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June Juniper Berry Magazine

June 2012 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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A Bridge Too Old

A Bridge Too Old

The Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) has reached out to Senator Joe Addabbo to push for improvements on the LIRR bridge over Woodhaven Blvd and Eliot Ave.

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Illegal Signs multiply, city slow to respond

Illegal Signs multiply, city slow to respond

The proliferation of illegal signs posted on public property continues to plague many ares of NYC.

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Crackdown on Illegal Sidewalk Parking

Crackdown on Illegal Sidewalk Parking

The Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) has brought sidewalk obstruction to the forefront of quality of life issues. Throughout Maspeth and Middle Village, too many residents are parking multiple cars in driveways that block or partially block sidewalks.

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Scrap Metal Thieves are stealing the ground out from under us

Scrap Metal Thieves are stealing the ground out from under us

Beware next time you walk around your neighborhood, people are literally stealing the ground under your feet. Scrap metal thieves will take anything metal that isn't nailed down. In recent years there have been reports of thieves taking aluminum railings at Riis Park, copper gutters at Holy Cross Church, aluminum seating in the stands at Juniper Valley Park and even statues and vases at local cemeteries. Another target has been the metal grates that cover utility openings such as manhole covers, sewer grates, gas vents plates, tree pit grates and the caps off fire hydrants.

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City Inspector Targets Cemetery ...Gives Railroads Free Pass

City Inspector Targets Cemetery ...Gives Railroads Free Pass

In a story reported by Lisa Colangelo of the Daily News, All Faiths Cemetery was slapped with standing water violations by a NYC Department of Health (DOH) inspector. The inspector visited the cemetery two days before Mother's Day, the busiest time for the sprawling 225-acre property. All Faiths President Dan Austin said, "This is an attack on motherhood!"

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JPCA & Juniors Clean & Paint 57th Ave. Bridge

JPCA & Juniors Clean & Paint 57th Ave. Bridge

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 Juniper Park Civic Association and Juniper Juniors members led by Len Santoro cleaned 57th Ave. near the south entrance of Elmhurst Park.

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JPCA President Robert Holden Honored by Queens Civic Congress

JPCA President Robert Holden Honored by Queens Civic Congress

On April 29, 2012 the Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization for over 100 civic groups, honored Juniper Park Civic Association president Robert Holden at their annual luncheon at Antun's. Holden was honored with a lifetime achievement award along with Jackie Forrestal, Past President, Hillcrest Estates Civic Association; Robert Friedrich, President, Glen Oaks Village Owners and Paul Graziano, Principal, Associated Cultural Resource Consultants.

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Lorraine Sciulli Declared Woman of Distinction by New York State

Lorraine Sciulli Declared Woman of Distinction by New York State

Lorraine Sciulli, longtime Vice President of the Juniper Park Civic Association has been named one of New York State's Women of Distinction for 2012, an honor given annually to one woman in each of the state's 62 Senate districts. She was nominated by State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.

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Let the Races Begin!

Let the Races Begin!

This year promises to be an interesting one in local politics. With the new political redistricting comes the shuffling of district boundaries that have resulted in a mad dash in the lineups for local races. June primaries mark the starting point of these races with the finish line, the November 6th general election. The newly drawn lines of the 6th Congressional District, which includes Middle Village, Maspeth, Elmhurst and Glendale has no fewer than six Democrats facing off in the June 26th primary. In Congress, our community was represented by Congressman Bob Turner who was elected after Anthony Weiner resigned from office. Now with new boundaries of the district set, local voters will have important decisions to make about our neighborhood's future. On the Democratic Party side Grace Meng, an Assemblywoman and attorney has the support of the Queens Democratic Party. Assemblyman Rory Lancman has come out of the gate quickly working on issues in our neighborhood. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley decided to run bucking her party and cousin, Queens Democratic Party boss, Joe Crowley. Other candidates include Stephen Greene, an attorney from Rosedale, Robert Mittman, a Bayside allergist, and Juan Sheng, a public access director and producer from Flushing, are also running. On the Republican Party side, Councilman Dan Halloran will face the winner that emerges from the June 26th Democratic Primary. In November, Councilman Eric Ulrich will face off against State Senator Joe Addabbo who has represented our community for 3 years. Since this is a critical year in shaping the political landscape of our neighborhood, the Juniper Park Civic Association is planning a June 14th debate at Our Lady of Hope Auditorium for the Democratic Party candidates for Congress. We urge all voters to attend this crucial debate. We have also prepared a brief summary of information on the four major Congressional candidates in the race...

