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June 2003 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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The Incredible Shrinking Elmhurst

Elmhurst, once a much larger entity, had its beginning about 350 years ago when the Maspeth colony, devastated by native Americans, moved in 1652 to safer grounds to what is now Broadway and Queens Boulevard. The English colonists, required by the Dutch authorities to take a Dutch name, chose Middleburgh.

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Juniper Junior Civic Association

The Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) in Middle Village is proud to announce its newest undertaking: a kid's civic ‒ for kids, run by kids dubbed Juniper Jr.

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Civic says LIRR is Still Negligent

For well over a decade the Long Island Railroad property off 86th Street, north of Eliot Avenue in Middle Village has been easy access with unsecured fences and an accident waiting to happen.

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New Sanitation Fines in Place

Starting June 1, 2003 new sanitation fines will be in effect. Amounts will double to $100 from $50. The increase was approved recently by the Environmental Control Board.

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JPCA's May 3rd Cleanup of Eliot Avenue is a Huge Success

The air was chilly. It looked like rain. What if nobody showed up? I wanted rain so I could call it quits and go home and be better organized and prepared next time. Here I was ‒ an amateur volunteer ‒ believing that we could actually accomplish the planned cleanup of Eliot Avenue.

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JPCA Tackles Grand Ave. & 69th St.

Acting on a request from the Juniper Park Civic Association, on May 29th Transportation Alternatives, a not-for-profit traffic safety group, organized a 4 hour workshop with some of the leading transportation experts and civic leaders attempting to address the problems of the intersections around Grand Avenue and 69th Street.

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of... quiet

Annoying car alarms and sirens, loud music, jackhammers, traffic jams and blaring horns, motorcycles, motorized scooters, soaring jets and low-flying helicopters, gardeners with ear blasting blowers, lawn mowers, etc. – in a word, noise – form a large public health issue in Middle Village/Maspeth and in New York City.

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FINALLY, A NEIGHBORHOOD PHYSICIAN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Dr. Hetal Amin, a family physician from Queens, NY is bringing her medical practice back home to Maspeth, Queens. Dr. Amin is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Family Physicians and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the premiere organizations of family doctors.

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A Nursing Home Doesn't Necessarily Mean Impoverishment

Your elderly father just had a massive stroke. He will survive, but your mother, also in frail health, is unable mentally or physically to care for your father at home. A nursing home seems to be the only alternative, but any nursing home you investigate costs about $9,000 a month.

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Frances M. Forgione, Chairperson, Middle Village "Relay for Life"

"Relay for Life" is an overnight event designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money for American Cancer Society research activities and programs. In honor of 8.5 million Americans who have survived cancer, teams of friends, families, and co-workers raise funds to continue the fight against the disease.

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Peter Hirsch Middle Village Pioneer

In 1850 Phillip and Joseph Hirsch established a grocery and seed store on Metropolitan Avenue. They also had a saloon on the corner of 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue. Peter Hirsch was born in 1849 in Manhattan. When he was 5 years old his father moved the family to Middle Village.

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JPCA's Hospitality Triad

A quote in a May 3, 2003 Newsday article, "Helping Hands," reads: "Community service and activism can keep retirees just as busy as their full-time jobs once did." The three people we spotlight at this time, epitomize in their lives, the spirit of community service.

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Business Spotlight: Bauer's Bake Shop

The business spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on a another real neighborhood star, Bauer's Bake Shop. If you never had a delicious cake from Bauer's Bakery you have missed one of the nicer treats in life.

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The History of the Pullis Farm Cemetery Landmark

This non-profit, publicly supported organization was founded on January 16, 1993 by Ed Shusterich, President and Juniper Park Warden, in his efforts to restore and maintain an historical landmark cemetery in Juniper Valley Park, Middle Village, Queens.

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