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The cause of the March 22 apartment fire at 102-00 Shore Front Parkway that destroyed everything the Wroblewski family owned, has been determined. According to the FDNY report, the cause was “careless discard of smoking materials on balcony,” meaning a cigarette or cigar was to blame. Monika Wroblewski says no one in her family smokes. The fire started outside on the balcony due to a cigarette or cigar dropped from another balcony, and the fire spread inside to the apartment. To those who smoke, please use caution when discarding your cigarettes.

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Speaking of fires, there were two earlier this week. On Sunday afternoon, April 16, a fire broke out in a two-story mixed occupancy building at 8-08 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad

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The ferry is starting May 1, a good six weeks earlier than expected.  Although many advocates deserve some measure of credit for getting the service, no one,  was more of a driving force than Joe Hartigan, aka The Ferry Guy. He was pushing for ferry service years before the City implemented the ferry after Sandy.  Bravo to Joe!

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Jill Eisenstadt’s critically acclaimed From Rockaway is back in print and her next novel, Swell, also based in Rockaway, will be published soon - probably

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If you had your doubts about the winter ever ending, there is a sure sign that nice weather is on the way.  Coastal Frozen Yogurt on Beach 109th Street opens for the season on Saturday, April 1.  Yay!

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The ferry is coming but it’s hit a snag, Literally.  The ferries are being built in Louisiana and Alabama, and need to sail to New York.  The New York Times reported that in an attempt to make the trip a bit shorter, the crew decided to take a shortcut through Florida and wound up

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Slush was better than two feet. Yes, the forecasters were slightly off but that’s better than them being right. Sloppy weather reminds us: SIGN UP to get The Rockaway Times by email.  More than 2,200 people get the full paper each week by email!  Go to Rockawaytimes.com and click on SUBSCRIBE.  Piece of cake.

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The snow postponed Tuesday’s Community Board  14's meeting. It will instead be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:15 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street. The

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In our May 28, 2015 issue we took note of the cracks in the new boardwalk steps at Beach 94th — a result of rushing the job so it would be “finished” by Memorial Day of that year. They had to rush because they took their damn time in 2014!  Now those cracks are being repaired.  We’re happy to report that the fix is covered by the warranty and Skanska, the contractor, has to repair at no costs to Parks (or to us taxpayers).

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Spring is in the air (we keep saying and hoping).   Taste

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We’re glad you’re paying attention!  The Facts You Probably Don’t Need column devised by the Highly Exalted Mystic Factologist Sean McVeigh had an item claiming measles had been “completely eradicated from The Americas.”  Well, the seventy (70) people who got them in 2016 would beg to differ – as did a couple of our faithful readers, including Dr. Peter Galvin.

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Speaking of doctors, Kevin Boyle was taken to task for calling Doctor Bellows on I Dream Of Jeannie an admiral in last

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Spring forward! Daylight Savings Time is here already here. Be sure to turn the clocks an hour ahead this weekend. Daylight Savings Time officially starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12.

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Keep snapping! The response has been great to The Rockaway Times Photo Contest! We accept photos by email only (please don’t snail mail and or drop any at office; we can’t accept transparencies either). And make sure you send your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you send photos to other

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