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June 2010 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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Robert E. Doocey ‒ Our Friend, Colleague and Family Member

Robert E. Doocey ‒ Our Friend, Colleague and Family Member

Robert Doocey, Bob to all who knew him, was our friend and colleague and from the moment he set eyes on the JPCA he knew this was where he belonged and, most importantly, where he could solve the many problems that had developed on his neighborhood streets. In fact his wife, Linda, mentioned to me at the Memorial Mass, that Bob and their family regarded the Juniper Park Civic Association as "family."

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Middle Village Building on its Past, Preparing for its Future

Middle Village Building on its Past, Preparing for its Future

On October 3, 2008, the New York Times published a profile of Middle Village, designating it "a halfway point where people tend to stay." The article focused on the inherent charm of our beloved neighborhood, paying specific attention to our quiet dog walkers and joggers as well as the very low residential turnover rate.

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Middle Village Streets by the numbers

Middle Village Streets by the numbers

Length and direction of Middle Village streets

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letters to the Editor

Comments or Opinions? Send to: Letters/Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 or e-mail: letters@junipercivic.com

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the new Civil War

the new Civil War

Can you imagine if suddenly the front door to your home was taken off and as a result you and your family were subjected to burglaries and assaults while being forced to live with and feed anyone who entered your home? That would seem an extremely dangerous situation to be in but add to that that you are forbidden to put your door back on its hinges and when you try to expel the unwanted visitors and criminals in your living room you are called racist by elected officials. Welcome to Arizona's world.

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Please Don't Feed the Pigeons

Please Don't Feed the Pigeons

The neighbors around 78th Street and 77th Place off 62nd Avenue have been having a major pigeon problem. The problem is being escalated to the point where neighbors are against neighbors. There is someone feeding these pigeons and the pigeons have adopted the back porches of this community as their feeding source. If something is said, people immediately think you hate animals which is not the case as most of us have had a pet at one time or another.

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JPCA Sparks Buildings Department Investigation of Craigslist Postings

JPCA Sparks Buildings Department Investigation of Craigslist Postings

After reviewing real estate listings on Craigslist.org (an internet classified posting service), Juniper Park Civic Association president, Robert Holden contacted Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri about the many illegal apartments being advertised on the site. There were dozens of basement apartments and other illegal rentals listed.

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Crime Increases in 104th Precinct as Staff Levels Drop

Crime Increases in 104th Precinct as Staff Levels Drop

Crime is going up and many residents are concerned that we are returning to the bad old days in NYC.

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN ACTION... NYPD AUXILIARY POLICE

COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN ACTION... NYPD AUXILIARY POLICE

The NYPD Auxiliary Police Program is the nation's largest and finest volunteer crime prevention program. Over 4,000 dedicated men and women contribute over 1 million hours of service each year to their community.

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Juniper Valley Park Issues: Unleashed Dog Problems Continue

Juniper Valley Park Issues: Unleashed Dog Problems Continue

The following excerpt is from an e-mail sent by Joe Pisano who heads up a dog group of about 35 people who are pushing for a large chunk of Juniper Park for a dog run. Pisano thinks that because he attends meetings and has stayed vigilant about the dog run that there is an entitlement coming to him and his group. In his insular world, he also states that there is no opposition to a dog run in Juniper Park! Let's give him an education. This revealing excerpt from his e-mail went to about 35 dog owners who use Juniper Valley Park and who unleash their dogs in one of the busiest and most traveled areas of the park. It is not a dog run, there is no dog run or "designated dog area" in Juniper Valley Park. Joe Pisano doesn't know that but after reading this article, he will. The area in question is between the upper and lower ball fields and it is a beautifully bucolic respite between the two busy fields. The children play their league games on the fields so the area in question is totally populated with young kids and their parents.

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What Would Marge Think?

What Would Marge Think?

The following is a very poignant memory written by the daughter of Margaret Magnus who was a dear friend of the JPCA, serving on the Executive Board and Community Board 5 for many years. We lost Margaret in 2007 but her memory lives on.

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PS 128  The Lorraine Tuzzo Juniper Valley Elementary School

PS 128 The Lorraine Tuzzo Juniper Valley Elementary School

When you hear the words "Super Volunteer" you think of those whom you know who have given so much back to their community. Middle Village resident, Lorraine Tuzzo, was one of those people who never stopped giving of herself all her adult life.

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Remembering a Purely Magical Place... FREEDOMLAND, USA

Remembering a Purely Magical Place... FREEDOMLAND, USA

When you think of theme parks of the past was there any place more exciting than Freedomland?

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Amazing Stories:How They Saved the Barn What Cord Meyer, Jr. of Maspeth Owes to the Trumps

Maspeth, L.I., May 28. ‒ Edward Hause and George Rettinger, in ordinary times and in ordinary circumstances, would be regarded simply as two exceptionally ragged, bleared, and unkempt tramps, but yesterday they achieved a modicum of notoriety.

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Amazing Stories: Killed Friend in Quarrel

Emil Neilson, twenty-two years old, of Maspeth, L.I., struck Herman Holt, his particular friend, yesterday, during an altercation neartheir homes and the blow, which landed on Holt's jaw, proved fatal. Holt was twenty-one years old. He leaves a wife, whom he married but a short time ago.

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Amazing Stories: Buried Under Embankment.

Amazing Stories: Buried Under Embankment.

One Man Killed and Two Injured by Cave-In on Long Island

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Amazing Stories: The Land: Monuments to Stubbornness

Amazing Stories: The Land: Monuments to Stubbornness

In 1963, Macy's Department Store decided to build a branch in Queens, N.Y., began to buy up all the property on a prime five-acre site. As quickly as anyone could say money, everyone had sold out — except for Mary Sondek, an elderly mother of six, who lived in a two-story gingerbread house on a 170-ft. by 50-ft. corner plot.

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What have they done to  our community?

What have they done to our community?

In my previous articles I have presented a summary of our community's history and how it came to be. Maspeth has always been special, representing America and its dream.

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Growing Up in ELMHURST, Queens

Growing Up in ELMHURST, Queens

I grew up on 53rd Avenue in Elmhurst, Queens. 53rd Avenue begins at Seabury Street where Ascension is located. This Catholic School was the learning place for most of the neighborhood children. Further up is Van Horn and then Haspel Street. My house was the fourth house in on a dead end street. As a child I recall the street had an ominous, intimidating sign, with a red light above it. On a square yellow piece of metal in black lettering the words DEAD END STREET stood out! The word 'dead' was enough to scare myself and the other children on the block.

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Killy's Korner June/July 2010

Killy's Korner June/July 2010

Well it's time for another Killy's Korner and we start this one with great news.

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Younger Voices

Younger Voices

Hello everyone, my family and I just got back from Cancun, Mexico and I wanted to share my experience with you and give you some tips for vacations.

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Juniper Park Homes For Sale: 1939.

Juniper Park Homes For Sale: 1939.

This is an advertisement for the newly built Juniper Park Homes back in 1939.

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Community Spotlight: JoAnne Amagrande

Community Spotlight: JoAnne Amagrande

Our Community Spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on JoAnneAmagrande, Queens Parks Chief of Staff and Middle Village resident.

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