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FI’s World Heritage Site Moonshot

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Island advocates pushing hard for the barrier beach to be designated a World Heritage Site – a designation that could come with grant funding and a higher profile – aren’t taking no for an answer. Behind the effort is Babylon-based attorney Irving Like, who famously helped lobby for the creation of the Fire Island National Seashore …

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The Hurricane of ’38

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Personal Stories from Fire Island By Thomas McGann The hurricane hit Fire Island around 2:30 p.m. The eye was about 50 miles wide, the storm itself about 500 miles across. High tide was even higher than usual because of the autumnal equinox when the sun and moon align with the Earth. Pushed by winds gusting over 180 mph, the sea …

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Interview: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand first stepped into the role of U.S. Senator as an appointee by former New York Governor David Patterson in 2009, to complete the term of Hillary Rodham Clinton after she was appointed Secretary of State by President Barack Obama. She retained her seat outright in a special election in 2010, and was re-elected to a full six-year term …

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Review: “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life”

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By Rita Plush “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked” by George Brescia Non-fiction Gallery Books $21.99 George Brescia wants to get into your closet. Whatever mashup style your wardrobe is in, he wants to put it right. A top-tier New York City-based stylist and image consultant, as well as a Cherry Grove resident who has …

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Wolcott Gibbs: F.I. mellows a curmudgeon

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History By Thomas McGann “Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind,” reads Wolcott Gibbs’ parody of Time magazine, an article that is still highly touted, so much so that it tends to obscure much of what else he wrote, and write he did. Gibbs concluded his lampoon, “Where it all will end, knows God!” Gibbs wrote for The New Yorker …

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Tesla’s Long Island Legacy

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Environment By Karl Grossman North of Fire Island, in Shoreham in Brookhaven Town, Nikola Tesla built a tower that he believed could show that electricity could be distributed freely to people all around the world. He envisioned that not only radio signals but electricity could be sent far distances by linking into the resonance of the Earth. If his tower …

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HYSTERICAL HISTORIES: Lonelyville – 21 Winkle Walk – 1916

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Sybil Sez!! By Sybil Bruncheon A classic ladies gathering always thrown strictly during daylight hours when respectable women (both married and single) could meet each other for polite conversation, sewing discussions, recipe exchanges, household advice, and tea (with a hint of elderberry cordial.) Any intimate talk about … ahem … marital matters or “feminine problems” was still restricted to the …

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Seaview Says Sign is Out of Line

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By Emma Boskovski A sign that reads Law Office of Adam. C. Abrams, Esq. Attorney at Law, on a residential property in Seaview, has created a hostile environment between the Seaview Homeowners Association and sign owner Adam Abrams. “The association has a rule that has been passed that no commercial signs are supposed to be posted in Seaview,” said Thomas …

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The Ladies of Lez Volley

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By Emma Boskovski Spikes and Dykes, Rainbow Riders, and Lesquires were some of the team names at the Eighth Annual Lez Volley Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11. The threat of rain didn’t stop the 24 teams of 13 players maximum from the “day of FUN in the sun, and a night of dancing at the hottest spot on …

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25 Years of the FI Lifeguard Tournament

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By Laura Schmidt // Photos by Robert Sherman Lifeguards from Ocean Beach, Saltaire and Town of Islip competed in challenging conditions on sand and sea at the 25th Annual Fire Island Lifeguard Tournament on Aug. 2. After a grueling evening of red-flag waves, gusty winds and sticky humidity, Town of Islip lifeguards took home the coveted golden torp trophy, the …