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FIMI Deconstruction: A Requiem for the Homes

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By Laura Schmidt. The final stage of the Fire Island to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) project has concluded and with it comes mixed feelings from residents in Ocean Bay Park, Davis Park and Fire Island Pines. In recent weeks, in order to build 19 miles of new dunes on the south side of Fire Island, about 20 oceanfront homes have been …

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A Beachside Thanksgiving at CJ’s

By Shoshanna M.

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!

By Shoshanna M.

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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Party Preview: Seven Reasons Why CJ’s Halloween Happening is Awesome

By Shoshanna M.

CJ’s Restaurant & Bar will be hosting their 6th Annual Halloween party this year on Saturday, October 20, 2018. What makes the CJ’s Halloween party so special? We asked longtime costume judge Diane Montes who did not hesitate to hand us this list. COOL END OF YEAR PARTY: Summer is over, and the nights are getting cooler, but those in …

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Fire Island Heroes Honored at Islip Town Hall

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By Shoshanna McCollum // Photos by Robert Sherman Tragedy was avoided on Fourth of July, thanks to some fast acting lifeguards, and a ferry captain and his crew, all who were honored at Islip Town Hall on Aug. 21, 2018. According to compiled eyewitness accounts, as well as a statement by David Anderson of Fire Island Ferries, Inc. (FIFI) of …

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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 …

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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 …