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Interview: Diane McManus, Cross Bay Swimmer

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By Jamie Franchi Diane McManus is an elite athlete. Her accomplishments run the gamut from long distance swimming to marathon running. She credits the longevity and diversity of her long athletic career with stubbornness and curiosity – thoughts like, “Why couldn’t I do that?” This Philadelphia native spent long childhood summers with her family in Saltaire, where she got her first taste of swimming in … Full Story

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The Golden Age: Music and Les Lieber

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By Anika Lanser On a beautiful Monday afternoon,  Leslie Lieber and his wife, Edith, were lounging in their breezy front porch. We talked about everything from the annual Chill Out concert, to jazz, as well as Fire Island. The annual Chill Out concert has happened ever since Les passed by the baseball field adjacent to the Woodhull School and saw … Full Story

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Fair Harbor: Robert Chinkel Remembered

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By Savannah Doviak There’s much more to Fire Island than what is seen by passing visitors. Miles of beautiful beaches make this little slice of island a summer paradise, yet in cherishing the unforgettable summers, we also remember those who are missed. On Nov. 26, 2016, the passing of Robert ‘Bobby’ Chinkel left his family devastated, as well as the … Full Story

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Two Boaters and Their Dogs Rescued from Burning Vessel Near Fire Island

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By Shoshanna McCollum Fireworks were not the only thing visible burning off coast of Fire Island on the Fourth of July on Tuesday evening. A vacationing couple from Newburgh, NY had recently departed from Barrett Beach in their 30-foot pleasure cruiser when it began overheating and erupted into flames roughly two miles off-shore, at about 5:15 p.m. A 45-year old female, … Full Story

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USCG Member Loses Fingers Off Shore of Fire Island

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By Shoshanna McCollum An emergency helicopter landing took place on the Ocean Beach ball field to attend to a member of the U.S. Coast Guard who had three fingers amputated in a boating incident in the Great South Bay on Friday morning, June 30. According to eyewitness accounts, a speeding boat waked a docked USCG vessel. The Guardsman got his … Full Story

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Interview: Kenny Goodman

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By Jaime Franchie Kenny Goodman has been a staple on Fire Island for decades. Most know him by his tiny shop of treasures in Ocean Beach, where Island goers can browse through his original silver jewelry pieces known as “Kennys.” He is most famous for carved face pendants, but his work runs the gamut from ankle bracelets to rings and … Full Story

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New and Improved: Grove Hotel Rises from the Ashes

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By Bruce-Michael Gelbert For two seasons now Cherry Grove has lived without the Grove Hotel, a longtime fixture of downtown. The new, improved Grove Hotel however, owned by the Liguori family and currently very much a work-in-progress, should be in operation this summer. On March 27, 2015, an early morning fire burning on Holly Walk for more than five hours … Full Story

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Controversy Stirs Over Driving Restrictions on Smith Point Beach

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By Jaime Franchie The piping plover, a federally-listed, threatened and endangered bird species on Long Island, is the catalyst for controversial driving restrictions on Smith Point beach this summer season. The piping plover is a small and stocky migratory bird that makes its home along Long Island’s shoreline. The Fire Island National Seashore has implemented an annual piping plover monitoring … Full Story

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Fire Island School Graduates Prepare for Middle School and Beyond

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By Anika Lanser As commencement ceremonies occur around the country for college students, graduate students, high schoolers, and kindergartners alike, another happens close to our hearts, the bay, and the Atlantic at Fire Island’s very own Woodhull Elementary School. On Tuesday, June 20, sixth-graders at Woodhull School were given quite the sendoff. Music Teacher Philip Tamberino mused, “Every year graduation … Full Story

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Fair Harbor’s Pine Walk Fair Turns 45

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By Jaimie Franchi The 45th annual Fair Harbor Pine Walk Fair, taking place Saturday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a much-anticipated Fire Island experience for this relatively small community. Featuring globally-recognized artisans, it will offer fine art, clothing, notecards, mosaic trays, jewelry, and weathered signs. Baby quilts, vintage sunglasses, totes, Fire Island T-shirts and more will … Full Story