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Look For the Helpers

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By Joey Macellaro It was 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, when Carol arrived on Long Island to file a missing-person report after a six-hour drive from Virginia. Her 19-yearold daughter’s suitcase had been turned over to the police after … Full Story

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Musical Notes

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By Joey Macellaro It’s music that first brought me to the beach many years ago. I was sent with a pianist to sing in the Protestant church here in Ocean Beach for a couple of Sundays – and, as fate … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area: Community

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By Joey Macellaro Growing up, I knew just about everyone on our suburban block. There were backyard barbecues and chats in the street and baskets of cookies shared during the holidays. Everyone celebrated milestones together, watched each other’s children grow, … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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“Graduation Season” By Joey Macellaro For the last decade or so, you could find me every May shaking the hands of those students about to graduate from my alma mater as they approached the stage to receive diplomas. As if … Full Story

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Season’s End

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Ocean Beach Area By Joey Macellaro “To everything there is a season,” it says in Ecclesiastes. “And a time to every purpose under heaven.” A season may last three months, or a week, or a year, or a decade. Seasons … Full Story

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Ocean Beach | Faith in Action

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Ocean Beach By Joey Macellaro Houses of worship on Fire Island face a unique set of challenges. Whether or not we live here year round, for the summer season, or for a few days, we Fire Islanders can have a … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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Art History By Joey Macellaro My art history classes in college provided a kind of relaxing respite from the business courses in which I spent most of my time. Visits to the Met were a welcome requirement, however I reeled … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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Summertime in the Club By Joey Macellaro The Fire Island Summer Club held its annual summer kickoff party on Tuesday, July 3, at its clubhouse on the bay. A barbecue dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails were served to several dozen … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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What’s Old Is New Again By Joey Macellaro Embedded in the lore of our village is a woman by the name of Margaretta Irwin, daughter of the founder of the Protestant church. Called Birdie by all who knew her, she … Full Story

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Ocean Beach Area

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Let’s Have a Parade By Joey Macellaro The summer solstice marked the official start of the season this past Thursday, June 21, but summertime in Ocean Beach never truly begins until the baby parade marches through town on the Fourth … Full Story