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Free Sunscreen for Summer Initiative Comes to Long Island

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By Anika Lanser We’ve all had that moment: spent a morning meticulously packing for the beach to make sure that bright, multicolored bag with a somehow-endless supply of sand at the bottom leftover from past trips to the shore has everything we need for the day. As we arrive at the beach, we realize that somehow in the midst of … Full Story

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FINS Presentation Prominent at LIU Symposium

by Emma Boskovski |

Long Island University hosted their 2nd Annual Gardiner Symposium on “Digitizing Local History Sources: The Past as Prologue,” at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, on June 22, at 3 p.m. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has funded the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at LIU, and they are in the midst of their six-year project to digitize … Full Story

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NOAA Predicts “Normal” Hurricane Season in 2019

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By Danielle Lipiec As recovery from 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria continue, the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has kicked into full swing as of June 1. To prepare landlocked and island-residing civilians alike, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its annual informational report. “EPA’s response to natural disasters is one of the many ways that we protect human health … Full Story

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An Eye for Light: Fire Island Lighthouse Art Show 2019

by Emma Boskovski |

Photos by Sean Fitzthum The Fire Island Lighthouse hosted the opening reception of their Annual Benefit Art Show on June 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The entirety of the Keepers Quarters was decorated with proud artists dancing in the depths of their coastal creations. For the 18th year, The Lighthouse Preservation Society allowed local Long Island artists to display their … Full Story

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Lavender Reading List by Fire Island Authors

by Rita Plush |

Fire Islanders have contributed significantly to the dialogue of LGBTQ literature. This is an achievement worthy of recognition. Many are fixtures on the bookshelves of any Fire Island beach house, not only because they are homegrown authors, but because they are also fine works. For your summer reading pleasure here are a variety of books that include the island’s gay … Full Story

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The Scholarship: FIUFSD Graduation 2019

by Shoshanna M. |

“Omne trium perfectum,” is the phrase Fire Island Union Free School District (FIUFSD) Superintendent Loretta Ferraro used in her commemorative speech, which is Latin for “every set of three is complete.” With graduating classes of three in both Pre-Kindergarten and sixth grade, her choice of words could not have been better as she addressed the audience of proud parents who … Full Story

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VOBEC Environmental Awareness Day: Could Kelp Help Save the Great South Bay?

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By Danielle Lipiec Ocean Beach residents and other concerned Fire Islanders made their way to the Ocean Beach Community House on the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, for the Village of Ocean Beach Environmental Commission’s 13th Annual Environmental Day. Guest speakers and free beer and food promised attendees a pleasant experience learning about the local environment, the health of the … Full Story

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Review: Le Dock

by Shoshanna M. |

60 Bay Walk, Fair Harbor, NY 11706631-583-5200 Sir Isaac Newton famously stated, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” In this case the lone Fair Harbor restaurant space we all know as Le Dock is the … Full Story

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Interview: Tree

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By Danielle Lipiec Tree proudly refers to himself as a veteran of the Stonewall uprising. He was standing at Ground Zero – the dance floor of the now landmarked bar – the night the cops came barreling in, and personally witnessed the historic events unfold before his own eyes. Tree has spent a lifetime devoted to LBGTQ causes, having held … Full Story

Woman Dies Off Shore of Fire Island in Violent Sunday Storm

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By Shoshanna McCollum ~ A 60-year old woman was pronounced dead in Seaview on Sunday, June 30 at approximately 3:45 p.m. It is believed she got caught in rough bay waters when the sudden and violent storm passed over much of Long Island – including Fire Island, where it made landfall shortly after 3 p.m. in the afternoon. “We received … Full Story

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Interview: Greg Scarnici, author of “Dungeons and Drag Queens”

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By Anika Lanser There have been many accounts of time spent on Fire Island, and in varying mediums. However, there is perhaps no account as hilarious or as honest as the collection of essays released this past March by Greg Scarnici. Titled “Dungeons and Drag Queens: Fire Island through the eyes of its worst drag queen,” the collection of essays … Full Story

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Dining Review: Hurricane’s Bar and Grill

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By Timothy Bolger Hurricane’s Bar & Grill25 Cayuga Walk, Ocean Bay Park631-583-8000fireislandhotel.com/amenities/diningOpen seven days, “noon to whenever” Cooking up a storm of flavor with some of the freshest, homemade dishes on Fire Island is Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, a largely al fresco eatery a stone’s throw from the Atlantic in Ocean Bay Park. Tucked inside the courtyard at the Fire … Full Story

