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12/09/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO David Browne of New York and Shelter Island.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
David Browne of New York and Shelter Island.

When David Browne panned Rod Stewart’s 1975 album, “Footloose and Fancy Free,” saving special derision for the first song, “Hot Legs,” he was a student at a New Jersey high school. It was his first record review.

“People noticed,” David said. “They were either angry at me or agreed with me. That was one of my first indications of the power of the written word.” (more…)

12/09/16 2:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A selection of seasonal merchandise at Lynch’s Garden Center in Southampton.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO | A selection of seasonal merchandise at Lynch’s Garden Center in Southampton.

‘Tis the season, gardeners all!

Time to be merry, happy and bright! In this, my last column until spring, I usually tell you about interesting flower shows where it’s warm or “Gifts for Gardeners.”

This year I’m going to tell you about a gift for each of you.  (more…)

12/09/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Town government has spent 10 months discussing short-term rental legislation.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Town government has spent 10 months discussing short-term rental legislation.

Short term?
A member of the Town Board recently said, “I have a good attention span, but after 10 months it strays a little.”

The member was speaking about the discussions on regulating short-term rentals that have been a weekly feature of the board’s work sessions since May. We’re promised that there will be a public hearing on the issue in January, and to that we can add: Hallelujah. (more…)

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12/09/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr.

Get real on roads
To the Editor:
I ask Supervisor Dougherty to, as he wrote, show us “the five miles of roads” that are paved every year (“Your Letters,” December 1).

And it’s impossible to have a real 10-year paving cycle, with a $130,000 budget. Following are the approximate budget figures for paving the Highway Department has had to work with over the last five years for 52 miles of town road:
$25,000 — 2012
$10,000 — 2013
$53,000 —2014
$0 —2015
$100,000 — 2016 (more…)