STARS AND STRIPES ON OUR STREETS

by Shoshanna M. |

Who says we can’t celebrate together on the Fourth of July? Decorate, distance, and celebrate in Ocean Beach with a coordination of contests brought to you by the Ocean Beach Association, Ocean Beach Fire Department and the Ocean Beach Community Fund: Best Decorated House, Best Decorated Block, Most Patriotic Staff, as well as Decorate Your Wagon and Sidewalk Chalk Drawing … 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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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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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

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Fire Island Permit Holders Taken for a Ride

by Shoshanna M. |

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.