Volume 48, 2004
Issue 10
'Master Plan' Unveiled
The Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP), a new "master plan" for the village, was a major topic at the final Ocean Beach Community Board meeting of the summer on August 21.

Mayor Apologizes
Mayor Natalie Rogers apologized for giving a village employee an unapproved raise, but some in Ocean Beach are unsatisfied and asking for more information about what exactly happened. The village board refuses to provide any details or answer any questions.
Attorney Kenneth Gray from the village law firm read a short statement on the mayor’s behalf at the August 21 village meeting concerning the union grievance filed by Shoshanna McCollum.

Bishop Running for Re-election, Speaks in FIP
On Saturday, July 31, the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association PAC sponsored Tim Bishop, 1st Congressional District, New York to a talk at the beautiful bay-front home of Brandon Fradd. Bishop, a resident of Southhampton and former provost of Southhampton College, represents eastern parts of Long Island which include the east end of Fire Island. “He is an inspiration. We have to have more politicians in Congress to fight this devastating administration,” said supporter and Pines resident Mark Tafoya. A staunch supporter of family and equality, Bishop co-sponsored legislation granting rights to domestic partners, including family and medical leave and tax equity for health insurance benefits.

Could Be Best Year Yet For FI Plovers
A successful piping plover monitoring and habitation creation program and the support it has garnered from island communities is being lauded by Fire Island National Seashore officials as numbers of piping plovers nesting and fledging in Fire Island are once again approaching a record high. Most recently, a pair of piping plovers whose nest disappeared soon after it was discovered in the wilderness area, re-nested and laid four eggs in the same region less than a week later. It is the 17th plover nest recorded on Fire Island this season, said Fire Island National Seashore chief of resources management Mike Bilecki.

Record Breaker: FI Home Hits $2.55 Million
No air-conditioning. No satellite TV. No swimming pool. No second floor.
The most expensive home ever sold on Fire Island, according to industry insiders, has a staggering price tag of more than $2.5 million, but doesn’t have many of the amenities that realtors agree are first among prospective buyers’ demands.

Issue 9
Union Grievance Highlights “Breach of Contract”

Without the approval of the village board, and despite an agreement to give out pay raises of only three-and-a-half percent to village employees, Ocean Beach Mayor Natalie Rogers gave a pay raise of more than 10 percent to one member of the village’s administrative staff in the new budget, union leader Shoshanna McCollum and village officials said.

Issue 8
A New Ferry in Town Offers Limited Services

It’s not exactly a fleet, but the Bay Shore Ferry’s slowly expanding collection of boats is making waves in some parts of the island – and in more ways than one. The first company to offer competition to the monopoly that is Fire Island Ferries, Bay Shore Ferry is owned and operated by Ned Hurley.

WTC Families Enjoy Kismet
Kismet is known as a welcoming community, and last week, we welcomed yet another new group of visitors. They arrived in shifts, this disparate group of widows, old and young, teenage girls and young children. Their common thread: The loss of family members in the 9/11 tragedy.

Issue 7
CGCAI Holds Its Second Open General Meeting

This is the second year for the Cherry Grove Community Association Inc. (CGCAI). The president, Roland Michely, had worked with the Cherry Grove Property Owner’s Association board of directors to reform it into the CGCAI. Rather than just being open to property owners, the association welcomes long and short-term renters and property owners to take part in the elections and decision-making processes. It’s true democracy in action.

It's A Wrap
“Mom, I need your help,” said my twenty-six year old son, Michael.
Usually, when a mother hears that request she assumes her child needs the car, money, or a shoulder to cry on. But, no. In this case, Michael needed me to play the part of a nurse in the movie he was filming in Fire Island. He had gathered the cast, including Joe Bologna, Renee’ Taylor, Tom Bosley and Connie Stevens and set up shop in our house in Seaview. He asked me to push Joe Bologna in a wheelchair. It was just one short scene, but I was thrilled. I never thought of myself as a Renaissance woman, but there I was!

Issue 6
A Midsummer’s Night of Grove Comedy

In what seemed like a last-minute decision, the Arts Project of Cherry Grove picked July 10 for it’s annual stand-up comedy night, giving the enlisted comics a week and half to prepare their routines. Like professionals, the once-a-year comedians stepped up to the plate and hit hilarious homeruns.

OB Artists Keep Historical Society Up-to-Date
Three or four times a summer, the Ocean Beach Historical Society holds a show of artwork or history. At least one of those shows revolves around a theme chosen by the Ocean Beach Community Fund Board that makes use of the society’s extensive library, which contains several hundred photographs, old signage, posters and correspondence culled from the history of the broader Ocean Beach community encompassing the area from Seaview to Summer Club.

CG Musical Honors Six Decades of Love
The next time somebody tries to tell you that gay relationships don’t last, point to songwriters Gean Harwood and the late Bruhs (pronounced Bruce) Mero, whose 60-plus years together are celebrated in Tom Wilson Weinberg’s “Bruhs and Gean,” a moving musical outfitted with Weinberg’s graceful score.


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