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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

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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 … Full Story

NYC THEATRE: “Six Degrees of Separation”

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by Leonard Feigenblatt “Six Degrees of Separation” opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on Nov. 8, 1990, starring Stockard Channing and Courtney B. Vance. It is John Guare’s best play and it is being revived in a splendid production at the Barrymore Theatre. Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, an art dealer and his very social wife, live in their very ritzy … Full Story

BOOK REVIEW: Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon

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Review by Rita Plush WAY BACK WHEN, A FIRE atop a platform served as a light to warn mariners of ports and possible shoreline dangers. But the times they were changing, and the turn of the 18th Century meant more travelers and a greater need for a more modern way to signal navigators of the watery dangers that might lie … Full Story