Saltaire Summary

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By Hugh O’Brien Well, look who’s back. Not me. The old familiar paper, though here in Saltaire you can’t buy it at the old familiar stand, or for that matter, at the old familiar store. Nonetheless, it’s nice to be back in print after last summer’s modest catastrophe and an absence in 2013 altogether. Glad to be here. First, I’m constrained to point out …

ONLY FOOTPRINTS: THE OCEAN BEACH AREA REPORT

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By Theresa and Patrick Macri Welcome back and warm greetings to all Ocean Beach owners, renters and guests! We’d like to introduce you to Only Footprints, your source for OB community news for the 2015 season. We named this column to emphasize the fact that although on the surface we seemed “revived,” our island has still not fully recovered from the aftereffects of several …

Ocean Bay Park

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Welcome back to all my old friends and the new ones I hope to make. It’s a new season, a new column and over the course of the summer we’ll all get to know Ocean Bay Park and each other better. We ended the 2014 season with our annual Trick or Treat parade, led by Association …

Early Spring Fire Devastates Cherry Grove

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By Shoshanna McCollum An early morning blaze causing extensive damage erupted in Cherry Grove, requiring large-scale mutual aid response and injuring two firefighters. The fire was first reported at 1:30 a.m. and ultimately contained at 6:30 a.m. today, March 27. Commercial structures that have been affected include Holly House, a modest 12-room lodgings facility that has been listed as totally …

OBA Gives Sneak Peak of Summer

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By Timothy Bolger Among the first signs of spring were plans for the coming summer on Fire Island, sprouting at the Ocean Beach Association’s annual winter meeting March 18, at All Souls Church in Manhattan. Four of the five candidates running for three village trustee seats planted their stake in the June 5 elections with stump speeches before the crowd …

White Spring: OB Board of Trustees Meeting 3/21/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum There was plenty of fresh white snow on Fire Island for the first day of spring, but the sun was shining on Saturday. Some of the Village Trustees even opted to walk to the school from Village Hall rather than ride the employees van. The draft budget had been presented to the board in executive session. It …

Sunken Sea Bear was a FIMI Sub-Contractor

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By Shoshanna McCollum The ill-fated vessel that sank off the Fire Island coast last Saturday was there as part of the $207-million federally funded undertaking to renourish our beaches, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. “The tugboat that sank had been working as a subcontractor on the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project, supporting repairs to floating …

The Fire Isle Celebrates St. Pat’s with Style

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By Shoshanna McCollum It almost seemed like there was going to be no St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Fire Island this year. A frozen Great South Bay meant a lack of ferry and freight service for most of 2015 so far. The finishing touches on the renovated Ocean Beach Fire Hall remain just out of reach. And even as the …

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Fire Island Ferry Fare Hike Proposed

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By Timothy Bolger Ferry riders may soon pay a dollar more for each trip across the Great South Bay, if Suffolk County lawmakers grant a request by Fire Island’s largest ferry and lone water-taxi company. Fire Island Ferries, the Bay Shore-based company serving the eight westernmost communities, requested an 11-percent fare hike, which would bring the current $17 round-trip fare …

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Fire Islanders Sound Off on Beach Rebuilding, Condemnation

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Islanders mostly favor a controversial $207-million federally funded plan to pump sand on their beaches and dunes to fix erosion caused by Sandy, but they oppose condemning oceanfront homes to do it. That’s the consensus from 15 residents of the barrier beach who aired their opinions at the public hearing held at the Brentwood campus of …