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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ocean Beach Area

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What’s Old Is New Again By Joey Macellaro Embedded in the lore of our village is a woman by the name of Margaretta Irwin, daughter of the founder of the Protestant church. Called Birdie by all who knew her, she committed herself wholeheartedly to the community, serving on the church board from the 1920s through the 1980s. She was known …

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Ocean Beach Area

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Let’s Have a Parade By Joey Macellaro The summer solstice marked the official start of the season this past Thursday, June 21, but summertime in Ocean Beach never truly begins until the baby parade marches through town on the Fourth of July. A tradition reaching back to the village’s earliest days in the 1910s, the baby parade was revived in …

Ocean Beach Area

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The Same Boat By Joey Macellaro “We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat,” wrote financier Bernard Baruch. Although some of us are homeowners, some hotel visitors, some business owners, some day-trippers, some renters, and some laborers, we all have a stake in our community, a bustling village, and its …

Ocean Beach Area

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Coming Home By Joey Macellaro “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place,” wrote Pascal Mercier. “We stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” A slow migration began a few weeks ago for those of us who annually leave a part …

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Ocean Beach Association Winter Meeting – Tuesday March 20, 2018

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By Maria Silsdorf On Tuesday, March 20, the Ocean Beach Association hosted their annual Winter Meeting in NYC. Despite the impending nor’easter, attendance was strong with about 150 present. The OBA provided pizza and wine and a full agenda. Copies of the ferry terminal renderings and voter registration forms were available. Maria Silsdorf, President of the OBA, kicked off the …

Ocean Beach Area

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OBCF Gifts Monies to VOB By Shoshanna McCollum At a quiet sunset ceremony on Friday evening, Aug. 25, a select group of guests gathered on the back deck behind Windswept as Ocean Beach Community Fund presented the Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach with $150,000 for the continued restoration of the village-owned property. “The money will go toward the ground floor …