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SAFE/HAVEN: Fire Island History comes to Florida in 1950’s Photo Exhibition

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By Susan Kravitz ~ The Cherry Grove Archives Collection’s (CGAC) premier photography exhibition, “Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950’s Cherry Grove” officially opened at the Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery in Wilton Manors, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2020. Two receptions to celebrate this event were held at the gallery. The first, a VIP event on Feb. 20 for Stonewall … Full Story

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“Split Decision” Encores in Theatre NYC District

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By Leonard Feigenblatt ~ “Split Decision” made its debut in Cherry Grove last summer at the Cherry Grove Community House Theatre. “The show is heartwarming, honest and funny,” wrote Fire Island News community columnist Robert Levine in the Aug. 30, 2019, edition. “Make a point to see it.” Thanks to the patronage of the Arts Project of Cherry Grove, many … Full Story

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“The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez

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    By Leonard Feigenblatt   “The Inheritance” is based on the novel “Howard’s End” written by E.M. Forster in 1910. When the Ivory Merchant film adaptation staring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson was released in 1992, playwright Matthew Lopez, then only a teenager, asked his mother to take him to see the movie, which left a profound impact. “The … Full Story

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Jerry Herman Remembered

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By Robert Levine ~ Jerry Herman told me a story once about growing up in Jersey City. His fun-loving mother would make elaborate costume parties for any occasion. When he came home from school one day, he asked his mother what the occasion was. “It’s today!” she answered, and in time one of his most popular songs from “Mame” would … Full Story

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NYC THEATRE: Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish

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By Leonard Feigenblatt ~The National Theatre Folksbiene was founded in 1915, and is recognized as the longest continuously producing Yiddish theatre company in the world. They are currently presenting Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, which began at the Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Place in July 2018, where it was extended several … Full Story

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INTERVIEW: Natalie Katz-Rogers

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By Lorna Luniewski ~ Natalie Rogers, former Ocean Beach mayor and the first woman to hold that office, celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 24, 2019. Over the summer, 120 friends and family gathered with her at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck to celebrate this milestone. In addition, the Community House in OB, a building she was instrumental in rebuilding … Full Story

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Off Broadway Theatre Companies 2019-2020 Season: A Comprehensive Guide

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By Leonard Feigenblatt ~ Theatre season is here! The following is a listing of what is coming to off-Broadway Theatre Companies in the 2019-2020 Season. Please check websites for times, theatre location, and additional venue information.   Atlantic Theatre Company www.atlantictheatre.org  “Sunday,” by Jack Thorne, directed and choreographed by Lee Sunday Evans September 4 – October 13, 2019 “Halfway Bitches … Full Story

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OP-ED: Oysters Again

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By Robert Wemyss ~ In response to your recent article, “Mighty Mollusks Make Comebacks,” published on September 8, 2019:  An artificial oyster-reef five-hundred-square-foot is only about 1/100th of an acre – that’s nice, but what does this cost the taxpayer. Please fact check your sources – sources – the claim that a “little oyster” filters 50 gallon a day is … Full Story

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Mighty Mollusks Make Comebacks

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By Rebecca Hoey   Did you know that one little oyster filters 50 gallons of water a day? These mighty mollusks are a huge part of Long Island’s aquaculture that are keeping some special people incredibly busy by paving the way for their return. Town of Brookhaven recently unveiled the first Long Island “oyster bar” at Moriches Bay – however … Full Story

Microplastic Study in Patchogue Provides Insight Into Scale of Pollution

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By Anika Lanser Many Fire Islanders take it upon themselves to collect and dispose of litter they come upon during morning walks, evening swims, and stargazing strolls. Signs are posted encouraging those who visit our beautiful beaches to dispose of their garbage at the end of a long beach day. But what about microscopic plastics and pieces the size of … Full Story