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September Juniper Berry Magazine

September 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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Dumb was here

Dumb was here

Berry Bits: The photo shows the community driveway wall on Eliot Avenue and 79 Street in Middle Village where some misguided person plastered a graffiti-styled sign stating DO NOT PARK.

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The Learning Tree gives back to the park & community...again

The Learning Tree gives back to the park & community...again

BERRY BITS: Once again the Learning Tree had its Annual Bake Sale and this year $650 was raised.

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No Extended Parking

No Extended Parking

BERRY BITS: Pursuant to Section 4-08(m)(9) of the NYC Administrative Code, when parking is not otherwise restricted, no person shall park any vehicle in any area, including a residential area, in excess of seven consecutive days.

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Bigger and better O'Neills re-opens

Bigger and better O'Neills re-opens

Maspeth has been without O'Neill's Restaurant for over 2 years since the devastating fire in May 2011. Some thought it was the end of O'Neill's, a fixture in Maspeth since 1933 when George O'Neill's father opened the Plateau Tavern. Georgie promised to re-open the famed eatery and re-open he did earlier this month to rave reviews.

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File to keep STAR active Homeowners must list school tax exemption with the state or lose it

File to keep STAR active Homeowners must list school tax exemption with the state or lose it

BERRY BITS: If you receive an envelope from the State Department of Taxation and Finance in the next few days, do not ignore it.

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Alarming Fire Boxes

Alarming Fire Boxes

BERRY BITS: Has anyone noticed the fire alarm boxes lately in our area? Last December I noticed that the alarm box on Mazeau Street and Grand Avenue had a sign stating that it wasn't working and it said to call a number if there was an emergency. Then I noticed that all the alarm boxes on Grand Avenue from 64 Street to 84 Street had the same signs.

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Real Estate Broker ad blitz

Real Estate Broker ad blitz

BERRY BITS: A real estate "for sale" sign ceases to become a for sale sign when a "sold" attachment is applied.

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Civic & Vallone Rally at Homeless Shelter site on Cooper Ave.

Civic & Vallone Rally at Homeless Shelter site on Cooper Ave.

BERRY BITS: Last year we knew there was a threat of a homeless shelter on the horizon at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale but the buzz was that the area for the site is too contaminated and costly to rehabilitate for the threat to become a reality. Well, guess what? It's here and let's not forget the strident statement by our Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village)

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Neighborhood First: The Civic Impulse

Neighborhood First: The Civic Impulse

Why You Should Vote for Me to Represent You in the City Council

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Letters September 2013

Letters September 2013

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 Maspeth Fire House  ‒ Deserving Landmark Designation

Our Maspeth Fire House ‒ Deserving Landmark Designation

LOST ON 9/11 Hazmat 1 Chief John Jack Fanning Capt. Patrick J. Waters Capt. Thomas Moody Lieutenant John Crisci Dennis Carey Martin N. Demeo Thomas Gardner John Giordano Jonathan R. Hohmann Dennis Scauso Kevin Smith Squad 288 Lt. Ronald T. Kerwin Peter Brennan Ronnie E. Gies Joseph Hunter Jonathan Lee Ielpi Adam David Rand Brian Sweeney Timothy Matthew Welty

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Bloomberg's Double Fault on Tennis Permits

Bloomberg's Double Fault on Tennis Permits

In the past, when the sun was shining and the skies were blue you could bet that the tennis courts at Juniper Valley Park were packed.It would be unheard of to see empty courts at Juniper and the problems faced then by Middle Village tennis players were that players without permits would simply walk on the courts without signing up and take up primetime court space.

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Gettysburg

Gettysburg

New York Teacher Links Gettysburg and The Civil War to Local History

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Elizabeth Crowley: Lost in the City Council

Elizabeth Crowley: Lost in the City Council

If you want to check up on your City Council representative, look no further than the City Council's website. It will tell you all you need to know, if you are familiar with how to ‒ as Elizabeth Crowley's adviser, PBA President Pat Lynch, might say ‒ "use it as a tool."

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Contemporary Operations

Contemporary Operations

The NYCR was designed primarily as a bridge route connecting the northeast with the southwest, providing a continuous rail route across the metropolitan area. This includes the 0.9-mile branch to access Sunnyside Yard that operates into Penn Station via the Hell Gate Route.

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My Memories of Middle Village

My Memories of Middle Village

I recall many warm and wonderful memories of Middle Village, and want to share them so you can also share some of yours, and help to fill in specifics, so we can better complete the history of the earliest days of growing up in our very special community.

