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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 2018 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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Yesterday & Today: Grand Avenue at Flushing Avenue, looking east, 1945

Yesterday & Today: Grand Avenue at Flushing Avenue, looking east, 1945

Who doesn't love an old photo of a classic trolley? Car #8360, likely housed at the Brown Place Depot, was heading down Grand Avenue toward Kent Ave in Williamsburg.

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Let it snow!

Let it snow!

Dan Doremus & Erin Reilly were married at Our Lady of Hope Church on Saturday, December 9, 2017. A snowy day indeed! Picture was taken in our beautiful Juniper Valley Park. Dan is an Our Lady of Hope 2000 graduate. He is the son of Kim & Bob Doremus of Middle Village and Erin is the daughter of Kathy & Ken Reilly of Floral Park.

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Berry Bits: JPCA has new president

Berry Bits: JPCA has new president

As Council Member-elect Bob Holden was preparing to assume his seat on the City Council, the JPCA was faced with a dilemma: who would serve out the remainder of his term as president?

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Berry Bits: Illegal truck parking halted

Berry Bits: Illegal truck parking halted

In early December, government contractors installed barriers on the westbound LIE service road near Mazeau Street to deter truckers from parking their rigs on the shoulder overnight.

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Berry Bits: Hit-and-run alert system coming

Berry Bits: Hit-and-run alert system coming

Last year the City Council passed a law which requires an emergency alert be sent out within 24 hours of a hit-and-run traffic collision.

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Berry Bits: LIE diamond grinding delayed

Berry Bits: LIE diamond grinding delayed

The work on the roadbed of the Long Island Expressway was supposed to be completed at the end of 2017, but winter operations have caused the DOT to delay the work.

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Berry Bits: ACC intake center moving to Middle Village

Berry Bits: ACC intake center moving to Middle Village

In January, during the board meeting of Animal Care and Control, it was announced that the Bronx would be getting a full-service animal shelter, something it currently lacks.

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Berry Bits: DHS says Glendale shelter is no longer in the works

Berry Bits: DHS says Glendale shelter is no longer in the works

Rumors about the future of 78-16 Cooper Avenue started swirling about just after New Year, when Glendale residents feared that repair work on a water line meant that construction of the proposed homeless shelter at that location was underway.

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Berry Bits: Maspeth HS graduate fighting cancer

Berry Bits: Maspeth HS graduate fighting cancer

Julia Kammerer, a 2015 graduate of Maspeth High School, has been diagnosed with Acute B Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia – also known as ALL, as well as Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis – also known as HLH.

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Berry Bits: Middle Village woman wins the lottery

Berry Bits: Middle Village woman wins the lottery

When Middle Village homeowner Ruth Tritremmel bought a scratch off lottery ticket at Artis Drugs, she held onto it until she got home. Then she gave her husband the honor of using their "lucky penny" to scratch it off.

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Berry Bits: Glendale Kiwanis gifts Sacred Heart pantry with new refrigerator

Berry Bits: Glendale Kiwanis gifts Sacred Heart pantry with new refrigerator

In January, the Glendale Kiwanis generously gave the Sacred Heart food pantry a new refrigerator to replace the one they had which was breaking down.

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Berry Bits: Georgia Diner to be demolished

Berry Bits: Georgia Diner to be demolished

The massive upzoning of Queens Blvd has claimed another casualty ‒ this time it's the 40-year old Georgia Dine

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Berry Bits: Recent reports about freight rail operations raise concerns

Berry Bits: Recent reports about freight rail operations raise concerns

The afternoon of February 11th, a locomotive was spotted passing across Flushing Avenue after sounding its horn.

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Berry Bits: Happy Retirement!

Berry Bits: Happy Retirement!

We'd like to wish Gunther Duy and Ralph Barone the best in their upcoming retirement.

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Berry Bits: 80th Street fix is 2 years away

Berry Bits: 80th Street fix is 2 years away

Ten years ago, DEP completed a sewer project along 80th Street between Caldwell and 58th Avenues. The roadbed was not repaired properly resulting in it sinking.

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Berry Bits: Don't block the box!

Berry Bits: Don't block the box!

