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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 2013 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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Deputy Inspector Cody Transferred to 115th Precinct

Deputy Inspector Cody Transferred to 115th Precinct

As many know Deputy Inspector Michael Cody of the 104th Precinct has been reassigned to the 115th Pct. in Jackson Heights after serving just a year and a half at the 104th. It has to be said that DI Cody quickly grasped the problems in the 104th Precinct and worked well with its residents.

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Gimme Shelter on 80th Street

Gimme Shelter on 80th Street

Good News for Q47 bus riders. The Department of Transportation has informed us that they will be installing a bus shelter at the northeast corner of 80th Street and Eliot Avenue in Middle Village.

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Middle Village Residents donate $ to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Middle Village Residents donate $ to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Kudos to local shoppers, Silver Barn Farms, the Juniper Park Civic Association for raising $3,600 for Hurricane Sandy relief that started in November and continued through the holidays.

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Dog owners still disregard regulations in Juniper Valley Park

Dog owners still disregard regulations in Juniper Valley Park

Despite clear regulations, signs and publicity, many dog owners in Juniper Valley Park still disregard regulations that prohibit dog walking on ballfields.

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Metro Ave. Muni Meters Cheat parkers

Metro Ave. Muni Meters Cheat parkers

There have been several complaints about Muni Meters since they were installed on Metropolitan Avenue, Eliot Avenue and Grand Avenue.

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Strange Accident in Glendale

Strange Accident in Glendale

On Sunday, March 3rd at about 1:15pm, 18-year old Steven Rodriguez of Brooklyn struck another vehicle driven by Sal Giordano of Glendale at Woodhaven Boulevard and Union Turnpike.

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A BIG THANK YOU TO LOCAL BUSINESSES

A BIG THANK YOU TO LOCAL BUSINESSES

The following local businesses donated generous raffle gifts to the Juniper Park Civic Associaton free Christmas raffle. We thank them all for making our 2012 Holiday Party a lot of fun and a huge success!

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Carl Berner and  the Circle of Life

Carl Berner and the Circle of Life

Many people in the vicinity of Middle Village and Maspeth reflected on the life of Carl Berner. This wonderful man died just short of his 111th birthday.

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 Building Scaffolding ‒ The Good, Bad & Ugly

Building Scaffolding ‒ The Good, Bad & Ugly

We have all become painfully familiar with the many buildings in our neighborhood that are surrounded by scaffolding. This article deals with one site in particular and it fits the description of the good, bad and ugly.

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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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Our Lady of Hope School 50th Anniversary

Our Lady of Hope School 50th Anniversary

Our Lady of Hope School will hold a 50th Anniversary celebration on Friday, April 12th.

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Gourmet Bazaar: 13th Anniversary of Simple Pleasures

Gourmet Bazaar: 13th Anniversary of Simple Pleasures

The backbone of a community is the small business, that personal touch, affordable prices and convenience. Cozy corner shop and Rego Park gem, Gourmet Bazaar answers the call when that unexpected or invited guest arrives.

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Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

Most people have heard the age-old adage "United We Stand Divided We Fall." However, many of these same people are blind to the fact that this statement has never been truer or more pertinent than it is today. As a member of the Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) I see and speak to neighborhood people at the meetings and in my daily affairs.

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Cost of Living in Queens

Cost of Living in Queens

These days you need the wealth of kings to live in Queens. It now costs more money to live in Queens compared to many major cities including Washington DC, Bridgeport, CT and San Jose, CA. A recent study produced from City Council Speaker and Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, The Middle Class Squeeze, reveals that Queens is one of the most expensive places to live in the entire country.

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The Newtown Creek

The Newtown Creek

When one mentions Newtown Creek many thoughts can come toyour mind. From the native people who inhabited this area, the Mespit Indians, from where Maspeth derived its name, there was talk of its bountiful shores with game, clams and oysters. Also in the journals of the explorer, Henry Hudson, he wrote of the pleasant smells of the flowers along its shores. It is where the firstDutch settlements on Long Islandbegan and on its shores the village of Maspeth was born. It became an important waterway to move the produce from local farms to Manhattan.

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INNOCENCE LOST

INNOCENCE LOST

Children are born of purity, caressed in innocence, virtuous, and moral in every way. They are held closely and gently.

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Grace Goes to Washington

Grace Goes to Washington

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her first term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens.

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"The Fight"

"The Fight"

It was not that long ago when "real men" settled their differences out in the alley, not in the courtroom. Such an event came to my attention when I was in the second grade. I know this because I remember my teacher was Mrs. Silverblatt in the second grade at PS 73. I walked home for lunch most days and it was not unusual to see my father there too. He walked home only two blocks to our apartment on 73rd Place in Maspeth. It was 1952 and I was 7 years old.

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Blizzard of 1888

Blizzard of 1888

March 12th of this year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Blizzard of 1888. The storm featured 80 MPH winds coupled with below zero temperatures. The storm changed the future of New York City as overhead wires were eliminated from Manhattan and it showed just how vulnerable elevated trains were. This prompted the planning of the NYC Subway system.

