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, …

Burning Boat Rescue on Great South Bay by SCPD Marine Bureau

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By Shoshanna McCollum Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued three people from the water after they jumped off their boat that caught fire in the Great South Bay on Saturday evening, June 6. The three adult men were traveling on a 2001 25-foot Chris Craft from Oakdale to Fire Island when smoke was noticed coming from the engine compartment. …

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 …

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 …

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Candidates Profiled: Ocean Beach 6/5/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Ocean Beach, NY –This election year, there are three Village Trustee seats open in Ocean Beach. Two of those seats carry a four-year term and one only a three-year term. Four people are running for office, including three incumbents and one challenger. Here is a little bit on each candidate: Matthew Blake (Incumbent) Queens-raised, Matthew Blake has always …

Ocean Beach Board Meeting 5/16/15: “Short Agenda”

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, New York – Eyebrows were raised when Mayor James Mallot walked into the school gymnasium in his dapper gray suit. Rumor had it he was attending a family wedding later that day. At a mere 14 items, much of it routine, Mallot described the meeting’s itinerary as a “short agenda.” In his mayor’s report, Mallot …

Candidates Profiled: Saltaire 5/22/15 Trustee Election

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By Katherine Klahn Saltaire, NY – Residents in the Village of Saltaire will once again have the right to cast their votes in the Village’s May 22 Board of Trustee Election to be held at Village Hall, 103 Broadway, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Trustees serve a two-year term. This year, two incumbents (Ann Connolly and Alex Chefetz) and …

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Damage Control: Special FIPPOA Meeting 5/2/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Fire Island Pines, New York – Troubled waters are surrounding beautiful Fire Island Pines, and the season has not even started yet. Social media chatter about a possible boycott of nightclubs, hotels and fine restaurants that service the upscale LBGT community reached a frenzied pace over the past week, necessitating the board of directors of Fire Island …

Shelter from the Storm: OB Board Meeting 4/25/15

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – Days before the scheduled Ocean Beach Board meeting, copies of the 2015 -2016 budget were available in the Village Office marked as final, adopted, and post-dated accordingly. It was also announced on the village website, as well as social media channels, that the draft budget introduced only weeks before at a proposed 5.6% …

OB Board Meeting 4/11/15: Draft Budget Proposes 5.6% Increase

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By Shoshanna McCollum Corneille Estates, NY – There was a slightly larger audience sitting in the Woodhull School gymnasium for this meeting. Perhaps it was the milder weather, or maybe it was the draft budget with a proposed 5.6% increase posted on the village website several days prior that had already become the stuff of Facebook chatter. Either way the …