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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 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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1939 New York World's Fair

1939 New York World's Fair

Just before WWII when the United States was still in the throes of the "Great Depression" one of the great minds of the times belonging to NYC Parks Commissioner, Robert Moses, seized the opportunity to turn a vast, over 1,200 acres ash dump in the heart of Queens into a city park at the expense of the newly formed World's Fair Corporation.

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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Queens Politics

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Queens Politics

Boss Tweed died in solitude in 1878. Yet, the political shenanigans that came to define the once powerful Tammany Hall still persist today. Queens County has long held the unscrupulous distinction for having a corrupt and ironically undemocratic machine run the gamut. Maspeth and Middle Village are no exception to that rule. In fact, our community is home to some of the biggest clubhouse politicians in the entire city. They hold little or no regard for the views of their constituents, and will stop at nothing to do whatever is best for them; the general public be damned.

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Trucks Continue to Wreak Havoc;  JPCA to Plan Protest

Trucks Continue to Wreak Havoc; JPCA to Plan Protest

For over 10 years community leaders led by Maspeth's Tony Nunziato have been attempting to divert through truck traffic away from neighborhood commercial areas including Grand Avenue.

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DOT's new Triangle configuration is officially a disaster

DOT's new Triangle configuration is officially a disaster

Over one year ago, without community input, the Department of Transportation decided to reconfigure traffic patterns at the intersection of the fork of Grand and Flushing Avenues. Their plan was to make it tougher for trucks to travel eastbound on Grand Avenue by making the pedestrian island larger and eliminating the eastbound Grand Avenue lane.

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Suspicious Cat Deaths in Middle Village

Suspicious Cat Deaths in Middle Village

Residents living on 81st and 82nd Street near 58th Avenue are being warned about suspicious cat deaths in the area. Anonymous signs were posted on several light poles in the area urging residents to call 311 or 911 to report anyone acting suspiciously towards animals.

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Letters to the Editor

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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Marge Markey's Greatest Hits (on us)

Marge Markey's Greatest Hits (on us)

A short list of the "accomplishments" of Assemblywoman Margaret Markey.

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Making Sense out of Confusion

Being a journalist, I am privileged to be able to speak to a number of people from all walks of life on various topics. A big concern I continually hear lately involves the seemingly chaotic state of the current administration and what appears to many to be a president and Democrat-run majority in Congress who are disconnected from the people and who have no sense of direction or understanding of the problems facing this nation.

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The Ever Changing New York City Skyline

The Ever Changing New York City Skyline

The people of Maspeth and Middle Village, for the most part, have a catbird's view of the ever-changing Manhattan skyline. There is the continual demolition of buildings and the erections of new and usually taller buildings, but when you examine this very recent photo of Juniper Valley Park, which was taken from a boom truck, the background reminds us all that the Twin Towers are GONE. Those majestic towers that stood 110 stories tall were demolished by a terrorist attack by radical Muslims disguised in western garb. Yes, clean shaven, no turbans, no robes, no sandals, indeed it was a very well planned stealth attack.

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Maspeth in the 1950's & 60's

Maspeth in the 1950's & 60's

My grandparents bought our house in 1943 and it is where I grew up and continue to live to this day. All of my friends I grew up with have left the block, so I'll do my best to remember way back to the 50's and 60's. My mother and father both grew up in Maspeth. Mom's parents came from Germany, and dad's from Hungary; both came here in the 1920's, so I heard plenty of stories from the 30's and 40's.

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Amazing Neighborhood Stories: Fall Killed Mrs. Randhare Jumped From Car to Aid Husband and Was Fatally Injured

Mrs. Lena Randhare, thirty-five years old, of 99 East Eighth Street, Manhattan, who jumped from trolley car 888 of the Grand Street and Newtown line early yesterday, after her husband had accidentally fallen from the step of the car, died four hours later in St. Catharine's Hospital of her injuries.

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Amazing Neighborhood Stories: Maspeth Must Reform Complaints Made Against the Boisterous City Visitors

Maspeth, L.I., is at its merriest on Sunday. Every beer tap in the village flows in a copious stream, baseball flourishes in half a dozen "parks," and picnics abound wherever grass and trees happen to be neighbors. Brass bands play the latest and most popular melodies, crowds of people help to kick up the dust, which seems to be the chief part of the roadway, and the street cars which run out from the Eastern District of Brooklyn are crowded with pleasure seekers

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Buried as His Cousin, 'Dead' Man Returns; Cost of Tombstone Change Worries Family

Investigation has revealed that the man who was buried nearly two months ago in St. John's Cemetery as Louis Jasuikaio of Maspeth, really was John Rogosha, also of Maspeth. The mistake was originally made by Tony Melka, 17 Clinton Avenue, Maspeth, a cousin of both Jasuikaio and Rogosha, who was notified by the authorities of the death in the Home of the Aged and Infirm on Welfare Island. Rogosha was buried and all his relatives thought it was Jasuikaio until several days ago, when Jasuikaio appeared on the streets near his home.

