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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 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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Letters to the Editor – September 2001

The 2000 Census is most revealing. While Queens experienced the largest population rise among the five boroughs, housing construction here was minimal.. Illegal apartments accounted for a great portion of the increase, and resulted in an ever-larger number of tenants living in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

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Summertime in Queens...Shut Your Windows!

Summertime in Queens...Shut Your Windows!

Never mind what the outdoor thermometer reads these days, we have ozone advisory alert to watch out for- especially in the summer and early fall when sunlight reacts with car and truck emissions to create unsafe levels of smog.

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Deadly Diesel

Deadly Diesel

Recently released data from U.S. EPA's National-Scale Air Toxics Assessment, now analyzed by Environmental Defense's Scorecard (scorecard.org), show that 78% of the estimated additional cancer risk from breathing hazardous air pollutants outdoors comes from diesel particulate emissions alone.

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Responsible Dog  Ownership

Responsible Dog Ownership

It divides communities and sets citizens against each other, it is a burden to some and an eyesore to all; I am referring to dog poop. For a couple of dog owners in Missouri, it even became a full time business.

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104th Pct. Gets New CO

104th Pct. Gets New CO

Please welcome the 104's new Commanding Officer Captain Peter Loehle who has 16 years of NYPD under his belt, nearly all of it in Queens.

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Juniper Civic Helps Precinct Move into 21st Century

Juniper Civic Helps Precinct Move into 21st Century

"The community is very appreciative of the generosity of our local business leaders. It shows that a little teamwork can go along way in improving the community. Please support companies that support our community," said Bob Holden.

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A Public Safety Plan for New York

A Public Safety Plan for New York

Relating to your cover story about the return to Community Policing, here are some of my plans for improving public safety in the City of New York. – Mike Bloomberg

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Signs Help Parents Protect Children

Signs Help Parents Protect Children

Many mothers have long complained about the problem of loitering adults, especially men, who bother and pester young children in area parks. The problem is worsening even though most children are carefully guarded by their parents in the playground area.

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Declaring  War on Graffiti

Declaring War on Graffiti

Graffiti is symptomatic of neighborhoods that can no longer cope or care. When it is ignored, it becomes an engraved invitation to other criminals that chaos reigns and crime is tolerated.

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Is your child a Graffiti Vandal?

•Your child is in the age group statistically associated with tagging, ages 12-18 (sometimes older). •Your child stays out until early morning or all night. •Your child frequently wears a large backpack or baggy pants. Clothing may be paint stained.

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Queens Museum Celebrates Graffiti

The JPCA was alarmed to learn that the Queen's Museum of Art has an exhibition highlighting graffiti. It was done in connection with the Phun Phactory in Long Island City. Following is part of our brief conversation with Jean-Paul Maitinsky from the QMA's Education Department.

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Overwhelming Numbers Support Zip and Name Change

The people have spoken! Congressman Crowley, Senator Maltese and JPCA President Robert Holden will be meeting this month with Queens Postmaster William Rogers. Stay tuned.

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DMV Testing at Juniper Continues

The Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) testing on Juniper Boulevard North adjacent to Juniper Valley Park continues after several months of persistent pressure to remove the testing from the busy park area. You will recall we met with officials from the DMV last October after an unpleasant incident with one of the DMV employees.

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POISON PROOF YOUR HOME

As an adult, it is easy to forget that an everyday household item, such as soap or cleansers, carelessly left on a table or on the floor can turn into a deadly snack for a child who will try to eat or drink anything they can get their hands on.

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New Grand Ave. School Lacks Space for Buses

New Grand Ave. School Lacks Space for Buses

Those who attended the meeting, including JPCA president Bob Holden, were outraged that only two spots were allocated for school buses. Most felt Grand Avenue would suffer severe congestion with this plan.

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Don't Trash Middle Village: Know Sanitation Rules

One of the unique things about our community is the fact that it "looks good." If you talk to anyone about our neighborhood they will inevitably say something like "Oh, that's still a nice area." Well, yeah, and my reply always is, "The JPCA works relentlessly to keep it that way."

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A Hero's Last Request

A Hero's Last Request

James Smith, 83, of Elmhurst needs your help. Smith proudly served his country during WWII from March 1941 to June 1945 as a Corporal Technician, Rank T5. He was a member of the 5th Armory, 34th Division, 34th Cavalry Re-Con Troop and spent much of his service gathering information throughout Europe and Africa.

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Bring Back the Cop on the Beat

Bring Back the Cop on the Beat

With complaints about the deterioration of NYC's quality of life, the NYPD desperately needs a return to Community Policing. Should that return occur it will be most welcomed in the neighborhoods of the 104th Precinct‒ Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood & Glendale.

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The Ognibene Legacy Part 2

The Ognibene Legacy Part 2

The previous issue of the Juniper Berry focused upon the life history of Councilman Tom Ognibene and his life prior to becoming our Council Member. In some ways, Tom has become a victim of his own success. It is hard to remember what our community was like prior to his election.

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Community Spotlight: Sr. Jean Redigan O.S.U.

Community Spotlight: Sr. Jean Redigan O.S.U.

Jean Theresa Redigan was born at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her parents, Helen and John, devout Catholics, presented her for Baptism at St. James Church in Stratford, CT. shortly after her birth. Eight years later, her sister Sheila was born. When Jean was twelve years old, and Sheila was four, their mother died, and sadness overtook this staunchly religious family.

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IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS THROUGH CHARACTER

IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS THROUGH CHARACTER

New York's education system under Governor Pataki has improved dramatically, but he knows, just as I do, that our job is never done. We must maintain high academic standards in New York and constantly aspire to do more and do better.

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Pedestrian Peril

Pedestrian Peril

In light of the Queens Boulevard tragedies, walkers need to take extra precautions. Technically, drivers are supposed to yield for pedestrians, but that rarely happens. Each year 6,000 pedestrians are injured and 90,000 are killed according to the U.S. Department of Transportation; out of those statistics one in five are children.

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Berry Book Review

Fall is almost here, and it's the perfect time for lounging, after dinner with a good book out on the porch or in the backyard. I've recently read two books that were mentioned on the Oprah show, on an Oprah Book Club book, the other discussed by the author on one of the shows.

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Remembering  Neighborhood Druggist-Dave LeBlang

Remembering Neighborhood Druggist-Dave LeBlang

On the corner of 78th Street and 67th Drive in Middle Village there is a Laundromat. On any given day, you can see many people coming in and out, hefting their laundry to and from their homes. It is a busy neighborhood store that provides services to the local residents.

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Gone fishin'

Gone fishin'

Eleven year old James Mougis shows off the two large fluke he caught while fishing on the Viking Star in Montauk this summer.

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