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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2006 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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Police Beat 104: Who's out to rip me off?

Police Beat 104: Who's out to rip me off?

WHO'S OUT TO RIP ME OFF? Captain Shanley (Commanding Officer of the 104th Precinct) wants the JPCA to warn people of two scams that could hurt you financially if you are victimized.

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Pit Bull Attack In Juniper Valley Park

Pit Bull Attack In Juniper Valley Park

Ludwigson recalls, "We were enjoying a nice walk when, suddenly, an unleashed pit-bull charged us, picked Max up in his mouth, then dragged and shook him! The pit-bull dropped Max to the ground. We noticed that Max was bleeding from several puncture wounds."

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Gallagher Continues Vindictive Crusade Against Our Community

Gallagher Continues Vindictive Crusade Against Our Community

During his five years in the city council, Dennis Gallagher has essentially been a non-player. He has absolutely no relationship with Mayor Bloomberg, has not introduced any bills, never calls press conferences to highlight community issues and we can't remember the last time we've seen a press release from his office.

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JPCA Sponsors Summer Concerts in Park

JPCA Sponsors Summer Concerts in Park

Juniper Park Civic Association was proud to have sponsored the 2006 Juniper Park Concert Series this summer. The series was co-sponsored by Commerce Bank and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Doug Leblang: Middle Village Artist

Doug Leblang: Middle Village Artist

Did you know that Middle Village has its very own resident artist? Doug Leblang, who has lived in the neighborhood for most of his life, has accurately chronicled the 20th century Middle Village experience in his works.

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Proportional Representation Would Make City Council More Diverse Ideologically

Proportional Representation Would Make City Council More Diverse Ideologically

Until 1938, the City Council was called as the Board of Aldermen, informally referred to as "the forty thieves," a reference to Ali Baba. Another jest derided the lawmakers' occupations: A man near the door of the Chamber shouted, "Alderman, your saloon's on fire." The room emptied immediately.

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Fate of St. Saviour's Still Undecided

Fate of St. Saviour's Still Undecided

You are probably wondering what went on over the past few months with regards to St. Saviour's Church in West Maspeth. JPCA has had a busy summer fighting to save the church.

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The Off-Leash Debate: Fact vs. Fiction

The Off-Leash Debate: Fact vs. Fiction

There has been a lot of misinformation spewed forth lately by those in favor of allowing dogs in city parks to roam off of their leashes in violation of the NYC health code. These false "facts" have been repeated by newspaper editorialists and parroted by other uneducated sympathizers, which has muddied the waters of the actual issue at hand.

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Hon. James Maurice

Hon. James Maurice

James Maurice is a son of James Maurice and Jean his wife, who resided for many years in the city of New York. His father was a native of Ireland, of English ancestry – English in race and in religion – and was born in the parish of Maryborough, Queens county, August 16th 1777.

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Dennis Gallagher & Maspeth Federal Savings: Rewriting the U.S. Constitution

Dennis Gallagher & Maspeth Federal Savings: Rewriting the U.S. Constitution

On June 28th, 2006, the 14-year old son of a JPCA executive board member was distributing copies of the Juniper Berry on the public sidewalk outside of the main branch of Maspeth Federal Savings. A security guard came out of the bank and confiscated the box.

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Our Midville Dodgers Win 2006 National Championship!

Our Midville Dodgers Win 2006 National Championship!

The Midville Dodgers went undefeated in World Series play going 7-0 over 5 days playing double headers both the last two days of the Nationals. They outscored their opponents 85 to 34.

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Al Banke: Tank Commander

Al Banke: Tank Commander

Our profile for this issue of the Juniper Berry is a man who, for many years, was an important part of our lives but we weren't aware of his importance. His name is Al Banke and for 41 years he worked at the Elmhurst Gas Tanks site serving as "The Tank Commander."

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Jamaica Bay: An Ecosystem in Peril

Jamaica Bay: An Ecosystem in Peril

The Jamaica Bay ecosystem, located in Brooklyn and Queens, includes about 13,000 acres of salt marsh, uplands, mudflats and open water. This is about half of its original size.

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