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The Cherry Grove Story at YMCA Boulton Center

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By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Mike Fisher’s acclaimed documentary “Cherry Grove Stories” burst on the Fire Island scene in the summer of 2017. After its premiere at the landmarked Cherry Grove Community House Theatre, former FIN reporter Bruce-Michael Gelbert described it as “a kaleidoscopic and moving view of the past six decades of Cherry Grove history.” The film would go onto … Full Story

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INTERVIEW: Natalie Katz-Rogers

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By Lorna Luniewski ~ Natalie Rogers, former Ocean Beach mayor and the first woman to hold that office, celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 24, 2019. Over the summer, 120 friends and family gathered with her at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck to celebrate this milestone. In addition, the Community House in OB, a building she was instrumental in rebuilding … Full Story

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History Made: Kismet Historical Society Fundraiser 2019

by Shoshanna M. |

Every Fire Island community is distinct and unique, and  therefore are the histories that made them. In 2019 a longtime dream for the westernmost community of Kismet at last came to realization – a historical society of their own. With antique vehicles and memorabilia on display, local history authors authors on hand, and residents gathered up to have photographs from … Full Story

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In the Eye of a Storm: The Ocean Bay Park Fire

by Shoshanna M. |

The blaze that destroyed three houses in Ocean Bay Park during the early morning hours on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 has taken its toll on the psyche of Fire Island. Still emerging from the devastation that rocked much of Long Island and the Northeast coast with high tidal surges from subtropical storm Melissa the raged offshore as the full moon … Full Story

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No Broomstick Required: CJ’s Halloween Party 2019

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Summer may be over, but there is still much nightlife going on over at Fire Island, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar will be hosting their Halloween party on Friday night, October 18 in Ocean Beach beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Here are all the things you need to know to know about this most spirited of Fire Island occasions. … Full Story

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USCG Suspends Search for Missing Man in Great South Bay

by Shoshanna M. |

As of Tuesday evening, September 24 , the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for a man who reportedly entered the water after falling off his boat near Heckscher State Park, New York according to a statement released by Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. An alert was received from Suffolk County Fire Rescue Emergency Services (FRES) on Monday night, … Full Story

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OP-ED: Oysters Again

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By Robert Wemyss ~ In response to your recent article, “Mighty Mollusks Make Comebacks,” published on September 8, 2019:  An artificial oyster-reef five-hundred-square-foot is only about 1/100th of an acre – that’s nice, but what does this cost the taxpayer. Please fact check your sources – sources – the claim that a “little oyster” filters 50 gallon a day is … Full Story

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Mighty Mollusks Make Comebacks

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By Rebecca Hoey   Did you know that one little oyster filters 50 gallons of water a day? These mighty mollusks are a huge part of Long Island’s aquaculture that are keeping some special people incredibly busy by paving the way for their return. Town of Brookhaven recently unveiled the first Long Island “oyster bar” at Moriches Bay – however … Full Story

Microplastic Study in Patchogue Provides Insight Into Scale of Pollution

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By Anika Lanser Many Fire Islanders take it upon themselves to collect and dispose of litter they come upon during morning walks, evening swims, and stargazing strolls. Signs are posted encouraging those who visit our beautiful beaches to dispose of their garbage at the end of a long beach day. But what about microscopic plastics and pieces the size of … Full Story