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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 1999 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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Reporting Illegal Conversions

The creation of one or more illegal housing units without authorization from the Department of Buildings is a serious offense of the New York City Building Code. Illegal conversions reduce the quality of life in neighborhoods.

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Waiting to Inhale

People in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan should not be taking a deep breath. That's because the air being produced in these areas is filled with deadly toxins.

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Precinct 104...Where are you?

Guess which precinct averaged the slowest response to a crime in progress (CIP) last year in Queens County? Answer: Easy... our very own 104th Precinct.

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Middle Village Memories

Growing up in the Village in the twenties and thirties was probably no different than growing up in any other small town in New York City. The depression took its toll on everyone and the N.R.A. [National Recovery Act ] was going to be our salvation.

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Journalism gone awry

On November 4th, the Queens Ledger newspaper published a cartoon depicting Juniper Park Civic Association president, Robert Holden shopping at 7-Eleven. The cartoon listed a headline "What one civic leader was doing Halloween Night."

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A Walk Through All Faiths Cemetery

Flash back to 1854, where you are watching the horse-drawn wagons plod through the dirt roads of Queens County. They travel slowly, as though heavily burdened with their cargo, and stop in a seemingly vacant area of land.

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Neighborhood Items

Thanks to an initiative by JPCA president Bob Holden, the Long Island Expressway is slated for some major improvements in reducing noise and improving the quality of life for residents living around the expressway.

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Frank Principe: Man of the Century

This is the second installment of the life and times of Frank Principe, Mr. Maspeth, the man who for more than 70 years etched his thumbprint in a community.

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Community Spotlight: Joseph Magnus

Joseph Magnus was born in eastern Czechoslovakia, in a small village called Roztoky. His parents, now deceased, were Anna and Michael Magnus. He has one older brother, Michael, who lives in Bayridge, Brooklyn.

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Jackie Roosevelt Robinson: Pioneer

As a boy I had a love affair with the Brooklyn Dodgers. I used to make up my own score cards as I listened faithfully to those beloved bums on WHN Radio with the old redhead himself, Red Barber and his counterpart, Connie Desmond.

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The Lutheran Line

Many a harried straphanger riding the 'M' line, the enduring steel thread linking Manhattan's skyscrapers with Middle Village's sea of red brick houses, may not be aware that this line was once a steam railroad, known as the Lutheran Line, which had locomotives small enough to fit into a garage.

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Stress: Can You Handle It?

Stress is a fact of life. At one time or another we all face something that causes us stress. It's a natural reaction to changes in our lives, both happy and sad – family, jobs, school and the everyday tasks of running a household all lead to stress.

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Letters to the Editor – December 1999

I am writing this letter as a very concerned parent. On the weekends I spend most of my time at Juniper Park watching my children play soccer for Our Lady of Hope. On Saturday, October 16th, when I arrived with my son I was appalled at what I had seen and heard. Playing six feet away from our children's goal net was the playing field for a high school football league named the Falcons. As I walked around the field with my son you could hear the vulgar language not only from the kids themselves, but from the parents and bystanders.

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