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25 Years of Fire Island Dance Festival

by FIN |

By Robert Levine It was a sultry, beautiful Sunday on the hottest weekend of the year, and more than 200 people were assembled at this gracious space overlooking the Great South Bay, waiting for the dance recital to begin. This was the final performance of the Dancers Responding to AIDS weekend in Fire Island Pines, also known as the Fire … Full Story

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FINS Town Hall at FIA Meeting

by Emma Boskovski |

The Fire Island Association (FIA) held a general meeting at the Ocean Beach Community House, on Saturday, July 27, at 1 p.m. FIA President Suzy Goldhirsch introduced the meeting by declaring the agenda. She set out to explain the mission behind FIA, discuss recent developments regarding the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) construction project, and to explore wastewater … Full Story

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The Ferry Women: Being Female In Fire Island’s Ferry Industry

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By Mariana Dominguez When Colleen Johnsen was hired as a deckhand at Sayville Ferry Service at the age of 16, she didn’t immediately set herself the goal of becoming a licensed ferry captain. She certainly enjoyed being and working on the boats and even began to accumulate training time behind the wheel, but it wasn’t until a fellow crew member … Full Story

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Interview: New York State Senator Monica R. Martinez

by Shoshanna M. |

  New York State Senator Monica R. Martinez is the first female and Latina state senator to be elected into the Third District – which includes portions of Brookhaven and Islip towns, the community of Brentwood, and the eastern portion of Fire Island. Having served in the Suffolk County Legislature Ninth District for five years prior, she succeeds former Islip … Full Story

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Environment: Bitter Harvest

by Karl Grossman |

There are no farms on Fire Island. But Suffolk County, of which it is a part, is a top agricultural county in New York State. As New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli noted in a recent “economic snapshot” of the area, “Suffolk County has the highest value for agricultural crops of any county in New York State.” It has also, for … Full Story

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Fair Trade at Fair Harbor’s Pine Walk Fair

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By Danielle Lipiec Evading the rainy day that the weather forecast predicted, Fair Harbor’s annual Pine Walk Fair flourished under the sunshine for its 47th consecutive year on Saturday, July 6. Fire Islanders flocked from all parts of the island, keeping water taxis just as busy as the packed streets of the fair surrounding the ferry dock.   Since the … Full Story