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“FROZEN CHARLOTTE” BY SUSAN DE SOLA

by Rita Plush |

Susan de Sola, is a native New Yorker, now living in Holland, but her connection to Fire Island goes back generations. Her grandfather, Rabbi David de Sola Pool, conducted religious services on the island before the Seaview’s Fire Island Synagogue was founded by Herman Wouk. The island turns up in her prize-winning poem “Buddy” as “…our sandy, summer island village….” … Full Story

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Pandemics and Fire Island: A Brief History

by Thomas McGann |

AS ISOLATED AS FIRE ISLAND is it has had more than its share of pandemics. COVID-19 is only the latest, and thanks to the leadership of mayors, police officers, business owners and just plain folk, Fire Island is skirting most of the damage being inflicted on the rest of the world. Actual cases of the disease here on the island … Full Story

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Hello From The Quarantine

by FIN |

By Timothy Bolger ~ That is the best word to describe the past three months of reporting around the clock on the horrid details of a historic pandemic, navigating the ensuing economic calamity, and taking previously foreign preventive measures to keep my family from contracting a virus with ever-changing expert opinions on transmission risks. My lovely but anxious wife, boisterous … Full Story

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No Shades of Gray

by Karl Grossman |

Long Island too was part of the protests that have swept the nation in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis – one of so many killings of black people by police through the years. Many of these demonstrations in many communities across the bay from Fire Island included Bay Shore, Sayville, Lindenhurst, West Babylon, West Islip, … 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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Lost at Sea: One Fire Island Resident’s COVID-19 Horror Story

by FIN |

By Mariana Dominguez  ~ Calm Before the Storm: The first seven days went as planned. On March 3, Joan Rashid flew out of New York headed for Buenos Aires. On March 7, she boarded Holland-America’s “MS–Zaandam” for a 31-day South American cruise beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Fort Lauderdale. Early in March COVID-19 was a mostly European problem. … 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