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Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ As this pandemic summer winds down, there has been some small consolation in the fact that several annual events still took place. Saturday, Aug. 15, was the designated day. The Byrnes’, Tommy and Robbie, marked 35 … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ It’s August and in any other year we would be saying that we are “hitting the home stretch.” Those who see the glass as half empty bemoan the fact that summer has reached the halfway … Full Story

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Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ Did you know that July 24, the date of this issue of the Fire Island News, is also International Self Care Day? Neither did I until I Googled July 24, 2019, in search of inspiration. It’s … Full Story

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When the editor of the Fire Island News, Shoshanna McCollum, contacted me regarding the direction the paper is taking this summer, I remarked that we are all embarking on a new kind of social experiment and we are all in … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla The party’s over – seems like Memorial Day was yesterday, and here we are on the cusp of Labor Day and there is still so much more to talk about in Ocean Bay Park. The annual … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla I just love the color of August. It’s predominantly purple and orange – the purple of the vitex and the orange trumpet vines that echo the Monarch butterflies, which are back on Fire Island. It’s been … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla As Bob Marley sang, “Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” Summer is in full swing in Ocean Bay Park and it seems like everyone’s dancing to some beat – … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla We are just about at the midpoint of summer 2019, with approximately 70 days left, which is hard to believe. Seems like Memorial Day was just last week! And there is so much going on in … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla Wow, July 4th! Can you believe it? Why it that the older we get the faster time seems to go? Steve and I “got out of Dodge” for a week so that I could celebrate a … Full Story

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By Barbara Gaby Placilla I got up early on Saturday so I could catch the kids’ softball game and found only the coaches, Huron Street’s Chas Kingsley and Crescent Street’s Jim Aug, discussing the upcoming season. Where was everyone? At … Full Story