ONLY FOOTPRINTS: THE OCEAN BEACH AREA REPORT

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By Theresa and Patrick Macri Welcome back and warm greetings to all Ocean Beach owners, renters and guests! We’d like to introduce you to Only Footprints, your source for OB community news for the 2015 season. We named this column to emphasize the fact that although on the surface we seemed “revived,” our island has still not fully recovered from the aftereffects of several … Full Story

Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Welcome back to all my old friends and the new ones I hope to make. It’s a new season, a new column and over the course of the summer we’ll all get to know Ocean Bay Park and each other better. We ended the 2014 season with our annual Trick or Treat parade, led by Association … Full Story

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Candidates Being Candid: OBA Forum 5/30/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum With less then one week to go before the Ocean Beach election, the OBA Candidates Forum on Saturday morning gave Matthew Blake, Christopher Norris, Greg Pace, and Brian Power a final opportunity to stump for votes – and voters the chance to listen. The forum was mediated by longtime Ocean Beach resident, Paul Aronson. Gina Ragusa and Johnny … Full Story

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Candidates Profiled: Ocean Beach 6/5/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Ocean Beach, NY –This election year, there are three Village Trustee seats open in Ocean Beach. Two of those seats carry a four-year term and one only a three-year term. Four people are running for office, including three incumbents and one challenger. Here is a little bit on each candidate: Matthew Blake (Incumbent) Queens-raised, Matthew Blake has always … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Board Meeting 5/16/15: “Short Agenda”

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, New York – Eyebrows were raised when Mayor James Mallot walked into the school gymnasium in his dapper gray suit. Rumor had it he was attending a family wedding later that day. At a mere 14 items, much of it routine, Mallot described the meeting’s itinerary as a “short agenda.” In his mayor’s report, Mallot … Full Story

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Candidates Profiled: Saltaire 5/22/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Saltaire, NY – Residents in the Village of Saltaire will once again have the right to cast their votes in the Village’s May 22 Board of Trustee Election to be held at Village Hall, 103 Broadway, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Trustees serve a two-year term. This year, two incumbents (Ann Connolly and Alex Chefetz) and … Full Story

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Damage Control: Special FIPPOA Meeting 5/2/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Fire Island Pines, New York – Troubled waters are surrounding beautiful Fire Island Pines, and the season has not even started yet. Social media chatter about a possible boycott of nightclubs, hotels and fine restaurants that service the upscale LBGT community reached a frenzied pace over the past week, necessitating the board of directors of Fire Island … Full Story

Fire Island Ferry Hikes OK’d

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By Timothy Bolger Riverhead, NY – Fire Island ferry riders will pay $2 more for round-trip tickets to and from the western communities starting May 15, and water taxi riders island-wide will pay even more, depending upon distance traveled. The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved the fare hikes with no debate during their April 28 meeting in Riverhead. Fire Island … Full Story

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Shelter from the Storm: OB Board Meeting 4/25/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – Days before the scheduled Ocean Beach Board meeting, copies of the 2015 -2016 budget were available in the Village Office marked as final, adopted, and post-dated accordingly. It was also announced on the village website, as well as social media channels, that the draft budget introduced only weeks before at a proposed 5.6% … Full Story

Fire Island Ferry Hike Proposal Advances

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By Timothy Bolger A proposed $2 increase on round-trip ferry fares for western Fire Island advanced this week and is moving full steam ahead toward a vote before the Suffolk County Legislature. During an April 20 meeting in Hauppauge, the Public Works, Transportation and Energy Committee unanimously approved the Bay Shore-based Fire Island Ferries’ request for an 11 percent fare … Full Story