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Brianna’s Law Passes Assembly, Headed to Cuomo Next

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By Anika Lanser In 2005, the driving of a reckless boater in the Great South Bay critically injured three members of the Lieneck family and claimed the life of the family’s youngest, Brianna, at the age of 11. Ever since, Gina Lieneck, Brianna’s mother, has been fighting to implement Brianna’s Law, legislation that would require all boaters in the state … Full Story

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335 Years of Islip Celebrated at Living History Event

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By Rebecca Hoey Saturday, June 8, 1683 was the Living History of Islip Town Day at Islip Grange Park in Sayville. No, you didn’t just read a typo in the date because it really did feel like we were back 335 years ago, reminiscent of the actual birth-year of the town in 1683. In continuum for the year-long celebration for … Full Story

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Point O’ Woods Lecture Highlights Moses’ Failed Highway

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By Joey Macellaro A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 packed the casino in Point O’ Woods on the afternoon of June 8, for the annual Robert F. Sayre Memorial Lecture. Dunewood resident Jim Rosenthal presented a talk and slide presentation, sponsored by Point O’Woods Historical Society, titled “Robert Moses’ 40-Year Quest to Build a Highway through Fire Island.” Attendees … Full Story

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Why Did Fire Island Beer Co. Taps Run Dry?

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Island Beer Co. was going to finally open a tasting room last year, a decade after its successful launch tapped regional pride – but then the brewery surprisingly went out of business instead. What exactly led to the company’s demise is unclear, as those involved remain tight lipped. But regardless of what happened, fans remain heartbroken … Full Story

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Glyphosates Reexamined

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By Anika Lanser In May of 2019, the Key West City Commission in Florida banned the use of weed killers containing glyphosate after numerous concerns were raised nationwide about the safety of the active ingredient. Earlier this year, U.S. News reported the Board of Supervisors in Los Angeles County California imposed a moratorium on its use, stating that more research … Full Story

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Review: Dockside Brick Oven Pizza & Deli

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum Dockside Brick Oven Pizza & Deli780 Bay Walk, Ocean Beach, NY631-583-0303 • Delivery Available Mermaid Market is rebranding as Dockside. They still make wonderful deli sandwiches, and Helen and Travis are still there to greet you with a smile – nevertheless the place has a new look and expanded services. Delivery of their state-of-theart pizza oven was … Full Story

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Infamous ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale: “Resistance is Feudal”

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By Lauren Stevens Warning: Spoiler alerts! My fellow Westerosi: I will not deny the legitimate criticism of the GOT series finale. No matter our diverse opinions, or desired endings, we can all agree that Seasons 7 and 8 have been cruelly rushed. The let’s get this over with mentality is symbolized by errant Starbucks cups and plastic water bottles. If … Full Story

Review: “Shipwreck of Hopes”

by Rita Plush |

By Rita Plush “Shipwreck of Hopes” By Angela Reich Historical Fiction Amazon $17.99 Author, educator, and researcher Angela Reich combines her love of history and the sea to bring readers the imagined Hannah Oaks of Fire Island, and Margaret Fuller, prominent 19th century writer, into a work of historical fiction. Setting her story against the isolated beaches of Fire Island, … Full Story

Ask Camirose: ‘Wool is for Sweaters’ and ‘Shocked’

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By Camille Mercogliano Dear Camirose,I met the best guy. He is super sweet, successful and totally hot. We live in Manhattan but came out to Ocean Beach for a weekend getaway. We have been dating for about two weeks, and this was to be our first hook-up night. In anticipation of the big night, I got myself a full Brazilian, … Full Story

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LIU Archives Update for Fire Island

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum A little over 11 months ago, Fire Island News covered the exploratory meeting that took place on June 23, 2018, in which Dr. Gregory Hunter introduced himself to the keepers of historical archives collections in various Fire Island communities to discuss the Long Island University (LIU) Digitization Project. The university is a recipient of a $1.5 million … Full Story

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Great Spaces: Bayard Cutting Arboretum

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By Lorna Luniewski Arboretum: A place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes (Webster’s Dictionary). And while this may describe Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, it is so much more than that. William Bayard Cutting (1850-1912) was a member of New York’s merchant aristocracy, an attorney, financier, real estate developer, sugar beet refiner … Full Story

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Lost Dog Found Through Community Efforts

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By Emma Boskovski A lost female, white, golden dachshund hound mix named Mama Eliza was lost and found this past week, following Memorial Day Weekend. She was safely captured along the Robert Moses Causeway after her four and a half mile weekend getaway along Fire Island’s shore, beginning along Spruce and South Walk in Dunewood. Numerous Facebook pages devoted to … Full Story