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this month that the NYC DOT and the NYPD had prepared enhancements to 50 key intersections where block-the-box violations will now be aggressively enforced.

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Berry Bits: Free legal clinic coming to Middle Village

Berry Bits: Free legal clinic coming to Middle Village

Friday, March 23rd from 10am to 3pm, New York Legal Assistance Group will offer free legal services at their mobile unit which will be parked at Eliot Avenue and 80th Street.

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A message from the president

A message from the president

The Juniper Park Civic Association has earned a reputation for being a volunteer powerhouse. Over the years, we have managed to tackle major problems while also handling the day-to-day quality of life issues that arise.

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The Queensboro Bridge Railway: Last Trolley Standing

The Queensboro Bridge Railway: Last Trolley Standing

Many a would-be king of the road crossing the Queensboro Bridge may observe a condo-dotted Roosevelt Island, unaware that this island, when it was less affluent, was the reason that a tiny bridge railway survived all other trolley lines in New York State.

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Short Story: Seeing the Light

Short Story: Seeing the Light

Judy Marrocco was back in town. She'd been recalled here, where she'd spent her early years, for her great-aunt Henrietta had recently died, leaving Judy ‒ her only surviving kin -- the old house near Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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Hope Hornets are diocesan champs

Hope Hornets are diocesan champs

What an amazing end to yet another great season for the Hope Hornets 6th Grade Girls. The girls were crowned Diocesan Champions for the third year in a row, edging out a very talented team from St. Adalbert's.

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Things That Are Dumb: The Woodhaven Blvd ticket trap

Things That Are Dumb: The Woodhaven Blvd ticket trap

I live on Goldington Court. It's a small street in Middle Village. The street has only 10 houses on each side. It starts from 84th Place and heads to Woodhaven Blvd. To leave the block, you must turn right since the block doesn't cross the boulevard. 

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Things That Are Dumb: Rikers closure plan announced

Things That Are Dumb: Rikers closure plan announced

In one of the most blatant development schemes in history, the de Blasio administration has announced the closure of Rikers Island jail complex in 2027 in order to put the real estate there to "better use".

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Things That Are Dumb: Postal service drops the ball

Things That Are Dumb: Postal service drops the ball

Many residents throughout Queens noticed in January that they were missing mail, and many received delayed checks, tax documents, bills, medicine and packages.

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Things That Are Dumb: DOE issues refunds that amount to pennies

Things That Are Dumb: DOE issues refunds that amount to pennies

In January, many parents whose children attended schools in the area before the institution of the free lunch program received letters from the Department of Education instructing them that they were eligible to receive refunds on any unused money left in their accounts.

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Things That Are Dumb: Elmhurst couple faces 7 years in prison for illegal conversion

Things That Are Dumb: Elmhurst couple faces 7 years in prison for illegal conversion

Segundo and Maria Chimbay of Elmhurst allegedly converted a one-family home they own at 40-33 Forley St. into five SROs (single-room occupancies).

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Things That Are Dumb: DOT thinks Woodhaven Blvd traffic not affected by new design

Things That Are Dumb: DOT thinks Woodhaven Blvd traffic not affected by new design

Jessica Kuo, the DOT's project manager for the SBS project, told the Queens Borough Board in January that traffic may have worsened during Woodhaven Blvd reconstruction, but that it's fine now.

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Things That Are Dumb: Brace yourself for a deluge of dumping

Things That Are Dumb: Brace yourself for a deluge of dumping

The Department of Sanitation believes that charging residents for trash pickup is a way to incentivize recycling. The city has paid $1M to a consultant to design a ͞save as you throw program.

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Things That Are Dumb: Never-beginning bridge project now a never-ending one

Things That Are Dumb: Never-beginning bridge project now a never-ending one

Just before Christmas, a Department of Transportation spokesperson admitted to the Times Newsweekly that the contract it had with the firm Mugrose Construction to rebuild the bridge over the LIRR at Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road had defaulted.

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Things That Are Dumb: Sign switch by summer

Things That Are Dumb: Sign switch by summer

In February, after months of threats, the Federal Highway Administration announced that it would fine New York State over the placement of unauthorized "I Love NY" signs along state highways.

