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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 2002 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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Letters to the Editor – Sept 2002

Please help! I am a resident of 60th Road off of 69th Street in Maspeth. I have been living here for 5 years now and love the area but the traffic on 69th Street is deadly.

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September 11, 2001: The Day the World Changed

Most of us remember starting the day of September 11th 2001 saying "this has to be the most glorious day of the summer, I wish I didn't have to go to work today" or "this is a great day to be out fishing" or definitely something to that effect.

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Phelps-Dodge Site Sold?

Phelps-Dodge Site Sold?

At a NYMTC freight meeting in July, officials reported that the Galasso firm, which specializes in truck-based moving, storage, transfer and warehousing, has purchased an option on the 38-acre Phelps- Dodge industrial site in Maspeth, Queens.

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What will be built on old Elmhurst Gas Tanks Site?

The Juniper Park Civic Association has been very active in seeing that our community has input on what will be built on the old Elmhurst Gas Tanks site between Grand Avenue and 57th Avenue.

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Playgroup is "Best Kept Secret" in Maspeth

Playgroup is "Best Kept Secret" in Maspeth

In May of 1974 busy volunteer Jean Moran, a former church secretary, started this "well-kept-secret" playgroup in Maspeth. It is an enriching program that accepts children of any faith, for even though it is a ministry of the church, it is non-denominational.

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Parent's Guide to Window Safety

According to the Window Covering Safety Council, infants and young children can accidentally strangle on window cords. Toddler and older children can strangle on dangling cords after climbing onto the bed to look out a window, and from their crib even infants can grab cords and put them around their necks.

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REPORTING VIOLATIONS

Commercial vehicles parked on a residential street from 9 PM to 5 AM (except emergency vehicles) are in violation of the law. Call the 104th Precinct (366-3004) after 8 PM to have a summons served. Keep calling. You do not have to give your name. Tell the officer you are a member of the Juniper Park Civic Association.

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Our Prehistoric Neighborhood

We live close to one of four areas on earth well endowed with mineral matter and that area is New York City which has over 172 varieties of minerals in its bedrock subbasement. Most of our variety comes from glaciers which carried untold tons of rock debris from the north.

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Please don't "steal" the Berries!

As our members are aware, for the June/July 2002 issue of the Juniper Berry we decided to try to sell the magazine at the local stores (for $2.00). The reason we did this is simple, the Juniper Berry, a 56-page full color all-volunteer magazine, is both expensive to produce and distribute.

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NOISE

Talk about inspiration, as I sit writing this story my background "music" is the ceaseless hum of the Long Island Expressway, a jackhammer fixing a neighbor's walkway and a large truck idling for well over an hour at my window.

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ANNIVERSARY JUNIPER PARK CANDLELIGHT VIGIL SET FOR SEPTEMBER 15, 2002

In the aftermath of September 11, many residents of our community were left with an empty feeling, not knowing how they could help, or how to deal with the horror of losing their friends and family members in the cowardly terrorist attacks.

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Honoring our fallen heroes

The New York City Council will be passing a Local Law Intro. 252A to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11th by renaming one of our local streets in each of their honor.

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ATLAS TERMINALS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

ATLAS TERMINALS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

Atlas Terminals has long been a substantial, but somewhat mysterious, presence in Central Queens. Companies located in the 20-acre industrial park have employed many of its Glendale-Ridgewood-Middle Village neighbors, but other members of the community have had few reasons to explore its territory.

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Myrtle Avenue "EL" Memories

Myrtle Avenue "EL" Memories

It was on a beautiful early autumn Sunday, the final day of the 1950 major league baseball season when my father and I entered the old dilapidated, wooden, ground level, Metropolitan Avenue 'EL" station which appeared to my twelve year old eyes to be a sunken frigate in a sea of red brick houses and the train like something out of an old western, I thought, as we made our way to the front car.

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Moving into Middle Village

Most of the area north of Metropolitan Avenue and east of Fresh Pond Road has been relatively untouched by graffiti, while other parts of Community Board 5 have been suffering for years. Now the problem is moving to Middle Village and Maspeth, and people don't know what to do.

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Community Spotlight: Dave Solomon

Community Spotlight: Dave Solomon

Dave Solomon was born in 1952 in Astoria, Queens. After graduating from Newtown High School he went into the Navy and traveled the world. He then returned to Queens to work for ConEd, first as a clerk in the union and after 30 years rose through the ranks to become a Senior Safety Specialist Environmental Manager.

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The Phelan Family: One Year Later

The Phelan Family: One Year Later

A few years ago, I attended the college graduation of a friend, who in her mid-forties struggled alone to raise three daughters, manage her household, and earn an associate degree in business. A remark made by the Commencement speaker left a lasting impression on me. It was: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, we have today—the present, the gift."

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MY DAD

MY DAD

I like the sky. It is blue. It reminds me of my father who is way up high in the sky.

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Congressman Anthony D. Weiner: New York's Ninth District

Congressman Anthony D. Weiner: New York's Ninth District

Anthony Weiner has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Prior to his election to Congress, he served as the youngest member ever to be elected to the New York City Council from 1992-1998.

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History Making

History Making

Juniper Berry historian, Dorothy Speer celebrates her 80th birthday (June 10th) with family at Neidersteins Restaurant. Pictured here with her brother Andrew Krapf of Middle Village and Walter Krapf of Culpepper, Va.

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Answers to "How Well do you Remember? Trivia Quiz

Answers to "How Well do you Remember? Trivia Quiz Winners: John & Barbara Cederroth Congratulations!

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