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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 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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Rail Solution? Maybe.

Rail Solution? Maybe.

There seems to be some movement in addressing, but not totally solving, the CSX/NY&A rail problem in Middle Village.

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The 50 Year Wait is Over

The 50 Year Wait is Over

Residents living on 81st Street, between the LIE and Eliot Avenue, and 82nd Street, between Eliot Avenue and Juniper Boulevard South after 50 years are getting new sewer and water mains installed

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Silver Barn gets makeover

Silver Barn gets makeover

Silver Barn Farms, a beloved fixture in our community since 1969 is getting a makeover.

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Gay Marriage: A sorry state  of affairs in New York State

Gay Marriage: A sorry state of affairs in New York State

Guest Editorial by Most Rev. Nicholas A. DiMarzio, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

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 The King who hates  Queens

The King who hates Queens

Joe Crowley hates Queens. The Congressman, whose gerrymandered district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens has such distain for his home borough that despite wearing the hat of chairman of the Queens Democratic Party he has abandoned us for greener pastures, namely the affluent Washington suburb of Arlington, Va.

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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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A Decade Since 09/11/2001‒ America is Changed Forever

A Decade Since 09/11/2001‒ America is Changed Forever

I was in Juniper Valley Park recently attending to the continual maintenance of the 09/11/2001 Memorial Banners, which so proudly fly day and night to honor the loved ones and heroes who perished on that bright sunny morning of September 11, 2001

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THE BRIGHT LIGHTS FADE

THE BRIGHT LIGHTS FADE

I'm sure many readers of this magazine can share in my experience. Perhaps you're experiencing it now or you will as the years pass. In June 2011 my mother reached her 79th birthday. In August of 2011 my father celebrated his 85th birthday. On February, 24th of 2011 my mother and father achieved a milestone together; their 60th wedding anniversary. They lived on 53rd avenue in Elmhurst, Queens for forty years, until they retired to Florida in 1992. They continue to watch out and care for one another and have been blessed with 20 years, and counting, of retirement. I've watched as they've aged, the way they've changed, and I'm sure they see the same changes in me and my sister Lynn.

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Life in Airplane (Asthma) Alley ‒Part One

Life in Airplane (Asthma) Alley ‒Part One

While talking to my neighbor yesterday over the fence in our Middle Village alley, we went through a familiar routine: having to raise our voice, practically shouting, every 90 seconds so that we could be heard over the sonic boom of jets flying overhead in their flight path into LaGuardia Airport.

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Hurricane "Irene" ‒ Killer Storm

Hurricane "Irene" ‒ Killer Storm

Now you can add a hurricane to the list of things that have been thrown at us by mother nature in the last 12 months. Hurricane "Irene" arrived late Saturday night, August 27. With the precision of a chess game NYC prepared for the storm by shutting down all their services from transportation to the Broadway shows. The streets of Times Square were eerily empty after the so called "city that never sleeps" was silenced by the threat of a killer hurricane named "Irene" bearing down with its "eye" aiming right for the heart of NYC.

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How Americans Can Take Back What is Ours

How Americans Can Take Back What is Ours

How is it possible that an elected official like Charles Schumer can publically proclaim on the floor of the Senate that the American people don't care how their money is spent?Or how come there is no public outcry for her resignation when former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes outrageous statements that the CIA lied regarding her knowledge of water boarding or that a trillion dollar healthcare bill needs to be approved before its contents can be known?

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Juniper Valley Park is 70! Part II

Juniper Valley Park is 70! Part II

In the last issue of the Juniper Berry I detailed the colorful history at the center of our community; Juniper Valley Park. As one can imagine, the park's more recent history is just as interesting as its past and is spotted with its own set of trials and tribulations. The transition of our park from 1941, its official debut, to the present is quite remarkable and followed a long, sometimes turbulent road.

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Interview: FRANK  DE BIASE

Interview: FRANK DE BIASE

Haunted by the unspeakable horror witnessed after the 9/11 attacks, and fueled by his unbridled patriotism, Frank De Biase is on a mission to make sure that no one ever forgets what happened on September 11, 2001. As we approach the 10th year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, I thought it would be interesting to hear what he, as a first responder, had to say.

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The Brown Identity

The Brown Identity

By innovating new and aggressive methods in fighting crime, the Queens District Attorney's Office has evolved into a national model of law enforcement.

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Amazing Stories: American Pippins Going to London

Amazing Stories: American Pippins Going to London

Choice Newtown Apples Continue to Enjoy the Favor of British Royalty

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AMAZING STORIES: Maspeth Woman is Found... Amnesia Victim in Philadelphia Remembers her Name

AMAZING STORIES: Maspeth Woman is Found... Amnesia Victim in Philadelphia Remembers her Name

A pleasant-spoken, well-dressed woman, who has been a patient suffering from amnesia at Hanneman Hospital since the day after Thanksgiving, remembered today that she was Mrs. Emma Biederbeck of 69-04 Fifty-Eighth Road, Maspeth L.I

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Amazing Stories:A Pauper's Letters

The body of the man found some days ago hanging to a tree in the woods at Maspeth, Long Island, not having been identified it was buried in a pauper's grave. Two papers were found sewed to the lining of the dead man's coat.

