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New FINS Superintendent Named

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By Laura Schmidt The National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Gay Vietzke has named Alexcy “Alex” Romero superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore. He succeeds Chris Soller, who retired earlier this year. “As a native New Yorker, I am honored to have been selected for this assignment,” Romero said. “I have spent many days enjoying the Great South Bay by …

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Catherine O’Brien’s Essential Venture

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By Emma Boskovski Devoted to the art of bringing the words of authors to life using narration, Fire Islander Catherine O’Brien has launched her own audio book company, Essential Audiobooks. Her brand delivers her own voice to linger in the ears of listeners, accompanied by the voices of the most talented narrators in the business. In our fast paced world, …

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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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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 …