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A Beachside Thanksgiving at CJ’s

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By Shoshanna McCollum. The workers came for lunch, the residents took an early dinner, even the beach bikers made an appearance and stayed for a drink. Pre-Thanksgiving at CJ’s Restaurant & Bar is a day seeped in Fire Island tradition. On the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, before everyone goes their separate ways to celebrate with their respective families, they gather …

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OP-ED: Hiring Veterans as Strategic Assets

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By Henry Clemmens and Bethany Young / As of 2017, there were 20.4 million veterans in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is 8 percent of the total population today. Yet, according to this source, veterans have a higher unemployment and underemployment rate than their civilian counterparts. This article will discuss the benefits of hiring veterans …

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Happy 160th Birthday Fire Island Lighthouse!

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By Shoshanna McCollum / In 1858, Fire Island Lighthouse would be lit for the very first time. It also would be the year that Theodore Roosevelt was born; Charles Darwin went public with his theories of evolution; and a young man running for senator named Abraham Lincoln made a speech in which he famously said, “A house divided cannot stand,” …

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Gerald O’Rourke and Ruby Bridges

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A Moment In History Together By Danielle Lipiec The story of Ruby Bridges, the young girl who broke boundaries as the first African-American child to attend an all-white school, is one known to many. The account of her brave march to her first day of integrated school in 1960’s Louisiana can be found in history books, and our collective memories. …

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Osprey Family Makes Smith Point Home

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By Emma Boskovski On a gloomy Sunday morning, I set out to meet with Dominick Licata. A 71-year-old Smith Point regular, Licata called the Fire Island News to tell the tale of a family of osprey that found their home, constructed by Licata and the community five years ago, heeding the adage “if you build it they will come.” “The …