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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 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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Unleashed Dogs in Juniper, the Problem Worsens

Unleashed Dogs in Juniper, the Problem Worsens

The saga of the unleashed dogs is getting worse by the day. While the NYC Parks Department continues to downplay the problem with their ambiguous statements about "courtesy time" for unleashed dogs in the park and always making sure you "can control your dog," etc., people are being harassed and frightened daily in Juniper Valley Park.

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What you don't know about Arby's could kill you!

What you don't know about Arby's could kill you!

Many in our community are fighting daily struggles with obesity and/or heart disease. Sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits generally are the direct causes, with family history and certain medications as possible contributing factors.

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Maspeth/Middle Village Task Force Wins Relief for Grand Avenue

Maspeth/Middle Village Task Force Wins Relief for Grand Avenue

Trucks will soon be banned from the Grand Avenue commercial district except those making local deliveries. The formal announcement won't come until later this month but the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force got the word last month from a person who should know.

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Letters to the Editor – December 2005

It may "Take a Village to Raise a Child," but it "Takes a Middle Village Child to Help Clean Up Graffiti!" Neighbors of the doctor on 83rd Street and Eliot Avenue, including a 3 year old, got together and painted the graffiti-filled garage door that the doctor has done nothing about. We were tired of looking at this mess, day after day, and felt that something had to be done.

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Searching for Marge Markey

Searching for Marge Markey

I believe that I once saw Marge Markey live and in person at one meeting. It might have been back in 2003, but I'm not quite sure. There is however recent evidence that Marge Markey is a living, breathing person.The Queens Chronicle was able to get her picture in the November 3, 2005 edition on page 17.

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The Victory is Official!

The Victory is Official!

On Friday afternoon, November 4th 2005, Robert B. Catell, Chairman and CEO of Keyspan Energy Corporation transferred the deed of a 6.5 acre parcel ‒ the former site of the Elmhurst Gas Tanks ‒ to the City of New York. The fact that the deed was transferred for the sum of one dollar gives testimony to the business acumen of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg who accepted the deed on behalf of all New Yorkers.

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Standing up to the vandals

Standing up to the vandals

One of the quietest and most beautiful blocks in our neighborhood was recently shaken by a series of acts of vandalism that our area has seen in a long time. Residents of 70th Street woke up on October 15th to find several cars on their block had been vandalized with, among other symbols, swastikas and hate messages.

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Carl Berner's Amazing Comeback Continues

Carl Berner's Amazing Comeback Continues

On May 21st of this year 103 year old Carl Berner, original member of the Juniper Park Civic Association, fell in the kitchen of his home on 81st Street. He underwent surgery shortly thereafter for a broken hip and after a stay in the hospital and Dry Harbor Nursing home, Mr. Berner was sent home on July 14th.

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Maspeth Volunteer Firemen

Maspeth Volunteer Firemen

The following story, which tells of the first fire fighting volunteers in Maspeth, was written by Barbara Stankowski. The book, "Maspeth – Our Town," was given to Maspeth residents back in 1977 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Maspeth Federal Savings & Loan Association.

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Board Questions Walgreens Plan

Board Questions Walgreens Plan

The variance for the proposed Walgreens on Eliot Avenue and 80th Street is still alive though barely. The Juniper Park Civic Association, Community Board 5 and Borough President Helen Marshall all have voted against the plan. In October the applicant, John Genovese and his lawyer went before the NYC Board of Standards & Appeals to argue their case.

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Rashachy Celebrates Second Anniversary!

Rashachy Celebrates Second Anniversary!

Rachel and Shahina owners of Rashachy Salon & Spa (60-35 82nd Street Middle Village, NY 11379 Tel: 718 505 6111) are delighted to announce the anniversary of their second year at their location in Middle Village.

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OLH Gilrs' Soccer Champs

OLH Gilrs' Soccer Champs

OLH #1 Girls Cop Back-to-Back Titles, OLH #2 GIRLS PERFECT IN CYO SEASONAL PLAY

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Neighborhood Cat Control: Patricia Manos

Neighborhood Cat Control: Patricia Manos

When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a professor at Stanford University, she exhorted her Political Science students to: "Find your passion...what makes you want to get up in the morning." I found Patricia Manos' journey to discover her passion, i.e. to control the stray cat population, a story worth sharing.

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JUNIPER JUNIORS: WORKING TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY

JUNIPER JUNIORS: WORKING TO IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY

Do you remember those eight days of non-stop rain that started near the beginning of October? Well, The NYC Parks Department, Partnership for Parks once again organized the semi-annual My Parks Day, scheduled for October 15th. Even on that Saturday morning it still looked like more rain plus very chilly weather.

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Real Health Insurance

Real Health Insurance

Remember the four essentials for health are: oxygen, water, food and nerve impulse.Remove any of these and we die. Diminish the quality or quantity of any of these and our health starts to deteriorate. Till next time, take care and live life fully.

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Berry Book Reviews – December 2005

Maxwell Broadbent is a man who sets out on the last grand adventure of his life. A multi-millionaire who made his money robbing ancient tombs and desecrating ancient cities, and now dying of cancer, Max decides that his three grown sons don't deserve to have all the riches he has "worked" hard to get just handed over to them.

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REVER$E MORTGAGES: right for you?

REVER$E MORTGAGES: right for you?

Whether the goal is to provide income, pay for specialized medical treatment or to enjoy the freedom and choices that help make retirement years more memorable, unleashing home equity can be the key to a well-planned retirement.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame December 2005

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.

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