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Amazing Neighborhood Stories: Smothered to Death in Queens Swamp ‒

A party of berry pickers found the body of a man in Juniper Swamp, near Marion Street, Maspeth, Queens, yesterday.

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Amazing Neighborhood Stories: Conductor Owns Auto ‒ Maspeth Man Uses Car to Drive to Work Daily

Long Island City has a trolley car conductor that rides to work in his own automobile, leaves it at the car barns and after his day's work is over, rides home in state. His name is Joseph Jarkousky and he lives at 27 Remsen Place, Maspeth. He is employed by the New York and Queens County Railway Company. All went well with this routine until some one stole the automobile.

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Horse Sausage Factory • Henry Bosse's Maspeth Establishment Closed by a Creditor

NEWTOWN, L.I. Nov. 19 ‒ There was a temporary suspension in the Maspeth horse-bologna-sausage industry today. Deputy Sheriff Louis Walters, armed with an execution took charge of the factory which is operated to Henry Bosse.

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The Little Things Make a Big Difference

The Little Things Make a Big Difference

I've heard it said that it is the little things in life that matter the most. I think that truer words have never been spoken! I've come to notice many of the little things in my life, and they are truly wonderful when you appreciate them. I have made a career out of taking large projects and "chunking" them up into small manageable ones. I've discovered that is how success can be achieved without a large amount of effort.

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Big News at Beautiful Uvarara

Big News at Beautiful Uvarara

Uvarara's master chef, Mamma Rosa, has added new, delicious and mouthwatering dishes on her menu.

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Ideas for Small  Business in Queens

Ideas for Small Business in Queens

Now, more than ever, we need to implement common sense solutions to help our community shopping strips. Small businesses are the backbone of New York City's economy, and unfortunately they have borne the brunt of our nation's recent downturn. Recently, my office released a survey of 10 of Queens' busiest shopping streets showing an average vacancy rate of 12%, with up to 1 in 5 stores closed on one busy stretch of Jamaica Avenue alone.

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SURVIVING THE TURBULENT 196O's

SURVIVING THE TURBULENT 196O's

In the summer of 1960 I was five years old; by the end of that chaotic decade, in 1969, I was a teenager, 14 years of age. To say it was a confusing, frustrating time to live during those impressionable years does not do justice to the events of the time period. Maybe turbulent is the best word to describe what happened during the 60's; some good, but mostly troubling and tragic events dominated the news. To be honest, it was a wild decade to go from a young child to a teenager.

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Community Spotlight: Harbor Apothecary

Community Spotlight: Harbor Apothecary

Our business spotlight for this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on a genuine Middle Village native, Charles Ciaccio of Harbor Apothecary on Dry Harbor Road in Middle Village

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Younger Voices: THE LEGENDARY CARL BERNER

Younger Voices: THE LEGENDARY CARL BERNER

Today I was lucky enough to meet a great man, Carl Berner. I had the honor of sharing his time and talk to him about his memories and experiences. He started out by telling me that he is "108 and a half years old." He is really amazing.

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Welcome to Middle Village! Rev. Peter Purpura, Parochial Vicar

Welcome to Middle Village! Rev. Peter Purpura, Parochial Vicar

I had the pleasure recently to meet Fr. Peter Purpura, the newest member of the Pastoral Staff at Our Lady of Hope. I had heard much about Fr. Peter and I have to say that when I met him he lived up to his reputation of being personable and friendly. In a word, Fr. Peter is easy to talk to, stands 6' 6" tall and in response to my question as to why he isn't playing basketball and making millions, he stated, "I'm not tall enough!"

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Killy's Korner Sept/Oct 2010

Killy's Korner Sept/Oct 2010

Killy's Korner 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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Victory Parade

Victory Parade

One of the reasons so many people voted for President Obama was the perception that he could unify the country. The question is where do we go from here as a community? We do have a say in our little corner of the world in Queens County.

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Do You Remember? The Dairy Farms of Middle Village

Do You Remember? The Dairy Farms of Middle Village

In the early part of the century there were many farms in our area. One of the dairy farms started in 1905 and owned by Charles Schwartz is still in business.

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