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AMAZING STORIES: Herman Heyman's Death: A Sweeping Verdict By the Coroner's Jury

AMAZING STORIES: Herman Heyman's Death: A Sweeping Verdict By the Coroner's Jury

Brooklyn Eagle August 4, 1874 ‒ On the 14th ult. Herman Heyman was run over while driving a wagon over the South Side Railroad track at Fresh Pond Road. The evidence has heretofore been fully published in the Eagle. This jury has returned the following verdict:

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AMAZING STORIES: On Her Grave in the Cemetery

AMAZING STORIES: On Her Grave in the Cemetery

The Old Man's Body Identified by his Daughter, With Whom He made His Home

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AMAZING STORIES: How a Child Was Disposed of. Interesting Case Before the Surrogate of Queens County

AMAZING STORIES: How a Child Was Disposed of. Interesting Case Before the Surrogate of Queens County

Brooklyn Eagle March 18, 1885 The Surrogate of Queens County has an interesting case pending in his court. Jane Ann Daly, of Long Island City, has a petition asking that a suitable person be appointed guardian of the person and estate of Jeanette Robertshaw, a girl not quite twelve years old. It appears that the child is now in the custody of John Weiser and his wife, of Middle Village who are like parents but who in June, 1874 transferred the ownership of the child for an understood consideration to Mr. and Mrs. Robertshaw, the agreement of transfer being filed in the County Clerk's office.

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AMAZING STORIES: FALSE CHARGE OF KILLING SON DESTROYED DAD'S LIFE

New York Post July 11, 1999 • Edward Lauer's little boy is long buried, his wife remarried, his happiness a distant memory. He can never get them back. But the bumbling government that ruined his life can be made to pay.

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AMAZING STORIES: $15,000 For a Leg Verdict in Favor of Eight Year Old Fred Kalfur

AMAZING STORIES: $15,000 For a Leg Verdict in Favor of Eight Year Old Fred Kalfur

Brooklyn Eagle March 29, 1898 • Frederick Kalfur who brought suit through his father Frederick Kalfur, against the old horse car line the Broadway Ferry and Metropolitan Avenue Railroad Company for $50,000 for the loss of his right leg by being run over when he was 19 months old, obtained a verdict yesterday afternoon in Supreme Court, part 2, before Justice Gaynor, for $15,000.

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AMAZING STORIES: Christian Borth Cut To Pieces While Walking Beside The Tracks

AMAZING STORIES: Christian Borth Cut To Pieces While Walking Beside The Tracks

Brooklyn Eagle July 30, 1889 • Christian Borth, 24 years old, was killed at the Bushwick Junction station of the Long Island Railroad at East Williamsburgh on Sunday evening, by the Rockaway train due at Long Island City at 9:30 PM. Borth was a resident of New York, living at 345 West Thirty-sixth Street. He was a single man and had left his home early Sunday morning in company with two friends to visit at Middle Village.

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AMAZING STORIES: Infanticide. A Child Killed and Thrown in a Swamp

AMAZING STORIES: Infanticide. A Child Killed and Thrown in a Swamp

Brooklyn Eagle, May 6, 1877 The swamps in the Town of Newtown are giving up their dead, under the force of the spring. Only a few days ago the dead body of a man who had been missing from East Williamsburgh for a fortnight was found in a swamp at Glen Dale.

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AMAZING STORIES: Acquittal Revives Fear Of 'The Maze'

AMAZING STORIES: Acquittal Revives Fear Of 'The Maze'

The Maze ‒ and shock over a killing there more than a year ago ‒ refuse to go away. For years the zigzag passageway between warehouses on 74th Street near 52d Court in Maspeth has had an exciting, forbidden appeal to youngsters, who used it as a hangout, a hideaway and private graffiti gallery.

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BERRY HEALTH: Bronchial Asthma

BERRY HEALTH: Bronchial Asthma

Autumn is the season when asthma symptoms reach almost epidemic proportions. Doctor's offices and emergency rooms fill with children and adults coughing, wheezing having shortness of breath and respiratory distress. Hospital admissions for asthma increase from October through December. It's a good time to review asthma, its causes, prevention, and treatment.

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BERRY HEALTH: Myths about Herniated Discs

BERRY HEALTH: Myths about Herniated Discs

Here We Go Again...Another article about low back pain? Well, I guess I should start off like every other piece written about low back pain. According to the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 80% of the population will, at some point in their lives, experience some kind of low back pain. There, I said it. So what can I possibly tell you about low back pain that you haven't heard already? Well, I have seen living proof of the debilitating effects of low back pain on a regular basis as people from all walks of life continue to come into my physical therapy office with low back pain. In fact, it's probably the most common injury or diagnosis that I treat, but this article isn't necessarily about low back pain. It is focused on one cause of LBP that people seem to equate to the worst of the worst: the dreaded, despised and highly feared herniated disc! In this article, I will debunk several myths and hopefully put you at ease if you hear or ever heard your doctor tell you that you are a victim of the herniated disc!

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Interview: CRAIG CARUANA

Interview: CRAIG CARUANA

Q & A With Familiar Faces: Crowley Cops Out It was my original intention to interview both Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley and Craig Caruana, her challenger in the upcoming election for the City Council, 30th District. I reached out to Crowley through her Media Consultant, Eric Yun, and I assured him that they could review the final draft after the interview and could delete anything they found to be objectionable. They never called back, in fact they ignored me, leading me to believe either Elizabeth Crowley is lacking in self-confidence and the ability to be interviewed impromptu without coaching or teleprompting, or that she just doesn't care about her constituents. Either way, I am disappointed, but not terribly surprised, and hope she will consent to an interview in the future. Craig Caruana, however, graciously agreed to be interviewed for this issue on short notice. The following is that interview, which was recently conducted in his Glendale campaign office.

