Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sonny Carson and Tony Avella Deserve No Honor

Councilman Tony Avella along with 14 other City Council members voted in favor of naming a street after racist Sonny Carson. Mr. Carson proclaimed himself as anti-white, an anti-Semite and was a convicted felon. He led racially charged boycotts and protests causing divisiveness and violence in many neighborhoods.

Here are just a few of Mr. Carson’s discordant and racist remarks:

In 1990, Carson led a boycott campaign against Korean-owned delis in Brooklyn's black neighborhoods, marching with signs that read, "Don't shop with people who don't look like us." Carson said at the time, “In the future, there'll be funerals, not boycotts.”

In 1991, he applauded the Crown Heights mob that killed Hasidic student Yankel Rosenbaum, stating that he was "very proud" of what had happened. However, when accused of anti-Semitism, he replied, "I'm anti-white - don't limit my anti's to one group of people."

Individuals such as Sonny Carson do not deserve governmental recognition or to be honored by any city. Doing so would denigrate those deserving of our esteem and make all street re-namings a mockery.

What is even more disheartening is that the vote was cast along ethnic lines. Doing what is right should not be compromised by racial differences and bigotry. But if you are Councilman Avella you do what is politically expedient for Tony and forget about what is right. His vote yesterday was political pandering at its highest level. Tony wants to run for Mayor and he knows he desperately needs the minority vote to have a chance at winning. Therefore, he decided it was in his best interest, not the interests of his constituents to vote to have a street renamed for a racist. Mr. Avella fails to realize however, that voters of all races can see through his political smoke and mirrors.

Thankfully, a majority of the City Council voted against the proposal and saved the city and its residents from having their streets renamed for hatred.

Read the Daily News editorial

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Iron Mike (Not Tyson, Bloomberg)

As it is each year, it was a great Memorial Day Weekend in our great city and as a veteran I was proud to be an American and a New Yorker. Being a member of several veterans’ organizations I was invited to participate in many of the parades that occurred over the long weekend. As always, I spotted our illustrious Mayor at every single parade that I attended. I was amazed at the outpouring of support by those in attendance and viewing the parades. There were shouts of Mike for President!, Great Job Mayor! We love you Mike! I even heard a marriage proposal from one elderly woman waving her American flag. Mayor Bloomberg was treated like a heavyweight champion as he waved and greeted fans. We have read that the Mayor might be out of touch with everyday New Yorkers but if you attended any of the parades, you found out quickly that the majority of new Yorkers feel a strong connection with their mayor and approve of the job Bloomberg is doing. Keep up the good work Iron Mike!

I would also like to thank all the elected officials, community leaders, parade organizers, my fellow veterans, and the residents of New York for their show of support and gratitude to the men and woman who gave the ultimate sacrifice to this great nation.

Money Can’t Buy You Love, But It Can Buy You A New Bus Route

I am a frequent passenger on the Q54 and commuted using the bus for over 30 years to get to my job at the Long Island Railroad yard in Jamaica. I'm appalled and angered that the MTA would change the route to accommodate the Atlas Mall. The route change means burdening passengers by adding additional commuting time to an already unreliable bus service. The change will eliminate a stop, force the buses to make three additional turns and bring pollution and noise to local residents. However, it only cost the Atlas Park owners $200,000 to have the bus route changed. (Standard price for bus shelter and curb cut). I wonder how much it would cost me to have the Q54 pick me up in front of my house or drop off my many visitors at my front door.

The reason for the change was to help Atlas Mall bring in more customers to shop in their high end stores. Realistically, people who can afford to shop and eat at Atlas Park are not taking public transportation to enjoy the “mixed shopping experience” (they don’t want you calling it a mall). For example, I love my dog, but would I buy him a $65 water bowl found in Atlas Park, to drink from when he’s thirsty? C’mon, he would drink from the toilet if I let him!

Let’s face it; Atlas Mall should be placed somewhere in Port Washington or Manhasset and not in hardworking middle class Glendale/Middle Village. We are more concerned about getting to work on time, getting home at a decent hour to spend time with our families and keeping our streets safe and clean. Keep the bus route the way it’s been for decades and if you want more customers, put in a few stores that Queens residents can afford.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. It is a day of tribute to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and our freedoms.

Unfortunately, traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

To help teach and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps." The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:

· by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
· by visiting memorials.
· by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
· by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag'
· by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
· by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our honored dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Memorial Day should be more than a day off to enjoy barbecues, picnics and family outings. It should be a day of remembrance where we take the time to reflect and acknowledge those men and women who died in service of this great nation so that we may enjoy our rights as Americans.

God Bless American and God Bless our veterans

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Kenneth Rudzewick Honored...

Photo courtesy of the Queens Ledger

I recently read that Our Lady of Hope, a church in Middle Village hosted their 7th Annual Endowment Fund Dinner Dance. I found out that the fund was created to assist families in financial crisis so that their children can continue their religious education. Congratulations to the creators of the fund for their compassion and dedication to the children of our communities.

I also learned, however, that the fund chose to honor Mr. Kenneth Rudzewick, a name I have only read negative things about in the Juniper Berry. Confusion filled my head and I wondered why such a noble and wonderful event chose such an evil and despicable man to honor. Shame on me! I should have known better than to believe the berry propaganda machine and its cog, Holden. Consequently, if you only knew the name Kenneth Rudzewick from reading the Juniper Berry you would think that Mr. Rudzewick:

A: Is Un-American.
B: Tramples on the Constitution.
C: Betrayer of the Community.
D: Political Operative.
E: A Liar.
F: A Cheat.
G: Darth Vader.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Mr. Rudezwick for not doing the research earlier and realize that he was just another person on the long list of individuals Bob Holden attacks and maligns unfairly. Therefore, I am going to make it up to Mr. Rudzewick and print why he deserved to be honored by the Endowment Fund and the community:

• Kenneth Rudzewick attended St. Stanislaus Grade School and his high school years were spent at Holy Trinity High School in Brooklyn.
• He went to New York University to major in finance and in 1974 graduated from Indiana University Graduate School of Savings and Loan Associations.
• In 1958, Ken joined the 69th Infantry Regiment in Manhattan. His military service included 6 months of active duty and 5 1/2 years of active National Guard service.
• Ken started his banking career in 1956 at Maspeth Federal Savings and advanced through the Savings Department, Credit, Audit, Mortgage Origination and Servicing Departments, where he attained the title of Executive Vice President and Mortgage Officer.
• In 1987, Chairman of the Board, Franklin J. Frontera announced his election to the Board of Directors. After 43 years of service, in 1999, Ken was elected to the prominent position of President and Chief Executive Officer.
• Ken is proud of the fact that he has helped the bank maintain its “small town atmosphere in a large city environment.”
• “We treat you like Family” is Maspeth Federal’s new millennium theme which he has endorsed to better serve the people of our neighborhood and community.
• A life-long resident of the Maspeth area, he has been involved in and lent his talents to his community in so many ways.
• His most distinguished contribution to his community has been his very hard work and dedication in leadership roles as Past President of the United Veterans and Fraternal Organization of Maspeth, Maspeth Kiwanis and Maspeth Town Hall, to name a few.
• His efforts with the UVFOM have been critical in the rejuvenation of patriotic and civic spirit with the annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies, the dedication of the flag pole and Memorial Honor Roll in Maspeth Memorial Park.
• As Parade Chairman he continues to lead and direct in this important community event.
• Ken has also been instrumental in the success of Maspeth Town Hall as a multi-faceted community center for all the people in the Maspeth area.
• He is a member of the Queensboro Elks #878, Francis Cardinal Spellman Council Knights of Columbus, and a booster member of the Maspeth Post, American Legion and Kowalinski Post.
• Ken and his wife Barbara are happily married and live in Middle Village
• Kenneth is a family man who is a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Who would you believe, Bob Holden or the hundreds of people who gathered at the dinner dance to honor Mr. Rudezwick and support this charitable organization?

