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November Juniper Berry Magazine

November 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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Berry News

Berry News

The Juniper Park Civic Association is planning a fall planting event in Juniper Valley Park in November on a day to be announced. The JPCA is planning to replace the trees lost during the September 16th storm. The NYC Department of Parks is planning to remove the remaining stumps from the downed trees. Individuals or groups willing to volunteer time for the plantings should call 718-651-5865 or email: info@junipercivic.com

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Gangster Government... Meet the Mob

Gangster Government... Meet the Mob

When government is not responsive to the citizens it has sworn to serve and protect and when that government actually seeks to punish the citizenry, it can be called a "gangster government." The term has been used to describe the Obama administration's strong arm tactics on Obamacare. However from our view, some New York politicians can teach Barack a few Tammany tricks. Here we examine a few of the major players that have negatively affected our community through their actions and misdeeds. Any resemblance to persons fictional or real who are living, dead or undead is purely coincidental.

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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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Caution: Playing Politics  With Lives

Caution: Playing Politics With Lives

How three clubhouse politicians ended up with egg on their faces after a politically motivated press conference

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A Maspeth Girl in Iwo Jima

A Maspeth Girl in Iwo Jima

Mary Occhiogrosso: A Girl from Maspeth and Accomplished Nurse and Performer During World War II

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9/16/10 Microburst

9/16/10 Microburst

On September 16, 2010, Middle Village was hit with one of the worst storms ever to strike New York City. Heavy thunderstorms were predicted but at approximately 5:30 P.M. the skies turned from day to night and hail and rain pelted the area. At 5:40pm the oncoming storm suddenly burst into 125 mph winds and within seconds trees were thrown down with such force that it is a miracle no one in our neighborhood was killed. The lone fatality occurred when a woman was killed by a falling tree after she pulled over on the shoulder of the Grand Central Parkway. It was later confirmed that the storm was described as two tornadoes that created a "microburst."

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What is a Microburst?

What is a Microburst?

A microburst is a very localized column of sinking air, producing damaging divergent and straight-line winds at the surface that are similar to, but distinguishable from, tornadoes, which generally have convergent damage

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AMAZING STORIES: Shot Himself In the Head John Leighton of Brooklyn Commits Suicide at Maspeth

John Leighton, a member of Mansfield Post, G.A.R., of Brooklyn, died this morning at his home in Maspeth, L.I., from a self-inflicted wound fired from a thirty-two-caliber bulldog revolver yesterday afternoon.

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AMAZING STORIES: Fire Bombers Said to Pick Wrong Home

AMAZING STORIES: Fire Bombers Said to Pick Wrong Home

(March 12, 1972) A Queens family of five escaped injury early yesterday when a fire bomb was tossed through a window of their Maspeth home ink what police believe was a bungled attempt to harass a former Nazi prison camp official.

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AMAZING STORIES: Brooklyn's Mystery Cleared Up John Leonard's Stepmother Took Him to the Hospital to Die

(April 23, 1896) The mystery of the man who was driven by a woman to St. Catharine's Hospital, Brooklyn, and left to die in the street, on Tuesday, was cleared up yesterday. Detective Becker of the Stagg Street Police Station learned that the woman was Mrs. Julia Leonard of Astoria Avenue and Merise Street, Maspeth, and that the man was her stepson, John Leonard.

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Murder After Reading Diary

(May 21, 1980) A 26-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison for murdering his estranged wife's lover outside a bar in Maspeth, Queens, last October.

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$50,000 Alienation Suit. John Cooper Arrested on Charge Made by C.N. Robinson of Maspeth, L.I

(January 24, 1909) On an order issued by Justice Maddox of the Supreme Court, Brooklyn, yesterday a Deputy Sheriff arrested John Cooper, said to be President of the Cooper Construction Company, a New Jersey corporation, in a suit brought against him by Clarence N. Robinson of 3 Columbia Avenue, Maspeth, L.I., to recover $50,000 for the alienation of the affections of his wife, Mrs. Leonora Robinson, Cooper gave $2,000 bail, and was not locked up. He says he has a good defense.

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AMAZING STORIES: Police Continuing Inquiry On Trees Have Not Yet Queried Man Linked to Queens Mystery ‒

(July 16, 1969) The police official investigating the mysterious cutting down of a grove of trees in a Forest Hills park last month said yesterday that he had not yet questioned a member of a local vigilante group who told an interviewer two weeks ago that "You can use your own imagination" as to who destroyed the trees.

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Forgot Prayer, 2 seized Pickpockets at Cemetery Say They Wanted to Honor the Dead

Forgot Prayer, 2 seized Pickpockets at Cemetery Say They Wanted to Honor the Dead

(June 1, 1951) Two pickpockets with records dating back many years were arraigned on jostling charges yesterday because while visiting St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, on Memorial Day, they failed to convince a detective that they knew how to pray.

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'Tis the Season to Reflect!

'Tis the Season to Reflect!

The year 2010 is coming to a close. The majority of people are eagerly awaiting three of our favorite holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The year 2010 is coming to a close. The majority of people are eagerly awaiting three of our favorite holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

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The day after tomorrow

The day after tomorrow

Whatever the outcome of the 2010 mid-term elections, it is clear the U.S. government will have significantly changed since 2008. Within the executive branch there have been numerous resignations of senior officials including the president's chief of staff, national security advisor, senior economic advisors and soon his chief political strategist as well. On Capitol Hill, the Republicans will most likely hold a majority in the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate as well.

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J. Cotoia Construction

J. Cotoia Construction

J. Cotoia Construction Inc 59-08 70th St Maspeth NY 11378 718 779 4026 917 731-5696

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Early Middle Village School Days

Early Middle Village School Days

"In Middle Village, we had only one little school, #70, on Juniper Avenue (now 69th St.), with three class rooms. When you completed your last class there, about the fifth grade, you could quit, or travel to Brooklyn or Newtown for further studies

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Killy's Korner Nov/Dec 2010

Killy's Korner Nov/Dec 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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Community Spotlight: Tony Nunziato

Community Spotlight: Tony Nunziato

Our spotlight for this Juniper Berry shines on a neighborhood volunteer, known to all as Tony Nunziato.

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