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GEORGE REHN 1948-2020

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Ocean Beach has lost one of its community pillars over the first weekend of April 2020, in the passing of friend and neighbor George Rehn at the age of 71-years old. For over 20 years George was active in many facets of Fire Island life. As longtime treasurer of the Ocean Beach Association, he regularly supervised … Full Story

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Sharing the Stoke: The Zen of Social Distancing in Surfing

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By Craig Low ~ I once spent several hours about 20 feet or so of another person and had no conversation the whole time. Not that we didn’t communicate, we did, through nods, eye contact, smiles and the occasional spoken, “right on!”  It was one of the best days of surfing I had in a long time and even though … Full Story

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GUNFIRE IN THE SUNKEN FOREST: Fire Island National Seashore Deer Culling Begins

by Shoshanna M. |

“I am in the Sunken Forest and have heard at least a half dozen shots!” said Cherry Grove resident Warren Boyd Wexler on a cellphone at 3:30 p.m. “I was just out taking advantage of the nice weather this afternoon. Next thing I know there is yellow police tape blocking the boardwalk I used to come in, and it wasn’t there 45 minutes ago. Deer are bolting in all directions in terror.”

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SAFE/HAVEN: Fire Island History comes to Florida in 1950’s Photo Exhibition

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By Susan Kravitz ~ The Cherry Grove Archives Collection’s (CGAC) premier photography exhibition, “Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950’s Cherry Grove” officially opened at the Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery in Wilton Manors, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2020. Two receptions to celebrate this event were held at the gallery. The first, a VIP event on Feb. 20 for Stonewall … Full Story

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SPECIAL REPORT: Dead Deer Killing Machine Appears to Continue on Fire Island

by Shoshanna M. |

Emboldened by a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision in their favor earlier this month, it appears Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) is gearing up to kill more deer within their jurisdiction – this time on Fire Island proper. According to accounts and observations of multiple Fire Island residents, activity is being witnessed of rangers assembling make-shift bait stations … Full Story

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Plague & Prejudice: When Quarantine Came to the Shores of Fire Island

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Tourism ocean liners presently quarantined in seaports as the coronavirus spreads have been in the news much these days, and with one newlywed couple from Blue Point on board the “Diamond Princess” among 300 Americans recently evacuated from that vessel, who will presently remain in isolation a while longer still before their return to Long Island, … Full Story

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Jerry Herman Remembered

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By Robert Levine ~ Jerry Herman told me a story once about growing up in Jersey City. His fun-loving mother would make elaborate costume parties for any occasion. When he came home from school one day, he asked his mother what the occasion was. “It’s today!” she answered, and in time one of his most popular songs from “Mame” would … Full Story