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Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines

By Robert Levine ~ It’s August. We are having a strange, slow moving, and unusual summer. Fewer and smaller dinner parties; no fundraisers or cocktail parties; less gatherings at the bars, restaurants or at home; and no shows at the … Full Story

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Rose’s View by Robert Levine

  Invasion 45 for July 4, 2020, was officially cancelled due to the coronavirus. However Nurse Panzi kept the tradition going by inviting a special group of 25 veterans, including Pines resident Hal Hayes, to join Homecoming Queen Ikea for … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

By Robert Levine The 16th annual “Cherry Grove Honors” was a tremendous success on Saturday, Aug. 17. With many people in attendance, this special catered dinner was held at the CG Community House. Recipients included Gerri Losquadro, committee member of … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

By Robert Levine On May 31, 1959, fire destroyed the Botel, which was owned by Peggy Fears, an ex showgirl. John Whyte, a former billboard model, bought the property and rebuilt it. The new Botel became a worldwide destination for … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

By Robert Levine I have been thinking of our neighbors and guests who have lived, visited or worked in Cherry Grove over the years. Many Broadway or Hollywood celebrities passed through. When I arrived in the Grove it was a … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Fire Island Pines

By Robert Levine Lamda Legal held their major annual Fire Island fundraiser at the home of Todd Sears. Todd has been a host and co-host for the past 20 years. He welcomed all, then introduced this year’s co-host, David Aldea. … Full Story

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Rose’s View: Cherry Grove

By Robert Levine In the early 1950s when Cherry Grove was still young, a magical place sprouted in the wooded area between the Grove and the Pines dubbed the Meat Rack. It was a very active part of the Grove … Full Story

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Rose’s View: The Rainbow Invasion

By Robert Levine The Pines Harbor was overflowing with excitement, yachts, boats, noise, cheering, horns sounding and everyone celebrating an event that has become as important to Fire Island as July 4 in America. The people were shoulder-to-shoulder as we … Full Story