I’m going with the hundreds of people. Congratulations Mr. Rudezwick for your deserved honor.

Special thanks to my research team (Ted) for providing me with the facts.

Famous Queens Resident Series, Part VI

Jimmy Breslin (born October 17, 1930) is an American columnist and author who has written numerous novels and appeared regularly in various newspapers in New York City, where he lives. On November 2, 2004 he retired as a regular columnist from Newsday but stated his intention to continue writing. In his final Newsday column, Breslin incorrectly predicted a Kerry victory in the 2004 Presidential election.

Breslin was born in Jamaica, New York. In 1969, he ran unsuccessfully as an independent for New York City Council President allied with writer Norman Mailer running for Mayor, with the agenda of New York City secession as the 51st state. According to film director William Friedkin, Breslin was originally hired to play the role of Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in the 1971 film The French Connection, and completed three weeks of rehearsals with co-star Roy Scheider before Friedkin decided to recast the role.

In 1977, the Son of Sam killer, David Berkowitz, addressed a letter to Breslin at the height of the Son of Sam scare in New York City. In 1985 he received a George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting. He won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Among his notable columns, perhaps the best known was published the day after John F. Kennedy's funeral, focusing on the man who had dug the President's grave.[1] The column was indicative of Breslin's style, which often highlights how major events or the actions of those considered "newsworthy" affect the "common man."In The Gift of A Water Buffalo, an article written in December 2003, he describes purchasing a Water Buffalo for an impoverished family through the nonprofit charitable organization Heifer International. He claims that Heifer International is the only charity he has ever endorsed. In 1990, Breslin received an e-mail characterizing one of his Newsday columns as sexist. He responded in the Newsday newsroom with an ad hominem attack by promptly denouncing the sender of the e-mail, Ji-Yeon Mary Yuh, a female Korean-American reporter who was a colleague of Breslin's at Newsday, as a "yellow, slant-eyed cur." He also called her what the The New York Times would only describe as "an obscene anatomical reference." The full quote, reported by Helen Zia in Asian American Dreams, 2000, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is "The fucking bitch doesn't know her place. She's a little dog, a little cur running along the street. She's a yellow cur. Let's make it racial. She's a slant-eyed cunt." Breslin also appeared on the Howard Stern show to further air his grievances. Newsday suspended him for two weeks without pay, even though he offered an apology to the young reporter. Breslin is married to former New York City Councilmember Ronnie Eldridge. His daughter Rosemary died June 14, 2004 from a rare blood disease.

"Those of Manhattan are the brokers on Wall Street and they talk of people who went to the same colleges; those from Queens are margin clerks in the back offices and they speak of friends who live in the same neighborhood."
~Jimmy Breslin

Courtesy of WIKIPEDIA

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Meaning For Political Party

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Councilman Gallagher’s fundraiser at Russo’s On the Bay. I attended the event because I am a member of Maspeth Town Hall and Mr. Gallagher graciously honored Eileen Riley during the program. I was amazed at the packed house and the diversity of the crowd. In attendance were elected officials, businessman, community leaders, residents, young and old. Approximately 400 people crammed the large banquet room to show their support for the Councilman and the night’s honorees. It was hard to believe that it was Monday night because of all the dancing, laughter and the good time had by all. It was a refreshing departure from the boring stuffy stiffed neck fundraisers I have attended in the past. It was more of a social event spent with close friends and family.

Congratulations to Councilman Gallagher for having such an impressive event. It was a true testament to his work as an elected official and an overwhelming show of support from colleagues, friends and his constituency.

Kids Locked Out Again

On Sunday, May 20th a group of 9 year old little leaguers were prohibited to play on the Juniper Park Ball fields even though they had a valid parks permit. The game was to start at 8:45am but the volunteer coaches and young ballplayers were locked out from the fields despite having permission to play their games. Unfortunately, they were from a local CYO group and not the Midville Dodgers.

Once again, Holden and his grass man took it upon themselves to decide whether or not they would grant the kids access to the fields. Thankfully, a dedicated volunteer umpire made some calls and the CYO kids were diverted to Reiff Park on Fresh Pond Road so they could partake in America’s pastime. I wish we could say that this was a one time occurrence but it seems that neighborhood kids being prohibited to play on the Juniper fields is the norm rather than the exception.

It is time for residents to stand-up and demand that children from our community are granted equal access to the fields. The time of dictatorial control of the ball fields must come to an end. We encourage our readers to contact the parks department and urge them to act now so all children can enjoy the park and play baseball.

The air was calm and the smell of baseball in the air
But before locked gates we were forced to stare
Another playing opportunity deemed golden
Was thwarted by a man named Holden

All we could do is press our hands against the gate
Stand there for hours to wait and wait
Who would stop kids from playing as a hobby?
It’s that guy from Juniper named Bobby.

Another day wasted to play the game of baseball
Instead I’ll go home to my room and bawl
Mommy, why are the fields locked all day?
Oh, dear, it’s because Holden has all the say

Monday, May 21, 2007

Hey Gioia Are you quoting the Scripture Again?

Eric Gioia fancies himself a Patriot and a deeply devout Politician. Just about anytime he has a press conference he quotes the scripture better than Jimmy Swaggart. He even released a photo with him and the Pope. Maybe he was asking the Pope for a few dollars so he could make it through his food stamp stunt. But just like most photo opportunistic politicians he is full of holy crap. This guy is the most ambitious guy you will ever meet in the political arena. Normally, this is not a bad thing but his quest to top has caused him to engage in a “Fundraising Frenzy” He even once demanded that a particular group with whom he was to support take $5,000 worth of tickets for his fundraiser. Eric that’s a big No- No.

You know what else is a big No- No? Scheduling a press conference on one of the holiest days for practicing Catholics, Palm Sunday. You see Eric; you shouldn't play the religious card unless you stand up for your religion.

As a Christian, Mr. Gioia:

Where are you on Life?
Where are you on Vouchers for Private Schools?
Where are you on Gay Marriages?
Where are you on Domestic Partnership?

You can sure talk the talk but you can never walk the walk! Although you seem to think you can walk on water.

Famous Queens Resident Series, Part V

Tony Bennett, one of the legends of jazz and popular music who served during the Second World War and had a career that spanned more than half a century, is now enjoying celebrations of his 80th birthday with a series of events,culminating in a Gala-party in Los Angeles, where he performed his legendary hits -- "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "What A Good Life" before a crowd of celebrities.

He was born Anthony (Antonio) Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, in Astoria, Queens, in New York City. His father was a grocer, his mother was a seamstress, and his uncle was a tap dancer. Young Tony gave a singing performance at the opening of the Triborough Bridge at the age of 10. He studied music and painting at the New York High School of Industrial Arts but dropped out at the age of 16. He had to support his family and he performed as a singing waiter in Italian restaurants.

Bennett was drafted into the US Army in 1944 during WWII. He served on the front lines until April 1945 and was involved in the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp at Landsberg, Germany. After the end of WWII he sang with the Army military band under the stage name "Joe Bari" until his discharge and return to the US in 1946. He studied the Bel Canto singing discipline at the American Theater Wing on the GI Bill and continued singing while waiting on tables at New York restaurants.

He drew from such influences as Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, and Bing Crosby among others and created his own style of singing. He integrated jazz-style phrasing into his singing by imitating the instrumental solos with his own voice. In 1949, he was invited on a concert tour by Bob Hope, who suggested he use the name Tony Bennett. In 1950, he was signed to Columbia Records and made his first big hit "Because of You," produced by Mitch Miller with orchestration by Percy Faith. It sold over a million copies, reaching #1 in 1951 pop charts. His other #1 hits were "Blue Velvet," "Rags to Riches," and "Stranger in Paradise" in 1952-54. Bennett was able to do five to seven shows a day in New York to a crowd of screaming teenagers.

