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March 2011 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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Illegal Apartments on Craigslist Postings Too Much for DOB

Illegal Apartments on Craigslist Postings Too Much for DOB

Illegal apartments listings on Craigslist are continuing despite an undercover investigation launched last year by the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). In September 2010 Mayor Bloomberg held a press conference at City Hall to announce the results of the undercover DOB investigation. The investigation was the idea of Juniper Park Civic Association president, Robert Holden.

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SHOULD WE BE AFRAID TO DIAL 911?

SHOULD WE BE AFRAID TO DIAL 911?

What can be done to fix the healthcare crisis in our borough of Queens? It is a fact that waiting times in all Queens Emergency Rooms exceed 18 hours, the borough is over 1,000 inpatient beds short, and patients can wait in hallways up to three days before being moved to their rooms. With this said, are we living in a third world country? Queens is one of the largest counties in the state, if not the country by density of population and our healthcare services are considered the worst by any measurable standard. We are a swine flu or terrorist attack away from an epic disaster. Doesn't anyone realize this or even care?

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Bloomberg's Winter Fantasyland

Bloomberg's Winter Fantasyland

On September 16, 2010 it was a "microburst," a combination of wind, rain and hail that bombarded our neighborhood leaving it looking like a war zone with trees down all over our local streets. To add insult to injury the Bloomberg Administration completely abandoned our neighborhood leaving us to fend for ourselves with no police or emergency services readily available to help our residents.

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Welcome to New York: The Nanny State!

Welcome to New York: The Nanny State!

Freedom of Choice – isn't that one of the founding principles of this country? I thought it was, that is, until I started seeing some of the needless spending on useless legislation by our elected officials. A lot of time and effort is being spent by this city to legislate the way we eat. I cannot understand how this became a top priority of the Bloomberg Administration but it needs to stop. There are many other things that our mayor should be focusing on within his own administration.

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Tony, Terry & TV

Tony, Terry & TV

File this one under the adage "no good deed goes unpunished."

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A Branch's Five-Month Odyssey on Caldwell

A Branch's Five-Month Odyssey on Caldwell

The strange and continuing saga of the survival of a fallen tree branch on a Middle Village street.

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NYPD Priorities?

NYPD Priorities?

A few feet away from a regular NYPD checkpoint, bus drivers and motorists routinely fail to yield to pedestrians making for a life threatening situation. This while the NYPD is checking to see if motorist are wearing their seat belts.

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Ed. Dept. Proposes to Smack Maspeth Again

Ed. Dept. Proposes to Smack Maspeth Again

The NYC Department of Education has put forth a proposal to temporarily house one grade of a new Maspeth high school in Forest Hills. The Maspeth high school, under construction, is located on the corner of 57th Avenue & 74th Street. It's called 24Q585 until a named is selected when the school is completed in September 2012.

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Obamacare SOS

Obamacare SOS

Kampermann's Korner... Editorial "ObamaCare" is the street name for the Affordable Health Care for all Americans Act H.R.3590 signed into law on March 23, 2010. Since the act contains more than 2,000 pages it is quite difficult to condense and even an overview would be too long for this article. I will however attempt to use some of the mandates from the act to illustrate portions of "ObamaCare" that may have not been brought to your attention through the news media whether it is in print, on cable TV or the Internet. The items may not necessarily be in a sequence that offers continuity of thought, but were picked at random to highlight the vast scope of this new Health Care Reform Law.

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Who's Fighting for Maspeth?

Who's Fighting for Maspeth?

Originally, this article was to read "Why I Love Maspeth." Trying to qualify this statement, I thought long and hard about how to put my feelings into words. Despite the effort, there was nothing solid I could legitimately put down on paper. Oh yes, if I were like any one of the masses I might be able to force myself to write some politically correct jargon, designed to be "agreeable." Since I cannot do that, I guess I can never be a politician. Instead I have to endeavor to call things as I see them.

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Searching for Maspeth's Gaslight Era

Searching for Maspeth's Gaslight Era

For those of us living in Maspeth and towns close-by, it is often very difficult to think of our community as having had a historic past. This is a natural situation where we are faced with the inroads of modern society, both good and bad, which have changed our landscape, our waterways and our buildings.

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Unkept Promises

Unkept Promises

About four years ago, the increase in railroad activity through Middle Village became a nuisance, especially to those families that live near the rail corridor that extends North from the rail yards.

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Juniper Valley Park is 70!

Juniper Valley Park is 70!

We walk through its tree-lined paths on a beautiful spring night after dinner. We walk briskly around its perimeter to keep our New Year's resolutions of staying fit and healthy. We gather at the top of its biggest hill, one of the highest points in the Borough of Queens, to watch the fire works across the river on the Fourth of July and then slide down that same hill after the first major snow fall of the season. Maybe some of us even take it for granted, but Juniper Valley Park has been, and always will be, one of the defining features of Middle Village. And as she turns 70, we begin to realize that like fine wine, Juniper Valley Park gets better with age. All year long the Juniper Berry will highlight stories of Juniper Valley Park's interesting history. We begin with an overview...

