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A DAY IN THE LIFE by Bob Anderson

by FIN |

As a year-round resident, I’m often asked, “What’s it like in winter, how do you handle things like food and supplies?” The short answer is, once you master the basics, wintering over on the island is easy and just as beautiful as summertime!

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Ernestine Brown Goldman: 1934-2021

by FIN |

An accomplished actress, she created a plethora of success in her lifetime. Renowned for performing arts in New York City, Fire Island and San Francisco, Ms. Goldman left a positive mark on many people everywhere she went and through everything she did. Not only was she a successful actress, but also president of the local Northern California Screen Actors Guild in San Francisco, as well as owner of an experimental theater in New York City, a musician, a songwriter, and much more.

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Steve Einig: 1957-2022

by Shoshanna M. |

Two-term Ocean Beach Village Trustee, former President of the Ocean Beach Association as well as “Mr. Sandpiper” himself, Steven Einig passed away shortly after Valentine’s Day.

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Dominick Cafuoco 1941-2022

by FIN |

Dominick Cafuoco, 80, passed away in mid-January due to complications of COVID-19 related pneumonia. Leaving behind his wife of 54 years, Susan Cafuoco, their three children Lelah, Dimitri and Sabrina, and three grandchildren. They are Cyla 12, Rees 9 and Lukas 4 years of age.

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Jillian Metcalf 1989-2021

by FIN |

Born and raised in Kismet, Fire Island, Jillian was a big part of the community. She attended the Fire Island School District, then later Islip High School. She worked at The Kismet Inn from age 13 and held almost every position, acting as a hostess, dishwasher, server and a bartender at various points in her life. She sometimes stopped in to help at The Inn even when she no longer worked there, and she never asked for anything in return. She just liked to help people.

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John McCollum (1953-2022)

by FIN |

John Robert McCollum was more than just a friendly and familiar face on the walks of Ocean Beach. He was a quiet hero, a lover of nature and all its creatures, a gentle giant of a man who spread love and positivity from Kismet to the sands of eastern Fire Island.

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EDITOR’S WINDOW: “Safe Passage”

by Shoshanna M. |

Is there really such a thing as breaking with the past or do we take the knowledge and experiences we gained in order to embark on the next leg of our journey? Today I stand before you not just as a writer or the editor of this publication, but one of its subjects as I swallow the bitter ashes of loss. I write this column with my own husband’s name included among the obituaries we open the 2022 Memorial Day Weekend issue with.

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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.