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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 2014 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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BERRY BITS: Knockdown Center applies for liquor license

BERRY BITS: Knockdown Center applies for liquor license

We have a serious situation facing Maspeth. The Knockdown Center, located at 54th Street and Flushing Avenue, advertises itself as an "arts center" but has applied for a liquor license to serve hard liquor, beer and wine to up to 5,000 patrons at dance parties.

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Lyin' Verizon

Lyin' Verizon

Verizon had been aggressively pushing Fios on its customers for quite sometime. We at the Juniper Park Civic Association, like most customers, have been bombarded with junk mail and telemarketers with various sales pitches that were hard to resist. We resisted for well over a year with almost daily calls. Finally we agreed only to allow the FIOS change over for our phone lines.

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Christ the King Honored by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Christ the King Honored by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio honored Christ the King High School at a special ceremony in recognition of its efforts as the leading Catholic high school in the Brooklyn/ Queens Diocese for blood donations.

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BERRY BITS: Snow Parking obstacle course

BERRY BITS: Snow Parking obstacle course

It was hard enough to walk around the community right after a snow storm but some neighbors made it much tougher.

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Legislation to crack down on out-of-state car registrations to be introduced

Legislation to crack down on out-of-state car registrations to be introduced

Assemblyman Mike Miller (Glendale) is in the process of introducing a bill to disallow overnight parking of vehicles with out-of-state license plates in New York cities with 1 million or more residents. His inspiration for this potential legislation was my article, "Registering cars out of state hurts NY taxpayers," that appeared in the December 2013 edition of the Juniper Berry.

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Homeless shelter sponsor cited for fraud by state  comptroller

Homeless shelter sponsor cited for fraud by state comptroller

Samaritan Village, the entity behind the proposal for the homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, was slammed in an audit by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in early March. DiNapoli's auditors found that "Samaritan Village charged the state $973,881 for unallowable, inappropriate, questionable or undocumented expenses."

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BERRY BITS: City fails to clean snow off its own property

BERRY BITS: City fails to clean snow off its own property

This will come as a surprise to no one, but this winter, the City of New York did a really miserable job of removing snow from the properties for which it is responsible. We had park sidewalks, pedestrian overpasses, LIRR and CSX bridges, expressway underpasses and the sidewalk along 57th Avenue completely ignored. What was worse was that when you called the problem into 311, they either couldn't take the report because there was no address or it was sent to the wrong agency for follow up.

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BERRY BITS: Crowley sets bad example by allowing graffiti to linger

BERRY BITS: Crowley sets bad example by allowing graffiti to linger

In late January, a vandal tagged Council Member Elizabeth Crowley's office with graffiti along the wall facing Furmanville Avenue. Crowley says she reported the crime to every authority imaginable and is committed to graffiti removal.

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Invasion of the Bottle Snatchers

Invasion of the Bottle Snatchers

Residents have been complaining for years about bottle & can scavengers that regularly trespass onto private property. It's not a harmless act.

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Community Driveways  ‒ Who's Responsible?

Community Driveways ‒ Who's Responsible?

Community driveways are considered "right of ways." They are the biggest headache for the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) when it comes to enforcement because few if any homeowners who share in a community driveway understand their responsibilities.

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Our Councilwoman Joins Boycott of St. Pat's Parade

Our Councilwoman Joins Boycott of St. Pat's Parade

The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is our country's oldest and proudest Irish tradition, marching for the first time more than 250 years ago, on March 17, 1762 – fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence.

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Roman Mythology

Roman Mythology

It seems the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade isn't the only thing that Council Member Elizabeth Crowley is boycotting. For some reason she apparently is also not fond of our Juniper Berry.

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Mayor Fills Pothole in Maspeth then Peals Out:

Mayor Fills Pothole in Maspeth then Peals Out:

After a photo-op where he threw some asphalt on a giant pot hole then pounded it on 69th Lane and 60th Avenue, Bill de Blasio then got pounded by the press.

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Letter to the Editor March/April 2014

Letter to the Editor March/April 2014

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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Hevesi Calls for Suspension of Glendale Homeless Shelter Review

Hevesi Calls for Suspension of Glendale Homeless Shelter Review

The following March 3, 2014 letter was sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Dept. of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor of which the JPCA was copied:

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Timeline of the never-beginning bridge construction project

Timeline of the never-beginning bridge construction project

The intersection of Fresh Pond Road & Metropolitan Avenue, which serves as the gateway to three towns ‒ Middle Village, Maspeth and Ridgewood ‒ looked like what one would expect the intersection of two major thoroughfares to look like in the 1940s. What has happened to it in recent years is a crime...

