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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 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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Letters to the Editor – December 2004

Letters to the Editor – December 2004

I was extremely interested in the part 2 article The Confederate Dead in Brooklyn in your Sept-Oct issue. I had access to the issue / article because my mother-in-law lives in Maspeth.

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Civic Calls for an Investigation of the Queens Department Of Buildings

When it comes to the Department of Buildings (DOB) related complaints, particularly in Queens County, the 311 program has been a dismal failure.

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COP104: Protect yourself this holiday season

COP104: Protect yourself this holiday season

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. The article was erroneous!

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What to Have in Your Hand: Go Bag

Every household should consider assembling a Go Bag ‒ a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation. Each household member's Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels.

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Home Energy Assistance Program

The City of New York has made HEAP applications available for the winter of 2004-2005. HEAP or Home Energy Assistance Program, provides qualified individuals with a one-time grant each year to be used towards fuel and utility costs.

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirement

As of November 1, 2004 all Class A multiple dwellings and private dwellings in New York City must be fitted with carbon monoxide detectors.

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HARPER'S EARLY DAYS IN MIDDLE VILLAGE

HARPER'S EARLY DAYS IN MIDDLE VILLAGE

The Old Brook School located in Maspeth saw the development of one of the most eminent and respected men of business in old New York. James Harper, founder of the great Harper Brothers publishing house was a Middle Village resident who began his education in Maspeth's Old Brook School.

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Carl Berner Receives City Award

Carl Berner Receives City Award

At the October 28th Juniper Park Civic Association Town Meeting, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DOS) honored Carl Berner for his lifetime (he'll be 103 in January) of service to the city of New York. Assistant Commissioner, Vito Turso presented Mr. Berner a "Partner in a Cleaner New York Certificate of Appreciation."

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The Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel Project Unmasked

The idea of a cross-harbor freight tunnel (from Brooklyn to New Jersey) is an old idea with a long history that has never come to fruition. In 1893, the Pennsylvania Railroad considered a tunnel across "the Narrows" terminating at a connection with the Long Island Railroad.

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REPORTFROMTHE MIDDLE VILLAGE &MASPETH OVERDEVELOPMENT TASKFORCE

In May 2004 the Juniper Park Civic Association launched the Overdevelopment Task Force. It is now November, six months later, and we are well on our way to a successful conclusion in this phase of the downzoning journey.

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Juniper Juniors: Serving Our Community

Juniper Juniors: Serving Our Community

The Juniper Juniors came out in force for a "It's My Park" day at Juniper Park on October 16. The New York City Parks Department Partnership for Parks organized the event.

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Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

What do famous Yankee baseball player Lou Gehrig, Bruno Hauptman, the person found guilty and then executed for the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the notable banker tycoon J.P. Morgan all have in common? All were cremated at the Fresh Pond Crematory.

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No More Woody Collections for Dept. of Sanitation, Call 311 for Parks Dept. for Pick Up

No More Woody Collections for Dept. of Sanitation, Call 311 for Parks Dept. for Pick Up

It started November 15, 2004. Now all residents of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn must arrange a pick-up time when discarding any and all tree prunings, firewood, and other organic woody debris.

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"Life Insurance" from Social Security

"Life Insurance" from Social Security

Many people think of Social Security as just a government sponsored retirement plan. Some of your Social Security taxes, however, go towards funding survival insurance for workers and their families. In fact, average monthly 2004 Social Security benefit to widow or widower is $888.

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Business Spotlight: Eliot Hill Barber Shop

Business Spotlight: Eliot Hill Barber Shop

We welcome a new business to our area, Eliot Hill Barber Shop, and it is owned by Giacomo Giacalone, who grew up in Middle Village and is the son of a barber. Jack, as he is known, decided to follow in his father's footsteps one year ago.

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Is your doctor a flip-flopper?

Is your doctor a flip-flopper?

By now I'm sure you've heard that the popular drug Vioxx has been taken off the market because its use is associated with increased risks of heart disease, strokes and other serious cardiovascular events.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame – December 2004

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. In this issue we feature commercial vehicles parked on residential properties.

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THE ABSURD LEGACY CONTINUES IN NYC DEPT. OF PARKS

THE ABSURD LEGACY CONTINUES IN NYC DEPT. OF PARKS

As I stated in my article on unleashed dogs in the September 2004 Juniper Berry we are not yet rid of the insanity and absurdity that has ruled the NYC Dept. of Parks for over a decade.

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Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

While there had been other disastrous fires, such as the fire that destroyed the ship the General Slocum, none gripped the imagination of New York or saw such a response as the Triangle Fire.

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