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OP-ED: Oysters Again

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By Robert Wemyss ~ In response to your recent article, “Mighty Mollusks Make Comebacks,” published on September 8, 2019:  An artificial oyster-reef five-hundred-square-foot is only about 1/100th of an acre – that’s nice, but what does this cost the taxpayer. Please fact check your sources – sources – the claim that a “little oyster” filters 50 gallon a day is … Full Story

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Mighty Mollusks Make Comebacks

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By Rebecca Hoey   Did you know that one little oyster filters 50 gallons of water a day? These mighty mollusks are a huge part of Long Island’s aquaculture that are keeping some special people incredibly busy by paving the way for their return. Town of Brookhaven recently unveiled the first Long Island “oyster bar” at Moriches Bay – however … Full Story

Microplastic Study in Patchogue Provides Insight Into Scale of Pollution

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By Anika Lanser Many Fire Islanders take it upon themselves to collect and dispose of litter they come upon during morning walks, evening swims, and stargazing strolls. Signs are posted encouraging those who visit our beautiful beaches to dispose of their garbage at the end of a long beach day. But what about microscopic plastics and pieces the size of … Full Story

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Robert Furey: Saying So Long to the Village Doctor

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By Danielle Lipiec People cycle in and out of Fire Island every single day, whether it be summer or off-season, and rain or shine. Out of all those who come and go, Dr. Robert Furey – more commonly known as Dr. Bob – is one who has been in it for the long haul. As Saltaire’s primary care physician for … Full Story

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Earl Blackwell Jr. and the Cherry Grove Arts Project

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By Carl Luss Cherry Grove’s civic governance has always been vested in the hands of its homeowners. The Property Owners Association’s board of directors and all its community service committees were comprised of both heterosexuals and homosexuals. During the Association’s early organizing years most gay individuals, however, served under the protective coloration of the decorous “double life.” While in Cherry … Full Story

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Five Summers of the Great South Bay SUP Race

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By Laura Schmidt//Photos by Lauren Chenault   Paddleboarders from all across Long Island and from surrounding states paddled against the elements Aug. 25, to compete in the Fifth Annual SUP at the Bay Shore Yacht Club (BYC), which has been officially renamed The Great South Bay Race. More than 50 paddlers participated in a one-mile fun race, a three-mile race … Full Story

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Fire Island Basketball Tournament

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By Rick Kushner    Where else can a 16-year-old player Tomahawk dunk a rebound over a 50-year-old veteran? Only in the Fire Island Basketball Tournament! I founded the basketball tournaments in 1989 with four teams, now we have 76 players (ages 15-62) on nine teams. I remain commissioner, with eight assistant commissioners to help with all the work that needs … Full Story

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The Girls of Summer Return: Lez Volley 2019

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By Danielle Lipiec // Photos by Philm.Photography Cherry Grove’s ninth annual LezVolley tournament kicked off with perfect weather and a record-setting numbers on Saturday, Aug. 17. The beach was packed with tents, courts, players, spectators and beachgoers stopping by to peek in on the fun. LezVolley got its start nine years ago when co-founders Kristine Bungay and Danielle Stanziale noticed … Full Story

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Sandpiper Race Brings Competition and Fun to F.I. Kids

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By Mariana Dominguez // Photos by Lauren Chenault & Jay Blakesberg Despite being a hot and steamy day, excitement remained for the more than 100 kids who competed in the annual Sandpiper Children’s Race in Ocean Beach. Scheduled one weekend after the Fire Island 5K Run for Rose in Ocean Bay Park, the children’s event takes place on the beach … 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