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Middle Village Banks Steal Christmas

Middle Village Banks Steal Christmas

Have you noticed that aside from the fact that we see a bank on every other corner in our neighborhood these banks are invisible when it comes to supporting any of our community activities? They are basically the anchors of all our business districts yet they stay uninvolved in the everyday life of the neighborhood only emerging for some superficial event. How and why does that occur? One of the reasons is that we've come to expect nothing from them and they don't disappoint. They are in the business of making money and will go to whatever ends to achieve that goal.

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Department of Education: In Your Face Fraud

Department of Education: In Your Face Fraud

Every education issue in the press put out by the mayor, his administrative stooges or yellow journalist puppets is fallacious, misleading and corrupt. The media releases a daily tirade of opinions and articles, spewing false information to unwitting readers who trust the papers believing that proponents of liberty and a free press are serving them. The media has become the proponents of fraud and free gibberish.

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Amazing Stories from Maspeth & Middle Village

Amazing Stories from Maspeth & Middle Village

Strange, shocking and interesting news articles from Maspeth and Middle Village

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Reform in Albany Begins with Term Limits

Reform in Albany Begins with Term Limits

Reform has not only been the hallmark of my career as an elected official but last year it was also the central theme of the election cycle. During that time it seemed as though every candidate from across the nation was trying their best to prove that they were the true agent of reform. As we end the second month of our new legislature, it is time that those of us who were elected under the presumption of being reformers start working as a collective to bring about the changes we were entrusted to make.

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Berry Book Review: Twelve by Twelve

Berry Book Review: Twelve by Twelve

Could you live in a 12' by 12' cabin in the woods with no indoor plumbing and no electricity? William Powers did. He lived in Dr. Jackie Benton's 12 X 12 home in North Carolina for 40 days. Dr. Benton's home is considered a permaculture ‒ a combination of permanent agriculture and permanent culture. It is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come in harmony with nature.

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Thanks to Local Businesses JPCA Christmas Raffle was Huge Success

Thanks to Local Businesses JPCA Christmas Raffle was Huge Success

The following local businesses participated in the 2010 Holiday Christmas Raffle held at Our Lady of Hope Auditorium on Thursday, December 16th. We thank all of our local business merchants and individuals who stepped up with their generous donations to help make the Holiday Christmas Raffle a huge success. We ask that our members please patronize these very generous merchants.

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A.J. Village Chemist

A.J. Village Chemist

Join me in welcoming Joseph LaSala, proprietor of one of our newest entries in the drug store arena, A.J.'s Village Chemist in Middle Village. A.J's arrives on the drug store scene with a desire to give personalized service to their customers.

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Polka Dots

Polka Dots

In the June/July edition of the Juniper Berry Magazine I had the distinct pleasure of having an article of mine, 'Growing Up In Elmhurst,' published. In the August/September issue I wrote 'Surviving the Turbulent 1960's.' As these opportunities were given to me, I naturally became very interested in the magazine, and began to look into some past issues, as well as its history. I especially enjoyed the before and after pictures; showing how streets and neighborhoods looked so many years ago as compared with today. I also observed the meticulous and painstaking process it takes to put the magazine together. The words, "reminiscing, memory and recollection" came to mind, but after careful thought, I believe the real word that sums up the Juniper Berry Magazine is Nostalgia.

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Younger Voices: Checkmate

Younger Voices: Checkmate

Have you ever thought about how important board and card games are for entertainment? Ever realize how long they've been around? Ever think what the world would be like today without them? Board games like chess, checkers, or even solitaire, have been around for a very long time.

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The Roots of Arbor Day

The Roots of Arbor Day

If you visit Nebraska today you wouldn't know that it was once a treeless plain. It was the lack of trees that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s.

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Killy's Korner March/April 2011

Killy's Korner March/April 2011

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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Spotlight: O'Neill's  Restaurant & Bar

Spotlight: O'Neill's Restaurant & Bar

Our Business Spotlight this issue shines on a new Juniper Berry advertiser and a tried and true old neighborhood staple, O'Neill's Restaurant & Bar in Maspeth. The co-owner of the restaurant, George O'Neill, Georgie to his many friends, and his daughter, Tara, met with John Killcommons and me and we just listened as Georgie poured his thoughts out for this article. Every significant recollection gave rise to several more remembrances of years past. Georgie shares ownership of the restaurant with Tara's husband, Danny Pyle. You can see how devoted Tara is to her father as she looks after him like most daughters do with their fathers, attentively and with great respect.

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The Juniper Juniors are back!

The Juniper Juniors are back!

The Juniper Park Civic Association is proud to announce that the Juniper Juniors are back! The Juniper Juniors has a long history of making a big difference in our neighborhood.

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Queens Welcomes Back RCN

Queens Welcomes Back RCN

A decade ago, RCN began building its State-of-the-Art Fiber Optic Network with a modest budget and little fanfare. RCN was the first telecommunications company in NYC to offer a triple play package. In 1999, RCN set up shop on Queens Boulevard right next to the Borough Hall. In 2003, RCN moved to Manhattan following an office consolidation. The company continued to grow its robust fiber network throughout Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. When RCN's Manhattan lease expired in 2009, it jumped at the chance to move back to Queens.

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