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A Beachside Thanksgiving at CJ’s

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum. The workers came for lunch, the residents took an early dinner, even the beach bikers made an appearance and stayed for a drink. Pre-Thanksgiving at CJ’s Restaurant & Bar is a day seeped in Fire Island tradition. On the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, before everyone goes their separate ways to celebrate with their respective families, they gather … Full Story

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Happy 160th Birthday Fire Island Lighthouse!

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum / In 1858, Fire Island Lighthouse would be lit for the very first time. It also would be the year that Theodore Roosevelt was born; Charles Darwin went public with his theories of evolution; and a young man running for senator named Abraham Lincoln made a speech in which he famously said, “A house divided cannot stand,” … Full Story

Editor’s Window: Golden Threads

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum When compiling any issue of this paper, patterns start to develop, often unintended. I like to call these manifestations common threads. In this case, the tapestry appears to have been woven by readers like yourselves. For starters, we received a higher than normal volume of letters to the editor, two with the focus of safety on Fire … Full Story

Editor’s Window: Fire Island Family

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum One Saturday morning back in June my husband’s adult tricycle was stolen. It’s a mundane crime that happens on Fire Island any given day. John had switched to three wheels a few months prior due to health issues he has been dealing with. “Shame on him for not locking it like he should have. He needs it … Full Story

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Fire Island Heroes Honored at Islip Town Hall

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum // Photos by Robert Sherman Tragedy was avoided on Fourth of July, thanks to some fast acting lifeguards, and a ferry captain and his crew, all who were honored at Islip Town Hall on Aug. 21, 2018. According to compiled eyewitness accounts, as well as a statement by David Anderson of Fire Island Ferries, Inc. (FIFI) of … Full Story

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Dining Review: Matty’s Gourmet Market

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum 935 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach • 631-583-8023 Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. matthewsseafood.com/mattys-market Matty’s Gourmet Market is a natural offshoot of its namesake seafood restaurant located on the eastern cusp of Ocean Beach. The modestly sized front alcove to the same building is where patrons can purchase the same high quality fish and seafood … Full Story

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Interview: Anthony Cerabino, Wellness Practitioner

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum It was Anthony Cerabino’s birthday when we sat down to talk with him. The Bay Shore native has just turned 57 years old. He has much to celebrate. As the founder of Healthcare Wellness Center, his practice on Main Street is flourishing. Acupuncture, allergy elimination, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, medical massage, vitamin and mineral therapy, and Reiki, along … Full Story

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My Lunch with Les

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum 2005: I would meet Leslie (Les) Lieber for the first time at my neighbor Fred Charlton’s kitchen table. Les was in his early 90s at the time. For about an hour this little bird-like man told me wild stories about performing in jazz clubs in Cuba while on covert missions. The two were trying to one-up each … Full Story