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June 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 – June 2004

As a product of the Middle Village area and proud graduate of Our Lady of Hope School, I took offense at Mrs. (Veronica) Parchin's comment that the "drug-addicted" person who mowed her down was a graduate of Our Lady of Hope School.

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Juniper Juniors

The nice weather was slow in arriving, but the Juniors were busy anyway. Early May saw the JJrs out removing graffiti in a cleanup organized by Chief James Tuller of Borough Command, Queens North.

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Mr. Maspeth's Wonderful Life

On May 3, 2004 we lost a truly great man, Maspeth civic and business leader and my friend, Frank Principe. Frank dedicated his life to the community, a life that was long on years (94) and accomplishments. He left his mark on Maspeth in its buildings and in its attitude. He not only protected it but he made sure that he instilled in its future, leaders with that same spirit.

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Juniper Civic tackles Overdevelopment

Comparatively low interest rates has fueled the real estate market into a frenzy of overdevelopment. Along with many communities, the Juniper Park Civic Association is alarmed at this overdevelopment since most of it is taking place "as of right." This simply means, the builders are permitted under the current zoning laws, without explanation, to erect these oversized structures.

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General Slocum Disaster Remembered

The glaring differences between the World Trade Center disaster and the Slocum include the fact that the Trade Center was a deliberate act of terrorism aimed at taking lives while the Slocum Steamboat disaster of 1904 was an accident – even if surrounded by severe negligence.

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GARDENING HELP FOR OUR SENIOR NEIGHBORS

The Juniper Park Civic Association has arranged with the Juniper Junior Civic Association ‒ the Juniper Juniors ‒ to help with gardening or yard chores for our senior neighbors. Perhaps you need your garage reorganized, your curb or sidewalk swept from time to time.

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Confederate Dead in Brooklyn – Part I

As a native New Yorker who has lived in the Big Apple for more than sixty years, I am always amazed to discover how many of my fellow New Yorkers have no idea that there is a National Cemetery within the city limits. It is named Cypress Hills National Cemetery and it straddles the county line between Brooklyn and Queens.

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Community Spotlight: Fred Strobel

Community Spotlight: Fred Strobel

Fred Strobel was born on December 9, 1946 at Wyckoff Hospital in Ridgewood, Queens. His parents, Marge and Fred Strobel (both deceased) were delighted to welcome their firstborn son into their Maspeth home. As Fred enjoyed his unique status, his sister Joan (Brazill) was born. Despite the customary sibling rivalry, Fred was always protective of and loving with his younger sister.

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Business spotlight: Andy's Deli

Business spotlight: Andy's Deli

"No one could be happier about doing business in Middle Village than me." These words were recently stated to me by Brian Victor. Brian is the owner of Andy's Deli in Middle Village and that statement just about sums up the essence of our neighborhood spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry – Andy's Delicatessen.

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Beari Productions Theater Company Trinity Lutheran Church

Beari Productions has been the resident theater company at Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Village since 1997. Its co-founders, Rene Bendana and Debbie Richardson (now Mrs. Bendana), met in 1994 while playing opposite each other in a production of Call Me Madam. Beari derives its name from Bandana and Richardson.

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Police Beat 104: VROOOM, VROOOOOM! GRRRRRRRRR!

That's the sound of those very dangerous and annoying motorized scooters we see everywhere. Actually, you are probably seeing and hearing fewer already.

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PS49 has a new garden!

PS49 has a new garden!

Early April the parents and kids of PS49 took the day to clean up the fenced in yard on the north side that faces Juniper Boulevard South, at 80th Street. Fifteen lovely and energetic youngsters, from 1st to 8th grade worked to clear an estimated 2000 pounds of litter, trash, and discarded material.

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PS128: OPERATION SERGEANT STOCKER

PS128: OPERATION SERGEANT STOCKER

The bright and delightful 5th grade class of Mrs. Pamela Petraccione (Mrs. P) at PS 128 and Class Mom, Mrs. Jane Dagostino got together on a project named "Operation Sergeant Stocker". Sgt. George Stocker is in the North Carolina National Guard unit as a Forward Observer.

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NATALIA'S "GUARDIAN ANGEL"

NATALIA'S "GUARDIAN ANGEL"

Would you dive through the window of a house on fire to rescue a howling dog? If you actually would dive through the window, would you continue the rescue if the dog was a 75-pound pit bull and, he kept backing away from you, making you go further into the burning house?

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Community Eyesores June 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 month's Hall of Shame.

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