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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 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 – March 2002

Thank you for calling attention to the dangerous conditions at the Upper Playground at Juniper Valley Park. My 2 year old daughter has twice ran into the poorly designed monkey bars and had such big lumps on her head that we called our doctor.

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Juniper Valley Park's Unsafe Playground Continues to Claim Victims

Juniper Valley Park's Unsafe Playground Continues to Claim Victims

Reports generated by the Juniper Park Civic Association of just how unsafe the upper playground at Juniper Valley Park is prompted the NYC Park Department to make a somewhat futile attempt at fixing the existing equipment.

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104th Precinct Woes Continue...

104th Precinct Woes Continue...

Our 104th Police Precinct continues to be one of the most understaffed precincts in the City of New York. As of this printing there were only 139 officers assigned to the ranks of the precinct. With these numbers it is virtually impossible for the precinct to adequately and safely provide coverage for the 7.4 square mile area.

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Don't leave recyclables out at curb all week!

Don't leave recyclables out at curb all week!

One more time on the garbage issue – When your first pick-up of the week falls on a holiday and there is no sanitation pick-up for that day please do not, I repeat do not put out your recyclables until the following week.

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Daffodil Project Honors September 11th victims

Daffodil Project Honors September 11th victims

In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, thousands of New Yorkers are looking for ways to commemorate those lost while contributing to the city's emotional and physical rebirth. With help from the Parks Foundation, the Juniper Park Civic Association is proud to have planted a living tribute to those who have been lost on September 11.

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Congressional Report Update

Congressional Report Update

It has been hard not to be paralyzed by the sorrow of the loss we all experienced on September 11th. I admit that with the swells of anger and patriotism I have also felt a sense of helplessness that nothing that I – nor any public official – can do will undo the ravages of the terror attack.

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JPCA's Centarian

JPCA's Centarian

Carl Berner was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 27, 1902, one hundred years ago. On January 27, 2002, a group of friends and his daughter Emily gathered at his home to celebrate his hundredth birthday. There was delicious black forest birthday cake, freshly brewed coffee, festive decor, and lively conversation for most of the afternoon.

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Celebrating Queens' Diversity

Celebrating Queens' Diversity

Parents have the ability to open our children's eyes and minds to the world around them. Prejudice against cultures, abilities and gender starts at a young age. Sharing ways that people are similar while showing appreciation to other cultures and abilities will promote an anti-bias attitude in your child.

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Remembering Mary Cummins

Remembering Mary Cummins

The following article was written for a recent Juniper Berry and with all the confusion that September 11th caused it was inadvertently omitted. It was written with the respect and admiration we all had for Mary Cummins.

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Unleashed Dogs

Unleashed Dogs

The Juniper Park Civic Association has been sounding the alarm about unleashed dogs for some time. Every Juniper Berry has some mention of the problem and this issue is no exception.

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"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans". – words expressed by John Lennon that are an example of the life led by a devoted New York City civil servant. Twenty year old, Peter Radske was killed on December 17th, 2000 when he swerved into a tree while trying to avoid an oncoming vehicle that had drifted into his lane, according to a witness.

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"Mr. Ambulance"

"Mr. Ambulance"

Anyone who knows Joseph Magnus knows that he is full of pure grit and determination. As he says at times "Magnus means 'great' in Latin," he has certainly lived up to that name. To capture his greatness you don't even have to know him, you just might know of him and what he has done for his community.

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Poem

This is my story That I would like to send To a very special dear old friend I would like to say, "thank you" For always being there Although sometimes I never noticed Or really didn't care

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Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week

During Catholic Schools Week the students of Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village held an Arts and Crafts Fair that was truly amazing.

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Man of the Year – State Senator Serf Maltese

Man of the Year – State Senator Serf Maltese

The Juniper Park Civic Association is proud to announce that State Senator Serphin R. Maltese has been selected as "Man of the Year for 2001."

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CHRIST  THE  KING  REGIONAL  HIGH  SCHOOL –  MAKING A  DIFFERENCE

CHRIST THE KING REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL – MAKING A DIFFERENCE

What do you hope for your child? Material success? Personal Gratification? Or do you hope for something more—something deeper... richer...longer-lasting...and infinitely more valuable? At Christ the King Regional High School we offer an education founded in love of God, responsibility to others and spiritual wholeness.

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Flashback of a 1950's Teenager and Avid Brooklyn Dodger Fan

Flashback of a 1950's Teenager and Avid Brooklyn Dodger Fan

Since baseball was such a big player in my world it was easy to make softball my favorite sport and when we formed our neighborhood team, the Chicklets, I was the third baseman. As a female sport player, rare in the early fifties, I wanted to emulate the pros and even harbored a desire to play third base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, talk about dream overdrive!

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John & Ruth Kempisty – "Together Forever..."

John & Ruth Kempisty – "Together Forever..."

In 1938, John joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was drafted into the Army in 1942. After their marriage, Ruth worked for the phone company, and when the children arrived, became a "stay-at-home" Mom. John worked for several large companies as a long distance, "over-the-road" truck driver.

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The History of Arbor Day

The History of Arbor Day

Among the pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was J. Sterling Morton from Detroit, Michigan. He and his wife were lovers of nature and the home they established was quickly planted with trees shrubs and flowers.

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Forgotten Spur to  the Rockaways

Forgotten Spur to the Rockaways

In the years before SUV's, the Long Island Rail Road's Glendale Cutoff to the timber trestle over Jamaica Bay was the route my parents and I along with many Middle Village, Glendale, Rego Park and other neighbors took for summertime fun in the Rockaways.

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Parting Shots

Parting Shots

It appears the City of New York would rather spend thousands of dollars replacing downed traffic signals, walk/don't walk signs and street signs instead of installing a $35 sign.

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