Free Union Church of Ocean Beach Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary

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By Thomas McGann THE FREE UNION CHURCH located at Ocean Breeze Walk and Midway in Ocean Beach will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a re-dedication ceremony on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Events will include: Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. Picture show – 50/60 pictures – These pictures will include the laying of the church cornerstone, various events throughout … Full Story

Fire Island National Seashore as a World Heritage Site?

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By Thomas McGann A WORLD HERITAGE SITE (WHS) is a PLACE listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being of special cultural and/ or physical significance. Once a World Heritage Site designation has been assigned, world-class expertise can be brought to bear to protect that area. There are 1,031 sites (and counting) throughout the world, … Full Story

Women’s Rights, an Italian Revolutionary and a Shipwreck

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By Thomas McGann This year marks the 165th anniversary of the shipwreck of the barque “Elizabeth” off the coast of Fire Island. On July 19, 1850, a sailing vessel named “Elizabeth” ran aground on a bar near Point O’ Woods, five miles east of the present day Fire Island Lighthouse. Eight persons died in that tragedy including the renowned author … Full Story