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Sunken Sea Bear was a FIMI Sub-Contractor

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By Shoshanna McCollum The ill-fated vessel that sank off the Fire Island coast last Saturday was there as part of the $207-million federally funded undertaking to renourish our beaches, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. “The tugboat that sank had been working as a subcontractor on the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project, supporting repairs to floating …

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OB Board of Trustees Meeting, 3/7/2015: Frozen Pipes, Shorter Election Hours & Permit Applications Heard

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By Shoshanna McCollum “Mindful Day” read a colorful banner decorated by children that hung in Fire Island School’s gymnasium. It served as an interesting backdrop at the Ocean Beach Village Board of Trustees meeting, held on Saturday, March 7. “It’s been a hard winter,” said Mayor James Mallot, as he discussed hardships the Village faced this winter. They included pipes …

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Rise from the Ranks: John Stewart, FINS Chief Ranger

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By Shoshanna McCollum With a key position often known for imported hires from the outside, it’s nice to see a familiar face that came from within. John Stewart, a National Park Service Ranger who has spent the majority of his career within Fire Island National Seashore, has been promoted to the position of Chief Ranger. His new title became effective …

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The Torch is Passed Again

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FIP Property Deal: The Torch is Passed Again By Shoshanna McCollum Call it a fire sale or the deal of the century, but once again that large swath of commercial property in Fire Island Pines has changed hands, making it the fourth time in just over the past decade. On January 22, 2015, the New York Times and other major …

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New Editor Named to Fire Island News

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Fire Island News welcomes Shoshanna McCollum aboard as our new Editor. She brings fifteen years of reporting experience to the job. McCollum has written for several Fire Island newspapers, and a few regional publications including Islip Bulletin, New York Times Long Island Section, and Boating Times Long Island Magazine. Her work has earned journalism awards with both New York Press …

First Case of West Nile Virus Reported

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The Suffolk County Department of Health Services announced that a dead robin collected on June 16 in Selden, Long Island has tested positive for West Nile virus. It is the first bird to test positive for the virus in the county this year. So far there have so far been no reports of humans testing positive for the disease. 
 “Most people …

Drinking Water Warning Lifted

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The Suffolk County Water Authority ended a drinking water warning for the Fire Island communities of Ocean Bay Park and Point O’ Woods that had been in effect since June 21. Drinking water in those communities is now safe to drink, and residents no longer need to boil water to ensure its safety. The warning did not apply to communities …

Police to step up DWI and BWI patrols 

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Suffolk Police will deploy additional patrols during the Fourth of July holiday to target drivers and boaters under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The Marine Bureau will be out in force on the Great South Bay. Additionally, police officers throughout the county will also be aggressively investigating and arresting those who unlawfully possess, sell or use fireworks.