Juniper Park’s revenge
by Daniel Bush
Dec 01, 2009 | 4435 views | 2 2 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, left, works with volunteers on the new trees at the park.
Two months after a mysterious vandal stole one-dozen trees from Juniper Valley Park, parks officials and community members gathered to replant a grove of replacements.

They planted 12 new elm trees, and added two extra for good measure. (Take that, tree robber, whoever you are. Police have yet to find the culprit, despite a $2,500 reward).

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski teamed up with Middle Village residents from a local civic organization and high school students on November 28 to replant the trees, which were donated by Ed Dart, of Long Island’s Dart’s Tree Farms.

Shovels in hand, volunteers piled dirt around the saplings, positioned beforehand in carefully dug, evenly spaced holes in the ground. Lewandowski said community efforts like these sustain parks around Queens.

“Our parks thrive because of the vital communities” surrounding them, Lewandowski said. “I really count on the good citizens of Middle Village to be our eyes and ears and help us keep Juniper Valley Park in the good state it's in.”

She said an active police investigation to find the person or persons responsible for the September arborcide is ongoing.
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December 09, 2009
Dear Robert Holden,

For people with normal-sized egos, the good deed alone is its own reward.

Seek professional help.
Bush Reporting
December 05, 2009
First, the trees were cut down by vandals and not "stolen." Everyone knows that except the Queens Ledger reporter. Does Mr. Sanchez the publisher/editor even read this stuff?

Second, the replacement trees were not donated by Dart's Tree Farm.

And finally, what was the name of the local civic association?

The Queens Ledger continues to have no respect for accurate or fair journalism.