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Obituary: Joan B. Johnson

by FIN |

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

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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

“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: Ocean Beach Historical Society, September 1 at 11 a.m. Author-signed copies will be available for sale.

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Thurber Reading at Fire Island Synagogue

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By Alia Derriey Seaview residents gathered Wednesday, Aug. 7, to read and discuss James Thurber’s short story “The Catbird Seat.” The reading, led by Arlene Kossoff, was the last of this summer’s literature-themed events, part of the Wednesday night activity program that also includes frequent game nights. Kossoff chose the story by the famed modern humorist to end the summer … Full Story

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Governor Cuomo Signs Brianna’s Law, Making Boating Safety a Priority

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By Lorna Luniewski // Photo by Sean Fitzthum On Aug. 6, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo was on Long Island to sign Brianna’s Law, which requires all operators of motorized watercraft to complete a state-approved boating safety course. Presently, only those born after May 1, 1996, are required to complete a course before operating a motor boat. The law is named … Full Story

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All Were Winners at Lifeguard Tournament

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By Mariana Dominguez // Photos by Robert Sherman For someone who frequents the beach as often as possible I knew remarkably little about lifeguards as I headed to the annual Fire Island Lifeguard Tournament. The extent of my knowledge didn’t really go well beyond “Baywatch” and the swimmers I knew and admired in high school. Now as I stood in … Full Story

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Going the Extra Mile with Run for Rose

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By Danielle Lipiec // Photo by Lauren Chenault The Rose DiGangi Foundation held its 13th annual Run for Rose in Ocean Bay Park, as always, on Sunday, Aug. 11. With fair weather, walkers and runners alike met at the finish line to take on the course for a good cause. The 5K Run for Rose began in honor of Rose … Full Story

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The Two Other Halves: William Floyd’s Wives

by Thomas McGann |

General William Floyd (1734-1821), one of only 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, had two homes and two wives. The first home is the William Floyd Estate in Mastic, part of the Fire Island National Seashore. His first wife was Hannah Jones (1740-1781), daughter of William and Mary Jones of Southampton. His second home is the General William Floyd … Full Story