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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 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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Chase Bank – Eliot Avenue's New Home Coming

Chase Bank – Eliot Avenue's New Home Coming

The corner of Eliot Avenue and 74th Street was formerly the home of the eyesore, BP gas station, and it is now the new home of the Chase Bank.

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New York Sanctuary City Chaos

New York Sanctuary City Chaos

This article is a follow-up to the article in the March 2009 Juniper Berry. It supports the criticism of New York's Sanctuary City status with the statistics that show the reality of the illegal alien in our city and the negative impact they have on our lives.

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

PLENTY OF TOPICS, SO LITTLE SPACE

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2009 Summer Concert Series a Great Success!

2009 Summer Concert Series a Great Success!

September marks the end of summer and the 2009 Juniper Park Summer Concert Series.

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Occupancy of Cellars and Basements in One- and Two- Family Dwellings

Occupancy of Cellars and Basements in One- and Two- Family Dwellings

What is the difference between a basement and a cellar?

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AnEliot Avenue Dowager gets a Facelift...In Time for the 60thIn Time for the 60th Anniversary of Ownership

AnEliot Avenue Dowager gets a Facelift...In Time for the 60thIn Time for the 60th Anniversary of Ownership

Many of us have passedEliot Avenueand80thStreet, over the past year and noticed the extensive renovation effort underway on the Northwest corner.One of the oldest commercial buildings in this part of MiddleVillage, it has been among the true anchors for the community.The major tenant, Met Food, moved into79-15 Eliot Avenuein 1992, a space that has always been occupied by supermarkets.For those of us who are familiar with the area, other businesses in the building have included a bakery, a bar and grill, a real estate office, a beauty parlor and dry goods andstationery stores.

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The Resonant Voice

The Resonant Voice

If you read our March 2009 Juniper Berry you know about the early life of Joe Magnus. This is what you read and it is a prelude to his life story, entitled, "The Resonant Voice."

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New Absurd Times: Football booted off natural grass

New Absurd Times: Football booted off natural grass

The Juniper Park Civic Association received the following e-mail from the Queens Falcons Vice President, Tim Cavanaugh, and the statement is typical of the criticism the JPCA has been hearing from some people connected to the Falcons football team.

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Warning: Continuous Construction

Warning: Continuous Construction

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) fails miserably to protect our community from illegal and improper construction projects. But that is nothing new. On almost every level DOB continues to be a shockingly ineffectual agency. The buck must stop at the desk of Mayor Michael Bloomberg who during his 2001 election campaign promised to revamp the DOB. Instead like most of Bloomberg's promises, we witnessed a lot of talk but little action. The Bloomberg spin machine continues to tell New Yorkers that things are better and yet he keeps ignoring NYC borough priorities unless that borough is named Manhattan.

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La Bella Cucina: Fresh, Elegant and Delicious

La Bella Cucina: Fresh, Elegant and Delicious

Roses, shrubs and trees, beautifully decorated, Restaurant La Bella Cucina rests along an almost century old railway rampart. Built as a route for steam engines around 1916, the New York Connecting Railroad splices together all places north, via the Bronx, across the Hells Gate Bridge, to Long Island and the rest of New York City. Hidden from view, an occasional resonant, droning whistle of a diesel train can still be heard as freight cars rumble and clank through a 30' deep channel that cuts through Middle Village on the Juniper Valley branch. And situated next to the 69th Place overpass, expert/owner restaurateur Joseph Passanante (photo upper right) created a masterpiece, an Italian restaurant that combines exquisite food, ambiance and decor.

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The History of the Newtown Creek

The History of the Newtown Creek

The first map of Long Island on record was made by Adrian Block 1614. Because it is relatively flat, Long Island had no great rivers or falls that could be harnessed to provide power to drive machinery. So the first 150 years, its largest industry was farming. L. I. supplied the food to the growing population of Manhattan.

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The Arrogance of Politics

The Arrogance of Politics

How many times do we have to watch those video clips of the "representatives" whose every penny they spend is taken from us, the voting taxpayers? How much arrogance do we have to watch before we conclude that these people quit "representing" us the moment the vote count was complete and they won? How many times are we going to accept being labeled as Nazis, or a mob, or as swastika-carrying dupes of the insurance companies or, criticized for being too well dressed to be actual constituents?

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Forest Hills Cat Hospital – "A No Bark Facility"

Forest Hills Cat Hospital – "A No Bark Facility"

I had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Jay Luger, veterinarian and owner of the newly opened Forest Hills Cat Hospital in Middle Village. He took me on a tour of his Hospital.

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Killy's Korner

Killy's Korner

Killy's Korner is a new column in the Juniper Berry and it contains 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. John Killcommons, knows practically everyone in the neighborhood! Who is better to give this writing assignment to? Send info and photos to: KillysKorner@aol.com or write: Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 deadline for next issue: November 15

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berry book review

berry book review

Button Peters is 9 years old when her summer and her young life changes, perhaps forever.

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