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December Juniper Berry Magazine

December 2016 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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1816-1916-2016

1816-1916-2016

Did you ever wonder what life was like 100 years ago? 200 years ago? As Middle Village's bicentennial year comes to a close, we're taking a look back at major events that happened both locally and throughout the world in the years 1816 & 1916, and recapping 2016.

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104 Pct Report

104 Pct Report

September 21: At approximately 4:25 am, the Deli located located at 71-01 Grand Avenue was robbed by two masked males who pistol whipped the owner and removed USC (US currency). The detective squad is currently investigating this incident. We are currently investigating that these individuals might have committed a similar robbery in Manhattan the same day.

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The nature of All Faiths Cemetery

The nature of All Faiths Cemetery

On Saturday, May 28th, Sunday, June 12th and Saturday October 8th, I led a group of between 15 and 20 people through historic All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens. I pointed out the locally breeding birds, butterflies and some of the more interesting botanics.

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Amazing Stories

Two horses were instantly killed by electricity from a trolley wire on Metropolitan Avenue, near Newtown Creek, about midnight. The horses were attached to a coach owned by E. E. Wheeler of the Oriental Livery stables, South Eighth Street, and driven by Patrick Madden. The latter was driving home P. H. Paulus, a marble and granite monument maker, who is engaged in business near the Lutheran Cemetery at Middle Village.

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BERRY BITS: December 2016

BERRY BITS: December 2016

They are found in tiny parcels of land squeezed among Manhattan buildings and in large rolling tracts of land in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. New York City's cemeteries carry on the ancient tradition of memorializing the dead with monuments, from plain gray markers to imposing crypts.

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If you own an IRA or participate in a 401(k) plan, please read this!

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a new rule for tax-advantaged retirement accounts. Potentially, the rule affects anyone who has an IRA or a 401(k) account. It also impacts IRA rollovers, and any investment recommendations that may be made pertaining to distributions from IRAs and 401(k)s.

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Having a healthful holiday season

Having a healthful holiday season

The holiday season is here and for most people, food is the first thought that pops up. Gathering with friends and family around a dinner table is what many people imagine and look forward to.

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Solving Homelessness the Right Way

Solving Homelessness the Right Way

We face a homeless crisis of extraordinary magnitude: Nearly 90,000 homeless every night statewide; 150,000 homeless children annually. The leading causes of family homelessness in New York City are domestic violence, eviction, and overcrowded housing. These are the reasons that bring three out of four families into our shelter system.

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Killy's Corner

Killy's Corner

Well, the summer ended on a really high note at Juniper Valley Park celebrating Middle Village's 200th Birthday. On Saturday evening, September 24, the Queens Symphony orchestra performed a medley of show tunes as well as patriotic songs honoring our military.

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Letters to the Editor

Being a Hispanic man, in true sense, a Puerto Rican and born in NYC, which in a way, makes me a "Nuyorican", it displeasures, annoys and irritates me when this impostor of a mayor, De Blunder and his fraud of administration accuses the passionate and well-built community of Maspeth as racist.

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No stone left unknown

No stone left unknown

As with every war the United States has fought in, invariably the surviving veterans come home to a changed world where the once familiar sometimes becomes unfamiliar and where some of the aftereffects of war that are not visible to the naked eye can only be shared with other veterans.

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OP-ED: Beyond Biased

OP-ED: Beyond Biased

The most controversial, highly contested and politically brutal Presidential election in modern times has finally concluded in the only way such a campaign could have ended, with a surprising result and deep feelings on both sides.

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What is your security and peace of mind worth?

What is your security and peace of mind worth?

In light of increased reports of opportunistic crime in the neighborhood, now is a great time to consider investing in a surveillance system. It could be a "Ring" doorbell system that allows you to not only see people approaching your door, but allows you to interact with them as if you were right on the other side, while you answer elsewhere from your smartphone.

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The history of the hamlet of Melvina

The history of the hamlet of Melvina

It was originally the farm of the Van Cott family and became one of the first real-estate developments in Maspeth. On a map published in October 1852 by a real estate agent from New York City, John H. Smith, the area was shown as being bounded to the north by Maspeth Avenue and to the south by Flushing Avenue, and extending 257.5 feet (78.5 meters) on either side of 59th Street. There are twenty-five houses on Beers map of 1873. Melvina was later absorbed by Maspeth.

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The Churches of Middle Village

In 1863, a small one room school house was built on the east side of Juniper Avenue (69th Street) on a plot that was 200' by 190'. In 1881 the Reverend Daniel Peterson became associated with the church as Pastor. In 1890 the parochial school was enlarged to accommodate 200 students.

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A visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Cemetery

A visit to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Cemetery

The history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard began after the Revolutionary War ended and the new nation needed a location for building and repairing its warships.

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Dumb & Dumber: The de Blasio double standard

Dumb & Dumber: The de Blasio double standard

The shelter fight in Maspeth took an ugly turn when the de Blasio administration both directly and indirectly accused peaceful Maspeth protesters of racism. But as the old adage goes, when you point a finger at someone, you end up with 3 fingers pointed back at you, and that is exactly what ended up happening to Mr. de Blasio's shameless propagandists.

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The Timeline of the Maspeth Shelter Fight

The Timeline of the Maspeth Shelter Fight

September 8th: Harshad Patel, owner of the Holiday Inn Express, told PIX11's Jay Dow that he would not convert the hotel into a homeless shelter due to community opposition. We were told by several people not to believe this, and the city claimed at this point that they were proceeding as planned.

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125th Anniversary of Saint Adalbert Parish

125th Anniversary of Saint Adalbert Parish

St. Adalbert's Parish is the oldest Polish parish in Queens, New York. Its history dates back to December of 1891, when Father Jozef Fyda, at the suggestion of Bishop John Loughlin ‒ the Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn ‒ made preparations for the creation of a new parish. On March 1, 1892, the Society of St. Adalbert was formed with Father Fyda as its chaplain.

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Things That Are Dumb: December 2016

Things That Are Dumb: December 2016

We were told that the deck replacement for the bridge over the LIRR at Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road would happen "just after Independence Day". Then it was pushed back to "around Labor Day". Soon after, we were assured that it would start "the first week of October". As we go to press in late November, there still is no work happening at the intersection. The equipment is sitting idle in the old Mobil gas station behind a chain link fence, but not one hour of labor has been undertaken on the span itself.

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