Kudos to the first responders who helped people escape, contain the fire, and put their own lives at risk for their heroism at last week’s fire at 8800 Shore Front. Our condolences to the family of Ethel Davis, 91, who resided in a nearby apartment from where the fire started and lost her life due to the smoke.

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Reports say there were no smoke detectors in the apartment in which the fire started. Please take the time to install some or check the batteries now in your alarms.

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One business is booming. Those tug boats helping out the ferry by pushing away ice are fetching $950 an hour, according to amNewYork. With the brutal weather, those hours add up.

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The weekend ferry schedule has changed for the winter. Boats will

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Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 15. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year. This year it falls on his birthday.

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Don’t worry if you feel neglected about not receiving regular mail. We haven’t either, for a week. Amazon, can you please deliver our mail?

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Your complaints were valid. The brutal weather we just endured was the coldest stretch of freezing temps since 1961. The cold didn’t stop some intrepid photographers from getting out there for

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Happy New Year!!!  Good luck to all who pledge to do better in 2018.

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The shortest day, the day with less sunlight than any other is behind us. It may not seem like it but days are now getting longer, every minute of sunshine helps!

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Happy Jack’s Burger Bar will be the name of the new place opening on Mickey Carton Way (the old Rockaway Beach Blvd between Beach 108th to 109th). Owner and chef Mike Dalton is aiming to have it opened by March 3 for Rockaway’s St. Patrick’s

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The festival of lights continues! Happy Hanukkah!

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Kudos to all who help in holiday beautifications efforts. Civic and merchant groups and lots of good-hearted people contribute to the holiday cheer. Thank you! We can’t get to all the events, but if you send us photos and some info, we’ll do our best to get them in The Rockaway Times.

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The Sandpiper Playground, on Shorefront Parkway from Beach 105th to Beach 108th, that remains nowhere to be seen since Sandy, seems on its

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We don’t know if congratulations or psychiatric care is in order for those who jumped in the ocean on New Year’s Day. It was brutally cold and a very low tide required running a long distance to be able to dive under (the official way to do it). It was so cold we even admire the fully-dressed photographers.  Officially, the high for the day was 18 degrees. Last year’s high was 52!

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Speaking of the cold (who isn’t?), the ferry is subject to service suspension because of ice in the

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Merry Christmas!

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Hoop news.  Local product Charlie Marquardt has signed on with the Long Island Nets which is the NBA G League (minor league) affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. Charlie played at St. Francis de Sales, then Poly Prep and four years at Molloy College where he averaged 22 points a game his senior year and was First Team All Conference. Charlie’s father (Charlie too), coach, and a pretty good hoopster himself must be thrilled.

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Yes, there is a cell tower now

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Happy Hanukkah! The first night is Tuesday, December 12. There will be menorah lightings on Beach 116th Street at 5:30 p.m. and in front of Peninsula Library at 6:30 p.m.

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Our deepest condolences to the family of T.J. Curley, the 12-year-old boy, who died in a fire last Sunday morning.  Please donate to The Graybeards or the online GoFundMe.com site to help the family (some who were hospitalized). Just search “Curley” at gofundme.com and you’ll find the donation link.

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