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November Juniper Berry Magazine

November 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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How the other half Lives...

How the other half Lives...

Jacob Riis documented the squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s. It served as a basis for future muckraking journalism by exposing the slums to New York City's upper and middle class. One hundred and thirty years later we know where Mr. Riis is, but apparently his lessons have been lost on the current leadership of New York City.

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Community Spotlight: Reverend Michael A. Carrano

Community Spotlight: Reverend Michael A. Carrano

Our Spotlight for this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on the new pastor of Our Lady of Hope Church in Middle Village, Reverend Michael Carrano. I interviewed Father Carrano recently and this is his story.

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Dec. 2009 Letters

Dec. 2009 Letters

Letters to the Editor on community issues.

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Your Help is Needed to Rebuild St. Saviour's

Your Help is Needed to Rebuild St. Saviour's

Now the real work begins to reconstruct St. Saviour's. The Juniper Park Civic Association will supervise the reconstruction of the St. Saviour's building. In 1847 Maspeth residents raised the funds to build St. Saviour's on Maspeth Hill near the Newtown Creek in Maspeth. Volunteers even dug the foundation and collected large boulders. The same effort will be needed to rebuild St. Saviour's at its new home on 69th Street corner Juniper Valley Road.

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Problems with the 104th  Precinct? Blame Bloomberg's Manhattan-centric Philosophy

Problems with the 104th Precinct? Blame Bloomberg's Manhattan-centric Philosophy

On Monday, November 9th, at Saint Margaret's Church, the Property Owners/Residents Middle Village Association hosted the monthly COP104 Meeting. Some of the citizens' reports should interest all residents of the precinct.

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This is not a test, or was it?

This is not a test, or was it?

It's amazing how fast we forget the memories and threats of 9/11/2001. With the terrorist trials coming to New York City it doesn't seem like we are really ready.

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Illegal Aliens Counted in the Decennial Census

Illegal Aliens Counted in the Decennial Census

Did you know that the US Census Bureau in its decennial head count will aim to count the illegal aliens in the total? Most Americans do not make the connection that illegal immigrants and other foreigners who are not legal permanent residents are part of the calculation for the apportionment of Congressional representatives. If the population of illegal aliens and other long-term foreign residents were inconsequential, this would not be an important issue.

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Arborcide! The perpetrators come in all sizes and shapes but  the biggest abuser may be someone we all know.

Arborcide! The perpetrators come in all sizes and shapes but the biggest abuser may be someone we all know.

The recent mindless attacks against 12 trees in Juniper Vallery Park highlights a disturbing trend occurring not only in our community but all over the City of New York. And the culprits more often than not are not teens just out for some mischief. Tree abusers come in all sizes, shapes, income levels and ages.

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The Value of Trees to a Community

The Value of Trees to a Community

The following are some statistics on just how important trees are in a community setting.

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Solid Waste Mismanagement  in Maspeth

Solid Waste Mismanagement in Maspeth

Once again the City of New York is dumping on Maspeth and western Queens. New York City was originally planning to enter into a long-term contract with Waste Management Inc. (WMI) for truck-to-rail or truck-to-barge disposal of all of the DSNY-managed Waste from Queens Community Districts 1 through 6.

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 "Welcome aboard the Intrepid!"

"Welcome aboard the Intrepid!"

"Welcome aboard the Intrepid!" This is how I greet the many visitors to the Intrepid Sea, Air/Space Museum, which is located at West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, and is a spectacular floating historical landmark that combines education, inspiration and fun.

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Q Gardens Gallery: Can You Picture This?

Q Gardens Gallery: Can You Picture This?

Specializing in rare and unusual photos of New York City, the Q Gardens Gallery vintage photo collection offers a nostalgic, visual wealth of neighborhood history with a penchant for many local Queens Communities.

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New Business Spotlight: Buon Gelateria & Euro Bar

New Business Spotlight: Buon Gelateria & Euro Bar

Middle Village continues to strut its stuff, showing how stable and prosperous our little town continues to be by attracting new businesses. The newly opened Buon Gelateria & Euro Bar located on Eliot Avenue and 74th Street is one of those businesses.

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New Business Spotlight: Middle Village Hand Car Wash  & Detailing Center

New Business Spotlight: Middle Village Hand Car Wash & Detailing Center

We had the privilege to meet yet another Middle Village resident who has chosen this Town to open a business. His name is Brian Fahy who is a young guy looking to grab the gold ring in his career by opening the Middle Village Hand Car Wash & Detailing Center.

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Return to Fairyland

Return to Fairyland

"Back in the Day," as the saying goes, there was a magical place called Fairyland Kiddiepark, which was located where the mammoth, 1,000,000 square foot Queens Center Mall now stands. We plowed through the history of the 1950's, as well as memories of the baby boomers and their parents that used the amusement park, reminiscing their feelings and experiences. The following is what we found, gleaned from various publications from 1953. It speaks to the birth of Fairyland, a unique amusement park of yesterday. Note the cost for the rides and the dollar amounts stated, truly numbers from another era in America's history.

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Amazing Stories from Middle Village & Maspeth

Amazing Stories from Middle Village & Maspeth

The following are some amazing stories printed in the New York Times in the 1880s through the 1930s. This is part one of a regular series.

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Doocey at Large: What Was That? A Hurricane?

Doocey at Large: What Was That? A Hurricane?

Wow! Tuesday, November 3rd this year proved that every vote cast has consequences, and so does every vote that stays at home.

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Community Spotlight: Wade Metzner

Community Spotlight: Wade Metzner

Our community spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on Wade Metzner, a NYC Parks Dept. employee for 32 years.

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Younger Voices: Volunteering

Younger Voices: Volunteering

My name is Nicholas Lume, I am 11 years old and I have lived in Middle Village all my life. I attend Our Lady of Hope School and I am in the sixth grade. I want to explain to you a very important topic, "volunteering".

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Business Spotlight: The Learning Tree

Business Spotlight: The Learning Tree

Our Business Spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on the Learning Tree Pre-School in Middle Village right across from Juniper Valley Park.

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Killy's Korner Dec. 2009

Killy's Korner Dec. 2009

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?

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Maspeth in My Blood

Maspeth in My Blood

Make no mistake, we are under siege, some call it progress. I call it the dismantling of our heritage.

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Berry Book Review: No More Tomorrows by Dominic Caruso

Berry Book Review: No More Tomorrows by Dominic Caruso

On February 13, 1927, a tragedy took place that devastated two families ‒ the Caruso family and the Pendola family.

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