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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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Juniper Civic Gets City to Pay Attention to Chronic Eyesores

Juniper Civic Gets City to Pay Attention to Chronic Eyesores

One of the great things about Middle Village and Maspeth is the pride that most homeowners have in the appearance of their homes and property and that is why our neighborhood has strong community involvement on so many levels. However in the 1980s and 90s the real estate boom brought in many absentee landlords and real estate investors, some of whom were only interested in profits and the bottom line. As a result there are several properties with owners just holding waiting for the right time to build on or sell their property.

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Silver Barn Farms: A Middle Village Institution

Silver Barn Farms: A Middle Village Institution

I had the opportunity recently to sit down and talk to Abe Gabor and his brother, Jacob, who are the owners of the Silver Barn Farms, a family-run retail business, and a staple in the Middle Village community for many years.

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Silver Crest Farms

Silver Crest Farms

If you live in Middle Village you probably still remember when there was the Silver Crest Dairy on Eliot Avenue and 80th Street, which transitioned into Walgreens Drug Store in 2007.

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Captain's Report

Captain's Report

I hope that all in the Juniper Park Community enjoyed a happy Easter and Passover and as the spring season starts I would like to share with you some of the work that the 104th Precinct has been doing recently to address crime and quality of life issues. Additionally I would like to advise all in the community of some crime prevention tips and go over some of the programs the precinct has in place to help make the spring and summer a safe time for all.

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NYC Parks Dept to close  last historic Boxing Program

NYC Parks Dept to close last historic Boxing Program

For over half a century, the Parks Department Historic Boxing Program at Lost Battalion Hall has been a staple health and recreation option in Queens. The first and only surviving Public Boxing training facility in NYC caters to low income residents and youths. As an alternative to the streets, boxing bolsters teen confidence and discipline, teaches sportsmanship and provides a healthful after-school exercise program. Now, it is slated for closure end of June.

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Remembering Grover Cleveland High School

Remembering Grover Cleveland High School

In September 1960 I left JHS 73 behind and entered the imposing structure that was Grover Cleveland High School. It looked more like a college. Teachers helped process us, the incoming 10th graders, by recording our height and weight among other things. They also took our picture, not individually, but in group photos. Someone then cut out our faces to create individual mug shots. I was carded as 6'3" and 188 pounds, and looked thin for the first time in my life.

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How Liz Crowley Killed St. Saviour's park and hopes you'll forget about it.

How Liz Crowley Killed St. Saviour's park and hopes you'll forget about it.

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley seems to think that she has what it takes to represent a large portion of Queens in Congress. But after working with her for the past 2 years on the St. Saviour's project, I can say with certainty that she possesses a leadership deficit and has no business running for higher office.

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

All too often in life we take things for granted. We get lazy, we get distracted. We have too many things on our minds, too many things to do, places to go. We're always on the move. And yet there are some people who don't have that luxury. For them simple tasks are struggles. I'm writing about heroes. I'm writing about the military, service men and women.

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Can we break the vicious circle?

Can we break the vicious circle?

Yes indeed, this is the paramount question before the electorate in the City of New York; will the honest, hard working, taxpayers of this great metropolis summon the moral courage to join together irrespective of the color of their skin, their race, their religious beliefs, their ethnicity, their economic status or any other factor that would ordinarily separate them to lift the economic and educational burden that the Democratic Party has placed on us all?

