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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 2008 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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MASPETH TRIANGLE RECONFIGURATION CAUSING TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

MASPETH TRIANGLE RECONFIGURATION CAUSING TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

The failure of the city's Department of Transportation to implement the Grand Avenue Truck Bypass Plan in advance of permanently closing off a heavily traveled part of Grand Avenue is causing a traffic nightmare in Maspeth.

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Letters to the Editor – December 2008

I want to report to you the fact that the retaining wall, west side of the park of the new park (old Elmhurst Gas Tank site) is covered in graffiti. I tried to report to 311 the graffiti for cleanup but I do not know the address or park name and therefore they could not take my report.

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PERKING UP THE COMMONS

PERKING UP THE COMMONS

If you've got a green thumb and looking to be creative it's time to plan for the 2009 growing season. How about transforming and beautifying that otherwise dull curbside lawn strip into a curbside garden?

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WHEN YOU CALL 311 or 911, GIVE YOUR NAME...please

WHEN YOU CALL 311 or 911, GIVE YOUR NAME...please

Precinct 104 Commander Inspector Green fielded questions regarding traffic, trucks, school buses, noise complaints, and a Middle Village area with a severe drug problem.

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Meet our Councilwoman-Elect, Elizabeth Crowley

Meet our Councilwoman-Elect, Elizabeth Crowley

In an interview with Elizabeth Crowley recently she took the opportunity to state what her priorities and challenges are as she starts her tenure on January 1, 2009 as the Council Member from the 30th Council District.

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Lorraine Sciulli Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Lorraine Sciulli Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

At the JPCA 70th Anniversary celebration, First Vice President, Lorraine Sciulli, was honored with a JPCA Lifetime Service Award presented to her by President Robert Holden.

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2008 Milestones

2008 Milestones

Along with the Juniper Park Civic Association celebration of our 70th Anniversary several other neighborhood icons are also celebrating milestone years, here's a few.

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MASPETH ANARCHISTS ARRESTED

MASPETH ANARCHISTS ARRESTED

In the 1890s, Group Maspeth, an Anarchist organization, numbered 30 members and was the largest group of German anarchists in Queens. Their meeting places were generally located in saloons or hotels on or near Grand Avenue.

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POST ELECTION UPS AND DOWNS

POST ELECTION UPS AND DOWNS

Whether you voted in every election for the last 75 years or this was your very first election, you had to experience joy at some of the outcomes and misery at other parts. The more you vote, the more you understand that the range of emotions is natural when any election is finally over and all the votes counted.

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All Faiths:  Preserving Community History and Memories

All Faiths: Preserving Community History and Memories

Every so often, beautiful church-like bells ring through the tree-lined streets of Middle Village, Glendale and surrounding lands. Reminiscent of a simpler time, the chimes echo not only a peaceful tone but also the assurance that All Faiths Cemetery, one of the area's largest and well-known memorial parks, is keeping pace with the demands of change.

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Extending Term Limits Through the Council is Un-American

Extending Term Limits Through the Council is Un-American

The Bloomberg who came into office as the anti-politician, promising to transform city government, has been transformed himself. Some of us liked him precisely because his wealth insulated him from the kind of horsetrading that diminished his predecessors.

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Business Spotlight: Ace Wines & Liquors

Business Spotlight: Ace Wines & Liquors

Our business spotlight for this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on a local liquor store based in Elmhurst named Ace Wines & Liquors. Ace also is an advertiser in the Juniper Berry. Ace Wines is owned by two area residents, Dave Lichtenheim and Ed Sokol and they have been at their current location for many years.

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Good is Certainly Great

Good is Certainly Great

Our new business spotlight for this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on The Good Diner owned by two friends, Perry Mihileas and Nick Michos. Perry and Nick live in the Maspeth area and they have owned the business, also known as the Grand & Remsen Diner, for about six months.

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That Easy Class

That Easy Class

I am not a teacher, but I urge you to work hard in school and save your fun for the weekends. Do your homework early so your parents don't yell at you. And never mind the easy classes – leave them in the past, because we both know we are living in the future.

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Eddie's Sweet Shop

Eddie's Sweet Shop

Originally opened as Witt's Ice Cream Parlor, the store depicted here has been in continuous operation since 1909. It became Eddie's Sweet Shop in the 1960's and offers up huge, fresh, homemade ice cream sundaes, malteds, shakes, and egg creams.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame, December 2008

Thankfully, the vast majority of property owners in Middle Village and Maspeth take pride in the appearance and wellbeing of our neighborhood. But a few property owners have a total disregard for the condition of their property. So we induct these properties into this month's Hall of Shame.

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Yesterday and Today: PS49

PS 49 was built from 1931-1933 at a cost of $338,000 and to seat 954 pupils. The school is named after the late Dorothy Bonawit Kole, who was a well-respected high school principal in the 1950s and 1960s. She passed away in February 1970.

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Cutting the anniversary cake

Members of the executive board of the Juniper Park Civic Association together with Borough President Helen Marshall and Deputy Borough President Karen Koslowitz cut the Association's 70th anniversary cake at Abbracciamento's Restaurant on November 1, 2008.

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JPCA 70-year collage

A pictorial of the people and events that made the Juniper Park Civic Association what it is today.

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JPCA Celebrates 70th Anniversary

JPCA Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Over our seven decades, we have been blessed with many victories. Few would argue with the statement that the JPCA certainly kicked a few tires along the way. Some didn't like our "take no prisoners" approach but those who benefited, our hundreds of JPCA member families, cheered us on and couldn't get enough!

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About our 70th Anniversary logo

About our 70th Anniversary logo

Our 70th anniversary logo pays homage to the history of the towns we serve. The Juniper Park Civic Association was originally an organization called "Residents of Juniper Park Homes, Inc." named after the enclave of row houses built along the streets surrounding Juniper Valley Park.

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As the Issues Get Tougher, So Do We

As the Issues Get Tougher, So Do We

The JPCA was started back in 1938, with the sole purpose of being an organized body to fight adversity. Yes, even in 1938 they recognized the need for a united voice in the community.

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Juniper Park Civic Association Organized 1938 Chartered 1942

Whereas, it is a recognized fact, that only by means of organized and collective action, can the residents in a comunity, record their opinions and request with governing bodies, that the mutual welfare of the comunity is best served by a close association of this community, united for our mutual welfare for civic betterment and adopt the following.

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