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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2005 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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A will or a trust?

A will or a trust?

Many of us worry how to save money, how to invest and have it grow for the future. We open bank accounts, buy homes, invest in the stock market and build our net worth. Then the problem becomes, how to dispose of it at death. For obvious reasons we procrastinate.

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Berry Book Review

I'm going to recommend two books that are just as enjoyable as Harry Potter, filled with dragons, fairies and other creatures of the magical world. These should tide you over until "Harry Potter and the ???" comes out!

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Business Spotlight: Columbia Brothers

Our business spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on a family owned and operated collision repair shop in Middle Village, Columbia Bros. I had the opportunity to talk to the owner, Michael Columbia, and this is what he told me.

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Carl Berner: A Remarkable Recovery

Carl Berner: A Remarkable Recovery

Mr. Berner had fallen in his home, sustained a hip fracture, and was hospitalized at New York Hospital, Queens for surgical repair of the fracture. At publication time, he was awaiting transfer to Dry Harbor Nursing Facility for rehabilitation.

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Elder Neglect and Abuse: Know What to Look For

Elder Neglect and Abuse: Know What to Look For

Elder care neglect and abuse is the violation of a resident's rights while they are under the care and supervision of a facility/program/caretaker. Each resident has his or her own personal rights and freedoms that need to be protected and defended.

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Introducing the "Real" Weiner

Introducing the "Real" Weiner

Call him brash, confident, conniving, abrasive, ambitious or all of the above, we got to know the real Anthony Weiner. And unfortunately the "real" Weiner is someone you would not want next to you in a foxhole as you are about to charge over the hill.

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The Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel

The Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel

The opposition to the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel, although barely audible in the year 2004, has increased its' crescendo in the year 2005. Indeed the volume was definitely turned up when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced at the March 3, 2005 Juniper Park Civic Association meeting that he had carefully studied the proposal and that it was a project that should not be done.

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RCN: Your Friendly Neighborhood Telecommunications Company

Cable TV, Phone, Internet, Easy. That's how RCN's promotions in the papers read. And, while our experience says that this is true, perhaps RCN might consider running ads that say "Cable TV, Phone, Internet, Middle Village/Maspeth".

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Park Supervisor Rico Albarcarys—on his way to Iraq

Park Supervisor Rico Albarcarys—on his way to Iraq

"It's a privilege to serve." This is the response I received when I asked Rico Albacarys, NYC Park Supervisor, what it feels like to get a notice from the President of the United States that your naval unit is being called into active duty in Iraq.

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Walgreens Follow-up

Walgreens Follow-up

Everyone knows by now that the Walgreens application for a variance in Middle Village was voted down resoundingly by CB5 at their August 2005 meeting. Not one 'yes' vote was registered.

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Welcome to Principe Park, Maspeth, USA

Welcome to Principe Park, Maspeth, USA

On September 16th our community will come together to honor a great man. A man who dedicated his life towards the greater good. A life that was built on helping others while advancing the interests and growth of his beloved town of Maspeth. We were indeed fortunate to have Francis J. Principe on this earth for 94 plus years.

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WHAT WERE THE JUNIPER JUNIORS DOING THIS SUMMER?

WHAT WERE THE JUNIPER JUNIORS DOING THIS SUMMER?

Early June, a dozen young members plus parents volunteered for City Council Member Dennis Gallagher's semi-annual district wide graffiti cleanup. The Juniors were assigned the Trinity Lutheran Church property and the surrounding area. The church property had been shockingly vandalized.

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