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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 1998 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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Governor Pataki visits Juniper Park Civic Association Town Meeting-Sept. 24th

I am proud to announce that New York State Governor George E. Pataki will be the special guest speaker at our next Town Meeting on Thursday, September 24th, at Our Lady of Hope School Auditorium.The meeting will start earlier, 7:00pm, to accommodate the Governor's extremely tight schedule.

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Juniper Civic's Conversation with Gov. George Pataki

Juniper Civic's Conversation with Gov. George Pataki

At about 1:30 p.m. on Monday August 3, 1998, I received a telephone call from Robert Holden, President of the Juniper Park Civic Association. Mr. Holden invited me to join him for a meeting with Governor George Pataki, which was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Governor's mid-town offices.

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Letters to the Editor – September 1998

It is bad enough that I have to dodge people riding bicycles on the track while they dig ruts into the soft surface with knobby tires, but now I have to endure games played by outside teams on the track itself. When does all this end? Aren't we all entitled to use the park without being terrorized, intimidated and having our health and safety placed in jeopardy?

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Traffic Safety Measures for Maspeth and Middle Village

The Juniper Park Civic Association and COMET together with residents in Maspeth and Middle Village have placed traffic safety as the main concern in their community. Council Members Tom Ognibene and Walter McCaffrey have responded and have been working to address these concerns.

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Law to Stop Annoying Telemarketers

Governor George E. Pataki recently signed into law a new consumer protection that gives New Yorkers an important new way to avoid unwanted telemarketing calls.

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LUTHERAN SEWER PROJECT UNDERWAY TO BE COMPLETED BY END OF NOVEMBER

The $2.1 million Lutheran Avenue Sewer Project funded by Council Member Thomas Ognibene has begun. The project is designed to alleviate many of the flooding conditions prevalent throughout Middle Village. The project will expand the pumping chambers that will allow easier flow of wastewater through the system, which will alleviate street flooding and residential home flooding.

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Flooding Juniper Ballfields Get Relief Thanks to Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington

When push came to shove, and corrective changes needed to be made in order to insure that our ball fields would be protected and state of the art, Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington came through. The Deputy Mayor has allowed additional funding to insure that proper drainage will be supplied on the two worse fields.

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Coming Soon: More L.I.E. Construction

Coming Soon: More L.I.E. Construction

The NYSDOT explained that the project, estimated to cost approximately $150 million, is expected to last approximately four years. The project will span from the Queens Midtown Viaduct to the Grand Central Parkway.

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Juniper fields Saved!

Juniper fields Saved!

After a long and often difficult campaign to convince the "powers that be" that a new approach to baseball field construction must be explored, success was finally achieved last week when Mayor Giuliani himself decided that the spiral (or cloverleaf) design plan for the upper ballfields is worth a try.

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RED LIGHT RUNNING:  A THREAT TO OUR COMMUNITY

RED LIGHT RUNNING: A THREAT TO OUR COMMUNITY

Each year in the United States, more than one million motor vehicle collisions occur at traffic signals, half of these result in serious injury and several thousand result in fatalities. Recent statistics have shown that throughout the city the numbers of violent crimes are down, however the number of motor vehicle related traumas continue to rise.

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BRINGING THE ZONING LAWS OUT OF THE DARK AGES

BRINGING THE ZONING LAWS OUT OF THE DARK AGES

Much has been written and many discussions have been held about the proposed 7-Eleven going up on Eliot Avenue in Middle Village. There are many reasons why this site is totally inappropriate for a 24 hour 7-Eleven. Many of these reasons revolve around the fact that Our Lady of Hope is just across the street, and this church has a school located on its grounds.

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This Year Again, Ognibene Brings Millions of Dollars into Community

This Year Again, Ognibene Brings Millions of Dollars into Community

There is a perception here in Middle Village and throughout our City that for once, things are getting better. A great deal of thanks is due to the leadership shown at City Hall through the Office of our Mayor Rudy Giuliani and, more importantly, through the support of our local Councilman, Tom Ognibene.

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Artie LaFres: Local Boy Makes Good

Artie LaFres: Local Boy Makes Good

In December of l960 I was approached by a Ford representative and was asked if I ever thought about becoming a new car dealer. To make a long story short, I became a Ford dealer in June of l96l. My two brothers, Ronald and Dominic, and I opened La Fres Ford.

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Spotlight on Youth

Chris Landano, appointed to the Board in 1997, became active in community affairs more than six years ago when he began working for the Catalpa YMCA in Ridgewood. He currently trains teenagers to become youth counsellors who are responsible for working with younger children under the Y's auspices.

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Berry Book Review

I believe reading is one of the most important things anyone can do, adults and children alike. Reading opens up worlds beyond that in which we live. It expands the mind and teaches us things we don't know. Reading keeps the mind alive and alert, thereby keeping the body and spirit alive.

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Community Spotlight: Flora Gannon

Community Spotlight: Flora Gannon

Flora was born in Manhattan in December 1925. Her parents, James and Anna, presented her for Baptism at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in L.I.C. Middle Village area resident for over 50 years.

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The History of  St. Johns Cemetery Middle Village

The History of St. Johns Cemetery Middle Village

On August 8, 1879 the Rev. John Loughlin, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, bought the Mills Farm for $44,000. On September 6, 1879 the property was transferred to the newly organized St. John's Cemetery. Shortly after surveyors went to work projecting plans for roads and burial plots.

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Cluttered!

Cluttered!

Freedom to hurt others? Freedom to destroy quality of life? I don't seem to recall learning about these freedoms in school. I don't believe that James Madison felt that his Bill of Rights should hurt quality of life. Yet, they do exist, buried under freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

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My Maspeth Memories

My Maspeth Memories

I am a former resident of Caldwell Avenue in Maspeth. I was born, grew up and married from the same house at 69-09 which is no longer there – but in its place are three 2 family homes.

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Farewell to the Chairman of the Board

Farewell to the Chairman of the Board

Frankie died the other day he was the best need I say He could master any song the bobby sockers could see no wrong Many thought he could only sing but as an actor he did his thing

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My Maspeth?

My Maspeth?

Maspeth is where I reside Maspeth is where my wife died A simple town which once was cozy It's now so crowded that's not so rosie

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"That's My Brother!"

"That's My Brother!"

Celia Carrano of Middle Village, displays the famous photo of her brother Carl Muscarello, formerly of Middle Village, at a special exhibit of old time photos on display at a meeting of the Mario Lanza Lodge, 2491, Middle Village at Our Lady of Hope Church.

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State performs sound tests on LIE

State performs sound tests on LIE

After complaints from residents on LIE southside, New York State officials conducted sound tests and discovered decibel levels exceeding maximum sound levels. Most of the complaints are from residents living east of 71st Street. State Department of Transportation officials are in the process of polling residents to see how many want sound barriers.

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Man of the Year: George Pataki

Man of the Year: George Pataki

When Governor George E. Pataki took office in January 1995, he did so with a mandate to transform state government from a self-serving institution into an agent of the people, an entity he now proudly describes as "effective," "efficient" and "responsive."

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New standards for light and medium duty vehicles

Residents of Maspeth, south Elmhurst and Middle Village should be breathing easier in the next few years thanks to Governor George E. Pataki. The Governor recently announced that New York State will develop regulations to require new, cleaner California Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards for light and medium duty vehicles by 2004.

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