In 1956, he hosted "The Tony Bennett Show" (1956), which replaced "The Perry Como Show" (1948). He continued recordings with the top jazz musicians of the day and his collaboration with Count Basie brought two albums, with "Chicago" and "Jeepers Creepers" becoming popular songs. His landmark concert at Carnegie Hall in June of 1962 featured 44 songs and was accompanied by an all-star band. The same year he released "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," which remained on the charts for a year and has become his signature song. The eponymous album became a gold record.

Bennett had a change of fortune after 1964, with strong competition from The Beatles and the British Invasion. In 1965, he separated from his first wife, artist Patricia Beech, with whom he had two sons. The marriage did not work under the pressures of being too much on the road and eventually ended in divorce. At the same time, his first acting role in the film The Oscar (1966) was not a success; he received poor reviews, and the film was lambasted by critics, ignored by audiences and became one of the biggest flops of the year. His singing career took a downturn when his bosses at Columbia Records, worried about competition from The Beatles, forced him to change his image and style, which pleased no one. He left Columbia in 1972. A brief contract with MGM Records yielded no hits, and Bennett was left without a recording job.

He married again. He started his own record company and made two highly praised albums with Bill Evans. He moved to England for a while, where he once performed for the Queen. Back in the US, Bennett found only one regular gig in Las Vegas, but no recording deals or concert tours. His debts grew to the point of bankruptcy, and the IRS was trying to seize his house in L.A. By the late 1970s, his second marriage to actress Sandra Grant, with whom he had two daughters, was failing. He also suffered from a drug addiction, and after an overdose in 1979, he called for help from his son Danny Bennett. Danny signed on as his father's manager. It turned out to be a smart move because, by bringing back his original style, tuxedo and the Great American Songbook, they rejuvenated his career. He staged a strong comeback during the 1980s and 1990s, signed with Columbia again, and made two gold albums in 1992 and 1993, and developed a surprising -- and loyal -- following among audiences in their 20s and 30s. He also received a Grammy Award, the first since 1962. He performed and recorded with Frank Sinatra, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elvis Costello, and k.d. lang among others. Bennet also appeared as himself on MTV's documentary series "Unplugged" (1989) in 1994 and 2000.

Bennett appeared as himself in the films Analyze This (1999), The Scout (1994), and Bruce Almighty (2003). He has sold over 50 million records worldwide, was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame (1997), published an autobiography "The Good Life: The Autobiography of Tony Bennett" (1998), received a lifetime achievement award from ASCAP (2002), and was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in December of 2005.

On his 80th anniversary, Tony Bennett enjoyed congratulations from millions of fans from over the world. In November 2006, Bennett hosted a party in his honor at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed live performances by numerous celebrities and entertained his guests by singing his best known hits.

Courtesy of the Internet Movie Database

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I'll Get You My Pretties, and your unleashed dogs too!

The Middle Village Chamber of Commerce, Councilman Dennis Gallagher and the Parks Department have announced that on September 9th they will be hosting their 2nd annual Middle Village Community Day. Consequently, when I heard the announcement it reminded me of last year when the JPCA, under the leadership of Auntie Lorraine Sciulli (Bob Holden’s Aunt) tried to stop Middle Village Community Day from occurring and preventing families who came with their children to enjoy a day in the park.

On that day Lorraine stormed into the park and stated loudly, “This event must be approved by The JPCA.” She went on to add, “the community and the elected officials must march to the orders of the JPCA” She then immediately contacted the 104th Police precinct to stop the event which was sponsored by the City and the Middle Village Chamber of Commerce.

This is the typical arrogance displayed by the leadership of the Juniper Park Civic Association! It is apparent that a few individuals who have a strangle hold on the JPCA believe that they control our community! They must learn, however, that a civic association works on behalf of the people and not on behalf of a narrow-minded minority. A civic association does not have the right to silence their members and tell them to “Agree or don’t let the door hit you on the way out”.

A civic association should never allow an Executive member to pull the plug on a microphone to silence a PTA mother who is expressing her views or when a member disagrees with the association, refund her dues and excommunicate her from the civic. A civic association should be tolerant of those who disagree and respect both the majority and minority views. All attendees should feel free to speak publicly about issues that concern them even though they may diametrically opposed to the leadership of the organization. In addition, a civic association should not slander or destroy people who disagree or have their character maligned in a Civic newsletter like the Juniper Berry. Lastly a civic association should not become a political organization or propaganda machine. I read in a the crap blog that Tony Nunziato and Bob Holden took their Juniper Berry paid for by dues and government funding and distributed it at a political event. The JPCA has transformed itself from being an open community civic association to an “agreeable members only” club and political machine.

The JPCA was once a proud organization but sadly it has been slowly declining because of a few individuals who have forgotten how a civic association should conduct its affairs and serve the community. Unfortunately, this is what occurs when the leadership no engages in open dialogues, and no longer consults with its members, residents and community leaders. Instead the association is lead down a path of hatred and anger.

True Patriots see that this organization no longer represents the values and ideas of our community. Furthermore, they ignore the principle our founding fathers applied when building this great nation. Consequently, they would disapprove of this organization and their tactics because they disgrace all us who believe in true civic and community involvement.

Death Penalty for Cop-Killers...

Congratulations to the New York State Senate who passed legislation on May 14th that would restore the death penalty for cop-killers. Senate Majority Joe Bruno stated, “Too many law-enforcement officers are being killed while honoring their commitment to protect and serve this state, and many more are injured and wounded in the line of duty. We need to do everything we can to protect our brave heroes, and this legislation will protect our communities, and our police officers from violent criminals.”

Unfortunately, it looks like the democrat-controlled Assembly will likely vote against the legislation because many feel that life behind bars without parole is tough enough. Apparently, these assembly members have not been reading the news lately. There have been a rash of violent incidents against police officers and something needs to be done to protect these brave men and women.

If you kill a police officer you take more than a life, you take away a keeper of the peace and a protector of the peace. Therefore, as a society we should exact the highest level of retribution against cop-killers. Let us send a clear message to the men and women who keep our communities safe, we will do whatever it takes to protect you because of all the times you have protected us.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hero to Zero Series, Part IV

Congressman Joseph Crowley Former Juniper Park Civic Associations Man of the Year Now Hero to Zero
For years, Congressman Joseph Crowley was an active participant and frequent visitor at Juniper Civic meetings. He first attended as our elected Assemblyman and then as he climbed the political ladder, as our illustrious Congressman. Congressman Crowley has proven that he is an intelligent and effective elected official who works hard for his constituency. His dedication was recognized by the Queens Democratic Party by naming him the county leader. However, it is strange that such a dynamic and important elected official has not been seen recently at any Juniper Civic meetings. Why you may ask? It’s simple. Congressman Crowley had a difference of opinion with Bob Holden of the Juniper Civic Association and was relegated to a Zero by King Bob of Juniper. Yet again this is another example of the fickle and vicious nature of the JPCA leadership.

For years the Juniper Berry glowingly praised Joe Crowley and even touted his many accomplishments. Articles included:

“Assemblyman Crowley applauds passage of Megan’s Law”
“Assemblyman Crowley brings Mall Fight to TV”
“Slow Down on Quick Draw” by Assemblyman Joseph Crowley
“Crowley Introduces Welfare Reform Package”
“Beware of New Telephone $cam” by Assemblyman Joseph Crowley
“Crowley Sponsors Anti Window Tinting Bill”
“Auto Theft Relief Could Albany Have the Answers” by Joseph Crowley
“Crowley Sponsors Bill for Air Bag Theft”

Congressman Joe Crowley was a key supporter of the Juniper Park Civic Association until he dared to disagree with Bobby H. The disagreement stemmed from how the Congressman was handling the Keyspan Gas Tank issue. Congressman Crowley, however, worked with his colleagues in government to ensure that the site would be converted into a park. It seems that even if you disagree in part with Holden you are still banished to Juniper Bogey land.

