Life as we have always known it in Ocean Bay Park is finally coming back, as witnessed by this year’s July 4 celebrations. Although the weather was not the best, it was fantastic to be able to get together with family and friends and the red, white and blue was everywhere. The Fourth was definitely with us!
The French Philosopher Albert Camus wrote, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” I feel his words are so indicative of where we are at this point in time. COVID restrictions have been lifted in New York State. Slowly and methodically things are returning to our new normal in Ocean Bay Park and people are ready to get out and live again.
Birthdays, weddings, graduations – some of life’s most momentous occasions were all put on hold for the past 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, … Full Story
Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ As this pandemic summer winds down, there has been some small consolation in the fact that several annual events still took place. Saturday, Aug. 15, was the designated day. The Byrnes’, Tommy and Robbie, marked 35 … Full Story
By Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ It’s August and in any other year we would be saying that we are “hitting the home stretch.” Those who see the glass as half empty bemoan the fact that summer has reached the halfway … Full Story
Barbara Gaby Placilla ~ Did you know that July 24, the date of this issue of the Fire Island News, is also International Self Care Day? Neither did I until I Googled July 24, 2019, in search of inspiration. It’s … Full Story
When the editor of the Fire Island News, Shoshanna McCollum, contacted me regarding the direction the paper is taking this summer, I remarked that we are all embarking on a new kind of social experiment and we are all in … Full Story
By Barbara Gaby Placilla The party’s over – seems like Memorial Day was yesterday, and here we are on the cusp of Labor Day and there is still so much more to talk about in Ocean Bay Park. The annual … Full Story
By Barbara Gaby Placilla I just love the color of August. It’s predominantly purple and orange – the purple of the vitex and the orange trumpet vines that echo the Monarch butterflies, which are back on Fire Island. It’s been … Full Story
By Barbara Gaby Placilla As Bob Marley sang, “Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” Summer is in full swing in Ocean Bay Park and it seems like everyone’s dancing to some beat – … Full Story