View Post

Ocean Beach Area

by FIN |

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

View Post

Ocean Beach Area

by FIN |

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

by FIN |

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

Ocean Beach Area

by FIN |

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 … Full Story

View Post

Ocean Beach Association Winter Meeting – Tuesday March 20, 2018

by FIN |

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 … Full Story

Ocean Beach Area

by FIN |

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 … Full Story

View Post

Ocean Beach Area

by FIN |

Then and Now By Joey Macellaro The Village of Ocean Beach and its environs boast a rich history and a treasure trove of historical architecture that has been well documented over the last century. However photographers wishing to take new photos to replicate historical shots face an inherent problem: The vegetation in the OceanBeach of today is much lusher than … Full Story

View Post

Ocean Beach Area

by FIN |

Like Father, Like Son By Joey Macellaro Growing up in Plainview on Long Island in the 1940s and ’50s, my father spent his summers at our family’s place on Lynbrook Road in Mastic Beach, then a summer-only community of bungalows on the Great South Bay. Dad had a small boat with an outboard motor that he would tie up amongst … Full Story

View Post

Ocean Beach Area

by FIN |

A Town By Any Other Name By Joey Macellaro Aside from an occasional news or sports program, I rarely watch television at home on the mainland. I watch even less on the beach, as my only source of in-home entertainment is a DVD player I’ve used no more than a handful of times. There’s something about being out here that’s … Full Story

Ocean Beach Area: Small Town Advantage

by FIN |

By Joey Macellaro Although the collective population of Fire Island has grown over the last few months from 400 to around 25,000, a small-town feeling is retained here in Ocean Beach and the other communities in spite of the crowds. It is difficult to walk more than a few blocks without seeing a familiar face – and thankfully so. After … Full Story