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Woodstock Revived at Ocean Beach Community Gala

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By Joey Macellaro // Photos by Lauren Chenault & James Hardy Days after the official 50th anniversary revival of the famed 1969 Woodstock festival was called off in Maryland, the Ocean Beach community came together in grand style for its own “flower power” celebration on the Great South Bay. The Ocean Beach Community Fund’s annual fundraising gala was held at … Full Story

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Butterfly Exhibit Earns its Wings at Historical Society

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By Emma Boskovski // Photos by Lauren Chenault The Ocean Beach Historical Society was embellished with photos of butterflies lining its walls during the “Bountiful Butterflies in our Backyards” event, from Aug. 5-9, 2019. Standing in the gallery was Margot Hofbeck of Seaview, decorated with a Monarch butterfly pin on her left side. She stood holding parsley, dill and milkweed … Full Story

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Thurber Reading at Fire Island Synagogue

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By Alia Derriey Seaview residents gathered Wednesday, Aug. 7, to read and discuss James Thurber’s short story “The Catbird Seat.” The reading, led by Arlene Kossoff, was the last of this summer’s literature-themed events, part of the Wednesday night activity program that also includes frequent game nights. Kossoff chose the story by the famed modern humorist to end the summer … Full Story

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Bee Warriors

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By Rebecca Hoey The first sentence in the introduction of a report by the Center for Biological Diversity, February 2017, “Pollinators in Peril: A systematic status review of North American and Hawaiian native bees,” by Kelsey Kopec and Lori Ann Burd, reads, “Bees are in trouble.” While of course most of us know this fact already, it remains both sad … Full Story

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FIPAP 17th Biennial Art Show 2019

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Foxglove, hollyhocks, and evening primrose: Biennials are defined as flowers that take two years to germinate before blooming anew once again. While all artist exhibitions that take place in other corners of the barrier island every summer are special, the Fire Island Pines Arts Project Biennial Artist Exhibition is that rare bloom that one waits for. Held this year on … Full Story

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All Were Winners at Lifeguard Tournament

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By Mariana Dominguez // Photos by Robert Sherman For someone who frequents the beach as often as possible I knew remarkably little about lifeguards as I headed to the annual Fire Island Lifeguard Tournament. The extent of my knowledge didn’t really go well beyond “Baywatch” and the swimmers I knew and admired in high school. Now as I stood in … Full Story

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Going the Extra Mile with Run for Rose

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By Danielle Lipiec // Photo by Lauren Chenault The Rose DiGangi Foundation held its 13th annual Run for Rose in Ocean Bay Park, as always, on Sunday, Aug. 11. With fair weather, walkers and runners alike met at the finish line to take on the course for a good cause. The 5K Run for Rose began in honor of Rose … Full Story

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Clear Skies for the 33rd Annual Barefoot Black Tie Dinner at Fire Island Lighthouse

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By Lorna Luniewski // Photos by Sean Fitzthum Picture perfect weather was on tap for the more than 300 people who attended the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society’s annual fundraiser, on Aug. 10. In addition to dancing to the sounds of Tradewinds, guests enjoyed a catered dinner, open bar and silent auction on the Lighthouse Terrace. Sponsors included Bethpage Federal … Full Story

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Interview: FINS Superintendent Alexcy Romero

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By Laura Schmidt Alexcy Romero’s appointment as superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) was announced in August 2018, and he took office the following October. He is a native New Yorker with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the State University of New York at Old Westbury. With a three decade career in the National Park Service, his … Full Story

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Jeremiah Smith: A Cherry Grove Pirate Story

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By Carl Luss // Illustrations by Charlotte Bravin Lee Fire Island lore abounds with stories of pirates, ship wreckers and smugglers. Historians documented reports of piracy on Fire Island at the end of the 17th century. King Charles II ordered its suppression by patent holders on Long Island, including the “Great South Barrier Beach” with its end point at Fire … Full Story