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Things That Are Dumb: Light rail plan dead on arrival

Things That Are Dumb: Light rail plan dead on arrival

The final report on the Lower Montauk Light Rail Study was released by the DOT in January recently and it revealed that the project, if undertaken, would cost $2B to build (not "under $100M as was once claimed), $55M to operate, and would only raise $15M/year in revenue.

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Things That Are Dumb: Maspeth's trashy triangle

Things That Are Dumb: Maspeth's trashy triangle

Residents and civic leaders had been calling for a Greenstreet-type project at 59th Street and Flushing Avenue for many years. Auto body shops were parking junked cars on the triangle which was condemned decades ago for construction of the Flushing Avenue underpass but left as a concrete slab.

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Things That Are Dumb: Flushing Avenue underpass a Vision Zero nightmare

Things That Are Dumb: Flushing Avenue underpass a Vision Zero nightmare

The Flushing Avenue underpass stretches between 55th Street and 59th Street. Trying to access either end puts pedestrians in unsafe situations. Traffic whizzes by, and there are no marked crosswalks or curb cuts, which means it is not ADA compliant.

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Things That Are Dumb: Strange traffic light location

Things That Are Dumb: Strange traffic light location

DOT revealed plans to install a traffic light at the corner of 79th Street and Juniper Blvd South. When Council Member Holden asked why, noting that there is a traffic light on the next corner, the DOT responded that the principal of PS49 requested it because 100+ students cross there to get to the park after school.

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Things That Are Dumb: A fool and his money are soon parted

Things That Are Dumb: A fool and his money are soon parted

Back before the November 2017 election, several robocalls and campaign hit pieces against Robert Holden were circulated among Republican District 30 voters by Michael Ricatto, who splits his time between Kew Gardens and Florida.

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Letters to the editor, March 2018

Letters to the editor, March 2018

I saw in your newsletter that you support the bill to make the city responsible for sidewalk repairs. Making homeowners responsible for repairing the sidewalk is an unfair burden to a homeowner.

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St. Margaret's Boy Scout Troop #119    

St. Margaret's Boy Scout Troop #119    

Our Boy Scout Troop is approaching its 75th birthday in a little more than a year. Although we are sponsored by St. Margaret's we accept boys of all faiths.

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How mutual funds can positively affect your life

How mutual funds can positively affect your life

Mutual funds are collections of money paid in by investors like you who want to earn more money than what they get in a bank (which isn't much these days, close to 0%).

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Zone Pricing (AKA all-at-once unsustainable, unfair, inequitable & regressive toll-tax scheme that also fails to ease congestion)

Zone Pricing (AKA all-at-once unsustainable, unfair, inequitable & regressive toll-tax scheme that also fails to ease congestion)

This year the ideological driven effort to toll our East River Bridges ‒ Congestion Pricing under former Mayor Bloomberg; repackaged as the Move New York Fare Plan promoted by Gridlock Sam ‒ became "Zone Pricing" in Fix NYC's report.

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Op-Ed: The Parkland Shooting Needs to Be a Bellwether for Change

Op-Ed: The Parkland Shooting Needs to Be a Bellwether for Change

It was a gloomy afternoon in Parkland, Fla., the town where 17 students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost their lives in a tragic shooting just eight days prior. The weather seemed to match the mood, one of lingering dreary sadness. Between the shooting and when I visited eight days later, a makeshift memorial comprised of photos, flowers, and stuffed animals had become the centerpiece of a harrowing scene.

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Why Rikers Island must remain open

Why Rikers Island must remain open

I start from the proposition that it is unrealistic to close down Rikers Island when there exists no viable place to put those who are incarcerated there. It would cost the City billions of dollars in demolition and construction costs and wreak havoc upon the City's neighborhoods as new jails are built in residential areas.

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Berry Scenes: March 2018

Berry Scenes: March 2018

Drone photos by Patrick Tolpa

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Our Lady of Hope welcomes Rev. Noel Daduya

Our Lady of Hope welcomes Rev. Noel Daduya

Rev. Noel A. Daduya, CMF was the youngest of ten children of the late Pacita Abao and Pedro Daduya, having been born December 25, 1972. He entered Mary Help of Christians Minor Seminary at the age of 11 in his home province in the Philippines.