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Bicycle Lanes on NYC Streets  ‒ What Are They Thinking?

Bicycle Lanes on NYC Streets ‒ What Are They Thinking?

These days many people are eager to get on a bicycle and ride our dangerous roadways, competing in NYC traffic. They see it as a liberating experience. They don't realize all the implications in the decision to ride a bike in city traffic. Above all they don't realize that those who started the NYC bike initiative, former DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and former NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg usually rode around town in their NYC limousines.

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More and more tort cases involve bike riders. Three recent cases demonstrate that injured bike riders may have difficulty in court.

More and more tort cases involve bike riders. Three recent cases demonstrate that injured bike riders may have difficulty in court.

City DOT reported that in 2012 City bike riders experienced 4,207 injuries and 20 fatalities, and caused 244 injuries to pedestrians. These statistics are low since DOT only counts injuries reported to the police.

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PROFILE: Captain Christopher Manson Profile

PROFILE: Captain Christopher Manson Profile

Captain Christopher Manson is a unique commanding officer in the NYPD. After spending just an hour of one-on-one time with him you can see why he has a history of success in the NYPD.

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The Quest for a Quiet Sky

The Quest for a Quiet Sky

In previous issues of The Juniper Berry the concerns regarding airplane noise in our community were discussed in detail. Over the past couple of years the situation has gotten considerably worse. For those of you who are on the direct flight path of planes landing at LaGuardia Airport, you know what I am talking about! In fact, as I write this article there have been planes flying over my house about one every minute for the past hour!

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Garlinge Memorial Park

Garlinge Memorial Park

Garlinge Memorial Park on Grand Avenue and 72 Place is dedicated to those from Maspeth who lost their lives in the First World War (1914-18).

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Blame it on the Flame

Blame it on the Flame

Convincing the average American that this country faces a crisis of biblical proportions is similar to convincing an alcoholic that drinking whisky is not in their best interest

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Junior High School 73 Maspeth, graduating class, June 1944

Junior High School 73 Maspeth, graduating class, June 1944

The Juniper Civic Archives has purchased old yearbooks of Juniper High School 73 in Maspeth.

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The Smooching Sailor  Who Captured  My Students

The Smooching Sailor Who Captured My Students

You don't know his name, but you definitely know his image.His name is Carl S. Muscarello, 'Moose' to his family and friends. His image is a sailor in Times Square on V-J Day, August 14, l945, planting a smooch on a nurse-much to her surprise- and captured by a photographer for Life Magazine.

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AMAZING STORIES: Hinsman Boy Drowned. Body Found in Covered Cistern  at Mariondale Park ‒  Father thinks It Was Put There

AMAZING STORIES: Hinsman Boy Drowned. Body Found in Covered Cistern at Mariondale Park ‒ Father thinks It Was Put There

NY Times Published: June 14, 1900 Word was received yesterday morning from the police in Queens Borough that Charles Hinsman, six years old, of 219 East Ninety-sixth Street, had been found drowned in an old unused cistern in Ahren's Mariondale Park, at Maspeth, L.I.

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AMAZING STORIES: Court Calls Witness a Liar.  Drives Him Out of Court and  Directs an Acquittal in Murder Case

AMAZING STORIES: Court Calls Witness a Liar. Drives Him Out of Court and Directs an Acquittal in Murder Case

Suddenly set free while on trial for his life on a charge of murder in the first degree was the experience of Charles Wagner in the Flushing Supreme Court yesterday.

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AMAZING STORIES: Found Hanging in the Woods,  The Body of An Unknown Suicide Discovered near Middle Village

AMAZING STORIES: Found Hanging in the Woods, The Body of An Unknown Suicide Discovered near Middle Village

Boys playing in Hulse's woods in Middle Village yesterday afternoon discovered the body of a man hanging to the limb of a tree.

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AMAZING STORIES: Louis Herrmann's Suicide.  He was tired of Life and Killed Himself With a Revolver

AMAZING STORIES: Louis Herrmann's Suicide. He was tired of Life and Killed Himself With a Revolver

Louis Herrmann, aged about 77 years, shot himself on the Fresh Pond Road, near the crematory in Middle Village yesterday afternoon with a large caliber revolver.

