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By Robert Levine ~ Jerry Herman told me a story once about growing up in Jersey City. His fun-loving mother would make elaborate costume parties for any occasion. When he came home from school one day, he asked his mother what the occasion was. “It’s today!” she answered, and in time one of his most popular songs from “Mame” would … Full Story
By Emma Boskovski ~ Garnet is the birthstone of January. The wine rose colored stone also happens to be the official gem of New York State. Perhaps, most amazingly, Fire Island’s beaches are covered in it. It comes up right between our toes as we walk the shores, and we may hardly even notice it. Yet with each kiss of … Full Story
By Shoshanna McCollum ~ A new decade will soon be upon us, and 2019 will be filed away as history. There are moments in 2019 that we here at Fire Island News will look fondly upon, while others remain memorable because their occurrence left an impact on this beach. Selected are some of the news items that we believe our … Full Story
Since opening for business in 1971, CJ’s has maintained a year round presence on Fire Island with few interruptions. Denial of an over sand vehicle permit application now threatens to change all of this, striking a chord of empathy among the residency who are presently experiencing challenges of their own in this arena with Fire Island National Seashore.
By Shoshanna McCollum ~ Mike Fisher’s acclaimed documentary “Cherry Grove Stories” burst on the Fire Island scene in the summer of 2017. After its premiere at the landmarked Cherry Grove Community House Theatre, former FIN reporter Bruce-Michael Gelbert described it as “a kaleidoscopic and moving view of the past six decades of Cherry Grove history.” The film would go onto … Full Story
By Lorna Luniewski ~ Natalie Rogers, former Ocean Beach mayor and the first woman to hold that office, celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 24, 2019. Over the summer, 120 friends and family gathered with her at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck to celebrate this milestone. In addition, the Community House in OB, a building she was instrumental in rebuilding … Full Story
Every Fire Island community is distinct and unique, and therefore are the histories that made them. In 2019 a longtime dream for the westernmost community of Kismet at last came to realization – a historical society of their own. With antique vehicles and memorabilia on display, local history authors authors on hand, and residents gathered up to have photographs from … Full Story
The blaze that destroyed three houses in Ocean Bay Park during the early morning hours on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 has taken its toll on the psyche of Fire Island. Still emerging from the devastation that rocked much of Long Island and the Northeast coast with high tidal surges from subtropical storm Melissa the raged offshore as the full moon … Full Story
Summer may be over, but there is still much nightlife going on over at Fire Island, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar will be hosting their Halloween party on Friday night, October 18 in Ocean Beach beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Here are all the things you need to know to know about this most spirited of Fire Island occasions. … Full Story