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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 Channel. On Monday afternoon, April 17, Engine 266 responded to a fire in an attached three-story private dwelling at 189 Beach 95th Street. In both cases, FDNY responded quickly and no injuries were reported.

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Dan Guarino announced that he will be running for City Council, challenging Eric Ulrich. Dan has a resume.  The Broad Channel resident is president of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, founder of the Broad Channel Free Press, former assistant editor of The Wave, former reporter for The Rockaway Times, editor of The North Shore Local, author of Broad Channel Through Time and volunteer at too many things to count. 

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The 8th Annual Great Chili Cook-Off is set for Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus.  It’s always hot fun with prizes and a DJ.  Tickets are $20 (kids under 12 free) and it’s for a good cause as money raised goes to support the 100th Precinct Community Council.  It’s the only real fundraising event the Council holds, so a big turnout would really help.

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Community House is hiring.  The bar/restaurant on Beach 102nd Street is looking for bartenders, waitresses, runners, etc.  State your interest in an email to Carl, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions during overnight hours from Thursday, April 20 through Friday morning, April 21 and again from Monday, April 24 through Wednesday morning, April 26. All traffic will be detoured to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The Q35 bus will maintain its regular route.

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There are more options for good eats! Last week, new Chinese and Japanese restaurants opened. The old Empire Wok (114-07 Beach Channel Drive) was recently bought and reopened as Big Apple Chinese Food. On Beach 116th Street, Sakura Japanese Restaurant opened in the building where the former 99 Cent store was split into three. Both restaurants offer online ordering. Check out BigAppleRockawayPark.com and 215Sakura.com for menus.

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On Saturday, April 22, there will be a Bishop McDonnell HS reunion at the former Bishop McDonnell (260 Eastern Pkwy). The reunion will be for the classes of 1930, ’42, ’52, ’57, ’62, ’67 and 72 but all grads and their guests are welcome. The doors open at 11 a.m. Free parking is available. The celebration is $90 per person. For information contact Rita Monaghan-Maloney at 718-857-2700 ext. 2253.

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Scam alert. Some locals told us of a phone call from “CVS” saying prescriptions needed to be updated.  (Calls went to some who don’t even shop at CVS).  It’s an attempt to get personal information from people.  Tell the seniors in your life to avoid this one.

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We know of at least two locals who finished the Boston Marathon.  Congrats to Kevin Quinn and Martina Featherston.

 

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