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March 2008 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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Gas Tank Park Update

Gas Tank Park Update

Phase II construction is scheduled to start in spring 2009 and a possible opening date of spring 2010 has been forecasted.

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Turning Over a New Leaf

Turning Over a New Leaf

As an avid brewed tea drinker, Eric Skae woke early one morning in 2003 and decided to blend his favorite brewed teas with various fruit flavors. Using family and friends as his tasters, the concept of New Leaf was born.

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Barbara Palevicz: The story of a survivor

Barbara Palevicz: The story of a survivor

I am lucky to visit Barbara and listen to her stories and hopefully learn from them. I'm in awe of her experiences in Kansas; I don't think I could have ever survived this hardship. Barbara celebrated her 104th birthday last November.

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Remembering Eleanor

Remembering Eleanor

She fully embraced her life and one of her favorite lines in those last years was "nobody wants to leave the party". And for all of us who knew her and loved her, nobody wanted to see her go.

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Behind the Gray Door

Behind the Gray Door

The Brooklyn Museum recently donated a colonial relic to the Greater Astoria Historical Society -- a door that was part of the historic Blackwell Mansion in Ravenswood, Queens, likely built in 1730 by patriarch Jacob Blackwell (1692-1744).

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T-Mobile: Can you hear us now?

T-Mobile: Can you hear us now?

Members of the Juniper Park Civic Association testified against Omnipoint's plan to erect a cell tower atop 53-20 72nd Place in Maspeth at the Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008.

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The Maspeth cell tower: Should we allow ourselves to take this risk?

The Maspeth cell tower: Should we allow ourselves to take this risk?

Let's not repeat the mistakes of those who came before us. Instead, let's learn an important lesson from them. Cell towers do not belong in our residential community of Maspeth. It will destroy the streetscape, quality-of-life, property values, and quite possibly, our health.

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Congestion Pricing Is Environmentally Precarious

Congestion Pricing Is Environmentally Precarious

Conduct a full Environmental Impact Study, in compliance with all SEQRA requirements, and I will come back to the table ready to discuss all other aspects of congestion pricing in good faith in order to help our neighbors in Manhattan. Until that is done, I will not support congestion pricing.

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Life in the Fast Lane – Another Crash

Life in the Fast Lane – Another Crash

A car driven by an unlicensed driver crashed into a car parked on the north side of Juniper Boulevard North at 77th Street on January 5th. It was so forceful that it knocked the parked car clear across the street to the south side!

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Council Revists Cross Harbor

Council Revists Cross Harbor

On January 30, 2008 the NYC Council introduced Resolution 1220 calling upon the Mayor of New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Federal Government to approve and institute a plan for the construction of the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel.

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Let's Not Get Fooled Again

Let's Not Get Fooled Again

The lesson we as voters must learn from the Gallagher fiasco is to look carefully at the character of our candidates before we go to the polls. When someone asks for our vote, do they want the privilege of fighting for the community, or do they want a well paying job?

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Letters to the Editor March/April 2008

It is my great pleasure to inform you that the Board of the Historic Districts Council has voted to award the Juniper Park Civic Association for its steadfast efforts to preserve St. Saviour's Church.

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How the investigation would be handled today, part 2

How the investigation would be handled today, part 2

In the case of Lizzie Buhler, the coroner pretty much handled everything, technology was lacking and he had a long list of suspects to sift through.

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Maspeth Calls It Murder

Maspeth Calls It Murder

The people in Maspeth are well-nigh a unit in support of the belief of the Coroner that a murder has been committed. There has been a long list of death mysteries in that part of Long Island.

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Parks Feels Heat Over Turf

Parks Feels Heat Over Turf

Now the cat's out of the bag! The Bloomberg administration has finally revealed (secretly) that the artificial turf it has been aggressively purchasing and installing may, indeed, be dangerous to our health.

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Police Beat 104 March/April 2008

Police Beat 104 March/April 2008

ANY GOOD NEWS? Yes. Captain Keith Green has been promoted to Deputy Inspector. Visit the next COP104 meeting to congratulate Inspector Green as well as exchange comments with him and his staff.

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Study backs preservation of natural habitat at Ridgewood Reservoir

Study backs preservation of natural habitat at Ridgewood Reservoir

The following abstract comes from Round Mountain Ecological's survey of the Ridgewood Reservoir, which was commissioned by Mark K. Morrison Associates Landscape Architecture. Morrison was contracted by the NYC Parks Department for the reservoir project.

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The Family Van Cott

The Family Van Cott

The earliest Van Cott settled in Bushwick in the 1660s; John Van Cott (1805-1886) moved to Maspeth after 1830. He was particularly wealthy. The 1850 census gives a valuation of his real estate of $57,000, which was a whole bunch of money back then.

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I Learned My Lesson

I Learned My Lesson

Every 14-year old kid has the same problem. That problem is that our parents will say the same thing 125 times, or until our ears bleed, whichever comes first. The thing is that most times they are right. This has been true since men first learned to walk on two feet.

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Cary Grant released from St. John's Hospital, Elmhurst 1968.

Cary Grant released from St. John's Hospital, Elmhurst 1968.

In the most improbable of auto accidents, a two-tire wheel assembly detached itself from a trailer truck on the Long Island Expressway and smashed into a limousine carrying Cary Grant, 64.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame March/April 2008

Thankfully, the vast majority of property owners in Middle Village and 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 monthʼs Hall of Shame.

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106 Years Old and feeling fine!

106 Years Old and feeling fine!

Juniper Park Civic Association's oldest member and super volunteer Carl Berner turned 106 in January.

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Yesterday (1988) and Today (2008)

CALDWELL AVENUE (CSX Railroad Bridge area between 75th Street and 76th Street) – The bridge area was a neglected section witnessed by flooding, weeds and debris.

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St.Saviour's: a victim of broken promises

St.Saviour's: a victim of broken promises

Since the last issue of the Juniper Berry, St. Saviour's has seen some dark days. In February, a ray of hope was found, only to fade when an apparent lie was uncovered.

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What a tangled web he weaves!

A canonical list of lies by Councilman Dennis Gallagher about the funding he purported to have secured in the city budget for St. Saviour's

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Web-only article: Crime Scene Investigation

Web-only article: Crime Scene Investigation

Even with the dizzying advances of modern technology, and with those technological applications used by today's law enforcement, in many ways, the Lizzie Buhler death investigation in 1892 would still have many similarities to a homicide investigation conducted in 2008.

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