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August

August

Don't tell me about August. I know all I need to know. It's Leo/Virgo, a Peridot Stone and the eighth month of the year in which my two younger brothers, my granddaughter and I were born. It's arguably the most boring month of the year, breeding lethargy as a cicada's rhythmic drone mesmerizes us on a sultry, late summer day.

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TAKING EACH OF US HOME

TAKING EACH OF US HOME

We all dream! Some people will tell you they don't but it's not true. We do dream, each and every night! A short time ago I was a victim of insomnia. It was brutal. For three nights, more than 72 hours, I was wide-awake. I watched every infomercial imaginable. I read every boring thing I could get my hands on.

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The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is home to many species of birds, fish, animals, insects and reptiles. One of those that have been coming to this area for thousands of years is the Diamondback Terrapin. The species live along the coast in brackish (mixture of fresh and salt water) from Cape Cod to Florida to the Texas Gulf Coast. They have grayish skin with spots and the shell has a lined pattern that gives it its name, Diamondback. They have strong webbed feet adapted for swimming and they also have no trouble walking on land, which they do only to lay their eggs. Favorite foods are snails, clams, fish and worms. They can live for 40 years or more.

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Imagine you learn that a close family member has died at a young age and, according to officials, the cause of death was a stroke.Several months pass and you hear a rumor that your loved one did not die from a stroke, but was murdered.According to this rumor, numerous medical and police reports explain exactly how your loved one was murdered. What would you do?Would you go on as if nothing had happened, or would you want to find out if the rumors were true or not?

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JUNIPER'S PASSIVE EAST LAWN ‒  THE PULLIS LEGACY – MIDDLE VILLAGE

JUNIPER'S PASSIVE EAST LAWN ‒ THE PULLIS LEGACY – MIDDLE VILLAGE

Bordering Juniper Boulevard South, Dry Harbor Road, Juniper Boulevard North and 80th Street – cut off from the rest of Juniper Park – this greenspace known as Pullis Cemetery area took place around 1940.

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The Lady in the Light

The Lady in the Light

The stage is black. Suddenly, yards of illuminated silk emerge out of the darkness and begin to twirl. The vibrant colored lights that shine on the fabric change their shade in coordination with the music. Through the convergence of fabric and light, images of butterflies and flowers are created. The life story of a burning flame is told. There is a dancer beneath the massive amounts of illuminated fabric who works tirelessly, manipulating her body in order to create the magnificent visual effects that are effortlessly portrayed to the audience. This is a brief description of Loie Fuller's groundbreaking work.

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Berry Book Review: 14 • By Peter Clines; The Three Marias ‒ A Sicilian Story By Roger Armbruster

Berry Book Review: 14 • By Peter Clines; The Three Marias ‒ A Sicilian Story By Roger Armbruster

14 • By Peter Clines & The Three Marias ‒ A Sicilian Story By Roger Armbruster

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Killy's Korner Sept/Oct 2013

Killy's Korner Sept/Oct 2013

Send info and photos to: KillysKorner@aol.com or write: Juniper Berry PO Box 790275 Middle Village, NY 11379

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In Memoriam:  Sad summer for Juniper Valley Park and its baseball family.

In Memoriam: Sad summer for Juniper Valley Park and its baseball family.

On July 31st, Juniper Park super volunteer and longtime baseball coach, Pat Santoro, died suddenly in his home in Middle Village. Mr. Santoro, 54, dedicated a good portion of his life to the youth of Middle Village. He coached RGMVMLL for many years and volunteered as a coach for Christ the King High School For ten years he helped maintain the baseball fields in Juniper Valley Park.

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In Memoriam:  Sad summer for Juniper Valley Park and its baseball family.

In Memoriam: Sad summer for Juniper Valley Park and its baseball family.

On July 13th Kevin K. Surdi died at the age of 57. Mr. Surdi along with Bob Holden helped bring back the Midville Dodgers in 1997.

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Business Spotlight: Maspeth Discount Wines & Liquors

Business Spotlight: Maspeth Discount Wines & Liquors

I had the opportunity recently to talk to Vincent Restivo, manager of Maspeth Discount Wines & Liquors in Maspeth. I have to say that I immediately discovered that Vinnie, as he is referred to, is virtually a walking encyclopedia of the wine and whiskey business.

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The Elmhurst Roamers

The Elmhurst Roamers

The above picture was taken sometime in 1943-44. This neighborhood hockey team was known as the Elmhurst Roamers because they had no home park. The majority of the time the Roamers used Windmueller Park in Woodside, where they were fortunate to have won most of their games.

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