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Look for the charm... look to the past.

Look for the charm... look to the past.

Over the last few years we have seen an increase in renovations of older homes. The approaches and style of the improvements runs the gamut. We have seen some very impressive renovations and some that appear not to be an improvement at all. As older homes outgrow bigger families and new families move in, there is a drive for much-needed space. As a result some homes are expanding in every direction. Again some very impressively and others, well, you decide.

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Amazing Stories: Tombstone Vandal Caught in Queens

Amazing Stories: Tombstone Vandal Caught in Queens

(Maspeth, NY: October 15, 1962) A 15-year-old Queens boy who calls himself a Nazi "storm troop" leader has been arrested as the vandal who overturned 200 tombstones at the Mount Zion Jewish Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens, last month.

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Amazing Stories: Rothstein 'Village'  To Be Investigated

Amazing Stories: Rothstein 'Village' To Be Investigated

Queens Official Today To View 104 Empty Houses in Walled-In Enclosure Near Maspeth

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AMAZING STORIES: Device Stopped Three Bullets Fired at Owner by Jealous Rival

AMAZING STORIES: Device Stopped Three Bullets Fired at Owner by Jealous Rival

(The New York Times Published February 19, 1909) Salvatore Carricato, an eighteen-year-old Italian, of 46 Maspeth Avenue, and Alfred DeChico, eighteen years old, of 12 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg, have been rivals in love, and Carricato was the loser.

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AMAZING STORIES: Klan at Queens Funeral -25 in Hoods at Burial of Thomas Evans of Jamaica

AMAZING STORIES: Klan at Queens Funeral -25 in Hoods at Burial of Thomas Evans of Jamaica

(NY Times – Maspeth, L.I. October 7, 1927) Just as the body of the late Thomas Evans of Jamaica was being lowered into a grave at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, twenty-five hooded and masked members of the Ku Klux Klan drove up in four automobiles.

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AMAZING STORIES: Falls Dead at Mother's Grave  As Her Coffin Is Lowered

AMAZING STORIES: Falls Dead at Mother's Grave As Her Coffin Is Lowered

As the casket containing the body of his mother was being lowered into a grave at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens, yesterday, Joseph Handleman, 38, of 66 East Fourth Street, Manhattan, dropped dead.

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Just a thought... Come Out and Play

Just a thought... Come Out and Play

Did you grow up, or did you grow in? I sat in the park the other morning feeling a bit sad, trying to figure out my day and realizing how overwhelmed I am with the list I created. You know – the dreaded "To Do" list.

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BERRY BOOK REVIEWS:

BERRY BOOK REVIEWS:

REVIEWS OF BOOKS: Best Friends Forever ‒ Jennifer Weiner and Leftovers ‒ Laura Wiess

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Neighborhood History: Quonset Huts at Juniper Park

Neighborhood History: Quonset Huts at Juniper Park

450 Emergency Homes for Veterans to be Erected on Two Local Sites

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NYS Bottle Bill:  Deposit & No Return

NYS Bottle Bill: Deposit & No Return

The Bottle Bill has been in effect for almost 30 years in New York State. What have been its successes and where has it failed and with New York States' recycling law is it still necessary to redeem bottles and cans?

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Bobbi & the Strays: 1st Annual Charity Dinner Dance Cruise

Bobbi & the Strays: 1st Annual Charity Dinner Dance Cruise

While they are not "really" children, and despite stories of the neighborhood "Crazy Cat Lady," or "Local Pigeon Lunatic," house overrun with creatures, pets can provide companionship, care, and add happiness to our lives. On a beautiful starlit night, the1st Annual Charity Dinner Dance for Bobbi & the StraysAnimal Sheltersailed New York City's East River aboard the luxurious Marco Polo Cruise Ship "Jewel Yacht."

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Killy's Korner Sept/Oct 2011

Killy's Korner Sept/Oct 2011

Send info and photos to: KillysKorner@aol.com or write: Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 deadline for next issue: November 15th

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The JPCA mourns the passing of two exceptional volunteers of the Juniper Park Civic Association.

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Business Spotlight: Bel Mondo Restaurant

Business Spotlight: Bel Mondo Restaurant

Bel Mondo Restaurant 79-32 Metropolitan Ave. Middle Village, NY 11379 Tel: 718-894-1020 (All major credit cards accepted} Hours ‒ Open for Lunch & Dinner Monday-Sunday 11am‒11pm

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