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June Juniper Berry Magazine

June 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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Beloved Neighborhood Spiritual Leader retires

Beloved Neighborhood Spiritual Leader retires

Monsignor Nicholas Sivillo, pastor of Our Lady of Hope R.C. Church will be retiring on June 30th. As we bid farewell to Monsignor Sivillo and thank him for his approximate twenty-one years of service to Our Lady of Hope and to our community, there is a sense of sadness that the years have gone by so quickly and that changes in life are inevitable.

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Eulogy to Ed Nubel

Eulogy to Ed Nubel

Ed Nubel was a small town guy, living in a big city.

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CITY PLANS TO BUILD A SCHOOL ON A TOXIC SITE IN MASPETH

CITY PLANS TO BUILD A SCHOOL ON A TOXIC SITE IN MASPETH

Environmental Health Concerns Generated by the Construction of High School on 74th Street & 57th Avenue

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

There is a house across the street from me that belongs in the neighborhood Hall of Shame. This house on 72nd Street has been in a state of neglect for years. Despite having called 311 multiple times for garbage in the front yard and sidewalk in addition to dead foliage that hasn't been cleaned in years, no citation was issued.

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SHOULD THE MAYOR HAVE UNCHECKED CONTROL OF NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

SHOULD THE MAYOR HAVE UNCHECKED CONTROL OF NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

No! He is not an education expert. Neither is Joel Klein, the Schools Chancellor. Neither one is an educational professional.

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Police Beat 104

Police Beat 104

What do you do when you walk on your block and see a car parked like this? Contact 311 immediately. Be prepared to give the location, color, make, and model of the vehicle. Have the plate number ready as well as the state. Do your best to describe why you believe the car is parked illegally. In this case, notice that the car is partly on the sidewalk (illegal) and is blocking the crosswalk (also illegal). This illegally parked car poses a safety hazard. Among other things, kids walking down to school or the bus will think it's OK to go around the back of the car, walking on the busy roadway.

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Juniper Civic & COMET File Lawsuit Against City on Toxic High School

Juniper Civic & COMET File Lawsuit Against City on Toxic High School

The Juniper Park Civic Association and COMET (Citizens Of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together) will file an Order to Show Cause (OSC) in State Court against the New York City School Construction Authority concerning several issues with the proposed constriction of an 1100 seat high school. The two civic associations are charging that toxic data and information was not available to elected representatives in the New York City Council, since none of it was discussed or debated before a vote was taken on April 2, 2009, approving and authorizing the construction of the school.

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The Amazing Mr. Berner...At 107 He Makes Yet Another Comeback

The Amazing Mr. Berner...At 107 He Makes Yet Another Comeback

Springtime is a season for rebirth and new beginnings. For 107 year old Carl Berner you say that again and again and again. After a rough couple of years and a few falls that caused him to break first his left hip and then last year his right, the amazing Carl Berner is up and around the streets of Middle Village and Maspeth. Almost any day in May you could see Carl Berner taking his morning walk on Caldwell Avenue. Recently I stopped to talk with Mr. Berner.

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ye not-so-olde MIDDLE VILLAGE CASTLES

ye not-so-olde MIDDLE VILLAGE CASTLES

A man's home is his castle. But some Middle Village homeowners are taking that old saying literally. They've built one. A castle that is, some large, some small but castles nonetheless. The new trend may have started with Tino Zulj and his wife Laura Talbot's house on 71st Street on the corner of 66th Drive. We haven't noticed any moats and we hope there aren't any dungeons but there are definitely castles in Middle Village. And the idea seems to be taking off.

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Strange Days Continue at Queens Parks

Strange Days Continue at Queens Parks

The issue of a dog run in Juniper Valley Park has again resurfaced. This time a group of about 25 dog owners is advocating for a very large dog run (they call it a dog park). Inexplicably, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski has taken the side of the dog run advocates and instead of protecting Juniper Valley Park's ambiance and beauty she is pushing to put a dog run in one of the nicest areas of the park, between the upper and lower ball fields. However, given her history, it may not be surprising at all. Many remember three years ago when Lewandowski presented a disgraceful plan to site a dog run in the Pullis garden area of the park. Fortunately, the Juniper Park Civic Association led the public outcry that derailed that plan.

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PERMANENT FENCED-IN DOG-RUNS AND PARKLAND TREES

PERMANENT FENCED-IN DOG-RUNS AND PARKLAND TREES

The greatest of stresses placed upon urban trees that affect tree health and longevity is the repeated compaction of root occupied soils. Landscape trees such as oaks, lindens and other species in public parklands can have a life span of 200+ years only if they are allowed to and, if provided with optimum and undisturbed growing conditions.

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Animal Sacrifice and More Plague Forest & Highland Parks.

Animal Sacrifice and More Plague Forest & Highland Parks.

