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Bread on the Table

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By Donnie DeSanti A question I get asked a lot is, “What’s one food I should avoid to better my health?” My reply is always, “Bread.” That’s often replied with, “What’s something else I can give up?” I know that’s a tough answer to hear. We love our bread. But bread is not the “staff of life” it used to … Full Story

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NYC Theatre: “Tootsie” and “Hadestown”

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By Leonard Feigenblatt “Tootsie” The musical “Tootsie” is based on the wonderfully fun 1982 film that starred Dustin Hoffman and is based on the story by Don McGuire and Larry Gelbart. Michael Dorsey is an unemployed actor who is very difficult to work with. He transforms himself into Dorothy Michaels to try to get a part in the big new … Full Story

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Interview: Greg Scarnici, author of “Dungeons and Drag Queens”

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By Anika Lanser There have been many accounts of time spent on Fire Island, and in varying mediums. However, there is perhaps no account as hilarious or as honest as the collection of essays released this past March by Greg Scarnici. Titled “Dungeons and Drag Queens: Fire Island through the eyes of its worst drag queen,” the collection of essays … Full Story

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Great Spaces: Cherry Grove Community House and Theater

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By Lorna Luniewski In 2013, Cherry Grove Community House and Theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but its history began much earlier than that. On a recent Tuesday I was lucky enough to tour the Theatre with two notable Cherry Grove residents, Thom Hansen, president, Arts Project Cherry Grove; and Robert Levine, a writer with this … Full Story

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Villages Trade Places on Tax Cap Position

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By Timothy Bolger For the first time since New York State passed the 2 percent tax cap in 2011, Fire Island’s two villages are reversing their usual positions on opposite sides of the municipal mandate. The Village of Saltaire pierced the cap for the first time when its village board voted on April 10 to approve a 2.75 percent property … Full Story

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Dining Review: Hurricane’s Bar and Grill

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By Timothy Bolger Hurricane’s Bar & Grill25 Cayuga Walk, Ocean Bay Park631-583-8000fireislandhotel.com/amenities/diningOpen seven days, “noon to whenever” Cooking up a storm of flavor with some of the freshest, homemade dishes on Fire Island is Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, a largely al fresco eatery a stone’s throw from the Atlantic in Ocean Bay Park. Tucked inside the courtyard at the Fire … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

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Women’s Pride in the Pines By Robert Levine Linda Gottlieb did it once again. She organized the 9th Annual Women’s Pride in the Pines, a fundraiser for The Ali Forney Center. Each year this event gets bigger and stronger. The dance was held at Whyte Hall, which was great fun with many guests, all dressed in white, dancing to the … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

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Trash, Recycling, Treasure Hunting By Robert Levine The weekend of June 8 and 9 was a weekend of recycling collectibles and treasure hunting in Cherry Grove. We had a major clean up day on Saturday June 8, with a barge that left the Grove loaded with bulk household refuse. We had two deck sales that had fabulous treasures that never … Full Story

Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla I got up early on Saturday so I could catch the kids’ softball game and found only the coaches, Huron Street’s Chas Kingsley and Crescent Street’s Jim Aug, discussing the upcoming season. Where was everyone? At first I thought I was late, and asked them what time the game started since I obviously hadn’t “read the … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area: Community

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By Joey Macellaro Growing up, I knew just about everyone on our suburban block. There were backyard barbecues and chats in the street and baskets of cookies shared during the holidays. Everyone celebrated milestones together, watched each other’s children grow, and welcomed new families into the community. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my childhood anywhere other than that little … Full Story