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L.I. Journalist Karl Grossman Honored

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By Savannah Doviak Celebrating 50 plus years of journalism and investigative reporting, Karl Grossman was recently honored at the General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature and is also celebrating the establishment of the Karl Grossman Research Archive. The archive, now live at East Hampton Library, will include Grossman’s extensive body of writing and reporting of Long Island issues, government, …

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Dining Review: Southside

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By Jaime Franchi 5 Third Avenue, Bay Shore, NY | 631-665-9596 Southside Restaurant is a Bay Shore staple – and has been since the Prohibition era. This off the beaten path eatery can be found on Third Avenue, just off Main Street. At the bar you’ll find Jacinta, the “fabric” not only of Southside, but of the community, according to …

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HELICOPTER RESCUE OFF COAST OF GILGO BEACH

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By Shoshanna McCollum U.S. Coast Guard Station Fire Island was to the rescue on 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, July 19 as a privately chartered two-man helicopter in which World Wrestling Entertainment personality Shane McMahon was on board, along with his pilot, Mario Regtien. The malfunctioning R-44 craft made an emergency landing in the Atlantic Ocean, after departing from Westchester County. …

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Point O’Woods honors Margaret Fuller

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By Elizabeth (Zabby) Jiler Margaret Fuller lives! Well, almost. The first identifiable American feminist may have drowned off the coast of Fire Island in 1850, but several Point O’Woods (POW) groups and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author teamed up to keep Fuller’s spirit alive on a recent Saturday. They made a convincing case that 21st Century Americans owe a debt to …

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A Brief History of Maguire’s Restaurant

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By Thomas McGann It is hard to miss the obvious pride that the owners of Maguire’s Bay Front Restaurant, Jim Betz and Drew Becker, amply demonstrated over this past winter. One look at their extensive renovations is proof positive. Maguire’s is one of the oldest restaurants on Fire Island, predated by the Surf Hotel of 1855 (since demolished) and the …

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Interview: Amy Goodman

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By Timothy Bolger Amy Goodman, the longtime host of the independent broadcast “Democracy Now!” is world renowned for exposing hidden truths at her own risk, such as when she was arrested for covering the Standoff at Standing Rock in which Native Americans protesting the construction of an oil pipeline near their North Dakota reservation were attacked. She’s also a Bay …

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Dining Review: Salt & Barrel

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By Lorna Luniewski 61 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-647-8818 saltandbarrel.com March 2016 marked the opening of Salt & Barrel Oyster and Craft Cocktail Bar in Bay Shore but the tradition of serving good food dates to 1937, and the Flynn family roots on Fire Island. Morgan Flynn greeted us at the door on a recent Thursday night and …

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Interview: Diane McManus, Cross Bay Swimmer

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By Jamie Franchi Diane McManus is an elite athlete. Her accomplishments run the gamut from long distance swimming to marathon running. She credits the longevity and diversity of her long athletic career with stubbornness and curiosity – thoughts like, “Why couldn’t I do that?” This Philadelphia native spent long childhood summers with her family in Saltaire, where she got her first taste of swimming in …

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The Golden Age: Music and Les Lieber

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By Anika Lanser On a beautiful Monday afternoon,  Leslie Lieber and his wife, Edith, were lounging in their breezy front porch. We talked about everything from the annual Chill Out concert, to jazz, as well as Fire Island. The annual Chill Out concert has happened ever since Les passed by the baseball field adjacent to the Woodhull School and saw …

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Fair Harbor: Robert Chinkel Remembered

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By Savannah Doviak There’s much more to Fire Island than what is seen by passing visitors. Miles of beautiful beaches make this little slice of island a summer paradise, yet in cherishing the unforgettable summers, we also remember those who are missed. On Nov. 26, 2016, the passing of Robert ‘Bobby’ Chinkel left his family devastated, as well as the …