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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

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Fire Island Pines

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Rose’s View: Parties, Productions and Pianos By Robert Levine It takes more than a little rain to keep the folks of Fire Island Pines down. The wet late July was full of things to do. It began with the Fire Island Dance Festival at the bayside VIP cocktail reception on Friday evening at Whyte Hall. Their regular scheduled performances on … Full Story

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Fire Island Pines

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine We boarded the ferry and left the Grove. We cruised along the Great South Bay, arriving in Pines Harbor. Our ferry was packed with our bevy of 300 beauties. As we approached the entrance of the harbor, we were greeted with horns and whistles blowing, flags and hands waving. It was incredible. We slowly approached … Full Story

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Fire Island Pines

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine I’m sure you and your friends had a great time at the 43rd Annual Invasion on Fourth of July! Getting to see the hundreds of those glamazons arriving from Cherry Grove to invade the Pines in high drag is a sight like none other. They keep the tradition going strong. I had some official duties … Full Story

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Fire Island Pines

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Rose’s View By Robert Levine CONGRATULATIONS TO LINDA Gottlieb who spearheaded the 8th Annual Women’s Pride in the Pines event on June 9. The two-part event began at 2 p.m. at Whyte Hall, with drinks, dancing, and a wonderful auction with lots of great choices to win. In keeping with the tradition of this gathering, everyone was dressed in white. … Full Story