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Forgotten Bay Shore Aviation History

by Thomas McGann |

Long Island has a rich aviation history. It is home to the three busiest airports serving New York City (JFK, LaGuardia, and MacArthur) as well as numerous small airports dotting the island that provide everything from recreational flying to flight training to skydiving. There are other significant airports that have been lost over time to shopping malls, schools, parks and … 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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Fire Island Restaurants Adapt to New Challenges

by FIN |

By Joey Macellaro  / Photos by Robert Sherman ~ Fire Island restaurateurs have always had to work a little harder than most to operate in a town where patrons and provisions arrive by ferry. In the age of COVID-19, their problems have been compounded even further. “We are changing the menu daily because getting food from purveyors is not as … 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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Fire Islanders March in Peaceful Protest

by Emma Boskovski |

On May 25, a 46-year-old black man lost his life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the hands of a white police officer. On June 6, at 5 p.m., around 100 Fire Islanders began marching in Ocean Bay Park, they congregated in peaceful protest where attendee’s began by chanting, “Say his name, George Floyd.” Protesters echoed similar sentiments to align with those … Full Story

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Summer of 1968 on Fire Island

by FIN |

By Marc Gold ~ The wonderful time capsule of music … what would we do without it? I was beginning my daily walking journey in the Staten Island woods at Rivington and Park Drive North, armed with a music set list I was proud of. “My Back Pages,” the Byrds iconic Dylan cover played at top volume. Suddenly I was … 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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Bon Voyage to Captain Jayne

by FIN |

By Robert Levine ~ After 55 years at the helm, longtime friend of Fire Island, Captain Mike Jayne has retired from Sayville Ferry Service. His last triangle voyage took place on Tuesday afternoon on April 28, 2020 as a group of well-wishers from Cherry Grove assembled at the dock to send him off with style. At the 3:30 p.m. arrival, … Full Story

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“I Am” by Mary O’Brien

by FIN |

I am confident I wonder about the origins of the sea I hear tales of fantasy and bravery I see words on a page written so carefully. I want the world to be a better place I am Mary O’Brien I pretend that I am characters from Harry Potter I feel connected to some characters that I read about I … 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