Broadway By the Year at Town Hall

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By Leonard Feigenblatt The Broadway musicals of 1966-1990 which was created/written and directed by Scott Siegel, who also serves as host and with Ross Patterson as musical director/arranger and pianist. Scott Siegel is the perfect host and presents interesting tidbits and factoids about each show. Performers were equally divided from the world of theatre including: Tony Award nominee Patrick Page, …

Candidates Being Candid: OBA Forum 5/30/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum With less then one week to go before the Ocean Beach election, the OBA Candidates Forum on Saturday morning gave Matthew Blake, Christopher Norris, Greg Pace, and Brian Power a final opportunity to stump for votes – and voters the chance to listen. The forum was mediated by longtime Ocean Beach resident, Paul Aronson. Gina Ragusa and Johnny …

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Candidates Profiled: Ocean Beach 6/5/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Ocean Beach, NY –This election year, there are three Village Trustee seats open in Ocean Beach. Two of those seats carry a four-year term and one only a three-year term. Four people are running for office, including three incumbents and one challenger. Here is a little bit on each candidate: Matthew Blake (Incumbent) Queens-raised, Matthew Blake has always …

Ocean Beach Board Meeting 5/16/15: “Short Agenda”

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, New York – Eyebrows were raised when Mayor James Mallot walked into the school gymnasium in his dapper gray suit. Rumor had it he was attending a family wedding later that day. At a mere 14 items, much of it routine, Mallot described the meeting’s itinerary as a “short agenda.” In his mayor’s report, Mallot …

Candidates Profiled: Saltaire 5/22/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Saltaire, NY – Residents in the Village of Saltaire will once again have the right to cast their votes in the Village’s May 22 Board of Trustee Election to be held at Village Hall, 103 Broadway, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Trustees serve a two-year term. This year, two incumbents (Ann Connolly and Alex Chefetz) and …

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Damage Control: Special FIPPOA Meeting 5/2/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Fire Island Pines, New York – Troubled waters are surrounding beautiful Fire Island Pines, and the season has not even started yet. Social media chatter about a possible boycott of nightclubs, hotels and fine restaurants that service the upscale LBGT community reached a frenzied pace over the past week, necessitating the board of directors of Fire Island …

Shelter from the Storm: OB Board Meeting 4/25/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – Days before the scheduled Ocean Beach Board meeting, copies of the 2015 -2016 budget were available in the Village Office marked as final, adopted, and post-dated accordingly. It was also announced on the village website, as well as social media channels, that the draft budget introduced only weeks before at a proposed 5.6% …

OB Board Meeting 4/11/15: Draft Budget Proposes 5.6% Increase

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – There was a slightly larger audience sitting in the Woodhull School gymnasium for this meeting. Perhaps it was the milder weather, or maybe it was the draft budget with a proposed 5.6% increase posted on the village website several days prior that had already become the stuff of Facebook chatter. Either way the …

Saltaire Village Meeting: Market Design, Food Trucks & No Tax Increase

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By Katherine Klahn New York, New York – The Village of Saltaire held its Board of Trustees meeting at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, on April 1. For those who could not make the trek into NYC, the Village made concessions by providing remote video or audio-access through the app “Go to Meeting.” The board meeting was a mix …

Cherry & Ash: Week One After the Grove Fire

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By Shoshanna McCollum Internet service came back online in Cherry Grove on the first day of April. As original predictions stated service would be down for at least a week, surely the early spring residency was delighted it came back ahead of schedule. “Hate to say by now I could write a book on how to do it,” said Kenneth …