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Rockaway is now connected to a Hall of Famer or at least a bridge named after one. The Marine Parkway Bridge was renamed in 1978 after Gil Hodges, the much-loved man who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, managed the New York Mets, and called Bedford Avenue home for many years. (According to Wikipedia, the bridge is believed to be the first bridge to be named for a major sports figure). His greatness was finally acknowledged by the Baseball Hall of Fame when a committee selected him last Sunday to join other all-time players in the Hall.

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Kami-Leigh Agard, who writes about Autism (and its challenges for parents), is hosting the 3rd Annual Rockaway Beach Autism Families’ Holiday Party on December 16. Robin Shapiro thought a Toy Drive for this group would be a good idea and we agree! Please see the ad on Page 38 for items you might want to drop off at The Rockaway Times office.

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RISE (58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard) and St. John's Episcopal Hospital are offering vaccinations and boosters against COVID-19 and flu shots on Monday, December 13, and Monday, December 20, 2021, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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They're here! The 2022 Broad Channel Historical Calendars are now available. All 12 months, holidays and daily high tide information is all included! For only $5 each. And they make great gifts. Calendars are available from Historical Committee members, such as Dan Mundy, Barbara Toborg or Dan Guarino. Or at local BC businesses. Keep up to date. Get yours today! 

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Arker we hardly knew ye. The development at the old Peninsula Hospital site (to be called Edgemere Commons) basically stood at a standstill for more than two years. The original developer Arker Companies has sold most of the nine-acre site to Tishman Speyer for $90 million according to news reports. When completed, the project will have more than 2,000 apartments, 973 parking spaces, 38,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space, 77,000 square feet of community spaces, and 72,000 square feet of neighborhood-oriented retail including a supermarket, a fitness center, food and beverage destinations, and general retail.

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The Rockaway Courthouse comedy has been running since 1962. The iconic building on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 90th Street sat vacant for years after its use as a Magistrate’s court. It almost came to life as CUNY-by-the-Sea after then-Borough President Helen Marshal announced in 2007 that she was setting aside $19 million for its development. But, well, it didn’t. In 2013, The Harmony Group, led by Uri Kaufman, promised to turn it into a state-of-the-art medical facility. The group bought the property from the city for just $50,000 with a covenant that the site would be a medical facility and that $10 million would be invested in the upgrade. Lawsuits, delayed construction, and another new medical facility on Beach 105th street spelled doom for the rebirth. Now, Mr. Kaufman is seeking to get community and city approval to change the use from medical to general office use. In 2017, after a Freedom of Information Request, The Rockaway Times learned the EDC had told Kaufman he would “have to go back to the Community Board and present the updated project before we could finalize any modifications of our deed covenants.” Next stop for Kaufman is the Community Board’s Land Use Committee. And then, presumably, a presentation before the full community board. So now, we await the verdict on the courthouse future. As usual.

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