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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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 … 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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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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NYC THEATRE: “Who’s Holiday!”

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By Leonard Feigenblatt “Who’s Holiday!” is a 55 minute piece of silliness, a under cooked, lightweight, comedy skit. It is written by Matthew Lombardo in rhyming couplets.  Remember Cindy Lou Who? She is the 2-year old tot who charms the grinch from stealing Christmas in the Dr. Suess classic,“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Whatever became of Cindy Lou? That question … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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Goldstein’s work examines classic authors

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Book Review: “The World Broke in Two” By Rita Plush “The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature” Bill Goldstein Henry Holt & Company $30 Literary Criticism Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and E.M. Forster are literary heavyweights, but not too heavy for Bill Goldstein … Full Story

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Community Creates Saltaire Summer Cookbook

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By Rita Plush If you ever considered a dinner party that comes in a “wagon or a bike basket traveling across the boardwalks,” and a hassle-free social life that centers around entertaining, dip into the just released “Saltaire Summer Cook Book” for a taste of what I’m talking about. Edited by Kathryn Corrigan Woods and Carol Scott Capelletti, the collection … Full Story