As always, don’t believe the Patriots check for yourself. Peruse the recent and future editions of the Berry are you will notice the absence of our Congressman. Once again Bob Holden has alienated and cast out another elected official who deserves our respect.

Please remember that no matter how much you do for the Juniper Civic if you disagree once you are deemed unsuitable for elected office and are continually admonished. Consequently, Juniper Park Civic Man of the Year Congressman Joe Crowley turns into the forgotten man. Just another sad chapter in the JPCA Hero to Zero sagas. Stay tuned for more.

America’s Symbol is Flying High

The Fish and Wildlife service has reported that the population of American Bald Eagles is at its highest level since World War II. The bald eagle was decimated because of the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. The pesticide adversely impacted the bird’s reproductive system causing their population to drop to 417 breeding pairs in 1967. Consequently, the American Bald Eagle was put on the endangered species list and the use of DDT was banned in 1972. Scientist from the Fish and Wildlife services are now reporting that breeding pairs have increased to 9,789 which may cause the birds to be removed from the threatened or endangered species list.

An American treasure has been saved!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Holden's Forked Tounge; (Term Limits?)

The Juniper Berry is speaking from both sides of their mouth again..

Bob Holden, the self proclaimed King of Juniper continues to cry like a little baby about the removal of Ed Kamperman from Community Board 5. However, Bobby H. because of his selective memory forgets about the persuasive article he wrote as editor of the Juniper Berry. When the article was written, Mr. Holden was out of power so he struck a deal with former Councilman Tom Ognibene. The deal was abundantly clear, Ognibene removes members of the Board and Holden gains the power he covets.

The Juniper Berry of which Bob was Editor stated:

“Now is the time to introduce mandatory term limitations for executive bodies governing community boards. For this member of Community Board 5, term limits can hopefully do away with the old boy network that has dominated the Board’s Executive Committee for years.”

The article you went on to say:

“…the executive board remains tightly controlled by several individuals who use their position to enhance their solid ties to the insurance, real estate and construction industry”

As a member of the executive committee Bob sold out to the construction and real estate industry.

The article continued and stated “But it (Community Board Term Limits) could be the catalyst for the diffusion of hostilities and could expand opportunities for new talents to serve our community.”

Well Bob we certainly need something that would defuse your hostilities! The article concluded with a very powerful message:

“Term Limits could serve as a starting point for putting the house of Board 5 back in order. The communities of Board 5 deserve no less.”

We agree with you Bob stop the presses!

Once again, Holden was in favor of term limits when it suited his purposes and against it when it did not coincide with his agenda. Consequently, when Councilman Gallagher puts new people on the Board to introduce new ideas and a new energy to the board, Bob and his cronies yell foul because it is not in THEIR best interests.

Stop wining Bob and follow your own advice. Term limits are good and should be applied to community boards as well as civic associations.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Rattlesnake as a Symbol of America, as posted by Ben Franklin...

We received the following comment on a post recently and would like to share it with you all.

"Ben Franklin" has been a regular reader of our site for the past month and he always brings something worth discussing to the table.

Please enjoy....

Ben Franklin said...
The following are excerpts from a letter that was published in the Pennsylvania Journal on December 27, 1775. It was signed by "An American Guesser," recently identified as Benjamin Franklin. It was written after the Revolution began but before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Maybe it is time to read and understand this once again.

The Rattlesnake as a Symbol of America

I observed on one of the drums belonging to the marines now raising, there was painted a Rattle-Snake, with this modest motto under it, "Don't tread on me." As I know it is the custom to have some device on the arms of every country, I supposed this may have been intended for the arms of America;......."That the worthy properties of the animal, in the crest-born, shall be considered," .......the ancients considered the serpent as an emblem of wisdom, and in a certain attitude of endless duration — both which circumstances I suppose may have been had in view. Having gained this intelligence, and recollecting that countries are sometimes represented by animals peculiar to them, it occurred to me that the Rattle-Snake is found in no other quarter of the world besides America, and may therefore have been chosen, on that account, to represent her.

But then "the worldly properties" of a Snake I judged would be hard to point out. This rather raised than suppressed my curiosity, and having frequently seen the Rattle-Snake, I ran over in my mind every property by which she was distinguished, not only from other animals, but from those of the same genus or class of animals, endeavoring to fix some meaning to each, not wholly inconsistent with common sense.

I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal. Conscious of this, she never wounds 'till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.

Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America? The poison of her teeth is the necessary means of digesting her food, and at the same time is certain destruction to her enemies. This may be understood to intimate that those things which are destructive to our enemies, may be to us not only harmless, but absolutely necessary to our existence. I confess I was wholly at a loss what to make of the rattles, 'till I went back and counted them and found them just thirteen, exactly the number of the Colonies united in America; and I recollected too that this was the only part of the Snake which increased in numbers. Perhaps it might be only fancy, but, I conceited the painter had shown a half formed additional rattle, which, I suppose, may have been intended to represent the province of Canada.
'Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles of this animal are, and yet how firmly they are united together, so as never to be separated but by breaking them to pieces. One of those rattles singly, is incapable of producing sound, but the ringing of thirteen together, is sufficient to alarm the boldest man living.
The Rattle-Snake is solitary, and associates with her kind only when it is necessary for their preservation. In winter, the warmth of a number together will preserve their lives, while singly, they would probably perish. The power of fascination attributed to her, by a generous construction, may be understood to mean, that those who consider the liberty and blessings which America affords, and once come over to her, never afterwards leave her, but spend their lives with her. She strongly resembles America in this, that she is beautiful in youth and her beauty increaseth with her age, "her tongue also is blue and forked as the lightning, and her abode is among impenetrable rocks."

An American Guesser

May 08, 2007

Famous Queens Resident Series, Part IV

Ellen S. Baker (M.D., M.P.H.)
LEAD Astronaut for Medical Issues
Johnson Space Center

PERSONAL DATA: Born April 27, 1953, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but considers New York City her hometown. Married to Kenneth J. Baker. They have two daughters. She enjoys swimming, skiing, running, movies, music, and reading. Ellen’s parents, Dr. & Mrs. Melvin Shulman, reside in Beechhurst, New York. Ken’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. James Baker, reside in Columbus, Ohio.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Bayside High School, New York, New York, in 1970; received a bachelor of arts degree in geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974, a doctorate of medicine degree from Cornell University in 1978, and a masters in public health from University of Texas School of Public Health in 1994.

EXPERIENCE: After completing medical school, Dr. Baker trained in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. In 1981, after three years of training, she was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

NASA EXPERIENCE: In 1981, following her residency, Dr. Baker joined NASA as a medical officer at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. That same year, she graduated from the Air Force Aerospace Medicine Course at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Prior to her selection as an astronaut candidate she served as a physician in the Flight Medicine Clinic at the Johnson Space Center.

Selected by NASA in May 1984, Dr. Baker became an astronaut in June 1985. Since then, she has worked a variety of jobs at NASA in support of the Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs and development of the Exploration Program. A veteran of three space flights, Dr. Baker has logged over 686 hours in space. She was a mission specialist on STS-34 in 1989, STS-50 in 1992, and STS-71 in 1995. Currently, Dr. Baker is the Lead Astronaut for Medical Issues and Education Programs.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-34 Atlantis (October 18-23, 1989) launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. During the mission, the crew successfully deployed the Galileo to explore Jupiter, operated the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Instrument (SSBUV) to map atmospheric ozone, conducted several medical experiments, and numerous scientific experiments. Mission objectives were accomplished in 79 orbits of the Earth, traveling 1.8 million miles in 119 hours and 41 minutes.

STS-50 Columbia (June 25-July 9, 1992) launched and landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. STS-50 was the first flight of the United States Microgravity Laboratory and the first Extended Duration Orbiter flight. Over a two-week period, the crew conducted scientific experiments involving crystal growth, fluid physics, fluid dynamics, biological science, and combustion science. Mission objectives were accomplished in 221 orbits of the Earth, traveling 5.7 million miles in 331 hours 30 seconds and 4 minutes in space.

