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Fire Islanders Process Proposed FINS Driving Regs

by Shoshanna M. |

Now with the collected data studied for nearly 18 months, the process is becoming more formalized with what are being called Civic Engagement Opportunities, which includes a Public Comment Period time window that is swiftly closing on May 20, 2022. Response in this time frame could affect driving regulation policy on Fire Island for years if not decades to come.

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Sayville Artist Susan Brown Creates Impressively Detailed Masterpieces

by FIN |

At the age of four Susan was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Born in 1957 in Copiague, she started drawing at the age of five. She has spent every Thursday since 2002 attending Pure Vision Arts Studio in Manhattan, which is “the first specialized art studio and exhibition space for artists with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual/developmental disabilities,” according to their website.

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An End to Alfresco Dining in Ocean Beach

by Shoshanna M. |

Outdoor dining is a strong part of Fire Island’s restaurant culture, and this revocation does not affect the majority of establishments in the Ocean Beach business district – However, it does impact a few of the family-style restaurants that lack waterfront views but attract high summer traffic by offering square-meals at reasonable price.

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NPS Announces Opportunity for Civic Engagement on Fire Island’s Off-Road Vehicle Management Program

by FIN |

The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting public input on the Off Road Vehicle Management program for the Fire Island National Seashore. This effort aims to evaluate ORV use at the Seashore and the existing ORV regulation to allow for appropriate vehicular access while protecting park resources and safe visitor experience. In addition, the NPS plans to revise the current regulation to address changes to resources and use on Fire Island since the rule was implemented in 1987.  The NPS will be accepting public input on a preliminary proposed action and potential impacts from April 18 to May 20, 2022.  

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Meeting Joy Harjo: Poet Laureate Delivers Moving Keynote Speech to Bay Shore High School Youth

by FIN |

Harjo touched on many topics ranging from modern life during a pandemic, to deeper, more spiritual subjects, such as listening to your intuition and the many ways she found inspiration for her writing. She spoke with a seriousness in her voice, yet told many playful stories. Each word spoken was heavy and solid. Her words touched the hearts and minds of students and teachers alike.

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Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to Visit Suffolk County for Public Speaking Engagements

by FIN |

Harjo is the first Native American to hold this role. Appointed by the Librarian of Congress on June 19, 2019, she is currently serving her third term as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The event is a day-long residency in which a meeting with Shinnecock nation cultural leaders will follow Harjo’s delivery of the keynote speech and conclude with a public reading of her poetry.

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Mother Nature Visits the Mall at Islip Arts Council Gallery

by FIN |

The gallery is truly a sight to see, and these talented artists have put in so much time and effort to produce their stunning pieces. It’s also crucial for women to have time to showcase their unique talents in honor of femininity and dedicated to Women’s History Month. The pieces in this show, created by women, can empower other members in the community to be true to themselves and feel appreciated every month, not just during March. 

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Lenny’s Take on Oscar: The Annual Academy Awards Forecast 2022

by FIN |

The 94th annual Academy Awards will be presented live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday March 27, 2022. The show will be hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Fire Island’s own Wanda Sykes. Interestingly enough all three hosts have a New York connection, with Hall a graduate of Fordham University and her Masters at NYU; Schumer is a Long Island native from Rockville Centre; and of course Sykes resides on Fire Island’s Cherry Grove.