SALTAIRE SUMMERY

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SALTAIRE SUMMERY By Hugh O’Brien It’s July! Summer is at its height, the days are hot, sunny and languorous except when they’re not, and everyone’s out enjoying their favorite summer pastimes – swimming, sailing, sunning, outdoor dining, outdoor tennis, outdoor stand-up paddleboard clinics – so with everything in full swing, it falls to a spoilsport correspondent to introduce a discordant …

SALTAIRE SUMMERY

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SALTAIRE SUMMERY by Hugh O’Brien WELCOME TO SALTAIRE! Our community is the westernmost but one (Kismet) on Fire Island, about a mile and a half from the Lighthouse. Running east to west, it occupies the second longest stretch of beach on the island (exceeded only by Fire Island Pines) but the widest portion, nearly half a mile from bay to …

Saltaire Summery

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Saltaire Summery By Hugh O’Brien We’ve got a special issue of the News coming out next week (Issue 4 on the Fourth of July Weekend) so this’ll be our last chance to catch up on or anticipate news until Issue 5, by which point many of us will be buying Christmas presents. Fast season. So, here it goes…. Well, the …

Saltaire Summery

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Saltaire Summery By Hugh O’Brien Okay, we’ve had the Village election. It’s no secret that many residents have expressed dismay and disappointment about many aspects of the race just concluded, and much of this is fodder for further frothing. First, however, the results: Trustee John Zaccaro, Jr., narrowly unseated incumbent Mayor Bob Cox, 178-157, in a race that generated both …

Saltaire Summery

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Saltaire Summery By Hugh O’Brien Welcome, folks, to the Saltaire of the 21st century. What the passage of a hundred years couldn’t do Sandy managed in a hundred minutes four years ago, so this village of ours has been getting a facelift…and nowhere has that lift been more evident than in the vista that greets you from the ferry bringing …

Saltaire Summery

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Saltaire Summery by Hugh O’Brien Well, gosh, gadzooks and egads, the summer is just about nearing the point of drawing to a close and we hardly seem to have started. I finally figured out that the big problem these days is that schools seem to start their new year around July 15, forcing half the town to abandon the ramparts …

Saltaire Summery

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SALTAIRE SUMMERY By Hugh O’Brien What a lousy week this has been! Jon Stewart leaves, following close on Stephen Colbert’s departure last December, and David Letterman’s retirement in May. All the guys worth watching, gone just when we need them most! I mean we have to get unassisted through Bush and Walker and Rubio and Christie and all the other …

Saltaire Summery

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Saltaire Summery By Hugh O’Brien Okay, with August fast upon us, we must discuss the prologue before we review the past. The big doings afoot is of course the Music & Art Festival, this Saturday, Aug. 1, starting at 10 a.m., with the Broadway Fair portion of the proceedings. From the SCAA’s poster: “Artisanal Vendors joined by local children selling …

Saltaire Summery

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By Hugh O’Brien In the wake of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, I suppose it was only a matter of time before somebody mentioned Man O’ War. Yeah, okay, that’s obscure even for me, but these days you can Google stuff, so go for it. The first scare of the summer is of course the sudden appearance …

Saltaire Summery

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By Hugh O’Brien Well, it’s been quite a week here in Saltaire, with everyone still buzzing about the frantic pace of events. First, Village Administrator Mario Posillico orders that the controversial Village seagull flag – “Old Beak ‘n’ Wings” – be taken down from its prominent position on the south courtroom wall and put up over the Xerox machine, to …