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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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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 …

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Fair Harbor Clothing Company

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Turning Bottles into Bikinis By Kirsten Corssen Fair Harbor Swimsuits has developed a revolutionary way to combat against plastic, and recycle waste in a whole new fashion. Bathing suits are made out of recycled plastics, creating a functional and environmentally friendly product that generates awareness for the environment. Launched in 2014, the company was founded by two young entrepreneur siblings, …

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3rd Annual Day of the Shark

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Raising Awareness at the Fire Island Lighthouse By Emma Boskovski Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society held its third annual “Fin-Tastic celebration of the shark,” to raise awareness about marine life, not just sharks, on Sunday, July 22. “We host the ‘Day of the Shark’ each year to inspire learning about marine life,” said Amanda Vaskas, program director and volunteer coordinator. …

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Dancing in the Rain

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Fire Island Dance Festival By Robert Levine Ballet luminaries, three remarkable world premiers, an excerpt of a seminal piece that changed the history of modern dance, and a rain storm marked this year’s sold out 24th Annual Fire Island Dance Festival, produced by Denise Roberts Hurlin and Adam Rei Siegel. The Festival is a fundraiser for Dancers Responding to AIDS, …

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CGAC Film Festival

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Lights, Camera, Action By Johnny “Boardwalk” Burke The Cherry Grove Archives Committee (CGAC) with the support of the Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG) has produced its second film festival. Although the term “film festival,” especially in a vacation setting, may conjure images of Cannes, Venice, Sundance, or even Provincetown – Fire Island now has its own, and a significantly …

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Peter Greenberg

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The Well-Traveled Detective By Alia Derriey Everything you thought you knew about traveling is wrong. Eschew online reviews, comparison and booking websites, even bucket lists. “Only 52 percent of inventory is displayed online,” Peter Greenberg informed Ocean Bay Park residents at his July 21 talk. TripAdvisor has morphed from a helpful travel community forum into “an aggressive booking machine.” According …