Collaboration

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By Joey Macellaro Our community came together in an exciting new way from Aug. 6-8, as we celebrated together at the first Ocean Beach Seafood and Music Fest. The event, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Fire Island News, drew local residents and visitors alike to Bay Walk for street vendors and performers, carnival games, children’s activities, … Full Story

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Neighbors

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By Joey Macellaro Dick Kossoff was the first of six storytellers to speak on the theme “Our Youth,” at Ziggy’s Lot, Seaview’s outdoor supper club on the bay at G Street, on July 21. He shared with listeners the story of his first break into journalism at the age of 12, recording and sharing news of Jackie Robinson’s first major … Full Story

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Look For the Helpers

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By Joey Macellaro It was 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, when Carol arrived on Long Island to file a missing-person report after a six-hour drive from Virginia. Her 19-yearold daughter’s suitcase had been turned over to the police after being found on the side of a walk here in Ocean Beach, and she had been missing for three days. … Full Story

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Musical Notes

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By Joey Macellaro It’s music that first brought me to the beach many years ago. I was sent with a pianist to sing in the Protestant church here in Ocean Beach for a couple of Sundays – and, as fate would have it, I never left. The sweet smell of that old church remains the same as when I was … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area: Community

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By Joey Macellaro Growing up, I knew just about everyone on our suburban block. There were backyard barbecues and chats in the street and baskets of cookies shared during the holidays. Everyone celebrated milestones together, watched each other’s children grow, and welcomed new families into the community. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my childhood anywhere other than that little … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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“Graduation Season” By Joey Macellaro For the last decade or so, you could find me every May shaking the hands of those students about to graduate from my alma mater as they approached the stage to receive diplomas. As if I hadn’t attended enough graduation ceremonies as a student leader or graduate myself, I became a part of the college’s … Full Story

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Season’s End

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Ocean Beach Area By Joey Macellaro “To everything there is a season,” it says in Ecclesiastes. “And a time to every purpose under heaven.” A season may last three months, or a week, or a year, or a decade. Seasons may overlap, stop and start again, be filled with joy or pain: “A time to weep, and a time to … Full Story

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Ocean Beach | Faith in Action

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Ocean Beach By Joey Macellaro Houses of worship on Fire Island face a unique set of challenges. Whether or not we live here year round, for the summer season, or for a few days, we Fire Islanders can have a tendency to adopt a vacation mentality – one in which attendance at religious services may be of lesser importance than … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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Art History By Joey Macellaro My art history classes in college provided a kind of relaxing respite from the business courses in which I spent most of my time. Visits to the Met were a welcome requirement, however I reeled at the fact that many of the artists whose work I enjoyed had starved throughout their careers, only to be … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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Summertime in the Club By Joey Macellaro The Fire Island Summer Club held its annual summer kickoff party on Tuesday, July 3, at its clubhouse on the bay. A barbecue dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails were served to several dozen guests, most of them members and friends of the community’s 40 homeowner families. Cliff Weinstein, one of the nine members … Full Story