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 …

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 …

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 …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Pacilla We finished up the month of May with a flurry of activity. Steve and I were in Europe for several weeks, cruising through Scandinavia up to St. Petersburg, and the weather could not have been better. Only when we stayed in Amsterdam did we get a taste of what our friends back on …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Pacilla Welcome back and rest assured we “winter folk” took good care of Ocean Bay Park while you were gone. Although there are only 20 or so of us who reside in OBP year round, there’s news to report, some happy and some sad. But then, that’s the circle of life regardless of whether …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Placilla “The summer wind came blowin’ in from across the sea. It lingered there to touch your hair and walk with me.” That Frank Sinatra song, with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer, Henry Mayer and Hans Bradke, is so evocative of the August we have been blessed with this summer. Every August for more …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Baby Placilla The Pines is not the only community that has an “invasion.” Ocean Bay Park has its own annual invasion, too. Unlike the Pines’ annual July 4th event of creatively dressed partiers arriving by flotilla, the OBP invasion lasts a week. It starts in late July when members of the Byrnes/Donohue/ Kavanaugh/ Yevola (I …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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OCEAN BAY PARK By Barbara Gaby Placilla Where did July go? It seems like just yesterday it was Memorial Day and here we are in August! The summer is flying by way too quickly but the weather has been glorious and the activity in Ocean Bay Park non-stop. On Friday, July 17, a contingent from OBP FD and Auxiliary assisted …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Thursday, July 2, around 2:15 p.m., the fire alarm sounded loud and long. It seemed to go on forever and I thought that it might be malfunctioning. Then my husband’s plectron (firefighter’s radio) went off and I heard that there was a “working structure fire at the Fire Island Resort & Hotel.” The staff house, where …

OCEAN BAY PARK

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Summer is officially here and the pace is picking up in Ocean Bay Park. The summer party season was kicked off with a surprise birthday party for Adrienne Ratuszny, given by Erin Flynn, Jill Gibbs and Fran Lobo, on Saturday, June 20. The party, which was an eclectic mix of OBP’ers, was held at Fran and …