Inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s 2016 public rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline that was polluting their region’s water and sacred burial grounds, “We Are Water Protectors” is a heartfelt cry to safeguard the earth’s water from harm.
Mark Torres, Nassau County resident, labor and employment attorney and advocate for nonunionized workers, sheds a grim light on both local and national governments who either turned a blind eye to the migrants’ plight, or were unaware of the injustice done to those who had but few advocating for them.
In “The Buccaneers of St. Frederick Island” (affectionately dubbed “Fred” by islanders), she gives World War II background information – party-line phones, the Palmer method, and Rosie the Riveter – to set the story in its time and place. Who knew that “German U-boats had been regularly sighted off the coast of Long Island”?
Jauron has done a fine job making youngsters (and their parents) aware of this part of Long Island’s natural world and how important it is to treat its inhabitants with respect. After all, she says, “Many hard decisions on the environment will be up to them, and unless they value nature and its diversity, preserving our planet will be in jeopardy.”
Agents and informants, traitors and trysts seduce our imagination in novels, movies and television; but if you want the real deal on spies, tuck into a copy of prize-winning journalist Bill Bleyer’s “George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring, A History and Tour Guide.”
Screenwriter, novelist and Fire Island resident of Seaview – Jane Rosen – also the author of “Nine Women One Dress,” has given us another multi-character tome, this time trimming down the sisterhood to four. Eliza Hunt is first in, spreading … Full Story
Back in the 14th century cures for the plague ran from drinking a potion made of ground unicorn horn mixed in water (difficult to find and very expensive) to a shot of arsenic or mercury mixed in water for the … Full Story
Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and poetry collections – as the book columnist for Fire Island News for the past five years, I’ve reviewed some very fine books. So when Editor Shoshanna McCollum asked me to choose those that stood out … Full Story
The Heart of Velletri by Michael J Kannengieser Fiction Dreaming Big Publications $11.99 Long Island native and author Michael Kannengieser has made it his “lifelong investigative quest” to discover how his father Gene was wounded, left for dead and survived … Full Story
“Beach – Fire Island 79” Nonfiction by Robert Bonanno Fire Island Pines Historical Association Last year, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Pines’ party that set the high water mark for all parties to come, Robert Bonanno, … Full Story