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DEER DECODED: A Special Report on the FINS Management Plan

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By Shoshanna McCollum   Call it a New Years Day surprise if you will. On what’s ordinarily a slumbering news morning across the nation, many Fire Islanders woke up to learn that the destiny of Fire Island’s white tailed deer population was about to change decisively. A January 1 Newsday article announced that the 480-page Deer Management Plan EIS (Environmental … Full Story

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Outside Limits: OB Board Meetings to be Held Off-Island

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By Shoshanna McCollum Ocean Beach village board meetings will be held on greater Long Island until further notice, starting with the one scheduled for next Saturday, November 14. The announcement is James Mallott’s mayoral report came as a surprise to many of the attendees at the last board meeting on October 17, stating that there were no alternative winterized locations … Full Story

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BOAT RESCUE OFF OF EAST ISLAND, SOME INJURED

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By Shoshanna McCollum Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau aided a party of six, including three children, after the boat they were traveling in ran aground off the shore of East Fire Island late Saturday night, on November 7. A 911 call made by the boat’s Captain, Steven Kilmeade of Bayport was received at approximately 11 PM reporting the vessel having … Full Story

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Fire Island Dance Festival is quickly approaching

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… and we are so glad you’re joining us for what promises to be a memorable dance experience. Your festival tickets will be available for pick up starting this weekend in the Pines Harbor. During the festival weekend they also will be available in the harbor and at the performance venue. Tickets will not be mailed. If you are interested … Full Story

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Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society: 14th Annual Art Show

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By Kirsten Corssen The Benefit Art Show sponsored by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society will be closing on Sunday, July 19. There is still time to pay a visit and view quality work by local Long Island talent. Both floors of the Keeper’s Quarters are utilized to exhibit the work on display. The main floor is dedicated to original … Full Story

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Invasion 2015: 40 Summers Strong

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By Katherine Klahn and Shoshanna McCollum Pines, NY – Fire Island’s favorite Fourth of July fete celebrated its 40th birthday in relative unity despite the recent scandal that shocked the close-knit communities of the Pines and Cherry Grove. The event drew a record number of people who came from near and far to experience this truly unique celebration. At 40 … Full Story

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Cheyenne Jackson

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By Leonard Feigenblatt On Friday, June 12 Cheyenne Jackson appeared in concert at The Town Hall. In his great singing voice he sang a wide range of songs from pop, rock and many Broadway standards. Highlights included: “Old Devil Moon” from the musical “Finian’s Rainbow,” in which Cheyenne starred on Broadway; a medley of Elvis Presley hits; and Lady Gaga’s … Full Story

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Fire Destroys Building at Fire Island Hotel

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By Shoshanna McCollum Ocean Bay Park, NY – Just prior to the bustling Fourth of July Weekend on July 2, a three-story structure on the historic Fire Island Hotel compound is now destroyed as a result of a fire that broke out at approximately 2:15 p.m. “It was roughly a 100 year-old residential structure that housed hotel staff and the … Full Story

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ENVIRONMENT: By Karl Grossman

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Idyllic Life “Fire Island was paradise, truly paradise,” Phyllis Italiano was saying. “The life we had there for that period of 35 years was idyllic.” Phyllis was blissfully reminiscing the other day about the decades she spent on Fire Island with a couple whose celebrated marriage was charmed and happy, that of her older sister, actress Anne Bancroft, and comic … Full Story

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Broadway By the Year at Town Hall

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By Leonard Feigenblatt The Broadway musicals of 1966-1990 which was created/written and directed by Scott Siegel, who also serves as host and with Ross Patterson as musical director/arranger and pianist. Scott Siegel is the perfect host and presents interesting tidbits and factoids about each show. Performers were equally divided from the world of theatre including: Tony Award nominee Patrick Page, … Full Story