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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 1999 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 1999

Letters to the Editor – March 1999

Whenever there was a problem Mr. Schick was available to help. Mr. Schick was a wonderful caring community involved man. We are very sorry to lose him.

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In memory of Richard Schick

In memory of Richard Schick

Born on October 20, 1927, Dick had filled his life with adventures well before he moved to our neighborhood, and those adventures carried him around the world. It was our good fortune that he chose to settle here and contribute so profoundly to our community.

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Rudzewick: Name Rink After MV Hero Firefighter.

Rudzewick: Name Rink After MV Hero Firefighter.

Kenneth Rudzewick, CEO of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, and a member of the Juniper Park Civic Association, has suggested a name for the new roller hockey rink under construction at Juniper Valley Park.

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DRIVEWAY Blocked? TOW It Away!

If your driveway entry or exit is blocked and you reside in a building with no more than two (2) separate dwelling units (two families) you have the right to have the unoccupied vehicle towed by either a licensed tow car of your choice OR the next available tow company in the NYPD "Rotation Tow Program". The owner/lessee has this option AFTER a summons has been issued.

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Stop Squirrel Trappers!

It has come to our attention that some homeowners are trapping and/or killing squirrels. One Middle Village resident is apparently luring neighborhood squirrels into a trap in his backyard. He is either killing them or bringing them to another area.

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Lights Out at 9:30pm.

At a recent Parks Services Committee meeting of Community Board 5, residents living across from Mafera Park came out in force to protest a request from the 104th Pct.Roller Hockey League to extend league play from 9:30pm to 10pm nightly. Residents complained about noise and bright lights among other things.The proposal was voted down by both the Parks Committee and the Community Board.

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M-TRAIN COMMUTING NIGHTMARE FOR AT LEAST FIVE-MONTHS BEGINNING MAY 1999

Do you ride the M-train into and out of Manhattan? A proposed five-month repair of the Williamsburg Bridge threatens to create a commuter nightmare and tremendous commuter inconvenience for residents of Middle Village, Maspeth, Elmhurst, Ridgewood, Glendale, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, who daily take this train into and out of Manhattan.

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Tree strikes (we're out)

Our single most cherished natural resource is also the most threatened. Neighborhood trees continue to be abused, neglected and killed at an alarming rate. Today a tree's chance of survival is slim at best. Trees that would live for up to 70 years in the forest survive an average of only 7 years in our neighborhoods.

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UP IN SMOKE: The Fight Against Teen Smoking

In April of this year, the Department of Consumer Affairs started their "Summer Smoke Out" campaign designed to address the growing problem of teen smoking by stopping it at its root: tobacco store owners illegally selling to minors.

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Education of Days Past

Education of Days Past

The little red schoolhouse was built in 1880 and was – you guessed it! – painted red. The school was located at the corner of what is now Juniper Valley Road and 69th Street, the same location as the original school. In 1951, when the City cut through and built 69th Lane, they consequently cut the school in half as well, leaving one half of the school standing on 69th Lane.

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Emergency! Would You Know What To Do?

Have you got what it takes to handle an emergency? We all like to think we would be a hero when a disaster strikes. But would you really know what to do? Who would you call? If you were the victim, would your children know how to get help? How would you handle children during a crisis?

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"The Last Rose of Summer"

James did not just evolve to be perfect at age 25. He was nurtured, chiseled, guided to "perfection" by a loving family. Margaret and John the parents, Maurice the older brother, Audrey Frilic his fiancee, and a host of caring relatives and friends molded this fine young man.

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Berry Book Review

In keeping with the sentiments of this time of year, I have reviewed two books that are the authors' firsts. I hope you're tantalized into reading them as well, and that you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Business Spotlight: Astra Tours and Travel

Business Spotlight: Astra Tours and Travel

Astra Tours and Travel is owned and operated by Florence Pescatore. Her daughter, Lisa, is a partner in the agency. Florence is a native Middle Village/Maspeth resident who married and then raised her own children, Michael and Lisa, in our community. She is what I refer to as a neighborhood cheerleader.

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Community Spotlight: Peter Polonski

Community Spotlight: Peter Polonski

Peter Polonski was born on October 21, 1921 at 112 North 7th Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. "Peter the Park," as he is sometimes called, is the son of Metro and Eva Polonski, now deceased, who were Eastern European immigrants. He has two sisters Mary and Julie, and three brothers, John, Mike, and Nick. His brother Nick is a prominent political and community activist, in what is referred to as the Northside People's Firehouse.

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It was the Best of Times...

It was the Best of Times...

Much of the old gang loved the neighborhood so much they they decided to stay and raise their families here. That is what makes Maspeth and Middle Village so unique. We are a close-knit community made up of hard working middle class citizens. If anyone got into a jam or needed help, they would only have to look next door or around the corner.

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Community News

At the December Town Meeting, Juniper Park Civic President, Robert Holden presented State Senator Serf Maltese and Councilman Tom Ognibene 1998 Community Service Awards for their outstanding dedication to the neighborhood.

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