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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

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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 … Full Story

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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 … Full Story

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 … Full Story