Berry Book Review: Pieces of the Heart

As this book opens, we meet Caroline, sitting thoughtfully by Lake Ophelia. Her pensive thoughts are interrupted by her mother, Margaret Collier, heels clicking along the dock as she walks toward her daughter.

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84 Years:  Where's The Remote??

84 Years: Where's The Remote??

Imagine walking into your living room but instead of turning on your television to play your PS3, you simply sit down and relax with no TV at all. Well, 84 years ago that's exactly what you would do. The earliest television wasn't invented until 1923. It wasn't the TV you know today either, it was a simple "moving silhouette" image, and the average consumer didn't own one.

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