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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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. … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story