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March Juniper Berry Magazine

March 2012 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

Berry Bits

News of interest around the neighborhoods...

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The Crop Dusting  of Middle Village and Maspeth: Five Myths

The Crop Dusting of Middle Village and Maspeth: Five Myths

Imagine this. A 40-something Middle Village resident holding a football— an average guy in a New York Giants jacket—is shaking his fist angrily at the sky over Juniper Valley Park.

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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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It's Time to Start Over, Repeal Obamacare

It's Time to Start Over, Repeal Obamacare

The latest health care controversy that would require faith-based institutions to provide insurance coverage for services that violate their faith, is just one of the many examples of hidden provisions and unconstitutional mandates that will continue to arise from the poorly written and blatantly rushed Obamacare bill. This, coupled with the numerous other issues that have been uncovered even before the bill has been fully implemented, proves one thing: We must repeal Obamacare in its entirety and start over.

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 Local boys make good ...and racing history.

Local boys make good ...and racing history.

It was October 2011, Sal and Peter Biondo were about to engrave their mark in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history on the way to an unprecedented three National Championships captured by one family during the same season.

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The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

I just finished reading the article in the Juniper Berry entitled "Protecting Illegal Alien Jailbirds," on page 9 of the December 2011 issue. We all heard the comments, concerns and issues at the recent JPCA meetings and to say it is appalling is a gross understatement.

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The Smell of Tammany Hall Lingers in Queens County Today!

The Smell of Tammany Hall Lingers in Queens County Today!

Boss Tweed died in solitude in 1878. Yet, the political shenanigans that came to define the once powerful Tammany Hall still persist today in New York City. Queens County has long held the unscrupulous distinction of having a corrupt and ironically undemocratic machine that runs the gamut. Maspeth and Middle Village are no exception to that rule. In fact, our community is home to some of the biggest clubhouse politicians in the entire city who hold little or no regard for the views of their constituents, and will stop at nothing to do whatever is best for themselves; the general public be damned. And it just so happens that two of these politicians are named, Crowley.

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ANNA MARIE

ANNA MARIE

As I get older the memories of my childhood have begun to fade. It's very unfortunate. I have snapshots, pictures in my mind. At times I can remember a smell, taste, sound, or a name. Anna Marie is a name I remember well; the thought of it makes me smile. I know the scent of a Thanksgiving Day turkey, the pine tree needles of a Christmas tree, the smell of the bubble gum that came with a brand new package of baseball cards. I even recall the dusty smell as I clapped together the chalk covered erasers in school when it was my turn to wash the blackboard, (and the sneeze it caused me to hold in which nearly made my head explode!).

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Captain's Report

Captain's Report

I hope everyone in the Juniper Park community enjoyed a happy and safe holiday season. As the new year moves forward, I would like to share with you some of the work that the members of the 104th Precinct have been doing to address crime, as well as, the quality of life conditions in your neighborhoods.

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Revisiting the 1964-65 World's Fair

Revisiting the 1964-65 World's Fair

The Juniper Berry has hosted in its pages, articles on the wildly popular story of Fairyland Amusement Park, Freedomland and the World's Fair of 1939. It seemed only right to complete the series of NYC exhibitions with a story on the World's Fair of 1964-65. So, to begin the once upon a time story of the 1964-65 World's Fair, let's give it a background check of the times.

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Controversial  beginnings: 1964-65 NY World's Fair

Controversial beginnings: 1964-65 NY World's Fair

The 1964/1965 Fair was conceived by a group of New York businessmen who fondly remembered their childhood experiences at the 1939 New York World's Fair and wanted to provide that same experience for their children and grandchildren. Thoughts of an economic boom to the city as the result of increased tourism was also a major reason for holding another fair 25 years after the 1939/1940 extravaganza.

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Interview: KATHY BRINSKELLE

Interview: KATHY BRINSKELLE

If we agree that the whole is the sum of all its parts, then Kathy Brinskelle is indeed an integral part of our community. Cathy currently teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Social Studies, seventh grade Religion at the St. Margaret Catholic School here in Middle Village, and she is known for her extraordinarily pleasant disposition, obsession with detail in planning her classes, and deep compassion for the children she teaches. I say this because I have heard this from the parents who have children in her classes and asked me to interview her. She is clearly one of the more popular teachers at the school. Cathy is a quiet person who is entirely without pretense, and after talking to her, certainly exemplifies the morals and integrity that St. Margaret's advocates. When asked to comment about Kathy, Dr. Phillip Franco, the new principal said, "Kathy deserves her wonderful reputation." I agree. Kathy Brinskelle grew-up in Astoria and currently lives in Middle Village. She has lived in Middle Village since 1977. She has three sons, and tends to her mother on weekends in Astoria, where her mother still lives. She attended St. John's University where she earned a B.S, and earned a Special Education Degree from Hunter College. Before she became a teacher, Cathy worked at Bonwit Teller, Best and Company, Interned at Creedmoor, and started as a teacher at St. Raphael's Catholic School in Sunnyside before obtaining a teaching position at St. Margaret's. She is also a part-time Teacher of Special Services for the NYC Board of Education.

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Yes! It is Political Re-districting Time Again

Yes! It is Political Re-districting Time Again

Ever since antiquity there have been political boundaries from Ancient Israel to the Roman Empire to Medieval Europe to The British Empire. And, the formation of the United States of America, with its fluid constitution that brought forth the concept of a representative government "By the People and for the People," population growth would dictate new boundaries. Indeed as the United States expanded across North America from ocean to ocean many new political boundaries were formed.

