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June Juniper Berry Magazine

June 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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Letters to the Editor – June 2005

I haven't written to you in some time and have a few thoughts to give. I have recently moved to Malverne. It is different but not home. Quite frankly it stinks. Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Glendale win hands down. I am planning on selling out of Malverne and moving back to Queens.

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Pepsi Thugs

Pepsi Thugs

No it's not the artist Christo covering a local building on 80th Street and Grand Avenue with aluminum cans. It's a local beverage distributor battling the giant Pepsi Cola in a bizarre but all too real story. It seems Pepsi refuses to take back their cans of deposit returns from the Community Beverage.

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PATCHES' GREAT ESCAPE

PATCHES' GREAT ESCAPE

On Sunday, April 3rd Frank Papp's cat, Patches, who has been a house cat for 17 years picked that day to finally explore the great outdoors. At approximately 10am a frightened Patches was spotted perched on the highest branches on one of the tallest trees in Juniper Valley Park on Juniper Boulevard South and 71st Street.

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Police Beat 104: Who needs to report incidents to the police?

Police Beat 104: Who needs to report incidents to the police?

Try this short test: Your car is broken into while in your driveway: ❑ Report ❑ Ignore You witness your neighbor's car broken into while in their driveway ❑ Report ❑ Ignore

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Ted Matagrano Jr.

We were all very shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Teddy Matagrano's 30 year old son, Ted Jr. We extend our deepest sympathy to him and his family.Teddy Sr. is the owner of Starship Valero located on Eliot Avenue and 74th Street in Middle Village.

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Woman of Distinction Citation to our Lorraine Sciulli

Woman of Distinction Citation to our Lorraine Sciulli

The Juniper Park Civic Association is proud to announce that Lorraine Sciulli, Vice President and Assistant Editor of the Juniper Berry, has received the the New York State Assembly Citation as a Woman of Distinction.

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Crackdown has begun on Middle Village illegal apartments

Crackdown has begun on Middle Village illegal apartments

Protecting the beauty and quality of life of the community is the charge of the Juniper Park Civic Association and we strongly believe the duty and responsibility of every resident.

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"We don't need another 24-hour drug store...right?"

"We don't need another 24-hour drug store...right?"

A developer is proposing an 11,443 sq. ft. Walgreens Drug store at the old Silver Crest factory site located at 80-01 Eliot Avenue corner 80th Street in Middle Village. Silver Crest was owned by the Schwartz Brothers who started a dairy farm dating back to the early 1900s and then built a milk processing plant.

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CON ED TO TAKE LOCAL BALLPLAYERS OUT TO THE BALLGAME

CON ED TO TAKE LOCAL BALLPLAYERS OUT TO THE BALLGAME

Through the offices of State Senator Serf Maltese, Con Edison is treating 60 ballplayers and 12 (chaperone) coaches from Middle Village/Maspeth to a night at the Yankees game.

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The Thom Family Flower Farm

The Thom Family Flower Farm

It was a time, not that long ago, when wholesale florist businesses and their flower farms dotted the landscape of western Queens. Their greenhouses and cold frames were a familiar site until some 40 years ago. But, the flower farms go back farther than that, back into the late 19th century when Queens was still a rural place.

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For Our Friend Carl Berner, It Takes a Community

For Our Friend Carl Berner, It Takes a Community

On Saturday, May 21, Juniper Park Civic's 103-year-old member fell in his kitchen. When I arrived, he was experiencing severe pain, and it was obvious that he was unable to move, due to a potential break.

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Nadler's Great Fall

Nadler's Great Fall

Under fierce opposition from residents of Queens and Brooklyn that included protests, rally's, letters, editorials, and even an attack billboard, it appears that the Cross Harbor Project is all but dead and soon to be buried.

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Community Spotlight: Lucia Accardo

Community Spotlight: Lucia Accardo

Lucia Accardo and her twin sister, Anna, were born on August 26, 1974 at Astoria General Hospital. Her parents, Mario and Maria Passante, and her two older brothers, Carmine and Tino, were delighted to welcome the twins to their Astoria home.

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Frank Jenkins — Back from Iraq

Frank Jenkins — Back from Iraq

SGT. FRANK JENKINS, a valued member of The Middle Village Volunteer Ambulance Corps, recently returned to New York, after serving 15 months in Iraq.

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The Hidden Risks – Vioxx, Bextra and Celebrex

The Hidden Risks – Vioxx, Bextra and Celebrex

You may have heard that Vioxx and Bextra, both anti-inflammatory drugs, were recalled from the market due to the serious side effects they cause including stroke, heart attack, death and severe skin reactions, such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome.

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JUNIPER JUNIORS DISCOVER CARVING IN BOULDER IN JUNIPER VALLEY PARK

JUNIPER JUNIORS DISCOVER CARVING IN BOULDER IN JUNIPER VALLEY PARK

While raking in the western end of the park, just south of the park house near Brennan Field, the Juniors uncovered a boulder with a distinct carving of what we now believe is a griffin (a mythical animal typically having the head, forepart, and wings of an eagle and the body, hind legs, and tail of a lion).

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Prepaying your mortgage: Is it worth it?

Prepaying your mortgage: Is it worth it?

To prepay, or not to prepay? Should you be mailing in some extra savings to prepay the mortgage principal, or is it better to put these savings into an investment? It seems like the oldest question concerning home owners.

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What's This? A Developer who builds to the Old Neighborhood?

What's This? A Developer who builds to the Old Neighborhood?

There are three new two-family homes on the corner of 79th Street and Juniper Valley Road. The developer is from Plainview, Long Island and has been involved with commercial development in Middle Village in the past.

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What are you thinking?

What are you thinking?

When it comes to how we think about our health, I believe there are three primary paths or mindsets we can choose rom. All three of the paths I will be discussing are useful, have value and also have their respective limitations.

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Berry Book Reviews – June 2005

This is one of the best coming-of-age books I've read in a long time. It's reminiscent of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Steel Magnolias. Come in and meet the ladies of the Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Book Club.

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Commissioner Murphy Retires from Parks

The man in the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation most responsible for overseeing the renaissance Queens Parks is retiring effective September 15, 2004. Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Richard Murphy, a good friend of the Juniper Park Civic Association and one of the most effective leaders in Parks is set to take an assignment in the Nassau County park system as First Deputy Commissioner.

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