Several residents and park users in Forest Park have reported to the Juniper Park Civic Association that animal carcasses (see photo) have been turning up in several locations of the park. Apparently the problem has been going on for quite sometime.

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Saving St. Saviour's

Saving St. Saviour's

Designed by Richard Upjohn and constructed in 1847-1848 in Maspeth, Queens, the former St. Saviour's Church was rescued from demolition in 2008 by the Juniper Park Civic Association, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Society for the Architecture of the City, and volunteers. The church was systematically deconstructed on an emergency basis and placed in storage in May, 2008. During disassembly, All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens, offered the JPCA a new site for the building at the cemetery

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Rezoning Project Summary-Middle Village-Maspeth-Glendale

Rezoning Project Summary-Middle Village-Maspeth-Glendale

The proposed rezoning of Middle Village, Maspeth and Glendale initiated by the Juniper Park Civic Association in 2004 is finally completed. The JPCA started the project at a meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Village and this writer still has a list of the volunteers who participated. We went door to door with lists of the housing stock in the neighborhood. Each house was viewed and changes from the original plans were documented at each address. It was tedious work but necessary, according to John Young, Director of City Planning. In effect though, volunteers did the City Planning Department's job, pro bono, because it was stated that City Planning didn't have the personnel to do the work.

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Happy Birthday, Eliot Avenue!

Happy Birthday, Eliot Avenue!

On February 11, 2009, Eliot Avenue, as we know it, turned 70. For many years, it was planned that this street would extend to Woodhaven Boulevard and further to Queens Boulevard, but it was not completed until 1939, just in time for the World's Fair in 1939-40. Eliot Avenue was sometimes called "World's Fair Avenue," because it was the main road, if not the only road, that lead from Brooklyn to the World's Fair in Flushing.

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Royal Roots Revisited Exhibit at Onderdonk House

Royal Roots Revisited Exhibit at Onderdonk House

"Royal Roots Revisited: Saluting the Dutch House of Orange-Nassau" explores Netherlandish monarchs' relationship with the New World since the early 17th Century. Part of New York State's quadricentennial celebration of explorer Henry Hudson's 1609 arrival in Manhattan, the historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House's exhibition (August 1-November 15, 2009) features more than 125 rare coins, vessels, photographs and related ephemera. Dutch historian Matthew Jensen has been ably supported by seasoned curators Arthur Kirmss and Ellen Brody-Kirmss, archivist Meghan Harkins, gallerist John Ogren and art historian Stan Parchin.

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Doocey at Large: NYC ELECTIONS ARE SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 3 ...The Time to Start Judging Candidates is Now

Doocey at Large: NYC ELECTIONS ARE SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 3 ...The Time to Start Judging Candidates is Now

We have to stop the trend of electing people with such a propensity to lie, cheat and abuse others to represent us. In effect we have to "kick the tires," of potential candidates for office, asking the right questions and getting the right answers. We must refuse to vote for anyone who tries to avoid scrutiny. It is a big responsibility but it is worth it, so we can finally have a few good men or women represent us in the city, state and federal governments.

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ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARGE MARKEY'S BILL PROTECTS CHILD MOLESTERS

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARGE MARKEY'S BILL PROTECTS CHILD MOLESTERS

The Roman Catholic State Assembly representative of the 30th Assembly District covering parts of Maspeth, Middle Village, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, and Woodside is on a full-fledged rampage to protect child abuse committed in our public schools, or otherwise on property controlled by city government. How? An Assembly bill she is sponsoring, A02596, has as its purpose the singling out of the Catholic Church for financial abuse by the trial lawyers who contribute so heavily to her election campaigns. This bill is an effort to pay the trial lawyers for loyal support.

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La Bella Cucina Ristorante

La Bella Cucina Ristorante

Middle Village is very fortunate. We are about to get a new Italian restaurant, which will open, hopefully, this summer.

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Killy's Korner

Killy's Korner

Killy's Korner will be a new column in the Juniper Berry and it will have information on the lighter moments in our neighborhood such as births, anniversaries, graduations, anything that is newsworthy or that we think people will like reading. It will be written by JPCA Officer, John Killcommons, who, everyone knows, knows everyone in the neighborhood! Who is better to give this writing assignment to? Should be fun and we look forward to reading Killy's news in our Juniper Berry. This is the first column and it will evolve from here.

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Community Spotlight: Jeffrey Karl

Community Spotlight: Jeffrey Karl

Our community spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on NYC Parks Department employee, Jeffrey Karl. Jeffrey is the Parks & Recreation Manager for Community Board 5 Queens and he is responsible for all the parks within CB5 boundaries. The park acreage in the CB5 area is vast so Jeff has his work cut out for him.

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Berry Book Review

Berry Book Review

The rainforests of Bolivia teem with the beauty of nature, even as tensions run deep among its native people. They are fighting for their way of life and fighting to protect the natural beauty of their country, while trying to balance economic equality with the rest of the world with environmental conservation.

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