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Fire Islanders Sound Off on Beach Rebuilding, Condemnation

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By Timothy Bolger Fire Islanders mostly favor a controversial $207-million federally funded plan to pump sand on their beaches and dunes to fix erosion caused by Sandy, but they oppose condemning oceanfront homes to do it. That’s the consensus from 15 residents of the barrier beach who aired their opinions at the public hearing held at the Brentwood campus of …

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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.

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 …