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Amazing Stories: Hollywood to Make Film of Ex-GI's Tune

Amazing Stories: Hollywood to Make Film of Ex-GI's Tune

The German bandleader never dreamed he would catapult a young U.S. Army lieutenant to Hollywood fame that night in a Munich nightclub when he favored his customers with an American love ballad.

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Short Story: Change Happens

Short Story: Change Happens

The year 1961 was "just another year" for many people. Some had visions of a better future, some just wanted the year to be over, and some were surprised that we had sworn in a Catholic president. I know that Maspeth was all abuzz about it for weeks.

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Our legislative priorities in Albany

Our legislative priorities in Albany

Thank you for giving me the honor of being your representative. For too long, the middle class and seniors, who obey the law and work hard, have been ignored.

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The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House

At the corner of Onderdonk and Flushing Avenues in the town of Ridgewood, Queens stands the oldest Dutch colonial stone style farmhouse in all the five boroughs. The house is named after two prominent Dutch families that each lived there for almost 100 years.

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The true meaning of Maspeth's ancient name

The true meaning of Maspeth's ancient name

On March 19, 1889, the Brooklyn Eagle focused its attention on the origin of Maspeth's name by publishing an article entitled, "The Indians Called It Mespat ‒ 'An Inundating Tidal River'".

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104th Precinct Report, March 2018

104th Precinct Report, March 2018

Detective Anthony Wright and Officer Louis Marinacci made a great bust on the 8th. Two Brooklyn men were arrested on Grand Ave near 73rd Place after 60 bags of crack cocaine and a large amount of cash were discovered in their car. Franklyn Suriel-Pena was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a narcotic drug and a traffic infraction. Anthony Frias was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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The life of John Metzner

The life of John Metzner

John Metzner was born on the November 14, 1875 in Bavaria, Germany --- likely in the town of Trabelsdorf. He and his parents, Georg and Magdalena, came to the United States in 1880. On November 25, 1896 he married Caroline Leyes.

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Op-Ed: The United States Constitution vs. Bill de Blasio

Op-Ed: The United States Constitution vs. Bill de Blasio

When those on the far left don't get their way, much like 5-year-old children, they usually throw tantrums and resort to extreme measures without regard to the consequences.

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The New York City Feral Cat Initiative

The New York City Feral Cat Initiative

Maybe you love cats. Maybe you hate cats. Tens of thousands of free-roaming cats live in the backyards, alleyways, vacant lots, and other outdoor spaces of New York City.

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Killy's Korner, March 2018

Killy's Korner, March 2018

Hoping all of you had a "not so bad" winter up here in the North while our sun and fun friends escaped to the South. Can't count March out of the picture but so far, not too bad.

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Community Spotlight: Phyllis Taiano

Community Spotlight: Phyllis Taiano

I began rescuing in early 2000. A coworker's brother needed to rehome his Cairn Terrier, named Dewey. Although my love of dogs and cats was instilled in me at a very young age, it wasn't until 2007 that I began volunteering at a local shelter and learned the much needed skills to run a successful organization.

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Grandma's Easter Meat Pie

Grandma's Easter Meat Pie

The recipe I have put together here for your enjoyment is one of my favorite holiday comfort foods: Easter Meat Pie. This recipe is a culmination of over 130 years of competing family versions, all self-proclaimed blue-ribbon winners, of course.

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Neighborhood Hall of Shame March 2018

Neighborhood Hall of Shame March 2018

This is not only an eyesore, but also a trip hazard. This concrete spill is pretty hard to miss, yet when it was reported to DOT, they responded that they couldn't find the problem. They then told Assembly Member Barnwell that they referred the case to DEP. Concrete mixers seem to frequently have incidents all over Grand Avenue.

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From Kaiser's Farm to Ridgewood Terrace

From Kaiser's Farm to Ridgewood Terrace

Ferdinand Kaiser was a farmer in western Maspeth in the late 1800s. A widower from Germany, he raised 2 sons and 3 daughters in a classic saltbox type house on his property, which stretched from Andrews Avenue (59th Place) to Old Fresh Pond Road (61st Street) and from Mount Olivet Avenue (59th Drive) to Flushing Avenue.

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