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Book Review: “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life”

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By Rita Plush “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked” by George Brescia Non-fiction Gallery Books $21.99 George Brescia wants to get into your closet. Whatever mashup style your wardrobe is in, he wants to put it right. A top-tier New York City-based stylist and image consultant, as well as a Cherry Grove resident who has …

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“Long Island and World War I” Reviewed

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By Rita Plush “Long Island and World War I” By Richard F. Welch Non-fiction, Arcadia Press $21.99 An enthusiastic student of World War I, the book’s author Richard F. Welch went on to earn a doctorate in American history. His interest came full circle when he signed on as curator of the 2017 centennial exhibition of World War I, sponsored …

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Book Review: The Great South Bay

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By Rita Plush “The Great South Bay” // By Jeanine O’Grady // Children’s Picture Book // South Shore Betty $28.95 In “The Great South Bay,” author/artist Jeanine O’Grady shares her affection for Long Island’s South Shore with young readers. Born and raised in Bay Shore, the local beaches were her playground. Take away her engaging illustrations – not for long …

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Book Review: “Miss Subways”

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“Miss Subways” By David Duchovny Farrar, Straus and Giroux-Fiction $26.00 Editor’s note: Actor and writer David Duchovny is one Fire Island can call our own. As a teenage lifeguard in Ocean Beach, his nickname was “Cricket.” This is his third and most recent novel. By Rita Plush “X-Files” fans take heart. You don’t have to watch reruns to satisfy your cravings …

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Von Steuben (1730-1794)

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Friedrich Wilhem von Steuben and the American Revolution By Lorna Luniewski This is a name that many may not be familiar with, myself included, but Baron von Steuben is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army, teaching military drills, tactics and disciplines. He is still considered one of the most important German Americans, as his training …

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 …

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Book Review: Synagogues of Long Island

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By Rita Plush “Synagogues of Long Island” By Ira Poliakoff (The History Press $21.99) Ira Poliakoff is no stranger to congregational life. Both his grandparents and parents were active temple members, and in the 1960s Poliakoff himself worked as a youth director in both Oceanside, Long Island and Flushing, Queens. A self-described “history buff,” he grew up in Manhattan and …

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Book Review: Pride

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By Rita Plush “Pride” The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag By Rob Sanders, Illustrated by Steven Salerno (Random House Children’s Books $17.99) Editor’s Note: Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker are legends Fire Island can count as among our own: Milk, a graduate of Bay Shore High School is indeed a native son of Long Island; and Gilbert …

NYC THEATRE: Fall and Winter Preview

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By Leonard Feigenblatt As Summer 2017 is nearing an end, here is a preview of NYC theater and theatrical events coming in fall/winter 2017-2918. New York City Center Oct. 26-Nov. 5, 2017: Matthew Bourne’s/New Adventures The Red Shoes Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, as well as Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, with music by Bernard …

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Book Review: Images of America – Bay Shore

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By Rita Plush “Images of America – Bay Shore” | Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett | Arcadia Publishers $21.99 If all Bay Shore means to you is going to the Fire Island ferry, please pick up a copy of “Images of America – Bay Shore” by Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett, local historians and professors of American history. The pictorial account of …