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April Juniper Berry Magazine

April 2001 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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DOT Finds Speeding on Juniper Boulevards. Conducts Safety Study

The DOT report and study confirms what the Juniper Park Civic Association has been saying for years, that cars routinely travel at excessive speeds on the boulevards. The 104th Precinct promised more enforcement.

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Juniper Civic Demands EPA Air Study for Middle Village & Maspeth

The results of a study by the NYC Department Bob Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association has called for a comprehensive air quality study for the Maspeth and Middle Village communities.

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Rat Population Growing in Middle Village/Maspeth

There have been several reports of rats invading homes in Middle Village. At the December Town Meeting of the Juniper Park Civic Association, representatives from the Department of Health warned that unless measures were taken by homeowners, the rat population will continue to increase.

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Our 104th Precinct: Once Again the Slowest in Queens

For well over a decade now the 104th Precinct, which covers the neighborhoods of Middle Village, Maspeth, south Elmhurst, Ridgewood and Glendale, has been one of the slowest commands in the City of New York to respond to emergencies ‒ crimes in progress (CIP).

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After More Tragedies...Henry Stern Still Doesn't Learn

For several years the Juniper Park Civic Association has been verbalizing the problems with unleashed dogs. If you've been reading the newspapers lately, you know the JPCA was ahead of the curve.

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Queens' Streets Get Green

The unsightly concrete medians and triangles in Queens' streets now have a new enemy ‒ and they call themselves Greenstreets.

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Juniper's Margaret Magnus Named Woman of the Year

The Juniper Park Civic Association is proud to announce that one of our own, Dr. Margaret M. Magnus, has been selected Woman of the Year for the year 2000. Margaret received her award from Borough President Claire Shulman in a ceremony at Borough Hall last month.

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Governor Greets JPCA Prez FOR THE JUNIPER BERRY?

Juniper Park Civic Association president, Robert Holden, was greeted in Albany by Governor George Pataki on March 26th. Holden stopped in the Governor's office before meeting with Senator Serf Maltese and other elected officials on matters concerning the community.

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The New York Connecting: Midville's Little Known Railroad

The rumbling noise of this seventy car Bay Ridge CSX freight train is ignored by Juniper's boys of summer. Unseen by and unknown to many Midvilleites, this rail line was organized in 1892 as the New York Connecting Railroad to construct an East River bridge at Hell Gate that would link the New Haven Railroad with the Long Island Rail Road at Fresh Pond junction.

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Short History of Middle Village

Beginnings: Middle Village, as its name implies, was the halfway point between Jamaica and the Williamsburgh, a place where Queens farmers on their way to and from the Brooklyn or Manhattan markets on the Williamsburgh and Jamaica Turnpike (now Metropolitan Avenue) could park their wagons and enjoy a rest and refreshment.

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The Ognibene Legacy

The Ognibene Legacy

During the holidays, I was watching the movie, "Back to the Future." In the middle of a commercial, I changed channels and happened upon Councilman Thomas V. Ognibene debating on an issue of concern to our community. I thought to myself, much like the character Marty in "Back to the Future," where would we be if, nine years ago, the residents of the 30th Council District had not elected Tom Ognibene?

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An Interview with Councilman Tom Ognibene

I'm sure no matter what I do, I will continue in some capacity in public service. As you know I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life in service to the community. This is my home and I have always put the interests of the community first.

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Cable Contractor Crushes Homeowners' Water Line

RCN Telecom received the rights to lay cable through our community. Carlo Lizza & Sons did excavating work under contract for RCN Telecom to lay pipes for cablewires; when digging, a water main pipe of a house on Caldwell Avenue, owned by Joe and Josephine Lume, got mangled and twisted. The pipe did not burst, but water pressure for the house was reduced considerably.

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Community Spotlight: KATHLEEN A. PAOLICELLI

Community Spotlight: KATHLEEN A. PAOLICELLI

Kathleen Ann McManus was born on December 11, 1950 at Physician's Hospital in Jackson Heights. Her parents, Dorothy and James (deceased), were life-long residents of Maspeth and devoted parishioners of St. Adalbert's Roman Catholic Church, where Kathleen was Baptized shortly after birth. Kathy, as her family and friends call her, grew up in a close knit family with four siblings.

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Stop Telemarketers from Harassing You

The Juniper Park Civic Assoc. applauds Governor Pataki for signing legislation creating the "Do Not Call" Telemarketing Sales Calls Registry ("Registry") was signed by Governor Pataki. The law takes effect April 1, 2001.

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Safety First: Teach Your Children Well

Everyone in our small area of Queens is getting ready for the relaxing days of spring and summer. After a long, dreary winter we are looking forward to carefree days spent at the parks with our families.

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City Trash Goes Suburban

Now that the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island is closed, it has left some of us pondering where our trash is going. Would you believe Pennsylvania and Virginia? What was once a short trip for the 12,000 tons of trash is now upwards of 400 miles while being escorted by about 900 city workers, costing taxpayers upwards of an extra $200 million a year.

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Wills & Estate Proceedings

The death of a loved one is a very tragic event. Nevertheless, after the end of the appropriate mourning period certain tasks have to be performed in a timely manner so that the decedent's affairs may be put in order. First, there are certain legal terms used in New York and other states which should be identified.

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Middle Village Harvest Picnic

The big event in the social life of the farmers was the Harvest Picnic. For at least six months before the 'harvest season the farmers and their families planned for the big occasion. They had worked bard all Spring and Summer working the land and growing their crops. They looked forward to the big day of the picnic for some well earned enjoyment.

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Letters to the Editor – April 2001

Many thanks for choosing me to be the Juniper Park Civic Association's man of the year and highlighting my record in your wonderful publication The Juniper Berry. Such an honor from a pre-eminent Civic Association such as JPCA is most gratifying.

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