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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

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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

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Deer Lawsuit Dismissed From Court

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein dismissed the lawsuit Friends of Animals filed last year against National Park Service (NPS), Fire Island National Seashore (FINS), and former FINS Superintendent Christopher Soller for their controversial White-tailed Deer Management Plan adopted on Dec. 31, 2015. The Darien, Connecticut-based animal rights advocacy organization claimed that the said plan did not adequately address … Full Story

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“La Vie en Rose” Unplugged

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum On the stage Rose Levine mentioned to her audience that she had been performing at the Cherry Grove Community House Theatre since 1955. That’s 58 years prior to the theatre we were sitting in was declared a historical landmark. Rose performs one night live on stage every summer, but this year is unique. The July 14 date … Full Story

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Roundtable Discussion on FI Archive Collections

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By Shoshanna McCollum On a gray Saturday afternoon on June 23, individuals from every corner of Fire Island quietly filed into the Ocean Beach Historical Society. The meeting was by invitation only, extended to the keepers of repositories on this island that are like beads on a string: Point O’ Woods Archives, Fire Island Pines Historical Society, Cherry Grove Archives … Full Story

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“Cat Man” Documentary Premieres in Ocean Beach

by Shoshanna M. |

By Anika Lanser On Sunday, July 1, a documentary entitled “Cat Man of Ocean Beach” debuted at the Free Union Church in Ocean Beach. The film chronicles the experiences and work done by the Fire Island Animal Welfare Society, following the organization’s President John McCollum. Created by recent University of Tampa graduate Evan Lauri and Pam Valdez, and directed by … Full Story

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Police Presence at Pride Parade

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By Shoshanna McCollum A letter described as “an indirect threat” by Sayville Ferry Service Proprietor Kenneth Stein added a sober tone to the Pride Parade at Cherry Grove on June 16, 2018, with heavy law enforcement detail being noticeable to Grove residents and visitors alike. Said letter was received in the U.S. mail, and the matter is presently under investigation … Full Story

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FIN Scores Four at PCLI

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By Shoshanna McCollum The Annual Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) Media Awards were bestowed during a dinner ceremony at Woodbury Country Club on June 7, 2018, where Fire Island News received honors in four separate categories – a record number for this publication within the news year cycle. Two of the awards cite reader contributors as lead recipients. Fire … Full Story

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FIN Archives Acquired

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By Shoshanna McCollum Almost three years after purchase from its previous owner, Fire Island News has its archives back again. “We acquired the balance of the collection from Nicole [Wolf],” said this publication’s Co-owner Chris Mercogliano. “Now for the first time in many years there is an indisputable owner of the FIN and its archives.” Like many other news items … Full Story