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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

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Rise from the Ranks: John Stewart, FINS Chief Ranger

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By Shoshanna McCollum With a key position often known for imported hires from the outside, it’s nice to see a familiar face that came from within. John Stewart, a National Park Service Ranger who has spent the majority of his career within Fire Island National Seashore, has been promoted to the position of Chief Ranger. His new title became effective … Full Story

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The Torch is Passed Again

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FIP Property Deal: The Torch is Passed Again By Shoshanna McCollum Call it a fire sale or the deal of the century, but once again that large swath of commercial property in Fire Island Pines has changed hands, making it the fourth time in just over the past decade. On January 22, 2015, the New York Times and other major … Full Story

Letter from the Publisher

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It is with humble delight that we become part of a proud legacy that is Fire Island News. As the oldest in-print news publication on Fire Island we can’t think of a finer institution to be part of, and intend to deliver multi-media platform news to the people who love our island for many years ahead. Fire Island News is … Full Story

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New Editor Named to Fire Island News

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Fire Island News welcomes Shoshanna McCollum aboard as our new Editor. She brings fifteen years of reporting experience to the job. McCollum has written for several Fire Island newspapers, and a few regional publications including Islip Bulletin, New York Times Long Island Section, and Boating Times Long Island Magazine. Her work has earned journalism awards with both New York Press … Full Story