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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

Projects Update: Fire Island Beach Rebuilding to Restart Next Fall

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Island, New York – Fire Island beach replenishment work ground to a halt as of April, when the endangered Piping Plovers’ mating season hatched, meaning the shorefront project won’t restart until this fall, officials said. Of the three phases of the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) project, the Smith Point County Park leg was … Full Story

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OB Board Meeting 4/11/15: Draft Budget Proposes 5.6% Increase

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – There was a slightly larger audience sitting in the Woodhull School gymnasium for this meeting. Perhaps it was the milder weather, or maybe it was the draft budget with a proposed 5.6% increase posted on the village website several days prior that had already become the stuff of Facebook chatter. Either way the … Full Story

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Cherry & Ash: Week One After the Grove Fire

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By Shoshanna McCollum Internet service came back online in Cherry Grove on the first day of April. As original predictions stated service would be down for at least a week, surely the early spring residency was delighted it came back ahead of schedule. “Hate to say by now I could write a book on how to do it,” said Kenneth … Full Story