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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

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Butterfly Exhibit Earns its Wings at Historical Society

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By Emma Boskovski // Photos by Lauren Chenault The Ocean Beach Historical Society was embellished with photos of butterflies lining its walls during the “Bountiful Butterflies in our Backyards” event, from Aug. 5-9, 2019. Standing in the gallery was Margot Hofbeck of Seaview, decorated with a Monarch butterfly pin on her left side. She stood holding parsley, dill and milkweed … Full Story

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Thurber Reading at Fire Island Synagogue

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By Alia Derriey Seaview residents gathered Wednesday, Aug. 7, to read and discuss James Thurber’s short story “The Catbird Seat.” The reading, led by Arlene Kossoff, was the last of this summer’s literature-themed events, part of the Wednesday night activity program that also includes frequent game nights. Kossoff chose the story by the famed modern humorist to end the summer … Full Story

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Governor Cuomo Signs Brianna’s Law, Making Boating Safety a Priority

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By Lorna Luniewski // Photo by Sean Fitzthum On Aug. 6, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo was on Long Island to sign Brianna’s Law, which requires all operators of motorized watercraft to complete a state-approved boating safety course. Presently, only those born after May 1, 1996, are required to complete a course before operating a motor boat. The law is named … Full Story

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Bee Warriors

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By Rebecca Hoey The first sentence in the introduction of a report by the Center for Biological Diversity, February 2017, “Pollinators in Peril: A systematic status review of North American and Hawaiian native bees,” by Kelsey Kopec and Lori Ann Burd, reads, “Bees are in trouble.” While of course most of us know this fact already, it remains both sad … Full Story