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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 depart every 1.5 hours starting at 6:30 a.m. (though the last two ferries, 8 and 9 p.m.). The same schedule applies in both directions, though the earliest boat FROM the city on weekends will be at 8 a.m.

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People get spotted in Rockaway Times t-shirts all over the world. Read Peter Mahon’s Between The Bridges column this week for a chuckle. Just wish his neighbor had a camera.

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Local Danny Cornish was a top finisher in the recent CYO Olympics swimming competition and got some nice ink in The Tablet.

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A 15-year old was killed by gunshot last week in the Beach 41st Street Houses. In news reports, the teen’s mother said he was killed over an iPhone dispute.

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John McNaughton, longtime and much-loved bartender at Rogers Pub on Beach 116th Street, died on January 12.

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Edwin Williams of The Heart of Rockaway civic tells us the Mayor has kept his word and new ferry shuttle bus stops have been added at Beach 67th and Beach 77th (Arverne By the Sea, Palmer’s Landing).

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Uncle Louie G’s isn’t closed. They’re just moving a few doors down to 92-14 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, a space with a backyard that’ll be great for summer. Keep an eye out for their Re-grand opening or Grand Re-opening!

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St. John’s and Queens Library are partnering up for a Baby Friendly Event – learn about breast feeding and bonding with your baby. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, January 23 from 3 -4:30 p.m. at the Arverne Library, 312 Beach 54th Street. And it’s free.

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Calling all hams. We hear some locals couldn’t do without an open mic night so it seems Healy’s Pub will fill the void. Jon Kiebon posted the news on Facebook and says he hopes the usual suspects show as well as anyone interested in performing. It kicks off at 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

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House on the Rock Church tells us that building plans are in place for their new church/community center and hope to be breaking ground later this spring. We’ll have more about this soon.

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Shore Front Parkway plans are in the works. There will be scoping meetings to discuss the plans. A meeting about the Playground and Adventure Course planned for Beach 101-102, will be Monday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. The meeting about the Dog Run planned for Beach 90th will be at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24 at Parks Headquarters at 86-01 Shore Front Parkway.

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Last reminder. The Graybeards Dinner Dance is next Saturday, January 27. Call 718-634-6812 for tickets, raffles, and ads for their video journal. It’s the group’s main fundraiser so help out if you can (and enjoy the great event). It’s good to be a Graybeard!

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