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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

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Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla The party’s over – seems like Memorial Day was yesterday, and here we are on the cusp of Labor Day and there is still so much more to talk about in Ocean Bay Park. The annual Ocean Bay Park Community Fair was held at the Schooner Inn on Aug. 10. Working together we all rocked it … Full Story

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Good News from Our Fire Department

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By Joey Macellaro This was a good summer. I spent days in the city and nights on the beach, enjoyed quality time with family and an assortment of friends and acquaintances, met new people, tried new things, and invested myself in pursuits I enjoy. I wrote, made phone calls, and conducted interviews. I made music and heard music. Somehow, in … Full Story

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Kismet Kapers

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By Bradlee White This is the last issue of the FI News for 2019 and the cusp of the Labor Day weekend, a sure lead into fall. Sam’s workers are already out cutting down the drooping phragmites that slap unwary bicyclists in the face. Another big storm out of the west has brought cool weather. It is time for the … Full Story

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Woodstock Revived at Ocean Beach Community Gala

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By Joey Macellaro // Photos by Lauren Chenault & James Hardy Days after the official 50th anniversary revival of the famed 1969 Woodstock festival was called off in Maryland, the Ocean Beach community came together in grand style for its own “flower power” celebration on the Great South Bay. The Ocean Beach Community Fund’s annual fundraising gala was held at … Full Story