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Kenan’s Visit to Fire Island: A Photo Compilation

by Shoshanna M. |

Kenan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning to acquire, or possess – and he certainly did take possession of Long Island and much of the Northeast. According to the Town of Islip, the Winter Storm last week on January 29, 2022 was officially classified a blizzard in Suffolk County leaving the second-highest daily snowfall amount of record for Long Island.

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Dockside in Winter

by Shoshanna M. |

On a Tuesday afternoon during this frigid January on Fire Island, ferry service had resumed after several days of suspension due to bay ice conditions. Through it all foot traffic remained at a steady pace at Dockside Brick Oven Pizza & Deli – the only grocery store on the island that is open this time of year.

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All Paws Onboard with #BettyWhiteChallenge for Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-A-Pet-Center

by Shoshanna M. |

The Town of Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-A-Pet Center is inviting residents interested in making a donation in Betty White’s name to either mail $5 to the Animal Shelter, or choose from one of the items available on the shelter’s Amazon Wish List. All items purchased from the Wish List ship for FREE to the Islip Animal Shelter. Monetary donations to the Shelter will be used to purchase bedding, toys, food and other animal necessities.

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DINING REVIEW: Zest for Life on Long Island

by Shoshanna M. |

Other publications have called his eclectic menu as Tapas dining, but this label seemed too constrictive for the wealth of globally influenced choices during our experience when gathering with friends recently. Indian, Asian, as well as European continental selections are just some of the tempting possibilities offered – with all entrees under $20.

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Fire Island School Kids Spring Ahead in Autumn

by Shoshanna M. |

The Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach provided funding the planter boxes, construction of the flower beds was contributed by Community Garden Center as well as OBFD Chief Ian Levine, and The Palms Hotel Fire Island permitted use of a parcel of property for the endeavor. Also, Blair Burke, a year round resident of Robbins Rest lent her green thumb towards assisting the kids with their effort. Burke’s two sons, now young men, are alumni of Fire Island School Union Free, and she remains an active volunteer parent.

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Barrier Beach Lights: Smith Point Light Show

by Shoshanna M. |

A stark beach combined with dark skies from the recent new moon, created the perfect dramatic backdrop for a drive-thru of this year’s Smith Point Light Show. A Long Island tradition 18 years strong, 2021 marks the fifth year it is being held on the camp grounds of Suffolk County Park’s Smith Point beach, making it the only public holiday light show that takes place on Fire Island.

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Islip Menorah Lighting Shines Light on Mental Health

by Shoshanna M. |

“You are a candle that cannot be extinguished. You have a power, you are important, you have a purpose, take care of yourself,” said Rabbi Shimon Stillerman of Chabad of Islip. “If you’re here, it means you have something special you need to do, that only you can do. You can be a light to help somebody else. You need to take that light, nourish it, add it in, every single day…to help another person, and do your purpose in the world.”