STS-71 Atlantis (June 27-July 7, 1995) launched from the Kennedy Space Center with a seven-member crew and returned there with an eight-member crew. STS-71 was the first Space Shuttle mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir, and involved an exchange of crews. The Atlantis Space Shuttle was modified to carry a docking system compatible with the Russian Mir Space Station. It also carried a Spacelab module in the payload bay in which the crew performed various life sciences experiments and data collections. Mission accomplished in 153 orbits of the Earth, traveling 4.1 million miles in 235 hours and 23 minutes.

Courtesy of

Sunday, May 13, 2007


On this Mother’s Day we wanted to pay tribute to all those beautiful, caring and strong women who we affectionately call “mom”.

Happy Mother’s Day!

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.- Peter De Vries

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.- Phyllis Diller

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.- Aristotle

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. -Irish Proverb

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.- Jewish Proverb

When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.” – Erma Bombeck

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” – Mark Twain

The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her” – Unknown

Love the whole world as a mother lovers her only child.” – Buddha

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln

To all the mom’s,

Have a wonderful and happy Mother’s Day

The Patriots

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Big Money In Volunteering..

It's amazing what one can find when equipped with a computer and the book “Investigating Phonies for Dummies”. There sure is a lot of money to be made being a volunteer and a selfless defender of the peasantry.

Bob has taken money from a lot of individuals for various reasons. He has the Juniper Park Civic Association, Juniper Berry, Midville Dodgers, and the Juniper Park Conservancy which all raise and collect money. I hope that his books are in order because it seems like a very complicated accounting scheme to keep all those entities operating responsibly.

Can you spell IRS?

Check out this link for the Tip Of The Iceberg.

Above The Law...

Since the creation of the Pony Express people across the United States have loved looking into their mailboxes to see what exciting news they have received. The Patriots were treated to this gem mixed in with their K-mart circular.

It seems that Bob Holden has not been playing nice with Department of Buildings inspectors. On six separate occasions a male and a female did not allow DOB inspectors into the domicile to see if there was any construction hanky panky going on in his basement. This is very disturbing since Bob has been the Champion against illegal conversions. Once again it looks like Bobby H. does not practice was he preaches. As always don’t take our word for it, do your own investigation.

Stay Away From the Gas Pump on May 15th, 2007

The Queens Times, a local newspaper is urging its readers to voice their opposition and concern for astronomical gas prices by not pumping gas on May 15th, 2007. This is just the type of civil disobedience and public action the Patriots love to see happening. We commend the Queens Times and will support their effort to send a clear message to our elected officials and the oil companies (both here and abroad) and say, “We’re as mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!”

We hope that we see more gas boycotts in the future. We should get together and plan an entire weekend in the summer where no one drives, no one pumps gas and everyone stays home and enjoys their family and friends while gas prices drop.

Please read the article below and help spread the word to family and friends to make the boycott a great success.

Boycott High Gas Prices!
Do Not Pump Gas On Tuesday May 15, 2007

The warning the Queens Times gave to its readers in past editorials on how the Petroleum Conglomerates want United States gas prices equal to European gas prices is about to come to fruition unless Americans stand together and protest the high gas prices. To start do not get gas at the big gas companies Mobile, Exxon, etc. and gas up at the little independent gas stations sending a direct message to Petroleum Conglomerates that we are not happy with the high gas prices. We must write our elected officials and demand that the Government pass legislation that will force the manufacturing of gas free vehicles. Remember this quote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead

In the interim, let us make a difference because it was announced on the radio that this summer gas prices are expected to exceed $4.00 per gallon; getting very close the European price of $5.00 per gallon. Do Not Pump Gas On May 15th 2007. By not pumping gas on MAY 15th will mimic the “Gas Out” on April 1997. There was a “gas out” conducted nationwide on April 1997 in protest of gas prices.

Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight!

It is time that all Americans join together and refuse to pump any gas
May 15th 2007. Notify your relatives, friends and all Internet users to not go to any gas station in protest of high gas prices and stop patronizing major gas providers after the “May 15th Gas Boycott”.

Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places, soon to go higher, were millions of gallons of gas are pumped every day Americans without a computer must get the message out and join with the 73,000,000 plus American members currently on the Internet network, who on an average use about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up. If all users did not go to the pump on May 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that’s almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn’t) notify everyone you know to join this “Gas Boycott” and those with a computer go to and resend the editorial to your Internet contact list; saying, ‘’Do Not Pump Gas on May 15th”.

This Is Not Your Father's Mickey Mouse cont.

Check out the article on Yahoo! this morning.

Mickey Mouse's Mean Copy


Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Enemies in our Midst

Thankfully, the FBI and New Jersey State Troopers were able to foil a terrorist plot to assassinate American soldiers on American soil. We owe these diligent, courageous and tenacious men and women in law enforcement our deepest gratitude and admiration. Their hard work and determination prevented the deaths of untold innocent Americans.

It is being reported that the six men trying to hatch a terrorist plot are all foreign born, in their mid to late twenties and Muslim. Now if this isn’t a reason to incorporate racial profiling into investigating tactics, I don’t know what further evidence we need to wake up to the reality of terrorism. Can we please now end the practice of searching and questioning 72 year old women carrying rosary beads in our airports? We need to be prudent, realistic and not fall prey to the clueless civil libertarians who want us to suspect everyone equally. We are under attack from within and we need to act accordingly.

It is alarming that even after the United States opened up its arms, welcomed these men and offered them a chance for freedom, they thank our great country by plotting to kill Americans. There is no hope to “Americanize” these fanatics and have them assimilate into our culture. Their sole purpose is to infiltrate our borders, hide within our tranquil communities and laying in wait until they are ready to execute their murderous agenda. Furthermore, three of the terrorist were in the United States illegally like millions of other undocumented workers. Therefore, I hope this is a wake-up call to our elected officials in Washington and they reconsider granting amnesty to illegal aliens because the amnesty you grant today could be the tragedy you face tomorrow.

The terrorists are here and they are waiting to strike. American should take every measure and utilize every resource available to ensure our safety. In times of war, civil liberties need to be infringed upon so that we do not have to endure the horror of American blood being spilled on American soil.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hero to Zero Series, Part III

Maspeth Town Hall Sign Courtesy of
“Maspeth Town Hall Our Inter-generational Community Center”

Once again we found another instance where the Juniper Berry, the Juniper Park Civic Association and their follows have praised a person or organization then without provocation rear their ugly heads to attack.

This time it’s the great Maspeth Town Hall, a pillar of community service and involvement.

The Juniper Berry stated, “Concerned citizens under the leadership of Marge Markey and Maspeth Town Hall founder formed a coalition of residents, businesses and government interest to save the historic structure” The article goes on to list the many accomplishments and achievements of Maspeth Town Hall including new classes, homework help for kids, arts and crafts. The article appropriately ends with a tribute and affectionately calls Maspeth Town Hall, “Your Community Center”

Additional Juniper Berry Articles Praises Maspeth Town Hall:

“Children of the Community Enjoy Winter Recess Programs at Maspeth Town Hall”

“(The Program) introduces lessons about the dangers of smoking and alcohol abuse as well as the importance of self esteem.” The article then details all the fine cultural programming offered including plays and musical entertainment. In addition, they encourage young parents to enroll their children in the Maspeth Town Hall preschool program. In closing, the article urges all residents to become members of Maspeth Town Hall.

Nunziato, Holden and Caruana Support Maspeth Town Hall

Tony Nunziato, as President praises Maspeth Town Hall stating “We Live in a small town community that has a gem in Maspeth Town Hall”

Bob Holden as Juniper Park Civic President, praised the organization for the youth programs they provided and for channeling funds to the Juniper Berry.

