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The Audience by Peter Morgan

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Review by Leonard Feigenblatt All hail the Queen! Dame Helen Mirren received a 2007 Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, among others, for her portrayal of the current reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II for the 2006 film The Queen (which had a screenplay by Peter Morgan.) In this play, Ms. Mirren is once again playing Queen Elizabeth, this time … Full Story

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Early Spring Fire Devastates Cherry Grove

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By Shoshanna McCollum An early morning blaze causing extensive damage erupted in Cherry Grove, requiring large-scale mutual aid response and injuring two firefighters. The fire was first reported at 1:30 a.m. and ultimately contained at 6:30 a.m. today, March 27. Commercial structures that have been affected include Holly House, a modest 12-room lodgings facility that has been listed as totally … Full Story

OBA Gives Sneak Peak of Summer

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By Timothy Bolger Among the first signs of spring were plans for the coming summer on Fire Island, sprouting at the Ocean Beach Association’s annual winter meeting March 18, at All Souls Church in Manhattan. Four of the five candidates running for three village trustee seats planted their stake in the June 5 elections with stump speeches before the crowd … Full Story

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White Spring: OB Board of Trustees Meeting 3/21/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum There was plenty of fresh white snow on Fire Island for the first day of spring, but the sun was shining on Saturday. Some of the Village Trustees even opted to walk to the school from Village Hall rather than ride the employees van. The draft budget had been presented to the board in executive session. It … Full Story

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Sunken Sea Bear was a FIMI Sub-Contractor

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By Shoshanna McCollum The ill-fated vessel that sank off the Fire Island coast last Saturday was there as part of the $207-million federally funded undertaking to renourish our beaches, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. “The tugboat that sank had been working as a subcontractor on the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project, supporting repairs to floating … Full Story

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The Fire Isle Celebrates St. Pat’s with Style

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By Shoshanna McCollum It almost seemed like there was going to be no St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Fire Island this year. A frozen Great South Bay meant a lack of ferry and freight service for most of 2015 so far. The finishing touches on the renovated Ocean Beach Fire Hall remain just out of reach. And even as the … Full Story

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Fire Island Ferry Fare Hike Proposed

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By Timothy Bolger Ferry riders may soon pay a dollar more for each trip across the Great South Bay, if Suffolk County lawmakers grant a request by Fire Island’s largest ferry and lone water-taxi company. Fire Island Ferries, the Bay Shore-based company serving the eight westernmost communities, requested an 11-percent fare hike, which would bring the current $17 round-trip fare … Full Story

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OB Board of Trustees Meeting, 3/7/2015: Frozen Pipes, Shorter Election Hours & Permit Applications Heard

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By Shoshanna McCollum “Mindful Day” read a colorful banner decorated by children that hung in Fire Island School’s gymnasium. It served as an interesting backdrop at the Ocean Beach Village Board of Trustees meeting, held on Saturday, March 7. “It’s been a hard winter,” said Mayor James Mallot, as he discussed hardships the Village faced this winter. They included pipes … Full Story

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Madame Supervisor: An Interview with Angie Carpenter

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By Shoshanna McCollum On March 2, 2015, Angie Carpenter will take the reins as Islip Town Supervisor. She was unanimously appointed by the Islip Town Board in late January to fill the vacancy left by Tom Croci after his election to the New York State Senate, making her the first female Supervisor in Islip’s 322-year town history. Carpenter comes to … Full Story

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Fire Islanders Sound Off on Beach Rebuilding, Condemnation

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Islanders mostly favor a controversial $207-million federally funded plan to pump sand on their beaches and dunes to fix erosion caused by Sandy, but they oppose condemning oceanfront homes to do it. That’s the consensus from 15 residents of the barrier beach who aired their opinions at the public hearing held at the Brentwood campus of … Full Story