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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 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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JPCA Celebrates 70th Anniversary

JPCA Celebrates 70th Anniversary

With the arrival of 2008 fast approaching, the Juniper Park Civic Association will be celebrating a momentous occasion, our 70th anniversary year!

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Maspeth's Gentleman Jim Moore

Maspeth's Gentleman Jim Moore

Maspeth has its very own boxing sensation by way of Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland. His name is James Moore and since turning pro, he remains undefeated at 14-0 with 10 knockouts in the junior middleweight class.

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Business Spotlight: Village Gourmet

Business Spotlight: Village Gourmet

After reopening this past April under another name and new management, the owner of Village Gourmet has put together the formula for a successful sandwich and Italian food shop ‒ top quality fresh ingredients and great service at relatively inexpensive prices.

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Cell Phone Tower May Pose Hidden Health Hazards

Cell Phone Tower May Pose Hidden Health Hazards

A few weeks ago, Joseph Wroblewski, owner of Frank's Deli on 72nd Place in Maspeth, agreed to a contract with Omnipoint to erect a 25-foot tall cell tower on top of his two-story home adjacent to the store.

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Community policing is our best hope

Community policing is our best hope

With complaints about the deterioration of NYC's quality of life, the NYPD desperately needs a return to Community Policing. Should that return occur it will be most welcomed in the neighborhoods of the 104th Precinct‒ Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood & Glendale.

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A Dog Owner's Worst Nightmare

A Dog Owner's Worst Nightmare

Since January 27th, approximately 15 dogs in these areas have disappeared. Two of the fifteen dogs were stolen during a home burglary, while others have been stolen from back yards, or right from the arms of the owner.

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DEP finally admits flooding responsibility

DEP finally admits flooding responsibility

After pointing fingers elsewhere for more than 4 months, the Department of City Planning finally admitted that the flooding experienced in Maspeth, Middle Village and throughout Queens this past summer was their own fault.

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Murder or an Accident?

Murder or an Accident?

In 1892, Maspeth was a sleepy farming town referred to as being "on the outskirts of Brooklyn". The untimely death of a popular young woman on a midsummer's night unsettled many in the village and had them wondering whether or not her early demise was an accident or murder.

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How the investigation would be handled today

How the investigation would be handled today

After the obvious determination of the decedents condition, a crime scene would be established by the highest-ranking uniformed member at the scene. If only patrolmen (or women!) were on the scene, the senior member would take charge, pending the arrival of a supervisor and the detective squad.

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Kampermann's Korner: The Story of the Duplicitous Councilman

Kampermann's Korner: The Story of the Duplicitous Councilman

We consider this to be taxation without representation. The sad fact of the matter is that we would be better off with an empty seat than with its current occupant. Dennis Gallagher must resign for the good of his district.

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Letters to the Editor

Approximately one year ago my wife and I relocated to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania from Middle Village. My wife and I have always enjoyed the Juniper Berry and it may interest you to know that we face similar issues in Stroudsburg involving overdevelopment, the opening of numerous drug stores and banks, the need for a greater police presence, and the loss of long time businesses to a similar fate as Niederstein's

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JPCA Protests Mazeau Street's Illegal Houses

JPCA Protests Mazeau Street's Illegal Houses

The Juniper Park Civic Association and Councilman Tony Avella held a press conference on a cold and snowy Sunday, December 2 in Maspeth to call on the city to force the owner of 57-39 Mazeau Street to demolish the 4-story structure as it violates the R4-1 zoning for this area and encroaches on the lot next door.

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Police Beat 104

Police Beat 104

On Metropolitan Avenue, on the 7400 block, there have been a series of break-ins of stores with merchandise and cash stolen, as well as damage to the store. The officers of the 104th Precinct are completely aware of the incidents and have stepped up surveillance and patrols on the location. This column refrains from supplying any useful information to perpetrators, so, will not provide any addresses, dates, or times of these break-ins.

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A View from the Tracks

A View from the Tracks

Growing up as a teenager shortly after World War Two, I never viewed Glendale as a rural community. However, its tree-lined streets and well kept single-family homes did impress me. In 1947, when I looked westward down the railroad tracks from the 88th Street rail crossing, the view gave me the feeling that I had traveled to a pastoral setting. That was sixty years ago and Glendale is no longer the "Sleepy Hollow" that it was in 1947.

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The New Absurd Times: Parks plants sidewalk trees while tearing down forests

The New Absurd Times: Parks plants sidewalk trees while tearing down forests

There is a terrible fate awaiting the 23-acre forest at the Ridgewood Reservoir. Located on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, it is nestled within Highland Park, one of eight "destination parks" slated for extensive capital restoration under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC initiative.

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Life in the Fast Lane

Life in the Fast Lane

A few years ago, my husband was putting our car in the garage and a speeding car came barreling down Juniper North and smacked into him broadside. My husband was hurt, but thankfully, not seriously, and our car was seriously damaged.

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Developer drops housing plan for St. Saviour's

Developer drops housing plan for St. Saviour's

Maspeth Development, LLC has withdrawn its application to build 70+ housing units at the historic St. Saviour's site in West Maspeth. This turn of events was unexpected mainly because the project seemed to have been on the fast track. The zoning change seemed to be "a done deal" due to intense lobbying of members of Community Board 5, the Borough President and the Department of City Planning by Councilman Dennis Gallagher.

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Councilman Dennis Gallagher: Working Hard (Against Us)

Councilman Dennis Gallagher: Working Hard (Against Us)

Up until last month, Councilman Dennis Gallagher had been occupying his time by lobbying city officials hard to ensure that development took place at St. Saviour's ‒ a property with significance dating back to pre-colonial times.

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Developer dumps dumpsters in Ridgewood

Developer dumps dumpsters in Ridgewood

KFIR Dumpster, owned and operated by the St. Saviour's developers, has been leaving their yellow bins in parking lanes of city streets for weeks without permits and filled with debris.

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St. Saviour's Timeline

St. Saviour's Timeline

2007 ‒ The 185 trees present on the St. Saviour's property were cut down after JPCA held a rally asking the city to purchase the property for use as a park. The zoning application was headed toward certification when it was suddenly withdrawn by the applicant. Charles Ahlers, formerly of Maspeth, comes forward to say that at one time he lived on the property and has personal knowledge of the locations of the graves of both the early parishioners of the church and Native Americans.

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Walgreens Has Arrived

Walgreens Has Arrived

Walgreens has arrived in Middle Village. It sits on the corner of Eliot Avenue and 80th Street with its awesome cookie cutter "big box" visual ready to challenge the neighborhood marketplace.

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What new zoning regulations will mean for you

What new zoning regulations will mean for you

The Department of City Planning has been busy working on new zoning regulations that the agency hopes will help reduce the problems caused by too much pavement replacing open soil areas. The city believes that not only will these measures help to prevent future flooding, but it will also make the city greener, which is an initiative set forth in Mayor Bloomberg's PlanYC.

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