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June Juniper Berry Magazine

June 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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The Loss of O'Neill's of Maspeth ‒ A Sad Day For our Community

May 1, 2011 was a "day of infamy" for our neighborhood. We lost one of our favorite treasures, O'Neill's of Maspeth, to a fast moving fire that destroyed the site.

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A Big Nuisance

A Big Nuisance

Like many days and nights, on Sunday, June 5th at 4:00pm there was another Mr. Softee truck continuously playing loud music on Juniper Boulevard North and 77th Street in Middle Village, right next to Juniper Valley Park.

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Victory... How sweet it is!

Victory... How sweet it is!

Led by the Juniper Park Civic Association, the 2002/03 struggle to save the Elmhurst Gas Tanks site from commercial development, particularly a big box Home Depot store, was a fight to save our neighborhood. In the end it was a remarkable and stunning victory, a storybook ending where the good guys won, a victory for the people of the City of New York, a victory against overdevelopment and the perception that big money always wins out.

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Timeline of the Battle for Elmhurst Park

Timeline of the Battle for Elmhurst Park

Timeline of the historic battle to save the Elmhurst Gas Tanks site and turn it into a beautiful park for the community.

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Letter to the Editor June 2011

Letter to the Editor June 2011

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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Why are Illegal Big Trucks Operating in NYC?

Why are Illegal Big Trucks Operating in NYC?

It's been a busy springtime for the Juniper Park Civic Association. JPCA led the fight for the Maspeth Truck Bypass Plan, devised by Tony Nunziato and the late civic leader, Frank Principe. We also pushed for the elimination of the "Thru Truck Route" on Grand Avenue. However enforcement was not in place until the JPCA got the media involved with several TV and newspaper appearances. Now NYPD is enforcing truck regulations on Grand Avenue and there has been a marked decrease in large truck traffic.

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21st Century Immigration Reform: Anybody Home?

21st Century Immigration Reform: Anybody Home?

Emigration and immigration have existed for centuries as man moved about the globe. From early tribal beginnings man was nomadic leaving one area and moving to another in search of food.

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Whose Side Are Our Elected Officials On?

Whose Side Are Our Elected Officials On?

Based on recent events the trend I am witnessing compels me to write this article. There is a blatant lack of loyalty expressed by this city's leadership for the American people and in particular those of Maspeth and Middle Village. As the sign on the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank in Maspeth states, "Maspeth is America," it looks like the politically correct crowd takes exception to this statement and in truth may be holding such patriotism against us.

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You're Americans First. Act like it!

You're Americans First. Act like it!

On that fateful Tuesday in September, a national anxiety was created in the American psyche ‒ an anxiety that has grown for reasons well beyond terrorism. Persistent war and economic hardship have made us pessimistic about our future.

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Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Morning

For the most part so many of our days are unremarkable. They start, they end; they're not special. They leave no enduring memories, no lasting impressions that we carry on with us. They have very little impact in the course of our lives. The days all blend together and sometimes it's hard to separate them. We can't distinguish one from another. Much like a gentle stream running down a mountain side, or the high wheat plains in a mid-western state, nothing out of the ordinary; nothing exceptional ever happens there. Any Tuesday morning is not much different than the day before it, or any day that lies ahead.

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Before Juniper Valley  Park

Before Juniper Valley Park

Part one of a three part series on the history of our Juniper Valley Park as we celebrate her 70th Anniversary...

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Interview: Noelle Coloprisco

Interview: Noelle Coloprisco

The Juniper Berry will be featuring interviews with people from our community, people you see all the time, no matter how briefly, and whom you may want to know more about.

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Mayor LaGuardia  vs. Mayor Bloomberg ‒ The Mark of Greatness – The Mark of Infamous

Mayor LaGuardia vs. Mayor Bloomberg ‒ The Mark of Greatness – The Mark of Infamous

As New York City's Bloomberg Administration exposes itself, at last the people see. At last they know as corporate America reveals itself, not as the provider of opportunity, progress, free enterprise and the promise of the American Dream.

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Amazing Stories from Maspeth & Middle Village

Amazing Stories from Maspeth & Middle Village

Amazing and Strange Stories from Middle Village and Maspeth from the NY Times Archives

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 The History of Middle Village's Trinity Lutheran Church

The History of Middle Village's Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church was formed in 1851 in a chapel set on a hill in the Lutheran Cemetery, which the congregation called Luther Chapel.

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Just a Thought...

Just a Thought...

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on September 11, 2001? More importantly, do you remember how you felt – how we all felt – in the hours, days and months that followed?

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OP-ED: Islamerica

OP-ED: Islamerica

The purpose of this article is not to insult any religion or group of people but rather to explain some of the facts surrounding current events regarding what is commonly being referred to as "the radicalization of Islam." The following text may offend and/or surprise some readers and in those cases I strongly suggest doing your own research to see for yourself how accurate the following facts are as I have written them.

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Berry Book Reviews

Berry Book Reviews

Maria Candela reviews the books: Annabel by Kathleen Winter and The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

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Alumni Celebrates  a "Homecoming" at Our Lady of Hope

Alumni Celebrates a "Homecoming" at Our Lady of Hope

On Saturday, April 2nd Our Lady of Hope School hosted an Alumni Reception welcoming back students from classes 1966 – 2000.

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Garbage!

Garbage!

From the ancient civilizations to the present, mankind has always had to deal with the problem of what to do with it.

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Younger Voices: An Eye For An Eye?

Younger Voices: An Eye For An Eye?

One of my favorite quotes is when Gandhi once said that, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." This means when people retaliate bad actions with more bad actions nothing is solved and people are hurt.

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Killy's Korner June/July 2011

Killy's Korner June/July 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.

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Business Spotlight: Good Eats!

Business Spotlight: Good Eats!

I had the opportunity recently to meet John and Maria Kolombos, owners of Good Eats, which is located on Grand Avenue in Maspeth. What nice people! They are friendly and cordial and immediately I felt like I've known them for quite a long time!

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Memories of St. Saviour's

Memories of St. Saviour's

St. Saviour's Episcopal Church has long been an unofficial landmark of Old Maspeth Village. Margaret Minnis looks back over her 78 years and recalls her childhood when she attended St. Saviour's School.

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Senator Gets Apology ‒ Abuse of Fulbright Recanted by McCarthy Supporter

Senator Gets Apology ‒ Abuse of Fulbright Recanted by McCarthy Supporter

Washington, Dec. 12, 1954 (UP) ‒ Senator J. William Fulbright, Democrat of Arkansas, one of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's sharpest critics, has received an apology from a McCarthy supporter who sent him an abusive letter during the recent censure debate.

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