I write this final column of the year not knowing who or what may be around to read it next week. Mario’s first email warned us about Tropical Storm Henri, or TS Henri as Mario calls it. I remember the … Full Story
Last Saturday, a deceased 30-foot minke whale was deposited on Saltaire’s beach – a couple of times, in fact, as it washed up, out and back again before being tastefully hauled away by resident problem-solver, Vern Henriksen. Prior to that resolution, various village, county, state and federal agencies had been consulted about the best way to handle the mammal. With the invaluable assist of our lifeguards, it was given a befitting send-off.
Veteran firefighter Leo Mason-Cioce, age 4, sets the pace for the band at the SVFC’s annual parade on July 17.
Meanwhile, things are zipping along like an e-bike on Lighthouse as Saltaire’s traditional summer revives. The SVFC holds its traditionally-belated Fourth of July parade Saturday, July 17, starting at 10:30 a.m., and once again there’ll be food and music post-defile at the firehouse. Camp Director Molly Davis’s program has reclaimed the great outdoors, and the Library program under “Ms. Kate” Valente is a veritable page-turner; visit saltaire.org for information and calendars. Softball and other sports are in play on the field (with its newly-shaded bleachers!) and Club activities are bustling. Even the complaints rolling in are pretty much standard pre-pandemic stuff.
Owner Michael Miller bought Le Dock in 2018 after 20 years in the demanding dining atmosphere of Ocean Beach and is gratified how many customers from his old place take the trouble to hop a water taxi to Fair Harbor to enjoy his new venue, solid testament to his dedication. Chef Gary Brown takes equal pride in ensuring each dish his kitchen turns out retains the high standards and uniform quality he insists on. Prices, often an issue for even jaded New Yorkers, are reasonable and of good value, and portions strike just the right balance between too much and too little.
Looks like we’re settling into the new reality in our happy haven of unreality, as summer activities loom, days grow shorter, and people’s faces, instead of their masks, become familiar identification markers. Even the market now lets you in unmasked, provided you’ve been vaccinated; anti-vaxxers may be barefaced in their false medical assertions but not in the store, where a suitable, and preferably impermeable, face covering is still a mandatory fashion-statement for the health-averse. Camp opens July 6, lifeguards are beaching daily, churches are re-convoking, the Club’s running full-tilt due to some sinking posts out back, and field sports resume as soon as Maintenance moves the bleachers back once the new shades are installed (thanks to the financial generosity of the SCA). A new normal, perhaps, but “normal” is the operative word.
First quote of the season goes to Frank Markus, chief justice of the Saltaire Supreme Court, who apologized that he’d tried to buy a copy of the News but the Market had sold out. It fell to me to … Full Story
Well, this is it – our final column of 2020. People may be staying out later but we’re closing up sooner. Would this had been a Corvette rather than a Covid summer, but President Trump says President Xi had … Full Story
Fire Island is well known as a getaway spot for actors. Yet only one, whose centennial we mark this year, could call it his birthplace: Brett King, a little-remembered but fine actor born Bertell Wadsworth King, Jr., in Ocean Beach … Full Story
2020 just won’t let up. Virus, economic implosion, shark attacks and now a tropical storm, and it’s still only August. What’s next? Besides a canceled presidential election, I mean. In brief, it’s not a normal year, something not quite … Full Story
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