F ire Island Pines Property Owners Association
Photo courtesy of Larry Tallamy

Many of the residents will be planning to spend this weekend in the Pines celebrating Passover and Easter.  We are endeavoring to clean up the community for the weekend, but we are limited by the FIPPOA staff not being back yet.  Tommy Esposito is helping with the harbor cleanup today.  Please bear
Photo courtesy of Scott Ahlborn
with us in the early spring.  Residents returning will be delighted to see the pine tree in the center of the harbor restored to all its glory.  Thanks to PCS for making this happen.

The freight dock reconstruction is nearing completion and we expect it to wrap up in the next week.  We hope to remove the temporary walkway soon.   Both Coastline Freight and Tony's Barge are able to make their deliveries at this time.  

The four nor'easters over one month were hard on our beach, particularly east of the Ozone steps.  We have presented the evidence of the additional erosion to the government agencies involved in approving the trap bag repair project. We hope this helps us expedite the repair.  The FIMI project continues to be on track to deliver sand to the eastern communities after the 2018 season.   We have another meeting with all of the government agencies involved with the project on Tuesday.  If I receive any updated information I will inform you.   Residents returning will see work on ocean houses, decks and pools underway.  This work is mandated by the FIMI project as there can be no buildings in the path of the new dune.  It is a good sign of the project coming.  

Readers will note in the In Memoriam section below the passing of Rita Lichtenstein.  Rita has been in the Pines almost from the beginning.  I spoke with Jack this week who tells me that 300 people attended the Shiva, many from the Pines.

The music lineup and theme has been announced for Pines Party 2018.  Mark your calendars and come help us celebrate 20 years of Pines Party.   Tickets and Passes are now on sale with special promotional pricing through May 28th at PINESPARTY.COM.

Happy Easter & Passover!

Jay Pagano



Rita Lichtenstein

Rita Lichtenstein died March 13th at the age of 90 after a long illness. She leaves her devoted husband of 58 years, Jack, son, Mark (Jessica), daughter, Betsy (Matthew), and four grandchildren, (Claire, Sammy, Molly and Diana). Rita was born in Greensboro, NC, and graduated from Syracuse University.  She was a clothing buyer for Federated Dept Stores.  Rita was a volunteer at Congregation Rodeph Sholom serving as President of the Sisterhood and running the temple shop.  She was a beloved member of the Fire Island Pines community for over 50 years where she and her husband Jack were performers in the community theater for 35 years.  Rita will be buried in a family plot in Greensboro, NC with a memorial service to follow at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Lambda Legal or SAGE.

Barry Leighton

Barry Leighton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and loved ones on March 1 after a long battle with cancer. Born in New York City, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School, Muhlenberg College and Brooklyn Law School. He practiced personal injury law and worker's compensation law for over forty years in his family law firm, Leighton and Leighton with his late father and his brother Robert.  Leighton retired in 2013. A lifelong New Yorker, he also had a home on Lone Hill in Fire Island Pines. He leaves behind his partner Steven Halvorsen, his brother Robert P. Leighton and his wife Elizabeth, his sister Diane L. Ackerman and his niece Kelly L. Ackerman. The burial was private. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Stuart Slackman

Stuart Slackman, a long time Fire Island Resident since 1969, passed away recently in Honolulu on February 2, 2018. Stuart worked on the buses of THE ISLANDERS CLUB serving cocktails from New York City to Sayville Ferry Terminal. He was also a guest star at some of the most iconic Fire Island parties in the early 70's; THE PINK PARTY, CARMEN MIRANDA, and THE EGYPTIAN PARTY. Stuart was a lover of nature, flowers and animals, he was also a volunteer for a dog shelter in New York City. He visited Honolulu annually for several months during the winter since the 1980's.


Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association Officers & Directors

Jay Pagano, President 
Ed Schulhafer, Vice President
Rodman (Tad) Paul, Secretary
Henry Robin, Treasurer

Allan Baum, Gary Clinton,  Tami Hausman  
Greg Henniger, Garry Korr,  Chris Lovito, Russell Saray, 
Eric Sawyer, Jeff Staadt, Bob Tortora, Jim Vandernoth