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June Juniper Berry Magazine

June 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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Mr. NOISEE!

Mr. NOISEE!

The Juniper Park area continues to be bombarded with Mr. Softee trucks running their motors and blasting their loud music constantly on Juniper Park's periphery. We have contacted Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and Captain Christopher Manson at the 104 Pct.

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JPCA's Holden to be Honored at Slocum Remembrance

JPCA's Holden to be Honored at Slocum Remembrance

On Saturday June 15, 2013 at 9am JPCA President, Robert Holden, will receive the General Slocum Hero and Community Service Award at All Faith's Cemetery at the site of the General Slocum Memorial Statue. The Consulate General of Germany will preside over the Ceremony.

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Recycling Expands

Recycling Expands

Effective in April 2013 NYC initiated the expansion of the recycling program to include for the first time the recycling of all rigid plastics, including toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers.

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Crowley's Broken promises motivate Juniper Juniors in Clean Up

Crowley's Broken promises motivate Juniper Juniors in Clean Up

In December 2009 our Council Member, Elizabeth Crowley, organized a press conference on the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road to call for the area to be made into a community garden. On the site was an abandoned newsstand, a graffiti covered 200 ft. LIRR retaining wall, weeds and a good deal of dumping.

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non-citizen voting

Politicians are always desperate to "get out the vote," but the City Council is about to undertake an act of electoral desperation that is as selfish as it is exploitative and undemocratic.

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Summer 2013 Juniper Valley Park Concert Series

Summer 2013 Juniper Valley Park Concert Series

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and Juniper Park Civic Association presents the Summer 2013 Juniper Valley Park Concert Series

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104th Pct: Crime Scene • Do Not Cross

104th Pct: Crime Scene • Do Not Cross

The 104th Police Precinct has been robbed, twice this year. The culprits reside at One Police Plaza in Downtown Manhattan. They are known and are still at-large... and they are dangerous. Some of them are located in the Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB). While IAB prides themselves on investigating cop behavior, they often fail to recognize that police officers are human beings. IAB also fails to factor in the needs of others when they pass judgment even before the officer receives a formal hearing. Certainly the families of the cops suffer. And many times in their zeal to punish for any slight infraction, IAB also punishes the community that they pledged to protect and serve.

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New O'Neill's Restaurant Opening Flag Day June 14th

New O'Neill's Restaurant Opening Flag Day June 14th

It's a very exciting time at O'Neill's Restaurant in Maspeth. After the tragedy of the fire a few years ago we will finally have an O'Neill's Restaurant in our midst with a grand opening on Flag Day, June 14, 2013.

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Andrew LaSala Joins Crifasi

Andrew LaSala Joins Crifasi

Andrew LaSala recently joined Crifasi Real Estate, 79-47 Metropolitan Avenue

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Welcome to the New Met Food Supermarket on Eliot Avenue

Welcome to the New Met Food Supermarket on Eliot Avenue

Congratulations go to Met Food Supermarket owner, Bill Fani, for his confidence in our Middle Village neighborhood. His expansion of Met Food Supermarket in the face of very high rents demonstrates the profitability of our "downtown" Middle Village where all the businesses are thriving.

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Residents Speak Out!

Residents Speak Out!

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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For Sale:  Flushing Meadows Parkland in Queens

For Sale: Flushing Meadows Parkland in Queens

Never before have so many projects been proposed at one time and these include three stadiums, two parking garages and a shopping mall all within the 1,266-acre Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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Teacher Evaluations: The Scam  of the Decade

Teacher Evaluations: The Scam of the Decade

With the help of corrupt press, expect big business to swindle New York education funds. To help redirect tax dollars, politicians push for new teacher evaluations. Lies, confusing terminology, false comparisons and propaganda, these are the only truths to expect from the media. Yellow press, the specialty of papers like The New York Post, remind us of the New York Inquirer from the movie classic, Citizen Kane, and its present day caricature counterparts, Citizen Bloomberg and Citizen Cuomo.

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Praying like  it's 1962

Praying like it's 1962

It was an early Sunday morning and I was quickly walking to St. John's Cemetery's chapel as I had done almost every Sunday for the last year. The gusts of winds were sharp and my breath was visible in the cold air as it exhausted from my mouth. Once inside the small chapel, I bless myself with holy water, grab a red mass booklet, make my way to the fourth row from the back, genuflect and sit down. I say the prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas as the Collorafi family, a large family that runs the choir, warms up and the congregation slowly fills the pews.

