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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

by Shoshanna M. |

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

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Robert Furey: Saying So Long to the Village Doctor

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By Danielle Lipiec People cycle in and out of Fire Island every single day, whether it be summer or off-season, and rain or shine. Out of all those who come and go, Dr. Robert Furey – more commonly known as Dr. Bob – is one who has been in it for the long haul. As Saltaire’s primary care physician for … Full Story

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Earl Blackwell Jr. and the Cherry Grove Arts Project

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By Carl Luss Cherry Grove’s civic governance has always been vested in the hands of its homeowners. The Property Owners Association’s board of directors and all its community service committees were comprised of both heterosexuals and homosexuals. During the Association’s early organizing years most gay individuals, however, served under the protective coloration of the decorous “double life.” While in Cherry … Full Story

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Five Summers of the Great South Bay SUP Race

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By Laura Schmidt//Photos by Lauren Chenault   Paddleboarders from all across Long Island and from surrounding states paddled against the elements Aug. 25, to compete in the Fifth Annual SUP at the Bay Shore Yacht Club (BYC), which has been officially renamed The Great South Bay Race. More than 50 paddlers participated in a one-mile fun race, a three-mile race … Full Story