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Amazing Stories: Mother of 7 Seized as Slayer of Son, 13

Amazing Stories: Mother of 7 Seized as Slayer of Son, 13

Boy Fatally Beaten With Poker as He Pleads with Widow to Return to Queens Home

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AMAZING STORIES: Girl Buried Alive by 2 Tons of Sand

Companion Also Caught as They Play in Pit, but Extricates Herself Rescuers Dig for 7 Feet ‒ Victim Found Suffocated With Her Skull Gashed From Front to Back

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Police Arrest 60 in Raids To Break a Heroin Ring

An international drug operation led by organized-crime figures that imported more than 400 pounds of heroin yearly into the New York metropolitan area and relied on a city police officer to detect undercover surveillance was shut down yesterday with the arrest of about 60 suspects, law-enforcement authorities said.

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AMAZING STORIES: Police Say They Have Last Laugh on Bandit

For more than a month an energetic robber with a dark sense of humor kept the police in Queens very busy. But yesterday the police announced that they had finally gathered enough evidence to charge the man they think is the bandit.

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AMAZING STORIES: Bound to Kill Himself

AMAZING STORIES: Bound to Kill Himself

STARTED WITH SCISSORS AND WOUND UP WITH FIRE

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Gangdom is Absent at Diamond Burial

Gangdom is Absent at Diamond Burial

Slain Racketeer Goes to Bleak Grave in Rain with Family as Only Mourners Curious Crowd Looks On – Former Friends are Not Among 200 Who Watch Simple Interment Without Church Ritual.

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AMAZING STORIES: Racing Car Crashes, Kills Two in Crowd at Track in Queens

AMAZING STORIES: Racing Car Crashes, Kills Two in Crowd at Track in Queens

Gets Out of Control at 80-Mile Speed at Run and Hurtles into Throng of Watchers Driver Critically Hurt Some One in Path, He Declares, and He Swerved – Injured Boy Found at the Spot

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Interview: HARRY LAMBROS from Harry's Paint & Hardware

Interview: HARRY LAMBROS from Harry's Paint & Hardware

Beyond the paint cans, brushes, putty knives, door hardware, fasteners, screws, bolts, hinges, springs, casters, stove pipes, duct tape, hammers, nails, screws, rollers, window cranks, pivots, closers, tools, garden hoses, nozzles, fertilizer, grass seed or anything else that falls under the category of hardware, there you will find Harry Lambros of Harry's Paint and Hardware waiting for you at his table in the corner ready to answer your question, offer advice, or just say hello.

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Cat, Dog, Mouse...and Sponge: how cartoons have changed

Cat, Dog, Mouse...and Sponge: how cartoons have changed

Hello again my friends, it is good to have you reading my column again. This time I will talk about something that you may think about, cartoons.

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A LONG WAY FROM HOME

A LONG WAY FROM HOME

Not too long ago I came across a faded piece of paper from 35 years ago, 1977. It was a receipt from a police station in North Carolina. I had to sign it to get my car keys back. What caught my eye was the date, September 11th. I guess I was ahead of my time. I had my 9/11 twenty four years before the world was to experience theirs. It was a Sunday night. The time was listed as 23:14, military time for 14 minutes past 11 p.m.

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Why can't local politicians make CSX Railroad accountable?

Why can't local politicians make CSX Railroad accountable?

Today, communities such as Middle Village and Glendale that have the railroad come through their neighborhoods are being placed in peril. With little to no announcement from our local politicians Senator Joseph Addabbo, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the railroad which is operated by CSX and NY & Atlantic is now transporting "industrial garbage" and other refuse right behind schools and homes. All of this was done without an impact study or any community involvement in this issue.

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Killy's Korner June/July 2012

Killy's Korner June/July 2012

Send info and photos to: KillysKorner@aol.com or write: Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 deadline for next issue: August 25th

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Rene Herrera ‒ parks regional manager districts 5 & 6

Rene Herrera ‒ parks regional manager districts 5 & 6

Our Park Department Spotlight shines on Rene Herrera who is the Parks Regional Manager for Districts 5 and 6.

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Millie Cruz – park supervisor district 5

Millie Cruz – park supervisor district 5

I had the opportunity to interview Millie Cruz of the NYC Parks Department. You may be familiar with Millie since she spends most of her workday in the Juniper Park Field House.

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