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3rd Annual Day of the Shark

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Raising Awareness at the Fire Island Lighthouse By Emma Boskovski Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society held its third annual “Fin-Tastic celebration of the shark,” to raise awareness about marine life, not just sharks, on Sunday, July 22. “We host the ‘Day of the Shark’ each year to inspire learning about marine life,” said Amanda Vaskas, program director and volunteer coordinator. …

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Dancing in the Rain

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Fire Island Dance Festival By Robert Levine Ballet luminaries, three remarkable world premiers, an excerpt of a seminal piece that changed the history of modern dance, and a rain storm marked this year’s sold out 24th Annual Fire Island Dance Festival, produced by Denise Roberts Hurlin and Adam Rei Siegel. The Festival is a fundraiser for Dancers Responding to AIDS, …

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CGAC Film Festival

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Lights, Camera, Action By Johnny “Boardwalk” Burke The Cherry Grove Archives Committee (CGAC) with the support of the Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG) has produced its second film festival. Although the term “film festival,” especially in a vacation setting, may conjure images of Cannes, Venice, Sundance, or even Provincetown – Fire Island now has its own, and a significantly …

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Peter Greenberg

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The Well-Traveled Detective By Alia Derriey Everything you thought you knew about traveling is wrong. Eschew online reviews, comparison and booking websites, even bucket lists. “Only 52 percent of inventory is displayed online,” Peter Greenberg informed Ocean Bay Park residents at his July 21 talk. TripAdvisor has morphed from a helpful travel community forum into “an aggressive booking machine.” According …

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My Lunch with Les

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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. For about an hour this little bird-like man told me wild stories about performing in jazz clubs in Cuba while on covert missions. The two were trying to one-up each …

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Deer Lawsuit Dismissed From Court

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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 Christopher Soller for their controversial White-tailed Deer Management Plan adopted on Dec. 31, 2015. The Darien, Connecticut-based animal rights advocacy organization claimed that the said plan did not adequately address …

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Interview: Liuba Grechen Shirley

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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 high-level organizations like the United Nations; and also grassroots organizations such as New York’s Second District Democrats, a group she founded after Trump’s election. Her campaign garnered nationwide attention when …

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Interview: Jay Blakesberg

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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 work. The longtime photographer for Rolling Stone magazine has taken pictures of bands such as the Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, and Jane’s Addition, as well as artists like Beck, Tom …

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The Perfection of Phragmites

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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. He grasped one stalk in the palm of his hand to break it off, which it did, but not before slicing a clean, painless and very deep incision across his …

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Dunewood Turns 60

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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 on Fire Island. Irwin Chess and Maurice Barbash began developing the small town in 1958, to fight against the Moses Road, a road introduced by Robert Moses that was intended …