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AMAZING STORIES: Shocking  Catastrophe ‒  Five Children Smothered to Death in Newtown

AMAZING STORIES: Shocking Catastrophe ‒ Five Children Smothered to Death in Newtown

Seldom have we been called upon to record a more melancholy catastrophe than that which occurred in Newtown, L.I., in the neighborhood of Maspeth on Friday evening last.

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AMAZING STORIES: Another Slain Man is Found in Queens

AMAZING STORIES: Another Slain Man is Found in Queens

Discovery of Second Murder Victim Leads Police to Blame Gang Warfare First is Still a Mystery One Missing Man Telephones It is Not He, While Fingerprints Show It is Not Chauffeur

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AMAZING STORIES: A Pretty Girl Seeks Death

AMAZING STORIES: A Pretty Girl Seeks Death

May Wintage Tried Suicide in an Effort to Escape Arrest‒ Left Home With a Lover

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AMAZING STORIES: Three Bodies Found

AMAZING STORIES: Three Bodies Found

Startling Discovery Made by Children Near Maurice Avenue, Maspeth, This Afternoon

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AMAZING STORIES: It Was Not a Ghost, But a Ventriloquist That Shrieked at Midnight in the Lutheran Cemetery.

AMAZING STORIES: It Was Not a Ghost, But a Ventriloquist That Shrieked at Midnight in the Lutheran Cemetery.

Frederick Schmidt, of Middle Village is an accomplished ventriloquist. On Tuesday night about midnight he secreted himself in the Lutheran Cemetery on the outskirts of the village and began to shriek "Murder! Murder!

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AMAZING STORIES: A Shocking Suicide as Unknown Woman Cuts Her Throat at Maspeth

AMAZING STORIES: A Shocking Suicide as Unknown Woman Cuts Her Throat at Maspeth

One of the most horrible suicides that ever occurred in this vicinity was discovered yesterday at dusk in Maspeth near the entrance of Mount Olivet Cemetery...

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AMAZING STORIES: Father Is Held and Confesses to Newborn's Killing

AMAZING STORIES: Father Is Held and Confesses to Newborn's Killing

A 19-year-old man who had moved to Queens from Nebraska two weeks ago was charged yesterday with killing his 6-day-old son, dismembering the body and then feeding it to a German shepherd he was training as a guard dog, the police said.

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Imminent Health and Safety Hazard in Middle Village

Imminent Health and Safety Hazard in Middle Village

To the best of my knowledge, perhaps for the past ten years the communities of Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth have lodged complaints with local officials against the CSX Railroad.

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Berry Health: Spring Allergy

Berry Health: Spring Allergy

With the ending of winter we all look forward to the long warm days of spring. The world goes from drab to bright with trees sprouting new leaves and flowers beginning to bloom. Spring heralds the beginning of sneezing, wheezing, itchy watery eyes and misery for allergic individuals.

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NYC Tree Abuse

NYC Tree Abuse

I would like to thank the Juniper Park Civic Association for allowing me the opportunity to discuss an important issue that affects residents throughout Queens. As many of you know, I represent the 11th Senatorial District in the State Senate, which encompasses many residential communities in Northern and Eastern Queens, similar to those found within the Juniper Park Civic Association area. One of the biggest issues my constituents deal with is City tree maintenance and I know this problem extends well beyond my district.

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Interview: Eric Ritter

Interview: Eric Ritter

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. This month Dave Shapiro visits Eric Ritter.

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Old Volunteer Fire Companies of Maspeth

Old Volunteer Fire Companies of Maspeth

What it was like, in the days when fires were fought by volunteers from each town before the City took over the Fire Department was exciting.

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 The New York Connecting Railroad

The New York Connecting Railroad

Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a three part series on the New York Connecting Railroad. It summarizes the railroad's significance, construction, and more contemporary operations. This background is provided to better place the NYCR in the local environment.

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YOUNGER VOICES: The world needs more like him

YOUNGER VOICES: The world needs more like him

Hello again friends, I hope you are staying warm and dry during this winter of storms. I am enjoying high school and although I'd love to tell you of some crazy new invention the Christ the King robotics club is working on, I wanted to write about Carl Berner.

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Killy's Korner

Killy's Korner

Send info and photos to: KillysKorner@aol.com or write: Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379 deadline for next issue: May 15, 2013

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New Business Spotlight: Lifestyle Barber Shop

New Business Spotlight: Lifestyle Barber Shop

We have a new business that just opened in Middle Village and it's called the Lifestyle Barber Shop.

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Neighborhood History: 1950s Resurrection Ascension School Sports

Neighborhood History: 1950s Resurrection Ascension School Sports

In the 1950s Resurrection Ascension (RA) developed a great sports program which expanded into full co-ed participation and in the ensuing decades became very robust. Throughout those early years RA supported a variety of baseball and basketball teams covering our teenage years.

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Grading our local elected officials

Grading our local elected officials

The only way to receive the leadership we need is to demand it by holding politicians accountable when they don't deliver. Remember, elected officials work for the taxpaying public... we the people.

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