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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 2009 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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Educate yourself about the proposed Maspeth high school

Educate yourself about the proposed Maspeth high school

The School Construction Authority (SCA) is pushing forward with a plan to site a 1,100-seat high school at the corner of 74th Street and 57th Avenue at the former Restaurant Depot site. This is a very bad idea for several reasons. There exist many factors which will lead to a detrimental impact on our quality of life.

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St. John's Queens Hospital: 1891-2009

In 1891, three Sisters of the order of St. Joseph, dedicated to the service of God, began a venture that led from a converted private house equipped with 19 beds for the sick and indigent, irrespective of race, religion or color, to what we came to know as St. John's Queens Hospital.

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Letters to the Editor March 2009

Letters to the Editor March 2009

The last few editions of the Berry have carried letters from one of the neighbors of the Haspel Staab VFW Post 551, Mr. DeSanto. These letters have brought many accusations against the Post claiming loud noise and uncharitable actions. As a member of the Post, I feel that it has become necessary to address many of these unfounded accusations.

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Police Beat 104: Avoidable Death and Unnecessary Tragedy

Police Beat 104: Avoidable Death and Unnecessary Tragedy

The Juniper Park Civic Association offers its heartfelt condolences to the parents of Robert Ogle, 16, an honor student and junior at Brooklyn Tech High School. Brendan Ogle and his wife Mei, and Robert's 15 year old brother Sean, were devastated upon learning that Robert, along with his friend Alex Paul were struck and killed by a drunken car thief who laughed as he was arrested by cops from the 104th Precinct.

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Schools and Hospitals ‒ Victims of Bloomberg's Sanctuary City Insanity

Schools and Hospitals ‒ Victims of Bloomberg's Sanctuary City Insanity

We have the duty to stand up and state our concerns at the direction our country is taking when we have leaders like Mayor Michael Bloomberg who choose to protect illegal aliens by creating a "sanctuary city," risking the safety of all New Yorkers and ignoring federal law.

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The Downzoning Process Officially Begins

The Downzoning Process Officially Begins

The 2nd phase of the Maspeth-Middle Village-Glendale rezoning study has been made public and is about to go through the mandatory Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). This means it must be reviewed, with public input, by the Community Board, Borough President, City Planning Commission and the City Council.

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Reporting Violations to 311

Reporting Violations to 311

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES parked on a residential street from 9 PM to 5 AM (except emergency vehicles) are in violation of the law. Call 311 after 8 PM to have a summons served. Keep calling. You do not have to give your name. Be sure to take the complaint number from the operator. Take note of the time you called and remember to get the operator's name.

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This Land is Their Land

Jack Bono spent the prime years of his life serving his country in Vietnam. Now the City of New York plans to seize the factory his family has owned for 76 years and sell it to a foreign developer. This is the story of an abusive un-American land grab taking place right here in the borough of Queens.

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Abolish the Board of Standards and Appeals!

Abolish the Board of Standards and Appeals!

If the framers of the Constitution/Declaration of Independence were still alive today, I am confident they would cite the operation and existence of the City's Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) as a perfect example of unrepresentative government. It is time for this unresponsive, undemocratic bureaucratic body to go!

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Preserving Biodiversity across the Commons: A Case for the Ridgewood Reservoir

One large parcel of a publicly owned young forest is the Ridgewood Reservoir at Highland Park. This former water reservoir is on the southwest Queens-Brooklyn border and located along the Harbor Hill terminal moraine- the most southern edge of the last glacier in our area.

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The Maspeth Anarchists: ECKHOLDT HAS MORE TO TELL

The Maspeth Anarchists: ECKHOLDT HAS MORE TO TELL

In 1893, the New York Times chronicled the story of planted bombs at E.V. Crandall's Whiting Works on Newtown Creek. Here we present the final segment of the three-part saga.

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Governing is all about choosing – Politicians cannot duck

Governing is all about choosing – Politicians cannot duck

Apart from the use of eminent domain is the planned construction of a high school at that location. The stated plan is to construct a school for 1100 students. Can we trust "stated plans" from this mayor? Should we?

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Christmas Raffle a Big Hit, Again!

While it seems like ancient history at this point we would like to take a moment to list the local businesses that donated their gifts to the JPCA Christmas Raffle in December. These are the good guys and gals of the neighborhood and in these tough economic times we ask you to patronize them when you go into the marketplace to spend your precious dollars.

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Deciding the future of New York's drinking water

Deciding the future of New York's drinking water

National polls have shown that Americans put environmental matters close to the bottom of their list of concerns to be addressed by our political leadership, ranking much lower than the economy, medical care, or education of our children, but if there were greater awareness of the kind of stuff that was coming out of their taps, in their drinking water, they might rate environment near the top in importance.

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Community Spotlight: Joe Magnus

Community Spotlight: Joe Magnus

You may know him as "Mr. Ambulance", a co-founder of the Middle Village Volunteer Ambulance Corps, but the story of Joe Magnus' life before he came to America is one worthy of the silver screen.

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Business Spotlight: Gunral Service Station – Friends & Neighbors

Business Spotlight: Gunral Service Station – Friends & Neighbors

Gunther and Ralph have been partners for over thirty years and when they were interviewed for this article it was apparent that they are the best of friends and get along well. Gunther stated that the main reason for the success of Gunral is because he and Ralph are first generation Americans coming from families that valued and taught the work ethic.

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Business Spotlight: Sharp Vision – You don't have to look far to see clearly!

Business Spotlight: Sharp Vision – You don't have to look far to see clearly!

I had the opportunity recently to talk to Dr. James Gaudio, Optometrist at Sharp Vision. Dr. Gaudio works with his brother, Stephen Gaudio who is the Optician at Sharp Vision. The two brothers have been in business together for about twenty years.

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Yesterday & Today: Metropolitan Ave looking east at 69th Street

It was a late spring day when the top photo was taken on June 10, 1947. Niederstein's was still a favorite in the town. Built by Henry Schumacher in 1854, the building became John Niederstein's Hotel and Restaurant in 1888.

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A visit from the milkman

Silver Crest milkman Walter Ferentino delivering in Middle Village in 1939.

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Silver Crest Factory, 1938

In 1938, Silver Crest Factory was a bustling Milk plant. In photo, milkmen pose just before going out on their morning routes. Building on far left was the owner's house. Driver second from right is Walter Ferentino, father of Lou Ferentino, who owns Grandview Landscaping of Middle Village.

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Community Eyesores: March 2009

Thankfully, the vast majority of property owners in Middle Village and Maspeth take pride in the appearance and well being 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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300 new trees!

Juniper Park Civic Association Parks Committee Chair Steven Fiedler has announced that JVP will receive 300 new tree plantings this spring as part of the Mayor's million tree program. Jeffrey Karl, Parks & Rec Manager for District 5, working with Fiedler, recommended sites for the trees.

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