Arts Project of Cherry Grove Begins 2017 Pre-Season with a Winter Spectacular at Stonewall

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By Bruce-Michael Gelbert   The Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG) kicked off their 2017 pre-season of events away from Fire Island, with its Fourth Annual Winter Spectacular at the historic Stonewall Inn of Greenwich Village on January 29. The show was organized by Homecoming Queen & Ms. Fire Island of 2014, Whore D’Oeuvre; who co-hosted the event with reigning …

OB Building Inspector Turnover Raises Questions

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By Timothy Bolger THE OCEAN BEACH VILLAGE building inspec- tor who took over this summer has lacked New York State certification legally required to perform such duties since last year, the Fire Island News has learned. The inspector, Theodore Minski, has been filling in on a part-time basis while the village, which has gone through at least six building inspectors …

SUP for the Good of the Great South Bay

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By Carrie Ann Salvi SUPPORTERS OF THE BEAUTIFUL bay that connects Fire Islanders to those on the South Shore of Long Island came out on Saturday, Aug. 27, on stand up paddleboards and kayaks, as volunteers or with open wallets to raise money and awareness for its protection. Connection is also the concept of Save the Great South Bay, which …

DINING REVIEW: Kismet Inn

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By Kirsten Corssen THE WESTERNMOST FIRE Island community of Kismet was founded in 1925. The Kismet Inn followed, along with building the marina and first walkways. Time and history resonates from the wainscot walls. It’s still standing after harsh winters and summer storms. A huge part of this legacy is to the credit of Larry Cole and his family. The Kismet …

DINING GUIDE: Beach Casual Dining at the Pines Canteen

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By Bruce-Michael Gelbert ON A RECENT EVENING, my spouse Joe and I, assisted by our comely server David, put together a hearty meal of the chicken BLT wrap, soft shell seared tuna tacos, with a brown rice bowl and arugula salad as sides. We dined outdoors on the deck, a fine perch for Harbor Walk people watching, with the beautiful harbor …

Happy 70th Anniversary to the Fire Island Summer Club

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By Thomas McGann FIRE ISLAND SUMMER CLUB is one of the lesser known of the 16 individual and distinct communities on Fire Island. It is located between Corneille Estates, a mere two-block walk from the infamous metropolis of Ocean Beach on the east, and the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) on the west. The Summer Club was incorporated in 1946, …

OP-ED by John Lardner

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“The Twelve Tables were engraved in bronze and posted in the Forum, to make the law known (thus preventing ignorance).” —Dialogus, William of Oakham (1280-1349) “IGNORANCE OF THE LAW is no excuse.” This legal doctrine goes back to Roman Law and the Common Law of England has been repeated by personalities such as Oliver Wendell Holmes and a multitude of …

Pinesfest Preview

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By Gil Neary WHEN YOU THINK of Fire Island Pines what is the first thing you think about? Boys, beaches, creativity, music, divas, dancing, DJs, friendship, food, fantasy, parties, parties, and parties as well as revelry, charity and a supportive LBGTQ community? If all of that rings a bell with you get ready for Pinesfest! The brainchild of Greg Dyer, …

Dining Review: Hideaway Homecoming

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By Shoshanna McCollum HOUSER’S HIDEAWAY has been reincarnated many times over the decades. Yes, it was established in 1921, the year Ocean Beach became an incorporated village, and there really was a Mrs. Houser. She bequeathed the business to her foster son, Lowell Judson Smith. Through the 1940s and ‘50s, it was strictly an American Plan resort dining room for …

Free Union Church of Ocean Beach Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary

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By Thomas McGann THE FREE UNION CHURCH located at Ocean Breeze Walk and Midway in Ocean Beach will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a re-dedication ceremony on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Events will include: Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. Picture show – 50/60 pictures – These pictures will include the laying of the church cornerstone, various events throughout …