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The Cherry Grove Story at YMCA Boulton Center

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Mike Fisher’s acclaimed documentary “Cherry Grove Stories” burst on the Fire Island scene in the summer of 2017. After its premiere at the landmarked Cherry Grove Community House Theatre, former FIN reporter Bruce-Michael Gelbert described it as “a kaleidoscopic and moving view of the past six decades of Cherry Grove history.” The film would go onto … Full Story

Thanksgiving Dinner at CJ’s

by Shoshanna M. |

Enjoy a complimentary turkey dinner with all the trimmings on us, prior to the family feast! All residents, employees, construction crews and daytime visitors in Ocean Beach and the neighboring Fire Island communities are welcome to stop in and enjoy. Compliments of CJ’s Restaurant & Bar.

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History Made: Kismet Historical Society Fundraiser 2019

by Shoshanna M. |

Every Fire Island community is distinct and unique, and  therefore are the histories that made them. In 2019 a longtime dream for the westernmost community of Kismet at last came to realization – a historical society of their own. With antique vehicles and memorabilia on display, local history authors authors on hand, and residents gathered up to have photographs from … Full Story

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In the Eye of a Storm: The Ocean Bay Park Fire

by Shoshanna M. |

The blaze that destroyed three houses in Ocean Bay Park during the early morning hours on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 has taken its toll on the psyche of Fire Island. Still emerging from the devastation that rocked much of Long Island and the Northeast coast with high tidal surges from subtropical storm Melissa the raged offshore as the full moon … Full Story

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No Broomstick Required: CJ’s Halloween Party 2019

by Shoshanna M. |

Summer may be over, but there is still much nightlife going on over at Fire Island, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar will be hosting their Halloween party on Friday night, October 18 in Ocean Beach beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Here are all the things you need to know to know about this most spirited of Fire Island occasions. … Full Story

Kismet Historical Society Fundraiser

by Shoshanna M. |

Kismet Historical Society has come a long way since its inception less than 12 months ago, and on Sunday, Oct. 6 they will be hosting a fundraiser to take their vision to the next level at Kismet Inn, from 2-4 p.m. Multiple attractions at the event includes antique vehicles, scanners set up for show and tell photographs and miscellaneous artifacts … Full Story

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Obituary: Joan B. Johnson

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Former Islip Clerk and GOP Congressional Candidate, 1933-2019 By Lauren ten Hoopen Joan B. Johnson, Town of Islip Clerk for 16 years and Suffolk’s Republican congressional candidate, has passed at 86 years old. She was the first woman of color to be a town official and run for the United States Congress – a true inspiration to our community as … Full Story

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Closing and Reopening Fire Island Vacation Homes

by Emma Boskovski |

Advice from the Pros With the glee and giggles of delight that radiate from the homes of Fire Islander’s during the scorching summer season, is the responsibility that comes with closing up your home in the fall, and then, re-opening it again for another summer in the spring. With the insight of experts in the fields of plumbing, mechanical, and … Full Story

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A Rich History at Sagtikos Manor in Bay Shore

by FIN |

By Lorna Luniewski For 35 years I passed the white house set back on the north side of Montauk Highway in West Bay Shore, with the thought, ‘someday I’ll have to go there.’ And, for more than 10 years, I have listed the many events that are held at Sagtikos Manor each year in a calendar of events, with my … Full Story

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Robert Moses: A Visionary Stricken with Myopia

by Thomas McGann |

It is not hard to understand why Fire Islanders with a knowledge of history of the island would dislike Robert Moses. He did, after all, try to jam a four-lane highway down the center of their island in spite of their vehement opposition. As ill-conceived as that idea was it is not representative of the visionary Robert Moses. He foresaw … Full Story