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AMAZING STORIES: Small Boy, Big Secret: Mother Held

AMAZING STORIES: Small Boy, Big Secret: Mother Held

On a solid, tree-lined Queens block, Helena Piccininni, a schoolteacher, kept to herself and lived a life of desperately held secrets, neighbors and the police say.

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AMAZING STORIES: Leader of Queens Crime Ring  Pleads Guilty to 5 Murders

AMAZING STORIES: Leader of Queens Crime Ring Pleads Guilty to 5 Murders

They were a violent gang of young men, a scourge of western Queens, who robbed banks and businesses, committed arson and extortion and murdered other gangsters in disputes and double-crosses, law enforcement officials say.

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I've been witness to eleven U.S presidents. The latest being Barack Obama, in my opinion far and away the most obnoxious, arrogant, and tiresome person I have had the misfortune to observe. These are my feelings. I truly believe he lies to the point where he doesn't know the truth anymore. I can't stand the sound of his voice. I despise the way he uses foolish, adoring human beings as props to stand behind him whenever he speaks

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KAMPERMANN's KORNER: We Must Rekindle the Essence of America

KAMPERMANN's KORNER: We Must Rekindle the Essence of America

Yes, as I gather my thoughts and contemplate the tenor, text and direction of part 2, one thing that has remained constant since part 1 was published 3 months ago is the nasty weather. One thing that's new as the facts come to light with the roll-out of ObamaCare is the utter incompetence incorporated into the design and implementation of the ObamaCare website, which has clearly diluted the hyperbole that was used to sell ObamaCare.

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An Infection that keeps coming back!

An Infection that keeps coming back!

The human immune system has been built up over time to defend against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is a complex one that has many overlapping components.

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New Business Spotlight: 20/20 EYE CARE

New Business Spotlight: 20/20 EYE CARE

I had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Melania Napolitano, O.D. who is the owner of 20/20 Eye Care a new business on Eliot Avenue in Middle Village. Dr. Napolitano has a full-page ad in the Juniper Berry and when you see the ad it is quite complete, telling you every

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SOCIAL SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

SOCIAL SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A new column by Samuel Rivera, Social Security District Manager, Long Island City

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Great Neighborhood Homes

Great Neighborhood Homes

The communities of Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale have some great homes.

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Maspeth's Brooklyn Old Fashion

Maspeth's Brooklyn Old Fashion

Maspeth, Queens' original European colony, sitting along Newtown creek, untouched by Manhattan's 19th Century spider-web elevated railway network, clings to Brooklyn like a barnacle.

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Interview: Dr. Philip Franco Principal, St. Margaret's School

Interview: Dr. Philip Franco Principal, St. Margaret's School

Saint Margaret's Catholic School will be 150 years old next year. Founded during the last year of the Civil War, it is one of the oldest Catholic schools in the diocese. This venerable Middle Village institution has provided generation after generation of students with a valuable education "rooted in Gospel values and Catholic teaching." Saint Margaret's has recently seen resurgence in enrollment at the school, much to the satisfaction and delight of its 38 year-old Principal, Dr. Philip Franco, whose innovative leadership, foresight, and hard work enabled it all to happen. In the past three years as Principal, he has made great strides earning the respect and admiration of the faculty, students, and parents. Dr. Franco is without a doubt a "nice guy," a gregarious individual with an infectious laugh and a good sense of humor. But he is also a dedicated professional who is on a mission to provide his students with the best possible education and I believe with his determination, temerity, and discipline he will succeed. Dr. Franco was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He later attended Cathedral Preparatory, where he flirted with the idea of becoming a priest, and then graduated from Saint John's University. He received his Masters at Saint Joseph's Seminary and a Doctorate from Fordham University. He is currently going to school at night for his Masters in Administration and is studying to become a deacon. He is married with three sons and lives in Middle Village.

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Killy's Korner March/April 2014

Killy's Korner March/April 2014

Well, hello everyone! Hope you all survived this wild winter in New York also known as "The Winter of Discontent." I know I have stated how much I love the winter and the snow; but hey, whatever happened to Al Gore's Global Warming? Just kidding. I still love that wonderful white stuff. Disappointed that I can't get out there and shovel like I used to.

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DeWitt Clinton: Maspeth's First Statesman

DeWitt Clinton: Maspeth's First Statesman

Shortly after the Revolutionary War ended in 1783 the Honorable DeWitt Clinton made his home in Maspeth. The famed homestead (right) was later converted into an amusement park and in 1933 was destroyed by fire.

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