09/02/15 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO What all the fuss is about — the beautiful and feisty snapper.

COURTESY PHOTO
What all the fuss is about — the beautiful and feisty snapper.

Hard to believe though it may be, summer is coming to a decisive close over the next several weeks.

The sunsets are rapidly moving farther and farther to the south and the Shelter Island Yacht Club’s cannon blast denoting the evening event is getting earlier almost every day.

Kids are getting ready to go or have gone back to school and most college students are on their respective campuses.

But the big news, the “unofficial” end to fishing festivities for the past 25 years or so is upon us. Of course I’m talking about the annual Snapper Derby, sponsored by the Shelter Island Lions Club along with many individuals. (more…)

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09/02/15 12:00pm
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | Setter Kenna McCarthy placing one perfectly for her teammates last year in a Shelter Island varsity volleyball team's win against Mercy. Kenna and many of her teamates are returning for this season.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | Setter Kenna McCarthy placing one perfectly for her teammates last year in a Shelter Island varsity volleyball team’s win against Mercy. Kenna and many of her teamates are returning for this season.

Two weeks before school starts the high school’s athletes have been getting up early and/or staying late to put in some good sweat time, preparing for what looks to be an even stronger fall season than 2014 for the volleyball, cross country and golf teams. (more…)

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09/02/15 10:07am

 

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Resident Vincent Novak, left, presenting Supervisor Jim Dougherty with a sample of Fresh Pond’s water at the Town Board’s work session Tuesday.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Resident Vincent Novak, left, presenting Supervisor Jim Dougherty with a sample of Fresh Pond’s water at the Town Board’s work session Tuesday.

Did he drink pond water? Yes, Supervisor Jim Dougherty said, he did.

Twice.

But Vincent Novak, who provided the supervisor with a sample of water from Fresh Pond at Tuesday’s Town Board work session, said Mr. Dougherty merely put a paper cup to his lips and didn’t drink. (more…)

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09/02/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Ed Brown reflected on his years of service, and wanted to scotch a rumor or two.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Ed Brown reflected on his years of service, and wanted to scotch a rumor or two.

To say that Councilman Ed Brown plays his cards close to the vest might be an understatement.

A Town Board colleague heard from friends of Mr. Brown and his wife, Cheryl, who had had dinner with the Brown’s Monday night, less than 24 hours before Mr. Brown surprised everyone by announcing he would resign his seat. “He didn’t mention a word about resigning” to his friends, the colleague said. (more…)

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09/01/15 4:30pm
MATT LANDRY PHOTO Tery Glackin, the captain of aboard Prospector, helped lead a 15-person crew across the Atlantic last month in the Transatlantic race.

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Tery Glackin, the captain of aboard Prospector, helped lead a 15-person crew across the Atlantic last month in the Transatlantic race.

In the vast openness of the North Atlantic Ocean, a wilderness mostly untouched by humans, the 60-foot yacht Prospector sailed into darkness. Navigating the boat through waves reaching heights of 40 to 60 feet, a task already daunting in daylight, became even more perilous.

“You couldn’t see the waves,” said Paul McDowell, a watch captain aboard Prospector. “It was just like driving a car down a mine shaft. The boat would pick up and surf down these waves at super high speed.” (more…)