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Ocean Beach Area

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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 …

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Ocean Beach Area

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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 …

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Ocean Beach Area

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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 …

Ocean Beach Area: Small Town Advantage

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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 …

Ocean Beach Area: Shifting Sands

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By Joey Macarello I awoke with a start early one morning a few summers ago, suddenly aware of the fact that I had probably lost my best watch on the beach the evening before. After searching the house, I walked down Ocean Breeze and began sifting through the sand – but realized the tide was quite a bit higher than …

What Could Have Been

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By Joey Macellaro After years of commuting to and from the beach by ferry, the process tends to become fairly streamlined, maybe even mundane. Parking arrangements, the process required to transport freight and bikes, decisions to sit inside or up top, just like my regular commute to work by car, each trip is much like the last. Sometimes, however, after …

Ocean Beach

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By Joe Macellaro A friend traveled with me to open the house for the season today and got his first taste of Fire Island. I explained that I intended to photograph work done around the ferry basin over the winter, among other things. “Do you find that the town changes much year to year?” he asked as we transported supplies …

ON ISLAND TIME: Ocean Beach Report

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ON ISLAND TIME: Ocean Beach Report By Samantha Sigelakis-Minski Hello all, and welcome to the last issue of “On Island Time.” The summer came in slow and left all too soon, but that could be the nostalgia of the long summer days from my youth talking. Dodie Smith asks the question, “Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just …

ON ISLAND TIME: Ocean Beach Report

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ON ISLAND TIME: Ocean Beach Report By Samantha Sigelakis-Minski Hello all, and welcome to the beginning of the end! Summer is almost over, and we are soon going to be missing its warm embrace. The nights are already cooler, the sunset already gracing us with its presence earlier each day. While for now we may be excited for the cool …

ON ISLAND TIME: Ocean Beach Report

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ON ISLAND TIME: Ocean Beach Report By Samantha Sigelakis-Minski Hello, August! We are already almost halfway through everyone’s angriest month—where does the time fly? It has definitely been a good summer, filled with great weather, amazing friends, and more events than one person can get to. These past two weeks alone have been filled, from the Warrior Appreciation night, (Aunt) …