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OP-ED: Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

OP-ED: Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) otherwise known as ObamaCare is the law of the land and certain aspects have already been enacted back as early as 2010. And this year significant changes will start to unfold to the people in our area and continue to reveal more of its inner design on January 1st of 2014.

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The New York Connecting Railroad (NYCR): The Construction Phase

The New York Connecting Railroad (NYCR): The Construction Phase

It is nearly impossible to tell exactly when and where a major construction project such as the NYCR began. We do know that grading and other preparations started around 1910. The work was largely completed by 1917. The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) used its own construction forces as well as outside contractors. The latter included Native Americans who hung iron on the bridges.

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The "Queen" of the Chain

The "Queen" of the Chain

Touted as the largest roadside restaurant in the world and built at a cost of $600,000 (the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator indicates that amount to be more than $9 million 2009 dollars!), the colossal Queens restaurant was designed by Howard Johnson's chief architect Joseph G. Morgan and was erected by W. F. Babor & Co. Inc. An invitation only grand opening dinner was held on January 17, 1940 which ushered in Howard Johnson's short lived foray into the realm of near-luxury dining.

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AMAZING STORIES: The Maspeth Murder

AMAZING STORIES: The Maspeth Murder

Brooklyn Eagle July 6, 1872 ‒ Yesterday the Eagle published an account of the arrest of John Kerrigan of Maspeth for the murder of his wife.

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AMAZING STORIES: A Lady Instantly Killed Ushered into Eternity in Four Minutes by a Railroad Locomotive

AMAZING STORIES: A Lady Instantly Killed Ushered into Eternity in Four Minutes by a Railroad Locomotive

Mrs. Lawrence, wife of Dr. Lawrence of West Fiftieth street, New York and sister of Sheriff Garret Furman of Queens County was killed last evening while in her carriage driving across the Long Island Railroad track at Maspeth in the Town of Newtown.

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AMAZING STORIES: Think Street Names a Joke

AMAZING STORIES: Think Street Names a Joke

Residents of Newtown Say Some One Has Fooled Ignorant Official

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AMAZING STORIES: THREE MORE DEAD INFANTS

AMAZING STORIES: THREE MORE DEAD INFANTS

SHOCKING CRIMES REVEALED BY THE DRAINING OF A POND The Number of Dead Victims of the Long Island Baby Farmers Now Increased to Five ‒ The Arrest of Three Midwives.

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AMAZING STORIES: A Mysterious Patient

AMAZING STORIES: A Mysterious Patient

St. John's Hospital, this city, has a mysterious patient. The stranger is a woman and will not tell a thing about herself. She simply sits in a chair and, holding a photograph of a young boy in her hand, exclaims with sobs: "Eddie! Oh, Eddie!"

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AMAZING STORIES: Danger of Being Lynched

AMAZING STORIES: Danger of Being Lynched

Brooklyn Eagle February 12, 1885 •‒ John Strobel, a driver on the North Second street and Newtown Railroad, was arrested this morning by Constable Hicks on complaint of Mrs. Sisco who makes a serious charge against him. Mrs. Sisco got on a car at Eleventh Street, in the Eastern District on her way to her home at Middle Village.

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AMAZING STORIES: Mrs. Singer, of Newtown, Says She Slept Through a Murder

AMAZING STORIES: Mrs. Singer, of Newtown, Says She Slept Through a Murder

Brooklyn Eagle August 30, 1886 At 3:30 o'clock yesterday morning Constable John Freeman of Newtown, L.I., was awakened by a woman a boy and a girl pounding on his door. He recognized the woman as Mrs. Singer, a neighbor, and asked her what was the matter. "Come in my house" she said, "there are three men there pounding Barney and I'm afraid they will kill him."

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AMAZING STORIES: Killed 25,000 Horses

AMAZING STORIES: Killed 25,000 Horses

A Complaint has been made against Henry Bosse, the horse bologna man, to the Newtown board of health on account of the alleged unsanitary condition of his place.

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Tony Avella: The People's Choice for Borough President

Tony Avella: The People's Choice for Borough President

Ever since Benjamin M. Haber's letter titled "Willets no; Avella yes" was published in the March 28, 2013 edition of the Queens Chronicle wherein he clearly notes: At a forum held in Astoria on March 14, as the Queens Chronicle reported in its March 21 edition ("Schools, jobs top boro pres, forum"), the six Democratic candidates for the office of Queens Borough President said small businesses must be nurtured if they are to provide the jobs needed for the borough and the city. On the small business issue alone, the only credible candidate is State Senator Tony Avella.