For those who do not know, Maspeth Town Hall, until last year, served as a conduit for the disbursements of money allocated by Senator Serf Maltese and were routinely called upon to provide this service.

Additional words of support were shown by members of the civic association including Manny Caruana who still serves on the Board.

Like many before, Maspeth Town Hall Went from Hero to Zero

Tony Nunziato planned to use Maspeth Town Hall for his political purposes and grandiose dreams for an elected position... Thankfully, Tony fails and continues to water and nourish the daisies. Consequently, the Board inquires about his political intentions but Mr. Nunziato refuses to cooperate. His constant attempts to diminish the credibility and service of Maspeth Town Hall’s great Executive Director Eileen Reilly, forces the board to remove him as President. The vote was overwhelming in favor of removing Tony with only 5 disagreeing with the removal. The board was tired of Tony’s divisive politics and his selfish use of the organization for his personal gain.

Therefore, Tony attacks and makes false accusations against Maspeth Town Hall. He even threatens to run a slate of officers at this years meeting but fails again. It is abundantly clear that people are tired of Nunziato’s arrogance and Tony is angry he can no longer use Maspeth Town Hall for his political gain.

This Is Not Your Father’s Mickey Mouse...

Hamas has taken hostage of our favorite talking mouse and has brainwashed him to spew anti-American propaganda to impressionable Palestinian children. After telling children to eat right, drink milk and pray daily, Farfur the mouse informs children they should take up arms to kill Americans. Consequently, while our children are singing “I love you, you love me…” with a purple dinosaur, Muslim children are singing, “We will destroy the chair of the despots, so they will taste the flame of death.” Awwww, Isn’t that cute?

Americans must realize that we have a real and formidable enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy us. Our adversaries are indoctrinating their children to hate America and are creating future terrorists. Sadly, our children are prevented and shielded from learning and embracing out nation’s history while children from other countries are being prepared for jihad against the United States.

It is time for Americans to wake up and understand that no level of diplomacy or economic sanctions will help to alleviate the threats against our country. It is time we teach our children about the greatness of our nation and educate them about the countries around the world who seek to destroy us. Let’s throw political correctness out the window and kick multiculturalism to the curb for the sake of our safety and security.

God Bless America

Famous Queens Resident Series, Part III

Hank Azaria
Actor and noted voice artist Hank Azaria got his start in standup comedy and went on to appear on the stage and play bit parts on television. He got his first real break in 1989 when he began providing voices for the Fox network's animated series The Simpsons, something that gave him a substantial degree of cult stardom.

In 1991, Azaria nabbed a major role in the Fox live-action sitcom Herman's Head, which ran until 1994 and gave audiences a glimpse of the man responsible for the vocal intonations of some of the most famous characters to ever corrupt an animator's storyboard.

A native of Forest Hills, Queens, NY, where he was born into a family of Sephardic Jews on April 25, 1964, Azaria has been appearing in films since the late '80s. His screen work was largely secondary to his television work until the mid-'90s, when he began popping up in fairly substantial roles in a number of popular films. One of his best-known roles is that of the clumsy and perpetually next-to-naked gay houseboy Agador in The Birdcage (1995). He has also done memorable work in such films as Great Expectations (1998), which cast him as Gwyneth Paltrow's lackluster fiancé; Mystery Men (1999), in which he played Blue Raja, an unlikely superhero adept at battling foes with spoons and forks; and Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock (1999), a historical drama about art and politics in 1930s New York that cast Azaria as leftist playwright Marc Blitzstein.

In July 1999, Azaria married (and later divorced from) Helen Hunt. Another television actor who made a successful crossover to film, she became famous as one of the stars of the long-running sitcom Mad About You; Azaria occasionally appeared with her on the show during its seven-year run.

Courtesy of The All Movie Guide

Monday, May 7, 2007

A little Backbone Please..

I am big Rudy Giuliani fan; however, his weak performance in the recent Republican debate gives cause for concern regarding his candidacy. Giuliani did himself great harm at the debate which may cause the former mayor his front-runner status. Unfortunately, his advisors did little to prepare him for the abortion question, which they had to know was going to be posed to Giuliani. Rudy faltered when asked what his response would be if he were told that Roe v. Wade had been overturned.

At the debate he gave no clear answer regarding the repeal of Roe v. Wade by stating that “it would be OK to repeal it” and then said that “it would be OK also if a strict constructionist viewed it as a precedent". This type of answer is not going to win over the majority of republicans and if he continues to take a Luke warm stance will probably lose in the primary.

In the future, Giuliani needs to answer the abortion question assertively, confidently, succinctly and confidently if he wants the Republican nod for President.

I hope Rudy Giuliani learns from the debate and moves forward with the determination and confidence as the primaries draw near. The bottom line is that you either believe that Roe v. Wade or any other Supreme Court decision be overturned or you don’t. Hopefully at the next debate “America’s Mayor” will make his position clear.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Pay To Play In Mudville...

We received an interesting letter via e-mail regarding fees associated with playing for a certain local baseball team. At first we thought maybe this was a plant or a ploy, however, a friend from Long Island actually has his son playing for the very same organization and verified the authenticity of the letter.

Being an old time avid fan of baseball and a lover of the paperback detective novel, I figured I snoop around and see if the letter passed the smell test.

In the letter, it states that each player must pay the $850.00 in full upon signing of the roster. Too bad for the less fortunate who have talented sons and no payment options. Then the letter goes on to itemize how the money is allocated. So here is a novice detective's findings of what each item can cost.

First we have the Uniform. I called many places and looked on line and the prices for a full uniform down to the socks and athletic supporter can range from $100.00 - $200.00.

League fees vary from league to league so we decided to take the highest league cost of $2000.00.

Every league needs insurance to protect players who are injured from high medical costs. During our inquiries most league representatives informed us that most players utilize their parents personal medical insurance coverage and the league insurance is an additional safety net. Insurance has a wide range of costs depending on policy, we are taking the highest quote at $4000.00.

Umpire fees were quoted as $50 per ump per game. There are usually two umpires officiating a game. Cost is $100 per game x 54 games = $5,400.00.

Every game needs baseballs and they cost about $25 per dozen. Each of the three teams plays 18 games and it takes about 6 balls to complete a game. 18x3=51 games. 51 games x 6= 306. Lets add 60 balls for practice, so that's 366 baseballs which costs approximately $763.00.

Now here is the confusing part of the equation. There is a line item for field maintenance, however, since the Juniper Park fields are located in a public park and paid for by taxpayer money, I'm not quite sure how a private organization can ask members to pay for this service.

In addition there is a fee for pitching and hitting consultation. I know that the dedicated and experienced coaches who volunteer their time can accomplish this task, so once again I'm not sure how you can charge for that service. Unless, they have Don Mattingly and Tom Seaver as their guest coaches to instruct the players.

Then there is the unlimited use of batting cages at Juniper Park throughout the baseball season. Here is another cost that is paid for by the generous taxpayers of our neighborhood and not quite sure how you can levy a fee for usage.

So at $850.00 x 60 players = $51000 (3 teams, 20 players per team)

Here goes:

Uniforms: $12000.00
League fees: $2000.00
Insurance: $4000.00
Umpires: $5400.00
Baseballs: $763.00
Field Maintenance: $???.??
Hitting and pitching instruction: $???.??
Unlimited use of cages: $???.??
IRS Audit of the Midville Dodgers: PRICELESS

Unless, field maintenance,hitting and pitching consultation and unlimited use of cages equals $26,837.00, (This is the base number because we did not include money that the organization receives from elected officials, business donations, private contributions and money made from baseball clinics). You do the math.

If anyone can shed some light on these findings, please feel free to interject your opinion and knowledge.

I'm no General Manager, but something doesn't add up!

Actions, Not Words...

The politically correct world and the members of their moral police are on the offensive by removing words from the societal vernacular. These individuals seem to think that by omitting or banning certain words from the English language they will miraculously be able to end discrimination, racism and hate.

