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Rose’s View: Pool Parties in the Pines

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By Robert Levine A sea of pool parties were running simultaneously on Aug. 24 in the Pines, and all were going swimmingly. Liberation, hosted by Jon Tilli with VIP brunch and Stoli party. Hudson Taylor, president of Athlete Alley, spoke about her division, and how they educate youth in the LGBTQ community. Sara Leavitt also spoke about her division, Open … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

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By Robert Levine On May 31, 1959, fire destroyed the Botel, which was owned by Peggy Fears, an ex showgirl. John Whyte, a former billboard model, bought the property and rebuilt it. The new Botel became a worldwide destination for the gay and curious. Early on people from Broadway, Hollywood, and the fashion world bought houses here including Tommy Tune, … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

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By Robert Levine Lamda Legal held their major annual Fire Island fundraiser at the home of Todd Sears. Todd has been a host and co-host for the past 20 years. He welcomed all, then introduced this year’s co-host, David Aldea. He then introduced Richard Burns, who is presently CEO of Lambda, replacing Kevin Cathcart, who held the position for the … Full Story

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Rose’s View: The Rainbow Invasion

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By Robert Levine The Pines Harbor was overflowing with excitement, yachts, boats, noise, cheering, horns sounding and everyone celebrating an event that has become as important to Fire Island as July 4 in America. The people were shoulder-to-shoulder as we walked from the water taxi to the dock. I had to squeeze my way through all that to get to … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

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By Robert Levine Daniel McDonald, a favorite past resident of the Pines, moved to Orlando with his husband, Trent Williams McDonald. He worked as a real estate salesperson in the Pines for many years, and was a major performer in many FIPAP musical productions through the years, “La Cage aux Folles” among others. He reprised his roll recently as Georges, … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

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Women’s Pride in the Pines By Robert Levine Linda Gottlieb did it once again. She organized the 9th Annual Women’s Pride in the Pines, a fundraiser for The Ali Forney Center. Each year this event gets bigger and stronger. The dance was held at Whyte Hall, which was great fun with many guests, all dressed in white, dancing to the … Full Story

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Fire Island Pines: Rose’s View

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By Robert Levine Albert Lepage and Durrell Parish had their annual Memorial Day Weekend party at their luxurious beachfront home “Maison Mer” in the Pines. They had a staff of handsome and attentive bartenders, waiters and cooks serving delicious Brazilian-style food. The weather was perfect for an outdoor soirée. Richard Pittelli and Geno Chiapparelli hosted a luncheon at their beautiful … Full Story

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Fire Island Pines: Rose’s View

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By Robert Levine It’s always a thrill when you arrive in the Pines, seeing the natural harbor surrounded by boats and yachts, beautiful houses – and the people you see aren’t bad either! The party circuit has begun with a major opening party of the season hosted by Gil Neary and Scott Riedel to celebrate Gil’s 62nd birthday, which was … Full Story

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Politics, Parties and the Pines!

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine A fundraiser was held at Dr. Ed Schulhafer‘s and Crayton Robey’s bayfront house for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who made her eighth visit to the Pines. She was welcomed into the community as a familiar guest. She spoke about the current atmosphere in the world and how we must continue to go forward. She emphasized … Full Story

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Fire Island Pines: Rose’s View

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Pines Power By Robert Levine Congratulations to Barbara Sahlman who became a great-grandmother four weeks ago. Her granddaughter, Laura, had a baby girl, Evelyn. Barbara has four children, 12 grandchildren and now one great-grandchild. She and her late husband, Ira, were true Fire Islanders. They originally lived in Seaview, then moved to Water Island and then found the magic of … Full Story