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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Please don’t shoot  the messenger; I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Labor Day is here already and you know what that means. The days have started getting shorter, the three words we all hated when we were kids, “back to school,” are a reality and the ferry schedule is changing. But look on …

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla August is marching towards Labor Day, and on the way to that often dreaded date, we’ve been treated to pods of dolphins, the purple of the vitex and the return of the Monarch butterflies. There has been a frenzy of activity as residents, visitors and business owners try to pack in as much summer as they …

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla While some people like it hot and others don’t, there was no denying that the summer of 2018 was in full swing. The weather was hot and sunny and all of a sudden it seemed like everyone I knew was hosting family guests. It’s a family affair – that’s what the past two weeks have been, …

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla The old adage, “be careful what you wish for…” is so true. Some weeks I have to scrounge for news and then all of a sudden, there is so much to report it’s hard to fit it all in one column. So here’s a brief recap of how summer really started to ramp up and what’s …

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla There is always ] one issue that I call my “potpourri” column because it’s basically a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Usually it occurs in mid-summer, during the dog days when I’ve run out of news or have just been too busy or lazy to hunt it down. You know the …

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Hamlet said, “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” And that is exactly how I felt about the past month. Spring was a non-event, the town seemed deserted and what about summer? When would the pace pick up and the excitement begin? I am pleased to announce that summer has finally arrived in …

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla It was culture shock! When we left for Cuba to celebrate my husband Steve’s big 7-0, everything on Fire Island was one-dimensional black and white (if an island could be that color). I felt like Dorothy when the house landed on the witch after the tornado and she stepped out into Oz. Everything was in technicolor. …

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla This is my first column for the summer of 2018. I have eight columns and 99 days to tell you all about this wonderful and unique Fire Island town, Ocean Bay Park. For some, it will be an introduction, for others it will be the continuation of a journey we are taking, summer by summer. Each …

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By Barbara Placilla If you followed the rules of summer you may have done some or all of these things – you went for a bike ride, you read a good book, you picnicked on the beach or on the deck, you made new friends, you cooked and ate a lot of good food, you drank a lot of good …

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By Barbara Placilla I think if August had a song it could be “We Are Family.”  If you were born after 1979, you may not remember this song written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers. It was sung by Sister Sledge. Or you may know of it from one of the best movies ever, “The Birdcage.”  Regardless, it exemplifies what …