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Op-Ed: Lot 26 and the Founding of Cherry Grove

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By Carl Luss The Cherry Grove Community House and Theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. It carries the additional qualification, “of national significance,” gateway to Landmark status. The research and analysis accompanying the application process was rigorous, similar to a college term paper. Primary source material (an era’s contemporary records, deeds, maps) and secondary … Full Story

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Suffolk County to Expand Fight on Plastic Pollution

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By Lorna Luniewski On April 9, the Suffolk County Legislature approved two pieces of legislation, both sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator and Majority Leader Kara Hahn, that will reduce the use of plastic straws and ban food and beverage businesses from using polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) containers. The law, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and announced on Earth … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Election Candidates 2019

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By Danielle Lipiec This year’s Ocean Beach general election, which will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019, will place two of three candidates on the trustee board. While incumbents Matthew Blake and Chris Norris run for re-election, they are challenged by former Ocean Beach Trustee Steve Einig. Voters can visit the polls on the above date from 8 a.m. … Full Story

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Rockets Red Glare: Silent Fireworks Do a Bang-Up Job

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By Emma Boskovski An explosion of bright bursts of and blues in the night sky can draw the eyes of summer beachgoers, evoking an “ooh,” and perhaps an “ah” from those who watch fireworks over the sky. The rising popularity of silent fireworks displays are aimed to entertain with rich color displays, with no noise. A number of Fire Island … Full Story

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Horseshoe Crab Education at Fire Island Lighthouse

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By Danielle Lipiec At dusk, children, parents, and those of all ages in between convened at the Fire Island Lighthouse on Saturday, May 18, for the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society’s annual Horseshoe Crab Program. Volunteers, park rangers, and the horseshoe crabs themselves were in attendance as well. The crowd was greeted with a presentation on horseshoe crab anatomy, a … Full Story

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Springtime Gathering: Ocean Beach Association Meeting 3/26/19

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By Anika Lanser ~ On a bustling early spring evening, friends gathered on Tuesday, March 26 – not on Fire Island – but at All Souls Church in Manhattan to exchange their winter updates over pizza and drinks before the season begins once again. The vaulted ceilings of the altar were soon filled with talks of summer, tennis, the beach, … Full Story

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Health & Wellness: TLC for CBD

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By Donnie DeSanti ~ Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan once said, “It’s a very strange thing when you make nature illegal.” This couldn’t be truer than what happened this past week in New York City. A report put out by the NYC Health Department stated that all restaurants shall be prohibited from adding CBD to any of their food … Full Story

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FINS Plans First Phase of Deer Culling Project

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Sharpshooters from the U.S Department of Agriculture will commence on a project to cull the local white-tailed deer population in the very near future, according to an anonymous source who reached out to Fire Island News recently. The locations of this purported project include Fire Island’s west end at the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) and … Full Story

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Discover Long Island Makes Waves at 2nd Annual Tourism Awards

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By Laura Schmidt ~Discover Long Island’s Second Annual Tourism Awards Gala welcomed tourism industry leaders and newcomers to celebrate another successful year and praise those who went above and beyond to push the industry forward. At the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, Discover Long Island’s President and CEO Kristen Jarnagin, referred to as “our very own Long Island Superwoman,” welcomed a … Full Story

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OBEY Soirée Under the Summer Stars

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By Danielle Lipiec // Photos by Lauren Chenault Fire Islanders flocked from far and wide on Friday, June 21, to attend the long-awaited Gay Rights Awareness Fundraiser held by FiveEight- Three at the Island Mermaid in Ocean Beach. Guests enjoyed drinks, raffles, live music, and more. The closed-off section of the Island Mermaid was adorned with pride paraphernalia as the … Full Story

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A Tale of Two Trophies: FIN Scores Top PCLI Media Award Spots

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Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) 2019 Media Awards were announced at their annual dinner event, held at The Watermill in Smithtown on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Fire Island News (FIN) picked up two first-place awards that evening, presently making it a total of eight media awards secured by this publication since 2016, three of which rank first place. Artist … Full Story

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Shoreham 40 Years Later

by Karl Grossman |

“Shoreham Action Is One Of The Largest Held Worldwide,” was the headline in The New York Times about an event that happened 40 years ago. The article told of how “more than 600 protesters were arrested” at the site of the then under-construction Shoreham nuclear power plant and “15,000 demonstrators gathered” on the beach fronting the plant in the protest … Full Story