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Summer Allergy

Summer Allergy

It's a jungle out there! We venture out in the warm weather to enjoy the park, the shore or upstate, only to be attack by venomous stinging insects, biting insects and poisonous plants. I'm talking only New York! Adrian Monk, the germ phobic, obsessive-compulsive, TV, private detective was right!

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Juniper's Jewel: The Pullis Landmark

Juniper's Jewel: The Pullis Landmark

In an aerial view one may observe among Middle Village's sea of red brick houses, a large, green quadrangle ‒ rendered imperfect by the Norfolk Southern right-of-way shaving off its northwest corner and 80th Street cutting off a small portion of its most eastern extremity.

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Interview: BRIAN VICTOR

Interview: BRIAN VICTOR

Q & A With Familiar Faces

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A look back at the  Community Singers of Queens

A look back at the Community Singers of Queens

This non-profit, volunteer community choral group was organized in Middle Village in 1960 with 65 members. Emil Busching of Middle Village served as President and brought many of us members together for rehearsals and performances. Emil was also the Council President of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church situated in All Faiths Cemetery, built in 1863 and burned down in 1970.

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Looking back to JPCA's roots

Looking back to JPCA's roots

Cathy Leonard Klein passed away on February 3, 2013 at the age of 101. She was the wife of Arthur Klein, the second president of the Juniper Park Civic Association.

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Fr. Bob

Fr. Bob

I had the opportunity recently to sit down and talk to Fr. Robert J. Armato of Our Lady of Hope Parish. I'll say at the outset, Fr. Bob as he's content with being called, is very personable and forthcoming with his story so let's start at the beginning.

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RED-TAILED HAWKS of Juniper Valley Park

RED-TAILED HAWKS of Juniper Valley Park

Juniper Valley Park is known for its beautiful hills, shady trees and fun-filled playgrounds but what is less realized is that Juniper has become the part-time home to stunning and sizable birds known as Red Tailed hawks.

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BERRY BOOK REVIEWS: African Wars ‒ A defense Intelligence Perspective AND An Age of Miracles

BERRY BOOK REVIEWS: African Wars ‒ A defense Intelligence Perspective AND An Age of Miracles

African Wars ‒ A defense Intelligence Perspective by William G. Thom An Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

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Killy's Korner June 2013

Killy's Korner June 2013

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

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Business Spotlight: Queens Optometric Eyecare

Business Spotlight: Queens Optometric Eyecare

Our Business Spotlight this issue of the Juniper Berry shines on Queens Optometric Eyecare, which is located right next door to Abbracciamento's Restaurant on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park. Queens Optometric is headed by Dr. Gregory M. Lopez, an Optometrist with over 30 years' experience in the eyecare field.

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New Business Spotlight: Walter's Delicatessen • Maspeth

New Business Spotlight: Walter's Delicatessen • Maspeth

I had the pleasure recently to meet the new owners of Walter's Deli on Grand Avenue in Maspeth, two very personable Maspeth guys by the name of Frank DiGiovanna and Adam Caccavale. Frank and Adam also both work in Con Edison in addition to owning Walter's Deli. Coincidentally on the day we spoke Walter's Deli had an anniversary having been established fifty years ago on May 15, 1963.

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Neighborhood History: Hockey on Caldwell Ave.

Neighborhood History: Hockey on Caldwell Ave.

We were a group of friends who loved to play sports, including hockey. With roller skates clamped to an old pair of shoes and a taped-up hockey stick, we played choose-up games on Caldwell Avenue near 82nd Place. Why there? It had a smooth blacktop surface and little motor traffic. With hockey nets made out of idle pieces of lumber and chicken wire, we could play for 10-15 minutes without having to stop for a passing car. When we tired of playing hockey, we drew chalk lines on the pavement and played roller derby.

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Water Rate Increases and the Systematic Failure of Government

Water Rate Increases and the Systematic Failure of Government

Recent water rate increases highlight the systematic problems with our government. The DEP places blame on the state and federal governments while our City Council Member, Elizabeth Crowley, issues press releases filled with benign platitudes which does nothing to solve the problem.

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