PCLI Awards 2017: Fire Island News Wins “Best Front Page” 2nd Place

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By Timothy Bolger & Shoshanna McCollum ALONGSIDE NEARLY 50 PUBLICATIONS in the Long Island region, Fire Island News was bestowed a Press Club Long Island 2017 Media Award at the Woodbury Country Club at a ceremony held on Wednesday, June 7. Our Visual Design Director, Pamela Gurman, and photographer, Rachelle King, share Second Place for “Farewell to Summer” in the …

Fire Island Pines: Three Homes Lost in Early Morning Blaze

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By Shoshanna McCollum BREAKING: Three structures are a total loss, and one severely damaged in the wake of a massive blaze that engulfed several houses in Fire Island Pines in the early hours of Friday morning, June 16. A mutual aid alarm was activated for a working structure fire at approximately 1 a.m. at 155 and 156 Pine Walk. Eighteen …

BOOK REVIEW: Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon

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Review by Rita Plush WAY BACK WHEN, A FIRE atop a platform served as a light to warn mariners of ports and possible shoreline dangers. But the times they were changing, and the turn of the 18th Century meant more travelers and a greater need for a more modern way to signal navigators of the watery dangers that might lie …

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical”

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by Lorna Luniewski On June 3, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” opened to a packed house at the Noel Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center (CMPAC) in Oakdale. By the first number, the musical had the audience clapping and singing to the classic tunes. Based on the hit movie, with book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, the story …

What Does the Ryan Zinke era Mean for FINS?

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By Timothy Bolger Ex-U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) was recently named Secretary of Interior, putting him in charge of the National Park Service (NPS) and raising questions about what his tenure means for Fire Island National Seashore (FINS). The GOP-led U.S. Senate voted by a margin of 68-31 on March 1 to confirm the nomination of the former Navy SEAL …

The Wonders of Wisteria

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by Savannah Doviak Increasingly warmer days and flowers popping up to bloom tell us that nature is springing back to life and summer is right around the corner. One plant in particular may catch your eye. Draped in beautiful chains of violet flowers and heady perfume, wisteria begins to bloom all over Long Island. Wisteria is beautifully showy and her …

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) …

Eminent Domain Not Imminent in OB

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By Shoshanna McCollum   Bone-chilling winds off the ocean might have kept some folks at home that morning, but it was a full house in the Fire Island School gymnasium for the OB Board of Trustees meeting on Saturday, March 4 – largely in anticipation of the scheduled public hearing on the much publicized public hearing for proposed eminent domain …

OB Considers Eminent Domain

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By Shoshanna McCollum Speculation has already circulated for weeks before next Saturday’s March 4 public hearing scheduled is set to convene. The published notice that has hung in the Ocean Beach post office reads: “to consider the proposed acquisition of a certain real property located at 473-475 Bayberry Walk, Ocean Beach, NY 11770, pursuant to the NYS Eminent Domain Procedure …

Arts Project of Cherry Grove Begins 2017 Pre-Season with a Winter Spectacular at Stonewall

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By Bruce-Michael Gelbert   The Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG) kicked off their 2017 pre-season of events away from Fire Island, with its Fourth Annual Winter Spectacular at the historic Stonewall Inn of Greenwich Village on January 29. The show was organized by Homecoming Queen & Ms. Fire Island of 2014, Whore D’Oeuvre; who co-hosted the event with reigning …