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DINING REVIEW: Lunch at Matthew’s Seafood House

by Shoshanna M. |

935 Bay Walk Ocean Beach, New York 11770 (631) 583-8016 • www.matthewsseafood.com   Matthew’s Seafood House holds a lot of memories for us, for my husband John especially. Through his friend Casey he moonlighted there on weekends in the 1980s, and got to know Casey’s parents who founded the enterprise, Cosmo Sr. and Emily; Casey’s brothers, Matthew and Vincent; Vincent’s … Full Story

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Fire Island Unmasked

by Shoshanna M. |

WHEN ONE FIRE ISLAND community is in trouble, all of us are in trouble. So when things hit the fan in Fire Island Pines over Fourth of July Weekend, I knew that our publication had to respond – not with the shaming and exploitation that so many media outlets indulged in, but with compassion for the many residents who love … Full Story

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2020 Vision

by Shoshanna M. |

HELLO AND WELCOME TO our debut issue of Fire Island News this summer, reimagined so to be more sustainable for these unusual times we are presently living in. It is a leaner paper without some of the bells and whistles of our previous seasons, but great care has been given to still deliver a news publication of substance. The color … Full Story

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DINING REVIEW: Bad Boy Burritos at The Pantry

by Shoshanna M. |

When it came to what’s new with food on Fire Island, talk of Bad Boy Burritos was on everyone’s lips. There is little surprise why. The black and white Jolly Roger logo strategically placed outside The Pantry kind of beckons, and who isn’t a fan of burritos? With outdoor restaurant dining being reintroduced only recently after the height of the … Full Story

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Kline’s Proprietor Edward Lindberg: 1942-2020

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Family man, service veteran, fireman, retired police detective and longtime proprietor of the local favorite variety store in Ocean Beach known as Kline’s, Edward “Ed” Lindberg died last month at the age of 78. In a world of online shopping and big box stores, Kline’s now exists as something of a rare gem – a place … Full Story

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FIMI “Complete” According to Zeldin

by Shoshanna M. |

A published statement issued by the office of U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin recently announced the final placement of sand for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Fire Island to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project (FIMI) as of June 11, 2020. According to the New York First Congressional District Republican Party congressman, whose jurisdiction includes the eastern portion of Fire … Full Story

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Editor’s Window: The Long Winter

by Shoshanna M. |

Dear Readers, Had it been a Friday on the cusp of Memorial Day Weekend in any other year, there would be that giddy sense of excitement as we turned the first crisp pages of the new issue of Fire Island News for the season – pages smelling of freshly printed ink and full of promise of all that lay ahead … Full Story

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GEORGE REHN 1948-2020

by Shoshanna M. |

By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Ocean Beach has lost one of its community pillars over the first weekend of April 2020, in the passing of friend and neighbor George Rehn at the age of 71-years old. For over 20 years George was active in many facets of Fire Island life. As longtime treasurer of the Ocean Beach Association, he regularly supervised … Full Story

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GUNFIRE IN THE SUNKEN FOREST: Fire Island National Seashore Deer Culling Begins

by Shoshanna M. |

“I am in the Sunken Forest and have heard at least a half dozen shots!” said Cherry Grove resident Warren Boyd Wexler on a cellphone at 3:30 p.m. “I was just out taking advantage of the nice weather this afternoon. Next thing I know there is yellow police tape blocking the boardwalk I used to come in, and it wasn’t there 45 minutes ago. Deer are bolting in all directions in terror.”