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The Joy of Life

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By Donnie DeSanti There are a few locations in this world that are considered “blue zones.” One off the coast of Greece, one on an island off of Japan, and a small section in Costa Rica, to name a few. These spots seemed to have found the fountain of youth and have an exceptional number of people living well past … Full Story

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NYC Theatre: “Moulin Rouge!”

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By Leonard Feigenblatt The musical “Moulin Rouge!” is based on the 2001 film, directed by Baz Luhrmann that starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. The musical takes place in 1899, at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Satine is a prostitute, who is with the abusive and controlling Duke of Monroth. The bohemian composer Christian falls in love with her. The … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Music and Seafood Festival

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By Emma Boskovski and Danielle Lipiec The Ocean Beach Chamber of Commerce kicked off its very first Music and Seafood Festival on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with games, sales and of course, an abundance of seafood and live music. Co-sponsored by the Fire Island News, the threeday festival gave friends, families and visitors for the day an opportunity to enjoy all … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

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By Robert Levine On May 31, 1959, fire destroyed the Botel, which was owned by Peggy Fears, an ex showgirl. John Whyte, a former billboard model, bought the property and rebuilt it. The new Botel became a worldwide destination for the gay and curious. Early on people from Broadway, Hollywood, and the fashion world bought houses here including Tommy Tune, … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

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By Robert Levine I have been thinking of our neighbors and guests who have lived, visited or worked in Cherry Grove over the years. Many Broadway or Hollywood celebrities passed through. When I arrived in the Grove it was a family community of people who loved this small fishing village. It was a weekend getaway from the mainland. Some worked … Full Story

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Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla I just love the color of August. It’s predominantly purple and orange – the purple of the vitex and the orange trumpet vines that echo the Monarch butterflies, which are back on Fire Island. It’s been wonderful to see them out in all their orange glory. So when I learned that the Seaview “Butterfly Lady,” aka … Full Story

Collaboration

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By Joey Macellaro Our community came together in an exciting new way from Aug. 6-8, as we celebrated together at the first Ocean Beach Seafood and Music Fest. The event, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Fire Island News, drew local residents and visitors alike to Bay Walk for street vendors and performers, carnival games, children’s activities, … Full Story

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Kismet Kapers

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By Bradlee White How come August flies by? May creeps along, with rain every other day and June slowly warms up. July is hot and best at the beach. Though we have had multiple distracting entertainments, a Flea Market, a sand castle contest, a Bloody Mary contest, a Fourth of July celebration that was tops, a huge and exciting Festival … Full Story

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Letter to the Editor, July 19, 2019

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Fire Islanders have noticed the signs recently appearing throughout the communities, including Fair Harbor, Kismet, Ocean Beach, Seaview, Cherry Grove ­ –and even in Saltaire, which bans yard signs amidst their many rules.  These signs, printed by the Fire Island Wildlife Foundation, are meant to remind people that FINS really is going to kill our deer this fall and that … Full Story