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By Barbara Gaby Placilla August, the last month of summer, really crept up on us. It seems like Memorial Day was only yesterday and here we are entering the “home stretch.” August is the month that harkens the last chance for summer guests, the annual rush to get the kids ready for school and the anticipation by the “locals” that soon …

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Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla July 4 is behind us, and summer is in full swing. The OBP FD annual barbeque was followed by what has become known as the “Fran Miller” Art Show, held annually at the Schooner Inn. If you do not know Fran Miller, you are really missing out. Like Lucy, she’s a loveable red head. Not only …

Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla June flew by, it’s now July and we have officially entered the dog days of summer. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “the phrase ‘Dog Days’ conjures up the hottest, most sultry days of summer.” The dog days are the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending Aug. 11, which coincide with the rising of the …

Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla When will we get some “real” beach weather seems to be on a lot of people’s minds these days. We are two thirds of the way through June and by the time this issue is published Summer Solstice will have passed. It’s been rainy, chilly, and occasionally hot but nothing consistently like summer. There are so …

Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla It’s June and we’re already on the second issue of the FI News. There’s a lot going on in OBP and I promise to report only “real news!” I filed the first column from Bermuda, where Steve and I went for a pre-summer vacation. We had a great time and would have stayed for another week, …

Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Placilla The summer season officially begins on Fire Island with the arrival of Memorial Day, when the first issue of the Fire Island News hits the stands. For all of the long-timers, it’s great to see you again, and to all the first-timers, welcome to the Park and the summer of 17! I always find this first column …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Placilla Fifty years ago, the Beach Boys wrote a song called “All Summer Long” and the lyrics “T-shirts, cut-offs, and a pair of thongs. We had fun all summer long” epitomize the summer of 2016 in Ocean Bay Park. It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is upon us and that summer will officially …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Placilla Everyone knows the signals that the end of summer is near. The proliferation of school supplies in the stores, the appearance of Christmas displays and merchandise in Costco… However, regardless of what’s happening in “America” aka the mainland, summer shows no signs of ending in Ocean Bay Park. The community continues to be …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Placilla When Fire Island becomes a vortex of violet you know that August has arrived. Whether you are walking down the street, pulling a wagon or riding a bicycle, you just can’t escape the endless sea of purple that greets you everywhere, and you know that the vitex are in full bloom. Aside from the …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Placilla What happened to July? Where did it go and how did it happen so quickly? As you read this issue, we’ll be entering August and you know how fast that month goes! Since I am one of those glass-half-full kind of people, I am looking forward to a continuation of the great weather …