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Fire Island on the Small Screen

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By Thomas McGann Fire Island has had its share of exposure on the big screen (movies), not often, but enough to be notable. However, it is not much seen on the small screen (television), until fairly recently. To touch on just a few movies, perhaps the most significant was “Last Summer,” a 1969 coming-of-age story about burgeoning adolescent sexuality. The … Full Story

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Fire Island’s Woodhull School Celebrates Its Centennial

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By Thomas McGann Happy birthday to the Fire Island School District! Fire Island’s only school, the Woodhull School, is a public school located on the southeast corner of Midway and Surf Road on the border of Ocean Beach/ Corneille Estates on Fire Island. It is named after Richard Woodhull who served first as a teacher and then as principal from … Full Story

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Fire Island

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By Thomas McGann Fifty years ago, on Sept. 2, 1967, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the guest of honor at a fundraiser in Seaview, Fire Island. Despite the fact that the summer of ‘67 was called “the Summer of Love,” the country was in the midst of political and cultural turmoil. While Scott Mackenzie was … Full Story

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History: Life on Fire Island

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Then and Now By Thomas McGann Introduction: With our eye on FIN’s 60 Anniversary, we sent History columnist Tom McGann a well-worn vintage copy of Fire Island News to get his perspective on what has changed and what remains the same on our beloved Fire Island. His insights might surprise you. We thank Ocean Beach Historical Society for their assistance with this project. The June 17, … Full Story

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The LIRR and Fire Island

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By Thomas McGann Besides the obvious — beaches, beauty, and solitude — a major reason Fire Island is so popular is its proximity to New York City and its environs, drawing on a population of 12 million people within a 50-mile radius. Its draw is also the ease of access for those who choose Fire Island for their getaway, the … Full Story

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A Brief History of Maguire’s Restaurant

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By Thomas McGann It is hard to miss the obvious pride that the owners of Maguire’s Bay Front Restaurant, Jim Betz and Drew Becker, amply demonstrated over this past winter. One look at their extensive renovations is proof positive. Maguire’s is one of the oldest restaurants on Fire Island, predated by the Surf Hotel of 1855 (since demolished) and the … Full Story

HISTORY: General George C. Marshall and Fire Island

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by Thomas McGann This article has been prepared to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of General George Marshall’s famous speech delivered at Harvard University on June 5, 1947. This speech is often credited to opening the gateway to the program known as The Marshall Plan. General George C. Marshall (Dec. 31, 1880 – Oct. 16, 1959) author of the internationally acclaimed … Full Story

Celebrating John Muir: “Father of the National Parks”

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By Thomas McGann IT IS ONLY FITTING that as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of our National Park System on Aug. 25, 2016, we should also celebrate the life of John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and the man rightfully called the “Father of the National Parks.” John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) … Full Story

Happy 70th Anniversary to the Fire Island Summer Club

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By Thomas McGann FIRE ISLAND SUMMER CLUB is one of the lesser known of the 16 individual and distinct communities on Fire Island. It is located between Corneille Estates, a mere two-block walk from the infamous metropolis of Ocean Beach on the east, and the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) on the west. The Summer Club was incorporated in 1946, … Full Story