Therefore, Al "Slim Shady" Sharpton led a rally yesterday past the headquarters of major record labels in midtown Manhattan to demand “decency” in hip hop records. Rev. Al is going to miraculously clean up the music industry by simply demanding artists and producers to “Stop the dirty lyrics” and require that they start being ‘Decent Now!”. I can’t wait for the next Eminem or 50 cent album to be released and they replace the word “ho” with “lovely lady”, the “N-word” with “good Samaritan and “bitch” with “ornery woman”. Record sales are surely to go through the roof, there will be no more hatred in the world and we will have Sharpton to thank. I hope Al Sharpton’s next stop on the decency trail is to prisons across the United States and demands that all the inmates “Stop the dirty deeds” and require them to be “good citizens now”.

I hate to burst Al’s bubble, although I love watching him make a fool of himself. I need to give him a reality check. Until you can change the hearts, minds and souls of people you will never be able to eradicate the prejudice, hate and immorality in this world. Grandstanding by making empty demands and trying to erase words from people’s vocabulary is feudal. Let’s try educating our youth on the evils of prejudice and discrimination or set better examples for them on how to treat one another. You cannot legislate morality and you cannot combat discrimination by removing words. Actions speak much louder than words. Furthermore, Al Sharpton’s past actions have done so much more to promote discrimination and hatred than any words known to man.

Sticks and stones may break by bones but names will never hurt me.

"The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion." ~Henry Steele Commager


Tonight is a big night for the Rangers and their fans!

Please enjoy this clip i found on

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Famous Queens Resident Series, Part II

Born on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, as Anna Marie Duke. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's managers, John and Ethel Ross. Soon after, Anna Marie became Patty, the actress. Patty started off in commercials, a few movies and some bit parts. Her first big, memorable role came when she was chosen to portray the blind and deaf Helen Keller in the Broadway version of "The Miracle Worker". The play lasted almost two years, from October 19, 1959 - July 1, 1961 (Patty left on May, 1961). In 1962, The Miracle Worker (1962) became a movie and Patty won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She was 16 years old, making her the youngest person ever to win an Oscar. She then starred in her own sitcom titled "The Patty Duke Show" (1963). It lasted for three seasons and Patty was nominated for an Emmy. In 1965 she starred in the movie Billie (1965). It was a success and was the first movie ever sold to a television network. That same year she married director Harry Falk. Their marriage lasted four years. She then starred in Valley of the Dolls (1967), which was a financial but not a critical success. In 1969 she secured a part in an independent film called Me, Natalie (1969). The film was a box-office flop but she won her second Golden Globe Award for her performance in it. During this time she had an affair with John Astin and became pregnant with his child. In 1976 she won her second Emmy award for the highly successful mini-series "Captains and the Kings" (1976) (mini). Other successful TV films followed. She received two Emmy nominations in 1978 for A Family Upside Down (1978) (TV) and Having Babies III (1978) (TV). She then won her third Emmy in the 1979 TV movie version of The Miracle Worker (1979) (TV), this time portraying Annie Sullivan. In 1982 she was diagnosed with manic-depressive illness. In 1984 she became President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). In 1986, she married Michael Pierce, a drill sergeant whom she met while preparing for a role in the TV movie A Time to Triumph (1986) (TV). In 1987 she wrote her autobiography "Call Me Anna". In 1989 she and Mike adopted a baby, who they named Kevin. Her autobiography became a TV movie in 1990, with Patty playing herself from her 30s onward. In 1992 she wrote her second book, "A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depression Illness". Anna Marie Duke has had a long and successful career, winning three Emmys. She is a mother, a political advocate for issues such as the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), AIDS and nuclear disarmament, all despite having Manic-Depression. She has proven her strength as an actress and as a person.

Courtesy of the Internet Movie Data Base

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Hero to Zero Series, Part II

Here is another instance where the Juniper Park Civic Association applauds your accomplishments and touts your accomplishments disagree with their leadership which causes them to attack and malign you.

Congressman Anthony Weiner has proven that he is a dynamic and intelligent public servant. Consequently, during the last mayoral campaign Congressman Weiner's numbers began to soar against Freddy Ferrer. This was due in part to the Congressman's energy but mostly because people began to hear what Weiner had to say. Even the Juniper Park Civic Association in their October 2002 issue of the Juniper Berry had great things to say about the young and bright politician from Queens.

*"(Weiner) an ascending force in New York Politics"

*"Weiner is a tireless worker, smart and committed to policy and a fighter for his district"

*"The New York Post named him one of the 'up and comers' of 2001"

*"(Weiner) list of leader in the 21st Century"

The above statements are glowing accolades from the JPCA and strong endorsements for higher political office. As we all know, all good things must come to an end. Especially when you disagree with the Almighty Bob Holden.

In the October 2005 Juniper Berry, Congressman Weiner goes from a "tireless worker" to "someone you would not want next to you in a fox hole"

In a negative article entitled "Introducing the "Real" Weiner", the Juniper Park Civic Association once again shows its true colors and fickle nature.

Congressman Weiner goes from "a fighter for his district", to "when the going gets tough, Anthony Weiner is gone"

In the attack piece, Mr. Holden has the audacity to ask the rhetorical question, "Are we being too political for a civic association?" We here at the Patriots should not dignify that question with an answer, but we will.

The Juniper Park Civic Association is no longer a civic association but a vile political machine that operates to effectuate the political aspirations of a few maniacal egomaniacs. They will stop at nothing and use any means necessary to realize their grandiose delusions of winning an elected position. The majority of people in Middle Village and Maspeth are decent, hardworking people and know a fake when they see one. Thankfully they are seeing a fake in the Juniper Park Civic Association.

If you are ever allowed to attend a Juniper Park Meeting, (you wont because they have closed the doors to outsiders and interlopers) you will notice the absence of political leaders from all levels of government. Everyone is beginning to realize that today you maybe the hero but rest assured, tomorrow the JPCA will soon label you a zero.

Picture courtesy of (Juniper Berry Oct/2005)

History of the NY Mets pt. VIII

2005-present: Minaya takes the reins
After the 2004 season, Mets ownership made significant changes to their management strategy. With their television contract with the MSG Network expiring by the end of 2005, they announced plans to establish their own cable network to broadcast Mets games, rivaling the Yankee-owned YES Network. This investment in what became known as SportsNet New York was coupled with an aggressive plan to upgrade the performance of the team Omar Minaya. Minaya, an ex-Mets assistant GM, achieved notable success in Montreal by making bold player moves on a limited budget. With the Mets, Minaya was given substantial financial resources to develop a winning then signed two of that year's most sought-after free agents — Pedro Martínez and Carlos Beltrán — to large multi-year deals. Though Beltrán under performed, Martínez and a rejuvenated Tom Glavine led the pitching staff while Cliff Floyd's power, Jose Reyes' speed and David Wright's hitting sparked the offense. Despite an 0-5 start to the season, the team finished 83-79, finishing above the .500 mark for the first time since 2001. After 2005, the departure of Mike Piazza gave Minaya enough financial flexibility to take full advantage of a payroll-reduction effort by the Florida Marlins. All-star first baseman Carlos Delgado and all-star catcher Paul Lo Duca were acquired from Florida in exchange for five prospects. Minaya also improved the bullpen by signing star free agent closer Billy Wagner. Minaya's off season moves and his organization of the team during the season paid off in 2006, as the team, led by a franchise record six All-Stars (Beltran, Lo Duca, Reyes, Wright, Glavine, and Martínez), won the division title, their first in 18 years. The Mets led the division from April 6 on, and built a lead as high as 16 ½ games, before clinching the division on September 18, becoming the first team in the major leagues to clinch a 2006 playoff berth. The Mets finished the season 12 games ahead of the Phillies, and with the best record in the National League. The Mets achieved this success despite a slew of injuries which included losing Martínez for a month, and starting fifteen different pitchers in games. A 9-1 June road trip through Los Angeles, Arizona and Philadelphia was a turning point for the season. The Mets 2006 division title ended the Atlanta Braves' streak of 14 straight division titles, and they became the first team besides Atlanta to win the National League East title since the 1994 division realignment. 2006 was also the first time ever that the Mets and Yankees each won their respective divisions in the same year. Both New York teams also had the best records in their respective leagues, 97 wins and 65 losses. Despite losing Pedro Martínez and Orlando Hernández from their starting rotation due to injury just before the start of the post-season, the Mets swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2006 National League Division Series, relying on their bullpen (with the lowest regular season ERA in the National League) and their potent offense. But the over worked bullpen finally faltered and the offense failed in key moments in the 2006 National League Championship Series, and the Mets lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, the eventual 2006 World Series champions in seven games, with the decisive blow coming on a ninth-inning home run by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. In the 2006 offseason, the Mets signed veteran outfielder Moises Alou to replace Cliff Floyd in left field and provide a right-handed bat in the middle of the lineup.

