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25 Years of the FI Lifeguard Tournament

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By Laura Schmidt // Photos by Robert Sherman Lifeguards from Ocean Beach, Saltaire and Town of Islip competed in challenging conditions on sand and sea at the 25th Annual Fire Island Lifeguard Tournament on Aug. 2. After a grueling evening of red-flag waves, gusty winds and sticky humidity, Town of Islip lifeguards took home the coveted golden torp trophy, the …

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Interview: Anthony Cerabino, Wellness Practitioner

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By Shoshanna McCollum It was Anthony Cerabino’s birthday when we sat down to talk with him. The Bay Shore native has just turned 57 years old. He has much to celebrate. As the founder of Healthcare Wellness Center, his practice on Main Street is flourishing. Acupuncture, allergy elimination, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, medical massage, vitamin and mineral therapy, and Reiki, along …

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Fire Island Lighthouse Barefoot Black Tie 2018

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One Step at a Time   By Lorna Luniewski // Photos by Sean Fitzthum Rain did not dampen spirits at the 32nd annual Barefoot Black Tie Dinner Benefit held on the terrace of the Fire Island Lighthouse, on Aug. 11. More than 300 guests enjoyed a catered dinner, open bar, silent auction and dancing to the music of local favorite …

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Run for Rose 2018

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By Danielle Lipiec // Photos by James Hardy Community, goodwill, and a passion for the greater good – all three are aspects of charity that were present at the 12th annual Run for Rose in Ocean Bay Park on Sunday, Aug. 12. The heat of the day didn’t stop all 324 registered runners from showing up to run for a …

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Kenny Goodman: 50 Years of Art on F.I.

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By Danielle Lipiec Fire Island celebrated a half-century of art from staple community member Kenny Goodman, at an exhibition of his work on Saturday, Aug. 11. Attendees gathered at the Ocean Beach Historical Society – many clad in their own Kenny’s – to enjoy food, wine, and camaraderie among a display of Goodman’s iconic sculptures, jewelry, and carvings. Goodman began …

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Dining Review: Schooner Inn

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Food, Friends, and Bingo By Danielle Lipiec Schooner Inn 57 Bayview Walk, Ocean Bay Park, NY 631-583-8498 Lunch: Noon-5 p.m.; Dinner: 5-10 p.m Open through Columbus Day Weekend In a sea of dining establishments on Fire Island, Schooner Inn offers something different. I’ve heard rave reviews from locals, who most notably compliment the restaurant’s ambiance. With great location and service, …

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The Fascinating History of Lighthouses

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From Pharos to Fire Island By Thomas McGann On Aug. 7, we will celebrate National Lighthouse Day, and countdown to the 30th anniversary in which Congress passed this resolution. It was on Aug. 7, 1789, that the Bureau of Lighthouses was founded. When President Ronald Reagan signed the bill 200 years later, he did so in recognition of the incalculable …

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Book Review: The Great South Bay

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By Rita Plush “The Great South Bay” // By Jeanine O’Grady // Children’s Picture Book // South Shore Betty $28.95 In “The Great South Bay,” author/artist Jeanine O’Grady shares her affection for Long Island’s South Shore with young readers. Born and raised in Bay Shore, the local beaches were her playground. Take away her engaging illustrations – not for long …

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Time Machine: Pines Party 2018

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By Gil Neary // Photographs by Robert Zash At the end of every July, a miracle happens on the beach called the Pines Party. It’s a weekend of events around the beach party that galvanizes the entire community, and for that weekend the Pines is like nowhere else on earth. To the unwitting observer it seems a weekend strung with …

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Long Island Lighthouses: A Lecture with Love

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By Laura Schmidt Robert Müller loves lighthouses so much he got married in one. This lighthouse conservationist’s admiration began 20 years ago while on vacation with his wife, Diana, in Florida. Müller spotted replica lighthouse figurines for sale and wondered about the history of lighthouses back home on Long Island. To his surprise, he couldn’t find one published book on …