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Cherry Grove By Robert Levine The 2018 Honors Dinner, sponsored by Cherry Grove Community Association Inc. (CGCAI), was held at the Community House on Saturday, Aug. 18. Two open bars were set up: one on the main floor, the next on the upper level roof patio with the new pergola overlooking the bay. The baby lamb chops, crab cakes, and …

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Cherry Grove: Rose’s View

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Tradition! By Robert Levine That’s the way it is in Cherry Grove. Year after year we have the “traditional” summer season. First with the Flea Market, our Homecoming Queen election, the PAWS benefit, Pride Parade, Invasion … then before you know it we are at the End of Season Ball. But let’s first talk about volleyball. Known as the Cherry …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine I would like to thank all of you who attended “La Vie en Rose.” Thanks to George McGarvey, who designed a beautiful set, which I referred to as my salon on the Champs-Élysées; as well as a special thanks to Richard Cooley, who did my makeup. He has done more faces in Cherry Grove than …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine Invasion 43 Over and Out The balconies, ramps, windows, restaurants, and decks – the entire town was overflowing with people lined up a waiting for the arrival of Cherry Grove’s new Homecoming Queen Rose Levine. Diane Romano drove me in a cart through town waving and smiling to all the fans. The Queen’s entourage of …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine Rose Levine the 43rd Homecoming Queen of Cherry Grove is excited about invading the Pines with her bevy of 300 beauties. Many residents and visitors rent tables with several Grove establishments that afford a great view of the festivities. This gives them the opportunity to watch the parade go by in leisure and comfort. Gay …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine The Homecoming Queen of Cherry Grove was established in 1976. Our first and second Queen was Panzi, who also was the organizer of the first Invasion. Panzi, Lyn Hutton and I are the last remaining original invaders out of the 15 people who rode the Sally and Randy Water Taxi from Cherry Grove to the …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine Memorial Day 2018 is now history. The Arts Project had its 43rd Annual Homecoming Election on Sunday, May 27, at the Community House. Keeping up with the tradition, Panzi and Bella were the MCs. Thanks to all the businesses in Cherry Grove for donating gifts to the more than 30 raffles, with a special thanks …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine This is my 45th season writing my column. I began in 1973, when Rhoda Gould, who wrote the Cherry Grove column for Fire Island News, moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. She recommended that I replace her. I have made a few changes through the years, like Liz Smith and other columnists, and now I’m celebrating my …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine Congratulations to Fire Island News (FIN): Celebrating 60 years and still going strong! Bea and Gary Garfield were the founders of FIN. In the early days of the News, Rhoda Gould was the Grove columnist. In 1973, she, her husband, and their son, Mark, who lived in the Grove, moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. Rhoda requested …

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine The Cherry Grove Community Association had its 12th Annual Honors Party at the Community House on Saturday evening of Aug. 12. Forty-eight people have been honored to date. This year’s honorees were: Walter Kowalsky, George McGarvey, Roland Michely, and Sue Panzer. Each honoree was introduced by one of their dear friends. Richard  “Fluffy” Cataldi came …