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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 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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Miracle Year for Juniper Civic

Miracle Year for Juniper Civic

The year 2003 has been a banner one for the Juniper Park Civic Association. We had the zip code victory in January and now in November we have a real David and Goliath story to tell our children and grandchildren about the Keyspan 6 acre site on Grand Avenue and 79th Street in Elmhurst.

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Mayor Bloomberg at Juniper Civic Town Meeting & Party

Mayor Bloomberg at Juniper Civic Town Meeting & Party

The Juniper Park Civic Association is pleased to announce that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been named 2003 Man of the Year Award. The Mayor will accept the honor at the next JPCA Town Hall meeting on Thursday, December 11th, 7:45 pm at Our Lady of Hope Auditorium (Eliot Ave. corner 71st St.).

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The Name Game: Middle Village Street Origins

In the early twentieth century the Queens Topographical Bureau established an alphabetical series of street names for existing and proposed roadways in Maspeth and Middle Village. These roadways generally ran east-west (parallel with current Eliot Avenue) and intersected with Juniper Avenue (now 69th Street).

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The fight to save our neighborhood

Led by the Juniper Park Civic Association, the struggle to save the Elmhurst Gas Tanks site from commercial development, particularly a big box Home Depot store, was a fight to save our neighborhood. In the end it was a remarkable and stunning victory.

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Timeline of the Elmhurst Gas Tanks Property

Timeline of the Elmhurst Gas Tanks Property

August, 1996: Keyspan begins dismantling the Elmhurst Gas Tanks. Tells community it will use land for storage of vehicles. September, 2001: Keyspan announces plans to sell Elmhurst Gas Tanks Property.

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MAN OF THE YEAR: Mayor Michael Bloomberg

MAN OF THE YEAR: Mayor Michael Bloomberg

For his dedicated and innovative leadership as Mayor of the City of New York, and for his sensitivity to the needs of the communities of Middle Village, Maspeth and Elmhurst, Michael R. Bloomberg, is the Juniper Park Civic Association's unanimous choice for Man of the Year.

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Business Spotlight: Rashachy Salon & Spa

Well, we have a new business to welcome and I had the opportunity recently to meet the owners of Rashachy Salon & Spa on 82nd Street just off Eliot Avenue in Middle Village. This beautifully decorated, full service salon is owned by Rachel and Shahina and between the two of them they have close to 40 years experience in the beauty field.

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 Juniper Juniors Have Been Very Busy & Successful

Juniper Juniors Have Been Very Busy & Successful

This coming March and April, when you come to enjoy Juniper Park, notice the hundreds of daffodils. These lovely daffodils were planted as a living memorial to all who perished on September 11.

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Sex Offenders in Our Neighborhood

Sex Offenders in Our Neighborhood

In past issues, the Juniper Park Civic has asked parents to be aware of men bothering their kids in local parks. It's a reality these days that when men pay far too much attention to your kids they could be sex offenders.

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A Short History of St. Margaret's Parish

A Short History of St. Margaret's Parish

On October 30, 1853 Bishop John Loughlin was consecrated the first Bishop of New York, creating the Brooklyn Diocese. Shortly thereafter, he noticed that in the Middle Village area there were quite a few Catholics without a church of their own.

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Benjamin Schiff: A LIFETIME OF SERVICE

Benjamin Schiff: A LIFETIME OF SERVICE

Benjamin(Ben) Schiff was born, at home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on May 5, 1927. His parents, Harry and Molly Schiff, and his older siblings, Max and Sally, were delighted to welcome this blond, blue-eyed, bouncing baby boy to the family.

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Letters to the Editor – December 2003

After 20 Minutes an ambulance arrived. I ask why so long? I was told they could not find this place!!! Eight minutes later (after the ambulance) finally a Police car came. This is really too long, don't you think so????

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Community News – December 2003

The Juniper Park Civic Association has arranged with the Juniper Juniors to remove snow for our senior neighbors. Seniors just need to phone the Civic's office: 718-651-5865.The Civic will contact a Junior who lives nearest to the homeowner.

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The Name Game – Middle Village Street Origins

In the early twentieth century the Queens Topographical Bureau established an alphabetical series of street names for existing and proposed roadways in Maspeth and Middle Village. These roadways generally ran east-west (parallel with current Eliot Avenue) and intersected with Juniper Avenue (now 69th Street).

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A Howling Good Time

This year's third annual Juniper Halloween festival was hugely successful and it continues to grow more every year thanks to generous donations from the community, help from the Parks Dept. and the 104th Police Precinct.

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Bye Bye Redbirds

Bye Bye Redbirds

On Monday, November 3, 2003, at approximately 10:15 AM, old 9546 took off from the Times Square Subway Station, unaware that a chance assignment would bring it a moment of glory, as the lead car of an 11 car, No. 7 train, the last Redbird subway train to operate in revenue service on the MTA.

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Detective Keith Casey Will Be Missed

Detective Keith Casey Will Be Missed

With sadness, we mourn the recent loss of Retired NYPD Detective Keith Casey who was, until his retirement, the community "Graffiti Buster". All those who knew him regarded Keith as a dedicated cop and a terrific person.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame, December 2003

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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