2007 New York Mets season:
In 2007, the Mets started their season with a three-game sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals to avenge the Cardinals' ninth inning triumph in game seven of the 2006 NLCS. With this win, the Mets maintained the best winning percentage on Opening Day in the entire league. In the series the Mets allowed only 2 runs in three games and scored 20 runs. In June 2007, the Mets play 19 straight games against 2006 playoff teams, facing the Tigers, Dodgers, Yankees, Twins, Athletics, and Cardinals.[6] The Mets have the toughest 2007 interleague schedule of any team in the majors, with their interleague opponents having a 2006 winning percentage of .590

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Famous Queens Resident Series, Part I

Louis Armstrong
Fellow musicians called him “stachelmouth” because of his huge, wide grin. Later, it was shortened to “Sachmo”. The nickname belonged to Louis Armstrong, possibly the greatest jazz musician of all time, but certainly the most influential of them all. Perhaps if he hadn’t fired that borrowed pistol into the air to celebrate New Year's 1913, Armstrong might have never been a professional musician at all. The frightened 12-year-old boy was arrested by a very annoyed police officer and sent to the New Orleans Colored Waifs' Home for Boys to ponder his infamy. Fortunately for Louis, and the musical world as well, he fell under the influence of Peter Davis, the home’s musical instructor. Davis recognized the talent in the young black boy. He taught him singing, percussion and, finally, the trumpet.

Fortune turned her back on him at first. Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in the Storyville District of New Orleans. It was a rough and tumble neighborhood, populated by street toughs and so crowded that one could barely find standing room. His father was a laborer who abandoned the family soon after Louis’ birth. His mother was a part-time prostitute.

Young Louis was desperately poor. His only way to earn a living -- other than stealing, which he never resorted to -- was to sing on street corners for nickels. The gun incident in 1913, and his subsequent incarceration, made Louis determined to wiggle from the grasp of poverty.

Louis was released from the boy’s home when he was 14. He worked at any honest job that would provide food for his aching belly. At night, he haunted the dive bars that dotted the Storyville District, listening to the jazz bands that were just coming into prominence. His favorite musician was Joe “King” Oliver with the Kid Ory Band. Oliver took a liking to the friendly, earnest young man and became his mentor as Peter Davis had done a few years before. By the age of 17, Armstrong and his horn sat with several of the numerous bands that played New Orleans.

In 1919, Armstrong was so deft that he moved to St. Louis to join Fate Marable’s band. It was an exciting two years for young Louis because Marable’s band played on paddlewheelers owned by the Streckfus Mississippi Boat Lines. The young musician spent most of his time playing the river and playing to appreciative riverboat passengers.

In the meantime Louis’ mentor, King Oliver, left Kid Ory and had formed his own ensemble. After Oliver moved to Chicago, Louis returned to New Orleans and replaced him in Kid Ory’s Band. Three years later, with speakeasies booming in the Windy City, Oliver sent for Armstrong to join his Creole Jazz Band. It was there that Armstrong fell in love with, and married, Lillian Hardin, Oliver’s pianist.

By the middle 1920s, Louis Armstrong’s star was rapidly rising. He formed a band called the “Hot Five” and cut his first records for Okeh in 1925, including the famous rendition of “St. Louis Blues” with Bessie Smith. The Hot Five -- later the Hot Seven -- existed for three years, but never played a live date. Rather it was formed for recording purposes only. In the meantime, Armstrong continued playing in other bands.

By 1929, Louis Armstrong was becoming a very big jazz star. Now he had his own performance group -- Louis Armstrong and the Stompers. He also toured with the show “Hot Chocolates”. But small bands were on their way out. It was the 1930s and swing was in vogue. That meant bands had to be larger. Armstrong moved to Los Angeles and organized a group called Louis Armstrong and his Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra. But he was unwilling to settle in one place. He and Lillian Hardin had divorced so he was footloose.

Armstrong traveled to Chicago where he organized a touring band. Their first stop was New Orleans. His friends from the old days remembered him well and welcomed him with open arms, but elements of the white population greeted the conquering hero with less enthusiasm. Armstrong got a bitter taste of racism when a white radio announcer refused to announce his name on the air in connection with a free concert -- simply because he was black.

Nevertheless, Armstrong’s touring band was an immense success. Not only did he extensively tour the United States, but Europe as well. When he returned in 1935, he hired Joe Glaser as his manager. Glazer remained until Armstrong’s death in 1971.

By the end of World War II, swing music was on its way out and bands, again, became smaller. At a Town Hall concert in New York, he introduced the six piece group that he would use off and on for the rest of his life -- the All Stars. They complimented his style perfectly.

In the 1950s, Armstrong teamed up with other singers to make recordings -- Bing Crosby, Louis Jordan and Gary Crosby. Then in 1957, he made some tracks with Ella Fitzgerald, backed up by the Oscar Peterson trio. While working with Peterson, Armstrong took to opportunity to record his first big hit to feature his famous throaty voice -- “Mack The Knife”.

Other hits followed -- “Hello, Dolly” and “What A Wonderful World”. His popularity had now reached its zenith. Armstrong toured the world as an unofficial goodwill ambassador for America. Then his health began to fail him.

For the last three years of his life he was in and out of the hospital, but he continued recording and performing until July 6, 1971 when he died in his sleep at home in Queens, New York. With Louis Armstrong’s death, jazz had lost its greatest master.

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Race For The Cup!!

So as i was watching the Ranger game last night, I thought to myself that this is the best Ranger staff since 1994 and we actually are in this race for real!

I have been a die hard Ranger fan all my life and would like to ask anyone else who is to please comment on this post.

The Broadway Blueshirts have off for two days and then it is back to Buffalo to face the #1 seeded team in our conference. Just 2 more games to win, and then it is the Conference Finals!! UNBELIEVABLE!!


Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Hollywood Web-slings into Queens

For the first time, Queens residents were treated to a star studded movie premiere right in their own backyard. Over 3000 exuberant and excited Spiderman fans were treated to all the fanfare and excitement that accompanies a Hollywood movie opening.

The Spiderman 3 movie premiere was held at Kaufman Astoria Studios as part of the Tribeca Movie Festival being held throughout the city. Fans of all ages were thrilled to see actors walking along the black carpet set down on 38th street, including an 84 year old World War II veteran who came to the event dressed in a spandex Spiderman suit. The movie was filmed at locations throughout the city including Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Sunnyside.

The eagerly anticipated movie has all the excitement and thrills fans expect from a Spiderman Movie. The action packed movie has new cast of villains named Venom and Sandman causing havoc in New York City. The movie cost 300 million dollars to make which is the largest movie budget to date. Movie theaters have been selling advanced tickets and are reporting sell-out crowds throughout the city. Despite its 300 million dollar price tag, and the 1.6 billion dollar take for the first two movies, movie insiders predict that Spiderman 3 will break box office records and make a profit befitting of a Superhero from Queens.