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GUNFIRE IN THE SUNKEN FOREST: Fire Island National Seashore Deer Culling Begins

by Shoshanna M. |

“I am in the Sunken Forest and have heard at least a half dozen shots!” said Cherry Grove resident Warren Boyd Wexler on a cellphone at 3:30 p.m. “I was just out taking advantage of the nice weather this afternoon. Next thing I know there is yellow police tape blocking the boardwalk I used to come in, and it wasn’t there 45 minutes ago. Deer are bolting in all directions in terror.”

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SPECIAL REPORT: Dead Deer Killing Machine Appears to Continue on Fire Island

by Shoshanna M. |

Emboldened by a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision in their favor earlier this month, it appears Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) is gearing up to kill more deer within their jurisdiction – this time on Fire Island proper. According to accounts and observations of multiple Fire Island residents, activity is being witnessed of rangers assembling make-shift bait stations … Full Story

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Plague & Prejudice: When Quarantine Came to the Shores of Fire Island

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Tourism ocean liners presently quarantined in seaports as the coronavirus spreads have been in the news much these days, and with one newlywed couple from Blue Point on board the “Diamond Princess” among 300 Americans recently evacuated from that vessel, who will presently remain in isolation a while longer still before their return to Long Island, … Full Story

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Fire Island Permit Holders Taken for a Ride

by Shoshanna M. |

Since opening for business in 1971, CJ’s has maintained a year round presence on Fire Island with few interruptions. Denial of an over sand vehicle permit application now threatens to change all of this, striking a chord of empathy among the residency who are presently experiencing challenges of their own in this arena with Fire Island National Seashore.

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The Cherry Grove Story at YMCA Boulton Center

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Mike Fisher’s acclaimed documentary “Cherry Grove Stories” burst on the Fire Island scene in the summer of 2017. After its premiere at the landmarked Cherry Grove Community House Theatre, former FIN reporter Bruce-Michael Gelbert described it as “a kaleidoscopic and moving view of the past six decades of Cherry Grove history.” The film would go onto … Full Story

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History Made: Kismet Historical Society Fundraiser 2019

by Shoshanna M. |

Every Fire Island community is distinct and unique, and  therefore are the histories that made them. In 2019 a longtime dream for the westernmost community of Kismet at last came to realization – a historical society of their own. With antique vehicles and memorabilia on display, local history authors authors on hand, and residents gathered up to have photographs from … Full Story

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In the Eye of a Storm: The Ocean Bay Park Fire

by Shoshanna M. |

The blaze that destroyed three houses in Ocean Bay Park during the early morning hours on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 has taken its toll on the psyche of Fire Island. Still emerging from the devastation that rocked much of Long Island and the Northeast coast with high tidal surges from subtropical storm Melissa the raged offshore as the full moon … Full Story

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No Broomstick Required: CJ’s Halloween Party 2019

by Shoshanna M. |

Summer may be over, but there is still much nightlife going on over at Fire Island, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar will be hosting their Halloween party on Friday night, October 18 in Ocean Beach beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Here are all the things you need to know to know about this most spirited of Fire Island occasions. … Full Story