DINING REVIEW: Michael’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

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By Kirsten Corssen EVERYBODY KNOWS New York has hands down the best pizza you can get, with the exception of Italy (that’s still debatable). Long Island pizza is every bit as superb as New York City, sometimes even better depending upon the establishment. Michael’s Ristorante & Pizzeria is one shining example. Proprietor Michael Miller first opened his doors in the …

INTERVIEW: Senator Charles Schumer

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By Timothy Bolger U.S. SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY), the senior senator representing New York, has visit- ed Fire Island both on vacation before he was elected as well as professionally in his current capacity. The three-term senator, who’s up for re-election this fall, recently spoke with the News about his thoughts on the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project, …

Rum in Our Time

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By Shoshanna McCollum CJ’S HAS THE Rocket Fuel. Houser’s Hideaway has the Zippy Cooler. Could another Fire Island cocktail be looming on the horizon? The answer is maybe. A small batch distillery is making a hand- crafted rum that is kind of the new kid in town, but it very much fits the Fire Island sensibility on many levels. It …

Surf’s Out…Come on In

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by Carrie Ann Salvi BAKED, BROILED, SAUTEED, rolled up or on the half shell, Surf’s Out “has the most delicious and upscale food on the island” proclaimed Matthew ?Barbara, one of its owners, on one of the first weekends their doors opened to stunning views of the bay and the ?Kismet ferry dock this season. It’s not ?just the owner …

Cherry Grove Homeowners Sue for New Dune

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By Timothy Bolger The government discriminated against Cherry Grove oceanfront homeowners by omitting America’s first gay com- munity from a dune-rebuilding project spanning much of Fire Island, residents claimed in a lawsuit filed June 27. The plaintiffs’ alleged that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Suffolk County, the two entities behind the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) …

“Five Minutes, Miss Draper,” Relentless Rollercoaster Ride of a Musical, Debuts in the Grove

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By Bruce-Michael Gelbert   “Five Minutes, Miss Draper,” a new musical by Susan “Lavinia Draper” Campanaro (conception and writing) and Lynn Portas (music and lyrics), with Lynn Portas and Richard Kennedy, made its debut, under the auspices of the Arts Project of Cherry Grove, at the Grove Community House, on July 23. “Five Minutes, Miss Draper” is popular singer, actress, …

Dance Fest with Love

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By Carrie Ann Salvi YOU COULD FEEL the love in the humid July air, on stage as well as behind the scenes, at the 22nd annual Fire Island Dance Festival. Creative expressions from the heart even included a marriage proposal by Andrea Miller, artistic director and choreographer of Gallim Dance, to her fiancé Juan Pengifo. After jump- ing on stage …

Maguire’s – A Classic Revisited

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By Shoshanna McCollum GENERATIONS AGO Maguire’s Bayfront Restaurant was home to the Ocean Beach Yacht Club. Offering unrivaled views of the Great South Bay on their vast back deck, there is no mystery to why it is one of the oldest continually operated dining establishments on Fire Island. It is at once seeped in tradition, but at the same time …

INTERVIEW: John Waters

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By Timothy Bolger John Waters, the eccentric filmmaker, artist and author best known for directing the 1988 classic movie Hairspray, is taking his latest one-man show, This Filthy World, on the road to Fire Island Pines, where he’ll perform at Whyte Hall, on Saturday, August 6, at 8 p.m. In advance of his performance, the News had a chance to …