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 … Full Story

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, … Full Story

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 … Full Story

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 … Full Story

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 … Full Story

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 … Full Story

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 … Full Story

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Placilla Like the Beatles sang, “I get high with a little help from my friends”. Now, before the rumor mills and gossipmongers go into overdrive, please keep reading. The high I am referring to is the good feeling you get when you read something that touches your heart, and reassures you that there are … Full Story

OCEAN BAY PARK

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Ocean Bay Park by Barbara Gaby Placilla THIRTY YEARS AGO, I rode the Long Island Rail Road and got off at the stop called Bay Shore. I took the David’s jitney down Maple Avenue, boarded a ferry that crossed the Great South Bay, and when it landed got off in a community called Ocean Bay Park. I had never been to Fire Island. All I … Full Story

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Placilla There’s something very special about June. The sun gets brighter, the days become longer and the air smells delicious. June teases us with a hint of the long, lazy summer days to come. June is the month for weddings, graduations and if you’re a kid, the end of school and the beginning of … Full Story