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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2004 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 Epidemic Spreads: Cellular Base Station Antennas

The Epidemic Spreads: Cellular Base Station Antennas

These antennas are the backbone of the wireless telecommunications network. It is obvious that the telecommunications industry fought hard to preclude local authorities from having the final say on base station sitings. Legal scholars are of the opinion that many facets of The Federal Telecommunications Act are, in fact, unconstitutional under the first and tenth amendments.

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Letters to the Editor – September 2004

My mother-in-law lives in Middle Village and mother in Rego Park and although one of them usually passes on a copy I figure this is the best way to ensure that I never miss an issue. The historical photos of Middle Village are wonderful and the informative articles of issues important to the area are indispensable.

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Unleashed Dogs a Menace in Juniper

Unleashed Dogs a Menace in Juniper

The Juniper Park Civic Association has always taken very seriously the issue of unleashed dogs. The NYC Parks Department is still rolling the dice with our safety in Juniper Valley Park. Under the leadership of Commissioner Adrian Benepe they are continuing the tradition of relaxation of the leash law from 9PM to 9AM in the morning, this, despite the fact that there is a 9PM curfew in the park.

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Police Beat 104: Graffiti Squad is written off

The NY Daily News reported that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has discussed this proposal ‒ to merge the Anti-Graffiti and Anti-Vandalism unit with the Transit Bureau's Vandals Squad ‒ with top police brass.

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Business Spotlight: Andrew's Pizzeria

Business Spotlight: Andrew's Pizzeria

This issue of the Juniper Berry we are spotlighting a new neighborhood star, Andrew's Pizzeria located on Eliot Avenue and 80th Street in Middle Village. Andrew's Pizza is another business in Middle Village, happy to be here and delighted to have the opportunity to serve our neighborhood.

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Midville Dodgers' History Making Year

Midville Dodgers' History Making Year

The Midville Dodgers Senior squad (ages 17-18) won the Titans Championship and finished in second place in the Bergen Beach College Division. Although the team was made up of high school seniors, they turned heads in the college ranks.

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JUNIPER JUNIORS

In August, the Juniors were cleaning up after graffiti vandals again. The Metro Deli on 71st And Metropolitan Avenue was vandalized for the fourth time. Along came the Juniper Juniors to paint over the graffiti for the fourth time.

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Manhattan Congressman Jerrold Nadler's 20-Year Tunnel Obsession Targets Maspeth for a Giant Truck/Train Depot...

Manhattan Congressman Jerrold Nadler's 20-Year Tunnel Obsession Targets Maspeth for a Giant Truck/Train Depot...

The question that the City, State and Federal "Fathers" should be asking is, "Do railroads need to cross the harbor?" The answer is, "They don't!" So why has Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D, Manhattan) been promoting the $9 Billion (that's billion with a "b") Cross Harbor tunnel project for years? Like the fable, "The Emperor's New Clothes," railroad men around him have essentially been acting like "yes men" telling Nadler what he wants to hear on the project.

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Why the Cross Harbor Project Won't Work

Why the Cross Harbor Project Won't Work

This article summarizes the deficiencies in the draft environmental impact statement ("DEIS") prepared for the Cross Harbor Freight Movement Project ("Project"). It focuses on the five technical areas where the DEIS is clearly deficient: rail transportation, truck transportation, air quality, local conditions at the proposed Maspeth Yards and cost/benefit.

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Cross Harbor: Multi-Billion Dollar Mistake

Cross Harbor: Multi-Billion Dollar Mistake

Last May the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement ("DEIS") for their proposed Cross Harbor Freight Movement Project.

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Hands On Commander, Captain Scott Shanley

Hands On Commander, Captain Scott Shanley

In May of this year, Captain Scott Shanley replaced outgoing Deputy Inspector Peter Loehle as Commander of the 104th Precinct. Inspector Loehle served us at a very difficult time, during the 9/11 tragedy, and he did an outstanding job particularly with limited manpower.

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The Confederate Dead in Brooklyn

The Confederate Dead in Brooklyn

Alexander Hodges, was tall for a Civil War soldier, standing six feet two inches. William Tilley was a fifty-five year private in the Fourteenth South Carolina Militia. David Amos, First Tennessee Heavy Artillery, was captured at Fort Morgan, Alabama. Alkana McHenry had his right leg amputated after being wounded at Gettysburg. William H. Farmer died with sixty cents and a watch in his pockets.

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Community Views

Community Views

It appears that Eckerd's Drugs and Silver Crest Properties are close to a deal for the corner property on 80th Street and Eliot Avenue. The Juniper Park Civic Association has learned that the deal is still being negotiated but the parties seem very close to signing contracts.

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Community Good News

Community Good News

The fact that Carl Berner volunteers in our community is nothing new. Since the 1930's Mr. Berner has been helping his neighbors and neighborhood with his numerous carpentry and handyman skills. Back in 1938 he was an original member of the Juniper Park Civic Association and those civic pioneers set an example for today's version of the JPCA.

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Berry Health Spotlight: Dr. Michael Alboro

Berry Health Spotlight: Dr. Michael Alboro

Dr. Michael Alboro, a Middle Village native and current resident, attended and graduated from Our Lady of Hope school. Dr. Alboro completed his professional studies at Queens College, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in 1996.

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