“Shipwreck of Hopes” Author Lecture & Book Signing

by Shoshanna M. |

Meet historical novelist Angela Reich, author of “Shipwreck of Hopes” as she promotes her recently released book at libraries and museums throughout the Long Island region: Saltaire Public  Library on July 12. Time is TBA. Sayville Public Library on August 14, 7 p.m. Author-signed copies will be available for sale.

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Stonewall Rebellion: The Best and Worst of Times

by Thomas McGann |

By Thomas McGann Who really knows why it all happened? Probably no one, not even those who were there. At least that’s how the story of the Stonewall riots continues to be told. But something was in the air that sweltering night at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, June 28, 1969, a crazy night during crazy times. … Full Story

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Interview: Greg Scarnici, author of “Dungeons and Drag Queens”

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By Anika Lanser There have been many accounts of time spent on Fire Island, and in varying mediums. However, there is perhaps no account as hilarious or as honest as the collection of essays released this past March by Greg Scarnici. Titled “Dungeons and Drag Queens: Fire Island through the eyes of its worst drag queen,” the collection of essays … Full Story

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Villages Trade Places on Tax Cap Position

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By Timothy Bolger For the first time since New York State passed the 2 percent tax cap in 2011, Fire Island’s two villages are reversing their usual positions on opposite sides of the municipal mandate. The Village of Saltaire pierced the cap for the first time when its village board voted on April 10 to approve a 2.75 percent property … Full Story

The Fire Island Trials: The Stonewall Before Stonewall

by Karl Grossman |

By Karl Grossman It being LGBTQ Pride Month commemorating the Stonewall riots, which happened this month 50 years ago, it is most timely to revisit the successful challenge to police raids on gay communities of Fire Island – which the year earlier preceded what happened in 1969 at Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village gay club. It was an outrageous annual … Full Story

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Dining Review: Hurricane’s Bar and Grill

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By Timothy Bolger Hurricane’s Bar & Grill25 Cayuga Walk, Ocean Bay Park631-583-8000fireislandhotel.com/amenities/diningOpen seven days, “noon to whenever” Cooking up a storm of flavor with some of the freshest, homemade dishes on Fire Island is Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, a largely al fresco eatery a stone’s throw from the Atlantic in Ocean Bay Park. Tucked inside the courtyard at the Fire … Full Story

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The Miraculous Rescue of the “U.S.S. Northern Pacific”

by Thomas McGann |

By Thomas McGann No one knows how many wrecks have occurred off Fire Island’s shores, some horrific, some forgotten to history, but the most miraculous rescue must be that of the “U.S.S. Northern Pacific,” which ran aground on New Year’s Day in 1919, with a shipload of wounded soldiers. The World War I troop carrier left Brest, France, en route … Full Story

Ask Camirose: ‘Wool is for Sweaters’ and ‘Shocked’

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By Camille Mercogliano Dear Camirose,I met the best guy. He is super sweet, successful and totally hot. We live in Manhattan but came out to Ocean Beach for a weekend getaway. We have been dating for about two weeks, and this was to be our first hook-up night. In anticipation of the big night, I got myself a full Brazilian, … Full Story

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Lost Dog Found Through Community Efforts

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By Emma Boskovski A lost female, white, golden dachshund hound mix named Mama Eliza was lost and found this past week, following Memorial Day Weekend. She was safely captured along the Robert Moses Causeway after her four and a half mile weekend getaway along Fire Island’s shore, beginning along Spruce and South Walk in Dunewood. Numerous Facebook pages devoted to … Full Story