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Invasion 2015: 40 Summers Strong

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By Katherine Klahn and Shoshanna McCollum Pines, NY – Fire Island’s favorite Fourth of July fete celebrated its 40th birthday in relative unity despite the recent scandal that shocked the close-knit communities of the Pines and Cherry Grove. The event drew a record number of people who came from near and far to experience this truly unique celebration. At 40 …

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Cheyenne Jackson

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By Leonard Feigenblatt On Friday, June 12 Cheyenne Jackson appeared in concert at The Town Hall. In his great singing voice he sang a wide range of songs from pop, rock and many Broadway standards. Highlights included: “Old Devil Moon” from the musical “Finian’s Rainbow,” in which Cheyenne starred on Broadway; a medley of Elvis Presley hits; and Lady Gaga’s …

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Fire Destroys Building at Fire Island Hotel

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By Shoshanna McCollum Ocean Bay Park, NY – Just prior to the bustling Fourth of July Weekend on July 2, a three-story structure on the historic Fire Island Hotel compound is now destroyed as a result of a fire that broke out at approximately 2:15 p.m. “It was roughly a 100 year-old residential structure that housed hotel staff and the …

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ENVIRONMENT: By Karl Grossman

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Idyllic Life “Fire Island was paradise, truly paradise,” Phyllis Italiano was saying. “The life we had there for that period of 35 years was idyllic.” Phyllis was blissfully reminiscing the other day about the decades she spent on Fire Island with a couple whose celebrated marriage was charmed and happy, that of her older sister, actress Anne Bancroft, and comic …

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Broadway By the Year at Town Hall

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By Leonard Feigenblatt The Broadway musicals of 1966-1990 which was created/written and directed by Scott Siegel, who also serves as host and with Ross Patterson as musical director/arranger and pianist. Scott Siegel is the perfect host and presents interesting tidbits and factoids about each show. Performers were equally divided from the world of theatre including: Tony Award nominee Patrick Page, …

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OB ELECTION: Norris Wins, Pace Unseated – Absentee Ballots Turned the Tide

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By Shoshanna McCollum Ocean Beach, NY – It was a tense atmosphere inside the Ocean Beach Community House as the doors locked and the inspectors began the business of counting votes for the village trustee election. The numbers were close, but challenger Christopher Norris ultimately beat our incumbent and Deputy Mayor Greg Pace by a margin of 36 votes. In …

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Candidates Being Candid: OBA Forum 5/30/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum With less then one week to go before the Ocean Beach election, the OBA Candidates Forum on Saturday morning gave Matthew Blake, Christopher Norris, Greg Pace, and Brian Power a final opportunity to stump for votes – and voters the chance to listen. The forum was mediated by longtime Ocean Beach resident, Paul Aronson. Gina Ragusa and Johnny …