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My Lunch with Les

My Lunch with Les

By Shoshanna McCollum 2005: I would meet Leslie (Les) Lieber for the first time at my neighbor Fred Charlton’s kitchen table. Les was in his early 90s at the time.…

Deer Lawsuit Dismissed From Court

Deer Lawsuit Dismissed From Court

By Shoshanna McCollum Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein dismissed the lawsuit Friends of Animals filed last year against National Park Service (NPS), Fire Island National Seashore (FINS), and former FINS Superintendent…

Interview: Liuba Grechen Shirley

Interview: Liuba Grechen Shirley

By Anika Lanser   Liuba Grechen Shirley is running for Congress in New York’s 2nd District against a 25-year incumbent, Representative Peter King (R-NY.) Her work spans the globe, reaching…

Interview: Jay Blakesberg

Interview: Jay Blakesberg

Jay Blakesberg: Rock Legend Photographer By Laura Schmidt Whether or not Jay Blakesberg is a household name depends on what house one lives in, but households across America know his…

The Perfection of Phragmites

The Perfection of Phragmites

By R. W. Fischer Andrew Hoffman was running his hands through a stand of phragmites growing in the soft muck by the side of a Saltaire walk several years ago.…

Dunewood Turns 60

Dunewood Turns 60

By Laura Schmidt From a barren patch of sand used as a dumping ground to a lush, family-oriented community, Dunewood has gone through quite a transformation in its 60 years…

Lambda Legal: Protecting LGBT rights for 45 Years

Lambda Legal: Protecting LGBT rights for 45 Years

By Thomas McGann Lambda Legal is a civil rights organization that specializes in lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender (LBGT) rights, as well as those living with AIDS/HIV. In 1971, Lambda…

TEDs for Terrapins

TEDs for Terrapins

Turtle Exclusion Devices Come to the Shores of Fire Island By Anika Lanser For years, environmental activists and conservationists have been concerned about the bycatch (the unwanted or non-target part…

Book Review: “Miss Subways”

Book Review: “Miss Subways”

“Miss Subways” By David Duchovny Farrar, Straus and Giroux-Fiction $26.00 Editor’s note: Actor and writer David Duchovny is one Fire Island can call our own. As a teenage lifeguard in Ocean…

“La Vie en Rose” Unplugged

“La Vie en Rose” Unplugged

By Shoshanna McCollum On the stage Rose Levine mentioned to her audience that she had been performing at the Cherry Grove Community House Theatre since 1955. That’s 58 years prior…