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Sandpiper Race Brings Competition and Fun to F.I. Kids

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By Mariana Dominguez // Photos by Lauren Chenault & Jay Blakesberg Despite being a hot and steamy day, excitement remained for the more than 100 kids who competed in the annual Sandpiper Children’s Race in Ocean Beach. Scheduled one weekend after the Fire Island 5K Run for Rose in Ocean Bay Park, the children’s event takes place on the beach … Full Story

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Obituary: Joan B. Johnson

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Former Islip Clerk and GOP Congressional Candidate, 1933-2019 By Lauren ten Hoopen Joan B. Johnson, Town of Islip Clerk for 16 years and Suffolk’s Republican congressional candidate, has passed at 86 years old. She was the first woman of color to be a town official and run for the United States Congress – a true inspiration to our community as … Full Story

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A Rich History at Sagtikos Manor in Bay Shore

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By Lorna Luniewski For 35 years I passed the white house set back on the north side of Montauk Highway in West Bay Shore, with the thought, ‘someday I’ll have to go there.’ And, for more than 10 years, I have listed the many events that are held at Sagtikos Manor each year in a calendar of events, with my … Full Story

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Saltaire Road Work Builds Island-Wide Wave of Anxiety

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By Timothy Bolger When the sun sets on summer and Tumbleweed Tuesday dawns on Fire Island, the din of construction replaces children’s laughter and carefree tourists’ chatter, as the off-season marks the return of renovation season. While much of the work is home improvement, one stretch of road repairs on the west end is worrying many of the barrier island’s … Full Story

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Apples & Oranges: The Real Fruit Facts

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By Donnie DeSanti With the ever-increasing awareness around sugar and our health, somehow along the way fruit has been getting a bad rap as well. Many so-called health experts are saying sugar is sugar and the sugar in fruit is no different. We can all benefit from reducing the amount of sugar in our diet, but are our health issues … Full Story

Tick Truths or Conspiracy Theories?

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By Karl Grossman Lyme disease from a tick bite has been a problem on Fire Island. Thus of interest is the article in Newsweek this summer headlined: “Pentagon May Have Released Weaponized Ticks That Helped Spread of Lyme Disease: Investigation Ordered.” The story below it was about the U.S. House of Representatives having “quietly passed a bill requiring the Inspector … Full Story

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NYC Theatre: Upcoming

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By Leonard Feigenblatt As summer 2019 draws to a close, life in the arts in New York City is just heating up. There are many new shows opening up in the coming months, on and off Broadway, and a host of events in music, dance, concerts and cabaret. In addition to what is printed in this issue, there will be … Full Story

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Review: Castaway Bar & Grill

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By Lorna Luniewski Castaway Bar & Grill 310 Bay Walk (at Cottage Walk) Ocean Beach, NY 631-583-0330 castawaybarandgrill.com In between heat waves on a recent Tuesday, my husband, Tom, and I boarded the ferry from Bay Shore and headed to Fire Island for dinner. Our destination: Castaway Bar & Grill in Ocean Beach, a first for us. My editor told … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Pool Parties in the Pines

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By Robert Levine A sea of pool parties were running simultaneously on Aug. 24 in the Pines, and all were going swimmingly. Liberation, hosted by Jon Tilli with VIP brunch and Stoli party. Hudson Taylor, president of Athlete Alley, spoke about her division, and how they educate youth in the LGBTQ community. Sara Leavitt also spoke about her division, Open … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

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By Robert Levine The 16th annual “Cherry Grove Honors” was a tremendous success on Saturday, Aug. 17. With many people in attendance, this special catered dinner was held at the CG Community House. Recipients included Gerri Losquadro, committee member of the Cherry Grove Property Owners Association; and Eddie Fraser, vice president of community relations at Northwell Health – both live … Full Story