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Amazing Stories: Indicted In Tax Fraud

Former U.S. Aide Accused of Getting 60 False Refunds

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AMAZING STORIES: Senator Gets Apology

AMAZING STORIES: Senator Gets Apology

Senator J. William Fulbright, Democrat of Arkansas, one of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's sharpest critics, has received an apology from a McCarthy supporter who sent him an abusive letter during the recent censure debate.

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AMAZING STORIES: Girl, 11, Guest at Bar Mitzvah, Is Raped in a Queens Synagogue

September 15, 1974 The New York Times An 11-year-old girl attending a bar mitzvah in a Queens synagogue was allegedly raped yesterday afternoon by a 15-year-old youth who had been under psychiatric care since he was 9 years old, authorities said.

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AMAZING STORIES: A Police Lieutenant Slain Going to Work

AMAZING STORIES: A Police Lieutenant Slain Going to Work

A police lieutenant in civilian clothes was killed yesterday by a man who tried to rob him as he walked to work along a quiet residential street in Queens. Though shot twice in the head, the policeman managed to draw his revolver and fire at his assailant.

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AMAZING STORIES: Surgery Barred for Bullet Sought as Evidence

AMAZING STORIES: Surgery Barred for Bullet Sought as Evidence

December 13, 1974 The New York Times A State Supreme Court Justice ruled yesterday that a bullet could not be removed from the chest of a suspect in the murder of a police lieutenant because the surgery would constitute an unreasonable search and seizure and possibly endanger the suspect's life.

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AMAZING STORIES: Luciano is Buried in Queens Vault

AMAZING STORIES: Luciano is Buried in Queens Vault

February 8, 1962 NY Times ‒The Lucky Luciano story ended here yesterday. The body of the exiled gangster was brought back from Italy for burial in his family's vault in St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens. He had died two weeks ago of a heart attack in Naples, where he had lived for the last sixteen years.

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AMAZING STORIES: Shot at a Picnic and Dies in Field

Quiet and Peaceable Man Surrounded by a Gang Who Fire Three Shots One Stabs Him as He Runs No attempt to Stop Assassins in a Crowd at Charles Allen Association's Outing

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AMAZING STORIES: One-Armed Man Leads 2 Thugs in Robbing Queens Loan Office

AMAZING STORIES: One-Armed Man Leads 2 Thugs in Robbing Queens Loan Office

A one-armed man and two accomplices held up a Queens loan office yesterday and escaped with $10,000

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Younger Voices: RESPONSIBILITY

Younger Voices: RESPONSIBILITY

If you're reading this, you must consider the word "Responsibility" as important as I do.

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SCHOOL DAYS  SCHOOL WAYS

SCHOOL DAYS SCHOOL WAYS

I'm a big sports fan. Since I was a kid I've followed all the major sports. I was lucky enough to go to college on a basketball scholarship. Unfortunately the biggest sports story of the past year, 2011, will be the sex scandal that has rocked the once quiet community of Penn State University. Their football coach, Joe Paterno, was all set to go down in sports history as one of the most revered coaches and mentor of both men and women. He was a man who made students and players' lives better. And I'm sure this fact is true, and yet his legacy will be forever tarnished. His death is sad and tragic. I believe, in the end, he may very well have died from a broken heart.

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"Bloomberg's Children," and How Education Dies

"Bloomberg's Children," and How Education Dies

Yellow Journalist newspapers publish anti-teacher articles and profess what is "Best for Children." Their gibberish, their mantra of care and concern for the education of children has always been part of a smokescreen. No sensible New Yorker still believes that The Michael Bloomberg administration had "ever" considered the welfare of children as more than a hopeful byproduct of the mayor's agenda. With each day, the public realizes that the Department of Education was always willing to sacrifice the city's youth, redirecting taxpayer money away from the classroom for privatization, consultants and "perhaps" legally into their own pockets. All the while, they blame teachers for the resulting destruction of Education as they continue to pour public funding into worthless cronies programs.

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1st Place for Christ the King Math Team

1st Place for Christ the King Math Team

The Christ the King Math Team has come a long way since its humble beginning 4 years ago. Starting with just 6 students the 40 member team is now a force to be reckoned with!

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Killy's Korner March/April 2012

Killy's Korner March/April 2012

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

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Berry Book Reviews:

Berry Book Reviews:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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SPOTLIGHT: Barosa Restaurant

SPOTLIGHT: Barosa Restaurant

When we use the term "home grown" it doesn't get more "home grown" than the ownership of Barosa Restaurant in Rego Park. Joey LaRosa and Frank Barbone (hence "Barosa") are local guys who love the Middle Village neighborhood and surrounding areas enough to open up their Italian restaurant and spend their days and nights making sure they serve some of the finest Italian food in town.

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CIVIC SPOTLIGHT: John Killcommons & Elizabeth Buoncore Killcommons

CIVIC SPOTLIGHT: John Killcommons & Elizabeth Buoncore Killcommons

The beautiful picture you see accompanying this article belongs to John Killcommons and his wife, the former Elizabeth Buoncore, who both grew up on 80th Street in Middle Village. Although they knew each other a number of years there was a three and a half year age difference so they didn't become boyfriend and girlfriend until Betty was seventeen and John was home on leave from the Navy. He said something to Betty like, "wow, did you grow up!" and so it began.

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